CIA Triples Estimate of Size of ISIS

From 10,000 people to more than 30,000


A CIA spokesman said a new intelligence assessment estimated that Islamic State could muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria, up from a previous figure of 10,000.

The new assessment is based on a review of intelligence reports from May to August. It is larger than the 20,000 figure being used by many outside experts.

CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani said the new total reflected stronger recruitment by the extremist group since June following battlefield successes and the group's declaration of a caliphate. He says the revised number also reflects "greater battlefield activity, and additional intelligence."

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  1. I guess it depends on what the meaning of isis

    1. +1 nice one.

      But seriously, they are growing at a geometric rate. We should probably just surrender. If they can triple over the summer, they will be at 90K by year’s end and by 2020, will be larger than the entire Earth’s population. That’s what Obama means when he says they aren’t a threat yet. Thank God Obama is taking bold action to save us.

  2. I know what you libertardians are thinking, but understand that this is good news, as now we’ll have far fewer civilian casualities to worry about when the bombs begin falling.

    Shit, why not just increase the ISIS estimates by 1,000x and limn Syria with nukes?

  3. Gee, you don’t like that number? How’z about I just double it? Is that what you’re looking for?

    1. The conversation went something like, “Americans don’t think ISIS is scary enough. Ya think you could fix that?”

      “No problem.”

  4. my best friend’s sister makes $61 an hour on the laptop . She has been out of work for eight months but last month her pay was $19853 just working on the laptop for a few hours. go now …..


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