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Inside al-Hol, ISIS women cling to their delusions Terrorism |
Inside al-Hol, ISIS women cling to their delusions

Some women in the al-Hasakeh camp claim ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has plans for them, but camp officials say this is pure fantasy.

Iraqi forces step up security efforts in Diyala villages Security |
Iraqi forces step up security efforts in Diyala villages

Security officials have recently introduced new measures to protect residents of farming villages after a spate of nocturnal ISIS attacks.

Iran quietly expands influence in Albu Kamal Society |
Iran quietly expands influence in Albu Kamal

Signs of Iranian influence are becoming difficult to avoid in the strategic Syrian border town of Albu Kamal, local residents say.

Iraqis reject Iranian threat to bomb US forces in Iraq Politics |
Iraqis reject Iranian threat to bomb US forces in Iraq

In the wake of recent threats and aggression, Iraqi citizens and lawmakers say they want Iran to stop meddling in their country's affairs.

Iraq to establish court to prosecute high-profile corruption cases Crime & Justice |
Iraq to establish court to prosecute high-profile corruption cases

The central criminal court will try cases that involve defendants who hold senior government positions.

Daily protests in Daraa fueled by anger at regime Protests |
Daily protests in Daraa fueled by anger at regime

At least two Syrian regime soldiers have been killed and others wounded in armed attacks on security checkpoints in al-Sanamayn.

Iraqi intelligence intensifies campaign against ISIS remnants Security |
Iraqi intelligence intensifies campaign against ISIS remnants

Intelligence forces have recently racked up victories against ISIS through pre-emptive operations that have significantly reduced its threat to citizens.

Russian forces eye long-term presence in Syria Analysis |
Russian forces eye long-term presence in Syria

Four years after they intervened in Syria in support of the regime, Russian military forces are showing no signs of leaving the country.

Al-Baghdadi beset by hypocrisy, delusions: analysts Terrorism |
Al-Baghdadi beset by hypocrisy, delusions: analysts

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's latest speech attempted to rally fighters and boost morale, but instead exposed ISIS's weakness, Iraqi analysts say.

IRGC in recruitment drive for Deir Ezzor militia Politics |
IRGC in recruitment drive for Deir Ezzor militia

In recruiting for a large new militia in rural Deir Ezzor, the IRGC seems set on supplanting Syrian regime and Russian influence in the area.

Iraq works to bring Anbar desert back under control Security |
Iraq works to bring Anbar desert back under control

Iraqi forces are consolidating their control over the province's western desert and preventing ISIS from gaining a foothold in remote areas.

ISIS mines cleared from areas of western Ninawa Security |
ISIS mines cleared from areas of western Ninawa

Mine-clearing work has been completed in the Upper Euphrates and parts of Sinjar district, and is ongoing in other areas.

Calm restored in al-Raqa after thwarted ISIS attack Security |
Calm restored in al-Raqa after thwarted ISIS attack

Al-Raqa Military Council and Asayesh forces conducted a sweep of the city after a violent attack which ended in the death of the assailants.

Russia raises profile in Syria amid battle for influence Politics |
Russia raises profile in Syria amid battle for influence

A recent media event that showcased Russian advisers training a Syrian battalion shows Russia is working hard to extend its influence.

Basic services lacking in regime-controlled Deir Ezzor Society |
Basic services lacking in regime-controlled Deir Ezzor

Two years after the Syrian regime and its allies regained control of parts of Deir Ezzor province, residents still face many hardships.

Iraq approves reform package to address protests Economy |
Iraq approves reform package to address protests

The Iraqi parliament approved a series of decisions that respond to unemployed young people's demands after a week of anti-government protests.

Northern Syria students start new school year post-ISIS Education |
Northern Syria students start new school year post-ISIS

Around 130,000 students were distributed among 322 schools in the al-Raqa region after repair work was completed on dozens of schools damaged during the war on ISIS.

Iraq border town 'free of mines': officials Security |
Iraq border town 'free of mines': officials

Al-Qaim's local authority announced that the town is free of ISIS landmines, two years after the group's ouster.

