Islamic State killed in wars to date

Dec 9, 2016- At least 50,000 militants from so-called Islamic State have been killed since the US-led coalition started fighting in Iraq and Syria two years ago, a USA military official has said.

Since the launch of Operation Inherent Resolve began on August 2014, more than 125,000 sorties in Iraq and Syria have been carried out by the US-led coalition, the Pentagon said last month.

The official said it was a conservative estimate, but it's a bit more than what others have stated before.

It's unclear exactly what the United States considers to be part of their coalition, for instance whether Russian and Syrian forces killing ISIS fighters in Syria count as part of this toll, and indeed how many people the USA has killed from other groups that have been included in the toll.

The official on Thursday said that coalition air strikes could be intensified in places like Mosul, which Iraqi troops are now battling to recapture, but that had to be offset against the risk of civilian casualties.

The coalition has "not seen any indications at this point that civilians were harmed in the strike", Dorrian added, but conceded it is "very hard to ascertain with full and total fidelity" whether civilians were killed in the strike.

The military official said the coalition had diminished IS's ranks to such a level that simultaneous attacks being waged on Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria have been possible.

"Unfortunately were seeing younger fighters; perhaps adolescent age, rather than adults", Dorrian said.

"As this effort goes on with each passing day, Daesh (IS) has fewer fighters and fewer resources at their disposal", Dorrian said in a videocall, AFP reported.

He also said that jihadists seem to have run out of armoured suicide auto bombs, and estimated "many hundreds" of fighters had been killed in Mosul. "They are not going to go quietly, but they are going to go".

The campaign was beginning to damage IS, the official said.

Despite this assertion, such figures are periodically announced.

They have praised Pentagon efforts at accountability compared with other actors in Syria such as Russian Federation and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

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