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Sweida residents accuse Syrian regime of kidnapping local activist

Security |

Sweida residents accuse Syrian regime of kidnapping local activist

Armed local factions in the city detained 10 Syrian soldiers and attacked the regime's military intelligence headquarters following the kidnapping.

16 ISIS militants die in coalition airstrike in southern Ninawa

Security |

16 ISIS militants die in coalition airstrike in southern Ninawa

The attack was based on intelligence reports about a secret tunnel in the area of Wadi al-Qasab that held a group of senior ISIS leaders.

Mosul election raises concerns about militias

Elections |

Mosul election raises concerns about militias

The election of a new governor for Ninawa province has met with objections, with some accusing him of having ties to Iran-backed militias.

Iraqi forces take down ISIS 'Southern Wilaya' network

Security |

Iraqi forces take down ISIS 'Southern Wilaya' network

A group of ISIS remnants had come together with the aim of re-establishing the group's network in southern Iraq, but Iraqi forces were on the lookout.

US support instrumental in ISIS defeat: Iraqi officials

Security |

US support instrumental in ISIS defeat: Iraqi officials

By providing training, weapons and air support to Iraqi forces in the battle against ISIS, the US has played a key role in defeating the group.

Iraqi intelligence steps up anti-ISIS campaign

Security |

Iraqi intelligence steps up anti-ISIS campaign

Iraq's war on terror has shifted its focus to intelligence gathering, which has led to a big increase in citizen co-operation and security successes against ISIS remnants.

Newest sanctions step up pressure on Syria, Iran regimes

Politics |

Newest sanctions step up pressure on Syria, Iran regimes

The US Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on 16 individuals and entities that formed a network benefitting the Syrian regime.

Massive fires ravage wheat fields in Iraq's Sinjar district

Economy |

Massive fires ravage wheat fields in Iraq's Sinjar district

Around 7,000 dunams have been affected by the fires that have escalated over the past four days, a local official told Diyaruna.

Syria Kurds alarmed as fire ravages wheat near oil installations

Economy |

Syria Kurds alarmed as fire ravages wheat near oil installations

Both the Damascus government and the Kurdish authorities are competing to buy up the wheat produced this year in north-east Syria.

Iraqi experts monitor, analyse ISIS mistruths

Media |

Iraqi experts monitor, analyse ISIS mistruths

Most news items published and disseminated by the group's propaganda agency are patently false, while the rest are 'of no value', analysts say.

Jordan-US military training programme fosters partnership

Security |

Jordan-US military training programme fosters partnership

Through the Jordan Operational Engagement Programme, the kingdom's soldiers have developed their expertise and professionalism.

Iraqi forces torch ISIS hideouts in al-Siniya island

Security |

Iraqi forces torch ISIS hideouts in al-Siniya island

Security forces set fire to six of the group's rest-houses in north-western Salaheddine during an operation to hunt down ISIS remnants.

Regime suffers losses in Hama, Idlib fighting

Security |

Regime suffers losses in Hama, Idlib fighting

Syrian regime airstrikes and fierce fighting between the regime and opposition and extremist groups have seen casualty numbers soar.

Post-ISIS repairs make rapid progress in al-Hawijah

Security |

Post-ISIS repairs make rapid progress in al-Hawijah

An official from the western Kirkuk district reports that restoration work has now been completed on key public facilities and infrastructure.

Iran's reliance on foreign militias shows scale of IRGC crisis

Politics |

Iran's reliance on foreign militias shows scale of IRGC crisis

Incapable of suppressing internal protests on its own, the IRGC has sparked further popular protests by bringing in its foreign affiliates.

Syrians demand regime accountability for war crimes

Crime & Justice |

Syrians demand regime accountability for war crimes

Activists are hounding Syrian army officers who are applying for asylum in Europe by dredging up evidence of their involvement in war crimes, experts told Diyaruna.

Iraqi forces, coalition target ISIS cave in Anbar desert

Security |

Iraqi forces, coalition target ISIS cave in Anbar desert

The attack Thursday on a desert area in al-Qaim killed at least three senior ISIS elements, a tribal source told Diyaruna.

Iraq culture ministry to roll out counter-extremism initiative

Terrorism |

Iraq culture ministry to roll out counter-extremism initiative

The new effort seeks to prevent extremist ideology from taking root across the country with help and support from a range of partners.

Regime forces advance in southern rural Idlib

Security |

Regime forces advance in southern rural Idlib

The advance was accompanied by a barrage of regime artillery shelling and Russian and Syrian airstrikes that killed a number of civilians.

Tension in Sweida after regime officer slaying

Security |

Tension in Sweida after regime officer slaying

Syrian regime forces are on high alert following the ambush and assassination of a senior army officer in the southern province.

Iraqi police investigate killing of Diyala villagers

Security |

Iraqi police investigate killing of Diyala villagers

'Hidden parties' that seek to ignite sectarian strife between the people of two Diyala villages stand behind the killings, a local official says.

'Culture Street' revives Fallujah's arts scene

Society |

'Culture Street' revives Fallujah's arts scene

Modeled after Baghdad's al-Mutanabbi street, the weekly event includes book displays and poetry readings and has attracted a high turnout.

Iraqi forces adopt new tactics against ISIS remnants in Anbar desert

Security |

Iraqi forces adopt new tactics against ISIS remnants in Anbar desert

Operations in western Anbar are increasingly relying on intelligence provided by Iraqi reconnaissance aircraft, the international coalition and local tribes and bedouins.

Iraqis celebrate Eid al-Fitr amid improved security, services

Ramadan |

Iraqis celebrate Eid al-Fitr amid improved security, services

Iraqi authorities are implementing security measures and service plans that aim to ensure the safety of the public and brighten celebrations during the holiday.

IRGC opens new crossing between Syria, Iraq

Politics |

IRGC opens new crossing between Syria, Iraq

The crossing is cause for concern as it is likely to facilitate the flow of weapons to IRGC-affiliated armed groups in Syria, an expert on Iran says.

Idlib violence triggers massive displacement

Human Rights |

Idlib violence triggers massive displacement

A fresh wave of explosions has further roiled the Idlib region, where Syrian and Russian strikes have already triggered massive displacement.

Diyala police arrest 2 ISIS chief financiers

Terrorism |

Diyala police arrest 2 ISIS chief financiers

The militants had been threatening to set wheat fields on fire if farmers refused to pay them protection money.

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