UN concern over 30,000 ISIS members in Iraq, Syria and al-Qaeda leaders in Iran

Al-Qaeda’s leaders in Iran “have grown more prominent” and have been working with the extremist group’s top leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, “projecting his authority more effectively than he could previously” including on events in Syria, the experts said. The report to the Security Council by experts monitoring sanctions against ISIS and al-Qaeda said the estimate of the current total ISIS membership in Iraq and Syria came from governments it did not identify. The estimate of between 20,000 and 30,000 members includes “a significant component of the many thousands of active foreign terrorist fighters,” it said.


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