Publications

Iraq Situation Report: May 6 - 20, 2017

May 21, 2017 - Press ISW

Iran-backed Shia militias set conditions to disrupt or deny U.S.-backed forces freedom of maneuver near the Iraq-Syria border. Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Unit (PMU) forces began clearing territory in western Ninewa Province toward the Syrian border. Iran-backed PMU forces also conducted offensives against ISIS in northern Diyala and Salah al-Din provinces, and defended positions north of the Makhoul Mountains and southwest of Tuz Khurmatu from ISIS ground assaults.

Syria Situation Report: May 10 - 18, 2017

May 19, 2017 - Chris Kozak

The U.S. conducted an airstrike targeting a pro-regime convoy advancing against allied opposition groups at Al-Tanaf on the Syrian-Iraqi Border on May 18. The U.S. and Turkey failed to overcome their strategic divide during a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Erdogan on May 16.

Syria Situation Report: April 20 - May 10, 2017

May 15, 2017 - Chris Kozak

Russia, Iran, and Turkey agreed at a new set of Astana Talks on May 3 - 4 to establish four large “de-escalation” zones over opposition-held regions of Western Syria. The U.S. signaled its intent to move forward with an imminent offensive to seize Ar-Raqqa City from ISIS that includes the Syrian Kurdish YPG despite clear objections from Turkey.

Ukraine Update: Russia's Active Campaign in Ukraine

May 15, 2017 - Press ISW
By: Benjamin Knudsen, Alexandra Lariiciuc, and Franklin Holcomb

The U.S.-Turkey Divide Beyond Raqqa

May 12, 2017 - Press ISW

By Elizabeth Teoman and Ethan Beaudoin

The Campaign for Mosul: April 29-May 11, 2017

May 11, 2017 - Patrick Martin

By Jessa Rose Dury-Agri and the ISW Iraq Team

ISIS Sanctuary: May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017 - Alexandra Gutowski

By Alexandra Gutowski and Jessa Rose Dury-Agri 

 

Russia's Unrelenting Attacks on Syrian Civilians

April 29, 2017 - Genevieve Casagrande

Russia’s campaign against Syrian civilians continued undeterred by the U.S. strike on April 6 in response to the Bashar al-Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons in southern Idlib.

The Campaign for Mosul: March 2-April 28

April 28, 2017 - Press ISW

Iraq’s Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) units resumed their advance in western Mosul on April 11 after a

Turkey May Launch New Ground Offensive against US-Backed Forces in Syria

April 28, 2017 - Jennifer Cafarella

Key Takeaway: Turkey’s President Erdogan is trying to coerce President Trump into shifting American support from Kurdish forces toward Turkey’s proxies in Syria, which include al Qaeda-linked elements. Erdogan may launch a new ground operation into Syria in order to create ground realities that could force the U.S. to reconsider his demands.

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