ISIS activity

= ISIS activity (Red signifies ISIS control; Blue signifies Iraqi control; Yellow signifies Kurdish control; Green signifies a contested area. Size of circle relative to area of city)

ISIS activity

= ISIS activity (Red signifies ISIS control; Blue signifies Iraqi control; Yellow signifies Kurdish control; Green signifies a contested area. Size of circle relative to area of city)

Recent activity

Tikrit
Contested

Around 30,000 Iraqi security forces and militia members, backed by Iraqi fighter planes, have launched an operation to retain Tikrit from ISIS. As of March 2, government forces had yet to enter the city, with most of the fighting taking place to the east of the city.

al Kuwayr
Kurd-controlled

After hours of fighting, Peshmerga forces have repelled an assault by ISIS on the towns of al Kuwayr (also known as Gwer) and Makhmour.

Albaghdadi
ISIS-controlled

Beginning on Feb. 12, Iraqi soldiers clashed with ISIS militants, with ISIS capturing most of the town that day. By Feb. 13, Iraqi forces had retaken several government buildings but...

near Mosul
Kurd-controlled

In preparation for an advance into Mosul, which is held by ISIS, Kurdish forces have retaken three bridgeheads along the Tigris River, the main routes into Mosul, with the aid of coalition airstrikes.

Tikrit
Contested

Iraqi forces clashed with ISIS in southern Tikrit, both along the Samaraa-Fallujah road and in the al-Dajil area, killing dozens of ISIS fighters.

All activity

Date City Controlling power Description
January 31, 2015 Kirkuk Kurd-controlled

ISIS launched an attack inside Kirkuk at an abandoned hotel that local police were using as a headquarters.  Peshmerga and Kurdish anti-terror units later raided the hotel, regaining control and killing three.

January 31, 2015 Maktab Khalid ISIS-controlled

ISIS took over Maktab Khalid, an area about 12 miles southwest of Kirkuk, after heavy clashes with the Peshmerga, killing Brig. Gen. Shirko Fateh, the highest-ranking operational commander of the Peshmerga brigade...

January 26, 2015 Muqdadiyah Iraqi-controlled

A top Iraqi army officer has claimed that Iraqi forces have "liberated" all of Diyala province from ISIS. At the very least, it appears that two dozen villages around the city Muqdadiyah in Diyala province are now under Iraqi control.

January 24, 2015 al Salehiyah Kurd-controlled

Peshmerga forces now control the al-Salehiyah area in Tal-Afar district.

January 23, 2015 Klsik Kupri Kurd-controlled

5,000 Kurdish soldiers have cleared ISIS insurgents from nearly 500 sq. km. (300 sq. mi.) of territory and broken a key ISIS supply line between Mosul and strongholds to the west near Syria.  Assisted by U.S. air strikes that began the night...

January 13, 2015 Samarra Contested

ISIS militants began an assault on the city with suicide bombings of checkpoints followed by mortar and gun attacks.  After several hours of fighting and Iraqi warplane fire, ISIS gunmen reportedly retreated.

January 13, 2015 al Kuwayr Contested

ISIS launched a surprise attack against Kurdish forces in al Kuwayr (also known as Gwer), killing around 30 Kurds, with clashes continuing. 

January 9, 2015 Haditha Iraqi-controlled

Iraqi security forces, backed by local police and volunteer tribal fighters, repelled an ISIS attack in eastern Haditha.

January 8, 2015 Samarra Iraqi-controlled

Fighting between ISIS and Iraqi forces broke out in Samarra but Iraqi forces were able to regain control. 

January 6, 2015 Tikrit Contested

Iraqi forces launched an operation to retake southern Tikrit.

January 6, 2015 Ramadi ISIS-controlled

After fighting two hours, ISIS took control of the Abu Risha police station in northern Ramadi.

January 6, 2015 Jubbat al Shamiya Contested

ISIS, using a suicide bomber, rocket-propelled grenades, and machine guns, attacked several Iraqi security posts and checkpoints, and a mosque in the town of al Jubba.

January 5, 2015 Baiji Contested

Fighting in Baiji resumed as Iraqi Security Forces clashed with ISIS, including in the al-Mazaraa area of Baiji district, killing over 30 ISIS militants.

January 4, 2015 Ramadi Iraqi-controlled

After fighting for over one month, Iraqi forces have retaken eastern parts of Ramadi, including Albu Nasir and Albu Hadeed, and fighting in other areas of Ramadi continues.

January 3, 2015 Dejail Iraqi-controlled

Security forces liberated five villages in the Dejail district.

January 3, 2015 Riji Kurd-controlled

Kurdish forces repelled an ISIS attack on the village near Zumar.

January 2, 2015 Buhania Contested

Yazidi fighters attacked the village of Buhania, located just outside of Rabia, held by ISIS fighters. The Yazidi fighters killed some in the village and took others away. Which force is in control of the village is unknown.

January 2, 2015 Hawija Iraqi-controlled

Iraqi forces, aided by fighters from local tribes, retook the town from ISIS control.

January 2, 2015 Sultan Abdallah Kurd-controlled

Kurdish Peshmerga forces recaptured the village from ISIS.

January 1, 2015 Qayara Kurd-controlled

Peshmerga forces and local policemen, backed by Arab tribal fighters, carried out an operation in the Qayara area, retaking expanses of the territory from ISIS.

