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ISIS recruits at record pace in Syria: activist group

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) holds an ISIS flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul June 23, 2014. (REUTERS)

BEIRUT: More than 6,000 new fighters joined Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria last month in the militant group's fastest expansion to date, a body monitoring the war said Tuesday.

ISIS, previously estimated to number some 15,000, has seized control of large areas of Syria and Iraq.

Just over a thousand of the new recruits are foreign and the rest Syrian, Rami Abdel-Rahman, founder of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told Reuters. The organization says it gathers data from all sides of the Syrian conflict.

 

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