Publications

Iraq Situation Report: October 18-19, 2014

October 19, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The anti-ISIS offensive north of Tikrit continues to gather momentum as ISF units advance along the highway towards Baiji, clearing several villages despite heavy clashes with ISIS fighters and large concentrations of IEDs.

Iraq Situation Report: October 16-17, 2014

October 17, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The anti-ISIS offensive north of Tikrit is the first of its kind to challenge ISIS control of the Tigris north of Tikrit.

Syria Update: October10 - October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

Regime forces appear to be suffering from a heightened manpower shortage.

Iraq Situation Report: October 13-15, 2014

October 15, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Iraqi Shi’a militias continue to challenge the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) on two fronts.

Iraq Situation Report: October 11-12, 2014

October 12, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The current northern front is escalating between the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga.

Iraq Situation Report: October 9 - 10

October 10, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is likely attempting to prevent Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) gains in Diyala by flooding the Hawi Valley.

Iraq Situation Report: October 7-8, 2014

October 8, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS continues to seek control of Anbar and it is conducting operations to impose social control by removing possible opponents in Hit.

ISIS Advances in Anbar (September 1-October 7, 2014)

October 8, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS is advancing in Anbar and threatening Baghdad from the west, and U.S. airstrikes have not blunted their advance into key cities such as Ramadi. As of October 7, ISIS controls most of the territory between Qaim on the Syrian border and Abu Ghraib, only 40 km from Baghdad. ISIS has conducted a sophisticated campaign in Anbar Province over the past four weeks in order to capture additional cities in the Euphrates River Valley. 

Iraq Situation Report: October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS continued its offensive into downtown Ramadi and downtown Hit.

Beyond The Islamic State: Iraq's Sunni Insurgency

October 6, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) is not the only violent group opposed to the government of Iraq. Groups ranging from Salafist-jihadist to Sunni nationalist have also been mobilized against Baghdad since at least 2013. They remain a threat to the government even if ISIS is removed, especially if the core concerns of Iraqi Sunnis remain unaddressed by the Iraqi government. The primary grievances of most Iraqi Sunnis include the integration of Shi'a militias into the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), attacks by the ISF in Sunni civilian areas, and political exclusion in Baghdad.

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