Friday, March 27, 2015

Iraq Situation Report: March 26-27, 2015





Iranian-backed militias have exhibited mixed reactions to the participation of the U.S.-led coalition in the Tikrit operation.












For full report: http://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/iraq-situation-report-march-26-27-2015

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ukraine Crisis Update: March 26, 2015





Against the backdrop of continued ­fighting outside Mariupol and Donetsk, Ukrainian oligarch and volunteer battalion fi­nancier Ihor Kolomoyskyi stole the headlines this week.












For full report: http://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/ukraine-crisis-update-march-26-2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Iraq Situation Report: March 24-25, 2015





Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has announced that the "last phase" of the Salah ad-Din operations has begun, likely in reference to the operation to retake Tikrit.












For full report: http://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/iraq-situation-report-march-24-25-2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Iraq Situation Report: March 21-23, 2015





The deployments of ISF units from the south to various fronts in western and northern Iraq between December 2013 and the present has caused a security vacuum in the southern provinces.












For full report: http://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/iraq-situation-report-march-21-23-2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Iraq Situation Report: March 18-20, 2015





Iraqi Security Forces, Shi'a militias, and the Popular Mobilization have begun to shell Tikrit. Shelling may disrupt ISIS within the city, making further advances to clear ISIS possible. Shelling will also likely inflict civilian casualties, which may have divisive consequences within the Popular Mobilization.












For full report: http://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/iraq-situation-report-march-18-20-2015

The Taliban Resurgent: Threats to Afghanistan’s Security





The success or failure of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan has reached a critical juncture. Far from defeated, the ongoing Afghan insurgency remains a serious challenge and threatens to reverse hard-won prior gains.












For full report: http://www.understandingwar.org/report/taliban-resurgent-threats-afghanistans-security

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ukraine Crisis Update: March 19, 2015





Amidst ongoing low-level












For full report: http://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/ukraine-crisis-update-march-19-2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Syria Situation Report: March 9 - 17, 2015





The regime’s claimed downing of an American predator drone may signify regime intent to assert its sovereignty in the context of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.












For full report: http://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/syria-situation-report-march-9-17-2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

Iraq Situation Report: March 12-13, 2015





Various Iraqi forces are pressuring ISIS on three different fronts, all of which are of strategic importance to the organization. ISIS will therefore likely attempt to escalate its attacks elsewhere to divert the resources of these forces.












For full report: http://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/iraq-situation-report-march-12-13-2015