US intelligence: Daash lose 20% of its fighters in Iraq and Syria
Officials in Washington said the Daash losses on the battlefield and fleeing fighters from fighting is the reason for the low number of militants by 20%. They added that the report reveals the extent of progress made by the international coalition's campaign against Daash.
Between Josh Ernest, a spokesman for the White House said Iraqi security forces backed by the United States, and fighters of the clans and groups of moderate opposition in Syria has contributed, along with the air campaign of the alliance, which launched more than 10 thousands of air strike against Daash.
the announcement was made at a time when Saudi Arabia offered to send ground troops to Syria as part of any land-based operations of the international coalition agrees to implement them.
he Ernst said the new estimates of US intelligence "means that Daash continue to pose a major threat, but the the number of its fighters has dropped significantly, and it is still loss-making. "
He added Ernst said ground fighting made by the coalition partners have an impact in the fight Daash efforts, and that the international efforts began to limit the flow of foreign fighters seeking to join the group.
He said the White House spokesman," Daash facing more by the difficulties in rallying fighters, and we were for a long time recognize the need for the international community to cooperate in stopping the flow of foreign fighters into the region. "
the new report estimates the number of fighters Daash between 19-25 thousand fighters in Iraq and Syria, compared with its estimate for 2014 amounting to between 20-31 thousand fighters.
says Emily Horne, head of the national Security Council, said that "the decline in the number of Daash group fighters reflects the number of dead on the battlefields, and the escape of others of fighting, and disciplinary procedures, which exercised the organization on his fighters, as well as the lack of recruitment difficulties faced by foreign fighters Almtugeon to Syria. "
some extremists from north Africa who have traveled to Syria to join the Daash did not abide by calls the leadership of the group to go to Libya, where fighting group to expand its grip on parts of the Mediterranean coast.
the report did not say how many members Daash in south Asia and other parts of the Middle East and north Africa at a time when a branch is expanding in Libya, and there seems to be an inconsistency in the American estimates of the strength of the group in Libya, where some defense officials the number is estimated to be nearly three thousand, while others say that the numbers were up between 5 - 6 thousand.
ï ® for: British Guardian