Defeating ISIL

At its peak, ISIL controlled vast expanses of territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border. But over the past year, the group has been driven out of all major cities including its self-declared capital Raqqa and Deir Az Zor.

10 December 2017

The remains of a mosque in Raqqa after ISIL was defeated there in October [Chris McGrath / Getty Images].

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Animated map of the fall of Mosul

Animated map of the fall of Raqqa