ARCHIVE FOR 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 January February March April May June July SUBMIT Terrorism 2020-07-09 Iraq PM vows to avenge killing of Hisham al-Hashemi 'This behaviour is not Iraqi. Iraqis do not kill Iraqis,' Prime Minister Mustafa Kadhemi said. Security 2020-07-09 ISIS vigilantes cause trouble at al-Hol camp Leaflets have been distributed inside the al-Hasakeh camp demanding that the actions of the self-appointed al-hesba be brought to an end. Economy 2020-07-09 Concerned by Iran-backed militias, Iraqi officials plan to secure borders Iraq announces plans to firmly secure its borders with neighbouring countries over concerns of weapon smuggling by Iran-backed militias. Politics 2020-07-08 Iran-backed militias scale down Iraq offices Faced with a public backlash, Iraqi militias aligned with Iran are trying to limit their public presence as they plan their next steps, experts say. Analysis 2020-07-08 Killing of Iraq expert stirs fear of new violent phase Iraqi experts say Hisham al-Hashemi's death signals a dramatic turn for political violence brewing since mass protests erupted in October. Security 2020-07-08 Iraqi forces target ISIS hideouts in western Anbar desert Army and tribal forces have recently combed at least 12 villages and desert areas in western Iraq. Crime & Justice 2020-07-08 UN alleges war crimes during Idlib offensive UN investigators document attacks that led to civilian casualties or infrastructure damage, as Western powers seek condemnation of regime gas attacks. Health 2020-07-07 Heatwave makes life miserable for Idlib displaced Soaring temperatures have caused uncomfortable conditions in the camps, where there have been a number of cases of mass food poisoning. Terrorism 2020-07-07 Rockets target US interests in Iraq despite arrests One rocket fired at Baghdad's Green Zone wounded a child, while another was thwarted by the Iraqi military. Terrorism 2020-07-07 Iraqi extremism expert Hisham al-Hashemi killed Al-Hashemi had received death threats from Iran-backed Iraqi militias prior to his assassination. He was an outspoken critic of these groups' influence in Iraq. Terrorism 2020-07-07 ISIS will not divide Iraqi society, officials say Security has been tightened following attacks on the Kakai minority, and ISIS will not be allowed to threaten peaceful co-existence in Iraq. Politics 2020-07-06 Syrian forces, foreign-backed militias fight over Syria control Signs of conflict have started to appear among pro-regime militias as they all vie for a slice of the Syrian cake. Media 2020-07-03 IRIB satellite TVs face shutdown amid US maximum pressure campaign The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) says its prominent satellite TV stations are struggling financially and are on the verge of a shutdown. Human Rights 2020-07-02 After 'reconciliation': Syria regime's silent crackdown A number of former opposition fighters have disappeared, died or suffered abuse, despite signing 'reconciliation' deals with the regime. Economy 2020-07-02 Sinjar Silo relaunch to boost Ninawa agriculture, officials say One of the largest grain silos in Ninawa is now operable after six years. Area officials say Sinjar Silo's relaunch will boost the agricultural sector and encourage IDPs to return. Human Rights 2020-07-01 Syria donors conference pledges 6.9 billion euros Leading aid groups say 9.3 million Syrians are now going to sleep hungry and over two million more risk a similar fate. Security 2020-07-01 Syrian Democratic Forces quell ISIS prison riot Calm has been restored to Ghouairan prison in al-Hasakeh city after ISIS elements interred at the facility staged a riot, an official said. Terrorism 2020-07-01 Italy seizes ISIS drugs worth 1 billion euros Suspect containers that arrived at the port of Salerno were found to contain 'the largest seizure of amphetamines in the world', police said. Terrorism 2020-07-01 New grave of ISIS victims discovered near Mosul Hundreds of Iraqis killed by ISIS between 2014 and 2017 are believed to be buried at the site in the town of al-Kasak. Security 2020-07-01 Restoration work continues at Ninawa's ancient sites Work is under way to repair and rehabilitate significant archaeological sites, some damaged by ISIS and others by lack of maintenance.