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Central Intelligence Agency ISIS

‘Up to 31,500 fighters’

1 Jan, 1970

The CIA says that ISIS membership has doubled or even tripled, according to new intelligence assessments. Statement:

CIA assesses the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) can muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria, based on a new review of all-source intelligence reports from May to August, an increase from our previous assessment of at least 10,000 fighters. This new total reflects an increase in members because of stronger recruitment since June following battlefield successes and the declaration of a caliphate, greater battlefield activity, and additional intelligence.