Here is an update on the situation in Syria and Iraq as of November 15th. The huge section of black/grey is ISIS and other forces like al-nusra. While the area they control is huge and the picture looks very disheartening, it is important to remember that much of that area is desert. The fighting is mostly focussed around a few key points, such as Kobani (the tiny yellow speck in the North of Syria to the Northeast of Aleppo). Click on the image to enlarge the map.