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


Iraqi security forces have reached the Baiji oil refinery and cleared the area of ISIS fighters.


Iraqi army drove ISIS out of Baiji and recaptured the city, home of Iraq's largest oil refinery.

Jurf Sakhar

Iraqi forces retook the city after weeks of fighting ISIS.


Peshmerga forces retook the town from ISIS after coalition air strikes in the area.


Iraqi security forces supported by Iraqi aircraft attacked ISIS militants holding the city.

All activity

Date City Controlling power Description
October 20, 2014 Sharaf ad Din Kurd-controlled

Peshmerga forces battled ISIS militants eventually repelling the attack.

October 20, 2014 al Qadisiyah ISIS-controlled

ISIS militants attacked the village as Yazidi fighters held them off long enough for families to flee the area.

October 20, 2014 Yarmouk ISIS-controlled

ISIS militants attacked the village eventually forcing Yazidi fighters to retreat.

October 20, 2014 Mosul Dam Kurd-controlled

ISIS detonated a truck loaded with explosives at a Peshmerga checkpoint along the security belt surrounding Mosul dam, killing six and injuring seven.

October 20, 2014 Nineveh Valley Kurd-controlled

ISIS launched an attack against Peshmerga forces who repelled ISIS.

October 20, 2014 Qara Taba Contested

Peshmerga and Iraqi forces battled ISIS fighters resulting in the deaths of six ISIS militants, two Peshmerga fighters, and one Iraqi police officer.

October 13, 2014 Military base near Hit ISIS-controlled

The camp, west of the town of Hit that fell to the insurgents earlier this month, was overrun in the morning hours after clashes with Iraqi soldiers who were forced to abandon the camp and withdraw from the area.

October 11, 2014 Abu Ghraib Contested

ISIS infiltrated one of Baghdad's outer suburbs, Abu Ghraib which is only eight miles from the runway perimeter of Baghdad's international airport. The Iraqi army still is present in the area, the target of hit and run attacks by ISIS.

October 9, 2014 Ramadi Contested

Islamic State fighters have besieged army posts and police stations, and mounted attacks on Iraqi troops in Ramadi. Over the past weeks, they have systematically invaded towns and villages in Anbar province. 

October 4, 2014 Kubaisa ISIS-controlled

Islamic State seized the town of Kubaisa two days after the fall of the nearby town of Hit. The fall of the town jeopardizes the strategic Ain al-Asad military base, which allows Iraqi forces to send troops and supplies to defend the Haditha dam...

October 2, 2014 Hit ISIS-controlled

ISIS militants detonated car bombs at the police headquarters and security checkpoints igniting a battle with Iraqi forces. ISIS is reported to be in control of most of the city.

September 30, 2014 Rabia Kurd-controlled

Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters took control of the Rabia border crossing into Syria. 

September 27, 2014 Albu Aytha Contested

ISIS fighters had carried out several attacks on Iraqi army patrols and checkpoints in Arab Ejbur, also known as the Albu Aytha area, roughly eight miles south of Baghdad, on Saturday.

September 22, 2014 Saqlawiya ISIS-controlled

Islamic State fighters inflicted heavy losses in a chaotic raid on a military base just an hour's drive from Baghdad, highlighting the jihadists' ability to attack high-profile targets despite U.S. air strikes. Militants stormed the camp at...

September 15, 2014 Sinjar Contested

The stronghold of the Islamic State is failing under U.S. airstrikes, as strikes on Sunday and Monday took out militant targets near Mount Sinjar. The Pentagon said destroyed six vehicles near Sinjar and a combat post that was firing on Iraqi...

August 31, 2014 Amerli Iraqi-controlled

Iraqi forces were able to retake the city after U.S. airstrikes helped end a six-week long seige of the town by ISIS militants.

August 19, 2014 Tikrit ISIS-controlled

Clashes between ISIS and Iraqi forces as Iraqi forces attempted to retake the city. Iraqi forces stopped their advance due to heavy fighting.

August 18, 2014 Mosul Dam Iraqi-controlled

Iraqi officials said that Kurdish and Iraqi forces had succeeded in retaking Mosul Dam from fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, although it was unclear whether they had seized control of the entire dam and the surrounding complex...

August 15, 2014 Kocho ISIS-controlled

ISIS stormed a Yazidi village after cutting off the village a week prior, killing an estimated 80 men.

August 10, 2014 al Kuwayr Kurd-controlled

Kurdish forces regained control of the area after U.S. airstrikes. 

August 10, 2014 Makhmur Kurd-controlled

Kurdish forces retook the area from militants after a week of retreating. 

