ISIS bigger now than when it took over Iraq and Syria

AS the world has been celebrating the fall of ISIS, the terror group is reported to be making a comeback.

Recent reports reveal the Islamic State has more fighters than it did when it founded its caliphate in 2014, as well as millions of dollars at its disposal.

The prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan, Masrour Barzani, believes ISIS is “still very much intact”.

Speaking to the Atlantic, he said: “Yes, they have lost much of their leadership. They have lost many of their capable men.

“But they’ve also managed to gain more experience and to recruit more people around them. So they should not be taken lightly.”

The Kurdish leader believes ISIS has about 20,000 fighters across Iraq and Syria – double the number than in 2014 when the terror group took over territories in the region.

A recent UN report indicated ISIS still has $100 million in reserves.

In a recent report from the US Defense Department’s inspector general said that it’s done little to deter the group.

Ongoing tensions between the US and Iran could further aid in the potential for the group’s resurgence.



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