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Number of foreign fighters joining ISIS nose-diving, says U.S. general

Air strikes destroying their equipment and their cash hordes, so men must go unpaid

ISIS terrorists in Syria (file)

The number of foreign fighters entering Iraq and Syria has plummeted over the past year, a US general said Tuesday.

Major General Peter Gersten told Pentagon reporters that when he arrived in Baghdad about a year ago, between 1,500 and 2,000 foreign fighters were joining the Islamic State group's ranks each month.

"Now we have been fighting this enemy for a year, our estimates are down to 200 (per month) and we are actually seeing now an increase in the desertion rates of these fighters," Gersten said.

The general attributed the drop in part to the US-led coalition's continued attacks on the ISIS group's cash-storage facilities.

He said the coalition has carried out about 20 such strikes that have blown up as much as $800 million worth of cash, much of it stashed in houses.

This article continues at [Israel National News] Number of foreign fighters joining ISIS plummets

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