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Iranian supertanker arrives at Syria's Tartous

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.

IRGC 'reconstruction' more like Syria land grab: activists

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.

Iraqi resentment grows over Iran-backed militias

Iraqi resentment grows over Iran-backed militias

It has become clear to many Iraqis that the militias intend to exploit their role in the battle against ISIS to further Iran's agenda.

Iran-backed militias' defiance sparks Iraqi anger

Iran-backed militias' defiance sparks Iraqi anger

Since the issuance of a decree to restructure the Popular Mobilisation Forces, threats and incitement have been on the rise.

'Atmosphere of war' in Daraa as grace period ends

'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.

Iraqi religious authorities maintain neutrality amid Iran crisis

Iraqi religious authorities maintain neutrality amid Iran crisis

Shia authorities in Najaf have refrained from calling on Iraqis to support Iran in its crisis with the international community.

Satisfaction in Iraq as key cabinet positions filled

Satisfaction in Iraq as key cabinet positions filled

With the appointment on Monday of new ministers of interior, defence and justice, the 22-minister cabinet is now almost complete.

Newest sanctions step up pressure on Syria, Iran regimes

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.

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

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.

IRGC opens new crossing between Syria, Iraq

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.

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