For the first time, our Iraq control map illustrates which areas of northern Iraq are controlled by Turkey as part of its campaign to defeat PKK rebels.
Despite few major changes to the lines of control since 2018, the so-called “Islamic State” (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) has reportedly been growing in power again in northern Iraq.
In recent months, pro-government forces in Iraq have nearly – but not entirely – cleared the country of control by the so-called “Islamic State”. Meanwhile, lines of control between the central government and Kurdistan have remained stable.
In the aftermath of Kurdistan’s defiant independence referendum, its forces have been pushed back to their pre-2014 territory by an Iraqi government offensive. Meanwhile, IS has lost the last two towns it controlled in the country.
The Iraqi government has retaken the disputed city of Kirkuk from Kurdish forces in retaliation for the controversial Kurdistan independence referendum, while also driving the so-called “Islamic State” out of two northern enclaves.
Iraqi government forces and allies have completed their recapture of Mosul, Iraq’s third biggest city and the largest urban center ever controlled by the so-called “Islamic State”.
As government forces have battled their way into Mosul, the largest city held by the so-called “Islamic State”, pro-government militias have pushed their way west all the way to the Syrian border.
Iraqi government forces and allies have secured control of Mosul’s eastern half from the so-called “Islamic State”, while opposing forces struggle for dominance over transportation routes to and from the city.
The Iraqi government and allies have made major progress in the battle to capture Mosul from the so-called “Islamic State”, as well as gains outside the city and in western Anbar province.
The battle for control of Mosul, Iraq’s third largest city, has begun, with a massive government campaign now underway to recapture it from the so-called “Islamic State”.