Iraq

Iraq's Anbar desert: A haven for ISIL fighters

Sleeper cells use vast desert of Anbar province for regrouping and planning new attacks, Iraqi army says.

Iraq

Iraq war map: Who controls what

As fighting in parts of Iraq intensifies, a visual breakdown of the control of territory after years of war.

Iraq war map: Who controls what

Europe

Denmark recalls ambassador to Iran over foiled 'attack'

Iranian intelligence unit accused of 'planning an attack in Denmark', Tehran strongly denies allegations.

Denmark recalls ambassador to Iran over alleged foiled 'attack'

Opinion

Assad's strategic use of ISIL made his victory in Syria possible

The Syrian regime used groups like ISIL and al-Qaeda to undermine the opposition and seize territory.

Maysam Behravesh

by Maysam Behravesh

Maysam Behravesh

Middle East

Egypt says security forces killed 450 fighters in Sinai peninsula

Army spokesman said more than 1,200 explosives devices, 1,900 vehicles were destroyed as part of operation 'Sinai 2018'.

Egypt says security forces killed 450 fighters in Sinai peninsula

Asia

Afghan civilian deaths highest since 2014: UN

From January to September 2018, at least 2,798 civilians have been killed and 5,252 others injured across the country.

Afghanistan civilian deaths highest since 2014: UN

Egypt

Egypt sentences 17 to death over church bombings

Another 19 people were handed life sentences and 10 defendants were sentenced to between 10 and 15 years.

Egypt: Military court sentences 17 to death for church bombings

Middle East

ISIL fighters' families held against their will in Iraq and Syria

Thousands of women and children who lived with the group have been accused of being accomplices.

Middle East

ISIL fighters still operate around Anbar

Iraq's military has launched another offensive to target ISIL pockets long after the group lost territory.

Asia

Suicide bomber attacks Afghan election rally, 13 dead

ISIL claims responsibility for attack at election campaign meeting in Nangarhar province which killed at least 13.

Afghanistan: Suicide bomber targets election rally in Nangarhar

Middle East

Baghdad-Fallujah train resumes after ISIL is defeated

The railroad, a sign of life returning to normal, will bring economic benefit to Iraqis after the removal of ISIL.

CIA

Gina Haspel's CIA looks to recruit more foreign spies

Director of US intelligence agency says focus will be on recruiting human assets to help target Iran and China.

Gina Haspel's CIA looks to recruit more foreign spies

Iraq

HRW: Iraqis forcibly disappeared 'by security forces'

Human Rights Watch documented at least 74 cases of enforced disappearances carried out by by pro-government forces.

HRW: Iraqis forcibly disappeared 'by security forces'

Middle East

Iran: Who carried out the deadly attack in Ahvaz?

Ahvaziya group and ISIL claim role in the attack, while Ayatollah Khamenei blames 'US-backed regimes in the region'.

France

Marine Le Pen ordered to take psych evaluation over ISIL tweets

Far-right French politician shared images of atrocities carried out by ISIL with the caption 'Daesh is this'.

Marine Le Pen ordered to take psych evaluation over ISIL tweets