Iraq Accuses Pentagon Of “Extremely Exaggerating” Numbers Of ISIS Fighters
The US Department of Defense Inspector General released a formal report last week which claimed ISIS retains between 14,000 and 18,000 members in Iraq and Syria, which Pentagon officials used to argue for a continuing US troops presence in Syria. They touted the report as “verification” that a US draw down in Syria had enabled a a resurgent ISIS.
The Iraqi military, however, which partners with US forces, has rejected the report, calling it “extremely exaggerated”.
“The figure announced by the Pentagon is extremely exaggerated,” the spokesman for the Joint Operations Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, said in a press statement,