The US-led military coalition، which is purportedly fighting the ISIS Takfiri terrorist group in Syria and Iraq، says the terror outfit has already lost 95 percent of the cross-border “caliphate” it declared three years ago in the two Middle Eastern countries، PressTV reported.
“Since our coalition was formed in 2014”، the ISIS terror group “has lost 95 percent of the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria،” Washington's envoy to the coalition، Brett McGurk، said late Wednesday، following a meeting in Jordan.
He noted that so far more than “7.5 million people” had been liberated from the grips of Daesh during the past three years، adding that the terror group’s finances were also “at their lowest levels to date.”
Daesh started its campaign of terror in Iraq and Syria in 2014 and swiftly seized a territory roughly the size of Britain after declaring a cross-border “caliphate.” It also managed to radicalize and recruit thousands of people، mostly youngsters، from a number of countries and turned them into ruthless militants.
However، the terror group’s initial swift expansion gradually stopped a year later، and it began losing ground to government troops، backed by Russian airstrikes، in Syria and the armed forces، backed by the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU)، also known by its Arabic name Hashd al-Sha’abi، in Iraq.
Mosul، Iraq’s second largest city and Syria’s northern city of Raqqah، which were used to be ISIS de facto capitals in the Middle Eastern countries، were fully liberated in July and October this year respectively. The liberating forces in both countries are now combating the terror outfit to free the last remaining localities from its grips.