Islamic State control

SEPTEMBER 2013

Mosul

Raqqa

SYRIA

IRAQ

Baghdad

Al-Qaeda in Iraq, based in Raqqa, morphs into the Islamic State.

JUNE 2014

Mosul

Raqqa

Fallujah

Baghdad

The Islamic State begins its march into Iraq, first down the Euphrates River to Fallujah in March and then taking Mosul in June.

SEPTEMBER 2015

Mosul

Raqqa

Tikrit

Fallujah

Baghdad

By mid-2015, the Islamic State had expanded to its maximum extent.

OCTOBER 2016

Mosul

Raqqa

Baghdad

With Iraqi forces operations in Fallujah and Ramadi, the influence of the Islamic State begins to retreat.

OCTOBER 2017

Mosul

Raqqa

Baghdad

With Iraqi forces operations, Mosul falls in July, and a joint Kurdish-Arab force clears Raqqa in October in a four-month operation.

Islamic State control

SEPTEMBER 2013

JUNE 2014

Mosul

Mosul

Raqqa

Raqqa

SYRIA

IRAQ

Fallujah

Baghdad

Baghdad

Al-Qaeda in Iraq, based in Raqqa, morphs into the Islamic State.

The Islamic State begins its march into Iraq, first down the Euphrates River to Fallujah in March and then taking Mosul in June.

OCTOBER 2016

SEPTEMBER 2015

Mosul

Mosul

Raqqa

Raqqa

Tikrit

Baghdad

Fallujah

Baghdad

With Iraqi forces operations in Fallujah and Ramadi, the influence of the Islamic State begins to retreat.

By mid-2015, the Islamic State had expanded to its maximum extent.

OCTOBER 2017

Mosul

Raqqa

Baghdad

With Iraqi forces operations, Mosul falls in July, and a joint Kurdish-Arab force clears Raqqa in October in a four-month operation.

Islamic State control

SEPTEMBER 2013

JUNE 2014

SEPTEMBER 2015

OCTOBER 2016

OCTOBER 2017

Mosul

Mosul

Mosul

Mosul

Mosul

Raqqa

Raqqa

Raqqa

Raqqa

Raqqa

SYRIA

IRAQ

Tikrit

Fallujah

Baghdad

Fallujah

Baghdad

Baghdad

Baghdad

Baghdad

Al-Qaeda in Iraq, based in Raqqa, morphs into the Islamic State.

The Islamic State begins its march into Iraq, taking Fallujah in March and then Mosul in June.

By mid-2015, the Islamic State had expanded to its maximum extent.

With Iraqi forces operations in Fallujah and Ramadi, the influence of the Islamic State begins to retreat.

With Iraqi forces operations, Mosul falls in July, and a joint Kurdish-Arab force clears Raqqa in October in a four-month operation.

On Tuesday, U.S.-backed forces claimed to have full control of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s onetime capital and most symbolically important stronghold. The militant group — once known as al-Qaeda in Iraq — began seizing key cities in 2014 with the capture of Fallujah, Tikrit and Mosul.

2014

2015

2016

2017

Tikrit

Retaken

March 31, 2015

Fell to ISIS

June 12, 2014

Ramadi

Dec. 27, 2015

May 17, 2015

Fallujah

Jan. 3, 2014

June 26, 2016

Mosul

June 10, 2014

July 9, 2017

Raqqa

Fell to ISIS

 

Jan., 2014

Oct. 17, 2017

2014

2015

2016

2017

Tikrit

Retaken

March 31, 2015

Fell to ISIS

June 12, 2014

Ramadi

Dec. 27, 2015

May 17, 2015

Fallujah

Jan. 3, 2014

June 26, 2016

Mosul

June 10, 2014

July 9, 2017

Raqqa

Fell to ISIS

 

Jan., 2014

Oct. 17, 2017

The Islamic State continued to acquire land in Iraq until the end of 2015, when opposing forces started pushing the militants out of the cities. It retreated from Mosul, its last urban center in Iraq, in July 2017. With the loss of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s remaining areas of concentration are mostly in Syria’s Deir al-Zour and Iraq’s Anbar provinces, and a few scattered pockets elsewhere.

The current situation

Iraqi government

Assad regime

Kurdish groups

Armed

opposition

Islamic State

TURKEY

Aleppo

IRAN

Raqqa

Mosul

Kirkuk

Deir al-Zour

SYRIA

IRAQ

Damascus

Baghdad

ISR.

JOR.

SAUDI

ARABIA

100 MILES

Assad regime

Iraqi government

Islamic State

Armed opposition groups

Kurdish groups

TURKEY

100 MILES

KURDISTAN

Irbil

Mosul

REG.

Aleppo

Raqqa

Kirkuk

Deir al-Zour

GOV’T.

Latakia

Hama

SYRIA

IRAQ

Homs

Tikrit

IRAN

LEB.

Baghdad

Ramadi

Damascus

Fallujah

Rutbah

ISR.

Najaf

JORDAN

SAUDI

ARABIA

TURKEY

KURDISTAN

100 MILES

REGIONAL

Manbij

Mosul

Irbil

Aleppo

Raqqa

Kirkuk

GOV’T.

Deir al-Zour

Latakia

Hawija

Hama

SYRIA

IRAQ

Tikrit

Homs

IRAN

LEBANON

Baghdad

Ramadi

Damascus

Fallujah

ISRAEL

Rutbah

Najaf

JORDAN

Assad regime

Islamic State

Armed opposition groups

Kurdish groups

Iraqi government

 

Basra

SAUDI

ARABIA

KUWAIT

About this story

Control data is from IHS Jane’s Conflict Monitor. 2013 and 2014 control data is from the Institute for the Study of War.

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