“ISIS has lost 98 percent of the territory it once held,” with 50 percent or more of its self-proclaimed “caliphate” revoked since the inauguration of President Donald Trump less than a year ago, according to reports.
Critics of former President Barack Obama’s approach to the war say there was a lack of progress on his watch due to “onerous” rules and micromanagement of the war.
A Fox News report states:
The latest American intelligence assessment says fewer than 1,000 ISIS fighters now remain in Iraq and Syria, down from a peak of nearly 45,000 just two years ago. U.S. officials credit nearly 30,000 U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and regional partners on the ground for killing more than 70,000 jihadists. Meanwhile, only a few thousand have returned home.
The remaining ISIS strongholds are concentrated in a small area along the border of Syria and Iraq. ISIS, at one point, controlled an area the size of Ohio.
Former Obama officials are defending his administration, but the actual progress on the ground speaks for itself.