Showing posts with label kurdistan. Show all posts
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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Kurdistan Votes to Leave Iraq: What Happens Next?

This article is part of our Referendum 2017 coverage, spotlighting controversial independence votes in two of the world's autonomous regions: Kurdistan voted yesterday on independence from Iraq, and Catalonia will vote this Sunday on leaving Spain. 


Map of Iraq and Kurdistan's place within it, published in advance of the 2017 Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum. Includes disputed territories and territorial control as of July 30, 2017. Colorblind accessible.
Residents of Iraqi Kurdistan voted Monday in a controversial referendum on whether to declare independence from Iraq, with preliminary results showing almost 92% in favor of separation. We're still waiting for (hopefully) detailed official results so we can map out how different districts voted. But in the meantime, let's answer some of the big questions:

Will Kurdistan become independent now?

The Kurdistan region's government considers this vote official and "binding", in contrast to an informal 2005 referendum, even though the Iraqi federal government in Baghdad considers it completely illegal. But it was never intended to trigger an automatic declaration of independence.

Instead, Kurdistan leader Masoud Barzani has promised to use a "YES" vote as leverage to negotiate independence with Iraqi government. So far, no date has been set for Kurdistan's declaration of independence, and it could still be years away.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Referendum 2017: Iraqi Kurdistan Map

Two of the world's autonomous regions are about to vote in controversial independence referendums. Iraqi Kurdistan decides on independence from Iraq this Monday, and on October 1 Catalonia plans to vote on leaving Spain. PolGeoNow will be covering these events with a series of articles, but in the meantime we couldn't wait to share our new Iraqi Kurdistan map with you!

Map of Iraq and Kurdistan's place within it, published in advance of the 2017 Iraqi Kurdistan independence referendum. Includes disputed territories and territorial control as of July 30, 2017. Colorblind accessible.
Graphic by Evan Centanni and Djordje Djukic, incorporating base map by Koen Adams of onestopmap.com. All rights reserved.

Iraqi Kurdistan Independence Referendum

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq (Iraqi Kurdistan for short) is just part of the traditional homeland of the Kurds, the Middle East's fourth-largest ethnic group after Arabs, Persians, and Turks.

Many Kurds also live in Turkey, Syria, and Iran. But Iraqi Kurdistan is where they have the most legal rights, governing themselves in what's internationally recognized as an autonomous region within Iraq.

But all's not well in Kurdistan-Iraq relations. Iraqi Kurds suffered through horrific violence and persecution in the 1980s and 90s, and now the region's top politician has staked his reputation on separating Kurdistan from Iraq permanently.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Syrian Civil War Map & Timeline - August 2017 (Subscription)

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Research by Djordje Djukic. Map by onestopmap.com, Evan Centanni, and Djordje Djukic

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Map of Syrian Civil War (Syria control map): Fighting and territorial control in Syria in August 2017 (Free Syrian Army rebels, Kurdish YPG, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Jabhat Fateh al-Sham / Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (Al-Nusra Front), Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), and others). Includes Russia-Turkey-Iran agreed de-escalation zones and US deconfliction zone, plus recent locations of conflict and territorial control changes, such as Raqqah, Maadan, Suknah, al-Koum, and more. Colorblind accessible. In the past month, the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS/ISIL) has lost vast swaths of territory in the center of Syria to government forces, leaving the western end of its main territory completely surrounded. Meanwhile, Syrian and Lebanese forces have cleared out ISIS and hardline rebel forces who controlled areas along both sides of the border with Lebanon.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Iraq Control Map & Timeline: "Islamic State" Loses Mosul - July 2017 (Subscription)

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Detailed map of territorial control in Iraq as of July 30, 2017 after the end of the Battle of Mosul, including territory held by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL), the Baghdad government, the Kurdistan Peshmerga, and the Yezidi Sinjar Alliance (YBS and YJE). Colorblind accessible.
In the past month, Iraqi government forces and allies have completed their recapture of Mosul, the third biggest city in Iraq and the largest urban center ever controlled by the so-called "Islamic State" (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) in any country.

