US official says ISIS has lost half its territory in Iraq

2016-09-14 22:16
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Baghdad — A senior US official says Iraqi forces backed by the US-led coalition have retaken half the territory the Islamic State group once held in the country.

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken also announced $181m to address a humanitarian crisis that has festered in Iraq despite progress on the battlefield. He spoke during a visit to Baghdad on Wednesday.

ISIS has suffered a series of defeats in Iraq in recent months but still controls Mosul, the country's second-largest city. UN and US officials fear that another 1 million people could be displaced by the expected operation to retake the city.

ISIS swept across northern and western Iraq in the summer of 2014. At the height of its power, the group controlled a third of the country.

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