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davidbfpo
12-26-2017, 05:16 PM
A new thread prepared for 2018. The existing thread, largely due to Joel Wing's regular postings has 365 posts and 194.7k views. See:Iraq in 2017 (http://council.smallwarsjournal.com/Iraq in 2017)

JWing
01-02-2018, 09:29 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/01/incidents-and-casualties-all-down-in.html) for Dec 2017 in Iraq. Attacks and casualties all down.

JWing
01-03-2018, 08:25 PM
Complete review (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/01/2017-security-in-iraq-in-review-defeat_3.html) of security in Iraq in 2017. Defeat of IS on the battlefield and group's withdrawal led to the lowest violence since 2003.

davidbfpo
01-06-2018, 08:31 PM
The quotation is from Tacitus, a Roman Senator and appears in a short article by Professor Paul Rogers - who asks will ISIS reappear as Iraq struggles to rebuild cities like Mosul and have enough force to counter a guerilla campaign.
Link:https://www.opendemocracy.net/paul-rogers/isis-comeback?

davidbfpo
01-07-2018, 02:15 PM
From The Daily Beast a short article of note:
Wanted Dead or Alive: The Frustrating, Failing Hunt for ISIS Leader Baghdadi; Americans and Russians have converged on the Euphrates valley where the ISIS "caliphate" is making a last stand. They "think" Baghdadi's alive there. But he could be long gone.

In part based on interviews with ISIS prisoners in Iraqi custody and concludes:
Clearly no government or intelligence service has enough information to kill al Baghdadi.
Link:https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-frustrating-hunt-for-mr-isis-abu-bakr-al-baghdadi-the-caliph-must-be-captured-or-die?

JWing
01-09-2018, 04:03 PM
Iraq security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/01/security-in-iraq-jan-1-7-2018.html) 1st wk of Jan 2018.

AdamG
01-09-2018, 10:49 PM
A white-bearded ISIS militant who presided over the killings of dozens of gay men and others who ran afoul of the so-called "caliphate" was captured in the Iraqi city of Mosul last week, according to reports.
Abu Omer was arrested after locals in Mosul tipped security forces off to his hideout in the city, the Iran-based AhlulBayt News Agency (ANBA) reported, citing Iraqi media outlets.
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/01/02/dreaded-sadistic-isis-executioner-reportedly-captured-in-iraq-could-be-executed-himself.html

http://www.newsweek.com/who-abu-omer-isis-executioner-found-ruins-mosul-after-citys-fall-769370

JWing
01-10-2018, 04:07 PM
Internal splits within IS could point to groups break up or demise. Here's a link (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/01/islamic-state-sowing-seeds-of-its-own.html).

davidbfpo
01-16-2018, 09:59 AM
The full title and sub-title is:
'We will get him': the long hunt for Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdad; The world’s most wanted man remains at large, but as his ‘caliphate’ has crumbled so has the discipline of his leadership
The HVT hunt aside there are comments on the leadership and the future.
Link:https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/15/long-hunt-for-isis-leader-abu-bakr-al-baghdadi

JWing
01-17-2018, 04:07 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/01/security-in-iraq-jan-8-14-2018.html) for 2nd wk of Jan in Iraq.

JWing
01-23-2018, 04:04 PM
Iraq security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/01/security-in-iraq-jan-15-21-2018.html) for 3rd week of January. 2nd wk in a row Baghdad hit by suicide bombers.

JWing
01-28-2018, 04:24 PM
Still pulling bodies (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/01/still-pulling-bodies-from-wreckage-of.html) out of the rubble of west Mosul.

JWing
01-30-2018, 04:07 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/01/security-in-iraq-jan-22-28-2018.html) for 4th week in Iraq.

JWing
02-01-2018, 04:52 PM
Chatham House report (https://www.chathamhouse.org/expert/comment/isis-still-business) IS's finances alive and well.

