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Jabhat al-Nusra Deepens its Foothold in Northwestern Syria

November 10, 2014 - Jennifer Cafarella

Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) seized large swaths of the Jabal al-Zawiya area of southern Idlib Province (in northwest Syria bordering Turkey) from Free Syrian Army (FSA)-affiliated groups beginning in late October 2014 (see fig. 1). JN, the official al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, began to carve out direct territorial control in Idlib Province beginning in July 2014, and its advance in southern Idlib has considerably extended its stronghold in the province.

Iraq Situation Report: November 8-9, 2014

November 9, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The significant event of the weekend is the reported targeting of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), by U.S. airstrikes. 

Control of Terrain in Iraq: November 9, 2014

November 9, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF)  and Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) which include Iraqi Shi'a militias are continuing to challenge the presence and positions of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in the Baiji area north of Tikrit in northern Iraq.

Iraq Situation Report: November 6-7, 2014

November 7, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The deployment of Iraqi Shi'a militias to Anbar province to support anti-ISIS Iraqi Sunni tribes in combating ISIS is a unique and important dynamic that underscores the desperate need of anti-ISIS Anbari tribes for support. 

Iraq Situation Report: November 4-5, 2014

November 5, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

The contest for Anbar Province in western Iraq is intensifying. 

Syria Update: October 29 - November 4, 2014

November 4, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

An ISIS offensive against regime military bases and infrastructure in eastern Homs province appears targeted to relieve pressure on ISIS in Deir ez-Zour by disrupting the regime’s supply lines to Deir ez-Zour city through eastern Homs Province.

ISIS Is Still Not Expanding into Egypt

November 4, 2014 - Aaron Reese

Despite rapidly spreading reports that Egyptian Salafi-Jihadist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, that does not appear to be the case. Initially reported by Reuters, other sources have run with the dubious story without further vetting the information.

Iraq Situation Report: November 3, 2014

November 3, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS escalated its attacks in the capital as Shi’a Muslims commemorated the anniversary of Imam Hussein’s death in what is known as Ashura, or the tenth day of Muharram.

Iraq Situation Report: November 1-2, 2014

November 2, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

ISF and Iraqi Shia militias continued the operation to retake Baiji district from ISIS.

Iraq Situation Report: October 30-31, 2014

October 31, 2014 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS is targeting members of the Albu Nimr tribe in Hit district in retaliation for their anti-ISIS stance.

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