Islamic State Defections Mount as Death Toll Rises, U.S. Official Says

(USA Today) Tom Vanden Brook - Defections of Islamic State fighters have begun to thin their ranks in Iraq in the last month, intelligence reports show. Military officials estimate that the campaign has killed 23,000 Islamic State fighters, raising their death toll by 3,000 since mid-October. Near Kirkuk in the last week, 90 Islamic State fighters laid down their arms and turned themselves over to Kurdish peshmerga forces, said Army Col. Steve Warren, spokesman for the anti-ISIS coalition in Baghdad.

2015-12-01 00:00:00

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