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Baghdad removes concrete barriers, checkpoints from streets

Security |

Baghdad removes concrete barriers, checkpoints from streets

A new plan seeks to demilitarise the Iraqi capital amid improved security and a reduction in terror attacks.

German ISIS woman let 'slave' girl, 5, die of thirst: prosecutors

Human Rights |

German ISIS woman let 'slave' girl, 5, die of thirst: prosecutors

The girl, purchased as a household slave while ISIS was in control of Mosul, had been chained up outside as a punishment for bedwetting.

Intensive operations target ISIS remnants in Ninawa

Security |

Intensive operations target ISIS remnants in Ninawa

Iraqi forces are conducting a series of operations targeting ISIS remnants in desert areas between Ninawa, Anbar and Salaheddine.

Syria clamps down on conscription dodgers

Society |

Syria clamps down on conscription dodgers

Men in regime-held areas who are under the age of 42 are at risk of being detained and sent to military training camps, local activists say.

ISIS elements nabbed in Syria face justice in Iraq

Security |

ISIS elements nabbed in Syria face justice in Iraq

Fifteen ISIS elements captured in Syria with help from the Iraqi intelligence agency have been returned to Iraq, where they will face trial.

Kuwait workshop aims to counter chemical threats

Security |

Kuwait workshop aims to counter chemical threats

Representatives from GCC states, the UN and the US army gathered for a workshop in Kuwait city to enhance readiness for joint response to the threat of chemical or biological weapons.

Iraqi forces step up activity along Syria border

Security |

Iraqi forces step up activity along Syria border

Iraq has strengthened security measures along border with Syria as the Syrian Democratic Forces close in on ISIS on the other side.

Regime summons Syrians with IRGC-affiliated militias for military service

Security |

Regime summons Syrians with IRGC-affiliated militias for military service

The regime issued a circular in Deir Ezzor instructing all Syrian nationals with IRGC-affiliated militias to report for military and reserve service.

Killing of ISIS leaders undermines morale, recruitment efforts

Security |

Killing of ISIS leaders undermines morale, recruitment efforts

The elimination of the group's top commanders and first-tier elements has shaken its image and dampened its fighters' morale, experts say.

Diyala police launch 'bold' attacks on ISIS remnants

Security |

Diyala police launch 'bold' attacks on ISIS remnants

Police operations in the province have succeeded in burning down ISIS rest-houses and arresting those wanted on terror or criminal charges.

Al-Raqa on the path towards recovery

Society |

Al-Raqa on the path towards recovery

The city has been experiencing improved quality of life as services are restored and markets are reopened, residents tell Diyaruna.

Mine removal efforts make progress in Iraq

Terrorism |

Mine removal efforts make progress in Iraq

Iraqi and international teams have been working to remove mines and explosives and to warn the civilian population that dangers remain.

Thousands of ISIS elements face trial in Iraq

Terrorism |

Thousands of ISIS elements face trial in Iraq

Arrests, trial and sentencing happen in accordance with Iraqi law and international human rights standards, officials say.

Iraqi forces, tribesmen hunt for ISIS hideouts in western Anbar desert

Security |

Iraqi forces, tribesmen hunt for ISIS hideouts in western Anbar desert

A search operation has kicked off to eliminate ISIS activity in the desert that extends from al-Rutba to the border strip with Syria.

Iraqi, international co-operation to end terror financing

Terrorism |

Iraqi, international co-operation to end terror financing

Regular surveillance and monitoring of bank accounts and currency exchange bureaus continue to be enforced with the help of modern technology and international partnerships.

Tahrir al-Sham expels displaced Ghouta families from their homes in Idlib

Terrorism |

Tahrir al-Sham expels displaced Ghouta families from their homes in Idlib

The group has forcibly evacuated families from their homes in order to secure housing for its own elements, particularly foreign fighters, an activist told Diyaruna.

Syrian regime looks to disarm Sweida province

Security |

Syrian regime looks to disarm Sweida province

The regime is seeking to strip Sweida's residents of their weapons and enforce military conscription, a local source told Diyaruna.

