Syria: Al-Qaida and ISIS increasingly lose territory to Assad

…IS drew international attention when it swept across Iraq and Syria in 2014, making Raqqa, Syria, its capital and taking control of Iraq’s second-largest city, Mosul. In Syria, IS now only really controls some area near Iraq’s border, as well as some parts of the countryside. The organization does not currently have a central headquarters. In October, the US military estimated that the group still had about 6,500 members.