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

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

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

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

Security | Diyala operation to rout ISIS gains momentum
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.

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

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

Religion | Tone of Ashura commemoration in Syria raises alarm
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.

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

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