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Taliban Summer Offensive Shows Increasing Capability

July 29, 2014 -

The Taliban’s annual summer offensive in Afghanistan in 2014 can be characterized by waves of violence across the country and, in particular, a string of attacks ringing the capital, Kabul. The attacks appear mainly to target Afghanistan’s infrastructure, particularly its airports. Although the Taliban attempted to focus its efforts in June on the 2014 presidential election runoff, it was unsuccessful in derailing the elections or disrupting them to a notable degree. That period of concentrated effort lasted less than two weeks.

Iraq Situation Report: July 28, 2014

July 28, 2014 - Nichole Dicharry

Reports that ISIS is sending reinforcements to the vicinity of the Hamrin Dam indicate that ISIS is seeking to control the dam as a military objective rather than pursuing it as a feint to divert ISF resources away from other targets.

Iraq Situation Report: July 27, 2014

July 27, 2014 - Nichole Dicharry

Significant ISIS attacks occurred in the north, west, and east of Iraq.

Control of Terrain in Iraq: July 27, 2014

July 27, 2014 - Nichole Dicharry

ISW is placing a watch on Hit as an area that ISIS likely desires to control.

Iraq Situation Report: July 26, 2014

July 26, 2014 - Aaron Reese

ISIS efforts to control critical infrastructural like the Hamrin Dam is worrisome, as ISIS has previously utilized control over the Fallujah dam to counter the ISF and prevent water supplies from reaching southern Iraq.

Iraq Situation Report: July 25, 2014

July 25, 2014 - Nichole Dicharry

Hundreds of members of Iraqi Shi’a militias and their supporters gathered in central Baghdad to participate in parades celebrating Quds Day, an Iranian-backed annual event expressing solidarity with Palestine.

Iraq Situation Report: July 24, 2014

July 24, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

ISIS continued to deploy VBIEDs in hardened areas in Baghdad, this time in Karrada, central Baghdad, indicating both the capability and the intent to focus eff­orts on the Iraqi capital. 

 

Iraq Situation Report: July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

ISIS continued its campaign against Peshmerga-controlled terrain and infrastructure, gaining control of the Badush Dam, 20 km northwest of Mosul.

Control of Terrain in Iraq: July 23, 2014

July 23, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

On July 23, ISIS took control of the Badush dam (under construction) and nearby facilities northwest of Mosul after Peshmerga forces withdrew from the area.

Iraq Situation Report: July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

Iraqi Shi’a militias continue to escalate their campaign. The attacks in Basra are reminiscent of the killing of Iraqi Sunni tribal leaders in the city in November 2013 that ISW assessed to have been carried out by Iraqi Shi’a militias.

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