Iraq

Iraq Situation Report: September 4 - 8, 2015

Iranian-backed Shi'a militias are challenging PM Abadi's authority through political means and the use of force in the wake of PM Abadi’s recent reforms. The proxy groups' obstruction of the National Guard Law further limits the  government's ability to subordinate the militias to the control of the state.  The National Guard Law is legislation that is critical to empowering Iraqi  Sunnis by  arming them and organizing them in the fight against ISIS.  The Iranian-backed militias have also used violence in Baghdad in ways that challenge the government's control of the capital.

Iraq Situation Report: August 25 - 27, 2015

The ISIS mobile defense of SVBIEDs around Ramadi affirms ISF reports of advances around the city. Over the past week ISIS responded to ISF advances west of Ramadi by ambushing and targeting ISF forward positions with SVBIEDs. ISIS also managed to kill the commander of the Iraqi Army (IA) 10th Division and the deputy commander of the Anbar Operations Command on August 27 in an attack on a forward ISF position, which was likely a targeted strike.

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