Iraq Situation Report: January 17 - 22, 2020

January 22, 2020 - Press ISW

Popular protests against the Iraqi government have surged again in the lead-up to anti-U.S. protests planned for Friday, January 24 by Moqtada al-Sadr and Iran's proxy militias.

Iraq Situation Report: January 14 - 16, 2020

January 17, 2020 - Press ISW

Iran is preparing to increase political pressure against the U.S. presence in Iraq by generating significant anti-American protests on Friday, January 24 with support from Moqtada al-Sadr.

Audio: Russia's Global Media Influence

January 17, 2020 - Press ISW

Nataliya Bugayova and George Barros discuss their recently released assessment of Russia's attempt to expand its global media presence and deepen the Kremlin's influence.

Iraq Situation Report: January 10 - 13, 2020

January 16, 2020 - Press ISW

Iraqi leaders of Iranian proxy groups met in Iran with the newly appointed IRGC-QF and, separately, Moqtada al-Sadr on January 10 after reportedly traveling to Lebanon to meet with Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

The Kremlin’s Expanding Media Conglomerate

January 15, 2020 - Press ISW

The Kremlin is building a global media conglomerate and attempting to pull countries around the world into Russia’s information space. Over the last five years, Russia has signed at least 50 media cooperation deals around the globe.

Iraq Situation Report: January 7 - 9, 2020

January 14, 2020 - Press ISW

Iranian proxies’ behavior in Iraq indicates that Iran may be organizing a new effort to expel U.S. forces violently follow the strike against Qassem Soleimani.

Iraq Situation Report: January 4 - 6, 2020

January 10, 2020 -

The latest Iraq Situation Report summarizes the key reactions to the U.S.'s self-defense strike against Qassem Suleimani inside Iraq, where Iranian proxies have been targeting American forces and facilities for months.

Iranian Escalation Timeline

January 10, 2020 - Press ISW

Iran launched a series of attacks targeting the U.S. and its interests beginning in May 2019. Its escalations occurred in phases and were part of an orchestrated campaign to achieve the Iranian regime's objectives.

Iraq's Parliament Votes to End U.S. Troop Presence in Iraq

January 5, 2020 - Press ISW

Iraq’s Parliament, the Council of Representatives (CoR), passed a non-binding resolution to cancel the request for military aid from the government of Iraq to the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition.

Ukraine and the Normandy Four Meeting

December 9, 2019 - Nataliya Bugayova

The West, Germany and France, must ensure that Russia does not pressure Ukraine into compromising its sovereignty at the December 9 Normandy Four talks in Paris. Nataliya Bugayova, with George Barros, breaks down Vladimir Putin's goals and the necessary response.