Mostly due to ongoing efforts of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Iraqi Army and Kurdish militias, the Islamic State caliphate has shrunk significantly since its peak in 2014.

With cities such as Palmyra, Ramadi and Sinjar lost among many others, ISIS now controls 20% less territory in Syria and 40% less territory in Iraq.

Nevertheless, the jihadist group has now expanded control to Libya and Afghanistan while making sporadic appearances in Yemen, Egypt, Nigeria, Somalia and most recently in some far eastern Asian countries.

Remarkably, the Russian Air Force has conducted an average 60 airstrikes in Syria while the US-led coalition has carried out merely 7 airstrikes on average according to officials of both countries.

These two air campaigns have not only caused thousands of ISIS fighters to be killed, but also significantly cramped Islamic State maneuverability and plummeted its oil exports.

Currently, the Islamic State has been reduced to control merely 3 provincial capitals in Iraq and Syria; namely Mosul, Raqqa and Deir Ezzor.

Nevertheless, Deir Ezzor still boasts a strong SAA presence while major efforts areunderway to break the ISIS-imposed siege of the city.

Both Kurdish factions and the SAA have announced they intend to capture Raqqa while the Iraqi Army has a stated mission of capturing Mosul before the end of the year.

Another reason for ISIS territory shrinking seems to be the group’s all-out-war strategy which astonishingly has put their fighters up against every single armed faction on the battlefields of Iraq and Syria.

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Asdis Asdis
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Asdis Asdis

ИГ не потеряла ни 1% своей территории, а если учесть другие регионы, растет каждый день. https://t.co/7r1TSjBrSW

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mvm199 .

Palmyra? ummm they took it back.

Anyway, it’s still not enough. They still control a big part of syria (ehoms – ehama – ealeppo – raqqa – dez – damascus/golan areas) and iraq (north baghdad / salahaddin small parts and nineveh west and anbar west and kirkuk/hawija pocket). The battle for mosul and tel afar is still far from over, I think western mosul will be tougher.

Zach Smith
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I hope Isis wins

Amin
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Amin

& I hope their caliphate be spread in your area & you and your family be fucked by them as soon as possible…

daeshit sucks
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daeshit sucks

Well, he should join the caliphate! Doesn’t he knows that jihad is mandatory for dicks like him? And there’s anything needed in Syria or Iraq to help him to meet Allah and have his 72 virgin houris. Both these countries have became a nice mincer for the all around the word scum 😉 Let’s see if he has b***s!

daeshit sucks
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daeshit sucks

I hope they’ll wait a little : I’m sparing money for my .408CheyTac semi-auto with the TrackingPoint targetting system. It’s f*****g expensive. We have many pig farms around, ISIS guys will help ’em a lot by being recycled as food for pigs. BTW, I’d like to make a poll! It’s a bout : do jihadis prefer to be bonded in a pig skin or in a boar skin? It’s just to please them as we’ll impale the at the gates of the community, bonded in one or the other… I’d prefer the boar skins : we’re around 200 to hunt… Read more »