Analysis & Commentary

14th April 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Overruns Iraqi Army Headquarters Near Thar Thar

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State overran the headquarters of an Iraqi Army brigade stationed in the Thar Thar area northwest of Baghdad two days ago. The suicide assault marks the second time that the jihadist group has taken over an Iraqi military headquarters in the region in two months.

10th April 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Islamic State Launches Assault on Ramadi

Bill Roggio

The Islamic State launched a new offensive in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s western province of Anbar, and took control of an outlying district north of the city after heavy fighting with Iraqi troops.

6th April 2015 - Quoted by Kristina Wong - The Hill

Kurdish Official Hits Administration Over Delayed Weapons

John Hannah

Kurdish peshmerga forces fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are only receiving a fraction of promised U.S. military support, a top Kurdish official warned on Monday.

4th April 2015 - Quoted by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The US and Iran are Closer in Iraq Than People Realize — and Things are Getting Ugly

Tony Badran

The Obama administration is no longer hiding the fact that the US is serving as the air force for Iran-backed Shia militias fighting ISIS in Iraq.

2nd April 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

ISIS Just Suffered its Worst Defeat Yet — Losing the Iraqi City of Tikrit

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown, had been an ISIS stronghold for almost a year. On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi marched through the city's center holding an Iraqi flag. Though fighting continued in some neighborhoods, the core of the city had been liberated from ISIS....

1st April 2015 - Quoted by Mitch Potter -

Don’t Believe Talk of an Islamic State Truce

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Every day is April Fool’s when it comes to Dabiq, the slick propaganda sheet the Islamic State uses to play with the minds of English readers.

31st March 2015 - The Long War Journal - Co-written by Caleb Weiss

Shiite Militias, Iraqi Troops Enter Central Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Iraqi troops and Iranian-backed Shiite militias entered central Tikrit alongside Iraqi troops today after days of US airstrikes weakened Islamic State forces holed up in the city. The militias entered Tikrit despite US military officials’ claims the the groups had disengaged from the...

31st March 2015 - News Service

Amid Nuclear Talks, Iran Forges Ahead with Middle East Power Play

Emanuele Ottolenghi

As the world awaits the results of nuclear negotiations in Switzerland, the Middle East continue to struggle with various conflicts across the region.

28th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

US continues airstrikes in Tikrit despite involvement of Iranian-backed Shiite militias

Bill Roggio

The US military continues to launch airstrikes in Tikrit against the Islamic State despite the presence of Iranian-backed Shiite militias. Claims, including those from US military commanders, that the militias have withdrawn are incorrect, and have even been rebutted by a Pentagon spokesman....

25th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

US begins airstrikes against Islamic State in Tikrit, supports Shiite militias

Bill Roggio

The US-led military Coalition in Iraq is openly supporting Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Iraqi forces who are battling Islamic State fighters entrenched in Tikrit.

24th March 2015 - NewsChannel 8

New Terror Threat: Countdown

Clifford D. May

NewsChannel 8 on Tuesday evening hosted a live Your Voice, Your Future town hall roundtable discussion with top experts entitled "The New Terror Threat: The Countdown."

20th March 2015 - Mentioned by The Tower

Report: Iran-Backed Shiite Militias Went on Anti-Sunni Rampage After Freeing Key Iraqi Town

Bill Roggio

After freeing the city of the Iraqi town of Amerli, which had been under siege by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Iranian-backed Shiite militias rampaged through the area carrying out reprisal raids against Sunnis in the area.

19th March 2015 - The National Interest

Oil Prices Cripple Iraq’s ISIS War

David Andrew Weinberg

Iraq had a miserable 2014. The Islamic State (IS) reentered the country in large numbers early in the year, routing the Iraqi security forces in June with its swift territorial conquests and gaining tacit support from a large segment of Iraq’s Sunnis in the process.

18th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Iranian-Backed Militias Rampaged in Central Iraq After Freeing Town: HRW

Bill Roggio

A Human Rights Watch report says that the militias looted, burned thousands of buildings, and abducted at least 11 people during the Amerli offensive last summer.

17th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Shiite Pakistani Casualties of the Wars in Syria and Iraq

Seven Pakistani Shiites who were killed while fighting for Bashar al Asad's regime in Syria appear to have been recruited and trained inside Iran.

15th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Overruns Iraqi Army Brigade Headquarters North of Fallujah

Bill Roggio

The Thar Thar area, where the attack took place, is key terrain between Anbar and Salahaddin provinces. The assault on the base comes as fighting has escalated in Anbar's provincial capital of Ramadi.

13th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Foreign Suicide Bombers Launch Assault on Ramadi

Bill Roggio

At least 13 suicide bombers, including jihadists from Belgium, Australia, Uzbekistan, Chechnya, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia launched a coordinated assault on Anbar's provincial capital.

12th March 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

ISIS Accepted a Pledge of Allegiance from Africa’s Deadliest Terror Group

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State militant group just accepted Boko Haram's pledge of allegiance. The Nigerian jihadist group, which has killed 11,000 people since 2011 and 6,000 people in 2014 alone, pledged itself to the Islamic State last Saturday.

10th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Shiite Militias, Iraqi Forces Surround Tikrit

Bill Roggio

Shiite militias closely linked to Iran and Qods Force commander Qassem Suleimani have taken control of key towns surrounding the central Iraqi city.

9th March 2015 - Quoted by Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

Jordan Expands Islamic State Bombing Raids Into Iraq After Pilot Burning Death

Patrick Megahan

Jordan has expanded its bombing raids against Islamic State militants from Syria to neighboring Iraq, adding another dynamic to a U.S.-led multinational military operation intent on defeating the extremist group.

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