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Facing a string of defeats in Syria and Iraq, Daesh (ISIS) is being forced to retreat to the desert from which it emerged three years ago.But today it has lost 90 percent of its territory in Iraq, including the city of Mosul, while in Syria a U.S.-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters has captured over 60 percent of its onetime bastion of Raqqa.At one time, the group held around half of Syria, much of it uninhabited desert, but today it controls just 15 percent, according to Syria specialist Fabrice Balanche.Daesh faces attack from several fronts and forces in the area, including the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, Syria's army backed by Russia, and Iraq's army.As the prospect of Daesh being driven completely from Syria and Iraq nears, attention is turning to what might follow, and in particular the question of relations between minority and majority groups in the two countries.
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