WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 9: CIA Director John Brennan testifies before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee at the Hart Senate Building on February 9, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images/AFP
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ISIS's "terrorism capacity and global reach" have not been reduced, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency said on Thursday, adding that the group has tens of thousands of fighters around the world, far more than Al-Qaeda had at its height.The CIA is concerned about the growth of Libya as a base of operations for ISIS militants, who have 5,000 to 8,000 fighters there, Brennan said.Brennan said the number of ISIS fighters in Iraq and Syria had dropped to 18,000 to 22,000 from the CIA's estimate last year that they may have had as many as 33,000 .The CIA and the European Union's Counter-Terrorism Group have been discussing ways to improve the sharing of intelligence on terrorist threats in the wake of the attacks, Brennan said.
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