Less than 1,000 IS fighters remain in Iraq and Syria, coalition says

Less than 1,000 IS fighters remain in Iraq and Syria, coalition saysFewer than 1,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Iraq and Syria, the United States-led international coalition fighting the hardline Sunni militant group said on Wednesday, a third of the estimated figure only three weeks ago. Iraq and Syria have both declared victory over Islamic State in recent weeks, after a year that saw the two countries’ armies, a range of foreign allies and various local forces drive the fighters out of all the towns and villages that once made up their self-proclaimed caliphate. The United States has led an international coalition conducting air strikes against Islamic State since 2014 when the group swept across a third of Iraq.



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