Publications

The Islamic State Digs In

October 22, 2015 - Jessica D. Lewis

Russia’s recent intervention in Syria will generate more opportunities for the Islamic State than it quells. If the Islamic State’s core defenses around major cities in Iraq and Syria hold, the Islamic State will weather Russia’s intervention and likely emerge stronger. New via West Point Combating Terrorism Center: The Sentinel

Russian Airstrikes in Syria: September 30 - October 18, 2015

October 22, 2015 - Genevieve Casagrande
Key Takeaway: The Russian air campaign in Syria continues to bolster the Syrian regime’s fight against the opposition. Russian warplanes provided air support to regime ground offensives against rebels in Aleppo, Latakia, northern Hama, and Damascus Provinces from October 17-18.

Regime and Iranian Forces Launch Multi-Pronged Offensive in Aleppo

October 22, 2015 - Chris Kozak

The Syrian regime and its allies launched a major, multi-pronged offensive in Aleppo Province on October 15 in order to bolster the regime's foothold in Aleppo City. Both Russia and Iran likely aim to enable Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to reassert control over Syria’s largest city given the heavy involvement of their military forces in these operations. Russia and Iran will not limit their support to reinforcing the regime's defenses in its heartland along the Syrian coast.

Russian Military Activity: October 14 - 21, 2015

October 21, 2015 - Hugo Spaulding

Russia reached an understanding with the U.S. on air safety guidelines in Syria on October 20,  but Russia's aggressive maneuvers against U.S. aircraft and violations of Turkish airspace are likely to continue in order to keep U.S. air power in the Middle East in check.

Russian Military Activity: October 14 - 21, 2015

October 21, 2015 - Hugo Spaulding

Russia reached an understanding with the U.S. on air safety guidelines in Syria on October 20,  but Russia's aggressive maneuvers against U.S. aircraft and violations of Turkish airspace are likely to continue in order to keep U.S. air power in the Middle East in check.

Regime and Iranian Forces Launch Multi-Pronged Offensive in Aleppo

October 21, 2015 - Chris Kozak

The Syrian regime and its allies launched a major, multi-pronged offensive in Aleppo Province on October 15 in order to bolster the regime's foothold in Aleppo City. Both Russia and Iran likely aim to enable Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to reassert control over Syria’s largest city given the heavy involvement of their military forces in these operations. Russia and Iran will not limit their support to reinforcing the regime's defenses in its heartland along the Syrian coast.

Russian Airstrikes in Syria: September 30 - October 20, 2015

October 21, 2015 - Genevieve Casagrande

Key Takeaway: Russian airstrikes continue to bolster the Assad regime’s efforts to defeat the Syrian opposition. Russian airstrikes from October 19-20 primarily supported ongoing regime ground offensives in rebel-held areas in the southern countryside of Aleppo, the al-Ghab plain of northwestern Hama Province, and the Jebel al-Akrad mountain range in northeastern Latakia Province. The regime is launching probing attacks in Jebel al-Akrad and the al-Ghab plan, likely in order to fix rebel forces in Hama and Latakia Provinces.

Iraq Situation Report: October 16 - 20, 2015

October 20, 2015 - Patrick Martin

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Iranian proxy militias have made rapid progress in Baiji.

Iraq Situation Report: October 16 - 20, 2015

October 20, 2015 - Patrick Martin

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Iranian proxy militias have made rapid progress in Baiji.

Russian Airstrikes in Syria: September 30, 2015 - October 18, 2015

October 19, 2015 - Genevieve Casagrande

The Russian air campaign in Syria continues to bolster the Syrian regime’s fight against the opposition. Russian warplanes provided air support to regime ground offensives against rebels in Aleppo, Latakia, northern Hama, and Damascus Provinces from October 17-18.

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