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Old 09-11-2017   #301
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Iraq planning on attacking the three remaining areas of country under Islamic State control simultaneously. Here's a link to the article.
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During Mosul campaign Der Spiegel published article about torture and abuse by Interior Ministry forces. Was roundly attacked in Iraq, but now the story was confirmed. Here's a link.
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Old 09-18-2017   #303
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Iraqi forces started WAnbar campaign over the weekend. Will be different then previous ops and go in stages. Here's a link.
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Old 09-19-2017   #304
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Security report for 2nd wk of Sep in Iraq. Here's a link.
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Old 09-20-2017   #305
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2nd stage of west Anbar op. Here's a link.
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Iraqis still pushing into west Anbar while preparing for Shirqat in Salahaddin and Hawija in Kirkuk. Here's link to article.
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More progress in west Anbar campaign while Shirqat and Hawija attacked as well. Here's a link to the article.
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Multi-front op in Anbar, Kirkuk and Salahaddin continues. Here's link to article.
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Iraqi forces clearing areas in Anbar and pushing into Hawija district in Kirkuk. Here's a link to the article.
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What's next for Iraq's Kurdistan after its referendum yesterday? Read my thoughts.
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Old 09-27-2017   #311
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Violence picked up in Iraq 3rd wk of Sep. Here's the full report.
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Hawija op re-started. Here's link to article.
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Hawija op coming to an end. Here's a link to the article.
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728 dead 549 wounded in Iraq in September. Full break down of violence during the month. Here's a link.
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Default The Myth and Reality of Iraq’s al-Hashd al-Shaabi

A report (19 pgs) from Germany by a US defence academic @ NDU, Hassan Abbas, whose speciality is Pakistan and the region. Not yet read, but these Iraqi non-state forces rarely get extensive coverage.

The long title: 'The Myth and Reality of Iraq’s al-Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Forces):A Way Forward'.

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The policy paper focuses on three primary issues: a) the prevailing status and workings of the Hashd forces; b) relevance of local and regional politics to the security dynamics of Iraq; and c) policy recommendations for the Iraqi government and its allies on how to think about the future of the Hashd and secure Iraq better. For this purpose, a range of questions are framed for analytical purposes dealing with the strength and weaknesses of the Hashd forces, their local and regional sponsors, their capabilities and activities on the ground including allegations of human rights violations, concerns of Sunni Iraqis with regard to sectariandimensions of this phenomenon and last but not the least as regards the agenda and planning of the Iraqi government for security sector reform.
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Hawija op is entering final phase. Here's a link.
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Hawija town liberated op almost over in southern Kirkuk. Link to article.
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Default Political Primacy, Strategic Risks, and ISIL after the Caliphate

A short article recommended via a "lurker" via a Dutch CT site that circulated it and the link is to the original publisher. The author is Craig Whiteside and his bio in part states:
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Dr. Craig Whiteside is an Associate Fellow at ICCT and an Associate Professor for the Naval War College Monterey and teaches at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a senior associate with the Center on Irregular Warfare and Armed Groups at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and lectures at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School.
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Craig writes some of the best stuff on Iraqi security and IS.
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