ISW's President's Circle Dinner 2015

November 24, 2015 - Press ISW

ISW held its Fifth Annual President's Circle Dinner honoring General Raymond T. Odierno (U.S. Army, Ret.) with the National Security Award for his Distinguished Service to Our Nation.

Russian Strikes in Syria: November 9 - November 19, 2015

November 20, 2015 - Genevieve Casagrande

Russia shifted its air campaign in an effort to mimic the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition's recent offensive to target ISIS-run oil and natural gas infrastructure from November 18-19. Russian military chief of staff Col. Gen.

Iraq Situation Report: November 10 - 19, 2015

November 19, 2015 - Patrick Martin

The combined Kurdish offensive against ISIS in Sinjar is less significant as a tactical gain against ISIS than as a symbolic victory for multiple Kurdish factions that will ultimately compete for dominance. 

Russia Security Update: November 11-18, 2015

November 18, 2015 - Hugo Spaulding

Russia is attempting to align itself with France in the wake of ISIS’s terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13. Russia took steps to reassert its freedom of action in Syria as France expanded its anti-ISIS air campaign in response to the Paris attacks. On November 17, Russia launched air strikes from long-range strategic bombers for the first time since its intervention in the Syrian Civil War and announced plans to deploy 12 additional fixed-wing attack aircraft.

Russian Strikes in Syria: November 6 - November 17, 2015

November 18, 2015 - Genevieve Casagrande

Russia announced a new phase of its air campaign in Syria on November 17 following a new directive from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Islamic State's Trap for Europe: November 15, 2015

November 16, 2015 - Harleen Gambhir

ISW’s Counter-terrorism Analyst Harleen Gambhir makes the case that "Europe and the United States must accept the reality that protracted sectarian warfare in the Middle East is a clear and present danger to their safety and security at home" arguing that these attacks "are yet more proof that we cannot live in peace at home while millions of people are engulfed in war." Read her full op-ed in the Washington Post here.

Russian Airstrikes in Syria: November 4 - November 15, 2015

November 16, 2015 - Genevieve Casagrande
Russia continues to prioritize the preservation of the Assad regime rather than the defeat of ISIS through its air campaign in Syria. Russian airstrikes primarily supported regime ground operations against the Syrian armed opposition from November 13 – 15, concentrating in the southern countryside of Aleppo and the northern countryside of while pro-regime ground forces attempted to advance. ISW assessed Russian airstrikes against only one ISIS-held location with low-confidence during the reporting period.

What to do and to don’t in response to the Paris attacks

November 15, 2015 - Kimberly Kagan

The ISIS attacks in Paris mark a step-change in the threat that group poses to the West. The tactics employed came straight from the battlefields of the Middle East into the heart of Europe. The group hit multiple targets simultaneously without detection by French security services despite a series of arrests aimed at disrupting this operation. That capability demonstrates superior planning ability, resilience, and operational security.

Network Graph of ISIS's Claimed attack in Paris

November 15, 2015 - Harleen Gambhir

ISIS’s claimed attacks in Paris on November 13 mark the organization’s most sophisticated assault in the West to date. This interactive graphic depicts the individuals, events and locations directly linked to the Paris attacks. Eight attackers in three coordinated teams attacked six locations in Paris including the Stade de France sports stadium and the Bataclan art center with AK-47s, grenades, and SVESTs.

ISIS's Global Strategy

November 14, 2015 - Harleen Gambhir

ISIS continues to execute its global strategy to defend its terrain within Iraq and Syria, to foster affiliates in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, and to encourage and resource terror attacks in the wider world.