AQI’s “Soldiers’ Harvest” Campaign

October 9, 2013 - Jessica D. Lewis

ISW has assessed that AQI has reconstituted as a professional military force. It is therefore crucial to examine the first 60 days of the new “Soldiers’ Harvest” campaign for indications of what AQI means to accomplish this year.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq Resurgent, Part II

October 3, 2013 - Jessica D. Lewis

This report is a continuation of a previous publication entitled “Al-Qaeda in Iraq Resurgent: The Breaking the Walls Campaign, Part I.”

The Formation of Electoral Alliances in Afghan Politics in the 2014 Presidential Season

October 2, 2013 - Institute for the Study of War

Candidates for Afghanistan’s 2014 elections will declare their intent to run by October 6. The most prominent candidates, Zalmai Rassoul & Abdullah Abdullah, represent the two main factions that will decide the 2014 election: the Karzai-Establishment & anti-Karzai opposition.

The Islamic Alliance Emerges

September 27, 2013 - Valerie Szybala

A new coalition has formed among eleven Syrian rebel organizations, according to a statement that Liwa al-Tawhid released late on September 24.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq Resurgent

September 10, 2013 - Jessica D. Lewis

Al-Qaeda in Iraq is resurgent. This paper traces AQI’s revival in Iraq since July 2012, when the organization launched a year-long operation they named the “Breaking the Walls” campaign.

Follow Updates on Syria at ISW's new Syria Blog

August 30, 2013 - Aaron Reese

For the latest updates from ISW on the ongoing situation in Syria, please follow our new blog at

U.S. Navy Positions Ships for Possible Strike Against Syrian Targets

August 26, 2013 - Christopher Harmer

U.S. Navy warships are positioned for a strike against Syria using Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles. This could cause varying degrees of damage to the Assad regime’s ability to use more chemical weapons or continue operations against the opposition.

Dances With Warlords: Karzai’s Latest Grist for the Presidential Rumor Mill

August 23, 2013 - Mara Tchalakov

Abdurrab Rasul Sayyaf is the latest name to have been floated as President Hamid Karzai’s favored contender for the 2014 Afghan Presidential Elections.

Regime Regains Ground on the Coast

August 22, 2013 - Isabel Nassief

The battle for Latakia has demonstrated the unique dynamics of the coastal area for combat between the rebel and regime forces.

The Opposition Advances in Damascus

August 9, 2013 - Elizabeth O'Bagy

Despite significant gains in Homs province, Syrian government forces are struggling against opposition forces on other fronts.