The best scenario would be all of them killed in battle, no deserters.
Number of ISIS fighters dropped by 20 per cent in the last year thanks to deaths and desertions, US intelligence report finds
The number of people fighting for ISIS in Syria and Iraq has decreased from around 31,000 to 25,000, US officials said in a report Thursday
- A new US intelligence report estimates the number of ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq to about 25,000
- The previous estimate from two years ago had terrorists at 31,000
- Progress is thanks to efforts by a US-led military coalition and endeavors by local allied armed groups
- ISIS fighters are defecting and being killed in battle, while flow of new recruits is slowing down, officials claimed in the report Thursday
US intelligence officials claimed Thursday that the number of ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq is decreasing.
From a previous estimate of 31,000, a report revealed by the White House suggested the terror group’s troop count has shrunk to 25,000.
Battlefield casualties and desertions, as well as a US-led military campaign, may have led to the roughly 20 percent decrease in fighters, officials said.
ISIS continues to be ‘a substantial threat, but the potential numbers have decreased,’ White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.
‘ISIS has sustained significant casualties,’ Earnest said.