Former Daesh provinces like Raqqa no longer exist.
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Four years after announcing its cross-border "caliphate" in Iraq and Syria, a stinging string of defeats has pushed Daesh (ISIS) to reorganize and change strategy to survive.At its peak, the self-proclaimed "caliphate" included 35 wilaya, or provinces, mostly set within a swath of territory spanning either side of the border between Syria and Iraq.But following major military defeats, including the militants' loss of their de facto capitals of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq, Daesh propaganda outlets now only mention six wilaya.After years battling Daesh, Iraqi troops are now redeployed along most of the border with Syria, across which militants and weapons have long flowed unimpeded.In a first, Baghdadi used his 55-minute recording to call for attacks in the West, saying an operation there would be "worth a thousand" at home.
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