This isn’t bad news! Do you think the Allies fight against ISIS is working though?
More than 25,000 members of the Islamic State terror group have been killed in the relentless war fought by Britain and its allies, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The campaign has halved the number of jihadi fighters in IS-controlled areas of Syria and Iraq in just 20 months and eliminated scores of the group’s leaders, with bombing raids and missile strikes by the RAF playing a crucial role.
The revelations of how IS has been dealt a series of devastating blows emerged in an exclusive interview with Colonel Steve Warren, the US military spokesman for the US-led global coalition against Islamic State.
Col Warren revealed:
- The terror group’s ability to make millions of dollars every day selling oil on the black market and pay its army of jihadis has been vastly reduced by repeated air attacks on IS-held oilfields;
- Coalition forces are preparing to mount a final assault on their stronghold of Raqqa in Syria;
- The remains of Jihadi John were ‘like a greasy spot on the ground’, according to the first eyewitness account of the drone strike that killed the British executioner.
Col Warren said: ‘Much like a boxer, Daesh [Islamic State] has taken several hard blows to the mid-section. We believe the knees are getting weak, and the head is starting to drop, and they are beginning to feel the effect of the exceptional pressure we’ve placed on them over 20 months.’
He said 600 fighters had been killed in the past three weeks alone, and recent precision drone strikes and covert Special Forces missions to take out senior leaders had left the extremists ‘paranoid and in chaos’.