The U.S. is actively searching for ways to increase its impact on the anti-ISIS fight in Iraq. U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter called on Coalition members on January 22 to increase the amount of support they provide, and the U.S. indicated plans to intensify its own assistance for anti-ISIS actors in Iraq.
Iraqi Shi’a militias significantly escalated their confrontation with the U.S.
Rival Shi’a political factions are capitalizing on increased instability in Basra to compete for influence.
The ISF made significant gains in Ramadi in December, clearing much of the city center and recapturing the government complex on December 28.
ISIS launched spoiling attacks across Iraq to relieve pressure by anti-ISIS forces on multiple fronts.
The ISF accomplished major gains in Ramadi amid reports of an imminent increase of U.S. support, recapturing key areas north and south of the city and began advancing into the city’s southeastern neighborhoods.
The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) achieved major gains in Ramadi and recaptured key terrain in the city’s environs on December 8.
Turkey deployed “hundreds” of troops with armored vehicles northeast of Mosul on December 4, drawing outrage from the Iraqi government and Shi’a political parties.
Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and the Counter-Terrorism Service (CTS) recaptured the Palestine Bridge that spans the Euphrates River northwest of Ramadi on November 25.
The U.S. intensified its activities in Iraq and Syria by deploying additional Special Forces to Iraq.