ISIS lost most territory it held in Iraq

ISIL kills dozens of civilians trying to flee Mosul

ISIL kills dozens of civilians trying to flee Mosul

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group now controls less than seven percent of Iraq, down from the 40 percent it held almost three years ago, an Iraqi military spokesman has said.

Brig Gen Yahya Rasool, a military spokesman, said the extremist group now controls less than 12,000 square miles (30,000 square kilometres) in Iraq, or 6.8 per cent of the country's territory.

"Al-Hadbaa minaret has been surrounded (by Iraqi forces), but it is known that it lies in a crowded residential area in the old city's center", Rasoul said, referring to the minaret in the Great Mosqiue of Al-Nuri.

The United States and other Western countries have assisted with air support, intelligence and equipment, General Rasool said.

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The coalition has come under criticism following the deaths last month in west Mosul of scores of civilians in an air strike it admitted may have been its own.

"Daesh controlled 40 percent of Iraqi land" in 2014, Brig.

Various members of the forces, Iraqi and foreign, battling ISIL have disagreed in the past on figures about control of territory, but ISIL has been losing ground steadily for close to two years.

Iraqi forces launched a major operation to retake Mosul in October, recapturing the eastern side of the city before setting their sights on the smaller but more densely-populated west. "The biggest challenge they face is the civilians".

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The claim comes amid reports that the battle for western Mosul is turning out to be far more hard than the campaign to retake the east.

ISIS has used hundreds of vehicle bombs along with drones rigged with explosives in Mosul.

Col Dorrian said the fight in Western Mosul had been tough but said Islamic State fighters had no escape. "They aren't going anywhere - they will be defeated and the people of Mosul will be free", he said. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been displaced, and many have been unable to return even after the fighting because of demolished infrastructure and the lingering threat of attacks.

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