JWing
02-02-2018, 04:04 PM
Violence was up in Iraq from Dec to Jan. Here's monthly security report. (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/02/violence-up-in-iraq-jan-2018_2.html)

AdamG
02-09-2018, 12:05 AM
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Nine Abrams tanks the United States had provided to Iraqi forces for the battle against the Islamic State (IS) are now in the hands of the Iranian-backed Hashd al-Shaabi militias, a US military audit confirmed.
A quarterly inspector general report for the US mission in Iraq and Syria, released on Feb. 2, confirms that M1 Abrams battle tanks and other lethal equipment provided to the Iraqi government by Washington have ended up with the Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF).

http://www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/d57349e5-20fb-495b-a407-3f3021db71e2

Doesn't someone need a few flight hours honing their J-DAM delivery techniques?

Asking for a friend.

JWing
02-09-2018, 04:03 PM
Weekly security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/02/security-in-iraq-feb-1-7-2018.html) for 1st wk of Feb in Iraq.

JWing
02-11-2018, 06:22 PM
Pentagon finally realized that some of the Abrams tanks it sold to Ira ended up with Pro-Iran Hashd groups. Some even ended up in Syria. This was widely known within Iraq for several years. Here's a link (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/02/pentagon-finally-realized-tanks-it-sold.html).

JWing
02-14-2018, 04:01 PM
Little history article (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/02/iran-had-both-sides-in-2004-najaf-battle.html) on how Iran was playing both sides in the 2004 Battle of Najaf.

JWing
02-16-2018, 04:04 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/02/security-in-iraq-feb-8-14-2018.html) for 2nd week of Feb in Iraq

JWing
02-22-2018, 04:02 PM
Pro-Iran Hashd units have 9 Abrams tanks. Some were captured from IS but others were given to them by Iraqi army. Here's a link to article (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/02/iraqi-army-supplied-pro-iran-hashd-with.html).

JWing
02-23-2018, 03:53 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/02/security-in-iraq-feb-15-21-2018.html) for 3rd wk of Feb in Iraq.

JWing
02-23-2018, 03:54 PM
Trump admin says can keep US forces in Iraq and Syria indefinitely. Link to article (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-aides-say-u-s-forces-can-legally-stay-syria-iraq-indefinitely-174149620.html).

JWing
02-23-2018, 03:55 PM
Economist (https://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21737302-their-so-called-caliphate-crumbles-jihadists-are-saving-up-fight) IS stashed away millions of dollars before it was forced out of Iraq and major areas of Syria.

JWing
03-03-2018, 03:58 PM
Monthly security report for Iraq for Feb. Security has remained steady since Oct 2017 which was before victory against IS was declared. Here's a link (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/03/643-deaths-256-wounded-feb-2018-in-iraq.html).

JWing
03-03-2018, 03:59 PM
War On The Rocks article on trends in Islamic State media operations. Here's a link (https://warontherocks.com/2018/03/terror-online-and-off-recent-trends-in-islamic-state-propaganda-operations/).

JWing
03-16-2018, 03:05 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/03/security-in-iraq-mar-8-14-2018.html) 2nd wk of March. Security incidents remain steady. Casualties slightly down. IS becoming bolder in attacks however.

JWing
03-21-2018, 03:04 PM
Just published an interview with Daniel Green co-author of Fallujah Redux. Green worked with the tribes around Fallujah to get them in the fight against the insurgency and helped the local officials govern the city during the Surge. Here's a link to the interview (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/03/fallujah-redux-interview-with-daniel.html).

JWing
03-23-2018, 03:03 PM
Iraq Security Report Mar 15-21. 5th month of rebuilding as an insurgency and IS is becoming bolder with its attacks. Here's a link (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/03/security-in-iraq-mar-15-21-2018.html) to the report.

JWing
03-25-2018, 04:09 PM
Niqash article which reports what I have been warning about, IS is regrouping in Iraq. Here's a link (http://www.niqash.org/en/articles/security/5864/Extremists-Prepared-For-Their-Defeat-In-Iraq-Now-They%E2%80%99re-Re-Grouping.htm).

JWing
03-28-2018, 03:11 PM
AP article (https://apnews.com/d37e18adbb234678923911ec0c42f694) on IS kidnapping and execution of police in northern Iraq.

JWing
03-30-2018, 04:51 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/03/security-in-iraq-mar-22-28-2018.html) for the 4th week of March in Iraq. This month marks IS return as an insurgent force.

JWing
04-02-2018, 04:51 PM
After 5 months of rebuilding the IS insurgency is finally back. Read the article (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/04/march-2018-return-of-islamic-state.html).

