After President Barack Obama announced that the United States, in conjunction with other allies and partners, will be launching airstrikes and military action in Iraq and Syria, one of the greatest issues that came along was that one of intelligence. The United States has relatively weak intelligence sources and infrastructure in this region, and as a result has found itself in a much bigger problem than previously perceived.


A, recently introduced, CIA assessment pegs the number of ISIS militants between two times to more than three times previous estimates. To be precise, according to a CIA spokesperson, the Islamic State of Syria and Levant “can muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria.” This comes in as stark contrast to previous estimates of 10,000 ISIS militants by U.S. officials. As to how ISIS grew in numbers, is a mystery, and it is unclear as to whether the increased…

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