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Next Steps for U.S. Foreign Policy on Syria and Iraq

November 20, 2014 - Kimberly Kagan

American strategy in Iraq and Syria continues to suffer from a fatal flaw.  President Obama explicitly ordered that it focus only on “degrading” and “destroying” the Islamic State to the exclusion of any other American national security interests and regardless of the likelihood of the long-term success of any such effort undertaken in isolation.  As a result, the strategy has achieved some limited successes against the Islamic State, but those isolated successes are coming at the expense of other important American security concerns.  The current approach, in

Control of Terrain in Iraq: November 20, 2014

November 20, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

On November 14, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and the Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) which include Iraqi Shi’a militias were able to achieve significant advances against the Islamic State of Iraq al-Sham (ISIS) in the strategic town of Baiji in Salah ad-Din province in northern Iraq. Baiji has been under the control of ISIS since June of this year and is also home to Iraq’s biggest oil refinery, the Baiji Refinery which has endured a five-month long ISIS siege.

ISIS Sanctuary Map: November 20, 2014

November 20, 2014 - 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: November 18-19

November 19, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

Iraqi Security Forces, Iraqi Shi’a militias, Kurdish forces, and Iraqi Sunni anti-ISIS tribes are applying pressure on ISIS across multiple fronts.

Iraq Situation Report: November 18-19

November 19, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

Iraqi Security Forces, Iraqi Shi’a militias, Kurdish forces, and Iraqi Sunni anti-ISIS tribes are applying pressure on ISIS across multiple fronts.

Syria Update: November 10 - 18, 2014

November 19, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

JN and the FSA-affiliated Southern Front continue to make significant gains in Dera’a Province, seizing several military installations north of Sheikh Miskin and threatening to sever the regime supply line to Dera’a city.

Iraq Situation Report: November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

Although Baiji district is not fully cleared by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Iraqi Shi’a militias, it is clear that ISIS has lost a significant part of the area and has decided not to reinforce it from Hawija, an ISIS stronghold located north of Baiji.

Iraq Situation Report: November 14-16, 2014

November 16, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) have made significant advances against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in the strategic town of Baiji in northern Iraq’s Salah ad-Din Province.

Iraq Situation Report: November 11-13 2014

November 13, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS escalated attacks against the Iraqi Sunni tribes in Alam sub-district, east of Tikrit and against tribes in Zowiya village, northern Salah ad-Din.

Syria Update: November 5 - 11, 2014

November 11, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The U.S. conducted a second round of strikes against "Khorasan Group" targets in Northwestern Idlib province, reportedly killing a number of JN and Ahrar al-Sham fighters that appeared to have been collocated with the "Khorasan" targets.

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