2,224 American military service members (20 more than last week) were reported killed in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001, according to The Associated Press.

1 Iraqi city celebrated Christmas for the first time since ISIS took over. Qaraqosh has the largest Christian population in the country, according to The New York Times 

6 in 10 people say the fight against ISIS is improving, according to CNN. The poll marks a rare public opinion positive for President Donald Trump.

78 percent of Republicans like the direction the US is taking against ISIS, up from 28 percent when Barack Obama was in office. Democrat support is below 50 percent.