Syria Situation Report: February 24 - March 2, 2015

March 3, 2015 - Jennifer Cafarella

ISIS Forces Defeated on Multiple Fronts: Continued victories by YPG forces supported by local militias, rebel groups, and U.S.–led coalition air strikes have considerably challenged ISIS in northern Syria.

Iraq Situation Report: March 2, 2015

March 2, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

Intense clashes erupted today as the ISF, Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi’a militias, and Iraqi Sunni anti-ISIS fighters advanced toward ISIS positions on the outskirts of the Tikrit and strategic areas south, north, and east of the city.

Iraq Situation Report: February 28 - March 1, 2015

March 1, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

The ground operation to retake Tikrit and its surrounding areas has begun.


Iraq Situation Report: February 26-27, 2015

February 27, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS has been taking defensive measures in Mosul in anticipation of an operation to retake the city.

Ukraine Crisis Update: February 27, 2015

February 27, 2015 - Hugo Spaulding

In the week following the Ukrainian surrender of Debaltseve, a strategic rail junction between the separatist strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk, the conflict has exhibited a pattern of hostilities reminiscent of the frequently violated ceasefire period from September 2014 to January 2015.

Iraq Situation Report: February 24-25, 2015

February 25, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

ISIS has likely reconstituted in areas in the southern Baghdad belt in a way that enables it to launch VBIED attacks against Baghdad.

Syria Situation Report: February 17-23, 2015

February 24, 2015 - Chris Kozak

Rebel Forces Repel Regime Advance North of Aleppo: The success of rebel forces in blunting and reversing the regime offensive north of Aleppo city indicates that regime forces remain unable to decisively complete the encirclement of Aleppo without the risk of overextension.

Iraq Situation Report: February 20-23, 2015

February 24, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

Security forces have reportedly cleared “most” of al-Baghdadi sub-district and are preparing operations in Salah ad-Din to recapture Tikrit.

Iraq Situation Report: February 19-20, 2015

February 20, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

The ISF and Shi’a religious establishment responded to calls from security forces and tribal leaders in Baghdadi to reinforce them and break the ISIS siege of the town, which falls just outside of al-Asad airbase west of Hit.

Ukraine Crisis Update: February 19, 2015

February 19, 2015 - Institute for the Study of War

Russia and Ukraine agreed to a ceasefire in Minsk, Belarus on February 12, while the Russian-backed separatist forces had nearly encircled the key city of Debaltseve.