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Islamic State lost 14 pct of its territory in 2015: report

Kurdish forces on June 15 seized a post on Syria's border with Turkey, a vital supply line to the Islamic State group, as they battle for the jihadist-held town of Tal AbyadThe Islamic State (IS) group lost around 14 percent of its territory in 2015, while Syria’s Kurds almost tripled the land they control, thinktank IHS Jane’s said on Monday. The development is a blow to the group, given that its aim is to capture and hold territory to expand its so-called “caliphate”, within whose borders it imposes a severe and bloody form of what it calls Islamic law. The jihadist group’s losses include the strategically important town of Tal Abyad on Syria’s border with Turkey, the Iraqi city of Tikrit, and Iraq’s Baiji refinery.

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