ARCHIVE FOR 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 January February March April May June July August September SUBMIT Security 2020-01-31 SDF officers fear Russia militias will disrupt anti-ISIS operations Russia has been setting up militias east of the Euphrates river, risking further conflict and disruption of anti-ISIS operations. Security 2020-01-31 Iraq resumes joint ops with international coalition The US-led international coalition has confirmed it is resuming its operations with Iraqi forces to hunt down ISIS sleeper cells. Education 2020-01-30 Iraq launches campaign to rebuild 500 schools in Ninawa Officials hope the campaign would help resolve the shortage in school buildings and raise the quality of education in the province. Security 2020-01-30 Deadly strikes hit Idlib as Syrian army advances Despite its denials, Russia has been accused of launching airstrikes on the Idlib town of Ariha, killing 10 civilians. Economy 2020-01-29 Commercial activity brings life back to Mosul's Old City markets Shops at Bab al-Saray Souq are slowly reviving following shopkeepers' and the local government's reconstruction efforts. Security 2020-01-28 Syria regime forces recapture most of Maaret al-Numan Most opposition fighters and extremists had pulled out after regime forces stormed the town from multiple fronts earlier in the day. Economy 2020-01-28 Kirkuk reconstruction efforts pick up pace The province's authorities have been actively pursuing public service projects that will create jobs and improve living conditions for returning residents. Analysis 2020-01-27 US withdrawal would hurt Iraq: analysts Fears remain high among most Iraqis of the country falling into Iran's grip, according to officials and analysts. Terrorism 2020-01-27 Clerics, Yazidis revile new hardline ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's replacement is a dangerous ideologue who issued the rulings ISIS used to justify the genocide of Iraq's Yazidis. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 2020-01-22 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 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 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. 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. 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. 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. Security 2020-01-14 Iraqi forces search for ISIS remnants in Diyala Significant results have been achieved in the ongoing security operations against ISIS remnants in Diyala province. Terrorism 2020-01-13 Iraqi forces thwart ISIS attacks in Baghdad Iraqi forces prevented an ISIS attack near Baghdad, stressing that the terrorist group's remnants will not be safe anywhere in the country. Security 2020-01-13 Civilians in Idlib voice mistrust of ceasefire Idlib residents expressed little hope that a new ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia and Turkey will hold, given previous violations. Security 2020-01-13 Iran behind attacks carried out by Iraqi militias Militias that have attacked Iraqi bases housing US and international coalition forces take their orders from Iran, officials tell Diyaruna. Security 2020-01-10 Airstrike kills 8 Iraqi fighters in east Syria Three villages in the Albu Kamal area known for housing forces loyal to Tehran have been targeted by drone strikes since Wednesday. Human Rights 2020-01-10 Syrian regime arrests dozens of children in rural Damascus Regime forces arrested 56 children in the town of Yalda for tearing up portraits of Bashar al-Assad and painting anti-regime graffiti. Refugees 2020-01-10 200 families return to their homes in Mosul's Old City The number of displaced families has decreased in all of Iraq, with 540,000 families returning to their areas in 2019. Security 2020-01-09 IRGC-aligned militias in Deir Ezzor on full alert Militias operating in eastern Syria near the frontier with Iraq have been relocating and repositioning their forces, observers say. Analysis 2020-01-09 Esmail Qaani: loyal successor to Soleimani's destructive legacy Qaani has played a major role in feeding wars and crises in the Middle East. But it will be difficult for him to emulate his predecessor's charismatic leadership. Terrorism 2020-01-09 Iraqi forces cut off ISIS supply, logistics sources Iraqi forces continue to target the flow of logistical supplies and support to ISIS remnants hiding in remote areas. Security 2020-01-08 Iraqis say Iran strikes violate Iraqi sovereignty Iraqi president and parliament speaker denounce Iran's attacks on Iraqi territory, which have been described as a 'violation of sovereignty'. Security 2020-01-08 SDF free dozens of ISIS-linked Syrians The released detainees 'have no blood on their hands and have not been proven guilty of any crime', according to a Kurdish official. Security 2020-01-08 World leaders condemn Iran attacks on US troops in Iraq World leaders condemned Iran's