Podcast: Col. (Ret.) Ketti Davison on Iraq

January 24, 2020 - Press ISW

Davison traveled to Iraq with a team of experts organized by the United Nations High Commissoner for Refugees to assess the security and humanitarian situation on the ground. Listen to the ISW Overwatch podcast episode for her firsthand perspective.

Syria Situation Report: January 8 - 21, 2020

January 24, 2020 - Michael Land

Open protests and insurgent activity against the Bashar al-Assad regime in Southern Syria and likely attempts by Iran to move military shipments through Syria are among the recent developments in Syria.

Warning Intelligence Update: Iran Increases Pressure on U.S. Forces in Iraq

January 23, 2020 - Press ISW

Iran is attempting to coalesce its lethal Iraqi proxy militias, and potentially Moqtada al-Sadr and his supporters, into a more unified military force to target U.S. forces in the region.

Iraq Situation Report: January 17 - 22, 2020

January 22, 2020 - Press ISW

Popular protests against the Iraqi government have surged again in the lead-up to anti-U.S. protests planned for Friday, January 24 by Moqtada al-Sadr and Iran's proxy militias.

Iraq Situation Report: January 14 - 16, 2020

January 17, 2020 - Press ISW

Iran is preparing to increase political pressure against the U.S. presence in Iraq by generating significant anti-American protests on Friday, January 24 with support from Moqtada al-Sadr.

Audio: Russia's Global Media Influence

January 17, 2020 - Press ISW

Nataliya Bugayova and George Barros discuss their recently released assessment of Russia's attempt to expand its global media presence and deepen the Kremlin's influence.

Iraq Situation Report: January 10 - 13, 2020

January 16, 2020 - Press ISW

Iraqi leaders of Iranian proxy groups met in Iran with the newly appointed IRGC-QF and, separately, Moqtada al-Sadr on January 10 after reportedly traveling to Lebanon to meet with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

The Kremlin’s Expanding Media Conglomerate

January 15, 2020 - Press ISW

The Kremlin is building a global media conglomerate and attempting to pull countries around the world into Russia’s information space. Over the last five years, Russia has signed at least 50 media cooperation deals around the globe.

Iraq Situation Report: January 7 - 9, 2020

January 14, 2020 - Press ISW

Iranian proxies’ behavior in Iraq indicates that Iran may be organizing a new effort to expel U.S. forces violently follow the strike against Qassem Soleimani.

Iraq Situation Report: January 4 - 6, 2020

January 10, 2020 -

The latest Iraq Situation Report summarizes the key reactions to the U.S.'s self-defense strike against Qassem Suleimani inside Iraq, where Iranian proxies have been targeting American forces and facilities for months.