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Iran-backed militia leader threatens Iraqi police

Crime & Justice |

Iran-backed militia leader threatens Iraqi police

Jaish al-Mukhtar leader Watheq al-Battat threatened an Iraqi police officer for arresting an Iranian cleric on drug smuggling charges.

ISIS chief refers to Syria defeat in first video in five years

Terrorism |

ISIS chief refers to Syria defeat in first video in five years

Even if Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is alive and well, ISIS's territorial defeat in Iraq and Syria was a crushing strategic and psychological blow.

France remains committed to regional stability

Security |

France remains committed to regional stability

France has played a central role in the war against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and remains committed to its mission to stabilise the situation.

Civilian casualties in Russian strikes on rural Idlib

Security |

Civilian casualties in Russian strikes on rural Idlib

Heavy bombardment over the weekend in a previously declared ceasefire zone has left more than 20 dead and many others wounded.

Iraqi forces secure 11 villages in eastern Diyala

Security |

Iraqi forces secure 11 villages in eastern Diyala

Joint forces have begun a large-scale sweep to secure villages along al-Wand river in Diyala's Khanaqin district from ISIS remnants.

'Tribal warning' ban is working: Iraqi officials

Security |

'Tribal warning' ban is working: Iraqi officials

The Iraqi judiciary's decision to classify the 'Degga Ashairiya' as a terrorist act is part of a wider effort to improve domestic security.

Iranian regime seeks to subvert Iraq: analysts

Politics |

Iranian regime seeks to subvert Iraq: analysts

Through its political and military interference, the Iranian regime is attempting to turn Iraq into a puppet state, experts tell Diyaruna.

Ongoing operations target ISIS remnants in Kirkuk

Security |

Ongoing operations target ISIS remnants in Kirkuk

A new military operation in Wadi al-Shay, a remote area south of the province, has so far led to the killing of six ISIS elements.

Russian and IRGC-affiliated militias clash in Aleppo

Security |

Russian and IRGC-affiliated militias clash in Aleppo

A battle for control of the area south-east of the city broke out Thursday between an IRGC-affiliated militia and Russia-affiliated Liwa al-Quds.

A month after ISIS defeated in Syria, challenges aplenty

Terrorism |

A month after ISIS defeated in Syria, challenges aplenty

Syrian regime and coalition-backed forces still have to deal with ISIS sleeper cells, prisons teeming with extremists and camps crammed with their wives and children.

Iran seeks to erase Iraqi national identity: analysts

Politics |

Iran seeks to erase Iraqi national identity: analysts

By undermining Iraq's sovereignty and funding armed militias, Iran seeks to sow sectarianism and expand its regional influence.

French forces continue fight against ISIS in the region

Terrorism |

French forces continue fight against ISIS in the region

The French navy's contributions to the international coalition continue unabated to defeat ISIS's sleeper cells and the group's ideological extensions.

Iraqi analysts seek to prevent ISIS resurgence

Security |

Iraqi analysts seek to prevent ISIS resurgence

By understanding how the group targeted its recruits, Iraqi intelligence analysts and experts are hoping to block a future revival.

Security at border with Syria under control: Ninawa command

Security |

Security at border with Syria under control: Ninawa command

Sufficient units are deployed along the border strip with Syria and drones are continuously patrolling the area.

Russian intervention fails to protect Idlib's civilians

Security |

Russian intervention fails to protect Idlib's civilians

The ceasefire Russia negotiated in Idlib, along with Turkey, has facilitated Tahrir al-Sham's consolidation of influence and territory.

Tensions rise between Russia, IRGC in Aleppo

Politics |

Tensions rise between Russia, IRGC in Aleppo

Conflicts that have arisen over the division of territorial control have sparked clashes in Aleppo city and parts of Deir Ezzor, a local activist says.

UNDP plans to rebuild 15,000 homes in Mosul's Old City

Economy |

UNDP plans to rebuild 15,000 homes in Mosul's Old City

The ambitious plan aims to facilitate the return of thousands of families still living in displacement camps.

