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Gold traders in the medieval souk in the old city of Aleppo, a UNESCO world heritage site, on April 23rd, 2012. The souk was badly damaged in a fire during fighting later that year, and gold merchants are now facing further troubles with the imposition of increasing taxes by ISIL in the areas it controls. [AFP PHOTO/STR]

ISIL steals under cloak of 'zakat': Syrian citizens

The 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' has increased its collection of 'zakat' from Syrian merchants in a move that indicates it is facing funding problems, experts say.

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