The Islamic State (ISIS) has suffered severe financial and territorial hits over the past several months, largely as a result of the stepped-up operations by U.S.-led coalition forces.
ISIS leadership has responded to the losses by executing 21 of its commanders for failing at the front.
It was reported that from December to February ISIS lost roughly ten percent of its territory in Iraq and Syria. Since the beginning of 2015, the group has given up about 22 percent of its land holdings – an area about half the size of England.
Approximately 30 percent of its income has been cut as a result of the Coalition’s attacks which has made it more difficult for ISIS to fund military operations, pay militant salaries and maintain order within its territories.
As a result, salaries and benefits have been cut in half and electricity rationed in the region.
Morale among fighters has plummeted and desertions have sky-rocketed. These defeats, as well as the lack of noteworthy military success, have impacted ISIS’ recruiting successes, as well.
The Iraqi media agency Al Sumaria News reported that ISIS locked 45 fighters inside a freezer when they attempted to flee from a battle in Iraq. After a day in the freezers, their dead bodies were displayed on the street in an effort to deter any potential defectors.
Since the beginning of April, the terror group has executed 21 of its commanders in Raqqa and arrested several others to demonstrate its intolerance of their unacceptable performance at the front.
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