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ISIS has lost 95 percent of territory in Syria, Iraq

Residents and rescue workers gather near a collapsed building in the town of Darbandikhan, Sulaimaniyah province, in northern Iraq, on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (Khalil Dawood/Xinhua/Sipa USA/TNS)
November 16, 2017

The so-called Islamic State has lost control of 95 percent of the land it overran in Syria and Iraq in 2014, the United States presidential envoy to the global coalition fighting the jihadist group, said on Thursday.

“IS has lost 95 percent of the territories it controlled in Iraq and Syria since the coalition was formed in 2014,” Brett McGurk said in a declaration that followed a meeting of coalition members in Jordan on Wednesday.

“Over 7.5 million people have been liberated,” McGurk went on.

The flow of foreign fighters in Syria “is almost at a standstill”, he said.

“More and more fighters are being stopped at the frontier,” McGurk added.

The envoy stressed the importance of accompanying military victories with political and diplomatic action and continuing support of projects to boost stability in areas of Iraq and Syria formerly held by IS.


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