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Iraq, US crack down on ISIS chief's inner circle Security |
Iraq, US crack down on ISIS chief's inner circle

As Iraqi and coalition forces take down top ISIS commanders, efforts are now focused on capturing Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's senior aides.

Saudi Arabia: missiles used in attacks are Iranian Security |
Saudi Arabia: missiles used in attacks are Iranian

Eighteen drones and seven cruise missiles were fired at the Saudi oil facilities from the north in attacks 'unquestionably' sponsored by Iran.

Iraq launches programme to assist ISIS landmine victims Society |
Iraq launches programme to assist ISIS landmine victims

The programme will survey the number of victims of mines planted by ISIS in order to provide them with comprehensive care.

IRGC exploits Syria war to set up smuggling routes via Deir Ezzor Security |
IRGC exploits Syria war to set up smuggling routes via Deir Ezzor

Gaining influence over the strategic eastern Syrian province enables the IRGC to link its affiliated militias in both Syria and Iraq.

Iran financial, judiciary systems vulnerable to corruption: experts Economy |
Iran financial, judiciary systems vulnerable to corruption: experts

The Iranian regime exercises control over the judiciary and key sectors of the economy, which leave them vulnerable to corruption.

Al-Baghdadi’s speech was desperate bid to make a comeback: expert Terrorism |
Al-Baghdadi’s speech was desperate bid to make a comeback: expert

Behind the rhetoric of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's speech are signs of desperation over the group's sharp decline, a terror expert says.

Diyala operation to rout ISIS gains momentum Security |
Diyala operation to rout ISIS gains momentum

Tribal forces have played a vital role in the ongoing security operation, fighting alongside security personnel and passing along intelligence.

Iraqis demand answers on fate of 'forcibly disappeared' Human Rights |
Iraqis demand answers on fate of 'forcibly disappeared'

More than 12,000 civilians -- believed to be victims of Iranian-backed militias within the Popular Mobilisation Forces -- remain missing, sources say.

Has ISIS leader al-Baghdadi named his successor? Terrorism |
Has ISIS leader al-Baghdadi named his successor?

Rumours and speculation about Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's naming of a successor point to turmoil and divisions within the group, experts say.

New 'Will of Victory' phase to clear ISIS from Anbar desert to Saudi border Security |
New 'Will of Victory' phase to clear ISIS from Anbar desert to Saudi border

Iraqi forces kicked off the military operation Monday to eliminate ISIS remnants from desert areas between Anbar, Karbala and Najaf provinces.

Tahrir al-Sham sells infrastructure for cash: activists Society |
Tahrir al-Sham sells infrastructure for cash: activists

Aleppo activists tell Diyaruna they have observed the extremist alliance pulling up oil pipelines and other 'scrap metal' to sell for cash.

Anbar promotes social reconciliation to facilitate return of IDPs Security |
Anbar promotes social reconciliation to facilitate return of IDPs

Local officials have been working to resolve societal rifts that resulted from ISIS's control, with 400 displaced families returning to their homes this year.

Tone of Ashura commemoration in Syria raises alarm Religion |
Tone of Ashura commemoration in Syria raises alarm

There are fears the IRGC has been taking advantage of a legitimate religious occasion to amplify its presence and influence in Syria.

Iraqi forces seek to build on Will of Victory gains Security |
Iraqi forces seek to build on Will of Victory gains

Iraq is keeping up the pressure on ISIS remnants after the conclusion of the fourth phase of a campaign to purge militants from Anbar.

ISIS women not merely 'brides', officials warn Terrorism |
ISIS women not merely 'brides', officials warn

Female extremists should be regarded not as innocent victims but as militants capable of playing an active role in future violence.

US announces new sanctions tools to target terrorists, financiers Security |
US announces new sanctions tools to target terrorists, financiers

The new steps follow sanctions imposed last week on an IRGC-run shipping network which was selling illicit oil to the Syrian regime and Lebanese militia Hizbullah.

Iraqis show little tolerance for ISIS ideology Terrorism |
Iraqis show little tolerance for ISIS ideology

Iraqis have seen how ISIS operates first-hand, and are quick to quash any manifestation of extremist ideology that threatens the peace.

Anbar bridges, road networks reopen to traffic Security |
Anbar bridges, road networks reopen to traffic

Infrastructure that was destroyed during the fight against ISIS or damaged by the extremist group is operational once more, the province says.

Tahrir al-Sham leader exposes alliance’s corruption Terrorism |
Tahrir al-Sham leader exposes alliance’s corruption

Corruption, cronyism and exploitation of the poor are the charges made against the extremist alliance in a video clip by one of its leaders.

