Pentagon: ‘IS’ has lost over 25 percent of land in Iraq

A US-led aerial campaign has pushed back “Islamic State” (“IS”) militants from a substantial portion of land captured in Iraq, the Pentagon says. The news comes ahead of high-profile Iraqi-US talks in Washington.

Speaking to reporters at the US Department of Defense, Army Colonel Steven Warren confirmed that coalition forces had regained control over roughly one-third of IS’ territory.

“This equates to approximately 5,000 square miles to 6,000 square miles [of Iraq territory] since the peak of [IS] territorial influence in Iraq in August 2014,” Warren said.

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The Islamist extremist militants lost key fighting areas, such as the Mosul Dam, Zummar and land near the Sinjar Mountain and were generally driven west or south.
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