The powerbrokers leading the most lethal Iranian-backed Shi’a militias are taking actions to undermine PM Abadi’s reforms.

ISW has updated its ISIS Sanctuary map. This map, covering both Iraq and Syria, shows the extent of ISIS zones of control, attack, and support throughout both countries.

The ISIS Sanctuary Maps show how ISW has tracked the conflict and become the recognized expert on ISIS's expansion. On the one-year anniversary of anti-ISIS airstrikes, we have collected all our maps to help show the role ISW is proud to have played.

The agreement between Turkey and the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition to open Turkish airbases for coalition aircraft conducting sorties against ISIS marks a major shift in Turkish policy which will provide an immediate boost to U.S. anti-ISIS efforts.

ISIS is executing a sophisticated global strategy with simultaneous efforts in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the wider world. ISW and the U.S. Army War College conducted a wargame early this year to discover the diplomatic and military opportunities and pitfalls likely to arise in the counter-ISIS fight.

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Far-Right Riot at Ukraine’s Parliament

Far-right groups launched a violent riot on August 31 outside Ukraine’s parliament during its review of controversial constitutional amendments that would acknowledge the special status of separatist-held southeastern Ukraine. The riots demonstrate the growing challenge to stability that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko faces from the far-right, a threat that could present new vulnerabilities that the Kremlin may exploit.