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Islamic State (IS) militants made some major territorial gains in south-western Syria in 2015 – but they lost several key towns in Iraq, as well as parts of Syria’s northern border with Turkey.

The rapid advance by the groups militant fighters threw the region into chaos in 2014 and led to the launch of air strikes on IS targets in Iraq by a coalition of countries headed by the US in August 2014 and in Syria a month later.

The jihadist group, which has fighters from across the world, announced the establishment of a “caliphate” – an Islamic state – stretching from Aleppo in Syria to the province of Diyala in Iraq.

Russia began carrying out air strikes in Syria in September 2015 after a request for help from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has clung on to power despite more than four years of civil war.

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How many strikes have been carried out? What are the targets?

The US-led coalition has launched almost 6,300 air strikes against IS targets in Iraq since its campaign began on 8 August 2014. The UK launched its first air strikes in Iraq on 30 September 2014.

In neighbouring Syria, the US, along with Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, has also carried out more than 3,100 attacks on IS-held areas since 22 September 2014.

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Posted January 22, 2016 by markosun in Uncategorized

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