Friday, February 27, 2015

Iraq Situation Report: February 26-27, 2015





ISIS has been taking defensive measures in Mosul in anticipation of an operation to retake the city.












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

Ukraine Crisis Update: February 27, 2015





In the week following the Ukrainian surrender of Debaltseve, a strategic rail junction between the separatist strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk, the conflict has exhibited a pattern of hostilities reminiscent of the frequently violated ceasefire period from September 2014 to January 2015.












For full report: http://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/ukraine-crisis-update-february-27-2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Iraq Situation Report: February 24-25, 2015





ISIS has likely reconstituted in areas in the southern Baghdad belt in a way that enables it to launch VBIED attacks against Baghdad.












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

IS’ leader assassinated from within

IS members have been drifting apart in Qalamoun, Syria, as disputes among top commanders have been escalating, leading to the dismissal of one emir and the probable assassination of another.



via Full Feed

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Syria Situation Report: February 17-23, 2015





Rebel Forces Repel Regime Advance North of Aleppo: The success of rebel forces in blunting and reversing the regime offensive north of Aleppo city indicates that regime forces remain unable to decisively complete the encirclement of Aleppo without the risk of overextension.












For full report: http://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/syria-situation-report-february-17-23-2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Iraq Situation Report: February 19-20, 2015





The ISF and Shi’a religious establishment responded to calls from security forces and tribal leaders in Baghdadi to reinforce them and break the ISIS siege of the town, which falls just outside of al-Asad airbase west of Hit.












For full report: http://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/iraq-situation-report-february-19-20-2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ukraine Crisis Update: February 19, 2015





Russia and Ukraine agreed to a ceasefire in Minsk, Belarus on February 12, while the Russian-backed separatist forces had nearly encircled the key city of Debaltseve.












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

ISIS Global INTSUM





The purpose of this intelligence summary is to document and assess the significance of open source reports regarding ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) activity outside of Iraq and Syria.












For full report: http://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/isis-global-intsum

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Iraq Situation Report: February 17-18, 2015





ISIS continues its offensive in Anbar near the al-Asad Airbase.












For full report: http://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/iraq-situation-report-february-17-18-2015

Syria Situation Report: February 10-17, 2015





Iran Raises its Posture in Southern Syria: The appearance of IRGC Quds Force commander General Qassem Suleimani along regime frontlines in northern Dera’a Province validates reports indicating that Iranian and Hezbollah forces are handling command-and-control for the ongoing regime offensive in the region.












For full report: http://www.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/syria-situation-report-february-10-17-2015