Security | 2020-04-09 Usbat al-Thaereen another Iranian agent fuelling violence in Iraq IRGC Quds Force commander Esmail Qaani is believed to have formed the previously unknown militia, which claimed several rocket attacks. Human Rights | 2020-04-09 Anger after OPCW blames Syrian regime for gas attacks Rights groups and governments have denounced the regime, saying report proved it continued chemical attacks on Syrian population. Security | 2020-04-09 Security plan underway to protect oil sites in Basra Preventive measures and more rigorous monitoring were implemented around oil facilities in Basra in the wake of a rocket attack near the site of a foreign oil services company. Politics | 2020-04-09 Iraq's new PM-elect Kadhemi, intel chief with friends on all sides Mustafa Kadhemi, the third candidate this year for Iraq's premiership, could have the right connections to steer Iraq through multiple crises, observers say. Security | 2020-04-08 One year after battle for al-Baghouz, residents celebrate end of ISIS 'nightmare' Local residents say they support the efforts of civil and military organisations to maintain security, root out ISIS sleeper cells and counter any remaining extremist ideology. Crime & Justice | 2020-04-08 Al-Hol security nab 'dangerous' woman on terror charges The woman is accused of burning tents, assault and battery, stabbing a guard and continuing to disseminate the ideology of ISIS. Health | 2020-04-08 Moment of solidarity in Iraq with coronavirus victims, first responders Iraq's measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have been decisive and efforts are ongoing to ensure all medical needs are met, a health ministry official said. Security | 2020-04-08 US, Iraq to hold talks on troop future in June Topics for discussion include strategic issues between the two countries, including the future presence of US forces in Iraq. Politics | 2020-04-07 Tehran's influence in Iraqi politics wanes in post-Soleimani era Iraqi prime minister-designate Adnan al-Zurfi is a strong opponent of the Iranian regime and is expected to reduce its influence in Iraq. Crime & Justice | 2020-04-07 UN finds 'highly likely' Syrian government, allies targeted hospitals The investigation concluded that in five out of the seven cases studied by a UN board of inquiry, the government of Syria or its allies had carried out the airstrike. Politics | 2020-04-07 Sweida faction blames Russia for recent unrest An opposition faction in the southern province of Sweida is accusing a Russia-backed Syrian army force of recent kidnappings and killings. Security | 2020-04-07 International coalition hands over 5th military site to Iraqi army Coalition forces officially handed over command of al-Habbaniya airbase in Anbar province to the Iraqi military on April 4th. Human Rights | 2020-04-06 Displaced Khan Sheikhun residents mark gas attack anniversary Residents of the Idlib town marked the third anniversary of a Syrian regime chemical attack that killed more than 80 civilians with a protest. Security | 2020-04-06 Iraqi forces uncover ISIS mass grave in Heet According to preliminary information, the grave contains the remains of at least 20 ISIS victims, including civilians and security forces personnel. Security | 2020-04-03 Base handover shows growing Iraqi capabilities: experts The Iraqi Security Forces are now able to rely on themselves to manage and implement military operations targeting ISIS elements, military experts said. Health | 2020-04-03 Needy Syrians in Kurd-run areas receive food The autonomous administration has been compiling lists of families in greatest need and has started distributing food in some areas. Society | 2020-04-03 Projects underway to rebuild Salaheddine cities affected by terrorism Despite having to postpone an international funding conference due to COVID-19 fears, the province presses on with reconstruction projects. Security | 2020-04-02 Paramilitary groups leave PMF for Iraqi army Four Najaf-aligned factions left the Popular Mobilisation Forces to join the Iraqi army, reflecting a trend towards keeping arms in state hands. Terrorism | 2020-04-02 Extremists set tents on fire in Syria's al-Hol camp Security forces are taking steps to prevent future attacks staged by self-appointed vigilantes and to protect camp residents from coronavirus. Security | 2020-04-02 Iraqi forces launch counter-terror operations in Diyala Iraqi forces embark on a series of pre-emptive operations to track down ISIS elements in Diyala. Security forces also attacked ISIS hideouts, killing four remnants of the terrorist group. Security | 2020-04-01 French task force builds up Iraqi soldiers' skills French forces have focused on training Iraqi troops since playing an instrumental role in ousting ISIS from its last Syrian stronghold. Security | 2020-04-01 Banking services restored in Anbar's Anah district The local Al-Rafidain Bank branch has reopened at a new location, two years after its old building was damaged in the fight to oust ISIS. Society | 2020-04-01 Syria war records lowest monthly death toll While the death toll is the lowest since the conflict began nine years ago, there are mounting fears about the impact of novel coronavirus. Security | 2020-04-01 Iraqi forces kill 3 ISIS elements in Wadi al-Tharthar Iraqi forces successfully carried out a joint operation to rid the areas from western Salaheddine to southern Ninawa of ISIS remnants. Security | 2020-03-31 Anbar Olympic Stadium reconstruction begins ISIS blew up the 30,000-seat stadium in Ramadi in 2015, reducing it to a pile of rubble and prohibiting youth from watching sports. Security | 2020-03-31 US deploys Patriot air defence system to Iraq The Patriot systems are made of high performance radars and interceptor missiles that can destroy incoming ballistic missiles in flight. Security | 2020-03-30 Calm restored at Kurd-run Syria jail after ISIS riot Four detainees believed to have broken out of Ghouairan prison in the town of al-Hasakeh had been tracked down within the jail with help from coalition aircraft. Security | 2020-03-27 Iran-backed militias attempt to recruit Iraqi youth Despite the militias' best efforts, including promises of money and 'immunity', Iraqi youth are resistant to joining factions that serve Iran. Politics | 2020-03-27 US sanctions vast network of IRGC-QF officials, front companies The network's activities include transferring arms to Iran-backed Iraqi militias, smuggling weapons to Yemen and selling oil to Syria's regime.