Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Iraq Says IS Has Lost Most of Its Land It Seized; IS Controlled 40% of Iraq in 2014,Now Only 6%

The Iraqi military said today (April 11, 2017) that the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has lost more than three-fourths of the territory it seized when it swept across Iraq in the summer of 2014, according to the ABC News website.

Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool, a military spokesman, said the extremist group currently controls less than 12,000 square miles in Iraq, or 6.8 percent of the country's territory -- down from more than 40 percent at its height.

Iraqi forces -- backed by U.S.-led airstrikes -- have pushed the religious militants out of a string of towns and cities over the past two years.

They are currently battling the IS in Mosul -- Iraq's second largest city -- where they have recaptured the city's eastern area, and are expected to recapture western Mosul in the near future.

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