Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Pentagon: U.S. Coalition Airstrikes Have Killed 45,000 Islamic State Fighters

FOX News: Nearly 45,000 ISIS-linked fighters killed in past 2 years, US military official says

More than two years after the U.S. launched airstrikes against Islamic State targets in the Middle East, the commander overseeing the joint campaign said Wednesday as many as 45,000 ISIS-linked fighters had been killed.

"Although it's no measure of success and its difficult to confirm, we estimate that over the past 11 months we've killed about 25,000 enemy fighters. When you add that to the 20,000 estimated killed prior to our arrival, that's 45,000 enemies taken off the battlefield," Army Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland told reporters at a news briefing. "I only tell you this number to provide a sense to the scale of our support and perhaps explain why enemy resistance is beginning to crumble."

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Update: 45,000 ISIS fighters killed in past two years: US general (AFP)

WNU Editor: 45,000 ISIS fighters killed .... and only a handful of citizens. Why I am sceptical of this number?

1 comment:

Jay Farquharson said...

The CIA estimate in 2014 had ISIS at a max of 31,000 in Iraq and Syria, in 2016, 25,000.

Claims of killing 45K = 145% of ISIS has been killed.