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Report: ISIS loses much of its territory to Kurds in Iraq and Syria

By Rudaw 22/12/2015
ISIS fighters, pictured on a militant website verified by AP.
ISIS fighters, pictured on a militant website verified by AP.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region--A recent study by the think-tank IHS Jane's reports that the Islamic State (ISIS) has lost approximately 14% of the territory in Iraq and Syria in recent months. 

The report says that the group has lost 12,800 square kilometers of territory to the Kurds of Iraq and Syria and some to the Iraqi forces in areas like Tikrit and Baiji. 

Syrian Kurds have tripled the size of their fledgling autonomous territory since, with the help of U.S. air power, they broke the lengthy ISIS siege on Kobani and reversed that groups gains. 

They also cut off large parts of the Syrian border from ISIS by pushing it out of the Northern border town of Gire spi (Tal Abyad) last summer. 

"We had already seen a negative financial impact on Islamic State (ISIS) due to the loss of control of the Tal Abyad border crossing prior to the recent intensification of air strikes against the group's oil production capability," explained Columb Strack, a senior Middle East analyst with Jane's.

The Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Region have also driven out ISIS from most Kurdish territories it captured last year, most notably the Yezidi town of Shingal and parts of Kirkuk and northern Diyala.

The extremist group has made up for its losses in Kurdish areas by capturing new territory elsewhere in Iraq such as the Sunni city of Ramadi in May.

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LUFC2009 | 22/12/2015
Its iver for Daesch in 12 month
Brzoo Kurdi
Brzoo Kurdi | 22/12/2015
If Turkey stops helping Isis or at least stops making life easy for Isis,and MR Obama comes back to his senses to arm the Kurd directly ,Isis is very tired , they do not have the energy to keep up thew fight ,but Turkey does as much as they do to help Hamas...so this is a problem,but we are more confident and we are on the right side of history ,Isis and Turkey can not keep up the lie.if Ted Cruz wins the election,then Turkey can not help Hamas and Isis anymore.
Forked tongue | 22/12/2015
Pi r squared. The balloon circumference will only grow as the Kurds expand.ISIL is history. Long live the Kurds.The Daesh balloon has popped like a Weasel.
FAUthman | 22/12/2015
The 14% territory lost by ISIS is almost entirely to Kurds with US led-Coalition air support in Rojava!
Hans Guderian | 22/12/2015
Yes, and all the lands Kurds take over from ISIS, they claim. It is like a Medieval show.

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