ISW has updated its ISIS Sanctuary map. This map, covering both Iraq and Syria, shows the extent of ISIS zones of control, attack, and support throughout both countries.
The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), supported by U.S.-led Coalition airpower, have continued to report advances north and south of Ramadi while simultaneously repelling ISIS’s attacks east of the city.
The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), including the Counter Terrorism Service, U.S.-trained Iraqi Army units, Iraqi Police, Federal Police, supported by Iraqi Air Force and U.S.-led Coalition airstrikes, have advanced east and south of Ramadi amid the high-profile operation that was publicly discussed during Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s visit to Iraq last week.
The conclusion of an agreement between Turkey and the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition to open Turkish airbases for coalition aircraft conducting sorties against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) marks a major shift in Turkish policy which will provide immediate boost to U.S. efforts to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIS.
The recent deterioration of security in Diyala has generated competing requirements for Iranian proxy forces following the deployment of the Badr Organization and other groups into Anbar, their furthest deployment in Sunni areas of Iraq to date.
The Iraqi government is experiencing competing pressures from dispersed ISIS attacks which have strained the capacity of both the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and the “Popular Mobilization.”