Publications

Ukraine Crisis Update: May 21, 2015

May 21, 2015 - Hugo Spaulding

Russian-backed separatists broadened their offensive operations along the frontline in Donbas ahead of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s trip to the EU Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, Latvia.

Control of Terrain in Syria: May 20, 2015

May 20, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS seized the regime-held town of al-Sukna west of Deir ez-Zour City on May 14 and then seized the regime stronghold of Palmyra on May 20 after regime forces reportedly executed a full withdrawal from the city, prison, and military airbase.

Control of Urban Terrain in Syria: May 20, 2015

May 20, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS seized the regime-held town of al-Sukna west of Deir ez-Zour City on May 14, severing the regime’s ground line of communication from Palmyra in the central Homs Desert to Deir ez-Zour City and e­ectively isolating remaining regime positions in western Deir ez-Zour.

Syria Situation Report: May 14-20, 2015

May 20, 2015 - Jennifer Cafarella

The ISIS seizure of Palmyra city is a major defeat for the Assad regime that is likely to jeopardize the regime’s ability to maintain a foothold in Deir ez-Zour.

ISIS Sanctuary Map: May 20, 2015

May 20, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

ISW has updated its ISIS Sanctuary map. This map, covering both Iraq and Syria, shows the extent of ISIS zones of control, attack, and support throughout both countries.

Iraq Situation Report: May 19-20, 2015

May 20, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

ISIS is consolidating control over Ramadi and launched attacks to the east in an effort to preempt counterattacks by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and “Popular Mobilization” staging at the Habaniya base.

Control of Terrain in Iraq: May 18, 2015

May 18, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

Between May 15 and 18 ISIS launched a major attack on al-Ramadi that resulted in the fall of the city from government control.

Iraq Situation Report: May 16-18, 2015

May 18, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

Ramadi, the birthplace of the Sunni tribal Awakening, has fallen out of government control after resisting ISIS for over a year.

ISIS Captures Ramadi

May 18, 2015 - Jessica D. Lewis

ISW has tracked the ISIS assault on Ramadi since January 2014 when they attacked both Ramadi and Fallujah. This presentation shows how ISIS has positioned itself in Anbar Province since that time to the capture of Ramadi this past weekend.

Iraq Situation Report: May 14-15, 2015

May 15, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

ISIS conducted a main attack upon downtown Ramadi, reportedly making its greatest gains since December 2014, including multiple neighborhoods in central Ramadi and the unconfirmed capture of the Ramadi government complex.

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