Iraq Launches the Campaign for Mosul

October 17, 2016 - Patrick Martin

Iraqi and regional actors are preparing to assist with or spoil the Iraqi Security Forces’ (ISF) operation to retake Mosul and its environs from ISIS. Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced the start of operations to retake the city on October 17.

Syria Situation Report: October 6 - 13, 2016

October 13, 2016 - Chris Kozak
On October 8, Russia vetoed a UN Security Council Resolution authored by France and Spain that called for an “immediate halt” to pro-regime airstrikes on Aleppo City and the reimplementation of a nationwide ‘cessation of hostilities’ deal that collapsed on September 19.

Iraq Situation Report: October 4-11, 2016

October 12, 2016 - Emily Anagnostos

Former PM Nouri al-Maliki continues to shape the political landscape in Iraq. Turkish President Recep Erdogan and PM Abadi traded bombastic rhetoric over Turkish force presence northeast of Mosul.

Syria Situation Report: September 22 - October 7, 2016

October 7, 2016 - Chris Kozak

The U.S. suspended all bilateral engagement with Russia on Syria on October 3 in response to the an ongoing regime offensive on Aleppo City. The breakdown comes amidst reports that White House is considering stronger action against the regime, including potential limited military strikes against regime targets. These developments set the stage for further conflict with Russia in Syria.

Iraq Control of Terrain: October 7, 2016

October 7, 2016 - Emily Anagnostos

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and tribal fighters recaptured Sharqat on September 22.

Iraq Situation Report: September 20 - October 3, 2016

October 4, 2016 - Emily Anagnostos

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) have finalized conditions to begin the push north towards Mosul and its environs.

ISW in the News: August 2016

September 28, 2016 - John Lawrence

In addition to ISW's written products, our analysts are subject matter experts for the media on a constant basis. This periodic publication collects these media appearances and use of our maps in one place. You can also follow ISW on Twitter @TheStudyofWar.

Russian Airstrikes in Aleppo Province: September 20 - 22, 2016

September 23, 2016 - Genevieve Casagrande

Russia intensified its air campaign against the Syrian opposition in and around Aleppo City from September 20 – 22 following the breakdown of the nationwide ceasefire in Syria. The dramatic uptick in Russian airstrikes coincided with the Syrian Arab Army’s announcement of the start of an offensive to seize the remaining opposition-held districts of Aleppo City.

Syria Situation Report: September 8 - 22, 2016

September 23, 2016 - Chris Kozak

Violence in Aleppo City spiked to new highs after the collapse of a nationwide ‘cessation of hostilities’ on September 19. The ceasefire marked a core component of a wide-ranging deal on the Syrian Civil War reached by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on September 9. No initiative appears likely to prevent the ongoing escalation, pointing towards a new wave of violence that will benefit ISIS, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, and other Salafi-Jihadist Groups.

Russian Airstrikes in Syria: September 30, 2015-September 19, 2016

September 21, 2016 - Genevieve Casagrande

ISW has produced nearly 60 maps on Russian airstrikes in Syria since they first began on September 30, 2015.  The first map appeared less than 24 hours after the Russians began strikes and they continue today as do the strikes despite repeated "cessations of hostilities" and an alleged Russian withdrawal.