Iraq Situation Report: April 30-May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

The Iraqi government has yet to launch major operations in Anbar. Meanwhile, ISIS is increasing the rate of its terrorist attacks in the capital.

Control of Terrain in Iraq: May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

ISW has changed the status of the border crossings at al-Waleed and Trebil to under watch.

Ukraine Crisis Update: April 30, 2015

April 30, 2015 - Hugo Spaulding

Russian-backed separatists intensified attacks on Ukrainian forces for the third week in a row, signaling their complete abandonment of the February 12 ceasefire agreement.

Control of Terrain in Syria: April 30, 2015

April 30, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) and rebel forces seized control of the Nasib border crossing with Jordan in Dera’a Province on April 2, 2015. 

"An Army in All Corners:" Assad's Campaign Strategy in Syria

April 29, 2015 - Chris Kozak

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.

Iraq Situation Report: April 28-29, 2015

April 29, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

A provision in the House Armed Services Committee draft Defense Authorization Bill has generated negative reactions in Iraq.

Syria Situation Report: April 20-28

April 28, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

Anti-Assad forces expand territorial control in Idlib

Russian-backed Offensive in Ukraine Looms as Minsk II Ceasefire Breaks

April 28, 2015 - Hugo Spaulding

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.

Iraq Situation Report: April 25-27, 2015

April 27, 2015 - Sinan Adnan

Prime Minister (PM) Haidar al-Abadi and Defense Minister Khalid al-Ubaidi have come under increasing pressure over the last three days.

Is the Islamic State Escalating in Afghanistan?

April 27, 2015 -

In the past few months, Afghanistan has become an attractive arena for the spread of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.