Number of Islamic State militants has fallen to up to 25,000

The number of Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria has fallen, according a US intelligence assessment.

The US estimates there are between 19,000 and 25,000 fighters, down from a high of as many as 31,500, White House spokesman Josh Earnest says.

He credits the decrease to the military efforts of partners on the ground, a US-led airstrike campaign and efforts to keep foreign fighters off the battlefield.

Last update: Thu, 04/02/2016 - 22:40

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