Tahrir al-Sham detains moderate cleric in Aleppo Protests |
Tahrir al-Sham detains moderate cleric in Aleppo

Town elders in al-Atareb are calling on the extremist alliance to release the imam of the local mosque, who is known for his moderation.

Kuwait, US partnership remains strong amid regional tensions Security |
Kuwait, US partnership remains strong amid regional tensions

Solid military co-operation between the two countries serves as a bulwark against the heightened security threat in the Gulf, experts say.

US forces commence Syria border pullback Politics |
US forces commence Syria border pullback

US forces on Monday pulled back from key positions in Ras al-Ain and Tal Abyad in northern Syria to make way for a Turkish operation.

Iraqi forces oust ISIS from Tigris river island Security |
Iraqi forces oust ISIS from Tigris river island

Kanous island in northern Salaheddine had long served as a haven for ISIS remnants, who had been using it as a hideout and base.

Iraq launches phase 6 of 'Will of Victory' Security |
Iraq launches phase 6 of 'Will of Victory'

The latest phase of the massive security campaign aims to clear areas from south-west Salaheddine to northern Anbar and Ninawa Island of ISIS remnants.

Syrian rights group slams Russia for civilian deaths Crime & Justice |
Syrian rights group slams Russia for civilian deaths

A Syrian Network for Human Rights report published on the fourth anniversary of Russia's military intervention in Syria blames it for over 6,500 deaths.

Plan to rebuild Mosul Old City under review Economy |
Plan to rebuild Mosul Old City under review

The federal government is reviewing a proposal to reconstruct the Old City, which was destroyed in operations to dislodge ISIS in 2017.

IRGC seeks to extend its foothold in Deir Ezzor Politics |
IRGC seeks to extend its foothold in Deir Ezzor

In an effort to extend its influence and control in the strategic border region, the IRGC has been seizing houses and indoctrinating youth.

In Syria camp, uncertain future for foreign ISIS orphans Terrorism |
In Syria camp, uncertain future for foreign ISIS orphans

Volunteers at al-Raqa's Ain Issa camp say some of the children 'play at shooting each other or planting mines in the earth'.

Iraqi forces thwart ISIS plans to attack civilians south of Baghdad Security |
Iraqi forces thwart ISIS plans to attack civilians south of Baghdad

Iraq's Counter-Terrorism Service uncovered an ISIS stockpile of highly explosive materials buried in agricultural land in the area of al-Latifiya.

Iraqi forces work to secure remote area in southern Kirkuk Security |
Iraqi forces work to secure remote area in southern Kirkuk

Wadi al-Shay, long been considered a 'safe haven' for ISIS remnants, is now seeing intense security operations to fully clear it of militant activity.

Al-Hol security forces quash ISIS women's riot Security |
Al-Hol security forces quash ISIS women's riot

An investigation is under way to identify the women who instigated the latest round of violence at the crowded camp in al-Hasakeh province.

Al-Rukban camp residents dismiss Russian 'lies' about evacuations Refugees |
Al-Rukban camp residents dismiss Russian 'lies' about evacuations

Camp residents and relief workers say the repatriation of camp residents is not 'on the verge of collapse', as the Russian military claims.

Oil drops as Saudi eyes non-military solution to Iran crisis Security |
Oil drops as Saudi eyes non-military solution to Iran crisis

Oil prices dropped Monday as Saudi Arabia's crown prince indicated the kingdom would prefer a non-military solution to tensions with Iran.

IRGC may exploit Iraq-Syria crossing reopening Security |
IRGC may exploit Iraq-Syria crossing reopening

Iran-backed groups will seek use the border crossing to arm and reinforce IRGC affiliates in Syria and smuggle oil, a local activist warns.

Iraqi forces destroy ISIS chemical stockpiles in Anbar, Kirkuk Security |
Iraqi forces destroy ISIS chemical stockpiles in Anbar, Kirkuk

Over the past few days, intelligence forces have successfully uncovered and destroyed ISIS hideouts that contain chemical and explosive materials.