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Control of Terrain in Iraq: November 9, 2014

By Ahmed Ali and Nichole Dicharry, Institute for the Study of War Iraq Updates (IWS)

Key Takeaway:

The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF)  and Popular Mobilization Units (PMUs) which include Iraqi Shi’a militias are continuing to challenge the presence and positions of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in the Baiji area north of Tikrit in northern Iraq. The ISF and PMUs have had a presence in the significant Baiji refinery since June 10 when the city of Mosul fell to ISIS, but they now are applying pressure on ISIS near Baiji city itself. Therefore, ISW is highlighting Baiji’s status as a contested area. 

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