How Jordan and ISIS measure up in terms of military strength

Jordan has vowed "to degrade and defeat" terror group ISIS to avenge the gruesome death of its fighter pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh, who was burned to death in a cage. Here is how the two sides measure up in terms of military strength:



Geography: 89,342 sq km

Troops: 175,700 active frontline personnel

Land and air power: 1,321 tanks, 461 self-propelled guns, 246 aircraft and 88 multiple-launch rocket systems

Resources (in oil reserves): 165 barrels a day

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS)


Geography: Some estimates say the group controls roughly 40,000 sq km of Iraq and Syria, others put the figure at 90,000 sq km.

Troops: 31,500 from 81 nationalities, according to CIA estimates. But observers say there could be nearly 200,000 militants

Land and air power: Nearly 40 T-55 and T-72 tanks acquired during Syrian civil war, helicopters, US-made Humvees and trucks, anti-tank missiles, AK-47s, rifles and rocket-propelled grenades. These are all either smuggled or confiscated as spoils of war in the fighting against Iraqi forces.

Resources: US$2 billion in cash and assets, financial support from wealthy individuals, oil and gas fields it controls and funds from taxation, tolls, smuggling, extortion and kidnapping.

Source: BBC,,, Business Insider

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