IS has lost nearly half the area it once claimed in Iraq: Pentagon

Fighters from the Iraqi pro-government forces flash the sign for victory as they drive vehicles in the Albu Aitha area, north of Ramadi, on May 12, 2016The Islamic State group has continued losing control over territory across Iraq and Syria, a Pentagon spokesman said, including almost half of what it had once held in Iraq. The Defense Department had previously estimated that IS fighters had lost control of about 40 percent of the territory they claimed in Iraq and about 10 percent of the land they held in Syria.

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