IS 'loses more than a quarter of its territory' in Syria and Iraq


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New data shows that the so-called Islamic State has lost more than a quarter of the territory it once controlled.

Security and defence analysts IHS say the group's control has shrunk by 28% since its height in January 2015.

IHS analysts said that in the first nine months of this year, IS' territory fell from 78,000 sq km to 65,500 sq km - an area equivalent to the size of Sri Lanka.

However, IS losses have slowed in the three months to October.

IS has lost just 2,800 sq km since July.

The slowdown appears to coincide with Russia reducing the number of air strikes against IS targets

At the start of the year, some 26% targeted IS, but by the summer it had dropped to just 17%.

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