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Islamic State Caliphate Crunched by U.S.-Backed Forces | Small Wars Journal

Islamic State Caliphate Crunched by U.S.-Backed Forces | Small Wars Journal

The borders of the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria are steadily eroding, but it will likely be months before U.S. and coalition-backed forces are ready to take on the terror group’s strongholds in Mosul or Raqqa.New estimates from U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) show Islamic State (IS) fighters have lost 40 percent of the territory…

Source: Islamic State Caliphate Crunched by U.S.-Backed Forces | Small Wars Journal