Size of ISIS Army ‘Remains the Same’ As Last Year

Between 20,000 and 25,000 militants are fighting for ISIS, according to an unidentified Pentagon official, Fox News reported.

The source, who was originally quoted by USA Today, told the television network that the size of the ISIS forces “remains the same” as it was last year. At about this time in 2015, authorities estimated that the group had between 19,000 and 31,000 fighters.

The Defense Department official said ISIS is using “forced conscription” to ensure it has enough troops to remain in power, though the soldiers are “less capable” than volunteers. In addition, many foreigners have traveled to the Middle East to join the group.

Since August 2014, the United States and its allies reportedly have conducted more than 10,000 airstrikes targeting the terrorists. The military source, noting that there are 5,000 ISIS militants in Libya, said: “It is getting harder to get into Syria, and fighters are being directed to Libya.”

The Pentagon claims to have recaptured 40 percent of the land that ISIS once controlled in Iraq, but only 5 percent in Syria. The official said the U.S.-led coalition has succeeded in cutting off some of the terrorists’ supply lines, including a highway that links the ISIS capital of Raqqa, Syria, to its base in Mosul, Iraq.

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