Iraq Situation Report: July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) continues to consolidate its governance presence in Mosul and western Iraq. 

Control of Terrain in Iraq: July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

Daquq in Kirkuk province is home to the Imam Zain al-Abdin shrine and is a mixed area. On July 20, Iraqi Shi’a volunteers were reportedly flown in from the south in order to provide protection from possible ISIS advances in the area.

Iraq Situation Report: July 20, 2014

July 20, 2014 - Nichole Dicharry

The situation in the vicinity of Baghdad continues to intensify. ISIS has emplaced IEDs in the southern belts of Baghdad, areas that it has previously targeted with IED or suicide attacks.

Iraq Situation Report Map: July 19, 2014

July 19, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

ISIS’s VBIED command is active again, launching its first signature wave of Vehicle-Born Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDs) since the beginning of the Mosul offensive.

Iraq Situation Update: July 17, 2014

July 17, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

The ISIS assault in Bashir, 30km south of Kirkuk city, continued with attacks upon Shi’a religious centers, shrines, and political party headquarters.

Iraq Situation Update: July 16, 2014

July 16, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

ISIS continues its offensive into Kurdish areas along Kirkuk City and along the Arab-Kurd contested Green Line along the Hamrin Ridge.

Iraq Situation Report: July 15, 2014

July 15, 2014 - Ahmed Ali

ISIS is likely seeking to establish a presence in Kirkuk city. The pattern of attacks in the city indicates an early replication of previous ISIS effort in other parts of Iraq where ISIS was seeking to soften defenses and establish control.

Iraq Situation Report: July 14, 2014

July 14, 2014 - Nichole Dicharry

ISIS is launching attacks into Baghdad with a series of VBIEDs in and near the capital in order to set the terms of battle by probing the defenses of pro-government forces and demoralizing them.

"ISIS vs. the Iraqi Security Forces: Can the State of Iraq Survive?"

July 14, 2014 -

The Institute for the Study of War held a conference on July 11, 2014 to discuss the current state of capabilities between ISIS and the ISF.

Iraq Situation Report: July 13, 2014

July 13, 2014 - Aaron Reese

ISIS is trying to continue its maneuver campaign along the Tigris and the Euphrates. ISIS launched an attack on Haditha for the second time in two days, which indicates that its previously reported negotiations with the tribes did not succeed.