In Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is in retreat on multiple fronts

In Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State is in retreat on multiple fronts, by Liz Sly. On many fronts in both countries, ISIS is being squeezed, stretched and pushed back. “Nowhere are they on the attack. They have not embarked on a successful offensive in nearly nine months. Their leaders are dying in U.S. strikes at the rate of one every three days, inhibiting their ability to launch attacks, according to U.S. military officials. Front-line commanders no longer speak of a scarily formidable foe but of Islamic State defenses that crumble within days and fighters who flee at the first sign they are under attack. … The U.S. military estimated earlier this year that the Islamic State had lost 40 percent of the territory it controlled at its peak in 2014.”