The rise and fall of ISIL

A chronology of ISIL’s quick territorial victories and defeats in Iraq and Syria.

Four years ago, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL, also known as ISIS) began a series of lightning advances across Iraq and Syria, taking advantage of regional instability to make rapid territorial gains. Since then, there have been hundreds of battles, gruesome killings and a US-led campaign of air attacks. Today, ISIL is a group in decline, driven out of its urban strongholds as local and international forces reclaim key territory.

Al Jazeera examines the key events in ISIL’s rise and fall.

Source: Al Jazeera

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