July 30, 2015 | Quote

Map: ISIS Has Lost 9.4 Percent of Its Territory This Year

SIS has lost almost 10 percent of its territory so far in 2015, yet another indication that the group, for all the terror it has sown in Syria and Iraq, is losing the war.

Defense analysis group IHS Jane's 360 detailed the territorial loss in a report, which includes this map below estimating the change in ISIS's territory between January 1 and June 29 of this year. Green shows territory ISIS has taken in those months, and red shows land that it's lost:

Jane's estimates the total loss at 9.4 percent of what ISIS held when the year began.

“When they declared the caliphate, their legitimacy came to rest on the continuing viability of their state,” Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told me in October. If they keep losing territory, their funding and recruiting pool will slowly dry up.


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