Publications

Syria Situation Report: August 23 - 30, 2017

September 1, 2017 - Institute for the Study of War

This graphic marks the latest installment of our Syria SITREP Map made possible through a partnership between the Institute for the Study of War and Syria Direct. This graphic depicts significant developments in the Syrian Civil War from August 23 - 30, 2017. The control of terrain represented on the graphic is accurate as of August 8, 2017.

Syria Situation Report: August 8 - 23, 2017

August 25, 2017 - Institute for the Study of War

This series of graphics marks the latest installments of our Syria SITREP Map made possible through a partnership between the Institute for the Study of War and Syria Direct. These graphics depict significant developments in the Syrian Civil War from August 8 - 23, 2017. The control of terrain represented on the graphics is accurate as of August 8, 2017.

Iraq’s Lessons for Transition in Afghanistan - Originally Published November 15, 2010

August 21, 2017 - LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.)

In his December 2009 speech at West Point, President Obama set July 2011 as the beginning of a process of transition in Afghanistan, where geographic or functional responsibilities are to be handed over from the international coalition to the host nation. As policymakers in NATO capitals and practitioners in Afghanistan think about transition, they can take a lesson from the Iraq experience. The United States actually experienced two types of transitions in Iraq.

"AFGHANISTAN: IT'S NOT OVER" BY LTG JAMES DUBIK (RET.) (SMALL WARS JOURNAL) - Originally Published September 2, 2010

August 21, 2017 - LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.)

"In May, 2007 I deployed to Iraq to become the Commanding General responsible for accelerating the growth of the Iraqi Security Forces in size, capability, and confidence.

Syria Situation Report: July 27 - August 9, 2017

August 9, 2017 - Press ISW

By ISW Syria Team and Syria Direct

This series of graphics marks the latest installments of our Syria SITREP Map made possible through a partnership between the Institute for the Study of War and Syria Direct. These graphics depict significant developments in the Syrian Civil War from July 27 to August 9, 2017. The control of terrain represented on the graphics is accurate as of August 8, 2017.

Congressional Testimony: Al Qaeda's Persistent Threat

July 13, 2017 - Press ISW


Testimony of Jennifer Cafarella before the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee hearing on July 13, 2017 titled "The Persistent Threat: al Qaeda's Evolution and Resilience."

Syria Situation Report: May 19 - June 1, 2017

June 2, 2017 - Chris Kozak

ISIS launched a wave of spectacular attacks in Western Syria prior to the start of Ramadan on May 26. NATO leaders agreed to formally join the Anti-ISIS Coalition in Iraq and Syria during the NATO Summit in Brussels on May 25.

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.

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