ISIS fleeing Syria and Iraq in fear with tails between their legs after massive airstrikes by world powers
The number of Islamic State (ISIS) fighters is rising in Libya as scared jihadists flee airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.
According to a senior US defence official, reports suggest there are 19,000 to 25,000 ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq, compared to an earlier range of around 30,000.
The newly declassified numbers back up recent comments from military commanders and other defence officials who have argued that US-led coalition airstrikes are having an impact on Daesh and causing them to lose ground in both countries.
The air-strikes may explain some of the increase of the death cult in Libya from around 2,000 to about 5,000.
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that military operations in Syria and Iraq have killed ISIS fighters and made it more difficult for them to move into the region or recruit others.
As a result, some appear to be going into Libya, where wide swathes of territory are ungoverned.
The official added the intelligence community’s ability to accurately count the number of militants has improved, as the US and its partners get more troops on the ground
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