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Where is the Islamic State Operating?

Al Jazeera America reports on the latest news from the Middle East. Over the past year and a half, the Al-Qaeda splinter group Islamic State (IS), formerly known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has taken control over numerous cities and major oil fields in Syria and Iraq.

Challenge

To track the gains of the Islamic State across Syria and Iraq, Al Jazeera sourced data and parsed it by "capture" categories in a custom CARTO legend.

Solution

Working with the Institute for the Study of War and the Long War Journal, which respectively track IS activity by region and city, Al Jazeera produced a map of the regions under IS control and points of attack.

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