Nearly 2500 soldiers of the EI killed in December by the international coalition
The US military announced that the international coalition led by the United States , has killed about 500 fighters of the 2 organization of the Islamic State in December in air strikes in Syria and Iraq.
The Pentagon provided , Wednesday, January 6 , a review of the operations of the international coalition led by the United States. The spokesman of the US Army Steve Warren announced that about 2,500 fighters of the organization Islamic State (AEs ) were killed in December in air strikes in Syria and Iraq.
Since the beginning of the strikes in August 2014, the EI group lost up to 22 000 km2 of its territory , 40% of what he had taken in Iraq, and 10% in Syria. ” We believe that EI is now on the defensive ,” has estimated the spokesman. ” They reached the climax of their offensive operations around the month of May, but since then they have only lost ground .”
Between 20,000 and 30,000 members of the EI in Iraq and Syria
Iraqi forces for some time reconquered several major cities , including Ramadi . Several jihadi groups , however, remain holed up in the suburbs of the city , insisted Steve Warren , adding that Iraqi troops had killed sixty IE fighters in the past 24 hours.
According to the United States , there are between 20 000 and 30 000 members of the EI in Iraq and Syria. Despite the strikes of the coalition, the terrorist group manages to replenish its ranks quickly , thanks to the influx of young unemployed men from neighboring countries where economic and political situation is difficult.
If the members of the IE wipe many defeats in Syria and Iraq, they have managed to gain new territories elsewhere, such as in Libya where they try to take control of several oil terminals on different ports .