Iran provided decisive military support to compel Iraqi Kurds to surrender in Kirkuk, Iraq, on October 16, 2017. Military forces from three major Iranian proxies participated in the operation: Katai’b Hezbollah, Asai’b Ahl al Haq, and the Badr Organization. Iran did not attempt to outshine Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in public. Iran instead allowed Abadi to take credit, while quietly positioning its proxies to influence Kirkuk in the future.
ISIS launched spoiling attacks across Iraq to relieve pressure by anti-ISIS forces on multiple fronts. ISIS’s attacks follow operations by the Coalition and ISF and Iraq and the Coalition-backed National Democratic Forces in Syria to constrain ISIS on both fronts. In a recent press conference, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson Col. Steve Warren cited ongoing anti-ISIS operations in Baiji, Makhoul, and Sinjar in northern Iraq as well as Hit and Ramadi in western Iraq, combined with operations in Shaddadi and Deir ez-Zour in southern Syria.
High-Resolution map of Mosul.
ISW Fellow James Danly discusses the deaths of AQI leaders, al-Masri and al-Baghdadi, on MSNBC with Lawrence J. Korb from the Center for American Progress.
Regional experts offered their analysis on the electoral process, validity of the pending results, likelihood of peaceful government formation and the fate of Iraq’s leading political figures.
This paper describes the structure of the KRG’s political bodies and offices, the major parties, and the mechanics of the July 25th election.
In this four-part interview, ISW President Kimberly Kagan interviews COL Ryan Gonsalves about the activities of the 2nd BCT of the 1st Cav Division in Kirkuk.
In this six-part interview, ISW President Kimberly Kagan discusses MND-N with BG James C. Nixon.
Operation Mother of Two Springs was a continuation of Lion’s Roar designed, according to Prime Minister Maliki, to “clear Mosul of the criminal terrorist gangs.”