Islamic State “is shrinking so they are very much on the defensive,” Brett McGurk, U.S. President Barack Obama’s special envoy in the fight against Islamic State, told a news conference in Amman.
Islamic State controls the cities of Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria and is proving a potent threat abroad, claiming credit for major attacks in Paris in November and Brussels in March.
McGurk said that U.S.-led coalition effort to capture Mosul and Raqqa was making progress.
“We are doing precision strikes in Mosul almost every day,” he added. “There is constant synchronized pressure,” he said.