Iraq

Jessica D. Lewis on MSNBC's 'The Cycle"

 ISIS has a "post-war vision to make this Caliphate a reality."

"The Iraq Meltdown" with Jessica Lewis

The swift collapse of Iraqi security forces in northern Iraq in the face of an al-Qaeda-spearheaded Sunni insurgency is a disastrous setback for U.S. counterterrorism and Middle East policies that will have dangerous regional spillover effects.

ISIS Governance in Syria

The Islamic State’s June 2014 announcement of a “caliphate” is not empty rhetoric. In fact, the idea of the caliphate that rests within a controlled territory is a core part of ISIS’s political vision. The ISIS grand strategy to realize this vision involves first establishing control of terrain through military conquest and then reinforcing this control through governance.

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

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

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? 

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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: August 20-21, 2014

Since August, 8, the U.S. carried out 90 airstrikes against ISIS in northern Iraq. Of these strikes, 57 supported the ISF and Iraqi Kurdish forces on and around the Mosul Dam.

Iraq Situation Report: August 18-19, 2014

On August 19, ISIS released its first video in response to the U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq.  The video showed the beheading of a U.S. journalist who was kidnapped in Syria in November 2012.

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MSNBC's 'The Cycle' with Jessica D. Lewis

ISW's Research Director, Jessica D. Lewis, talks about ISIS and Iraq on MSNBC's 'The Cycle," stating that ISIS has a "post-war vision to make this Caliphate a reality."

"The Iraq Meltdown" with Jessica Lewis

The swift collapse of Iraqi security forces in northern Iraq in the face of an al-Qaeda-spearheaded Sunni insurgency is a disastrous setback for U.S. counterterrorism and Middle East policies that will have dangerous regional spillover effects. The Islamic State, formerly known the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and before that as Al-Qaeda in Iraq, now poses a rising threat to the United States and U.S. allies.