Here are a few maps visualizing the war in Syria and Iraq. They provide an interesting window into the way in which wars are conducted today. One thing that is immediately clear is that these wars are complex, with multiple rebel groups, tribal factions, pro-government groups, insurgents and foreign powers all engaging with each other in highly sophisticated operations across the region.
The following map was released in the last few days by The Institute for the Study of War:
The rest of these maps are from Thomas van Linge. Here is the situation in Iraq as of October 5, 2014.
Gif of the last few months:
Here is the portrait of Syria. The first map is the current situation as of October 5, 2014.
Here is a gif of the last few months in Syria: