ISIS Sanctuary Map

This map shows areas of Control, Attack, and Support for ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Alexandra Gutowski

Alexandra Gutowski is a Counterterrorism Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War where she focuses on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in its core terrain of Iraq and Syria. She recently completed a Fulbright Scholarship in the United Kingdom where she obtained a Master's in Defense, Development, and Diplomacy at Durham University and conducted research on Shi’a insurgent groups. While in the UK, she advised companies on Middle East market entry for KPMG's London advisory practice and taught the firm's open source intelligence course.

ISIS Sanctuary Map: July 1, 2016

Since the publication of ISW’s last sanctuary map on May 25th, 2016, ISIS militants lost control of the city of Fallujah but were able to launch spectacular attacks in Lebanon and on the Jordanian border. ISIS continues to lose territory in Iraq, and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are threatening its last major supply route from ar-Raqqa City to the Syrian-Turkish border.

ISIS Sanctuary Map: May 25, 2016

ISIS lost terrain in Iraq but claimed an attack from a new governorate, Wilayat Sahel, on the northwestern coast of Syria deep in regime territory. ISIS militants launched complex suicide attacks in core regime territory in Tartus City and Jableh on May 23, 2016. ISIS will likely escalate attacks against Alawite communities on the Syrian Coast in order to exacerbate sectarian tensions during Ramadan.

ISIS Sanctuary Map: April 22, 2016

Since the publication of ISW’s last ISIS sanctuary map on March 31, 2016, ISIS lost terrain in Iraq and Syria. Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) recaptured the city of Hit in Anbar Province, western Iraq from ISIS on April 14 as part of ongoing operations to secure the Euphrates River Valley. Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) forces also continue to contest ISIS's control in the Makhoul Mountains, north of Baiji.

ISIS Sanctuary Map: April 22, 2016

Since the publication of ISW’s last ISIS sanctuary map on March 31, 2016, ISIS lost terrain in Iraq and Syria. Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) recaptured the city of Hit in Anbar Province, western Iraq from ISIS on April 14 as part of ongoing operations to secure the Euphrates River Valley. Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) forces also continue to contest ISIS's control in the Makhoul Mountains, north of Baiji.

ISIS Sanctuary Map: March 3, 2016

Since the publication of ISW’s last ISIS Sanctuary Map on January 16, 2016, ISIS lost a major resource hub in Shaddadi, northeastern Syria and was expelled from its remaining positions in Ramadi, western Iraq. ISIS responded by launching a campaign against Kurdish forces in Tel Abyad, northern Syria, and briefly seizing the city of Khanaser, southeast of Aleppo from Syrian regime forces.

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