ISIS loses thousands in last year, progress hindered

ISIS have been fighting to hold ground and stop the Iraq offensive, rather than take new ground (File Photo: AP)

More than 7,000 ISIS fighters and leaders have been killed in the last year as the militant group centralizes its efforts in Iraq, UK daily The Guardian has reported citing Australian defense chief Vice admiral David Johnston.

Speaking at a press briefing in Canberra on Wednesday, Johnston told members of the media that progress was being made as ISIS attempted to hold ground rather than push further, the report added.

Johnston told the media: “What we are seeing is that instead of moving forward or going on the offensive, they are often forced to be defensive and to try and slow down and delay Iraqi forces.”

Meanwhile ISIS operations have been seriously hindered following the ‘removal’ of an ISIS leader by Australian fighter jets in Anbar province, the report added.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45