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Pentagon: Islamic State loses ground in Iraq, gains in Syria

By Associated Press 13/4/2015
Islamic State militants marching in Raqqa, Syria.AP file photo.
Islamic State militants marching in Raqqa, Syria.AP file photo.
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says that while Islamic State militants have lost control of up to 6,500 square miles (16,800 sq. kilometers) in Iraq, they have gained a bit of ground in Syria since last August.

Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, says the front lines of the territory held by the Islamic State group have been pushed further south and west in Iraq. But the militants still control land stretching from west and south of Sinjar down through Mosul and across Bayji.

A new map released by the Pentagon Monday shows that US and coalition forces regained territory near Tikrit, Sinjar Mountain and Mosul Dam.

Warren says while militants were driven out of Kobani, in Syria, they have maintained influence across the country and gained ground around Homs and Damascus.

Comments

 
M Gonzales
M Gonzales | 14/4/2015
Pretty much ISIS hit a brick wall with the Kurds but it took 30,000 Arab Iraqi's to defeat a few hundred ISIS in Tikrit. ISIS is shifting away from the Kurds (Was a huge mistake to attack the Kurds on their own territory) and going after easier Arab targets in Syria thats not protected by coalition air power.
Hillary Washington | 14/4/2015
We want weapon to defend ourselves dear Pentagon. Telling iIS is gone is not relieving. IS goes other monkey republic comes. We kurds can not turn our back to our heaven-crazy Muslim neighbours. Support us as you did with Israel. I love USA back as much as I get from USA.
Glenn | 16/4/2015
Our present US government is controlled by weak and spineless creatures who chase the terrorist state of Iran to be friends. I notice in the recent release commemorating Sadam's atrocities against the Kurds, they call you "Iraqi" first and Kurds second. It is clear Kurds are a separate people from Iraqis and should be supported by the US to have your own country.
Roj | 19/5/2015
Give some descent heavy weapons to the brave Kurdish women of YPG and they'll liberate Raqqa in six days. Talk is cheap. Act now.

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