US says 10,000 Islamic State militants killed in nine-month campaign

We have conceived a three-year plan and we're nine months into it, says Blinken


Reuters June 03, 2015
0,000 Islamic State militants killed in nine-month campaign. PHOTO: FILE

PARIS: More than 10,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed since the international coalition started its campaign against the militant group nine months ago in Iraq and Syria, US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday.

Speaking after the coalition met in Paris, he said there had
been a great deal of progress in the fight against Islamic State
but that the group remained resilient and capable of taking the
initiative.

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"We have seen a lot of losses within Daesh since the start
of this campaign, more than 10,000," Blinken said on France
Inter radio, using a mildly derogatory term for Islamic State.

"It will end up having an impact."

On Tuesday, Western and Arab states carrying out air strikes on Islamic State fighters backed Iraq's plan for retaking territory after being accused by the Iraqi premier of not doing enough to help Baghdad push back the insurgents.

"At the start of this campaign (we) said it would take time," he said.

"We have conceived a three-year plan and we're nine months into it."

COMMENTS (1)

Ashraf | 6 years ago | Reply It is like shooting fish in a barrel for the West. FLIR videos on Youtube show how naive these Islamic State fighters are. They hide in the dark without even realizing that the choppers and drones have infrared cameras. They get taken out even before they can reload their weapons.
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