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ISW Tracking of Iraq’s 2016 Political Crisis

June 30, 2016 - John Lawrence

Updated on June 30: The Council of Representatives (CoR) successfully reached quorum and convened two sessions on May 29 and May 31, but despite this limited success, the CoR has not returned to its pre-April 12 state and many political blocs remain withdrawn. This page provides a comprehensive collection of ISW reporting and analysis of this political crisis, which ISW has covered since it began.

Iraq Situation Report: June 21 - 28, 2016

June 28, 2016 - Patrick Martin

The Iraqi Federal Court ruled that two key sessions of the Council of Representatives (CoR) in April, one held by legitimate CoR and the other held rebelling members of a rump parliament, were illegal. 

Syria Situation Report: June 18 - 24, 2016

June 24, 2016 - Chris Kozak

The White House defended its policy towards the Syrian Civil War following the publication of a diplomatic dissent cable calling for the “judicious” use of force against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Meanwhile, President Assad appointed a new prime minister despite international calls for a political transition. Unconfirmed reports also claimed that Russia and Iran may deploy additional forces to the country over the next few weeks.

ISIS-Linked Activity in Southeast Asia: April 22 to June 23, 2016

June 23, 2016 - Caitlin Forrest

Four ISIS-linked Salafi-Jihadi groups in Philippines released a video on June 21, 2016 including an official logo for ISIS in Philippines, implying direct affiliation with ISIS. The four groups in the video are the Abu Khubayb Brigade, the Jundallah Battalion, the Abu Sadr Battalion, and the Abu Dujana Brigade.

Iraq Situation Report: June 14 - 20, 2016

June 20, 2016 - Patrick Martin

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) made significant gains in recapturing Fallujah from ISIS, but areas recaptured in the future face the risk of instability.

Fallujah Control of Terrain Map: June 17, 2016

June 17, 2016 - Patrick Martin

Even as the ISF operation is on the verge of military success in Fallujah, it is poised to be a political failure.

Syria Situation Report: June 10 - 17, 2016

June 17, 2016 - Chris Kozak

The Syrian Civil War continued to escalate despite continued international pressure to enforce a diplomatic solution to the conflict. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called for the start of a new nationwide ‘cessation of hostilities’ within the “next week or two” but warned that U.S. patience was wearing thin. Meanwhile, Russia intensified its own air campaign on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad despite claims of continued support for a wider ceasefire.

Russia in Europe: May 1 - June 14, 2016

June 14, 2016 - Kathleen Weinberger

Russia heightened its military posture in Europe by projecting its land, air and naval capabilities. The Russian Ministry of Defense announced on May 4 that it would create three new combined-arms divisions in the Western and Southern military districts, with a second announcement on June 3 specifying that these would include moving two motorized infantry brigades to its Western borders with Belarus and Ukraine.

Iraq Situation Report: June 8-13, 2016

June 13, 2016 - Patrick Martin

Intra-Shi’a tensions reached a boiling point in Iraq when Sadrist demonstrators defaced headquarters buildings of both rival Shi’a political parties and at least one Iranian proxy militia in Baghdad and southern Iraq.

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