Syria Situation Report: November 3 - 11, 2016

November 10, 2016 - Chris Kozak

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched ‘Operation Euphrates Wrath’ on November 6 with a stated goal to isolate the IS stronghold of A-Raqqa City. The announcement comes after the U.S. and Turkey reached an initial agreement on November 5 to allow the Syrian Kurdish YPG to participate in the isolation phase of the offensive. In exchange, Sunni Arabs will lead the final effort to “seize, hold, and govern” A-Raqqa City.

ISIS’s Global Attack Network: November 13, 2015 – November 9, 2016

November 9, 2016 - Melissa Pavlik

ISIS has organized a number of external attacks worldwide in the past year, some of which have been thwarted.

Iraq Situation Report: November 2-8, 2016

November 8, 2016 - Emily Anagnostos

ISIS is attacking various locations and forces in Iraq in order to find and exploit a seam that can unravel the anti-ISIS Coalition.

The Campaign for Mosul: November 4-7, 2016

November 7, 2016 - Emily Anagnostos

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) moved deeper into Mosul’s eastern neighborhoods as the ISF and Peshmerga made significant gains on Mosul’s eastern and southern axes in an effort to encircle the city.

Syria Situation Report: October 27 - November 4, 2016

November 4, 2016 - Chris Kozak

The Jaysh al-Fatah Operations Room - a coalition led by Jabhat Fatah a-Sham and Ahrar a-Sham - and the Fatah Halab Operations Room launched a new offensive to break the siege of Eastern Aleppo City on October 28. Meanwhile, Russia began a new ten-hour ‘humanitarian pause’ on November 4 in order to allow civilians and opposition fighters to evacuate the besieged districts of Eastern Aleppo City.

Warning Update: Russia Prepares to Escalate Military Intervention in Syria

November 4, 2016 - Genevieve Casagrande

Key Takeaway: Russia is preparing to escalate its military operations in Syria in order to tout its standing as a great power, reinforce its claims to be a credible partner against violent extremism, and reinvigorate domestic support for its continued participation in the Syrian Civil War. Russia has set conditions for a major demonstration of its military might following the completion of the latest in a long series of ‘humanitarian pauses’ in Aleppo City set to end on November 4.

The Campaign for Mosul: November 1-3, 2016

November 3, 2016 - Emily Anagnostos

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) began advancing into Mosul’s eastern and southeastern neighborhoods on November 1-3, marking the first time the ISF has had any presence in the city since ISIS captured it in mid-2014.

The Campaign for Mosul: October 29-31, 2016

October 31, 2016 - Emily Anagnostos

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) reached Mosul’s eastern city limits on October 31 to begin the initial push into the city. Meanwhile, Iraqi Shi’a militias, including Iranian proxies and U.S.-designated terrorist groups, opened up a western axis on October 29 with the intention to retake Tel Afar, west of Mosul.

The Campaign for Mosul: October 25-28, 2016

October 28, 2016 - Emily Anagnostos

Operations to retake Mosul have made minimal progress since the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) announced an operational pause on October 25 in order for the five axes approaching Mosul to re-sync before advances into the city limits begin.

Iraq Control of Terrain: October 26, 2016

October 26, 2016 - Emily Anagnostos

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Peshmerga forces launched operations from eastern and southern axes to recapture Mosul and Ninewa province on October 17.