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4/28/16

ISIS Foreign Fighters In Syria And Iraq Drop As Islamic State Group Loses Revenue - Michael Kaplan

The number of foreign fighters crossing into Syria and Iraq has dropped sharply over the past year amid an intense U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State group, Maj. Gen. Peter Gersten told Pentagon reporters. Whereas about a year ago the group was attracting up to 2,000 foreign fighters each month, these days just a fraction of that number is joining, Agence France-Presse reported him as saying.

"Now we have been fighting this enemy for a year, our estimates are down to 200 [per month], and we are actually seeing now an increase in the desertion rates of these fighters," Gersten said. "We are seeing a fracturing in their morale, we are seeing their inability to pay, we are seeing the inability to fight."

The number of foreign fighters crossing into Syria and Iraq has dropped sharply over the past year amid an intense U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State group, Maj. Gen. Peter Gersten told Pentagon reporters. Whereas about a year ago the group was attracting up to 2,000 foreign fighters each month, these days just a fraction of that number is joining, Agence France-Presse reported him as saying.

"Now we have been fighting this enemy for a year, our estimates are down to 200 [per month], and we are actually seeing now an increase in the desertion rates of these fighters," Gersten said. "We are seeing a fracturing in their morale, we are seeing their inability to pay, we are seeing the inability to fight."

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