So-called Islamic State (IS) lost almost a quarter of its territory in 2016, according to new analysis.The group gave up almost 18,000 sq km (6,900 sq miles), its territory being reduced to some 60,400 sq km, just less than the size of Florida, security and defence analysts IHS Markit reported.
IHS Markit predicted the recapture of Mosul by Iraqi government forces by the middle of the year. But it said the stronghold of Raqqa would be a tougher nut to crack. IHS Markit said the 23% reduction in IS-held territory in 2016 followed on from a 14% loss the year before.(BBC,2017)