Ukraine Update: Russia's Active Campaign in Ukraine

May 15, 2017 - Press ISW
By: Benjamin Knudsen, Alexandra Lariiciuc, and Franklin Holcomb

The U.S.-Turkey Divide Beyond Raqqa

May 12, 2017 - Press ISW

By Elizabeth Teoman and Ethan Beaudoin

The Campaign for Mosul: April 29-May 11, 2017

May 11, 2017 - Patrick Martin

By Jessa Rose Dury-Agri and the ISW Iraq Team

ISIS Sanctuary: May 10, 2017

May 10, 2017 - Alexandra Gutowski

By Alexandra Gutowski and Jessa Rose Dury-Agri 


Russia's Unrelenting Attacks on Syrian Civilians

April 29, 2017 - Genevieve Casagrande

Russia’s campaign against Syrian civilians continued undeterred by the U.S. strike on April 6 in response to the Bashar al-Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons in southern Idlib.

The Campaign for Mosul: March 2-April 28

April 28, 2017 - Press ISW

Iraq’s Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) units resumed their advance in western Mosul on April 11 after a

Turkey May Launch New Ground Offensive against US-Backed Forces in Syria

April 28, 2017 - Jennifer Cafarella

Key Takeaway: Turkey’s President Erdogan is trying to coerce President Trump into shifting American support from Kurdish forces toward Turkey’s proxies in Syria, which include al Qaeda-linked elements. Erdogan may launch a new ground operation into Syria in order to create ground realities that could force the U.S. to reconsider his demands.

Syria Situation Report: April 14 - 20, 2017

April 21, 2017 - Chris Kozak

Russia, Iran, and Syria demonstrated their enduring partnership during a trilateral foreign ministerial meeting in Moscow on April 14 to discuss their response to the recent strike by the U.S. against Shayrat Airbase in Syria on April 6. Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continued to consolidate his grip around core regime terrain in Damascus and Hama City.

Iraq Situation Report: March 20 - April 20, 2017

April 20, 2017 - Patrick Martin

ISIS is waging a renewed offensive campaign in recaptured areas that could exploit vulnerabilities in the Iraqi Government’s ability to respond amidst accelerating political competition before upcoming elections. 

Syria Situation Report: March 30 - April 14, 2017

April 14, 2017 - Chris Kozak

U.S. President Donald Trump demonstrated a new willingness to use force against the regime after conducting cruise missile strike targeting the Shayrat Airbase in Central Syria on April 6. The strikes came in response to the regime’s use of sarin gas against the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun in Northern Syria on April 4.