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U.N. experts warn Islamic State militants remain a global threat

The extremist group is reported to still have thousands of foreign terrorist fighters among its ranks in Iraq and Syria and an 'influence' and 'intent' to launch international attacks.

U.S. Army soldiers take cover in Mosul, Iraq
U.S. Army soldiers take cover in Mosul, Iraq (AN/Kieran Cuddihy)

UNITED NATIONS (AN) — U.N. counterterrorism experts reported that Islamic State militants remained a "covert" global threat, despite their recent losses and shifts in tactics.

The United Nations Office of Counterterrorism, or UNOCT, warned the extremist group still had between 14,000 and 18,000 militants in Iraq and Syria, including up to 3,000 foreign terrorist fighters.

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