'IS quarter of territory lost'

'IS quarter of territory lost'

World October 9, 2016 07:15

london - Islamic State has lost more than a quarter of the territory it once controlled. The terror group was according to analysts at IHS since January last year, 28 percent return of its area, the BBC reported.

The IS area shrank in the first nine months of 2016 from 78,000 square kilometers to 65,500 square kilometers. The organization lost in July only 2,800 square kilometers. That is according to IHS along with a decrease in Russian air strikes against IS.

'The losses of territory in July are relatively small in scale, but unprecedented in terms of strategic importance,' said IHS analyst Columb Strack. The terror group is among others expelled from the Turkish border. Therefore it has become more difficult to smuggle fighters to Syria via Turkey.

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