Analysts slam Iran's attempts to silence Iraqi critics

Politics |

Analysts slam Iran's attempts to silence Iraqi critics

Assassinations targeting Iraqi critics of Iran are 'part of the Iranian regime's policy of elimination' of its opponents, an analyst tells Diyaruna.

US, UAE come together for 'Iron Union 9' drill

Security |

US, UAE come together for 'Iron Union 9' drill

The joint exercise, held in the UAE's al-Hamra region, aims to boost co-ordination and combat readiness in the event of any security threat.

Iraqi forces nab 5-member ISIS cell in al-Qaim

Security |

Iraqi forces nab 5-member ISIS cell in al-Qaim

Security forces have been pursuing ISIS remnants and sleeper cells in the Anbar desert around al-Qaim and across the border into Syria.

Mass arrests in Syria's Daraa mark rising tension

Security |

Mass arrests in Syria's Daraa mark rising tension

The Syrian regime has been carrying out arrests on a large scale, focusing on rural Daraa and the Yarmouk basin, an activist says.

Iraqi Kurds launch pre-emptive attacks against ISIS remnants

Security |

Iraqi Kurds launch pre-emptive attacks against ISIS remnants

Backed by the international coalition, Kurdish forces have launched a series of attacks to root out active ISIS pockets in Suleimaniyah and neighbouring provinces.

Syrian activist's death sentence stirs anger against Tahrir al-Sham

Terrorism |

Syrian activist's death sentence stirs anger against Tahrir al-Sham

Syrian activists and civilians have been protesting a death sentence the extremist alliance has issued against activist Amjad al-Maleh.

Iraqi airstrike targets ISIS remnants in Atshana mountains

Security |

Iraqi airstrike targets ISIS remnants in Atshana mountains

Four militants were hiding in the mountain range northwest of Mosul, which they had been using as a launchpad for attacks against nearby villages.

France helps Iraq build a new generation of soldiers

Security |

France helps Iraq build a new generation of soldiers

French trainers have been providing Iraqi soldiers with courses designed to boost their combat skills and help them respond to attacks.

Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque

Terrorism |

Iraq lays cornerstone to rebuild iconic Mosul mosque

The five-year project to restore the iconic 12th century al-Nuri mosque and its leaning minaret is being paid for by a donation from the UAE.

Kirkuk sees enhanced security measures to hunt down ISIS remnants

Security |

Kirkuk sees enhanced security measures to hunt down ISIS remnants

A new campaign has so far netted 12 ISIS elements who had infiltrated the city to carry out attacks against its residents and security forces.

Iran-backed Iraqi militias block access to liberated areas

Politics |

Iran-backed Iraqi militias block access to liberated areas

Post ISIS, some militias operating under the auspices of the popular mobilisation forces have refused to withdraw from liberated areas.

Elderly Syrian dies after Tahrir al-Sham beating

Protests |

Elderly Syrian dies after Tahrir al-Sham beating

Idlib city residents who congregated at the funeral demanded that the extremist alliance hold the perpetrator to account for his crime.

Mosul in final push to clear away ISIS remains

Health |

Mosul in final push to clear away ISIS remains

Mosul steps up efforts to remove the remains of the group's dead fighters from under the rubble.

Iraq takes steps to protect mukhtars from ISIS

Terrorism |

Iraq takes steps to protect mukhtars from ISIS

ISIS has been targeting mukhtars, who have been working to secure their communities against the group in co-operation with the authorities.

Syrian regime's death sentences meaningless, lawyer says

Terrorism |

Syrian regime's death sentences meaningless, lawyer says

Death sentences issued by the Damascus criminal court against extremist leaders, including Abu Mohammed al-Joulani, merely serve as a publicity stunt for the regime, a lawyer says.

Iraq kills dozens of ISIS elements in Syria

Security |

Iraq kills dozens of ISIS elements in Syria

An Iraqi aerial attack on an ISIS meeting in the Syrian town of al-Sousa left more than 40 of the group's elements dead.

