ISIS has 15,000 fighters across Iraq and Syria: US envoy Jeffrey
The Islamic State group (ISIS) still has roughly 15,000 fighters active across Iraq and Syria, Ambassador James Jeffrey, the US Special Representative for Syria Engagement, told a press briefing in Washington on Thursday, Rudaw reports.
“In terms of the ISIS numbers. Between Iraq and Syria. And this is only a guesstimate. I would say 15,000 with a standard deviation of significant thousands in either direction,” Jeffrey said, taking questions from reporters.
“It is split between the two. But remember they see this as one front and these people we know travel back and forth south of the Euphrates. They don’t go through the northeast because we have good security there but they do go south of the Euphrates,” he added.