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US General: ISIS Shrinking, But 'Repressive Ideology' Lives

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By    |   Monday, 01 January 2018 08:13 PM

ISIS has lost 98 percent of the land it claimed and close to 8 million people have been freed from its control, but the terrorist regime remains a global threat, the U.S. general commanding forces against the Islamic State said in a Facebook video posted Monday.

"Their repressive ideology continues," Army Lt. Gen. Paul Funk said in a New Year's message posted to the coalition's page. "The conditions remain present for Daesh to return, and only through coalition and international efforts can the defeat become permanent."

"We enter 2018 confident that increased security will enable the global coalition to further assist the Iraqi and Syrian people," Funk added.

President Donald Trump last week highlighted the coalition's victories over ISIS by quoting stats from a recent Washington Examiner story that showed the roughly 1,000 ISIS fighters who remain in Iraq and Syria occupy 1,930 square miles compared to the 17,500 square miles they occupied between September 2014 and January 2017.

ISIS last summer was defeated in the Iraqi city of Mosul and later in the year in its de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria. Seventy nations and four organizations comprise the coalition dedicated to defeat the Islamic State.

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ISIS has lost 98 percent of the land it claimed and close to 8 million people have been freed from its control, but the terrorist regime remains a global threat, the U.S. general commanding forces against the Islamic State said in a Facebook video posted Monday.
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