JWing
04-05-2018, 03:48 PM
Iraq facing fewest security incidents since 2003 here's link (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/04/iraq-witnessing-fewest-security.html)

JWing
04-09-2018, 03:03 PM
Security report for 1st week of April in Iraq. Here's a link (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/04/security-in-iraq-apr-1-7-2018.html).

JWing
04-10-2018, 03:02 PM
Compiled some of the interviews I've done about the 2003 invasion of Iraq and its aftermath as yesterday Apr 9 was the 15 yr anniversary of the fall of Baghdad. Here's a link (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/04/musings-on-iraq-interviews-on-2003.html).

JWing
04-17-2018, 02:58 PM
Security report for 2nd week of April in Iraq. Here's a link (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/04/security-in-iraq-apr-8-14-2018.html).

JWing
04-24-2018, 03:24 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/04/security-in-iraq-apr-15-21-2018.html) for 3rd week of April in Iraq.

JWing
04-30-2018, 03:00 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/04/security-in-iraq-apr-22-28-2018.html)for last week of April in Iraq.

JWing
05-02-2018, 03:01 PM
April saw a decided drop in incidents vs the last 6 months. Types of attacks IS launching still showing group is regrouping and now openly challenging govt. Here's a link (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/05/april-2018-large-drop-in-violence-in.html).

JWing
05-09-2018, 03:05 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/05/security-in-iraq-may-1-7-2018.html) for 1st week of May in Iraq.

JWing
05-11-2018, 03:01 PM
Example of forced displacement in west Ninewa. One of the lasting legacies of the war vs IS. Here's a link (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/05/forced-displacement-in-western-ninewa.html).

JWing
05-17-2018, 02:59 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/05/security-in-iraq-may-8-14-2018.html) 2nd wk of May in Iraq

davidbfpo
05-18-2018, 03:30 PM
An ICSR commentary. It opens with:
Earlier this week, Iraq held its first elections since formally declaring victory over Islamic State. Muqtada al-Sadr claimed a surprise victory, in an election that saw an unusually low turnout. Thus, while Sadr was able to consolidate a support base that remained largely unchanged, more prominent parties failed to mobilise their constituencies to participate in the election. Described by many as an anti-Western ‘firebrand’, Sadr’s platform is indeed distinctly populist and nationalist.
Link:http://icsr.info/2018/05/icsr-insight-sadr-firebrand-cleric-political-brand-reform/

JWing
05-23-2018, 03:02 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/05/security-in-iraq-may-15-21-2018.html) for 3rd wk of May in Iraq

JWing
05-23-2018, 03:03 PM
Interview (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/05/sadr-communist-alliance-and-iraqs-2018.html) with PhD student Benedict Robin on Sadr's Sairoon alliance with the Communists and its victory in the May elections

JWing
05-30-2018, 02:59 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/05/security-in-iraq-may-22-28-2018.html) for 4th week of May in Iraq.

davidbfpo
05-30-2018, 04:47 PM
A report by ICSR that aims to explore the institutionalisation and organisational structure of the PMU before delving into their election maneouvring.
The Executive Summary is linked below.

The conclusions:
Ambiguities within the existing legislation meant to strengthen the state-actor character of the PMU have left a loophole, allowing the PMU to take on multiple roles, benefiting equally from the established operational legality, and acclaimed ideological legitimacy.
• The lines are blurred and the allegiances – at least those that have been verbally professed thus far – are prone to shift according to the target audience and the immediate operational advantages pursued by the groups’ cannier political forerunners.
• Regardless of any potential electoral gains PMU-affiliated leaders have been able to achieve to this point within and outside the established Fatah alliance, the PMU as an umbrella organisation requires the firm institutional embrace of the Iraqi authorities.
• With Islamic State regrouping slowly in the background, the Hashd needs to gradually develop into a disciplined and agile state organisation.
• This transformation process, alongside continued security sector reforms in a fragile yet hopeful democracy, will take time. It will also require a high level of manoeuvrability on behalf of Iraq’s future government, its frequently competing neighbours, and its foreign allies.
Link:http://icsr.info/2018/05/battlefield-ballot-box-contextualising-rise-evolution-iraqs-popular-mobilisation-units/

JWing
06-02-2018, 03:35 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/06/security-in-iraq-largely-unchanged-in.html) Violence largely unchanged April to May 2018 in Iraq.

