Intel doesn’t support Kerry claim that half of Islamic State’s leadership has been taken out

Intel doesn’t support Kerry claim that half of Islamic State’s leadership has been taken out

[Ed. – Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit.]

The war against the Islamic State has killed thousands of fighters and even some mid-level battlefield commanders, but the organization’s senior leadership and nerve center remain largely untouched, according to U.S. military and intelligence officials. …

In February, [General John] Allen said that half the group’s leaders in Iraq had been killed.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference also in February, Kerry expanded that claim to account for the group’s leadership in Syria as well.

“We’ve disrupted their command structure, undermined its propaganda, taken out half of their senior leadership, squeezed its financing, damaged its supply networks, dispersed its personnel, and forced them to think twice before they move in an open convoy,” Kerry said. …

When asked about Kerry’s 50 percent claim, Army Captain John J. Moore, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, told us: “We currently don’t have a percentage attached to that statistic.”

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