The U.S. has spent nearly $5 billion on air strikes in Iraq and Syria since the war against ISIS began 16 months ago. The objective– to destroy ISIS, which they’ve actually done, if the numbers were static. ISIS started out with about 30,000 fighters, and the U.S. military claims they’ve killed nearly 26,000 of them.
But an analysis by the Council on Foreign Relations published in Defense One earlier this month notes that despite the good targeting, there has been virtually no change in the number of ISIS fighters.
The U.S. coalition killed 87 percent of ISIS’s army, and yet, like a worm that’s been cut in half, it becomes two worms. That’s what ISIS has been able to do because of its top-notch recruiting campaign.
The Central Intelligence Agency in 2014 put the total number of ISIS adherents between…
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