The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is intensifying its efforts in Diyala province near the area of Muqdadiyah in northeastern Diyala province.
Local resistance to ISIS in Deir ez-Zour has occurred on a limited level since ISIS seized control of the province in July 2014.
The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Iraqi Shi’a militias within the Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) are responding to likely threats from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in the northern Babil area.
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is being pressured in northern Iraq’s Ninewa province.
On December 20 and 21, Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga “in coordination” with Syrian Kurdish YPG forces and Iraqi Yazidi fighters entered the center of Sinjar district in western Ninewa province.
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi Yazidi fighters continue to launch operations in northern Iraq.
On December 18 and 19, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) regained control of parts of Baiji in Salah ad-Din province in northern Iraq.
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is not the only Salafi-Jihadist threat emanating from Syria. Its prominence in U.S. policy has overshadowed a threat of similar magnitude from Jabhat al-Nusra (JN), the official al-Qaeda (AQ) affiliate in Syria. JN rivals ISIS as a sophisticated, intelligent, strategic actor in the region and continues to enjoy a dangerous freedom to operate in Syria. The two groups share common goals, including a revived Islamic Caliphate.
The Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga launched operations in western Ninewa province that indicate the possibility of operations to clear the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) from Sinjar district.
The rapid success of the assault on the Wadi al-Deif and al-Hamidiyah army bases delivers a clear message regarding the ascendant power and influence of JN