As reported by John F. Burns and Kirk Semple in the New York Times:
The insurgency in Iraq is now self-sustaining financially, raising tens of millions of dollars a year from oil smuggling, kidnapping, counterfeiting, connivance by corrupt Islamic charities and other crimes that the Iraqi government and its American patrons have been largely unable to prevent, a classified United States government report has concluded.Evidently the report writers believe the insurgents are generating upwards of $200 million a year to finance their efforts. And their income generating efforts are all current and inside Iraq.
This is no home grown, small scale, goon operation.
I don't know... could it... maybe... demonstrate some structure & C2 capabilities... might it be an indicator of, er, civil war.
Oh, say it ain't so, please.