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Syrian humanitarian workers demand protection

Human Rights |

Syrian humanitarian workers demand protection

More than 150 relief activists and aid workers gathered at Idlib's Bab al-Hawa border crossing to mark World Humanitarian Day.

Iran-aligned militias store weapons in populated Iraqi cities

Security |

Iran-aligned militias store weapons in populated Iraqi cities

The militias continue to pose a threat to civilians' lives by refusing to comply with government orders to move their weapons outside densely populated areas, experts told Diyaruna.

Compensation paid to Ninawa victims of ISIS

Human Rights |

Compensation paid to Ninawa victims of ISIS

The province has granted compensation to 6,000 individuals and 30,000 property owners who suffered loss, injury or damage.

Syrian regime and allies enter Khan Sheikhun

Security |

Syrian regime and allies enter Khan Sheikhun

Civilians have been fleeing out of southern rural Idlib and the edges of Hama province towards the Idlib interior and the border area.

US artillery shelling targets ISIS hideouts south of Mosul

Security |

US artillery shelling targets ISIS hideouts south of Mosul

The operation, carried out in co-ordination with the Iraqi government, resulted in the death of 16 ISIS elements, including seven Syrian commanders.

Massive displacement as regime forces inch closer to key Idlib town

Security |

Massive displacement as regime forces inch closer to key Idlib town

Khan Sheikhun in southern Idlib is now encircled from the east and west, with heavy regime and Russian shelling and airstrikes prompting a massive exodus to safer areas.

Syrian regime warplane shot down near Idlib

Terrorism |

Syrian regime warplane shot down near Idlib

Extremists shot down a Russian-made regime aircraft in southern Idlib as regime ground forces continued to advance on Khan Sheikhun.

ISIS stripped of ability to regroup in Iraq: officials

Security |

ISIS stripped of ability to regroup in Iraq: officials

News reports that the group is resurfacing in western Iraq are exaggerated, officials told Diyaruna, as its elements have now been reduced to 'fugitives'.

Iraq cracks down on cross-border smuggling

Crime & Justice |

Iraq cracks down on cross-border smuggling

As Iran-backed militias seek to profit from border crossings, the government has introduced 'severe legal measures' against smuggling.

Idlib activist dies in Tahrir al-Sham prison

Human Rights |

Idlib activist dies in Tahrir al-Sham prison

The extremist alliance tortured Samer al-Salloum in al-Iqab prison and denied him all visitation, including visits from his wife and children.

ISIS remnants suffer heavy losses in al-Rutba desert

Security |

ISIS remnants suffer heavy losses in al-Rutba desert

Successive operations by Iraqi forces have diminished the militants' presence in the desert, where they continue to seek refuge.

Tahrir al-Sham hit team kills ISIS 'Idlib wali'

Terrorism |

Tahrir al-Sham hit team kills ISIS 'Idlib wali'

Tahrir al-Sham ambushed an ISIS hideout in Idlib province and killed the group's 'Idlib wali' and another leader in ensuing clashes.

In Iraq, burial of unidentified bodies renews calls for investigation

Human Rights |

In Iraq, burial of unidentified bodies renews calls for investigation

Government efforts to identify those who were killed and find out who is responsible for their deaths must continue, rights groups say.

Iran-backed militias in Iraq brace for further sanctions

Analysis |

Iran-backed militias in Iraq brace for further sanctions

With recent sanctions targeting the leaders of Iran-aligned militias, there has been speculation over which groups will be targeted next.

Iraq steps up security efforts during Eid al-Adha

Security |

Iraq steps up security efforts during Eid al-Adha

Measures include enhanced surveillance, field reconnaissance and investigation of suspicious activities, according to the Ministry of Defence.

Syrian regime forces seize southern Idlib town

Security |

Syrian regime forces seize southern Idlib town

More than 130 combatants from both sides were killed and the regime seized al-Hobeit in its first ground advance in Idlib in three months.

ISIS media machine muted as group declines

Media |

ISIS media machine muted as group declines

Iraqi experts say the group's propaganda effort has stalled amid a shortage of resources and attacks on its communications equipment.

