ISIS Declares Governorate in Russia’s North Caucasus Region

June 23, 2015 - Harleen Gambhir

ISW assessed in early June 2015 that one of ISIS’s most likely courses of action during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan would be to declare a governorate in Russia’s North Caucasus. ISIS indeed announced the creation of a new governorate, called Wilayat Qawqaz (Caucasus) in the region on June 23, 2015, after several senior militants in the area pledged allegiance to ISIS.

Iraq Situation Report: June 20 - 22, 2015

June 22, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

The influence of Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi’a militias is extending beyond Iraq’s security sector and creating political friction.

Iraq Situation Report: June 18 - 19, 2015

June 19, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

ISIS or other anti-government armed groups such as the Ba’athist leaning JRTN may attempt to foment ethnic violence between Arabs and Kurds as well as sectarian violence between Sunni and Shi’a.

Control of Terrain in Syria: June 19, 2015

June 19, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War
Syrian Kurdish YPG forces supported by FSA-affiliated rebels in the Euphrates Volcano Operations Room and U.S.-led coalition airstrikes seized the ISIS border crossing at Tel Abyad in northern ar-Raqqa Province on June 15, 2015. Read both of the latest control of terrain in Syria maps here on the ISW Syri

ISIS Sanctuary: June 19, 2015

June 19, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS Sanctuary: June 19, 2015

Iraq Situation Report: June 16 - 17, 2015

June 17, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

The Iraqi Interior Ministry (MoI) reportedly directed Iraqi Air Force (IAF) airstrikes that killed 53 would-be “suicide bombers,” 23 north of Hit and 30 in Fallujah, the latter reportedly staging for Baghdad.

Iraq Situation Report: June 13 - 15, 2015

June 15, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

ISIS launched a VBIED wave of at least 13 VBIEDS on Saturday, June 13 north and south of Fallujah, near Haditha, and south of Baiji.