While announcing new humanitarian aid for Iraq, the Obama administration has acknowledged that nearly 10 percent of the Iraqi population, or 3 million people, is living in territory controlled by ISIS (or ISIL).
The statement came from the State Department and included other bleak statistics as well:
Since January 2014, more than 3.4 million Iraqis have been displaced. Out of a total population of 33 million, the UN estimates that 10 million people across the country are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, including an estimated three million living in ISIL-held territory. More than one million school-aged Iraqi children, or 20 percent nationwide, are out of school.
Just three days ago, President Obama asserted that the coalition is making continued progress against, saying that "ISIL continues to lose ground."
Reports suggest that ISIS has lost up to 40% percent of the territory it once held in Iraq since its peak in 2014, but those numbers have stalled in recent months.
President Obama continues to insist that defeating ISIS is his "top priority."