Armed Militias and Extremist Groups
Iranian forces in Syria establish new prison in Raqqa
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is redeploying and building new bases and prisons in its areas of control in northeastern Syria after coming under repeated Israeli and US airstrikes.
Mohammed Hardan | Syria | Jul 23, 2021
A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stands guard in a prison where men suspected of being affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group are jailed in northeast Syria in the city of Hasakah on Oct. 26, 2019.
Turkish-backed rebels leave trail of abuse and criminality in Syria’s Afrin
The serene topography of the Syrian enclave of Afrin belies the power vacuum and violence now afflicting many of the territories under the control of Turkish-backed forces in the war-torn country’s northeast.
Dan Wilkofsky, Amberin Zaman, Mohammed Hardan | Syria | Jul 22, 2021
Erdogan takes Taliban's warning in stride
Turkey's leaders are brushing off the Taliban's warnings over extending its mission in Afghanistan.
Al-Monitor Staff | Turkey | Jul 19, 2021
Syrian jihadi groups crack down on rivals in Idlib
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is tightening the noose on the jihadi Jundallah group and asking it to join it or leave Idlib, in what observers described as an attempt on the part of HTS to get rid of non-Syrian fighters.
Sultan al-Kanj | Syria | Jul 18, 2021
Iraq arrests killer of respected analyst
Hisham al-Hashimi was gunned down outside his Baghdad apartment in July 2020.
Al-Monitor Staff | Iraq | Jul 16, 2021
Has Turkey changed its anti-Islamic State strategy?
Although Turkish authorities have increased security operations against Islamic State cells in the country, Ankara’s anti-IS strategy remains riddled with gaping holes. 
Fehim Tastekin | Turkey | Jul 15, 2021
Turkey shrugs off Taliban warning over Kabul airport
Flights to evacuate Afghan interpreters will begin by the end of July, the White House said today.
Al-Monitor Staff | Turkey | Jul 15, 2021
Idlib authorities begin restoration of historic mosque
The government affiliated with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in Syria’s Idlib is restoring the historic Great Mosque, which was severely damaged by Syrian government shelling.
Mohammed Hardan | Syria | Jul 14, 2021
IRGC official urged Iraq militias to continue hitting US, report
The IRGC intelligence chief's visit to Iraq last week followed one by top commander Ismail Ghaani.
Al-Monitor Staff | Iran | Jul 14, 2021
Pompeo speaks at conference by controversial Iran opposition group
Slovenia's prime minister and other former US officials also speak at virtual event held by Mujahedeen-e-Khalq.
Adam Lucente | Iran | Jul 12, 2021
Taliban renew demand that Turkey leave Afghanistan
American and Turkish officials are still ironing out the last details on how to secure Kabul's airport.
Al-Monitor Staff | Turkey | Jul 12, 2021
Confrontation between US, pro-Iranian groups in Syria and Iraq poses challenges for Russia
While Moscow does not yet have the resources to eliminate Iranian influence in Syria, it would be in its interests to at least prevent the expansion of the activities of pro-Iranian paramilitary structures.
Kirill Semenov | Syria | Jul 12, 2021
Biden's airstrikes fail to halt cycle of militia violence in Iraq
The Pentagon says it is taking a recent spate of drone and rocket attacks "deadly seriously."
Jared Szuba | Syria | Jul 9, 2021
Cairo cracks down on Salafist preachers
The Egyptian state and its institutions have been waging a fierce campaign against the preachers of Egypt’s Salafi movement over ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
George Mikhail | Egypt | Jul 8, 2021
Gazan children graduate from Islamic Jihad’s military camp
Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of Islamic Jihad, concluded its summer training camps with the participation of more than 2,000 boys ages 14 to 17, who received military training simulating a confrontation with the Israeli army.
Rasha Abou Jalal | Palestine | Jul 7, 2021
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4,000-year-old city discovered in Iraq
Adnan Abu Zeed | Iraq | Jul 9, 2021
Saudi Arabia’s race for Gulf economic leadership takes to the sky
Sebastian Castelier | Gulf | Jul 13, 2021
Ancient fossilized fish found in Egypt that survived in hot waters
Alaa Omran | Culture | Jun 16, 2021
Will Turkey use Syrian mercenaries in Kabul?
Fehim Tastekin | Turkey | Jul 12, 2021
Has Israel’s army become too small?
Ben Caspit | Israel | Jul 13, 2021
Ali Hashem on what to expect from Ebrahim Raisi and the rise of the Hezbollahis in Iran
Major General Noam Tibon: IDF needs more boots on the ground 
South Asia security expert Ayesha Siddiqa says Turkey is a natural fit for Afghanistan 
Ambassador Haim Koren: Bennett seeks to boost Israel’s ties with Jordan 
Israel’s Diaspora Minister Nachman Shai calls for renewing dialogue with American Jews 
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