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Will ISIS Take Baghdad?

ISW's Research Director Jessica Lewis talks with Mary Kissel on why air strikes aren’t stopping the advance of Islamic State terrorists.

Opinion: U.S. strategy against Islamic State is too much air, not enough boots

After 50 days of obvious failure, it's time to consider an approach that might work: Get American special forces on the ground with the Sunni Arabs themselves. 

ISW's General James M. Dubik joins State of the Union to discuss whether ISIS has the ability to bring down American planes wit

ISW's General James M. Dubik joins State of the Union to discuss whether ISIS has the ability to bring down American planes with anti-aircraft missiles.

A Strategy to Defeat The Islamic State

The Islamic State poses a grave danger to the United States and its allies in the Middle East and around the world. Reports that it is not currently planning an attack against the American homeland are little comfort. 

ISIS could soon set its sights on the US

NBC’s Chris Jansing and Jessica Lewis with The Institute for the Study of War join The Cycle to discuss the latest with ISIS in Iraq and Syria including the death of journalist Steven Sotloff. 

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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: October 20, 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) appears to be launching a coordinated campaign to target the Peshmerga along three fronts.

Iraq Situation Report: October 18-19, 2014

The anti-ISIS offensive north of Tikrit continues to gather momentum as ISF units advance along the highway towards Baiji, clearing several villages despite heavy clashes with ISIS fighters and large concentrations of IEDs.

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Will ISIS Take Baghdad?

ISW's Research Director Jessica Lewis talks with Mary Kissel on why air strikes aren’t stopping the advance of Islamic State terrorists.

Opinion: U.S. strategy against Islamic State is too much air, not enough boots

Air operations in Iraq and Syria have not stopped the advance of Islamic State. Despite the bombing, the Al Qaeda splinter group has launched a series of offensives in Iraq, gaining new ground in Anbar Province, and it has continued its offensive in Syria.