Islamic State consolidates power
December 04, 2014
Despite US air attacks, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has consolidated its control over a large area in recent months.
The Sunni jihadist group now controls over one-third of Syria and nearly half of Iraq.
“While they have lost towns on the edges of their Iraqi realm, especially in ethnically mixed areas where their hardline Sunni theology holds little appeal, they have consolidated power in parts of their Sunni Muslim heartland,” the Reuters news agency reported.
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