ISIS has lost 95% of the territory in Iraq and Syria, as stated by the US President’s Special Envoy for Combating ISIS, Brett McGurk.
“We note that since the moment our coalition was formed in 2014, ISIS have lost 95% of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria. More than 7.5 million people were released from their power; 2.6 million Iraqis returned home, ISIS did has not regained control over a single meter of the territory that it lost,” the State Department said in a statement, reporting on the meeting of a small group of coalition member countries led by the United States. The meeting was held on Wednesday 15th November in Jordan.
The US-led coalition includes more than 70 countries. It operates against ISIS in Iraq with the permission of local authorities, while in Syria it conducts operations without permission from the Assad government.
The coalition differentiates the areas of activity to those of Russia and uses mechanisms to avoid conflicts with the Russian military aviation system.