Kerry says ISIS feeling the pressure, losing ground

In this Monday, June 23, 2014 photo, fighters from the ISIS group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq.

In this Monday, June 23, 2014 photo, fighters from the ISIS group parade in a commandeered Iraqi security forces armored vehicle down a main road at the northern city of Mosul, Iraq.


Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is losing territory in the Middle East and the Western-backed coalition is making inroads against the group, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.

“The level of cooperation could not be higher. We agreed to exchange more information and I’m convinced that over the course of the next weeks, Daesh will feel greater pressure. They are feeling it today. They felt it yesterday. They felt it in the past weeks. We gained more territory. Daesh has less territory,” he said, referring to the Arabic acronym for ISIS.

Kerry, who confirmed French President Francois Hollande would travel to Washington next week to meet U.S. President Barack Obama, was speaking in Paris after a meeting with Hollande. He spoke as France stepped up air strikes in Syria in the wake of killings claimed by ISIS in the French capital on Friday.


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