Iraq Situation Report: December 16-17, 2014:

 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 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. 

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. 

Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik

Col. Harry G. Summers Jr. begins his book, On Strategy: The Vietnam War in Context, by relaying the following conversation: “‘You know you never defeated us on the battlefield,’ said the American colonel. 

JN’s ability to sideline moderate elements in Idlib challenges the viability of the U.S. “train and assist” mission for these elements.

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