JWing
06-04-2018, 02:52 PM
Interview (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/06/iraqs-troubles-fighting-corruption.html) with former US Anti-Graft official Vincent Foulk on Iraq's problem with corruption

JWing
06-09-2018, 04:11 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/06/security-in-iraq-jun-1-7-2018.html) 1st week of June in Iraq

JWing
06-13-2018, 07:03 AM
Review (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/06/review-confronting-al-qaeda-sunni.html) Confronting Al Qaeda, The Sunni Awakening and American Strategy In Al Anbar

JWing
06-16-2018, 04:16 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/06/security-in-iraq-jun-8-14-2018.html)2nd wk of June in Iraq

JWing
06-16-2018, 04:17 PM
Lawfare article (https://www.lawfareblog.com/iraqs-harsh-approach-punishing-islamic-state-collaborators-stands-have-counterproductive) on Iraqi trials of IS suspects

JWing
06-25-2018, 04:13 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/06/security-in-iraq-jun-15-21-2018.html) for 3rd wk of June in Iraq

JWing
06-25-2018, 04:14 PM
Book review (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/06/review-compulsion-in-religion-saddam.html) of Compulsion In Religion on how Saddam set about to control religion in Iraq starting in 1980s and how that was connected to the militias and insurgency that emerged after 03. Provides important new research on Iraq.

JWing
06-30-2018, 03:57 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/06/security-in-iraq-jun-22-28-2018.html) 4th week of June in Iraq

JWing
07-03-2018, 05:34 PM
June Islamic State rebuilding (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/07/june-2018-islamic-state-rebuilding-in.html) in Ira's rural areas.

JWing
07-10-2018, 04:54 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/07/security-in-iraq-july-1-7-2018.html)for Jul 1-7, 2018

JWing
07-23-2018, 02:46 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/07/security-in-iraq-jul-8-14-2018.html) for Iraq July 8-14 tracking the rebuilding of IS in central Iraq.

JWing
07-31-2018, 04:55 PM
Security Report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/07/security-in-iraq-july-22-28-2018.html) Jul 22-28 in Iraq. Fewest security incidents ever recorded by Musings On Iraq.

JWing
08-02-2018, 05:56 PM
Violence slightly dipped (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/08/violence-slightly-down-in-iraq-july-2018.html) in July in Iraq.

JWing
08-02-2018, 05:58 PM
Islamic State makes comeback in Iraq with switch to guerrilla tactics
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-security/islamic-state-makes-comeback-in-iraq-with-switch-to-guerrilla-tactics-idUSKBN1KE0MH?utm_source=reddit.com

JWing
08-02-2018, 05:59 PM
ISIS is making a comeback in Iraq just months after Baghdad declared victory

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/isis-is-making-a-comeback-in-iraq-less-than-a-year-after-baghdad-declared-victory/2018/07/17/9aac54a6-892c-11e8-9d59-dccc2c0cabcf_story.html?utm_source=reddit.com&utm_term=.5a22649b94b7

JWing
08-09-2018, 04:33 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/08/security-in-iraq-aug-1-7-2018.html) for 1st week of August in Iraq

JWing
08-16-2018, 03:35 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/08/security-in-iraq-aug-8-14-2018.html) for Iraq Aug 8-14.

JWing
08-23-2018, 03:33 PM
Security Report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/08/security-in-iraq-aug-15-21-2018.html) for Aug 15-21 in Iraq

JWing
08-30-2018, 03:26 PM
Good article on Baghdadi's recent tape release and Islamic State rebuilding https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/08/baghdadi-recording-iraq-syria-terrorism/568471/

JWing
08-30-2018, 03:31 PM
Security Report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/08/security-in-iraq-aug-22-28-2018.html)for Iraq Aug 22-28.

