Publications

Iraq Situation Report: August 25, 2014

August 25, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

Jalula is the geographic nexus among Iraqi Kurds, Iran and its backed militias in Iraq, and ISF interests.

Iraq Situation Report: August 23-24, 2014

August 24, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS conducted five VBIED attacks on Saturday, just one short of the signature VBIED wave that characterized its spectacular attacks before the fall of Mosul.

Iraq Situation Report: August 22, 2014

August 22, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The attack on worshipers in Diyala was most likely carried out by Iraqi Shi’a militias or Iraqi Shi’a volunteers.

Iraq Situation Report: August 20-21, 2014

August 21, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

Since August, 8, the U.S. carried out 90 airstrikes against ISIS in northern Iraq. Of these strikes, 57 supported the ISF and Iraqi Kurdish forces on and around the Mosul Dam.

Iraq Situation Report: August 18-19, 2014

August 19, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

On August 19, ISIS released its first video in response to the U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.  The video showed the beheading of a U.S. journalist who was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012.

Control of Terrain in Iraq: August 19, 2014

August 19, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

President Obama stated that the Mosul Dam was retaken and cleared by Iraqi forces with U.S. air support.

Control of Terrain in Iraq: August 18, 2014

August 18, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

Iraqi Kurdish officials announced that the Peshmerga cleared ISIS from the Mosul Dam but added that ISIS rigged some buildings with explosives.

Iraq Situation Report: August 16-17, 2014

August 17, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The Peshmerga launched a counter offensive in northern Iraq against ISIS.

Iraq Situation Report: August 15, 2014

August 15, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

On August 14, 2014 ISIS clashed with the military wing of the Sadrist movement, the Promised Day Brigade (PDB), now called the Peace Companies, west of Samarra.

Dabiq: The Strategic Messaging of the Islamic State

August 15, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’s (ISIS) assault on the city of Mosul on June 10, 2014 demonstrated its formidable military strength. ISIS’s activities across Iraq and Syria also reveal that the organization is engaged in governance programs, ranging from Shari’a courts to aid distribution and law enforcement. These efforts underscore ISIS’s desire to erect a functional Caliphate within the boundaries of its controlled territory. That effort requires political and religious control in addition to military victory, and ISIS has a vision for how the Caliphate will form. ISIS has begun to explain its grand strategy to achieve this end through extensive public outreach, including a digital magazine series entitled Dabiq. This backgrounder will examine the contents of the first issue of Dabiq in detail, explaining the significance of this strategic messaging approach by ISIS in conjunction with the announcement of a Caliphate.

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