IS now controls less than seven percent of Iraq: army

Iraqi forces hold an Islamic State (IS) group flag as they advance northwest of Mosul during the battle to retake the city's west from the jihadists on March 8, 2017

The Islamic State group now controls less than seven percent of Iraq, down from the 40 percent it held nearly three years ago, a military spokesman said Tuesday.

"Daesh controlled 40 percent of Iraqi land" in 2014, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, the spokesman of the Joint Operations Command coordinating the anti-IS effort, told reporters.

"As of March 31 (this year), they only held 6.8 percent of Iraqi territory," he said.