The jihadist Islamic State has more than 50,000 fighters in Syria and recruited 6,000 last month alone, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday.

The group, which relies on activists, doctors, and lawyers on the ground in Syria for its reporting, said July saw the Islamic State’s largest recruitment yet.

“The number of IS fighters has passed 50,000 in Syria, including 20,000 non-Syrians,” the group’s director Rami Abdel Rahman said. […]