ARCHIVE FOR 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 January February March April May June July August September SUBMIT 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. Terrorism 2020-09-23 SDF hand over remains of soldiers killed by ISIS to Syrian regime 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 2020-09-15 180 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 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. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. Terrorism 2020-09-11 Iraqi forces hunt for ISIS remnants in Diyala outskirts The militants have been seeking refuge on the edges of the province, where a conducive topography and the absence of local residents facilitate their movement. 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. Economy 2020-09-10 IRGC proxy wars stifle economy, further isolate Iran The IRGC's expansionist policies serve only to enrich itself at the expense of the Iranian people and to the detriment of the country's economy, analysts say. Terrorism 2020-09-10 Amid heightened surveillance, ISIS turns to lesser-known apps As major social media networks shut down channels and pages affiliated with ISIS, the group has tried to exploit lesser-known platforms. Refugees 2020-09-09 Militias prevent IDPs return to Iraqi provinces IRGC-affiliated militias are creating obstacles for the return of hundreds of displaced Iraqis to their homes and lands in several provinces, forcing them to stay in camps. Security 2020-09-09 SDF unit busts 7-member ISIS cell in Deir Ezzor The Syrian Kurdish Anti-Terror Forces Command arrested the cell members in the Deir Ezzor town of al-Shuheil. Security 2020-09-09 Iraqi forces intercept 3 suicide bombers in Kirkuk The militants blew themselves up after they were surrounded by Iraqi federal police forces, but caused no police casualties. Security 2020-09-09 Iraq reforms stymied by shadowy groups' wave of attacks The closer the government gets to its stated aims, the more armed actors with suspected links to Iran are lashing out, Iraqi analysts say. Crime & Justice 2020-09-08 Turkey jails for life ISIS nightclub gunman The Istanbul criminal court handed Abdulkadir Masharipov 40 life sentences: one for each of the victims, and one for the massacre itself. Security 2020-09-08 Iraq cracks down on unlawful arms possession A large-scale security campaign aims to seize unlicensed weapons and enforce the rule of law, an Iraqi politician said. Environment 2020-09-08 Idlib displaced face high temperatures, regime shelling There is no protection from the heat inside the displacement camps as temperatures rise, and some also suffer from a shortage of water. Terrorism 2020-09-08 Syria Kurds transfer some ISIS-linked foreign families from camp Dozens of families have been transferred to Roj camp after showing remorse over their ties to the extremist group, a Kurdish official said. Security 2020-09-08 Iraqi, coalition forces execute operations to combat ISIS in Salaheddine In light of ISIS attacks, the Iraqi army joined forces with the international coalition to conduct security operations in Salaheddine province. Economy 2020-09-07 Iraq accuses Iran of illegally diverting river water Iraq's Ministry of Water Resources says Iran has reduced the flow of water into the Tigris river, which has harmed Iraq's agricultural sector. Terrorism 2020-09-07 Iran supplying weapons to Horn of Africa via Yemen Via the Houthi militia, Iran has turned Yemen into a hub for the export of ammunition and weapons to terrorist groups in Somalia, which violates UN Security Council resolutions. Politics 2020-09-04 Iranians pay for regime's costly proxy wars With the Iranian economy facing currency and inflation problems, the IRGC continues to spend money on failing proxy wars. Security 2020-09-04 Coalition helps Ninawa Plains clear ISIS mines The international coalition has supplied equipment and training to help Iraqi forces clear explosives planted by ISIS from Ninawa Plains. Economy 2020-09-03 Ninawa's industrial sector gets back on track The province's industrial sector, which suffered extensive damage at the hands of ISIS, has been making a steady recovery, officials say. Security 2020-09-03 Iraqi forces hunt for ISIS remnants in Diyala, Salaheddine provinces Provincial border villages offer militants fleeing security forces a safe haven. Human Rights 2020-09-03 IRGC steps up militia recruitment in Deir Ezzor Recruiters are targeting youth and teenagers, some even younger, who come from the poorest families or from rural parts of the province. Security 2020-09-02 Russian forces recruit Syrian youth to Deir Ezzor militia The Russia-backed, pro-regime 5th Corps militia has been actively recruiting Syrian youth in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor. Business 2020-09-02 Online platform supports investment for reconstruction in Ninawa The Takamul project's online platform offers trainings and expert advice for attracting foreign and private sector investment to Ninawa. Politics 2020-09-02 Macron backs Iraq's sovereignty on first Baghdad visit The French president voiced continued support in the fight against ISIS and called on increased efforts to assert Iraq's full sovereignty amid regional tensions. Politics 2020-09-01 Sanctions on al-Assad's son tighten pressure on family The Syrian president's teenage son Hafez was designated in a tranche of sanctions named for the victims of Hama and Maaret al-Numan. Terrorism 2020-09-01 Turkey detains top ISIS member: minister The group's Turkey commander had been receiving orders from Syria and Iraq and was asked to organise protests in the country, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said. Politics 2020-09-01 Iraq high committee to investigate major corruption, criminal cases Prime Minister Mustafa Kadhemi said the committee will act to assert state authority and restore the rights of citizens from those who violate the law. Health 2020-09-01 Syrians blame regime for mishandling COVID-19 The regime has not made a serious effort to put preventive measures in place, as infections surge and students prepare to begin school.