Pound's steep drop hits Syrians in the stomach Economy |
Pound's steep drop hits Syrians in the stomach

With the currency's historic drop, many Syrian families have seen the prices of basic necessities like food rise beyond their ability to pay.

Coalition airstrikes pound ISIS hideouts in Salaheddine Security |
Coalition airstrikes pound ISIS hideouts in Salaheddine

Careful monitoring and intelligence co-ordination between Iraqi forces and the international coalition have brought down dozens of ISIS militants in recent days.

From ISIS to the runway: Anbar arts stage a comeback Society |
From ISIS to the runway: Anbar arts stage a comeback

Iraqi models step out from the dark days of ISIS with a fashion show at al-Habbaniya resort featuring traditional and modern designs.

Iranian supertanker arrives at Syria's Tartous Politics |
Iranian supertanker arrives at Syria's Tartous

Satellite images reveal Iranian supertanker Adrian Darya 1 has arrived at the Syrian port of Tartous with a delivery of 2.1 million barrels of oil.

ISIS megaphone muted after military defeats Media |
ISIS megaphone muted after military defeats

Faced with a shortage of money, production facilities and skilled personnel, ISIS's media operation has become amateurish and ineffective.

US, Turkey launch joint patrols in north-east Syria Security |
US, Turkey launch joint patrols in north-east Syria

The patrols will allow the international coalition and its SDF partners to remain focused on achieving the enduring defeat of ISIS, a coalition spokesman said.

US, Turkey to implement Syria 'safe zone' plan Security |
US, Turkey to implement Syria 'safe zone' plan

The US and Turkey will jointly patrol the safe zone, with Kurdish authorities in north-east Syria saying their forces had already started to withdraw from outposts along the Turkish border.

Ninawa reconstructs 13 schools damaged by ISIS attacks Education |
Ninawa reconstructs 13 schools damaged by ISIS attacks

The effort is part of a wider plan to rebuild all damaged schools in the province, including 100 completely demolished in the city of Mosul.

ISIS on back foot following Diyala crackdown Security |
ISIS on back foot following Diyala crackdown

Suicide bombers and first-line leaders were among the 14 ISIS leaders and operatives killed in Diyala during the month of August.

IRGC building a new base on Iraq-Syria border Security |
IRGC building a new base on Iraq-Syria border

The so-called Imam Ali Complex is being constructed in the area near the Syrian border town of Albu Kamal and the Iraqi town of al-Qaim.

In Iraq's Baiji, mines turn farms into killing fields Terrorism |
In Iraq's Baiji, mines turn farms into killing fields

Before ISIS was ousted in 2015, its elements littered the Salaheddine province district with mines that have killed and injured dozens of civilians since.

Iraq reinstates 55,000 former soldiers Security |
Iraq reinstates 55,000 former soldiers

The soldiers have started undergoing medical examinations and training courses to hone their skills and physical abilities before they are assigned to military units.

Idlib protesters decry regime, Tahrir al-Sham Protests |
Idlib protesters decry regime, Tahrir al-Sham

Public anger has bubbled out into the streets of towns across Idlib province against the extremist alliance and the regime onslaught.

Ninawa camps empty out as families return to their homes Refugees |
Ninawa camps empty out as families return to their homes

Hundreds of residents who were displaced by ISIS are opting to return to their homes in the province each day, despite the challenges.

US strikes extremist leaders in north-west Syria Security |
US strikes extremist leaders in north-west Syria

The attack targeted a meeting of the leaders of Hurras al-Din, Ansar al-Tawhid and their allies inside a training camp, a war monitor said.

Bridge restoration helps Anbar move forward Economy |
Bridge restoration helps Anbar move forward

The reopening of key bridges over the Euphrates reconnects Anbar's central and westernmost cities and facilitates post-ISIS reconstruction.

Kurdish forces pursue ISIS remnants in Deir Ezzor Security |
Kurdish forces pursue ISIS remnants in Deir Ezzor

Two arrests of high-profile ISIS elements in north-eastern Syria come as part of an ongoing campaign to pursue the group's remnants.

10 wanted ISIS elements nabbed in al-Sharqat Security |
10 wanted ISIS elements nabbed in al-Sharqat

The ISIS operatives were apprehended as they hid among displaced families returning to Salaheddine province from camps near Mosul.

IRGC 'reconstruction' more like Syria land grab: activists Politics |
IRGC 'reconstruction' more like Syria land grab: activists

The IRGC and its affiliates have been expanding Iran's footprint in Syria and cashing in on reconstruction activity in strategic areas.

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