ISIS launched a major counter-attack in Kirkuk Province in response to advances by Iraqi and Kurdish security forces towards Mosul on October 20 and 21.

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced the launch of operations to retake Ninewa Province and Mosul from ISIS at dawn on October 17.

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and tribal fighters recaptured Sharqat on September 22.

ISW has produced nearly 60 maps on Russian airstrikes in Syria since they first began on September 30, 2015. See the complete set of Russian airstrikes in Syria maps with both maps and Key Takeaways here.

ISW's President and Founder Dr. Kimberly Kagan and Jessica Lewis McFate, ISW's Director of Tradecraft and Innovation, spoke at the Concordia 2016 Summit on September 19.

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Syria Situation Report: October 13 - 20, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with counterparts from Russia, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, Jordan, and Egypt in Lausanne, Switzerland on October 15 to open a new multilateral initiative to end the Syrian Civil War. Meanwhile, Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu announced a temporary halt to pro-regime airstrikes in Eastern Aleppo City on October 18 in preparation for a series of three consecutive eleven-hour ‘humanitarian pauses’ scheduled for October 20 - 22.