Fewer than 3,000 Islamic State fighters remain in Iraq and Syria: U.S.-led coalition

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The United States-led international coalition fighting Islamic State estimates that fewer than 3,000 fighters belonging to the hardline Sunni militant group remain in Iraq and Syria, its spokesman said on Tuesday.

A member of Syrian Democratic Forces runs for cover from sniper fire from Islamic State militants near the stadium in Raqqa, Syria, October 4. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

“Current estimates are that there are less than 3000 #Daesh fighters left – they still remain a threat, but we will continue to support our partner forces to defeat them,” U.S. Army Colonel Ryan Dillon tweeted using an Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

Reporting by Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Maher Chmaytelli

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