See all this and more on the latest update to PolGeoNow's concise, professional map of control in Iraq's civil war, including a timeline of changes since our previous Iraq map report of June 2017.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Syrian Civil War Map & Timeline: "Islamic State" Capital Surrounded - July 2017 (Subscription)

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Map of Syrian Civil War (Syria control map): Fighting and territorial control in Syria in July 2017 (Free Syrian Army rebels, Kurdish YPG, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Jabhat Fateh al-Sham / Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (Al-Nusra Front), Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), and others). Includes Russia-Turkey-Iran agreed de-escalation zones and US deconfliction zone, plus recent locations of conflict and territorial control changes, such as Raqqah, Resafa, Ithriya, al-Hamima, Qasr, and more. Colorblind accessible. In the past month, the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS/ISIL) has continued losing ground, with its capital city of Raqqah now completely surrounded by US-backed fighters. Meanwhile, southern Syria has seen rebel defeats at the hands of government forces, but also a ceasefire backed by both the US and Russia.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Syrian Civil War Map & Timeline: Kurds Enter "Islamic State" Capital - June 2017

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Map of Syrian Civil War (Syria control map): Fighting and territorial control in Syria in June 2017 (Free Syrian Army rebels, Kurdish YPG, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Jabhat Fateh al-Sham / Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (Al-Nusra Front), Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), and others). Includes Russia-Turkey-Iran agreed de-escalation zones and US deconfliction zone. Includes recent locations of conflict and territorial control changes, such as Raqqah, Maskanah, Arak, Tanf, Sabaa Biyar, Bir Qassab, and more. Colorblind accessible.
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Timeline by Djordje Djukic

Syria: Where Things Stand Now

In the four weeks since our previous Syrian Civil War map report, the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have advanced all the way into Raqqah, capital city of the so-called "Islamic State" (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL). Meanwhile, Syrian government forces have also been pushing hard against IS, nearing Raqqah themselves, while making even more major advances in the southern desert. Clashes between rebels and government forces have also continued across Syria's south, even as the US enforces a rebel safe zone around its base in Tanf.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Iraq Control Map & Timeline - June 2017 (Subscription)

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Detailed map of territorial control in Iraq as of June 15, 2017, including territory held by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL), the Baghdad government, and the Kurdistan Peshmerga. Shows developments in the ongoing coalition battle to recapture the city of Mosul. Includes key locations from recent events, such as Baaj, Al-Hadar, Qayrawan, and the Safouk and Jayar Ghalfas border crossings. Colorblind accessible.
In the past three months, Iraqi government forces have made slow but steady progress against the so-called "Islamic State" in the city of Mosul, while pro-government militias have pushed westward from the city all the way to the Syrian border.

See all this and more on the latest update to PolGeoNow's concise, professional map of control in Iraq's civil war, including a timeline of changes since our previous Iraq map report of March 2017.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Syria Control Map & Timeline: "De-escalation zones" & Continued IS Losses - May 2017 (Subscription)

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Map of fighting and territorial control in Syria's Civil War (Free Syrian Army rebels, Kurdish YPG, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Jabhat Fateh al-Sham / Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (Al-Nusra Front), Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), and others), updated to May 25, 2017, including Russia-Turkey-Iran agreed de-escalation zones and US deconfliction zones. Includes recent locations of conflict and territorial control changes, such as Qaboun, Sawwana, Shaer gas fields, Jirah airbase, and more. Colorblind accessible.The past month has seen continued territorial losses for the so-called "Islamic State" (IS; formerly, ISIS/ISIL), as government and rebel forces take vast swaths of desert and a Kurdish-led coalition closes in on the group's capital. Meanwhile, foreign countries have begun drawing up provisional ceasefire zones along hardened lines between rebel and government control.

 See all this and more on the latest update to PolGeoNow's concise, professional Syrian Civil War control map, which includes a timeline of changes since our previous Syria map report in April, with sources cited.

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  • Locations of recent fighting and other important events, including Qaboun, Sawwana, Shaer gas fields, Jirah airbase, and more.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Syria Control Map & Timeline - April 2017 (Subscription)

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Map of fighting and territorial control in Syria's Civil War (Free Syrian Army rebels, Kurdish YPG, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Jabhat Fateh al-Sham / Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (Al-Nusra Front), Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), and others), updated to April 26, 2017. Now includes terrain and major roads (highways). Includes recent locations of conflict and territorial control changes, such as Thawra, Halfaya, Suran, Qaboun, and more. Colorblind accessible. The so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS/ISIL) has continued to lose ground in Syria to the Kurdish-led, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the north, and to rebel groups in the southern desert. Meanwhile, the Assad government has made some gains against rebels in Hama province, the Damascus area, and elsewhere.
 
