Two maps of Syria showing the situation at the start of 2017 and the end of 2018. As depicted in the map, the Syrian government has recaptured at least half of the ISIS-held territories in Syria

BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The U.S. Coalition released a statement on January 8th that reflected on their four-year-long campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh).

“Within one year, the Coalition has grown from 70 nations and four partner organizations to 74 nations and five partner organizations in the campaign to ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS. The Coalition welcomed the Philippines in February, Republic of Guinea and the Community of Sahel-Sahran States in June, Kenya in August, and Fiji in September,” the statement began.

Following their opening statement, the U.S. Coalition claimed that their forces and their partners recaptured “more than 99 percent” of ISIS-held ground in Syria and Iraq.

“Since the establishment of CJTF-OIR in 2014, the Coalition reclaimed more than 99 percent of ISIS’s previously held ground of more than 100,000 square kilometers, roughly equivalent in size to Britain. CJTF-OIR and partner forces liberated key cities in Iraq and Syria, including, Hajin, Mosul, Hawijah, al-Qa’im, Tal Afar, Raqqah, and Tabqah. Each town the Coalition liberated has continued its path toward normalcy free of ISIS influence,” they claimed.

However, despite these claims by the U.S. Coalition, this statement disregards the fact that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) retook the entire southern half of the Islamic State’s pocket inside of Syria.

Two maps of Syria showing the ground captured by the Syrian Arab Army between early 2017 and the end of 2018. As depicted in the map, the Syrian government has recaptured at least half of the ISIS-held territories in Syria Credit: @LinaArabii/Twitter

They would end their statement with, “CJTF-OIR, representing 74 nations and five international organizations, remains committed to the lasting defeat of ISIS. CJTF-OIR works by, with, and through partner forces to defeat ISIS in designated areas of Iraq and Syria, and set conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability.

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LidMad88
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What a lie lol. The Syrian Arab Army and Russia were the only ones who freed Syria from ISIS. It’s impossible that the US/Kurds did it. Damascus, Hama, Palmyra, Aleppo, Daraa, Homs, Deir Ezzor… that’s 90% of Syria, and the US was never in those areas. ISIS in Syria was defeated by the SAA and Russia! USA, go f**k yourself!

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Very fake .
Before US annouce withdrawal , they cannot even gain one inch .
AFter US announce withdrawal suddenly make great gains.

Fake

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Nestor Arapa

La pregunta, los ciudadanos Estado Unidenses creerán estas mentiras?, no creo que sean tan ignorantes en creer mentiras de su gobierno, por tanto deben exigir sus impuestos están mal usados.

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Hello, Rambos, I have a simple question to you: Why ISIS started to lose ground immediately after Russia was involved into the Syrian was in the end of 2015. Why ISIS didn’t lose any ground (even got bigger and bigger) before September, 2015 when you were fighting ISIS so hard…

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News Desk : you forget that the 2 thirds of Syria are made of desert so each time a town falls, a large swath of land falls too while SDF+CJTF/OIR cleansed the way more densey populated Euphrates basin… In fact, SAA really started to fight ISIS after the re-taking of Aleppo in December 2016 : they had enough hard time to cope with FSA/Nusra etc until then while the Kurds+coalitions were pressuring ISIS more than enough to distract ’em from fighting Syrian government, moreover, the biggest of ISIS manpower was in Iraq while ISIS/Syria was mostly made of FSA/Nusra mercenaries… Read more »