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Foreign oil companies resume Iraq operations

Economy |

Foreign oil companies resume Iraq operations

Companies that were forced to halt oil development work following the ISIS incursion in 2014 are resuming their activities in this sector.

Exhumations begin at 'largest' ISIS mass grave in al-Raqa

Terrorism |

Exhumations begin at 'largest' ISIS mass grave in al-Raqa

Two mass graves containing the remains of ISIS victims have been discovered in the area around al-Raqa city and are being exhumed.

Security efforts yield results in Iraq's Mutaybija

Security |

Security efforts yield results in Iraq's Mutaybija

Iraqi forces killed six ISIS leaders in the area between Salaheddine and Diyala, where they have been closing in on the group's remnants.

Iran set to enter Syria telecommunications market

Politics |

Iran set to enter Syria telecommunications market

Iran's imminent expansion into Syria's telecommunications industry has raised alarm, given its history of interference in the sector.

Ghost Squad Hackers expose ISIS identities

Security |

Ghost Squad Hackers expose ISIS identities

The group has exposed the personal information of numerous ISIS elements, including their names, accounts and telephone numbers.

ISIS-controlled mosques lose protected status

Terrorism |

ISIS-controlled mosques lose protected status

Using mosques as military command centres and arms depots strips these structures of their sanctity and their protected status.

SDF hands over hundreds of ISIS elements to Iraq

Security |

SDF hands over hundreds of ISIS elements to Iraq

The Arab-Kurd alliance battling ISIS in Deir Ezzor has turned over 382 ISIS fighters to Iraq, a tribal leader told Diyaruna.

New military division to secure Salaheddine desert

Security |

New military division to secure Salaheddine desert

The governors of six Iraqi provinces agreed to form the division to ward off the threat of ISIS remnants in Salaheddine's western desert.

Iraqi forces destroy network of ISIS tunnels that cross into Syria

Security |

Iraqi forces destroy network of ISIS tunnels that cross into Syria

A network of 11 tunnels discovered during searches of the Iraqi border strip had been used to smuggle ISIS fighters and weapons.

In crumbling Aleppo, residents scramble for shelter

Human Rights |

In crumbling Aleppo, residents scramble for shelter

Displaced during the fighting, some families are being asked to move again as their bomb-damaged homes are designated for demolition.

Russia uses mercenaries to achieve aims in Syria

Politics |

Russia uses mercenaries to achieve aims in Syria

The Wagner Group has been employing Russian nationals to carry out missions in Syria that include the protection of oil and gas fields.

Hundreds of civilians leave last ISIS redoubt

Security |

Hundreds of civilians leave last ISIS redoubt

ISIS fighters who remain in Syria's Deir Ezzor province are now holed up in less than half a square kilometre in Baghouz al-Fawqani.

Anbar to allow cleared ISIS families to return

Security |

Anbar to allow cleared ISIS families to return

As Iraq grapples with how to deal with the families of ISIS elements, Anbar has been slowly reintegrating them into their communities.

Syrian Kurds push for answers on fate of ISIS abductees

Human Rights |

Syrian Kurds push for answers on fate of ISIS abductees

The fate of more than 1,000 Kurds who were abducted by ISIS remains unknown, and their family members are pushing for answers.

ISIS targets Iraqis hunting for truffles in the desert

Terrorism |

ISIS targets Iraqis hunting for truffles in the desert

Iraqi forces have freed five out of eight men who were kidnaped in recent days in remote areas of Anbar, while the bodies of six others were found near the border with Saudi Arabia.

Iraqis resent Iran's interference in their affairs

Politics |

Iraqis resent Iran's interference in their affairs

Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani has stirred Iraqi resentment by openly demonstrating strong ties with pro-Iran militias in Iraq.

Joint Iraqi forces sweep area south of Samarra

Security |

Joint Iraqi forces sweep area south of Samarra

Security forces have concluded a four-day sweep to clear ISIS remnants and weapons caches from an area of about 3,600 square kilometres.

Shelling, bombings devastate Idlib's civilians

Security |

Shelling, bombings devastate Idlib's civilians

A climate of fear has enveloped Idlib city in the aftermath of a double bomb attack that killed 24 people, including four children.

Iraqi artists show Mosul's suffering and hope

Society |

Iraqi artists show Mosul's suffering and hope

Since Iraqi forces reclaimed Mosul from ISIS, the city has seen a flurry of cultural events and the return of a vibrant art scene.

Iraqis urged to be on guard for ISIS-planted mines

Terrorism |

Iraqis urged to be on guard for ISIS-planted mines

Iraqi forces are working tirelessly to clear mines and improvised explosive devices left behind by ISIS, but warn civilians that dangers remain.

ISIS deploys female bombers in last Syria bastion

Terrorism |

ISIS deploys female bombers in last Syria bastion

The group has been using women as suicide bombers as it makes a last desperate stand against the Syrian Democratic Forces in Deir Ezzor.

SDF close to finishing fight to oust ISIS in Syria

Terrorism |

SDF close to finishing fight to oust ISIS in Syria

ISIS elements have retreated to an area of one square kilometre at the edge of the Deir Ezzor town of Baghouz al-Fawqani.

ISIS allies join Syrian regime forces in Daraa

Terrorism |

ISIS allies join Syrian regime forces in Daraa

In a bid to quell protests in the southern province, the Syrian regime has allowed members of the extremist faction to join its ranks.

Iran-backed militias plunder Iraq's oil

Economy |

Iran-backed militias plunder Iraq's oil

The militias have enforced their control of key oil fields in northern Iraq, with up to 100 tankers of oil stolen on a daily basis, Iraqi officials say.

