View Full Version : Islamic State Rebuilds Its Manpower In Iraq And Syria

09-15-2014, 02:16 PM
The Islamic State’s (IS) ability to take and hold a swath of northern Syria since 2013 and then parts of northern Iraq in 2014 could only be accomplished through a large armed force. Recently the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) estimated (http://bigstory.ap.org/article/cia-islamic-state-group-has-31500-fighters) that the organization has anywhere between 20,000-31,500 fighters in both countries. That was a big increase from some predictions, while others have pointed to even larger numbers. For example, analyst Najim al-Kasab (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/24/with-friends-like-these-isis-is-doomed.html) told the Daily Beast in July 2014 that IS had just 6,000 men, and an unnamed U.S. official put it at 10,000 when talking to the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/isis-rapidly-accumulating-cash-weapons-us-intelligence-officials-say/2014/06/24/bd050770-fbda-11e3-932c-0a55b81f48ce_story.html) the month before that. Others however have placed the figure much higher such as the Long War Journal (http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2014/09/on_the_cia_estimate_of_number.php), which believed the group had up to 50,000 men under arms. Another, Hishim al-Hashimi (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10956280/Inside-the-leadership-of-Islamic-State-how-the-new-caliphate-is-run.html) told the Telegraph that there were at least 25,000 IS fighters in Iraq alone. Whatever the true figure it is far higher than most initially believed.

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