Less than 3.000 jihadists remain on the ground in Iraq and Syria

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Less than 3.000 members of the Islamic State (IS) remain on the ground in Iraq and Syria, said Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman for the US-led international coalition against the jihadists.

Asked via Twitter how many Daes fighters (an acronym for IK in Arabic) now remain on the battlefields in these two countries, Dillon replied that "Daes fighters are less than 3.000. It is still a threat, but we continue to support our partners to defeat them. "

In 2014, the ISIS occupied a third of Iraq, including Mosul, and also took control of much of eastern Syria.

The jihadists announced the establishment of a "caliphate" in the territories they held in the two countries. The organization is considered to have and still has tens of thousands of fighters or members from around the world.

But in 2017, the IK suffered heavy defeats — it lost Mosul in Iraq, Raqqa and Deir Ezzor in Syria, thanks to parallel operations against it — and now, apart from a few scattered pockets, most of its fighters remaining on the field desert.