August 8, 2014 Bakhdida ISIS-controlled

ISIS seized control of Bakhdida, also known as Qaraqosh, which is the largest Christian town in Iraq. 

August 8, 2014 Bartella Contested

Heavy clashes between ISIS and Kurdish forces in the city and hundreds of Christian families fled, but it is not clear who now controls the area.

August 8, 2014 Hamadaniya Contested

ISIS fought with Kurdish forces in the city, but it is unclear who is in control. 

August 8, 2014 Tall Kayf Contested

ISIS clashed with Kurdish forces in the area. It is unclear who is now in control. 

August 8, 2014 Tall Kayf ISIS-controlled

ISIS took control of the city. 

August 7, 2014 Mosul Dam ISIS-controlled

Kurdish forces lost control of Mosul dam. 

August 7, 2014 Haditha Dam Iraqi-controlled

ISIS is fighting for control of Haditha dam, the second largest dam in the country, but Iraqi government forces have been able to repel them. 

August 7, 2014 Bashiqa ISIS-controlled

ISIS took control of the city and many residents were displaced. 

August 3, 2014 Sinjar ISIS-controlled

The Islamic State captured the city. 

August 3, 2014 Mosul Dam Contested

ISIS claims to have seized control of Mosul Dam, Iraq's biggest dam. The dam could give the Sunni militants the ability to flood major cities or withold water from farms. However, Kurdish forces deny these claims and, while conceding losses of...

August 3, 2014 Ain Zalah oilfield ISIS-controlled

ISIS seized control of Ain Zalah oilfield, after a barely 24-hour offensive. 

August 3, 2014 Zummar ISIS-controlled

ISIS overpowered Kurd-controlled Zummar to take control of the city. 

July 17, 2014 Tuz Khurmatu ISIS-controlled

ISIS overran the area and took control.

July 16, 2014 Tikrit ISIS-controlled

Iraqi forces withdrew from the city of Tikrit after trying to regain control of the city. It is now held by militants. 

July 15, 2014 Kirkuk Kurd-controlled

Kurdish security forces took control of two major oil fields outside of Kirkuk.

July 14, 2014 Jurf al-Sakhar ISIS-controlled

Shaikh Raad al-Suleiman, a senior figure in Ramadi, said the reason they had captured so much territory was because soldiers in the Iraqi army were not prepared to fight.

July 14, 2014 Haditha Iraqi-controlled

Iraq government forces beat back a fresh assault on the city by IS and prevented militants from gaining control of the Haditha Dam.

July 14, 2014 Habbaniyah Contested

This city is contested.

July 14, 2014 Saqlawiyah Contested

Militants stormed the town's police station, forcing out all the policemen after disarming them.

July 14, 2014 Saqlawiyah ISIS-controlled

Iraqi forces regained the town in a counterattack against militants in the western province of Anbar, when army soldiers, backed by Sunni tribesmen, managed to retake the city of Saqlawiya, in the northwest of Fallujah, from the militants.The...

July 12, 2014 Baghdad Iraqi-controlled

IS claimed responisbility for two sucide boming within the city: the first killed five people and the second, the next day, killed four policemen and three civilians.

July 11, 2014 Kirkuk Kurd-controlled

Although the Peshmerga control of the city, IS are still looking at this city as a goal but realise that it would be difficult to take it over as the majority of the civilians are Kurdish and would most likely rebel against them.

July 11, 2014 Bai Hassan oilfield Kurd-controlled

Kurds seize control of the oil fields.

July 10, 2014 Khamisiya Kurd-controlled

The Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, accused the Kurds of allowing the town of Arbil to become a base for IS and other jihadist groups.

July 10, 2014 Erbil Kurd-controlled

IS has not been able to to infiltrate Erbil yet, and many refugees are seeking safe haven there.

July 9, 2014 al-Awja ISIS-controlled

IS seized the former chemical weapons facility and it is reported that remnants of former chemical weapons program remain in two of the bunkers. However, reports claim that the facilities gained are 'low grade' and do not pose a threat to...

July 9, 2014 Muthanna Facility Contested

There were 53 bodies found, all seemed to have been executed with either gunshots to their head or chest. Their alliance is unknown.

July 8, 2014 Qayarrah Kurd-controlled

Iran sent 1,500 troops to this city help Iraqi forces counter ISIS.

July 7, 2014 Khanaqin Iraqi-controlled

Reports that the Iraqi forces are planning on building 6ft 6in fortifications here to prevent IS form gaining access to Baghdad.