According to a military spokesman, ISIS terrorist group now controls less than seven percent of Iraq, down from the 40 percent it held nearly three years ago when in emerged in Iraq.

Iraqi forces are now battling ISIS inside the Iraqi city of Mosul, after retaking much of the other territory the jihadists had seized.

“Daesh (ISIS) controlled 40 percent of Iraqi land. Daesh controlled 40 percent of Iraqi land,” Brigadier General Yahya Rasool told reporters on Tuesday.

For nearly two years, ISIS has been losing ground steadily. This is while various sources have disagreed in the past on figures about Iraqi army’s control of territory.

ISIS, which is known as the most deadly terrorist group, shocked the world when it took over Mosul in June 2014 and also gained ground across the Arab country.

Backed by Western countries as opposition against the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad, ISIS became very powerful in Syria.

ISIS now controls the large Iraqi towns of Hawijah and Tal Afar, as well as remote areas along the border with Syria in western Iraq.

In Syria, the terrorist group also holds the city of Raqqa and other areas.