Iraq Situation Report: December 15-21, 2015

December 21, 2015 - Patrick Martin

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.

Iraq Situation Report: December 15 - 21, 2015

December 21, 2015 - Patrick Martin

ISIS launched spoiling attacks across Iraq to relieve pressure by anti-ISIS forces on multiple fronts.

Iraq Situation Report: December 8 - 14, 2015

December 14, 2015 - Patrick Martin

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.

Iraq Situation Report: December 3 - 7, 2015

December 7, 2015 - Patrick Martin

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.

Iraq Situation Report: November 20 - December 2, 2015

December 2, 2015 - Patrick Martin

The U.S. intensified its activities in Iraq and Syria by deploying additional Special Forces to Iraq. 

Iraq Situation Report: November 10 - 19, 2015

November 19, 2015 - Patrick Martin

The combined Kurdish offensive against ISIS in Sinjar is less significant as a tactical gain against ISIS than as a symbolic victory for multiple Kurdish factions that will ultimately compete for dominance. 

Iraq Situation Report: November 3 - 9, 2015

November 9, 2015 - Patrick Martin

ISIS demonstrated resurgent capabilities in nominally secure areas. 

Iraq Situation Report: October 27 - November 2, 2015

November 2, 2015 - Patrick Martin

PM Haidar al-Abadi suffered a serious blow in his bid to reform and lead the government on November 2 when the Council of Representatives (CoR) unanimously ruled to withdraw his ability to launch reform packages unilaterally. 

Iraq Control of Terrain Map: October 30, 2015

October 30, 2015 - Patrick Martin

Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and "Popular Mobilization" recaptured the Baiji Oil Refinery on October 21 following operations to recapture Baiji city on October 14. Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi then visited Baiji city on October 23, marking the city's full recapture. ISW is thus upgrading Baiji and the Baiji Oil Refinery from Contested to ISF-held locations. PUK Peshmerga have also maintained limited gains in villages in southern Kirkuk near Taza and Daquq as part of anti-ISIS operations that began on September 12.