There are as many as 31,000 fighters in terror group ISIS' army, the U.S. CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) has said, which is three times more than previously feared. Meanwhile, ten Arab countries have said that they will be helping the U.S. in the war against ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), the Christian Post website reports today (September 12, 2014).
"This new total reflects an increase in [ISIS] members because of stronger recruitment since June following battlefield successes and the declaration of a caliphate, greater battlefield activity, and additional intelligence," CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani said today.
The 10 Arab countries pledged to help the U.S. in its fight against the terror group are: Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
The Arab countries said in a joint statement that they "shared commitment to stand united against the threat posed by all terrorism" and said that they had discussed a strategy to "destroy" the terror group wherever it operates.