How Many ISIS Fighters Are There? It's Hard To Tell
For the most part, the official U.S. estimate of ISIS fighters sits somewhere around 30,000. So how is the death toll estimated to be at 45,000?By Jake Godin | August 15, 2016
Counting ISIS fighters is hard.
For starters, there's one of the first U.S. estimates of ISIS fighters from September 2014.
"We're not just simply about degrading and destroying them, the individuals, the 20,000 to 30,000," said Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby during a Pentagon press briefing. "It's about degrading and destroying their capabilitites."