Publications

Iraq Situation Report: September 17, 2014

September 17, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi’a militias continue to voice their opposition to possible U.S. ground troops and the international anti-ISIS coalition.

Control of Terrain in Iraq: September 17, 2014

September 17, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

Suleiman Beg is now under Iraqi government control and as a result, the Kirkuk-Baghdad highway is reported to be re-opened.

Iraq Situation Report: September 15-16, 2014

September 16, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The U.S. has expanded its military operations in Iraq. The targeting of Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) positions in southwest Baghdad indicates possible further targeting of ISIS in the vicinity of Baghdad by U.S airpower.

Iraq Situation Report: September 12-14, 2014

September 14, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS is targeting early signs of resistance in predominantly Sunni areas in northern Diyala and western Kirkuk, an area with strong tribal presence and historic presence of ISIS competitors like JRTN and Ansar al-Islam.

Syria Update: September 4-12, 2014

September 12, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The assassination of Hassan Aboud, the leader of hardline Salafist Ahrar al-Sham and a former associate of al-Qaeda representative Abu Khalid al-Suri, is likely to have major repercussions for the capacity of rebels to coordinate their efforts across fronts.

ISIS Control Methods

September 12, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

PREPARATION: ISIS was setting the conditions for uncontested rule of Raqqa since the summer of 2013, when it detonated VBIEDs against rebel headquarters, kidnapped rebel commanders, and detained civilian activists. In Mosul, ISIS undermined government institutions with large scale racketeering operations and carried out targeted assassinations against key civilian and military leaders. By the time ISIS took full military control of Raqqa in January 2014 and Mosul in June 2014, an organized opposition to ISIS did not exist.

A Strategy to Defeat The Islamic State

September 12, 2014 - Jessica D. Lewis

The Islamic State poses a grave danger to the United States and its allies in the Middle East and around the world. Reports that it is not currently planning an attack against the American homeland are little comfort. Its location, the resources it controls, the skill and determination of its leaders and fighters, and its demonstrated lethality distinguish it from other al-Qaeda-like groups. Its ability to offer safe-haven and support to terrorists planning attacks against us is beyond any terrorist threat we have ever seen.

Iraq Situation Report: September 9-11, 2014

September 11, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS continues to test the security measures of the Iraqi Security Forces in Southern Iraq.

Control of Terrain in Syria: September 11, 2014

September 11, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

Control of the urban terrain in Syria is parceled among a number of armed groups, including the Syrian regime, opposition groups including Jabhat al-Nusra (JN), and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

ISIS Sanctuary Map: September 10, 2014

September 10, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

ISW has updated its ISIS Sanctuary map in advance of President Obama’s speech on a strategy to confront ISIS.  This map, covering both Iraq and Syria, shows the extent of ISIS zones of control, attack, and support throughout both countries.

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