Following the capture of the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh and its capital Mosul on 10 June by Sunni jihadist group, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Iraq continues to slide into crisis as large areas of territory have been captured by the group and images come to light of the massacre of large numbers of Iraqi Army personnel by ISIL forces.
As the international community begins to weigh in, our Global Security Consultant, Prof Paul Roger provides weekly insight into the current crisis, the dynamics and implications of paramilitary partnership in Iraq and ISIL's next moves.
14 June: As the international community begins to weigh in, this update from Paul Rogers provides insight into the current crisis and assesses the impact of potential western military intervention. Read more »
23 June: In this second briefing on the current crisis, Paul Rogers provides insight into the dynamics and implications of paramilitary partnership in Iraq. Read more »
30 June: This week, following the declaration of a caliphate in the territories currently held by ISIL, Paul Rogers assesses whether the jihadist group will now set its sights on Baghdad or choose to consolidate positions in other parts of Iraq. Read more »
7 July: As the crisis moves into its second month, Paul Rogers assesses recent events and analyses the group's continued impact and next steps. Read more »
About the Briefings
Author: Paul Rogers is Global Security Consultant to Oxford Research Group (ORG) and Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford. His ‘Monthly Global Security Briefings’ are available from our website, where visitors can sign-up to receive them via our newsletter each month. These briefings are circulated free of charge for non-profit use, but please consider making a donation to ORG, if you are able to do so.
Photo: Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant militants in Iraq. Source: Screenshot from World News Online (Youtube with Creative Commons license)