Sunday, July 2, 2017

By Ian Greenhalgh IS has lost 60% of territory and 80% revenue

The Islamic State group has lost more than 60 percent of its territory and 80 percent of its revenue, an analysis firm said Thursday, as the jihadist “caliphate” turns three. The group declared its selfstyled “caliphate” across swathes of Iraq and Syria on June 29, 2014, prompting the formation of a US-lead coalition in a bid to halt its advance.

In January 2015, IS jihadists controlled about 90,800 square kilometres, but by June 2017, that number dropped to 36,200, said IHS Markit. The biggest fall was in the first six months of 2017, when IS lost around 24,000 square kilometres of territory. “The Islamic State’s rise and fall has been characterised by rapid inflation, followed by steady decline,” said Columb Strack, senior Middle East analyst at IHS Markit. “Three years after the ‘caliphate’ was declared, it is evident that the group’s governance project has failed,” Strack said. IS is facing swelling pressure from coalition-backed assaults on its twin capitals: Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in neighbouring Iraq.


http://www.veteranstoday.com/2017/07/01/is-has-lost-60-of-territory-and-80-revenue/

2 comments:

Matt Franko said...

They implemented mass measures of gold and silver for their munnie ...

Bob said...

They also lost an estimated 50,000 fighters from the air campaign alone.