Experts: Number Of “Islamic State” Followers Growing Leaps And Bounds, Fighters Now Top 100,000
And that number, if accurate, only reflects the totals in Iraq and Syria. It does not include aspiring “members” across the globe who either sympathize with, or have already pledged allegiance to obey, the ISIS caliphate …
Hadith, Muslim 1844, 1851, “Whoever gives his oath of allegiance to a leader and gives him his hand and his heart, let him obey him as much as he can … Whoever dies and did not make an oath of allegiance (to the Muslim leader) has died a death of jaahiliyyah [like an ignorant non-Muslim in pre-Islamic times]” – The “Prophet” Mohammed
By Riyadh Mohammed, Mashable – “The Islamic State, the radical group which has cut a bloody path through Syria and Iraq in recent months, slaying civilians and security forces, and executing the American journalist James Foley on camera, has even more followers than previously believed, according to Iraqi security sources.
While western diplomats and other observers have estimated the number of militants number between 20,000 to 50,000, Hisham al-Hashimi, a security expert in Baghdad, said that the total membership of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria may now be closer to 100,000 members.
If true, the numbers suggest that the militant organization is growing by leaps and bounds as it conquers territory in the region.
According to Hashimi, a key event in terms of adding more people to its rank was the group’s capture of Mosul in June. The northern Iraqi city is a Sunni stronghold, home to many former officers in Saddam Hussein’s army who have opposed the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad. And while some people were forced to enlist, others seem to have voluntarily taken up arms.
As a researcher who occasionally gives advice to the Iraqi security forces, Hashimi has had access to hundreds of memory drives recovered by Iraqi security forces at the home of the second-in-command of the Islamic state and other Iraqi intelligence as well as researchers on the ground in Iraq.
‘The Islamic State didn’t come from nowhere,’ said Hashimi who has been studying the group for years. ‘It is an extension of groups that existed before — historically and ideologically.’
Hashimi’s estimate was seconded by Ibrahim al-Sumaidaei, a political analyst, currently based in Amman, Jordan.
‘The Islamic State’s members have multiplied in a very dangerous way,’ said Sumaidaei, a former intelligence officer. ‘Having plenty of arms and funding has made the Islamic State swallow the fighters of the other Sunni insurgent groups.’ Sumaidaei added that many of the members may not be ‘active duty.’
In addition to foot soldiers, the Islamic State has also attracted a number of former high level army officers from Saddam Hussein’s Baathist regime, said Hashimi. (Many Baathists fought American troops after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.)
‘Most of those who joined — and I know them personally — are either former army officers or their sons,’ said Salem Aljomaily, a security expert and a former intelligence officer. In terms of how the new recruits are organized, Aljomaily said that ‘the high ranking officers are the military planners, and their sons and the younger officers are being used as fighters.'” Read more.
Proverbs 8:35-36, “For whoever finds Me finds life, And obtains favor from the LORD … All those who hate Me love death.”
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