Monday, July 11, 2016

Report: Islamic State Caliphate Shrinks a Further 12 Percent in 2016

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Islamic State territorial losses between January 2015 and July 2016

IHS: Islamic State Caliphate Shrinks a Further 12 Percent in 2016, IHS Says

Territory controlled by the Islamic State shrunk by 12 percent in the first six months of 2016, according to new analysis released today by IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of critical information and insight.

In 2015, the Islamic State’s caliphate shrunk by 12,800 km2 to 78,000 km2, a net loss of 14 percent. In the first six months of 2016, that territory shrunk again by 12 percent. As of 4 July 2016, the Islamic State controls roughly 68,300 km2 in Iraq and Syria, which is roughly the size of Ireland or the US state of West Virginia.

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More News On Reports That The Islamic State Continues To Lose Territory

IS loses 12% of territory since January - IHS -- BBC
Analysis: ISIS loses another 12 percent of territory -- The Hill
Islamic State has lost grip on 12% of territory in six months – study -- The Guardian/AFP
Report: ISIS lost quarter of its Iraq, Syria territory in 18 mths -- Reuters
ISIS loses 25% of ground in 18 months, could step up civilian attacks - report -- RT
Report: ISIS has lost another 12 percent of territory in 2016 -- RUDAW
ISIS Just Keeps Shrinking -- Newsy


Anonymous said...

Progress is too slow, these fuckers should have been annihilated already. The politicians need to loosen up the ROE so it can get done

B.Poster said...

A change in the rules of engagement (ROE) likely would be very helpful but such a change is not magic. This is a VERY tough enemy and it will be/has been EXTREMELY difficult to defeat them.

In six months ISIS has lost a 12% of its territory if this report is to be believed. If this is the case, this is very good progress and is frankly more than I would have expected.

I would be very surprised if this rate of taking territory from them can be maintained. As allied forces get closer to the core of ISIS progress against them will likely be more difficult.

While I do expect them to be ultimately defeated as the math simply doesn't seem to work for them, this is a very tough and very adaptable enemy. Progress against them should be expected to be quick or easy.

B.Poster said...

I meant progress should not be expected to be quick or easy.