Iraq Situation Report: July 31, 2014

ISIS is aiming to establish normalcy in areas where it has control in Iraq.

The Islamic “Caliphate” now governing parts of Iraq and Syria is becoming one of the most significant threats to American national security.

The Taliban’s annual summer offensive in Afghanistan in 2014 can be characterized by waves of violence across the country and, in particular, a string of attacks ringing the capital, Kabul. 

The Hertog War Studies Summer Program aims to educate advanced undergraduate students about the theory, practice, organization, and control of war and military forces.

Applications for Fall 2014 internships at the Institute for the Study of War are now being accepted.

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The Islamic State: A Counter-Strategy for a Counter-State

by Jessica D. Lewis

Many have asked what needs to be done about the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the terrorist organization that recently took control of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. Questions range from the acceptability of airstrikes and the viability of a national unity government in Iraq to the feasibility of a counter-offensive that depends upon the remaining capacity of the Iraq Security Forces. These are important and worthy questions, and timely, because ISIS is growing stronger. But these questions preempt the rigorous analysis that is required in order to determine what the U.S. should do about ISIS and why.