JWing
08-30-2018, 08:48 PM
Link to recently declassified interrogations with Qais Khazali, former Ayatollah Sadr lieutenant, lieutenant to Moqtada al-Sadr and current head of Asaib Ahl Al-Haq. Looks like there is a lot of great stuff in here.
http://www.aei.org/spotlight/qayis-al-khazali-papers/

JWing
08-31-2018, 03:43 PM
Atlantic article "ISIS Never Went Away in Iraq" (https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/08/iraq-isis/569047/)

JWing
09-03-2018, 03:06 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/09/violence-remained-steady-in-iraq-august.html) for August 2018 in Iraq. Violence remained steady over last 2 months.

davidbfpo
09-10-2018, 04:55 AM
A headline from The Guardian is the title and I know Basra can be a "tinderbox", but setting fire to that consulate? Here is a passage:
Residents of Basra and other cities in Iraq’s oil-rich southern Shia heartland have been protesting since July over endemic corruption, soaring joblessness and poor public services.
Link:https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/07/protesters-set-fire-to-iranian-consulate-in-basra

The BBC has a similar report:https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-45453215

JWing
09-10-2018, 03:32 PM
Iraq security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/09/security-in-iraq-sep-1-7-2018.html) Sep 1-7 2018

JWing
09-18-2018, 03:21 PM
Iraq security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/09/security-in-iraq-sep-8-14-2018.html) 2nd wk Sep

JWing
09-18-2018, 03:22 PM
PBS Newshour report (https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/isis-returns-iraq-terror-hawija) on IS's return to Hawija in south Kirkuk

JWing
09-24-2018, 03:29 PM
Iraq security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/09/security-in-iraq-sep-15-21-2018.html) Sep 15-21, 2018

JWing
10-02-2018, 03:25 PM
Iraq Security Report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/10/security-in-iraq-sep-22-28-2018.html) Sep 22-28, 2018

JWing
10-06-2018, 04:46 PM
Security Report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/10/islamic-state-returns-to-baghdad-while.html) for September 2018 in Iraq

JWing
10-06-2018, 04:47 PM
Wash Inst report on Iraq's Counter Terrorism Service https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/uploads/Documents/pubs/PolicyFocus157-Witty-2.pdf

JWing
10-09-2018, 03:52 PM
Iraq security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/10/security-in-iraq-oct-1-7-2018.html) for 1st week of October 2018

JWing
10-24-2018, 03:26 PM
Iraq Security Report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/10/security-in-iraq-oct-15-21-2018.html) Oct 15-21

JWing
10-25-2018, 03:28 PM
Interview I did (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/10/lasting-lessons-from-anbar-awakening.html) with Carter Malkasian author of Illusions of Victory which is about the Anbar Awakening

JWing
10-30-2018, 03:23 PM
Oct 22-28 security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/10/security-in-iraq-oct-22-28-2018.html)for Iraq

JWing
11-01-2018, 05:07 PM
Xinhua article (http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-11/01/c_137574660.htm) on IS rebuilding in Iraq

JWing
11-02-2018, 03:46 PM
Islamic State looks like it expanded its area of operations in Iraq in October Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/11/october-2018-islamic-state-expanding.html) for the month

JWing
11-16-2018, 04:54 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/11/security-in-iraq-nov-8-14-2018.html)2nd wk of Nov in Iraq

JWing
11-24-2018, 04:58 PM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/11/security-in-iraq-nov-15-21-2018.html) for Iraq Nov 15-21

JWing
11-27-2018, 04:32 PM
Federal govt taking over disputed areas in northeast Diyala has opened up space for IS to rebuild. Here's the article (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/11/security-handover-in-diyala-allows.html).

JWing
11-30-2018, 04:43 PM
Big dip in violence in Iraq 4th wk of Nov. Weekly security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/11/security-in-iraq-nov-22-28-2018.html).

JWing
12-01-2018, 05:56 AM
True Origins of ISIS (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/11/isis-origins-anbari-zarqawi/577030/) by Hassan Hassan the Atlantic

davidbfpo
12-02-2018, 09:05 PM
A blogger, Kyle Orton, whose output I rarely capture and this article in a way supplements that by Hassan Hassan.
Link:https://kyleorton1991.wordpress.com/2018/12/02/what-captured-isis-jihadists-tell-us-about-the-group/

JWing
12-03-2018, 04:36 PM
Attacks way down in Iraq in Nov. Bad weather that caused flash flooding might have been a factor. Monthly security review (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/12/large-drop-in-violence-in-iraq-november.html).

