Patrick Martin is a Research Analyst at the Institute for the Study of War where he focuses on political and security developments in Iraq. Prior to joining ISW, Patrick worked as an intern at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED). He has contributed to ISW’s “Iraq Situation Report” and “Iraq Control of Terrain Map” products. He has also co-authored such products as “Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi Fights to Control Government,” “Iraq’s Prime Minister Implements Reform Agenda,” and “ISF Disposition in Anbar: May 15 – May 27, 2015.”
Patrick received his B.A. from Colby College with a major in History. He has also studied Arabic at the Middlebury Summer Language Institute as well as Arabic and political science at the American University of Beirut. He is proficient in Arabic.
Recently from Patrick Martin
The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and Popular Mobilization completed the encirclement of Fallujah on June 5 after retaking Saqlawiyah on Fallujah’s western axis. The joint forces had recaptured Albu Shajal, west of Fallujah, on June 1, and consolidated terrain south of Fallujah around the Tuffah Bridge, likely as condition setting to retake the Fallujah Dam. The ISF, without Popular Mobilization forces, began operations into Fallujah city on June 6, when they surrounded the southern neighborhoods of Jubeil and Hayy al-Shuhada. The ISF, spearheaded by efforts from the Counter Terrorism Service (CTS), secured the first zone of Hayy al-Shuhada on June 8 and stormed the second zone on June 9 where efforts are ongoing. ISIS likely no longer has control over al-Zawiyah, to the south of Fallujah, given the establishment of a humanitarian corridor through the area.
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