Publications

Syria Update: December 3 - 9, 2014

December 9, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The ISIS offensive against the Deir ez-Zour Military Airport has now achieved gains similar to its failed attempt to seize the base in early September 2014.

Iraq Situation Report: December 8, 2014

December 8, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

There is an ongoing and intensified push by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in areas north of Baghdad and near Samarra.

Iraq Situation Report: December 6-7

December 7, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The Iraqi Government of Prime Minister (PM) Haidar al-Abadi is taking measures to control an increasingly lawless situation in the capital caused by the wide freedom of
movement enjoyed by Iraqi Shi'a militias and criminal networks.

Iraq Situation Report: December 4-5

December 5, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) continues to concentrate its effort in the area of Balad in the northern Baghdad belt.

ISIS Sanctuary Map: December 5, 2014

December 5, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

ISW has updated its ISIS Sanctuary map! This map, covering both Iraq and Syria, shows the extent of ISIS zones of control, attack, and support throughout both countries.

Iraq Situation Report: December 2-3

December 3, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

There are currently three ongoing fronts of engagements between the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and forces countering it.

Syria Update: November 25 - December 02, 2014

December 2, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War
The formation of a new joint military command for the Syrian opposition has somewhat offset the setback suffered by moderate rebels due to JN’s continued consolidation of direct control in northwestern Syria.

Winning Battles, Losing Wars

December 2, 2014 - LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.)

Col. Harry G. Summers Jr. begins his book, On Strategy: The Vietnam War in Context, by relaying the following conversation: “‘You know you never defeated us on the battlefield,’ said the American colonel. The North Vietnamese colonel pondered this remark a moment. ‘That may be so,’ he replied, ‘but it is also irrelevant.’” As much as we may not want to admit it, in this sense, our current war against al Qaeda and their ilk resembles that of Vietnam. In fighting our post- 9/11 wars, we have won nearly every battle but are far from winning the war. How can this be? The answer lies largely in the civil military nexus that underpins how America wages war.

Iraq Situation Report: December 1, 2014

December 1, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is seeking to reverse the momentum in northern Iraq and maintain its aggressive posture in the western parts of the country.

Iraq Situation Report: November 27-30, 2014

November 30, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Iraqi Shi'a militias are capitalizing on their recent gains in Diyala province.

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