October 17, 2016

GREATEST WAR EVER:

Israel believes Islamic State has lost 10,000 fighters in past 18 months (AVI ISSACHAROFF October 16, 2016, Times of Israel)

Various Israeli assessments say that the organization that calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant -- Islamic State for short -- has lost more than one-third of its fighting members over the past 18 months. Israeli and other Western officials estimated the number of its combat fighters at roughly 25,000 in early 2015. The current estimate stands at approximately 15,000.

The decline has several causes. The first is the joint American-Russian military effort against Islamic State in some sectors -- an effort that has claimed many casualties and an enormous number of wounded. Meanwhile, it has exhausted itself battling the Syrian army, Hezbollah, Shiite militias, Turkey, the Kurds, the Arab coalition, and the Syrian opposition.

The flow of volunteers has all but stopped. This, too, seems to be linked to several factors, such as Turkey's military intervention on Syrian territory last month, which has made it difficult for volunteers to get through; the first battlefield defeats in major cities such as Fallujah, Ramadi, Minbaj, and Palmyra, which hurt Islamic State's image as an undefeated power; and more strenuous efforts by European countries against Islamist groups. 

It always seemed that the hardest part of the WoT would be to get the Islamicists to gather in large enough numbers that you could kill them in bunches.  But thanks to ISIS implementing the theology behind the movement, which al Qaeda was smart enough not to do, we got a big ole free-fire zone and a war of all against the Salafi.

Posted by at October 17, 2016 12:30 PM

  

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