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Pentagon: IS-held Territory in Iraq Shrinking

U.S. defense officials are touting slow, but steady gains in the effort to degrade and destroy the group known as the Islamic State. The Pentagon says IS has lost 13,000 to 17,000 square kilometers of territory since coalition airstrikes began in August 2014, reducing its holdings in Iraq by 25 to 30 percent. “ISIL has lost large areas where it was once dominant,” said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren, using another acronym for the group.  “Iraqi security forces along...

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