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.

Iraq Situation Report: September 7-19, 2016

September 19, 2016 - Emily Anagnostos

Security forces are overextended across Iraq due to increased ISIS attacks and provincial security issues.

ISW at the 2016 Concordia Summit-Watch LIVE

September 14, 2016 - John Lawrence

ISW's President and Founder Dr. Kimberly Kagan spoke at two sessions in New York City: "The Ripple Effect: Mapping Security Implications of Global Events" and "Intelligence from Open Sources: Partnerships for International Security." Jessica Lewis McFate, ISW's Director of Tradecraft and Innovation, also spoke at the Concordia 2016 Summit on September 19.

Syria Situation Report: September 1 - 7, 2016

September 7, 2016 - Chris Kozak

Pro-regime forces reinstated the siege of Eastern Aleppo City on 04 SEP. On the same day, opposition groups backed by the Turkish Armed Forces successfully cleared ISIS from the entire length of the Syrian-Turkish Border in Northern Aleppo Province. ISIS later conducted a wave of five suicide attacks on 05 SEP targeting regime positions in Tartous City, Homs City, and Damascus as well as the Syrian Kurdish YPG in Hasaka City.

Iraq Situation Report: August 31-September 6, 2016

September 6, 2016 - Emily Anagnostos

Iraqi Kurdish parties fractured over the impending no-confidence vote against Kurdish Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari. Meanwhile, the National Alliance, the pan-Shi’a bloc in the CoR, selected Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq (ISCI) leader Ammar al-Hakim as its new chairman on September 5.

Al-Qaeda is Gaining Strength in Syria

September 2, 2016 - Jennifer Cafarella

ISW's Jennifer Cafarella and Genevieve Casagrande along with Nicholas A. Heras from the Center for a New American Security highlight, in an Op-Ed for Foreign Policy, the danger to the U.S. from al-Qaeda in Syria, particularly the group Ahrar al-Sham.