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Daesh Areas of Influence – November 2017 Update

Between the end of September and November 8th, Daesh lost further territory in Iraq, as well as in Syria. As of November 8th, and shown in this map, the group had lost 89% of the territory they controlled in Iraq in August 2014, and 87% in Syria, as they are continually defeated on the battlefield. Note that these figures on Daesh areas of influence will have changed over the course of November.

Key Daesh battlefield losses in this period were to Iraqi forces in the Al Anbar and Kirkuk governorates, specifically Al Qa’im and Al Hawijah. In Syria, Daesh lost additional territory in Deir Ezzor province, as well as along the Homs-Hamah provincial border, due to advances made by our Syrian partners.

The map (below) depicts ISIS areas of influence,  including its net territorial losses—50,500 to 51,500 square kilometers, or about 89 percent of the territory it had dominated in Iraq and 38,500 to 39,500 square kilometers, or about 87 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 in influence in these areas. Our estimates are subject to change because of the dynamic nature of the conflict.