The insurgency in Iraq carried out major offensive operations once again in January 2015 causing a decided increase in casualties. The Islamic State continued with its attempts to seize major cities and towns in Anbar. It also carried out multi pronged attacks in Kirkuk, Ninewa and Salahaddin as well. At the same time, IS lost one its major bases in Diyala. Before, attacks were going down during the winter, but they have now picked up once again.