On December 20 and 21, Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga “in coordination” with Syrian Kurdish YPG forces and Iraqi Yazidi fighters entered the center of Sinjar district in western Ninewa province.
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi Yazidi fighters continue to launch operations in northern Iraq.
On December 18 and 19, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) regained control of parts of Baiji in Salah ad-Din province in northern Iraq.
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is not the only Salafi-Jihadist threat emanating from Syria. Its prominence in U.S. policy has overshadowed a threat of similar magnitude from Jabhat al-Nusra (JN), the official al-Qaeda (AQ) affiliate in Syria. JN rivals ISIS as a sophisticated, intelligent, strategic actor in the region and continues to enjoy a dangerous freedom to operate in Syria. The two groups share common goals, including a revived Islamic Caliphate.
The Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga launched operations in western Ninewa province that indicate the possibility of operations to clear the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) from Sinjar district.
The rapid success of the assault on the Wadi al-Deif and al-Hamidiyah army bases delivers a clear message regarding the ascendant power and influence of JN
The attack by an alleged ISIS supporter at a Lindt chocolate shop in Syndey, Australia on December 15, 2014 has raised fears of the international spread of ISIS. The incident, which resulted in critical injuries to four hostages and the deaths of two, bore no signs of formal connection to ISIS.
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) appears to be taking steps to forcibly recruit members to its ranks.
No significant attacks occurred on December 13 against pilgrims during the culmination of Arbaeen.
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is continuing an aggressive posture in Anbar province in western Iraq.