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September 12, 2014 10:06 am

CIA Now Estimates Number of Islamic State Fighters Could Total 31,500

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Fox News – The CIA said Thursday that the number of Islamic State fighters has grown to as many as three times previous estimates, a day after President Obama announced he is drastically expanding the U.S. military campaign against the militants.

A spokesperson for the agency told Fox News that new assessments show that the militant group can muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria.

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