Jihadist Islamic State has 50,000 members in Syria: NGO

An image made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Raqa on June 30, 2014, allegedly shows members of the Islamic state militant group parading in a tank in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of RaqaThe jihadist Islamic State has more than 50,000 fighters in Syria and recruited 6,000 last month alone, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. The group, which relies on activists, doctors and lawyers on the ground in Syria for its reporting, said July saw the Islamic State’s largest recruitment yet. “The number of IS fighters has passed 50,000 in Syria, including 20,000 non-Syrians,” the group’s director Rami Abdel Rahman said. “July saw the largest recruitment since the group appeared in Syria in 2013, with more than 6,000 new fighters,” he said.

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