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Wage cut for ISIS terrorists

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A member loyal to the Islamic State.

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A member loyal to the Islamic State. REUTERS/Stringer

It just doesn't pay to be a homicidal zealot like it used to.

Terror group ISIS has cut its fighters' pay in half -- all ranks from top to bottom, according to leaked memos.

It's believed ISIS terrorists make between $400 and $1,200 monthly, with stipends for wives and children.

"On account of the exceptional circumstances the Islamic State is facing, it has been decided to reduce the salaries that are paid to all mujahideen by half, and it is not allowed for anyone to be exempted from this decision, whatever his position," reads a memo leaked by Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi, a research fellow at the Middle East Forum and an expert on ISIS.

The "exceptional circumstances" likely has to do with the continued pounding of ISIS, including the group's oil fields that generate much of its income.