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Daesh Areas of Influence – June 2017 Update

In the month of June, 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 58% in Syria, as they are continually driven out of areas under their control.

Key Daesh battlefield losses in June were to Iraqi forces in the Ninawa Governorate, where Iraqi Security Forces completed liberation of Western Mosul, as well as in the region near the Iraq-Syria border. In Syria, Daesh lost additional territory in Ar Raqqa, the Damascus countryside, Dayr-az-Zawr, Halab, Hamah and Homs provinces. The majority of these loses were in Ar Raqqa and Halab provinces, as the Syrian Democratic Forces and Syrian Arab Coalition isolated Raqqa city, and pro-regime forces moved against Daesh in Halab.

The map (below) 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 25,500 to 26,500 square kilometers, or about 58 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.