Islamic State fighter estimate triples :CIA

ISIS is an Al Qaida splinter group and it has seized hundreds of square miles in Iraq and Syria, which is equal in size as that of Britain and poses a threat to the region.
Al Qaida has distanced itself from the group, chiding it for its lack of teamwork in its aggressive, brutal expansion.
US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday said that the USA is not at war with ISIS.
“What we are doing is engaging in a very significant counter-terrorism operation,” Mr Kerry told CNN.

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry gestures as he asks reporter to repeat question during news conference with Indian Foreign Minister Khurshid at Hyderabad House in New Delhi
“It’s going to go on for some period of time. If somebody wants to think about it as being a war with ISIL, they can do so, but the fact is it’s a major counter terrorism operation that will have many different moving parts,” Mr Kerry said.

“ISIL is an animal unto itself. And it is significantly such a threat because of the foreign fighters that are attracted to it ~ which you don’t see in Somalia or Yemen,” he said, adding that ISIL has attracted a “significant coalition” that is determined to go and destroy it.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian to discuss the coalition strategy to combat the Islamic State, the Pentagon said.
Meanwhile, the US Central Command continued to attack IS terrorists in Iraq, using attack aircraft to conduct two airstrikes on Wednesday and Thursday near the Mosul Dam.

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The US Central Command has conducted a total of 156 airstrikes across Iraq


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