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Islamic State cedes little ground despite air attacks

By Agencies in Baghdad and Beirut ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-12-05 08:21:56

Group's hold on Sunni heartland not seriously challenged by coalition

They have made enemies across the globe and endured three months of US-led air-strikes, but Islamic State fighters have surrendered little of their self-declared caliphate to the broad sweep of forces arrayed against them.

Across thousands of square kilometers in Syria and Iraq, the radical Islamists face an unlikely mix of Iraqi and Syrian soldiers, Shiite and Kurdish militias and rival Syrian Sunni Muslimrebels.

Islamic State cedes little ground despite air attacks

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