Only 1K ISIS Fighters Remain in Syria and Iraq, Task Force Says
11:20, Wednesday, 27 December, 2017
With Islamic State extremists flushed out of their two major strongholds in key tactical victories in Iraq and Syria this year, the fighters remaining in the region continue to fall, according to new estimates from Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.
Army Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the task force, told Military.com in an interview at the unit's headquarters that the official estimate of ISIS' presence had just been revised downward by a significant number.
"Up until today, we had an estimate of less than 3,000," Dillon said Thursday. "But the latest estimate we got today was, there's about 1,000 across Iraq and Syria."
Recent months have seen major tactical victories for the coalition force dedicated to defeating ISIS. In October, the violent sect's self-declared caliphate in Raqqa, Syria, was retaken, with victory declared by the Syrian Democratic Forces on the ground.