Publications

Iraq Situation Report: September 3-4, 2014

September 4, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is orienting its effort towards Anbar province in western Iraq and Samarra.

Iraq Situation Report: September 1-2, 2014

September 2, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) are capitalizing on the momentum of the breaking of Amerli’s siege by launching an attack on Tikrit.

Control of Terrain in Iraq: September 2, 2014

September 2, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

Between August 29-31 a combined force of the ISF, Iraqi Shi’a militias, and the Peshmerga, broke ISIS’s siege of Amerli in Salah ad-Din province.

Iraq Situation Report: August 29-31, 2014

August 31, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The breaking of Amerli’s siege with U.S. air support averted the humanitarian catastrophe that would have likely been caused by ISIS massacring its Iraqi Turkmen Shi’a population.

Iraq Situation Report: August 27-28, 2014

August 28, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

Since May 2013, Iraqi Shi’a militias have carried out kinetic operations in Baghdad and Diyala provinces to either target Iraqi Sunni civilians or launch possible retaliatory attacks. 

 

ISIS’s Offensive in Syria Shows that U.S. Airstrikes Have Not Blunted Momentum

August 28, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel told reporters that U.S. airstrikes “have stalled ISIL's momentum” after two weeks of bombarding ISIS positions in Northern Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham has not stalled under U.S. pressure. Rather, since the fall of Mosul and despite U.S. airstrikes, the insurgent army has continued a successful and spectacular offensive in Syria. Their gains nearly equal in scale the seizure of northern Iraq in June. The insurgent army’s latest triumph is the capture of Assad’s Tabqa air base in Eastern Syria.

Iraq Situation Report: August 26, 2014

August 26, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The Iraqi Security Forces supported by volunteers and Iranian-backed militias continue their counteroffensive campaign to relieve ISIS's siege of the isolated Shi ‘a Turkmen town of Amerli.

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.

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