Mcgurk Says Isis Lost 96 Percent of Territory in Iraq, Syria

Mcgurk Says Isis Lost 96 Percent of Territory in Iraq, Syria

Islamic State (ISIS) has lost 96 percent of territory it once captured in Iraq and Syria after Iraqi forces regain control of more territory in western Iraq, a U.S. special envoy said.

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy to the Coalition Brett McGurk tweeted on Thursday (November 2) ISIS is facing “annihilation” and that the militants have not recaptured “single meter” of the territory regained by the forces in Iraq and Syria.

“Ten months ago ISIS was plotting major terror attacks from its haven in Raqqa city. Now about to lose its entire so-called caliphate,” McGurk tweeted.

McGurk added 2.3 million have returned to their homes in Iraq.

Al-Qaim and the surrounding pocket of barren desert territory along the Euphrates river is now the last remnant in the country of the self-styled caliphate ISIS declared after rampaging across Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Iraq launched the offensive on the Al-Qaim region -- which also includes the smaller town of Rawa -- last week to finish off a punishing campaign that saw it force the jihadists out their major urban stronghold Mosul in July.

Under ISIS, the town has been a vital supply route between its militants in Iraq and the oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor it once dominated over the border in Syria.