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Fallujah Control of Terrain Map (animated): May 23-31, 2016

June 2, 2016 - Patrick Martin

How is the campaign for Fallujah going? Read our updates from May 26 and May 31, but also check out this animated map showing ISW/Popular Mobilization/tribal forces gains.

May 26: http://bit.ly/1WR0ho3 
May 31: http://bit.ly/22xJRRg (+animated map)

Fallujah Control of Terrain Map: May 31, 2016

June 1, 2016 - Patrick Martin

The operation to retake Fallujah has advanced towards the city limits since ISW’s May 26 Fallujah map, as joint forces from the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), Popular Mobilization, and Sunni tribal fighters close in on a multiple-axis assault to encircle the city. The ISF and Popular Mobilization continue to recapture terrain north of Fallujah, including al-Sajar, and consolidate holdings around Garma District, which was recaptured on May 23.

Iraq Situation Report: May 24 - June 1, 2016

June 1, 2016 - Patrick Martin
Iraq's political situation remains tenuous as security forces escalate a major military operation in Fallujah. Iraqi Shi'a militias, tribal fighters, and the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) continued recapturing territory around Fallujah and began probing attacks into the city of Fallujah. However, there are numerous reports that the Popular Mobilization engaged in sectarian violence in Garma sub-district, reportedly destroying a mosque with explosives, looting homes and buildings, and kidnapping and executing civilians.

Fallujah Control of Terrain Map: May 31, 2016

May 31, 2016 - Patrick Martin

The operation to retake Fallujah has advanced towards the city limits since ISW’s May 26 Fallujah map, as joint forces from the ISF, Popular Mobilization, and Sunni tribal fighters close in on a multiple-axis assault to encircle the city. The ISF and Popular Mobilization continue to recapture terrain north of Fallujah, including al-Sajar, and consolidate holdings around Garma District

Russian Airstrikes in Syria: April 30 - May 26, 2016

May 28, 2016 - Genevieve Casagrande
Russia has continued its air campaign against the Syrian opposition, despite its claims to temporarily suspend airstrikes against Syrian al Qaeda-affiliate Jabhat al Nusra and the opposition.

ISIS Forecast: Ramadan 2016

May 27, 2016 - Jessica D. Lewis

The next forty-five days constitute a high-risk period for a surge of attacks by ISIS during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. ISIS traditionally uses Ramadan – which begins on June 6 and ends on July 5, 2016 - as a justification for its attacks and as an occasion to reorient its strategy.

Syria Situation Report: May 21 - 27, 2016

May 27, 2016 - Chris Kozak

ISIS conducted an unprecedented series of complex suicide attacks in regime-held Tartus City and Jableh on the Syrian Coast on 23 MAY, killing at least 150 civilians and wounding over 200 others. ISIS will likely escalate its attacks against Alawites on the Syrian Coast during the upcoming holy month of Ramadan. Meanwhile, ISIS seized at least six villages in Northern Aleppo Province in a major setback for efforts by the U.S. and Turkey to deny ISIS access to the Syrian-Turkish Border.

Fallujah Control of Terrain Map: May 26, 2016

May 27, 2016 - Patrick Martin

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and the Popular Mobilization launched a major operation on May 23 to recapture Fallujah from ISIS. Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced Operation Breaking Terrorism late on May 22 following weeks of force build-up in the area.

Fallujah Control of Terrain Map: Prior to May 23, 2016

May 27, 2016 - Patrick Martin

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and the Popular Mobilization launched a major operation on May 23 to recapture Fallujah from ISIS. Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced Operation Breaking Terrorism late on May 22 following weeks of force build-up in the area.

The Campaign for Fallujah: May 26, 2016

May 27, 2016 - Patrick Martin

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and the Popular Mobilization launched a major operation on May 23 to recapture Fallujah from ISIS. Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced Operation Breaking Terrorism late on May 22 following weeks of force build-up in the area.

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