January 1, 2015 Makhmour Iraqi-controlled

Iraqi Army forces, supported by Kurdish Peshmerga forces, liberated four villages in the Makhmour district from ISIS control.

December 31, 2014 Ishaqi Iraqi-controlled

Iraqi Security Forces retook Ishaqi from ISIS control.

December 29, 2014 Dhuluiyah Iraqi-controlled

After two days of fighting, Iraqi security forces, with help from pro-government militias, recapture large parts of the town from ISIS.

December 27, 2014 West of Ramadi ISIS-controlled

ISIS regained control of 14 villages west of Ramadi when Iraqi forces withdrew after one week.

December 20, 2014 Sinjar Kurd-controlled

Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched an operation on Dec. 17 to retake ISIS strongholds in the areas of Sinjar and Zumar, and with the aid of coalition airstrikes, have retaken at least three villages in the area, including Sinjar.

December 20, 2014 Mushrefa Kurd-controlled

Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched an operation on Dec. 17 to retake ISIS strongholds in the areas of Sinjar and Zumar, and with the aid of coalition airstrikes, have retaken at least three villages in the area, including Mushrefa.

December 20, 2014 Tal Afar Air Base Contested

Iraqi forces launched an operation to retake control of the military airport near Tal Afar from ISIS.

December 20, 2014 Snuny Kurd-controlled

Kurdish Peshmerga forces retook Snuny in its operation in the Mt. Sinjar area that began on Dec. 17.

December 20, 2014 West of Ramadi Iraqi-controlled

Iraqi forces took control of 14 villages west of Ramadi.

December 17, 2014 Zumar Contested

Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched an operation to retake ISIS strongholds in the areas of Sinjar and Zumar, and with the aid of coalition airstrikes, have retaken at least three villages in the area.

December 17, 2014 Baiji ISIS-controlled

Iraqi forces retreated from central parts of the city after days of fierece fighting leaving ISIS to control at least seven neighborhoods, according to a Baiji tribal sheik.

December 12, 2014 Al Wafa ISIS-controlled

ISIS assaulted the town and took control after two days of fighting with police forces.

December 11, 2014 Muskashafah Iraqi-controlled

Two days of heavy clashes between ISIS and Iraqi security forces left Iraqi forces in control of the village.

December 11, 2014 Ishaqi ISIS-controlled

ISIS largely controls the town of Ishaqi despite Iraqi forces controlling the main road leading to Samarra.

December 11, 2014 Mutasim Iraqi-controlled

Iraqi Security Forces backed by Shiite militias liberated the village and district from ISIS control after two days of heavy fighting.

December 4, 2014 Kabiba Iraqi-controlled

Iraqi security forces retook control of 5 viliages in the Al Shirqat area from ISIS.

December 4, 2014 Jarollah Iraqi-controlled

Iraqi security forces retook control of 5 viliages in the Al Shirqat area from ISIS.

December 4, 2014 Jadida Iraqi-controlled

Iraqi security forces retook control of 5 viliages in the Al Shirqat area from ISIS.

December 4, 2014 Kubaysah ISIS-controlled

ISIS gained control of the town after Iraqi security forces launched an operation, killing 16 ISIS fighters, including the ISIS military commander of Hit, Abdul Rahman al-Masri. 

December 4, 2014 E’liywa Saghir Iraqi-controlled

Iraqi security forces retook control of 5 viliages in the Al Shirqat area from ISIS.

December 4, 2014 E’liywa Kabir Iraqi-controlled

Iraqi security forces retook control of 5 viliages in the Al Shirqat area from ISIS.

December 2, 2014 Samarra Iraqi-controlled

Iraqi forces have retaken the main road in Samarra from ISIS control, and several surrounding villages.

November 29, 2014 Dejail Contested

Iraqi security forces launched an operation in the north of Dejail district to drive ISIS from the area, capturing the Ghraib Bridge, an important road for ISIS supply routes.

November 29, 2014 Tikrit Contested

Days of clashes between ISIS and Iraqi security forces near the University of Tikrit resulted in the deaths of at least 150 ISIS fighters.

November 29, 2014 Balad Contested

ISIS forces attacked the Aziz Balad area, clashing with Iraqi forces, resulting in the deaths of at least 32 ISIS fighters.

November 26, 2014 Qara Taba Iraqi-controlled

Iraqi and Peshmerga forces liberated 8 villages in the Qara Taba area from ISIS militants.

November 24, 2014 Bashiqa Contested

Violent clashes between ISIS and Kurdish Peshmerga troops have resulted in killing 18 ISIS militants, and international coalition forces bombed the area.

November 23, 2014 Jalawla Iraqi-controlled

Iraqi forces retook the town of Jalawla from ISIS, who seized the area in August, with the help of Shi'ite milita and Peshmerga forces, killing an estimated 50 ISIS fighters.

November 23, 2014 Saadiya Iraqi-controlled

Iraqi forces retook the town of Saadiya from ISIS, who seized the area in August, with the help of Shi'ite milita and Peshmerga forces, killing an estimated 50 ISIS fighters.

November 21, 2014 Ramadi Contested

Iraqi and ISIS forces battle for weeks in Ramadi, with Iraqi forces fighting to retake the city.