While control lines remain stable between government and rebel forces, the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) has lost its last firmly-held desert outpost. Map now shows areas of dispersed IS operational presence.
“Islamic State” & Affiliates
Though control lines have changed only subtly since May, Somalia’s federal-aligned forces have driven Al Shabaab from Kurtunwarey, the first district capital captured in battle by either side since 2018.
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.
Estimates of so-called “Islamic State” (IS) control in Syria have shrunk to include only a single gas field, while joint Russian-Turkish peacekeepers have begun patrolling the front lines between rebels and the Assad government.
Amid Turkish military support of Libya’s western-based GNA faction, the eastern-based LNA has lost its footholds in Tripoli and been driven almost completely out of the country’s northwest.
Libya’s Turkish-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) has continued to gain ground in the west amid a major withdrawal by the rival Libyan National Army (LNA).
Somalia’s pro-federal coalition has made small gains against Al Qaeda affiliate Al Shabaab, while deadly infighting has erupted in Jubaland state, and the veteran ASWJ militia has been forcibly dissolved.
Heavy fighting over the greater Tripoli area has continued between the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) – the latter now backed up by the Turkish military and allied rebels from Syria.
Forces loyal to the Assad government have made major gains in and around rebel-held Idlib province, reestablishing government control along the entire Damascus-Aleppo highway for the first time in eight years.
In rebel-dominated Idlib province, Syrian army forces have pushed through the eastern side of Turkey and Russia’s mostly-defunct buffer zone, nearly reaching the rebel stronghold of Marat al-Numan.