Iran is spreading its influence — verging on a controlling influence in some cases — over the affairs of Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen.

Starting with Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Islamic Republic has been seeking to export its revolutionary ideology and expand its influence beyond its borders ever since the return of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to Tehran in 1979.

Hezbollah has played an important role in conflicts in both of those countries, fighting alongside Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and assisting Iraqi Shia militias.

Today, “Iran is embedding itself in the evolving Syrian government and informal security structures… enhancing its threat to Israel”.


A court in Naples has convicted the captain of an Italian commercial ship for returning 101 migrants rescued at sea to Libya.

It is the first such sanction in Italy and in Europe, noted the media outlet. The tugboat was owned by an energy firm and used by oil platforms located near the Libyan coast.

The ship’s captain, Giuseppe Sotgiu, was found guilty of abandonment-related charges and sentenced to one year in prison.

However, the court absolved the defendant of the most serious charge — abuse of office — according to a copy of the sentence.


Militants from Iraq, Syria with experience in military operations are actively being drawn there in Afghanistan. It is possible that terrorists may try to destabilise the situation in neighbouring states and that they could even try “direct expansion”.

Who are moving these militants from Iraq, Syria to Afghanistan?


Poverty, unemployment and severe economic problems in Afghanistan have led to child marriages, and a number of families letting their underaged girls marry middle-aged men in exchange for money, weapons or livestock.

Such incidents occur more in the remote districts of the province than in the national capital.

Families that are ignorant about girls and women’s statuses abuse them.


Sami Jasim al-Jaburi, a veteran of IS’s rise and fall, was seized days before Iraqi parliamentary elections due on Sunday. The prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who announced the capture, is likely to be a contender for what would be his second term as leader in horse-trading for government positions expected in the months ahead.

Iraqi officials did not disclose where Juburi was caught or who else played a role in the operation.


Preliminary turnout figures Monday showed many citizens boycotted Iraq’s parliamentary election, held a year early to appease protestors, in an oil-rich country riddled by corruption and beholden to armed factions.

The figure marks the lowest turnout in the five elections since long-time ruler Saddam Hussein was deposed in 2003.

The previous low was recorded in 2018, when 44.5 percent of eligible voters turned out to cast their ballots.


US President Joe Biden on Thursday singled out Turkey for undermining the fight against ISIS with its military offensive in northeast Syria.

“The situation in and in relation to Syria, and in particular the actions by the Government of Turkey to conduct a military offensive into northeast Syria, undermines the…


Israeli retailers are fuming after international sporting goods giant Nike on Sunday said it will stop working with them to market its products. The measure will come into effect on May 31, 2022.

In a letter sent to store owners on Sunday, Nike said: “Following a comprehensive review performed by the company and considering the changing marketplace, it has been decided that the continuation of the business relationship between you and the company does no longer match the company’s policy and goals.”


The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said it was extremely concerned about the sharp increase in the deaths and disappearances at sea of migrants trying to reach the Canary Islands along the West African coast.

According to the IOM report, August was the deadliest month in terms of documented fatalities with 379 lives lost, almost half the total number of deaths recorded in 2021.


Britain and the United States are among a few countries withholding support for a proposal brought at the United Nations that would recognise access to a safe and healthy environment as a human right, prompting criticism that they are undermining their own pledges ahead of the Glasgow climate conference.

The World Health Organization estimates that some 13.7 million deaths a year, or around 24.3 % of the total, are due to environmental risks such as air pollution and chemical exposure.

The evidence is overwhelming that these environmental challenges are directly affecting people’s enjoyment of fundamental human rights

Globally, the number of climate-related litigation cases has soared in the past few years and more are invoking human rights to support their arguments.

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