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Why Mounting Losses Fail to Deter IS Foreign Fighters

For most militaries, let alone a terrorist group with aspirations of statehood, the mathematics would seem daunting if not impossible: a force of up to about 30,000 losing more than two-thirds of its fighters in just over a year. That is the pounding U.S. military officials claim airstrikes in Iraq and Syria have dealt the Islamic State since August 2014, with the overall death toll put at 23,000. "We're killing terrorists," Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Col. Steve...

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