Islamic State now boasts up to 31,500 fighters - CIA

September 12, 2014 9:10 AM

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Islamic State now boasts up to 31,500 fighters - CIA

The CIA has said Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria now have about 20,000 to 31,500 fighters on the ground, much higher than a previous estimate of 10,000.

Among those in Syria are 15,000 foreign fighters, including 2,000 Westerners, some of whom have joined IS, a US intelligence official said.

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