Defense

UK, US have vaslty different estimates of total ISIS fighters killed

The U.S. and the United Kingdom have offered vastly different estimates of the number of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters killed since the international coalition began bombing the group in 2014, according to CNN.

U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon estimated on Thursday that 25,000 ISIS fighters had been killed during the campaign. He made the remark while speaking to reporters alongside Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

{mosads}The Obama administration has recently been touting the effectiveness of its efforts to combat ISIS, but the body count discrepancy could cast a shadow on its claims of success.

A senior military official told CNN last week that the Pentagon’s conservative estimate is that 50,000 ISIS soldiers have been killed.

Brett McGurk, the White House’s special envoy for the counter-ISIS coalition, said this week that the terror group has been reduced to 12,000 to 15,000 fighters as a result of the military campaign.

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