U.S. Official: 10,000 Islamic State Fighters Have Been Killed in Airstrikes

Who knows if that numbers is true. We don't have anybody on the ground where these airstrikes are taking place. My guess is - this is a Pentagon estimate of fighters killed.

BTW, There would be a heck of a lot more ISIS fighters killed if we turned their 200 vehicle victory parade into a highway of death.

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S. official said Wednesday that more than 10,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed by American-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in nine months, offering a body count for a campaign that has yet to blunt their advance.

Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken's figure came after a Paris conference on how to stop the extremists ended without any new strategy to halt their campaign. It also comes months after the Pentagon dismissed such counts as "simply not a relevant figure" in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Meanwhile, the Islamic State group launched a major attack on the predominantly Kurdish city of Hassakeh in northeastern Syria, according to activists and Syrian state media.

Speaking Wednesday to France Inter Radio a day after the Paris conference, Blinken said the airstrikes have been effective.