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*****************Control of territory is an essential precondition for the Islamic State’s authority in the eyes of its supporters. This map,

*****************adapted from the work of the Institute for the Study of War, shows the territory under the caliphate’s control as of January 15,

*****************along with areas it has attacked. Where it holds power, the state collects taxes, regulates prices, operates courts, and

*****************administers services ranging from health care and education to telecommunications.