4 ISIS elements killed as part of 'Will of Victory' campaign

Security |

4 ISIS elements killed as part of 'Will of Victory' campaign

The militants, who were planning to carry out terror attacks in Diyala during Eid al-Adha, were killed in a raid Wednesday on their hideout in Qazlaqiz mountain.

'Atmosphere of war' in Daraa as grace period ends

Politics |

'Atmosphere of war' in Daraa as grace period ends

The southern Syria province has seen heightened tension in recent weeks with the return of demonstrations, attacks and arrests.

Al-Falahi exoneration shuts down Iranian rumours

Security |

Al-Falahi exoneration shuts down Iranian rumours

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced that allegations of treason against the Anbar Operations Commander have no credence.

Squeezed by sanctions, Iranians seek day jobs in Iraq's Kurdish region

Economy |

Squeezed by sanctions, Iranians seek day jobs in Iraq's Kurdish region

Many young, university educated Iranians say they are forced into construction or menial labour in Iraq's Erbil due to the worsening economic situation in Iran.

Iraqi forces arrest ISIS element charged with crimes against Yazidis

Terrorism |

Iraqi forces arrest ISIS element charged with crimes against Yazidis

The militant is accused of taking part in the mass rape of Yazidi women and killing of Yazidi men during ISIS's attack on Sinjar in 2014.

Iran-backed militias suppress Iraqi protests

Protests |

Iran-backed militias suppress Iraqi protests

The demonstrations are a manifestation of the resentment Iraqis feel towards the Iranian regime, its militias and its attempts to interfere in their country.

Idlib, Hama extremists targeted by assassins

Terrorism |

Idlib, Hama extremists targeted by assassins

Al-Qaeda aligned Hurras al-Din and Ansar al-Tawhid have lost a number of fighters in a recent wave of assassinations by unknown assailants.

Iraq kicks off 3rd phase of 'Will of Victory' campaign

Security |

Iraq kicks off 3rd phase of 'Will of Victory' campaign

The massive security campaign aims to clear large swathes of Anbar, Diyala, Salaheddine and Ninawa provinces of ISIS remnants and sleeper cells.

Regime, Russia pound southern, western Idlib

Security |

Regime, Russia pound southern, western Idlib

Four civilians were killed in the town of Morek in the northern Hama region as the ceasefire collapsed and airstrikes resumed.

Regime airstrikes resume after Idlib ceasefire

Security |

Regime airstrikes resume after Idlib ceasefire

Regime warplanes struck the Idlib province town of Khan Sheikhun on Monday, ending a ceasefire that had been in effect since Friday.

8 alleged drug traffickers caught after Baghdad prison breakout

Security |

8 alleged drug traffickers caught after Baghdad prison breakout

Fifteen drug trafficking suspects escaped Iraqi custody on Saturday, an incident that has led some to point the finger at Iran-backed militias for being behind the breakout.

Mosul works to mend post-ISIS social divisions

Society |

Mosul works to mend post-ISIS social divisions

Festivals such as 'We are all Mosulis' celebrate the city’s mixed religious and ethnic heritage and are helping to mend social rifts caused by ISIS.

ISIS online recruitment cell taken down in Diyala

Security |

ISIS online recruitment cell taken down in Diyala

Two men and one woman were working together to indoctrinate young people and mobilise them online to join the terror group.

ISIS-hit Baghdad-Baiji rail link back in service

Security |

ISIS-hit Baghdad-Baiji rail link back in service

The line linking Baghdad with the Baiji oil refinery in Salaheddine province was sabotaged by ISIS and had been out of service for five years.

SDF target ISIS sleeper cells in rural Deir Ezzor

Security |

SDF target ISIS sleeper cells in rural Deir Ezzor

In an operation backed by international coalition forces, the Syrian Democratic Forces detained cell members and seized their weapons.

Lead UN investigator likens ISIS to Nazi war criminals, calls for trials

Terrorism |

Lead UN investigator likens ISIS to Nazi war criminals, calls for trials

Only trials where evidence and testimony are accessible to everyone can turn the page on ISIS, said UN investigator Karim Khan.

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