Reports that the U.S. is considering establishing forward bases to counter ISIS's affiliates in Libya and Afghanistan reflect the increasing regional capability and momentum of the group in the Near Abroad. ISIS likely will gain new support in Afghanistan and possibly globally due to the death of the Taliban's leader, Mullah Omar. ISIS is also expanding operations in Yemen, Libya, and Egypt, which may provoke direct conflict between ISIS and al Qaeda.
ISIS Global Project
This project addresses ISIS in both the Near and Far Abroad.
On July 15, the Institute for the Study of War released a new report on the global ambitions of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS, also known as the Islamic State or ISIL). The report details the construction and key findings of a wargame set in Libya that tested international responses to ISIS's expansion.
This map shows ISIS-linked regional activity in June 2015.
This map shows ISIS-linked regional activity in May 2015.
This map shows ISIS-linked regional activity in April 2015.
This map shows ISIS-linked regional activity in March 2015.