Iraq Situation Report: August 27-28, 2014

Since May 2013, Iraqi Shi’a militias have carried out kinetic operations in Baghdad and Diyala provinces to either target Iraqi Sunni civilians or launch possible retaliatory attacks. 

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham has not stalled under U.S. pressure. Rather, the insurgent army has continued a successful and spectacular offensive in Syria.

Dabiq articulates the ISIS vision in a more comprehensive way than could be gleaned by simply tracking military offensives.

"They have a post-war vision to make this Caliphate a reality...In order to have the Caliphate, they have to be able to hold Mosul and their plan is predictable and their requirements are exposed."

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