We’ve been bombing ISIS for a year and a half now, and what do we have to show for it?
Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, the name of America’s military intervention against ISIS, gave the official figures during a press conference at the Pentagon.
A reporter asked Warren for the military’s best estimate “on the size of the ISIS fighting force across Iraq and Syria.”
“We estimate there’s between 20,000 and 30,000 members of [ISIS] operating inside both Iraq and Syria,” Warren said in response.
The CIA assessed in September 2014, about a month after the U.S. began conducting airstrikes against ISIS, that the group had between 20,000 and 31,500 members across Iraq and Syria, indicating American military efforts have done little to degrade its manpower.
Can you imagine the mess the next President is going to inherit?