Colonel Steve Warren, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition leading the fight against «Islamic state», reported that the number of militants of the terrorist group was significantly decreased, but payment for their «papers» have decreased.
About it writes on Monday, February 22nd, the news Agency Reuters.
Pentagon spokesman, who spoke with journalists in London, cited as evidence a number of facts: according to him, is forcibly recruited to its ranks of teenagers, and also uses the elite fighters in ordinary units – which demonstrates a decrease in the number of mercenaries in the army of terrorists.
According to U.S. intelligence, the number of fighters of IG, which in the previous half year increased from about 19,000 to 31.000 people, today is estimated to range from 20,000 to 25,000, which indicates the decline of enthusiasm. The average salary of local militants was until recently about $ 400 per month, foreign mercenaries, who are considered more loyal and fanatical Jihad, relied from 600 to 800 dollars. Today, these amounts are reduced by almost half.
In addition, the IG lost control of 40% of previously conquered territories of Iraq and 10% in Syria, where the coalition’s involvement is complicated by the intervention of the Russians. According to Warren, the war there has become much harder after this military campaign, Russia intervened, the aircraft which bombed, mostly representatives of the Syrian opposition – that is what accounts for 90% of strikes, VKS RF.