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US: Slight Decrease in IS Fighters in Iraq, Syria

A U.S. defense official says there has been a decrease in the number of Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, while numbers of IS militants in Libya have increased. The U.S. now estimates there are between 19,000 and 25,000 IS militants in Iraq and Syria, the official told VOA Tuesday, slightly lower that previous estimates of 20,000-31,500 fighters in the area.  The numbers, however, do suggest that the Islamic State has been able to replenish its ranks, despite the heavy...

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