U.S. Coalition: ISIS Is Down to Fewer Than 1,000 Fighters in Iraq, Syria

Fewer than 1,000 Islamic State militants are still battling in Iraq and Syria, according to the U.S.-led coalition fighting the terror group. That figure has come down significantly in the last several weeks, as Iraq and Syria have both declared victory over the Islamist sect. (Notably, that figure does not include the areas in western Syria that are under the control of President Bashar al-Assad’s government.) The U.S.-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against the self-proclaimed caliphate since 2014. The coalition told Reuters in a statement: “We can tell you that we are working with our partners to kill or capture all remaining ISIS terrorists, to destroy their network and prevent their resurgence, and also to prevent them from escaping to bordering countries.”