The terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) currently controls 8% of Syria’s total area, where it has suffered a significant setback in recent months, according to data released by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Jihadists currently dominate 14,816 square kilometers, which is equivalent to 8% of the country’s surface, having held more than half of them by the end of 2015. Most of the ISIS’s dominions are concentrated in the east and the Northeastern, where it has in his hands the city of Al Bukamal, border with Iraq, and villages of the province of Deir al Zur, Al Hasaka and east of Homs.
These territories add 250 square kilometers of southern Syria (0.13% of its surface area), which controls the army of Khaled bin Walid, linked to the extremists. According to the Observatory, Syrian government forces now control more territory, with 97,540 square kilometers, which correspond to 52.7% of the country’s surface.
On the other hand, the Syrian Democratic Forces (FSD), an armed alliance led by Kurdish and US-backed militias, dominates more than 47,100 square kilometers, equivalent to 25.4% of the territory. The FSD are in Aleppo, in Afrín, Manbech, Al Shoala and Deir Yamal, among others; in the region of Al Raqa, where they control their capital; and in the northwest and northeast of Deir al Zur.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that the rebel and Islamist factions have suffered a significant setback, since they only dominate 13.7% of Syria, that is, 25,470 square kilometers.
These groups include Al Qaeda and other jihadist organizations, as well as factions that are backed by Turkey in northern Aleppo and others supported by the US, operating in the desert Syrian border near the border with Jordan and Iraq.