Iraq Project


Al-Qaeda in Iraq Resurgent

Al-Qaeda in Iraq is resurgent. This paper traces AQI’s revival in Iraq since July 2012, when the organization launched a year-long operation they named the “Breaking the Walls” campaign.

Foreign Policy: Iraq Asks for Military Aid to Combat Iranian Flyovers

Foreign Policy
Date Published: 
2013-07-22 00:00:00

Foreign Policy talks with ISW analysts Christopher Harmer and Stephen Wicken about comments from the Iraqi Ambassador to the United States.

Sectarian and Regional Conflict in the Middle East

In the early part of 2012, ISW, AEI, and the Brookings Institution undertook a war game designed to simulate a worsening of the Syrian conflict and the spillover effects of that crisis on neighboring countries. What was postulated as a hypothetical situation in fact hewed quite closely to the way in which events eventually unfolded.

Iraq's sectarian crisis reignites as Shi'a militias execute civilians and remobilize

Al Qaeda in Iraq launched a concentrated wave of car-bomb and other attacks specifically against civilian Shi'a targets in and around Baghdad. Shi'a militias are mobilizing and have begun a round of sectarian killings.