Sunday, December 18, 2016

White House: 'Battle Ready' Islamic State Fighters as Few 12,000

White House: 'Battle Ready' Islamic State Fighters as Few 12,000: The number of “battle-ready” Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadis in Iraq and Syria has plummeted to “its lowest point” ever, dropping by more than half from up to 25,000 earlier this year to between 12,000 and 15,000 now, according to the White House.

Nevertheless, Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS who believes the latest estimate of the jihadist group’s strength “is ballpark close enough,” told Pentagon reporters Wednesday that the terrorist organization is “still capable of fiercely defending the ground they have taken.”

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