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Areas Under ISIS Control

Areas Under ISIS Control
Control: Iraqi Security Forces Contested Previously contested area The last ISIS fighters left the government buildings on Dec. 28. Iraqi forces advanced into central Ramadi The Iraqi government continues to advance in contested areas, but resistance remains to the north and east. contested areas The Iraqi government continues to advance in contested areas, but resistance remains to the north and east. Source: Institute for the Study of War ISIS losses since December 3 Sources: Human Rights Watch (satellite image), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Estimated number of jihadist fighters from top-source countries. Note: Data showing the estimated number of fighters for some countries in 2014 did not change or was unavailable. Source: The Soufan Group ISIS military encampments ISIS security headquarters Jihadi John (killed Nov. 12) ISIS military encampments Jihadi John (killed Nov. 12) Source: Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently Satellite image by Planet Labs Oil and natural gas fields Fields targeted Fields U.S.

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