Iraq Situation Report: April 2-3, 2015

April 3, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

The recent capture of Tikrit with U.S. air support and the absence of Iraqi Shi'a militias has undermined Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi’a militias’ reputation as indispensable allies to the ISF and the government.

Ukraine Crisis Update: April 2, 2015

April 2, 2015 - Hugo Spaulding

Pro-Russian forces may be positioning themselves to launch surprise o­ffensive maneuvers.  An indication from international monitors that Ukrainian forces no longer occupy the southern village of Shyrokyne suggests that the Russian-backed separatists have made gains in the Mariupol area despite the ceasefire.  

ISIS in Syria Campaign Update: March 31, 2015

April 2, 2015 - Jennifer Cafarella

Key Takeaway

Iraq Situation Report: March 31- April 1, 2015

April 1, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

The ISF and allied forces have reached and cleared the areas of Tikrit where ISIS was believed to be the most thoroughly entrenched.

Syria Situation Report: March 24-31, 2015

March 31, 2015 - Jennifer Cafarella

JN and Rebel Forces Seize Provincial Capital in Idlib, Militia Headquarters in Dera’a: JN and rebel forces made two crucial gains against regime forces that threaten the continued viability of the regime’s Syria-wide war effort in 2015.

Control of Terrain in Syria: March 31, 2015

March 31, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

Rebel forces participating in the “Jaysh al-Fatah Operations Room” led by al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) seized the city of Idlib on March 28, 2015, following a four day offensive.

Assad Regime Loses Idlib to Jabhat al-Nusra and Rebel Offensive

March 31, 2015 - Jennifer Cafarella
Rebel forces led by al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) wrested control of Idlib City from the Assad regime on March 28, 2015. Removing the regime from a second provincial capital is arguably the biggest rebel victory since the fall of al-Raqqa to JN and rebel forces in March 2013. It represents a turning point in the Syrian civil war that is likely to alter the trajectory of the conflict in coming months, with implications for how rebels wage war in 2015.

Iraq Situation Report: March 28-30, 2015

March 30, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

The contest for Tikrit is escalating. The ground offensive to retake the city has resumed following U.S. airstrikes, although without the Iranian-backed militias that withdrew in opposition to coalition involvement.

Iraq Situation Report: March 26-27, 2015

March 27, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

Iranian-backed militias have exhibited mixed reactions to the participation of the U.S.-led coalition in the Tikrit operation.

Ukraine Crisis Update: March 26, 2015

March 26, 2015 - Hugo Spaulding

Against the backdrop of continued ­fighting outside Mariupol and Donetsk, Ukrainian oligarch and volunteer battalion fi­nancier Ihor Kolomoyskyi stole the headlines this week.