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The Islamic State of Iraq Returns to Diyala

Anbar is not the only front in Iraq on which Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), now operating as the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), is fighting in 2014. ISIS has also established a governorate in Diyala. Its spokesman has named the province the central front in the sectarian conflict he has urged.

Video: Why Fallujah Fell

From WSJ Live- Institute for the Study of War research director Jessica Lewis on how Al-Qaeda terrorized its way to victory in Iraq.

2013 Iraq Update #17B: Iraq On The Edge

Iraq continues its slide towards widespread violence. Over the weekend, the Iraqi government has issued an ultimatum to anti-government protesters following an attack in Anbar province that left five soldiers dead.

Political Update: Competing Initiatives Shed Light on Iraq’s Uncertain Political Alliances

The apparent beginnings of a campaign to remove Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, and the threat of a similar campaign against his most significant opponent suggest that Iraqi politics is entering a period of intense political jockeying.

The Resurgence of Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq

This report examines the political, religious, and military resurgence of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (AAH) in Iraq since the withdrawal of U.S. Forces, identifying the group’s key actors, their present disposition and strategy, and their regional expansion.

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The Islamic State of Iraq Returns to Diyala

Anbar is not the only front in Iraq on which Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), now operating as the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), is fighting in 2014. ISIS has also established a governorate in Diyala. Its spokesman has named the province the central front in the sectarian conflict he has urged.

ISW Covers Al-Qaeda in Iraq: Stand-off Underway in Fallujah and Ramadi

ISW reporting has covered the events unfolding in Ramadi and Fallujah as Al-Qaeda in Iraq clashes with tribal militias and Iraqi Security Forces. For additional reading, see our timeline here.

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Opinion: Fighting al-Qaeda in Iraq is in U.S. interests

ISW Senior Fellow LTG James Dubik offers his opinion on how the U.S. can help Iraq in its fight against Al-Qaeda in this weekend's Washington Post.

Black Flags Over Fallujah: The Comeback of al-Qaeda in Iraq

The resurgence of Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) is a clear threat to Maliki’s government and the Iraqi people, and its leadership of foreign fighters in Syria is also a threat to the United States.