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After extremists' latest advances in Syria and Iraq, the U.S. is falling back on an old and discredited metric – estimated enemy body counts – to show it isn't losing the war against ISIS.Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, filling in at a Paris conference this week after his boss John Kerry broke his leg in a bicycling accident, said the U.S.-led coalition has killed about 10,000 ISIS fighters since its campaign against the group began 10 months ago.Warren at the Pentagon said that instead of assessing progress based on estimates of fighters killed in action, Defense Department planners focus on capabilities, such as the group's funding and resupply.It detailed the flow of more than 25,000 foreign fighters from 100 countries to fight with ISIS and other extremist groups, including the Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate.ISIS' resilience is also due to ineffective efforts by the anti-ISIS coalition, which has relied on an air-heavy campaign without sufficient ground combat components, Hof said.
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