Institute for the Study of War

  • Iraq Oct 29, 2019

    ISIS Leader's Death Ushers in New Phase for the Group

    One of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s last audio messages was an appeal for his followers to do everything in their power to free Islamic State detainees and the women being held in jails and camps in northeastern Syria. With news of the extremist group’s leader’s death, Kurdish security forces worried about the possibility of attacks or rioting have been tightening security...

  • Donald Trump Apr 19, 2018

    After Syria Missile Strikes, US Stuck in Holding Pattern

    The drama of U.S. and allied missiles strikes on Syria has obscured a sobering fact: The U.S.-led campaign to eliminate the Islamic State from Syria has stalled. The U.S. has 2,000 troops in Syria assisting local Arab and Kurdish fighters against ISIS, even as President Donald Trump resists deeper U.S. involvement and is eager to withdraw completely in coming months....

  • Associated Press Jul 9, 2017

    Iraqi Leader Congratulates Troops in Mosul; Fight Goes on

    Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated Iraqi troops Sunday in the streets of Mosul for driving Islamic State militants out of most of the city. But airstrikes and sniper fire continued amid the revelry, and the extremists stubbornly held small patches of ground west of the Tigris River....
    Over the nearly nine-month campaign, Iraqi forces — backed by airstrikes from the U.S.-led...

  • Associated Press Jul 8, 2017

    ISIS Attack Underscores Fragility of Iraqi Security Forces

    Despite clinging to only a sliver of territory in Mosul, Islamic State militants managed to launch a counterattack Friday that reversed days of Iraqi army territorial gains in just a matter of hours — a setback that underscores the fragility of the Iraqi security forces despite years of U.S.-led coalition training as well as the instability likely to follow the...

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