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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.  

Video: Iraq's Courageous Vote

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.

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.

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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 23, 2014

ISIS continued its campaign against Peshmerga-controlled terrain and infrastructure, gaining control of the Badush Dam, 20 km northwest of Mosul.

Control of Terrain in Iraq: July 23, 2014

On July 23, ISIS took control of the Badush dam (under construction) and nearby facilities northwest of Mosul after Peshmerga forces withdrew from the area.

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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.