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VIDEO: Rise of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq

Despite some small push-back in northern Syria and Iraq, IS has managed to hold onto vast swathes of Syria and Iraq
The current map of control in Syria and Iraq (MEE)

Since the so-called Islamic State group made lightning gains in Iraq and Syria last June and July, the two countries have seen their boundaries merge and shift. A year on, while some gains have been made against the militants, IS and its so-called Caliphate continue to dominate vast swathes of land.

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