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  • Locations of recent fighting and other important events, including Thawra, Halfaya, Suran, Qaboun, and more.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Syria Control Map & Timeline: "Islamic State" Under Siege - March 2017 (Subscription)

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Map of fighting and territorial control in Syria's Civil War (Free Syrian Army rebels, Kurdish YPG, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Jabhat Fateh al-Sham / Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (Al-Nusra Front), Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), and others), updated to March 29, 2017. Now includes terrain and major roads (highways). Includes recent locations of conflict and territorial control changes, such as Palmyra, Dayr Hafir, Karama, Qaboun, and more. Colorblind accessible. Advances against the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS/ISIL) have accelerated from all sides, with Kurdish-led forces nearing the doorstep of the group's capital city. Meanwhile, months of defeats for anti-Assad rebels may have begun to reverse.
 
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  • Locations of recent fighting and other important events, including Palmyra, Dayr Hafir, Karama, Qaboun, and more.
  • Detailed timeline of important events and changes to territorial control since February 24, 2017, compiled by our Syria-Iraq expert, with links to sources.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Iraq Control Map & Timeline - March 2017 (Subscription)

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Detailed map of territorial control in Iraq as of March 17, 2017, including territory held by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL), the Baghdad government, and the Kurdistan Peshmerga. Shows developments in the ongoing coalition battle to recapture the city of Mosul. Includes key locations from recent events, such as Mosul, Badush, and Tal Abta. Colorblind accessible. Since January, fighting has raged on for control of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. Iraqi government forces and allies have secured control of the city's eastern half from the so-called "Islamic State" (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), and have continued to gain ground both in the city and in the surrounding region.
 
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Friday, February 24, 2017

Syria Control Map & Timeline: Rebels Capture Al-Bab - February 2017 (Subscription)

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  • Locations of recent fighting and other important events, including Al-Bab, Qabasin, Tasil, Abu Khashab, and more.
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Syria Control Map & Timeline: January 2017 (Subscription)

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Map of fighting and territorial control in Syria's Civil War (Free Syrian Army rebels, Kurdish YPG, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (Al-Nusra Front), Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), and others), updated to January 20, 2017. Now includes terrain and major roads (highways). Includes recent locations of conflict and territorial control changes, such as the Barada Valley, Hazrama, Thawra, the T4 airbase, and more. Colorblind accessible. In the past month, Syria's Assad government has continued to consolidate its power after a major victory over the rebels in the city of Aleppo. Meanwhile, forces of the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS/ISIL) have lost ground to Kurdish-led militias even while holding their own against the Syrian Army.
 
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  • Locations of recent fighting and other important events, including the Barada Valley, Hazrama, Thawra, the T4 airbase, and more.
  • Detailed timeline of important events and changes to territorial control since December 18, 2016, compiled by our Syria-Iraq expert, with links to sources.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Iraq Control Map & Timeline: The Battle for Mosul - January 2017 (Subscription)

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Detailed map of territorial control in Iraq as of January 10, 2016, including territory held by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL), the Baghdad government, and the Kurdistan Peshmerga. Shows developments in the ongoing coalition battle to recapture the city of Mosul. Includes key locations from recent events, such as Mosul, Al-Sagra, and Hamam al-Alil. Colorblind accessible. Over the past two months, a battle has raged for control of Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq and the largest controlled by the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS/ISIL). Government and allied forces have made slow but steady progress in the city and nearby areas, even while advancing in western Iraq's Anbar province at the same time.
 
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Monday, December 19, 2016

Syria Control Map & Timeline: Assad Retakes Aleppo - December 2016 (Subscription)

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Map of fighting and territorial control in Syria's Civil War (Free Syrian Army rebels, Kurdish YPG, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (Al-Nusra Front), Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), and others), updated to December 18, 2016. Now includes terrain and major roads (highways). Includes recent locations of conflict and territorial control changes, such as Aleppo, Palmyra, Khan al-Shih, Mayda'ani, and more. Colorblind accessible. There have been big and important changes to territorial control in Syria in the past month. The Assad government has retaken most of Syria's second biggest city, as well as several other areas of the country, even as the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS/ISIL) has recaptured the historic desert town of Palmyra.
 
