Security | 2020-01-24 Return of former military bolsters Iraq's efforts against ISIS Reinstating dismissed military personnel has strengthened Iraq's measures to prevent a resurgence of ISIS and increased the pace of military operations. Politics | 2020-01-24 European Union condemns north-west Syria offensive The EU has called for 'rapid, safe and unhindered access' for humanitarian organisations and for a political solution to the conflict. Economy | 2020-01-24 Restoration of service projects resumes in Rabia district Health, education and agriculture projects that were damaged by ISIS are now being rehabilitated in the border district of Rabia in Ninawa province. Security | 2020-01-23 Iraqi officials fear militias' actions will jeopardise US aid Attacks on US interests undermine Iraqi security and place humanitarian aid and assistance programmes at risk, officials warn. Terrorism | 2020-01-23 With Soleimani gone, IRGC-backed militias in Syria falter The network of proxy militias in Syria previously overseen by the late IRGC commander has been left rudderless, analysts say. Security | 2020-01-23 France backs Iraqi efforts to clear ISIS mines Removing the threat of mines and explosives ISIS left behind will enable displaced populations to return to liberated areas of Iraq. Human Rights | 2020-01-23 Dozens of families released from al-Hol camp Mediation by rural Deir Ezzor tribes has resulted in the release of 108 families from the sprawling and overcrowded al-Hasakeh camp. Security | 2020-01-23 ISIS resurgence possible if US leaves Iraq: general Though the group is weakened, it still remains a threat and can resurge if pressure is taken off it for too long, a US general said yesterday. Security | 2020-01-22 Experts reject Soleimani 'diplomatic mission' narrative The former IRGC Quds Force commander was clearly not in Baghdad on a diplomatic peacemaking mission, regional analysts say. Security | 2020-01-22 Iraqi airstrikes kill 6 ISIS militants Iraqi forces have stepped up their counter-terrorism efforts as ISIS attempts to establish a foothold in remote areas. Terrorism | 2020-01-22 US military claimed 'success' in hacking ISIS: documents US Cyber Command 'successfully contested ISIS in the information domain' and limited its radicalisation and recruitment efforts. Protests | 2020-01-22 'Armed men' gun down Iraqi activist in Basra A civil society activist who had been part of a group giving medical care to demonstrators was shot to death by armed men in an SUV. Security | 2020-01-22 Trump, Saleh agree US-Iraq 'security partnership' Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the two leaders agreed on the importance of continuing the US-Iraq economic and security partnership. Protests | 2020-01-21 Iraqi protestors escalate demands for reforms Many accuse Iran of hindering Iraq politically and economically, saying Iran's overreach has contributed to corruption and poor services. Security | 2020-01-21 Civilians flee rural Aleppo amid heavy airstrikes Heavy Russian and Syrian airstrikes and shelling in rural Aleppo, Hama and Idlib have sparked a new wave of displacement, an activist says. Security | 2020-01-21 Iraqi forces step up Anbar international road security measures Iraqi forces take enhanced security measures and joint efforts to secure the international highway that runs from the Iraqi-Jordanian border to Baghdad, passing through Anbar province. Terrorism | 2020-01-21 Intelligence services identify new ISIS leader: report The new ISIS leader has been described as one of the group's founding members, who led the enslavement of the Yazidi minority in Iraq. Energy | 2020-01-21 Iraq to 'stop' Iran gas transfers if US waiver ends: bank If a US sanctions exemption expires, the bank through which Iraq pays for Iranian gas imports says it will stop processing payments. Human Rights | 2020-01-20 Palestinians in Gaza pay price for Iran's interference The close relationship between top Gaza officials and the Iranian regime has deprived Palestinians of a significant portion of UNRWA's humanitarian services. Security | 2020-01-17 ISIS threat forces families to flee previously secured areas Though the displacement crisis in Iraq has largely abated, hundreds of families in Diyala have been forced to flee their areas again after a spate of attacks by ISIS remnants. Economy | 2020-01-16 Ninawa banks seek permission to resume business Banks and money transfer companies are seeking to resume business amid improved security and a significantly reduced threat from ISIS. Terrorism | 2020-01-16 ISIS women blamed for al-Hol arson, killings Hardliners from the so-called hesba apparatus have taken part in a vicious string of arson attacks and murders in the sprawling desert camp. Human Rights | 2020-01-16 Dozens killed as Damascus presses Idlib offensive The Syrian regime carried out heavy bombardment near the city of Maaret al-Numan despite a fresh Russia-sponsored truce. Security | 2020-01-15 Russian incursions in eastern Syria hinder fight against ISIS The Russian military presence is obstructing the Syrian Democratic Forces' efforts to fight ISIS, officials and analysts warn. Security | 2020-01-15 Malaise in Deir Ezzor after civilian executions Local residents have expressed concern about lawlessness and violence following a spate of kidnappings and killings in rural areas. Security | 2020-01-15 Anbar province to reopen police stations destroyed by ISIS The police stations will improve security and stability and help combat terrorist activities. Security | 2020-01-15 Strike on Syria airbase kills 3 Iran-backed fighters The missile strike damaged an Iranian arms depot, two military vehicles and a building still under construction, the Observatory said. Terrorism | 2020-01-14 SDF sweeps for ISIS cells in eastern Deir Ezzor ISIS remnants have been carrying out sporadic attacks and assassination attempts targeting the Syrian Democratic Forces in the province. Protests | 2020-01-14 Syrian regime loses its grip on Daraa province Armed youths have been attacking and occupying regime checkpoints in the southern province amid a growing climate of anti-regime sentiment.