Islamic State fighter estimate triples - CIA

September 12, 2014 1:17 AM

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Islamic State fighter estimate triples - CIA

The CIA says the Islamic State (IS) militant group may have up to 31,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria - three times as many as previously feared.

A spokesman said the new estimate was based on a review of intelligence reports from May to August.

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