Having slaughtered many, ISIL now finds its own numbers sharply depleted

Having slaughtered many, ISIL now finds its own numbers sharply depleted

Signs of strain are showing in the much-hyped Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) following its defeat by Kurdish fighters in Kobani near the Syrian border.
In the so-called caliphate’s ostensible capital of Racqa, fighters are less in evidence and locals are being pressured to enlist to fight in Iraq, according to a report by Voice of America.

“They are using all the means they can to persuade people to join — from money offers to threats and prisoners are being press-ganged,” said Abu Mohammed, with the opposition group called Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently.

Strains began showing with ISIL forces after the siege of Kobani ended in defeat, he told reporter Jamie Dettmer. “They lost a lot of fighters there and it clearly hit their morale as well.”

ISIL was forced to send children called “cubs of the caliphate” to the front as the Kurdish forces held strong with assistance from U.S.-led coalition air strikes which took a high death toll, he said.

Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of U.S. Central Command, told Congress in March that the campaign had killed as many as 8,500 fighters. Rami Abdurrahman at the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, estimated that ISIL had lost more than a thousand fighters at Kobani.

Recent ISIL statements attributed to its top leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (rumored to be incapacitated) have betrayed urgency or desperation.

The statements called for the enlisting of “religiously dedicated, patient ones, and war experts who don’t look back, fight and don’t lay down their weapons until they get killed or God grants them victory.”

Daniel Milton and Muhammad al-Ubaydi at the Combating Terrorism Center at the United States Military Academy at West Point noted that the statement urged “those who wanted to volunteer to report within 48 hours. The short temporal expiration date on this order suggests a certain urgency in the request. Given the time it will take to organize and deploy fighters, this suggests that IS[IL] sees the next several weeks in both Al-Anbar and Salah ad Din (provinces) as critical.”

source : worldtribune.com

media activist from the city of Raqqa, student at the Faculty of Law at the University of the Euphrates. Director of the Media Office of Raqqa, founding member of "Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently", founding member of the documentary project of "Sound and Picture". I work in documenting violations committed by Assad's regime and ISIS group and extremist organizations inside the city of Raqqa, as I work in programming, design and visual media. I hold a certificate of coach in digital security, and a certificate of journalist coach, and a certificate in documenting violations against human rights, and a certificate in electronic advocacy. I underwent a training under the supervision of "Cyber-Arabs" in collaboration with the Institute for War and Peace "IWPR", about the management of electronic websites and leadership of advocacy campaigns, and a training of press photography under the supervision of the photojournalist "Peter Hove Olesen".


  1. Ash
    May 8, 2015 - 4:55 pm

    It’d be good to see this coalition get stuck in properly again like they did in Kobani. Wjy is there so little reporting? Thank god for RIBSS, keep up the good work….please don’t get killed!

  2. May 8, 2015 - 8:08 pm

    It is the nature of any warlike culture or nation that it, like many kinds of Shark, MUST keep moving forward or it will die; a militarised “nation” does not create anything; it’s economy can only exist – never mind thrive – by making ever more conquests. This also applies to the raising of both funds and replacement soldiers. Already ISIS has squeezed dry most of the population under it’s control, through extortion, bribery and ransom, but that is a limited source, and will inevitably create more resentment in the subject population. Note the emphasis on wanting recruits who are experienced in warfare, and the special treatment that Western recruits with such knowledge are afforded; this is an indicator of their concerns; and with even the top ISIS commanders at risk of falling foul of the regime (e.g. the Commander executed for smoking cigarettes), the in-fighting and back-stabbing in the top echelons show that internal division exist.

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