Kerry on Number of IS Militants Killed

By Patrick Schmidt.

The Secretary of State of the United States John Kerry announced that airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria had significantly reduced the terrorist group’s numbers.

The announcement came after a meeting with other leaders from the 21-member coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS).

Since August 2014, over 2,000 airstrikes have been carried out against the group. In theory, over fifty percent of the Islamic State’s command staff have been killed. Over 1,000 different installations controlled by the group have also been hit by airstrikes.

Kerry’s announcement follows other comments by the United Kingdom and Iraq. The British Foreign Minister recently claimed it would take years to defeat the Islamic State (IS). The Prime Minister of Iraq Haider al-Abadi also issued a statement that his forces were receiving neither enough weaponry nor training.

(Source: The Globe and Mail)

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