Publications

Syria Update: November 10 - 18, 2014

November 19, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

JN and the FSA-affiliated Southern Front continue to make significant gains in Dera’a Province, seizing several military installations north of Sheikh Miskin and threatening to sever the regime supply line to Dera’a city.

Iraq Situation Report: November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

Although Baiji district is not fully cleared by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Iraqi Shi’a militias, it is clear that ISIS has lost a significant part of the area and has decided not to reinforce it from Hawija, an ISIS stronghold located north of Baiji.

Iraq Situation Report: November 14-16, 2014

November 16, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) have made significant advances against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in the strategic town of Baiji in northern Iraq’s Salah ad-Din Province.

Iraq Situation Report: November 11-13 2014

November 13, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS escalated attacks against the Iraqi Sunni tribes in Alam sub-district, east of Tikrit and against tribes in Zowiya village, northern Salah ad-Din.

Syria Update: November 5 - 11, 2014

November 11, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The U.S. conducted a second round of strikes against "Khorasan Group" targets in Northwestern Idlib province, reportedly killing a number of JN and Ahrar al-Sham fighters that appeared to have been collocated with the "Khorasan" targets.

Iraq Situation Report: November 10, 2014

November 10, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The weekend reports of the killing or wounding of the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, have not yet been confirmed.

Jabhat al-Nusra Deepens its Foothold in Northwestern Syria

November 10, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) seized large swaths of the Jabal al-Zawiya area of southern Idlib Province (in northwest Syria bordering Turkey) from Free Syrian Army (FSA)-affiliated groups beginning in late October 2014 (see fig. 1). JN, the official al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, began to carve out direct territorial control in Idlib Province beginning in July 2014, and its advance in southern Idlib has considerably extended its stronghold in the province.

Iraq Situation Report: November 8-9, 2014

November 9, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The significant event of the weekend is the reported targeting of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), by U.S. airstrikes. 

Control of Terrain in Iraq: November 9, 2014

November 9, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF)  and Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) which include Iraqi Shi'a militias are continuing to challenge the presence and positions of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in the Baiji area north of Tikrit in northern Iraq.

Iraq Situation Report: November 6-7, 2014

November 7, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The deployment of Iraqi Shi'a militias to Anbar province to support anti-ISIS Iraqi Sunni tribes in combating ISIS is a unique and important dynamic that underscores the desperate need of anti-ISIS Anbari tribes for support. 

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