Russian-backed Offensive in Ukraine Looms as Minsk II Ceasefire Breaks

April 28, 2015 - Hugo Spaulding

Russian-backed separatist forces are on the brink of a renewed offensive in eastern Ukraine. The redeployment of banned heavy weapons to the front line, reports of an increasing regular Russian military presence, and the intensification of separatist attacks on Ukrainian military positions suggest that pro-Russian forces are preparing to rupture the framework of the February 12 ceasefire agreement.

Iraq Situation Report: April 25-27, 2015

April 27, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

Prime Minister (PM) Haidar al-Abadi and Defense Minister Khalid al-Ubaidi have come under increasing pressure over the last three days.

Is the Islamic State Escalating in Afghanistan?

April 27, 2015 -

In the past few months, Afghanistan has become an attractive arena for the spread of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

Iraq Situation Report: April 23-24, 2015

April 24, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

As expected, the recent Iraqi-American cooperation that sidelined Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi’a militias has generated a push back from Iranian allies in Iraq.

Ukraine Crisis Update: April 23, 2015

April 23, 2015 - Hugo Spaulding

Russian-backed separatists appear to have abandoned the February 12 ceasefire agreement after redeploying banned heavy weapons to the front line and intensifying their attacks on Ukrainian positions.

Iraq Situation Report: April 21-22, 2015

April 22, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

ISIS is likely reconstituting itself in some areas where it had been pushed out in late 2014.

Syria Situation Report: April 14-21, 2015

April 21, 2015 - Jennifer Cafarella

Regime Fears Coup from within Alawite Community; Deploys Reinforcements to Support PKK-linked Syrian Kurds in Hasaka

Iraq Situation Report: April 18-20, 2015

April 20, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

The Iraqi government seems to have successfully responded to an imminent ISIS threat on two important fronts, Ramadi and Baiji, that emerged over the course of last week.

Iraq Situation Report: April 16-17, 2015

April 17, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

The situation in Anbar has deteriorated over the last two days as ISIS made further gains around the city and launched an assault on the city center.

Ukraine Crisis Update: April 16, 2015

April 16, 2015 - Hugo Spaulding

Russian-backed separatists intensified attacks this week possibly in preparation of launching offensive maneuvers and rupturing the framework of the ceasefire agreement.