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Syrian Civil War Control Map & Report: November 2016

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Map of fighting and territorial control in Syria's Civil War (Free Syrian Army rebels, Kurdish YPG, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (Al-Nusra Front), Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), and others), updated to November 23, 2016. Now includes terrain and major roads (highways). Includes recent locations of conflict and territorial control changes, such as Al-Bab, Khan al-Shih, Tal Saman, Qabasin, and more. Colorblind accessible.
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Timeline by Djordje Djukic, with additional reporting by Evan Centanni

Situation Summary
In the past month since our previous Syrian Civil War map update, fighting has focused largely on the ongoing battle for the city of Aleppo, where rebels control a large enclave in the east, as well as a three-way fight for control of Al-Bab, the largest town in the countryside east of Aleppo (at least, according to pre-war census figures). Held for nearly three years by the so-called "Islamic State" (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), Al-Bab is now the target of both the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) coalition led by Kurdish militias. The SDF has also made progress toward the IS capital of Raqqah in the east, while the Syrian Army of President Bashar al-Assad is making slow progress against rebels in the west of the country.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Iraq Control Map & Timeline: The Siege of Mosul - November 2016 (Subscription)

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Research by Djordje Djukic. Map by onestopmap.com, Evan Centanni, and Djordje Djukic

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Detailed map of territorial control in Iraq as of November 4, 2016, including territory held by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL), the Baghdad government, and the Kurdistan Peshmerga. Shows developments in the ongoing coalition battle to recapture the city of Mosul. Includes key locations from recent events, such as Bashiqa, Sharqat, and Bartella. Colorblind accessible. The battle is now on for Mosul, the so-called Islamic State's (ISIS/ISIL) biggest city. A grand coalition of Iraqi military, Shiite and Sunni militias, and Kurdistan's Peshmerga forces - with controversial help from the Turkish military - have now entered and mostly surrounded the city.
 
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Syrian Civil War Control Map & Report: October 23, 2016 (Subscription)

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Map of fighting and territorial control in Syria's Civil War (Free Syrian Army rebels, Kurdish YPG, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (Al-Nusra Front), Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), and others), updated to October 25, 2016. Now includes terrain and major roads (highways). Includes recent locations of conflict and territorial control changes, such as Dabiq, Tell Rifaat, Moadamiya, and more (colorblind accessible). Since earlier this month, rebels in Syria have scored an important victory against the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS/ISIL), even while losing ground to the government - and fighting amongst themselves - in other areas.
 
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  • Locations of recent fighting and other important events, including Dabiq, Tell Rifaat, Moadamiya, and more.
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Monday, October 3, 2016

Syrian Civil War Control Map & Report: October 2, 2016 (Subscription)

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Map of fighting and territorial control in Syria's Civil War (Free Syrian Army rebels, Kurdish YPG, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (Al-Nusra Front), Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), and others), updated for October 2016. Now includes terrain and major roads (highways). Includes recent locations of conflict and territorial control changes, such as Dabiq, Halfaya, Suran, Jarabulus, and more (colorblind accessible). During the past month, a continued Turkish military incursion into Syria completely cut off the so-called "Islamic State" from the self-proclaimed caliphate's last international border in the region (other than its boundaries with Syrian and Iraqi territory).

Meanwhile, the Assad government and rebel groups have continued to take territory from each other despite a brief attempt at a country-wide ceasefire.
 
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Iraq Control Map & Report: September 2016

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Detailed map of territorial control in Iraq as of September 5, 2016, including territory held by the so-called Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL), the Baghdad government, and the Kurdistan Peshmerga. Includes results of recent fighting around Qaiyarah (Qayyarah) south of Mosul. Color blind accessible.
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Research and timeline by Djordje Djukic

Summary of Recent Events
After recapturing Ramadi from the so-called "Islamic State" (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), the Iraqi government and allies have set their sights on Mosul, the largest IS-controlled city, and until a few years ago the second largest city in Iraq (some sources say half or more of its population fled after the IS takeover in 2014). Since our last Iraq control map report at the end of June, the main change to territorial control has been the government capture of Qaiyarah, a town south of Mosul that's still more or less surrounded by IS and Kurdish controlled ground.