Islamic State has MORE THAN 30,000 fighters, CIA claims

Source: AP

Hundreds of Britons are believed to have gone to fight in the so-called caliphate, which was created when the extremist group- also known as ISIS and ISIL – seized vast swathes of Iraq and Syria.

But the true extent of the force hoping to hold onto the terror group’s territory has emerged as Britain today votes on whether to join a US-led coalition of airstrikes on IS strongholds.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has said IS can “muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria.”

A CIA spokesman added: “This new total reflects an increase in members because of stronger recruitment since June, following battlefield successes and the declaration of a caliphate, greater battlefield activity, and additional intelligence.”

The FBI and the US homeland Security Committee estimates that the extremist group – which has shocked the world by beheading several western hostages on video – is preparing to..

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