Publications

Iraq Situation Report: October 13-15, 2014

October 15, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Iraqi Shi’a militias continue to challenge the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) on two fronts.

Iraq Situation Report: October 11-12, 2014

October 12, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The current northern front is escalating between the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga.

Iraq Situation Report: October 9 - 10

October 10, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is likely attempting to prevent Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) gains in Diyala by flooding the Hawi Valley.

Iraq Situation Report: October 7-8, 2014

October 8, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS continues to seek control of Anbar and it is conducting operations to impose social control by removing possible opponents in Hit.

ISIS Advances in Anbar (September 1-October 7, 2014)

October 8, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS is advancing in Anbar and threatening Baghdad from the west, and U.S. airstrikes have not blunted their advance into key cities such as Ramadi. As of October 7, ISIS controls most of the territory between Qaim on the Syrian border and Abu Ghraib, only 40 km from Baghdad. ISIS has conducted a sophisticated campaign in Anbar Province over the past four weeks in order to capture additional cities in the Euphrates River Valley. 

Iraq Situation Report: October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS continued its offensive into downtown Ramadi and downtown Hit.

Beyond The Islamic State: Iraq's Sunni Insurgency

October 6, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) is not the only violent group opposed to the government of Iraq. Groups ranging from Salafist-jihadist to Sunni nationalist have also been mobilized against Baghdad since at least 2013. They remain a threat to the government even if ISIS is removed, especially if the core concerns of Iraqi Sunnis remain unaddressed by the Iraqi government. The primary grievances of most Iraqi Sunnis include the integration of Shi'a militias into the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), attacks by the ISF in Sunni civilian areas, and political exclusion in Baghdad.

Control of Terrain in Iraq: October 5, 2014

October 5, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS has taken the city of Hit in Anbar, as reported on October 2, and controls the town west of the Euphrates.

Iraq Situation Report: October 4-5, 2014

October 5, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The few remaining areas that are not under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) are now under attack by the group.

Iraq Situation Report: October 2-3, 2014

October 3, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The consolidation of control by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Hit signals further advances of ISIS in Anbar province.

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