Terrorism | 2020-02-27 Tahrir al-Sham at crisis point in northern Syria: activists The extremist alliance is facing a shortfall in both money and fighters as it comes under assault in parts of Syria that are still under its control. Security | 2020-02-27 Syria opposition reenters key Idlib crossroads town On Thursday, extremists and Turkish-backed opposition fighters managed to reenter Saraqeb, a key Idlib town they had lost earlier in February. Health | 2020-02-27 Iran coronavirus toll rises amid cover-up accusations As COVID-19 continues to spread and claim lives, a media watchdog has accused Iran of blocking independent reporting of the outbreak. Security | 2020-02-26 Iran leverages Iraqi militias to generate funds The Islamic Republic is attempting to build a 'parallel state' in Iraq to help it further its hegemony and generate revenue, analysts say. Human Rights | 2020-02-26 Deadly regime assault targets Idlib city schools Save the Children on Tuesday called for schools to be spared amid a Syrian regime onslaught that has killed both teachers and students. Security | 2020-02-26 Iraqi forces kill 39 ISIS elements in al-Sharqat mountains Iraqi forces carried out a successful counter-terrorism operation against ISIS, killing 39 terrorists and destroying their hideouts in Salaheddine province. Politics | 2020-02-25 Moqtada al-Sadr faces growing popular anger in Iraq The populist cleric has been facing intense criticism since his supporters assaulted protestors and he changed his political position. Security | 2020-02-25 Iraqi forces capture 113 people in security operations in Salaheddine Iraqi forces carried out extensive operations against ISIS remnants and other criminals in southern Salaheddine province and near its administrative borders with Diyala and Anbar. Security | 2020-02-25 Alarm grows as fierce Idlib fighting continues Deadly fighting in north-western Syria on Tuesday continued to rage, leaving around 20 civilians dead, along with combatants on all sides. Terrorism | 2020-02-25 Syria-bound Swiss man jailed in Bulgaria on terror charges The man was handed a five-year jail term after he was caught, heavily armed, on his way to Syria in 2018. Crime & Justice | 2020-02-24 Syria's Kurds renew appeal for aid to judge ISIS fighters Almost a year since the military defeat of ISIS in Syria, close to 12,000 suspected ISIS elements are still being held in the country's north-east. Security | 2020-02-24 Diyala police kills 2 ISIS suicide bombers Successful security operations targeting ISIS remnants have resulted in a safer atmosphere for residents of Diyala province. Human Rights | 2020-02-24 UN warns of 'bloodbath' risk in north-west Syria The fighting is now coming 'dangerously close' to an area where more than a million are living in tents and makeshift shelters, UN says. Security | 2020-02-21 Militias impede IDP return in Ninawa Plains Displaced residents complain that Iran-backed militias operating in the region are preventing them from returning to their homes in the area. Security | 2020-02-21 Turkey seeks to defuse tension with Russia in Syria Moves to defuse tensions in north-western Syria come as Turkey and the 27 EU member states express alarm about a humanitarian crisis. Security | 2020-02-21 Iraq investigates ISIS mass grave near Tal Afar More than 1,000 victims killed by ISIS during its occupation of Mosul were discovered in a mass grave site near Tal Afar. Human Rights | 2020-02-21 170,000 people living in the open in NW Syria: UN Thousands of the newly displaced are living in the open or in unfinished buildings, with no access to basic services such as latrines. Education | 2020-02-20 Anti-ISIS ideology campaign under way in Anbar The province's local government is partnering with tribal leaders, educators and religious scholars to counter ISIS's extremist ideology. Society | 2020-02-20 Deir Ezzor residents decry regime's negligence Prices are soaring unchecked, poverty and unemployment are rampant, garbage is piling up in the streets, and many areas lack basic services. Terrorism | 2020-02-20 Iraqi government freezes assets of 93 terrorism supporting entities The freezing resolutions, issued February 13th, highlight Iraq's commitment to fighting terrorism financing and money laundering. Human Rights | 2020-02-19 Iraqi women condemn al-Sadr's call to ban mixed demonstrations Iraqi women marched in Najaf and Baghdad to protest Moqtada al-Sadr's remarks, which they said were aimed at excluding and undermining women. Terrorism | 2020-02-19 Exhumation under way at 17 Sinjar mass graves Authorities say they have completed the procedures to open 17 mass graves in Sinjar that contain the remains of Yazidis killed by ISIS. Refugees | 2020-02-19 Syrian activists call for help for displaced civilians Thousands have fled the fighting in recent days, with the newly displaced facing difficult conditions and a shortage of accommodation and aid. Education | 2020-02-18 Iraqi organisations help children scarred by terrorism Civil society organisations are working together to treat the effects of terrorism on children as they are the most susceptible to the psychological effects of violence. Refugees | 2020-02-18 Regime advance in Aleppo causes 900,000 Syrians to flee The UN is calling for a ceasefire and the establishment of humanitarian corridors as civilians continue to suffer from the relentless violence and freezing temperatures. Crime & Justice | 2020-02-18 Turkey arrests suspected ex-ISIS executioner The detainee, arrested at a construction site in Bursa province, was an executioner for a senior ISIS leader in Deir Ezzor, Turkish media report. Crime & Justice | 2020-02-18 Mass grave found near Damascus: state media Syrian regime forces say they have found a mass grave containing the remains of around 70 bodies near the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma. Security | 2020-02-18 Iraqi forces, tribes destroy 3 ISIS rest-houses in Anbar A new operation will look for ISIS remnants in an area that covers the outskirts of al-Baghdadi and Haditha towards Lake al-Tharthar, north of the Euphrates river. Security | 2020-02-17 Iran-backed militias prevent Iraqi IDPs from returning home The Iranian regime wants its proxy militias to establish a foothold in areas it deems strategic, which lie on the 'Iranian silk road' that extends to Syria, officials say.