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

Sinjar
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.

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.

Al Wafa
ISIS-controlled

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

Muskashafah
Contested

Heavy clashes between ISIS and Iraqi security forces.

Ishaqi
ISIS-controlled

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

All activity

Date City Controlling power Description
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 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 2, 2014 Samarra Iraqi-controlled

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

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 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 26, 2014 Qara Taba Iraqi-controlled

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

November 24, 2014 Bashiqah 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 in Ramadi, with Iraqi forces fighting to retake the city for over two weeks.

November 18, 2014 Baiji Oil Refinery Iraqi-controlled

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

November 11, 2014 Baiji Iraqi-controlled

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

October 25, 2014 Jurf Sakhar Iraqi-controlled

Iraqi forces retook the city after weeks of fighting ISIS.

October 25, 2014 Zumar Kurd-controlled

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

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 20, 2014 Hajjaj Contested

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

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 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 Makhmur Kurd-controlled

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

August 10, 2014 al Kuwayr Kurd-controlled

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

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.