ISIS 'security chief' killed in Hamreen mountains

Security |

ISIS 'security chief' killed in Hamreen mountains

The Diyala native had been responsible for kidnapping and killing travelers on the Baghdad-Kirkuk highway last year, among his other crimes.

After ISIS defeat, remaining members struggle

Security |

After ISIS defeat, remaining members struggle

ISIS remnants hiding out in Iraq's mountains and desert areas are scattered cells without leadership or a supporting structure, officials say.

Massive campaign cleans up Mosul

Society |

Massive campaign cleans up Mosul

The city's youth have been highly involved in the campaign to remove waste and repair damaged streets.

Ninawa works hard to restore social harmony

Society |

Ninawa works hard to restore social harmony

Local authorities are working to restore positive relations among the province's various religious and ethnic groups in the post-ISIS era.

IRGC hands out aid to Syrians as Iranians suffer flooding aftermath

Economy |

IRGC hands out aid to Syrians as Iranians suffer flooding aftermath

At least 2,500 rations of aid were distributed to local residents in Deir Ezzor and rural Hama in an effort to persuade them to join IRGC-affiliated militias.

Iraqi forces nab 2 ISIS cells, foiling terror plots

Security |

Iraqi forces nab 2 ISIS cells, foiling terror plots

The members of two separate ISIS cells were arrested in Ninawa and Salaheddine before they could carry out their plans of attack.

Next generation F-35As to reinforce defence of US partner nations worldwide

Security |

Next generation F-35As to reinforce defence of US partner nations worldwide

The deployment of the fighter to the Middle East comes amid moves by certain countries to destabilise the international system.

Activists discover Tahrir al-Sham aid stockpile

Human Rights |

Activists discover Tahrir al-Sham aid stockpile

A stockpile of stolen food supplies and other humanitarian aid was discovered when regime shelling hit a Tahrir al-Sham arms depot in Idlib.

Iraqi forces escalate attacks against ISIS remnants in Anbar

Security |

Iraqi forces escalate attacks against ISIS remnants in Anbar

Air and ground attacks have netted several ISIS elements and destroyed rest-houses and vehicles that belonged to the group.

Hizbullah faces new pressure from sanctions, IRGC designation

Politics |

Hizbullah faces new pressure from sanctions, IRGC designation

As Hizbullah faces fresh sanctions on a network of its financiers, it is also suffering the impact of the new terror designation of the IRGC.

Ninawa prepares for elections amid discontent

Elections |

Ninawa prepares for elections amid discontent

The elections will take place amid rising popular anger against the local government over rampant corruption and the growing influence of Iran-backed militias.

Fuel crisis worsens in regime-controlled areas

Energy |

Fuel crisis worsens in regime-controlled areas

Syrians in Damascus, Aleppo and other regime controlled cities are contending with a continued shortage of gasoline and domestic gas.

Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service kills ISIS leader in Hamreen

Security |

Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service kills ISIS leader in Hamreen

Mohammed Salman Daoud was responsible for co-ordinating suicide attacks using ISIS elements from Ninawa, Kirkuk and Salaheddine, an official says.

Iraq steps up efforts to evacuate families affected by flood

Environment |

Iraq steps up efforts to evacuate families affected by flood

A large-scale campaign has been launched to aid and shelter more than 2,000 families who live in affected areas.

Mosul develops plan to rebuild its old market

Society |

Mosul develops plan to rebuild its old market

Local authorities have started working with engineers and technicians to develop a plan to rebuild the city's historic old market.

Tribal forces attack ISIS remnants in Wadi Houran

Security |

Tribal forces attack ISIS remnants in Wadi Houran

Ongoing security operations intend to ensure ISIS remnants hiding out in Anbar's desert areas are not able to establish safe havens.

Corruption rife under Iran-aligned militias in Iraq

Politics |

Corruption rife under Iran-aligned militias in Iraq

Iran-aligned militias have established 'commercial offices' in areas liberated from ISIS which they are using to control commercial activity.

IRGC 'cultural centres' recruit, proselytize Syrian youth

Politics |

IRGC 'cultural centres' recruit, proselytize Syrian youth

The so-called 'cultural centres' are used to recruit youth into the ranks of the IRGC and its affiliates and spread its ideology, an activist says.

