Iraq Situation Report: July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

ISIS targeted the Samarra Askari Shrine in an effort to divert ISF resources from Tikrit or Baghdad. The mobilization of the Sadrist Brigades to Samarra and the increase in murders in Baghdad are indications of escalated Shi’a militia activity. Tribes in Haditha may be negotiating the peaceful occupation of the city by ISIS and other armed groups. Upon establishing control of Haditha, ISIS will likely attempt to seize control of Ramadi and declare total control over Anbar province. ISIS is testing the volunteer force defending the city.

Control of Terrain in Iraq: July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

Yusfiyah in the southern Baghdad belt and Mashahda in the northern Baghdad belt have witnessed clashes in the last two days. They both represent possible ISIS infiltration points into Baghdad.

Iraq Situation Report: June 30, 2014

June 30, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

ISIS may be launching a renewed military o­ffensive to take control of all urban centers in Anbar Province, beginning with Haditha and moving toward Ramadi. The Haditha Dam is a critical element of Iraq’s infrastructure, which ISIS and other anti-government groups may use to obstruct ISF mobility in Anbar, much like the Fallujah Dam in April 2014.

Iraq Situation Report: June 29, 2014

June 29, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

ISIS has declared a Caliphate, indicating that all Muslims should now submit to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Caliph. Meanwhile, the ISF counter-offensive against ISIS in Tikrit continues, despite conflicting reports that either the ISF or ISIS now control the city.

Iraq Situation Report: June 28,2014

June 28, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

The ISF have launched two separate o­ensives against ISIS in Tikrit and Mosul.

Control of Terrain in Iraq: June 28, 2014

June 28, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

The ISF launched an operation to retake Tikrit.  More details included in the June 28 Iraq Situation Report.

Iraq Situation Report: June 27, 2014

June 27, 2014 - Aaron Reese

The Iraqi government is preparing defenses for the Battle of Baghdad as Ramadan approaches. The government’s plan will also likely include the deployment of Iraqi Shi’a militias. ISIS’s gains in Ramadi indicate the increasing threat to the city. ISIS aims to take Ramadi as part of its interim, operational objectives.

ISIS Battle Plan for Baghdad

June 27, 2014 - Jessica D. Lewis

There are indications that ISIS is about to launch into a new offensive in Iraq. ISIS published photos of a military parade through the streets of Mosul on June 24, 2014 showcasing US military equipment, including armored vehicles and towed artillery systems.

Control of Terrain in Iraq: June 27, 2014

June 27, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

The Iraqi police are reportedly back on duty in al-Alam after anti-ISIS Iraqi Sunni tribes cleared ISIS from the area on June 26.

Iraq Situation Report: June 26, 2014

June 26, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

ISIS resumed its effective spectacular attacks in Baghdad, which had dropped since the fall of Mosul. The mobilization of Iraqi Shi'a militias and deployment of CTS in Baghdad organization have not neutralized ISIS’ attack capabilities in the capital.