Military

Daesh Areas of Influence – July 2017 Update

In the month of July, Daesh lost further territory in Iraq and Syria. The group have now lost 73% of the territory they controlled in Iraq in August 2014, and 65% in Syria, as they are continually driven out of areas under their control.

Key Daesh battlefield losses in July were to Iraqi forces in Western Mosul, where Iraqi Security Forces completed liberation of the city. In Syria Daesh lost additional territory, with the majority of these loses coming in Ar Raqqa and Homs provinces, as the Syrian Democratic Forces and Syrian Arab Coalition continued operations in Raqqa city, and pro-regime forces conducted operations in Homs province.

The map (above, and below with key) depicts Daesh areas of influence, including its net territorial losses—41,500 to 42,500 square kilometers, or about 73 percent of the territory it had dominated in Iraq and 29,000 to 30,000 square kilometers, or about 65 percent of the territory it dominated in Syria—since August 2014. Daesh probably has a presence and freedom of movement in much of the unpopulated areas depicted on the map, but we cannot determine its level of influence in these areas. Our area figures are subject to change because of the dynamic nature of the conflict.