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Tikrit battle a 'learning experience'

LTG (ret) James Dubik, ISW Senior Fellow

What happens after the battle? Sectarian violence or an inclusive kind of governance?  "If it’s the latter, that will bode well for the future.  If it’s the former, these will be big problems.”

Degraded ISIS Still 'Formidable and Brutal'

ISW Senior Naval Analyst Chris Harmer

“ISIS still has the strategic initiative.  They’ve reached their natural limit of expansion in Iraq.  They’re continuing to expand in Syria. And we’ve done nothing to reduce their heartland territory in Syria.”

The Fight for Mosul

LTG (ret) James Dubik, ISW Senior Fellow (right)

Mosul is a “very big target to start the counter-offensive with and the stakes will be pretty high to make sure that it’s successful.”  Signaling the move on Mosul by U.S. was “really foolish.”

Is ISIS Going to Lose?

ISW Senior Naval Analyst Chris Harmer

"I think it’s important that the American people know this is a long-term fight and that what we’re doing right now, while effective in the short-term, is not going to result in the long-term destruction of ISIS.”

Is Europe the Next Stop for ISIS?

Jessica Lewis McFate

ISIS is already "developing and executing its strategy" for Europe.  This includes, among other things, terrorist networks and recruiting nertworks "that can flow in reverse."

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LTG Dubik on the Fight for Tikrit

“The concern [over Shi’a militias] is what happens after the battle.  Will there be sectarian violence?…  Or will there be a relatively inclusive kind of governance and even-handed governance?  If it’s the latter, that will bode well for the future.  If it’s the former, these will be big problems.”

VOA: Degraded ISIS Still 'Formidable and Brutal'

“ISIS still has the strategic initiative.  They’ve reached their natural limit of expansion in Iraq.  They’re continuing to expand in Syria. And we’ve done nothing to reduce their heartland territory in Syria.”

The Fight for Mosul

Mosul is a “very big target to start the counter-offensive with and the stakes will be pretty high to make sure that it’s successful.”  Signaling the move on Mosul by U.S. was “really foolish.”

Is ISIS Going to Lose?

ISW Senior Naval Analyst on MSNBC's The Cycle.  “I think it’s important that the American people know this is a long-term fight and that what we’re doing right now, while effective in the short-term, is not going to result in the long-term destruction of ISIS.”

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Released on: Mar 9, 2015

On October 6, the Institute for the Study of War released a new report on Sunni insurgent groups other than ISIS in Iraq. Although the global community is now focused on the ISIS threat and is building an anti-ISIS coalition, this report shows that these other violent Sunni groups "remain a threat to the government of Iraq even if ISIS is removed."

Released on: Jan 15, 2014

As clashes continue throughout Iraq and Syria, ISW Senior Fellow LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.), ISW Research Director Jessica D. Lewis, and Iraq Team Lead Ahmed Ali have lent their perspectives to the rapidly-changing situation on the ground.

Released on: Nov 21, 2013

If you're covering President Karzai's speech, in which he talks about deferring the security agreement with the U.S., analysts at ISW can offer some insights.