The Islamic State terror group has lost almost a third of its territory in Iraq and Syria mainly due to new policies adopted by President Donald Trump and his administration, a senior State Department official said Friday.

Out of the 27,000 square miles of territory that Islamic State has lost in the two countries since the group’s peak control in early 2015, about 8,000 square miles have been reclaimed under Trump, Brett McGurk, the State Department’s senior envoy to the U.S.-backed coalition fighting Islamic State, said, according to The Washington Post.

The Islamic State, also known as IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh, has been driven out of 45 percent of Raqqa, the terror group’s de facto Syrian capital, since U.S.-backed local forces launched an offensive two months ago, McGurk added.

“This is due to some key changes that were put in place very early on — three changes — initiatives from President Trump,” McGurk continued, according to Newsweek.

Those factors are the Trump administration’s delegation of key decision-making to battlefield commanders, the tactic of “annihilation” in which the ground forces surround the group in its stronghold so foreign fighters cannot escape, and drumming up support for burden-sharing among 73 members — 69 countries and four international organizations — of the broad anti-ISIS coalition.

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Source: Christian Post

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