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When ISIS swept through Iraq in 2013-14, what portion of the Iraqi army was lost due to combat deaths and desertion?

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently reported, "Under the pressure of ISIS, Iraq's security forces collapsed in many areas; the Iraqi army alone lost about 74,000 of its 165,000 troops, primarily through combat attrition and desertion." This amounts to a 45% loss. Per the same report, "ISIS captured members of ethnic and religious minorities and committed various atrocities, including systematic sexual violence, particularly against minority populations; mass executions; and other brutalities, according to State [Department] officials."

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