Iraq Situation Report: June 18, 2014

June 18, 2014 -
The elite Counter Terrorism Service of the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) have continued to try to protect the Baiji oil re­nery as gunmen, likely a combination of ISIS, JRTN and local tribes, attempt to take control of it.

ISIS’s Second Front in Syria

June 18, 2014 - Valerie Szybala

ISIS has sustained its campaign in the countryside of Deir ez-Zour province throughout its escalation in Iraq, indicating its continued prioritization of this military effort inside of Syria despite increased pressure from the regime.

Situation Report: June 17, 2014

June 17, 2014 -

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) attacked Baquba, Diyala Province, the third major urban center it has targeted since the fall of Mosul. Diyala contains ethnic and sectarian fault-lines and borders Iran.

Syrian Repercussions from the Iraq Crisis

June 16, 2014

ISIS operations in Iraq are having an impact in Syria. Opposition groups are capitalizing on the redeployment of pro-regime and ISIS forces to make gains in Qalamoun and Damascus and to launch offensive operations in Aleppo.

Situation Report: June 16, 2014

June 16, 2014 -

ISIS and the ISF continued to clash over the city of Tal Afar in western Ninewa Province and the city is currently contested.  ISIS also attempted to storm the Baiji Refinery, north of Tikrit, prompting Iraqi Army Aviation to launch air strikes against ISIS forces.

Situation Report: June 15, 2014

June 15, 2014 -

The Situation Report for 15 June identifies that ISIS attacked the ethnically and religiously mixed town of Tal Afar in Ninewa. Should ISIS gain control of the city, it is likely to inflict ethno-sectarian violence.

Situation Report: June 12-14, 2014

June 15, 2014 -

The Situation Report for 12-14 June identifies clashes between ISIS fighters and the Iraqi Security Forces, local tribes, and Asai’b Ahl al-Haq.  Locations include Speicher Airbase, where hundreds of Iraq soldiers were executed by ISIS with photos published on social media.

The Battle for Baghdad: Scenarios

June 13, 2014 - Jessica D. Lewis

On June 12, 2014, Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani claimed that ISIS will target Samarra, Baghdad, Karbala, and Najaf. These cities and their Shi’a shrines will not fall the way that Mosul did.

The ISIS Battle Plan

June 12, 2014 -

ISIS operations around Samarra during this phase of its northern offensive will be an important indicator of its ultimate intent and its estimate of its own capabilities.