ISIS still has up to 30,000 members in Syria and Iraq, UN report finds

Islamic State still has as many as 30,000 members in Syria and Iraq – a far higher number than previously estimated, a United Nations report has found.

The report by UN sanctions monitors said of those 20,000-30,000, which are equally distributed between the two countries, several thousand were thought to be foreign fighters.

The US-led coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) claimed last December that there were fewer than 1,000 fighters remaining in Iraq and Syria and that the group was close to being defeated.