The fight for northern Iraq is intensifying, especially in areas of northern Iraq where front lines have remained static.
Peshmerga, local Iraqi Police, and local Iraqi Sunni tribal fighters challenged ISIS in areas near Mosul where the organization has enjoyed relative sanctuary since it took control of the city in June.
Regime forces continue to be successful in defending remaining regime-held terrain in the northeastern corner of Quneitra Province.
Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Iraqi Shi’a militias within the Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) continued their operations north of Baghdad and the areas linking Baghdad and Samarra in northern Iraq.
Iraqi Security forces and Iraqi Shi'a militias undertook a major operation in southern Salah ad-Din province.
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is intensifying its efforts in Diyala province near the area of Muqdadiyah in northeastern Diyala province.
Local resistance to ISIS in Deir ez-Zour has occurred on a limited level since ISIS seized control of the province in July 2014.
The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Iraqi Shi’a militias within the Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) are responding to likely threats from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in the northern Babil area.
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is being pressured in northern Iraq’s Ninewa province.
On December 20 and 21, Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga “in coordination” with Syrian Kurdish YPG forces and Iraqi Yazidi fighters entered the center of Sinjar district in western Ninewa province.