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Uncle Sam Goes Comical Ali: Pentagon's Absurd Anti-ISIS Accounting for 2015

An excerpt from The National Interest:

  • US curiously claims to have killed 25,000 ISIS fighters but 'likely' only 6 civilians in 2015 in Syria and Iraq
  • Despite such a huge number of ISIS fighters allegedly killed US concedes that ISIS has the same number of fighters one year later
  • Even if 25,000 were indeed killed that still means the US only got just a little more than one ISIS fighter for every one of the 22,000 bombs expended

Pentagon officials claim that at least 25,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed (an anonymous official said 23,000 in November, while on Wednesday, Warren added “about 2,500” more were killed in December.)

Remarkably, they also claim that alongside the 25,000 fighters killed, only six civilians have “likely” been killed in the seventeen-month air campaign.

At the same time, officials admit that the size of the group has remained wholly unchanged. In 2014, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) estimated the size of the Islamic State to be between 20,000 and 31,000 fighters, while on Wednesday, Warren again repeated the 30,000 estimate. To summarize the anti-Islamic State bombing calculus: 30,000 – 25,000 = 30,000.

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