Iraqi intelligence breaks up dozens of ISIS cells

Security |

Iraqi intelligence breaks up dozens of ISIS cells

Over a period of 15 months, Iraqi intelligence tracked down and arrested some of the most dangerous ISIS cells in Baghdad and Anbar.

Syrian regime, IRGC are at odds in Deir Ezzor

Politics |

Syrian regime, IRGC are at odds in Deir Ezzor

Quarrels over a number of issues have seen rising tensions between the Syrian regime and the IRGC in parts of Deir Ezzor province.

French forces support Middle East stability

Security |

French forces support Middle East stability

French forces have been training and supporting Iraqi and Syrian Democratic Forces and patrolling regional waters to secure maritime routes.

Iraqi forces hunt down ISIS remnants after 3 brothers killed in Salaheddine

Terrorism |

Iraqi forces hunt down ISIS remnants after 3 brothers killed in Salaheddine

The young men, who were kidnapped by ISIS while picking truffles in the Makhoul mountains, were found dead a day later with gunshot wounds from behind.

Iraqis recruited by pro-Iran militias to fight in Syria struggle upon return

Terrorism |

Iraqis recruited by pro-Iran militias to fight in Syria struggle upon return

Iran-backed militias have been recruiting Iraqi men from underserved areas to fight in Syria in exchange for money, but abandon them if they get injured and return home.

Iraq mobilises more troops to fortify border with Syria

Security |

Iraq mobilises more troops to fortify border with Syria

Iraqi forces are gearing up to protect their country's border from any possible attacks or infiltration attempts by ISIS as the battle intensifies against the group's remnants in Syria.

Barely alive after ISIS, Syrian babies  haunted by malnutrition 

Human Rights |

Barely alive after ISIS, Syrian babies haunted by malnutrition 

Skeletal babies arriving in al-Hol displacement camp from the last ISIS stronghold in Syria face a race for their lives against malnutrition.

SDF on final push to oust ISIS from Syria

Security |

SDF on final push to oust ISIS from Syria

The last phase of the operation against ISIS in Deir Ezzor should be over in 10 days at most, as the area controlled by the group does not exceed a few square kilometres, SDF officials said.

Iranian company expands Diyala military camp

Politics |

Iranian company expands Diyala military camp

An Iranian company has been working to set up a permanent camp in Diyala province to serve Iran-backed militias operating in Iraq.

Iraqi forces, Peshmerga increase co-operation against ISIS

Security |

Iraqi forces, Peshmerga increase co-operation against ISIS

A new round of meeting between the two sides led to agreements to enhance security in remote areas where ISIS remnants are seeking refuge.

Iran seeks to expand interests via Syria reconstruction efforts

Economy |

Iran seeks to expand interests via Syria reconstruction efforts

The Iran-funded Jihad al-Bina foundation has been taking over public work projects in Damascus in a move 'not welcomed by residents'.

Idlib towns declare themselves 'distressed areas' over regime shelling

Security |

Idlib towns declare themselves 'distressed areas' over regime shelling

Towns inside the de-militarised zone declared by Turkey and Russia have seen an exodus of civilians in the face of continued regime shelling.

New aid to al-Rukban camp for Syrian refugees

Refugees |

New aid to al-Rukban camp for Syrian refugees

A convoy of food aid supplied by the UN is heading for the desert camp, accompanied by a medical team from the Syrian Red Crescent.

Coalition destroys 8 ISIS hideouts in Salaheddine province

Security |

Coalition destroys 8 ISIS hideouts in Salaheddine province

The sites targeted on Sunday were located in the remote mountainous areas of Hamreen and Makhoul.

Iraqi Christians return to pray at Anbar churches

Religion |

Iraqi Christians return to pray at Anbar churches

Christian families from Baghdad and other parts of the country visited churches in Anbar's al-Khalidiya and al-Habbaniya to pray.

France committed to its partnership with Iraq: officials

Security |

France committed to its partnership with Iraq: officials

During a recent visit to Baghdad, the French foreign minister expressed his country's full support for Iraq's unity, security and sovereignty.

ISIS hides behind civilians in Deir Ezzor holdout

Terrorism |

ISIS hides behind civilians in Deir Ezzor holdout

A Syrian Democratic Forces operation to oust ISIS from its last holdout in eastern Syria has been slowed out of concern for civilian lives.

Baghdad sees steep decline in kidnappings

Security |

Baghdad sees steep decline in kidnappings

The Supreme Judicial Council of Iraq attributes the drop in abductions to an improvement in the performance of security and judicial agencies.

Tensions mount between al-Qaeda linked groups in Syria

Terrorism |

Tensions mount between al-Qaeda linked groups in Syria

Residents of Idlib, Aleppo, Latakia and Hama fear that tensions between Tahrir al-Sham and Hurras al-Din will spark a new wave of fighting.

Assassination of prominent Iraqi writer provokes outrage

Crime & Justice |

Assassination of prominent Iraqi writer provokes outrage

Alaa Mashzoub, a fierce critic of Iran's policies in Iraq, was hit with 13 rounds of fire Saturday.

Iran 'sinks its teeth' deeper into Syria with new economic agreements

Analysis |

Iran 'sinks its teeth' deeper into Syria with new economic agreements

The new agreements will allow the Iranian regime to maintain its influence in Syria in the post-war era and to circumvent international sanctions.

Anbar city of Rawa begins post-ISIS reconstruction

Security |

Anbar city of Rawa begins post-ISIS reconstruction

Reconstruction projects include the repair of damaged roads and schools, as well as the electric and drinking water networks.

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