Al-Qaeda in Iraq
The Islamic State: A Counter-Strategy for a Counter-State
by Jessica D. Lewis
Many have asked what needs to be done about the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the terrorist organization that recently took control of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. Questions range from the acceptability of airstrikes and the viability of a national unity government in Iraq to the feasibility of a counter-offensive that depends upon the remaining capacity of the Iraq Security Forces. These are important and worthy questions, and timely, because ISIS is growing stronger. But these questions preempt the rigorous analysis that is required in order to determine what the U.S. should do about ISIS and why.
ISIS Annual Reports Reveal a Metrics-Driven Military CommandMay 22, 2014 - Alex Bilger
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has a disciplined military command that reports attacks across operating areas that has operated in this manner for at least two years.
Opinion: Fighting al-Qaeda in Iraq is in U.S. interestsJan 10, 2014 - The Washington Post - LTG James M. Dubik (U.S. Army, Ret.)
Black Flags Over Fallujah: The Comeback of al-Qaeda in IraqJan 10, 2014 - The Weekly Standard - Jessica D. Lewis
Video: Why Fallujah FellJan 6, 2014 - WSJ Live - Jessica D. Lewis
ISW Covers Al-Qaeda in Iraq: Stand-off Underway in Fallujah and RamadiJan 6, 2014 - Institute for t...
ISW reporting has covered the events unfolding in Ramadi and Fallujah as Al-Qaeda in Iraq clashes with tribal militias and Iraqi Security Forces. For additional reading, see our timeline here.
Wall Street Journal: ISW Research Director Jessica Lewis on Al-Qaeda in IraqDec 31, 2013 - Wall Street Journal - Jessica D. Lewis
ISW on CNN: Violence and Murder on Upswing in IraqOct 30, 2013 - CNN - Jessica D. Lewis
AQI’s “Soldiers’ Harvest” CampaignOct 9, 2013 - Jessica D. Lewis
ISW has assessed that AQI has reconstituted as a professional military force. It is therefore crucial to examine the first 60 days of the new “Soldiers’ Harvest” campaign for indications of what AQI means to accomplish this year.