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After setbacks, IS digs in with focus on deadly attacks

An Iraqi soldier stands next to a wall with a red cross above a slogan of the Islamic State group in the city of Fallujah which was recaptured by IraqThe increasing pressure on IS, including Turkey’s decision to launch an operation against it in northern Syria, has seen the organisation lose ground at an unprecedented pace. On Sunday, the Turkish operation reclaimed the last stretch of the Syria-Turkey border from the jihadist group, sealing off its self-styled “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq and forcing it to rely on smuggling networks instead. IS now controls just 20 percent of Iraq and 35 percent of Syria, according to Fabrice Balanche, an expert on the political geography of Syria.

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