US: Roughly 45,000 Islamic State fighters killed in last two years

Approximately 45,000 members of the extremist Islamic State movement have been killed in the last two years in Iraq and Syria, the US military says.

The number of frontline Islamic State fighters is dwindling, Sean MacFarland, commander of the anti-Islamic State coalition said Wednesday, as the influx of foreign fighters is dropping. He stressed, however, that the 45,000 death toll was an estimate.

The US spearheads the coalition of Western and Arab countries carrying out airstrikes against the terrorist group in Syria and Iraq since September 2014.

The estimates could not be independently verified.

Last update: Wed, 10/08/2016 - 22:43

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