ISIS's sharia leadership has collapsed: expert

Security |

ISIS's sharia leadership has collapsed: expert

The group's leaders, who were responsible for drawing up the general framework of its radical ideology, have been falling one after the other.

Tahrir al-Sham goes after doctors in northern Syria

Health |

Tahrir al-Sham goes after doctors in northern Syria

The extremist alliance raided the Idlib Free Health Directorate building in Kafr Nabl and detained a number of doctors, a local activist said.

Tahrir al-Sham seeks to fully dominate Idlib

Terrorism |

Tahrir al-Sham seeks to fully dominate Idlib

The extremist alliance has been kidnapping activists and civilians to silence dissent and collect ransom, local activists tell Diyaruna.

Iraq marks one year since victory against ISIS   

Security |

Iraq marks one year since victory against ISIS   

Speaking on the anniversary of the victory over ISIS, the Prime Minister said Iraq could now turn to address host of other challenges.

Regime shelling triggers Idlib displacement

Security |

Regime shelling triggers Idlib displacement

In less than a month, 5,000 families have been displaced from rural Idlib and Hama provinces, with many unable to secure accommodation.

Iraq moves ahead with reconstruction projects

Economy |

Iraq moves ahead with reconstruction projects

Iraq has completed more than 500 service sector reconstruction projects as it awaits the arrival of promised international donor funds.

ISIS element accused of killing Albu Nimr tribesmen arrested in Anbar

Security |

ISIS element accused of killing Albu Nimr tribesmen arrested in Anbar

The militant participated in the slaughter of hundreds of Albu Nimr tribe members between 2014 and 2015.

Idlib University students protest dismissal of professors who oppose Tahrir al-Sham

Protests |

Idlib University students protest dismissal of professors who oppose Tahrir al-Sham

Students have been demonstrating to demand the reinstatement of the 13 professors, all of whom oppose Tahrir al-Sham.

Tables turn for ISIS victims in Ninawa province

Security |

Tables turn for ISIS victims in Ninawa province

Civilians who suffered the most at the hands of ISIS are the most likely to come forward with tips about suspicious activity, officials say.

Tahrir al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham clash in rural Idlib

Terrorism |

Tahrir al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham clash in rural Idlib

Fighting broke out between the two sides following a dispute over control of the town of Jadaria and escalated into fierce combat, an activist said.

Special intelligence force to target ISIS remnants in Ninawa

Security |

Special intelligence force to target ISIS remnants in Ninawa

The 1st Mission Regiment has been dispatched to conduct high-level operations against the group's remnants and consolidate security.

Iraqi forces zero in on ISIS's Anbar arsenals

Security |

Iraqi forces zero in on ISIS's Anbar arsenals

The group's weapon stockpiles have been depleted as a result of targeted security operations, and access to new deliveries is being blocked.

Shortage of buildings, truancy plague Iraqi schools

Education |

Shortage of buildings, truancy plague Iraqi schools

Public education has suffered as a result of a shortage of school buildings, which in turn fuels chronic absenteeism, experts tell Diyaruna.

Iraq shuts down Kilo-18 displacement camp in Ramadi

Society |

Iraq shuts down Kilo-18 displacement camp in Ramadi

The large camp, which housed families who had fled ISIS violence, is being shuttered as Iraqi authorities return the last remaining inhabitants to their areas.

Syrian artist faces threats from Tahrir al-Sham

Terrorism |

Syrian artist faces threats from Tahrir al-Sham

Artist Ahmed Khalil al-Jalal is being pursued by the extremist alliance for creating and illustrating the banners raised in demonstrations.

Iraqi Civil Defence rescues families trapped in Mosul flooding

Society |

Iraqi Civil Defence rescues families trapped in Mosul flooding

A state of emergency was declared in Ninawa Sunday after heavy rainfall battered the province.

IRGC pushes Iranian religious doctrine in Syria

Society |

IRGC pushes Iranian religious doctrine in Syria

IRGC-affiliated militias in Syria have been promoting the doctrine of Wilayat al-Faqih, which calls for allegiance to Iran's Supreme Leader.

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