(CNN) – As many as 50,000 ISIS fighters have been killed since the war against the terror group began, a senior US military official told CNN.
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The official called that figure a conservative estimate.
ISIS recruitment also has fallen off. It recruited only several hundred foreign fighters this year, compared with a couple thousand a month last year, CNN has learned.
In addition, the official also revealed Thursday that in May 2015, US special operations forces came “tantalizingly close” to capturing or killing ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi in Raqqa, but failed to do so because classified information was leaked to the news media.
The official briefed reporters at the Pentagon on the condition his name not be used due to the sensitivity of the information. Continue Reading