JWing
12-07-2018, 09:37 PM
Cole Bunzel on Jihadica responds to Hassan Hassan's article on IS ideology http://www.jihadica.com/understating-zarqawi/

JWing
12-09-2018, 07:05 AM
CSIS report on continued threat of IS in Iraq https://www.csis.org/analysis/islamic-state-and-persistent-threat-extremism-iraq

JWing
12-10-2018, 04:37 PM
Iraq Security Report 1st wk of Dec (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/12/security-in-iraq-dec-1-7-2018.html)

JWing
12-11-2018, 04:41 PM
US Finds Institutional Problems With The Iraqi Forces And Questions Their Counterinsurgency Abilities (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2018/12/us-finds-institutional-problems-with.html)

JWing
12-16-2018, 05:02 PM
Great report by Mike Knights breakdown state of IS in Iraq right now. Going for quality over quantity in attacks and just focusing upon rural areas in central Iraq for now. Has to expand however if it wants to remain relevant and sustain itself. https://ctc.usma.edu/islamic-state-inside-iraq-losing-power-preserving-strength/

davidbfpo
12-21-2018, 12:32 PM
The first is 'Iraq Unravelling? An Interview with Emma Sky'; she is now @ Yale and her bio in part refers to:
She served in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 as Governorate Coordinator of Kirkuk and from 2007 to 2010 as Political Adviser to General Raymond Odierno, then Commanding General of U.S. forces in Iraq.
Link:https://www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/blog/iraq-unravelling-an-interview-with-emma-sky

The second is by a UK observer, Emily Knowles and in summary:
A year after Islamic State (IS) was declared defeated, a referendum on Kurdish independence, widespread protest, and political powerplay over the Iraqi defence sector is fragmenting the country. Drawing upon field research in Iraq, this briefing examines how choices made throughout the anti-IS campaign have contributed to several of the factors that are currently destabilising the Iraqi security sector
Link:https://www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/iraq-after-islamic-state-divided-we-stand

JWing
01-03-2019, 06:10 AM
Dec security report for Iraq End of year saw big drop in attacks across the country http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/01/islamic-state-went-into-hibernation-in.html

JWing
01-03-2019, 05:01 PM
Interview with Univ of Virginia Prof James Savage on how the US tried and largely failed to reform Iraq's govt http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/01/how-us-tried-and-largely-failed-at.html

JWing
01-11-2019, 04:35 PM
Security report for Dec 2018 in Iraq Islamic State largely packed up during winter http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/01/islamic-state-went-into-hibernation-in.html

Security report for 1st wk of Jan 2019 as well http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/01/security-in-iraq-jan-1-7-2019.html

JWing
01-15-2019, 04:29 PM
Report on security trends in Iraq (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/01/review-of-security-trends-in-iraq-2018.html) IS withdrew to Diyala Kirkuk Ninewa and saw big drop in attacks during winter 2018.

JWing
01-19-2019, 07:02 AM
Security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/01/security-in-iraq-jan-8-14-2019.html) for Iraq 2nd week of January

JWing
01-20-2019, 07:23 AM
PBS Newshour report (https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/iraqs-war-heroes-feel-forgotten-after-war-with-isis) on how wounded Iraqi veterans in the war against IS feel neglected

JWing
01-28-2019, 04:31 PM
Fatah and Sadr's Sairoon are pushing for U.S. withdrawal (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/01/iraqi-parties-make-push-for-us.html) in parliament

JWing
01-30-2019, 04:28 PM
Jan 22-28, 2018 security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/01/security-in-iraq-jan-22-28-2019.html) for Iraq Another quiet week as IS has largely packed up for the winter

JWing
01-31-2019, 04:29 PM
Bush admin didn't trust Maliki about supporting Surge so spied on him. Here's the article (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/01/us-was-so-unsure-of-malikis-support-of.html).

davidbfpo
02-03-2019, 12:59 PM
Although this article looks at ISIS in Iraq primarily it does touch upon Syria. The author is Professor Paul Rogers, a British academic. He ends with:
any notion that ISIS has been vanquished is fanciful.
Link:https://www.opendemocracy.net/paul-rogers/trump-vs-isis-phantom-victory? (https://www.opendemocracy.net/paul-rogers/trump-vs-isis-phantom-victory?utm_source=Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=7c7dfc82ee-DAILY_NEWSLETTER_MAILCHIMP&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_717bc5d86d-7c7dfc82ee-407365113)

JWing
02-04-2019, 04:42 PM
After a big dip in activity at the end of 2018 IS picked up attacks in 3 provinces in January 2019. January security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/02/slight-uptick-in-islamic-state-ops-in.html) for Iraq.

