Category: Monitoring the Crisis

ISHM 40: November 20 – December 03, 2015

Key Takeaways: Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), and tribal forces continued to make slow progress in clearing Ramadi of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). The slow progress can be attributed to ISIS’ use of suicide bombers, snipers, and booby traps, and the ISF’s focus… Read more

ISHM 38: November 5 – 12, 2015

Key Takeaways: An Iraqi Kurdish-led offensive aimed at retaking the city of Sinjar has begun. The majority of the offensive is comprised of Peshmerga forces, with thousands of Yazidi fighters supported by International Coalition forces. In August 2014, Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) captured the city of Sinjar,… Read more

ISHM 37: October 29 – November 05, 2015

Key Takeaways: As operations to liberate the city of Ramadi from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) continue, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) seized control of the “Seven Kilometer Area” in western Ramadi and the northern neighborhood of al-Jeraishi. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) announced that… Read more

ISHM 35: October 15 – 22, 2015

Takeaways for October 15-22, 2015 Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) have completely cleared Baiji, its refinery, and the surrounding areas, of ISIS fighters. They are apparently looking to continue their momentum north, possibly cutting off the remaining ISIS forces in Kirkuk province from their larger force… Read more

ISHM 34: October 9 – 15, 2015

Takeaways for October 9-15, 2015 An Iraqi airstrike reportedly hit a convoy carrying Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), injuring him. Several of his top advisors were reportedly killed in the airstrike too. Following expanded U.S. involvement in the fight to retake… Read more

ISHM 33: October 3 – 8, 2015

Takeaways for October 3-8, 2015 The Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor (ISHM) will be released every Thursday now instead of Friday. Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) retook the Olympic Stadium in western Ramadi, and advanced against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in the towns of Albu Faraj and… Read more

ISHM 32: September 26 – October 2, 2015

Takeaways for September 26-October 2, 2015 Under the Baghdad Operations Command, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) conducted operations to clear Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants from the Garma area east of Fallujah. ISF are also pressuring ISIS in eastern Ramadi and in the… Read more