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As Battlefield Losses Mount, IS Struggles Economically

Driven away from a lucrative border crossing in Syria and from oil-rich land in Iraq, Islamic State fighters are seeing their economic spigot going dry. In recent weeks, IS has lost strategic towns in Syria and Iraq that used to generate enormous profits. Analysts say this has caused economic frenzy in areas the extremists still hold. “IS territorial losses lead to a decrease of political power,” said Khorshid Alika, a Syrian researcher who follows the country's war dynamics. “This...

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