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How Will This War End?

The primary metric in war is attaining one’s strategic aims. In the post-9/11 war against al Qaeda and its affiliates, who is winning? 

A look at the ISIS 'playbook' in Iraq

ISW's Research Director Jessica Lewis speaks with Fox News' Jennifer Griffin on what ISIS is trying to accomplish.  

Expert: Assistance to Iraq must come soon

ISW"s Iraq team lead, Ahmed Ali speaks with CNN's Jim Clancy about the battle for control of Iraq.  

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From WSJ Live- Institute for the Study of War President Kimberly Kagan on what elections will mean for Iraq.

Iraq’s 2014 National Elections

Iraq is experiencing a political and security crisis. Iraq’s April 30, 2014 national elections will determine the shape of Iraq’s national government for the next four years, if indeed a government can endure Iraq’s potential relapse into civil war.

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The Iraq Project at the Institute for the Study of War produces detailed publications that monitor and analyze the changing security and political dynamics within Iraq. Topics include: understanding the evolving nature of Iraqi politics and Iraq’s democratic transition; evaluating Iraq’s security after U.S. forces withdraw; and analyzing the influence and behavior of regional actors in Iraq.

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Iraq Situation Report: July 29, 2014

ISIS continued to challenge the Peshmerga near Sinjar, although these are not major operations and do not demonstrate a desire to control Sinjar.

Control of Terrain in Iraq: July 29, 2014

On June 24, ISW assessed that the area of Udhaim was cleared by the ISF and Iraqi Shi’a militias. On July 28, however, the Defense Ministry announced the start of an operation that has thus far cleared three villages and remains ongoing. The operation appears to be prompted by an increasing number of clashes and IEDs emplaced in the city, which indicates a level of ISIS access to the area that challenges full ISF control. ISW is therefore changing the status of Udhaim from ISF controlled to contested.

 

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How Will This War End?

The primary metric in war is attaining one’s strategic aims. In the post-9/11 war against al Qaeda and its affiliates, who is winning? Both the U.S. and al Qaeda have done a lot of killing, but attrition alone is not decisive. The U.S. is now on its third strategy in this war. This strategy seems as unlikely to attain America’s strategic aims as the previous two.

 

A look at the ISIS 'playbook' in Iraq

ISW's Research Director Jessica Lewis speaks with Fox News' Jennifer Griffin on what ISIS is trying to accomplish.