Iraq Situation Report: March 5-6, 2015

March 6, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

The operation to retake Tikrit continued today, although Tikrit city itself does not appear to be the immediate priority for the combined forces. Since the start of the ground operation on March 2, the the eastern and southern axes have been the primary focus.

Syrian Jihadists Signal Intent for Lebanon

March 6, 2015 - Jennifer Cafarella

Both the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and the al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) plan to conduct attacks in Lebanon in the near term.

Ukraine Crisis Update: March 5, 2015

March 5, 2015 - Hugo Spaulding

Indirect fire exchanges have persisted across the front line as reports show Ukraine continuing to withdraw heavy weapons and unverified separatist claims assert their own complete withdrawal.

Tikrit Situation Report: March 4, 2015

March 4, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

The operation to re-capture Tikrit, prosecuted by the ISF, Shi’a militias, and Sunni tribal forces, has begun with main efforts targeting two areas east of the city, Alam and Dour.

ISIS Sanctuary: March 4, 2015

March 4, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS core control zones inside Iraq and Syria have not shifted significantly since anti-ISIS operations began in June 2014, though anti-ISIS forces have cleared ISIS from several of its major frontier positions in Iraq and Syria.

Syria Situation Report: February 24 - March 2, 2015

March 3, 2015 - Jennifer Cafarella

ISIS Forces Defeated on Multiple Fronts: Continued victories by YPG forces supported by local militias, rebel groups, and U.S.–led coalition air strikes have considerably challenged ISIS in northern Syria.

Iraq Situation Report: March 2, 2015

March 2, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

Intense clashes erupted today as the ISF, Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi’a militias, and Iraqi Sunni anti-ISIS fighters advanced toward ISIS positions on the outskirts of the Tikrit and strategic areas south, north, and east of the city.

Iraq Situation Report: February 28 - March 1, 2015

March 1, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

The ground operation to retake Tikrit and its surrounding areas has begun.


Iraq Situation Report: February 26-27, 2015

February 27, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS has been taking defensive measures in Mosul in anticipation of an operation to retake the city.

Ukraine Crisis Update: February 27, 2015

February 27, 2015 - Hugo Spaulding

In the week following the Ukrainian surrender of Debaltseve, a strategic rail junction between the separatist strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk, the conflict has exhibited a pattern of hostilities reminiscent of the frequently violated ceasefire period from September 2014 to January 2015.