ISIS is pursuing objectives closer to Baghdad, attacking Balad Airbase while maneuvering around the facility. This will impede the ability of IA Aviation to support isolated ISF contingents. ISIS most likely activated a contingent previously placed in the vicinity of Balad. If successful, ISIS could gain important military and aviation assets at the base. ISIS is consolidating gains in the north by attacking Shi’a Turkmen villages and seizing natural gas fields.
ISF and possible Iraq Shi'a militias cleared Udhaim in Diyala province. Nukhaib in Anbar province is important given the possibility of an ISIS push towards southern Iraq.
ISIS has not culminated. ISIS has shifted its efforts toward western Iraq, and the fall of border crossings in Anbar to ISIS is a sign of the further collapse of the Iraqi state.
ISIS took control of Rawa and Ana to block the ISF's freedom of movement in Anbar. The ISF will likely deploy Iraqi Shi'a militias to slow ISIS' advance. The Sadrist parade is a major show of force as the Sadrists position themselves as defenders of the Iraqi Shi’a. ISIS and JRTN have violently clashed in pockets of terrain in northern Iraq.
The towns of Rawa and Ana are under ISIS control. Khanaqin is now controlled by the Peshmerga.
The situation in Qaim is fluid. As of 2000 Iraq time, ISW assesses that Qaim remains contested between ISIS and the IA.
ISIS aims to take control of the Al Qaim border crossing in Anbar. Tal Afar, Baiji, and Muqdadiyah remain key front lines against ISIS' advance.