The number of airstrikes the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) is carrying out against Islamic State militants dropped by about 60–70% in October compared with the average for the previous nine months, according to Brigadier General Andrew Croft, the deputy air commander of the coalition’s land component.
“That’s indicative of the fact that ISIS [the Islamic State] is collapsing, not only as a physical caliphate, but also in ownership of land,” he told journalists on 7 November. “They only now control about 4 or 5% of the original area they covered. So the number of targets has dropped dramatically, particularly in the last month.”
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