Al-Monitor was granted an exclusive interview with the head of Iraq's secretive counterterrorism intelligence unit, Abu Ali al-Basri. The Falcon Intelligence Cell director discussed what remains of the Islamic State, potential future risks and how the unit shares information with other countries.
Syrians evacuated from eastern Ghouta after the clashes a few months back have found new life and work in Idlib. While many began to own small business in order to make a living, others still rely on aid and charity organizations.
The Iraqi Security Forces have announced the capture of a senior ISIS militant, Abu Wahab who was responsible for executions and was considered the mastermind behind many assassinations and kidnappings in the town of Hawija, southwest of Kirkuk.