Iraq Situation Report: March 26-27, 2015

Iranian-backed militias have exhibited mixed reactions to the participation of the U.S.-led coalition in the Tikrit operation.

Merger of Prominent Islamist Groups Provides JN Opportunity to Establish Partnership

The Taliban Resurgent:  Threats to Afghanistan's Security
The success or failure of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan has reached a critical juncture. The risks of insufficient action are clear and threaten to reverse what progress has been made.

Against the backdrop of continued ­fighting outside Mariupol and Donetsk, Ukrainian oligarch and volunteer battalion fi­nancier Ihor Kolomoyskyi stole the headlines this week.

ISIS core control zones inside Iraq and Syria have not shifted significantly since anti-ISIS operations began in June 2014, though anti-ISIS........

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Syria Situation Report: March 17-24, 2015

Merger of Prominent Islamist Groups Provides JN Opportunity to Establish Partnership:  The absorption of Suqour al-Sham into HASI counters rising JN influence in northern Syria by consolidating the combat power of major Islamist elements of the opposition. The merger does not, however, necessarily challenge JN’s military supremacy nor jeopardize its ongoing efforts to govern.