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IS has lost third of Iraq-Syria territory: coalition

Iraqi security forces place the Iraqi flag above the Islamic State group flag on December 28, 2015 in front of the Anbar police headquarters after they recaptured RamadiThe Islamic State group has lost around a third of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria, according to figures provided Tuesday by the US-led coalition. “In Iraq, it’s about 40 percent,” said Colonel Steve Warren, spokesman for the international coalition which carries out daily air raids against IS and also provides training and weapons to local forces fighting the group. When the size of the so-called caliphate IS proclaimed 18 months ago was at its largest, Iraq accounted for a slightly bigger part of it than Syria.

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