Diyala police arrest 3 ISIS emirs

Security |

Diyala police arrest 3 ISIS emirs

Tip-offs from the local population on the whereabouts of ISIS remnants have become an essential part of Iraqi security forces' work.

Negligence contributed to Iran flooding disaster: analysts

Society |

Negligence contributed to Iran flooding disaster: analysts

Dilapidated infrastructure and misdirected domestic funding have exacerbated the effects of the natural disaster, experts say.

Iran-backed militias facilitate drug trade in Iraq

Health |

Iran-backed militias facilitate drug trade in Iraq

Iran-backed militias seek to transform Iraq into a drug market, production area and drug-trafficking corridor in order to finance their activities.

Iraq receives new batch of F-16 fighter jets from US

Security |

Iraq receives new batch of F-16 fighter jets from US

The advanced aircraft represent a significant boost to the Iraqi air force.

Price of food rises again under Tahrir al-Sham

Economy |

Price of food rises again under Tahrir al-Sham

The extremist alliance has raised the taxes it levies on populations under its control and has sought to control the price of flour.

Iraqi air raids kill 14 ISIS remnants in Kirkuk

Security |

Iraqi air raids kill 14 ISIS remnants in Kirkuk

Heavy rains and flooding had forced several groups of ISIS remnants out of their hiding places in the province's mountains and valleys.

IRGC steps up purchase of land in Deir Ezzor

Politics |

IRGC steps up purchase of land in Deir Ezzor

The eastern Syrian cities of Albu Kamal and Mayadeen have seen a surge in real estate purchases by, or on behalf of, Iran's IRGC.

Iraqi forces seek to sever ISIS revenue stream

Terrorism |

Iraqi forces seek to sever ISIS revenue stream

Iraqi security and intelligence agencies say they have made it a top priority to cut off ISIS funding streams and prevent cells from regrouping.

Anbar's al-Rutba sees revival of domestic tourism

Society |

Anbar's al-Rutba sees revival of domestic tourism

Remote lakes and dams in the district are attracting families after security has been enforced.

'Rampant lawlessness' in Tahrir al-Sham-controlled areas

Society |

'Rampant lawlessness' in Tahrir al-Sham-controlled areas

Residents of northern Syria have been complaining about a spate of kidnappings, robberies and killings that have gone unchecked.

Iraq's Sinjar calls for expedited reconstruction

Security |

Iraq's Sinjar calls for expedited reconstruction

Services are lacking and the pace of reconstruction is too slow in the Ninawa province district that was devastated by ISIS, a local official says.

Iraqi, coalition forces thwart ISIS plot in Anbar

Security |

Iraqi, coalition forces thwart ISIS plot in Anbar

Acting on Iraqi intelligence information, international coalition forces hit an ISIS base in the Wadi Zughaidan area near the city of Haditha.

Heavy rains flood tents of displaced in Syria's north

Human Rights |

Heavy rains flood tents of displaced in Syria's north

Hundreds of families in the northern provinces of Idlib and Hama are without shelter after severe weather caused flooding in some camps.

France to hold Syria, Russia responsible for any further chemical attacks

Security |

France to hold Syria, Russia responsible for any further chemical attacks

Paris, alongside coalition partners such as the US, is ready to again launch punitive strikes against the Syrian regime 'if necessary'.

US military withdrawal would harm Iraq: analysts

Politics |

US military withdrawal would harm Iraq: analysts

Draft legislation that calls for the withdrawal of foreign troops would leave Iraq vulnerable to Iranian scheming, Iraqi analysts say.

Tahrir al-Sham shuts down 2 Syrian universities

Education |

Tahrir al-Sham shuts down 2 Syrian universities

The extremist alliance has closed down branches of the Free Aleppo University and the International Rescue University.

Iraqis reject 'troublesome' Iranian influence

Politics |

Iraqis reject 'troublesome' Iranian influence

Iran-aligned militias and political parties are using leverage they gained during the ISIS fight to impose their will and serve Iran's interests.

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