Reuters has created several data visualizations illustrating how the sizes of territories controlled in Syria by government-led forces, rebel groups, Kurdish-led forces, and ISIS have changed since 2015. The visualizations show that since 2015, ISIS has lost the nearly 1,500 communities or areas with key infrastructure that it controlled. Both the Syrian government forces, backed by Russia and Iran, and the Kurdish-led forces, supported by the United States, have gained significant territory.
Visualizing Shifting Territorial Control in Syria
Michael McLaughlin is a research assistant at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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