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Watch: Pentagon Makes STUNNING ISIS Admission – Obama Won’t Want You To Hear This

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U.S. airstrikes have done nothing to control or reduce the number of jihadists fighting for the Islamic State, Pentagon officials acknowledged Wednesday.

“We estimate there’s between 20,000 and 30,000 members of [ISIS] operating inside both Iraq and Syria,” said Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, the military name of the operation against terrorism in the Middle East.

According to CIA numbers gathered in September 2014, there were between 20,000 and 31,500 ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria one month after President Barack Obama ordered airstrikes.

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So, the ongoing operation has had zero net effect on the terrorist group as far as reducing the number of fighters. Other figures coming from sources outside the U.S. estimate there are now more than 30,000 ISIS fighters. Some analysts put the figures as high as 200,000, but other experts believe that is an overestimation.

Warren said the coalition had success in terms of land. Reportedly, a third of the territory previously conquered by ISIS in Iraq and Syria has been reclaimed from the terrorists, he said.

This new information comes after President Barack Obama claimed the coalition, consisting of the United States and a number of allies, killed thousands of ISIS members once intervention began. Initial numbers suggested that as many as 20,000 radical extremists were killed in the first year of intervention.

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Obama said our military is hitting ISIS “harder than ever” and the group is “contained.” Obama made those statements on Nov. 12, one day before terrorists struck Paris, killing 132 people.

But Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said in sworn testimony before Congress in December that ISIS has in fact spread even further.

“Tactically, in areas they have been [contained]. Strategically, they have spread since 2010,” Dunford said.

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ISIS has migrated to other Middle Eastern countries, Africa, and Central Asia. Terror groups in several countries, including Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, have allegiance to ISIS. ISIS has also influenced more distant locales, like the Philippines and Bangladesh, according to government information.

The question remains of why ongoing airstrikes have not reduced the sheer numbers of fighters. Government officials said numbers haven’t been reduced because more volunteer soldiers are flowing in from other countries to fight with ISIS.

The estimation is that as many as 30,000 foreigners have joined ISIS. While many of those are from neighboring Middle Eastern and North African countries, there are many coming from European countries and the United States.

 if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.


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