JWing
02-05-2019, 04:35 PM
Trump angers Iraq again (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/02/trump-us-here-to-stay-in-iraq.html) over comments of owning US base in Iraq and will use it to keep an eye on Iran.

JWing
02-06-2019, 04:25 PM
My 2nd interview with author Tom Cooper (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/02/iran-and-its-iraqi-allies-role-in.html)This time we discussed the role of the IRGC in the Iraq and Syrian wars

JWing
02-11-2019, 04:32 PM
Iraqi security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/02/security-in-iraq-feb-1-7-2019.html)for first week of Feb 2019

JWing
02-12-2019, 04:31 PM
Trump caused his latest controversy in Iraq by saying that US forces would be staying in the country to monitor Iran. US already doing that. Link to article here (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/02/us-already-tracking-irans-activities-in.html).

JWing
02-14-2019, 04:23 PM
NY Review of Books article (https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2019/02/13/undefeated-isis-is-back-in-iraq/) on IS continued insurgency in Iraq

JWing
02-20-2019, 04:20 PM
Iraq Security Report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/02/security-in-iraq-feb-8-14-2019.html)2nd wk of Feb

JWing
02-22-2019, 04:11 PM
Book review (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/02/review-iraq-from-war-to-new.html) of Toby Dodge's Iraq From War To A New Authoritarianism

JWing
02-25-2019, 04:19 PM
Iraq security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/02/security-in-iraq-feb-15-21-2019.html) 3rd wk of February. Attacks nearly doubled from previous week.

JWing
03-01-2019, 03:57 PM
US Inspectors General report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/03/us-inspector-generals-report-iraqi.html) found institutional problems with Iraqi forces and intelligence that may take decades to fix.

JWing
03-04-2019, 04:40 PM
Iraq security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/03/islamic-state-might-be-coming-out-of.html)for March 2019 IS could be coming out of its winter hibernation

JWing
03-08-2019, 04:30 PM
2 recent book reviews

Review Why Do You Kill? The Untold Story of the Iraqi Resistance - This book should go down as one of the all time worse Iraq books
http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/03/review-why-do-you-kill-untold-story-of.html

Review Iraq’s Sunni Insurgency
http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/03/review-iraqs-sunni-insurgency.html

JWing
03-08-2019, 04:32 PM
CNN: Iraq defeated ISIS more than a year ago. Its revival is already underway
https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/05/middleeast/iraq-isis-return-intl/index.html

The Atlantic: What the Media Won’t Tell You About ISIS
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/02/what-media-wont-tell-you-about-isis/583702/

Daily Beast: On the Run From ISIS in Iraq’s ‘Bandit Country’
https://www.thedailybeast.com/on-the-run-from-isis-in-iraqs-bandit-country?ref=scroll

JWing
03-11-2019, 03:25 PM
LA Times: Iraq’s new war against Islamic State: Halting the group’s budding rural resurgence (https://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/nation/iraq-s-new-war-against-islamic-state-halting-the-group/article_7ba0bdd7-1db0-5c9e-986d-e44c38f5a4c0.html)

JWing
03-11-2019, 03:26 PM
Iraq weekly security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/03/security-in-iraq-mar-1-7-2019.html) for Mar 1-7, 2019

JWing
03-18-2019, 03:31 PM
Iraq security report (http://musingsoniraq.blogspot.com/2019/03/security-in-iraq-mar-8-14-2019.html) 2nd wk of March 2019 Attacks very low for second week

JWing
03-19-2019, 03:38 AM
Charles Lister "Trump Says ISIS is Defeated Reality Says Otherwise" (https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/03/18/trump-isis-terrorists-defeated-foreign-policy-225816)Politico