Terrorism SDF hand over remains of soldiers killed by ISIS to Syrian regime 2020-09-23 The Syrian soldiers were executed by the terror group in 2014 after they were surrounded, unarmed, in al-Raqa. Protests 2020-09-23 Rural Damascus arrests fuel anti-regime protests There is constant tension in the town of Kanaker between residents and Syrian regime forces, with daily altercations taking place, an activist says. Religion 2020-09-23 Iraq recovers books stolen from Ninawa churches Thirty-two old Christian texts looted by ISIS were recently found at an ISIS element's house in Mosul, as part of a wider effort to locate missing antiquities. Security 2020-09-22 Southern Iraq tribes back crackdown on unlicensed weapons Tribal leaders have been supportive of the government's large-scale campaign to end the presence of illegal weapons and arrest outlaws. Human Rights 2020-09-22 Iran's terror plots against foreign-based dissidents on rise The Iranian regime has killed some 360 individuals of Iranian descent in 40 countries in the course of its existence, a recent report has revealed. Politics 2020-09-22 Deir Ezzor activists form assembly to oppose IRGC The newly formed political assembly aims to oppose Iranian hegemony in the province and restore harmonious relations among all residents. Iraq must exercise control over paramilitary groups. Agree Disagree RESULTS SPOTLIGHT Mounting security pressure restricts ISIS cross-border activity ISIS remnants are using insufficiently monitored dirt paths to smuggle oil, weapons, livestock and narcotics, but the revenue generated from these activities have gone way down. Security 2020-09-22 Iraqi forces arrest 3 ISIS elements who infiltrated from Syria The ambush operation is part of a broader effort to secure the border strip with Syria and block militants seeking to cross into Iraq. Terrorism 2020-09-22 Britain sends evidence to US into ISIS 'Beatles' The transfer of material is intended to help in the prosecution of two ISIS elements wanted by the US for the murder of two journalists and an aid worker. Politics 2020-09-21 Kataib Hizbullah attacks justify US pressure campaign: observers An increase in rocket attacks on Baghdad's Green Zone has strengthened the US's hand in applying its maximum pressure campaign against Iran. %> Hizbullah's allies in Lebanon fear US sanctions %> France steps in to aid Lebanon after port blast %> Yemen, Houthis exchange lists of prisoners %> Abraham Accords to diminish IRGC influence, experts say ❮ ❯ Security 2020-09-21 Intensive Russian strikes injure Idlib civilians Russian airstrikes and Syrian regime shelling injured a number of civilians and sparked a panic, with some fearing a larger operation will follow. Security 2020-09-21 Iraq sends reinforcements to Zour Kanous to pursue ISIS remnants A large-scale operation was launched following reports that militants have infiltrated Kanous Island, a highly strategic area from which ISIS elements can access other provinces and Syria. Human Rights 2020-09-18 Russian airstrikes devastate Syrian civilians Ongoing waves of airstrikes have destroyed critical economic sectors and caused a mass wave of displacement from Syria's Idlib province. Follow Diyaruna on Social Media Subscribe to Diyaruna's newsletter Subscribe We send updates twice a week with the latest news and features Security 2020-09-18 Joint Iraqi, tribal forces destroy ISIS hideouts in Anbar desert Ongoing security pressure has reduced the number of ISIS remnants and degraded their capabilities, but their attempts to regroup persist. Security 2020-09-17 Iran's failure to manage ballistic missiles casts doubts on new radar A series of IRGC and Iranian military failures raises serious doubts about the country's management of radar, missiles and rockets. Economy 2020-09-17 Pollution, illegal practices lead to fish mortality in Iraq Some also blame the deaths on 'invisible hands' whose interests have been harmed by self-sufficient Iraqi fish farmers. MOST VIEWED Iran attempts to cover up series of explosions on sensitive sites SDF unit busts 7-member ISIS cell in Deir Ezzor Iraqi activists targeted in brutal killing spree MOST COMMENTED Iraqis resent Iran's interference in their affairs US calls on Iraq to dismantle armed groups Iran-backed militias in Iraq demand 'protection money' Politics 2020-09-17 IRGC steps up Syria real estate acquisition The IRGC has recently gained possession of hundreds of properties in Syria, expanding its acquisitions to areas outside Damascus. Terrorism 2020-09-17 US charges citizen with providing support to ISIS Lirim Sylejmani, who was captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces last year, has been accused of providing material support to the terror group. Security 2020-09-16 For Iraqis, militia attacks bring terror groups to mind Iraqi civilians have been killed or injured in rocket attacks and by improvised explosive devices remotely detonated by Iran-backed militias. Energy 2020-09-16 Fuel crisis worsens in Syrian regime-controlled areas The fuel shortage has led to a hike in prices and transportation rates as the government fails to address the crisis. Politics 2020-09-16 US will prevent Iran from getting Chinese, Russian arms: Pompeo The US will 'continue to defend the international order' to prevent Iran from returning to its malign activity in Lebanon, Iraq and Syria, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. Security 2020-09-16 Iraqi forces target senior ISIS leaders A series of recent operations by the CTS and other security outfits have netted high-ranking ISIS targets, officials told Diyaruna. Security 2020-09-15 IRGC-backed militias complicate Iraq's war on drugs Iraqi security forces face major challenges in their war against drugs, as many drug smugglers are also militia members backed by the IRGC. Security 2020-09-15 Imagery shows Russian military supplying Wagner Group in Libya The satellite photos show Russian military cargo aircraft, air defence equipment, and mine-resistant, ambush-protected armoured vehicles being supplied to Wagner mercenaries. Security 2020-09-15 180 Christian families return to Iraq's Ninawa province More and more residents of the Christian faith have been making their way back home in the Ninawa Plains region amid improved security and public services. Security 2020-09-15 Syria drone strike kills top Tunisian extremist Hurras al-Deen leader Sayyaf al-Tunsi was killed in Idlib province when his vehicle was targeted by an unmanned aerial vehicle. Security 2020-09-15 White Helmets contain fires in Idlib province Syrian Civil Defence teams have been working for five days to prevent the conflagration from reaching residential areas of Idlib. Politics 2020-09-14 Al-Sistani backs early elections, stresses Iraq's sovereignty Iraq's top Shia authority supported calls for early parliamentary elections next year and called on the current government to end the presence of illegal weapons and assert its authority. Terrorism 2020-09-14 Kyrgyz membership in Russia's Wagner Group sends warning to Central Asia Three Kyrgyz citizens are among over a dozen foreign nationals accused of fighting for the Russian mercenary group in Ukraine. The group is expanding its operations worldwide. Security 2020-09-14 Russia-backed militiamen clash with Daraa tribesmen Tensions between a Russia-backed militia and local tribesmen flared in the southern province, where assassinations and unrest continue. Politics 2020-09-11 IRGC, Iraqi militia divisions rise to surface US sanctions on Iran have diminished its ability to lavishly support its proxies, giving way to increasing tensions as Iraqi militias clash with IRGC commanders.