The Iraqi government has yet to launch major operations in Anbar. Meanwhile, ISIS is increasing the rate of its terrorist attacks in the capital.
ISW has changed the status of the border crossings at al-Waleed and Trebil to under watch.
Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) and rebel forces seized control of the Nasib border crossing with Jordan in Dera’a Province on April 2, 2015.
The Assad regime is not positioned to secure an outright military victory in 2015. Manpower limitations have led Assad to adopt a military strategy of an ‘army in all corners’ which involves the establishment and defense of remote regime outposts throughout Syria in order to pin the outer bounds of a contiguous post-war Syrian state.
A provision in the House Armed Services Committee draft Defense Authorization Bill has generated negative reactions in Iraq.
Anti-Assad forces expand territorial control in Idlib
Russian-backed separatist forces are on the brink of a renewed offensive in eastern Ukraine. The redeployment of banned heavy weapons to the front line, reports of an increasing regular Russian military presence, and the intensification of separatist attacks on Ukrainian military positions suggest that pro-Russian forces are preparing to rupture the framework of the February 12 ceasefire agreement.
Prime Minister (PM) Haidar al-Abadi and Defense Minister Khalid al-Ubaidi have come under increasing pressure over the last three days.