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Despite U.S. airstrikes, ISIS is killing more people than ever in Iraq

American fighter jets have been launching airstrikes on ISIS since August. But a new report from NBC News' Cassandra Vinograd suggests those strikes have "failed to slow the number of ISIS attacks, and its defiant militants are now racking up a higher body count than ever before."

NBC obtained data from IHS Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Center that shows a clear increase in ISIS killings in Iraq.

In January, the group was responsible for at least 47 fatalities. Starting in June — the month ISIS unfurled its black banners in Mosul — the monthly death toll inflicted by ISIS has remained in the triple digits. JTIC counted at least 270 ISIS-caused fatalities in June. For the period after the launch of airstrikes, ISIS caused at least 263 deaths in September and then 336 in October. [NBC News]

"The airstrikes certainly aren't impairing their ability to intensify their attacks or carry out their campaign," the head of JTIC told NBC. "They're not cowed by them, they're not afraid."

Read more at NBC News.