attack on Iraqi bases housing US and international coalition troops and urged an end to the escalation. Human Rights 2020-01-08 Syrian regime seizes people's money, property New legislation makes it easier for the regime to seize private property and assets, and will serve its plan to effect demographic change. Security 2020-01-08 Iraq reopens western Anbar roads amid improved security Four desert roads are now open to the public five years after ISIS overran the province, a local official told Diyaruna. Security 2020-01-08 Iran fires missiles at Iraqi bases housing US, coalition forces Forces inside Iran launched over a dozen ballistic missiles targeting at least two bases in Iraq housing US and international coalition forces. Security 2020-01-07 US defence chief denies decision to leave Iraq A US general's letter indicating that US forces were preparing for departure was a only a draft unsigned letter meant to indicate the US was shifting troops between bases, not withdrawing. Security 2020-01-07 Iran-backed militias blamed for al-Qaim instability Residents of the Iraqi border town say the increasing presence of Iran-affiliated militias has contributed to a climate of instability. Human Rights 2020-01-07 UN says 'no plan B' to Syria cross-border aid system The organisation urged global powers to renew the system for aid delivery that is the only viable method for reaching hundreds of thousands of people in Syria. Terrorism 2020-01-07 Iraqis worried about ISIS comeback if coalition forces withdraw Iraq has made tremendous efforts and grave sacrifices to achieve victory over ISIS, and should not allow extremists to regroup and resume their attacks, a military expert warned. Terrorism 2020-01-07 Tahrir al-Sham expels IDPs from Idlib mosques As the north-western province comes under fire from the Syrian regime and Russia, civilians are seeking shelter wherever they can. Security 2020-01-06 Syrian opposition shed no tears for Soleimani In many towns, villages and displacement camps, residents handed out sweets in celebration of what they describe as a victory. Politics 2020-01-06 Iraqis criticise parliament's decision to expel foreign forces Iraqi experts and citizens say the 'regrettable' move to end US presence does not represent the will of the Iraqi people, but rather the will of Iran and its groups. Politics 2020-01-05 Iran must refrain from military retaliation against US: experts The Iranian regime has threatened to avenge the killing of general Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike. Diplomacy 2020-01-04 Inside Soleimani's plot to attack US forces in Iraq The IRGC's Quds Force has been reinforcing the arsenal of its affiliated Iraqi militias with a range of missiles and advanced weapons for months. Politics 2020-01-03 Iraqis react to news of IRGC top commander's death Qassem Soleimani was largely held responsible for the recent deaths of hundreds of Iraqi protestors by Iran-backed militias. Security 2020-01-03 Pentagon confirms Trump ordered Soleimani killing IRGC Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, killed in a US airstrike in Baghdad, had been 'developing plans' to attack Americans. Politics 2020-01-03 US, allies 'committed to de-escalation' with Iran World powers and entities react to the killing of IRGC Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani in a US strike on his convoy in Baghdad. Security 2020-01-03 PMF deputy al-Muhandis killed in US strike Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis founded the hardline militia Kataib Hizbullah and had a close ideological and personal relationship to Iran. Economy 2020-01-02 Ninawa launches Sinjar reconstruction plan The plan will address the restoration and repair of services and infrastructure in the district, which suffered extensive damage under ISIS. Education 2020-01-02 Syria regime fire kills 9 in school turned shelter Nine civilians, including five children, were killed when surface-to-surface missiles hit a school building in the eastern Idlib town of Sarmin. Human Rights 2020-01-02 Displaced Syrians start new year in abandoned prison A former detention centre in the city of Idlib now houses some 300 adults and children who fled the violence near the town of Maaret al-Numan. Security 2020-01-02 US embassy attack reflects Iran's hostile foreign policy Experts say the IRGC orchestrated the attack on the US embassy in Baghdad, reflecting a pattern of Iran's hostility in the region. Refugees 2020-01-01 Iraqi government builds housing for IDPs in Salaheddine province The government is providing housing for displaced families affected by the war with ISIS to promote stability and encourage those who live in camps to rebuild their homes. Economy 2020-01-01 US sanctions effective at slowing IRGC in Yemen The latest designations of Iran-affiliated entities have proven effective in reducing the IRGC's destabilising efforts to arm and fund the Houthis in Yemen.