To understand the magnitude of the problem on a global level, and not just on the Syrian and regional fronts, we must be aware of just how significant the CIA’s estimation was on the number of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) fighters. Less than two years ago, the CIA estimated their number at just a few hundreds, and a few months ago it estimated their number at 10,000. However, this week it admitted that ISIS forces have in a short period of time tripled to 30,000. Many governments across the world have also confirmed that many of their Muslim citizens have joined the group.
ISIS is now larger than the largest terrorist organization in the world. Its number is double the number of Kuwait’s army, and its money, arms and hiding places make it one of the richest states in the region. ISIS fighters also surpass the strength of the world’s armies as they possess the will to die. One ISIS fighter is equal to ten soldiers from a regular army. ISIS also includes hundreds of fighters who are willing to perform suicide attacks. ISIS can be a rival of the American army, which is the most trained and equipped in the world. The CIA’s estimation of the number of ISIS fighters is most likely based on information from the field, aerial surveillance, interrogating prisoners and gathering information from friendly security apparatuses.
The delusion of fighting ISIS
To think that the battle can be completed with aerial intervention or a military campaign in Iraq is a delusionAbdulrahman al-Rashed