IHS: Daesh lost quarter of territory in Syria and Iraq
Daesh terrorist group has lost more than a quarter of its territory in Syria and Iraq since January 2015, Information Handling Services' (IHS) said in a report on Sunday.
According to it, Daesh-controlled territory in Iraq and Syria shrunk by 14% in 2015 and further 12% in the first six months of the following year. The territory controlled by the ultra-hardline Sunni group shrank from 90,800 sq km in January 2015, six months after it declared a caliphate in Syria and Iraq, to 68,300 sq km, the research firm said.
This has led the group to step up attacks on civilian targets in the Middle East and in Europe and this is likely to intensify. As a result, we unfortunately expect an increase in mass casualty attacks and sabotage of economic infrastructure, across Iraq and Syria, and further afield, including Europe," IHS said.
In April 2016, the IHS Conflict Monitor team outlined the decline in primary revenue sources for Daesh. In mid-2015, its overall monthly revenue was around $80 million. As of March 2016, the revenue dropped to $56 million