How foreign fighters are swelling ISIS ranks - CNN.com
Within few months they gained so much territories, so much victories and now so many fighters within themselves.CIA: ISIS doubled, if not tripled, it's ranks
On Thursday, the CIA made a startling announcement: The number of people fighting for ISIS may be more than three times the previous estimates.
Analysts and U.S. officials initially estimated there were as many as 10,000 fighters, including those freed from prisons by ISIS and Sunni loyalists who joined the fight as the group advanced across Iraq.
But now ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State, can "muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria," a CIA spokesman told CNN on Thursday.
"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," the spokesman said.
Rear Adm. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said Friday that the increased estimates won't alter how the United States approaches ISIS, a group that he insisted "nobody has underestimated."
"The 20,000 to 31,500 estimate doesn't necessarily change ... our estimate or (Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's) belief that this is going to be a long-term struggle," Kirby said.
Kirby added," We're not just simply about degrading and destroying ... the 20 to 30,000 (ISIS fighters). It's about degrading and destroying their capabilities to attack targets, particularly Western targets. It's about destroying their ideology."
"There are many nationalities." "From Norway, from America, Canada, Somalia, Korea, China, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Lebanon and other European countries such as Germany and France."
And considering how they transform Raqqa, they seem to be very serious when they say that they're there to establish an Islamic State.
If ISIS progress by this way, 3 years and just bombing won't have any effect imo.
Of course there are many reasons to believe that ISIS wouldn't be such this, if West wouldn't mess up that region with Libya and Iraq, however it's time to leave it to the past with this kind of ISIS in front.
I do remember all those prisons break from Iraq, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, Tunisia etc etc, and I had the feeling something big was being prepared on that time.
Most of the prisoners who escaped from those countries were not terrorist but just suspected as terrorist and were treated in a very cruel way. There is no surprise to me when ISIS members behead people. They have too much anger inside themselves. At the moment they lost the hope, they saw a light (ISIS). It's a bad light but they'll fight till the end for it.
In Syria, there are many youngers who want to join ISIS.
Still, it is without a question how people from Europe (muslims and non muslims) joined the battle.
While beheading people, ISIS is sending the message with an UK citizen.
All Europe and world was shocked how ISIS got so many foreign fighters and most of them came from most civilized countries (like UK, France, USA, Canada etc.).
Most of these people left a very good job behind. Most of them were doctors, dentists, financiers. Most of them left their children behind.
The West and US have been in quiet so far because indeed there really is so less information about ISIS.
Main threat is that here around us might be a lot of jihadists and unfortunately we can never figure that out. Might be your doctor, your dentist, your teacher, your fire worker etc.
Fact is, ISIS can't be destroyed only with a military plan.