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Iraq's governance woes have further exacerbated the country's fightback against the coronavirus pandemic as both Iraqis and militia groups flout the authorities' advice to stay away from crowded spaces.

Comment: The Syrian regime's campaign to retake Idlib threatens devastating levels of death and displacement. Syria and Russia must conclude an immediate ceasefire with rebel forces, writes

In Idlib, Assad's war machine has a lethal message

Sam Hamad

In Idlib, Assad's war machine has a lethal message

Comment: Make no mistake, ethnic cleansing is both the aim and the effect of Assad-Iran-Russia's war effort, writes Sam Hamad.

Interactive timeline: The history <em>of</em> Israeli settlements since 1967

Charlie Hoyle

Interactive timeline: The history of Israeli settlements since 1967

Israeli settlements built on land occupied in the 1967 war are one of the most contentious and intractable issues in the ...

When Haftar obliterates years <em>of</em> diplomacy in Libya

Jalel Harchaoui

When Haftar obliterates years of diplomacy in Libya

Comment: By taking the military path, Khalifa Haftar has sacrificed - but also exploited - years of genuine diplomatic progress in ...

Imad K. Harb

Haftar's attempted coup and Trump’s collusion over Libya

Comment: Renegade General Haftar's attempted coup in Tripoli is being backed by international and regional authoritarians, writes Imad K. Harb.

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The Iraq Report: Shia militias begin purges

This week's round-up of under-reported news from Iraq focuses on the ruthless efforts of powerful factions within the PMF to ...

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The Iraq Report: Iran critics assassinated

This week's round-up of under-reported news from Iraq focuses on violence faced by those who dare call for an end to Iran's influence ...

Paul Iddon

Manbij bombing could become major propaganda coup for IS

Analysis: Spinning the US withdrawal as a forced retreat, the Islamic State group is capitalising on its recent attacks in Manbij and Hasakah.

The Iraq Report: A year <em>of</em> instability, chaos, corruption

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The Iraq Report: A year of instability, chaos, corruption

The last of our regular round-ups from Iraq tackles the highs and lows of 2018.

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The Iraq Report

Our fortnightly round-up from Iraq features Baghdad refusing to comply with any sanctions imposed on Tehran by Washington because 'the Trump ...

The War on Terror began in 1492

Mohammed Harun Arsalai

The War on Terror began in 1492

Comment: The brutal treatment of Muslims in Afghanistan, the US and beyond has its roots in America's historic abuse of ...

Iraq authorities lift Basra curfew following quiet evening

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Iraq authorities lift Basra curfew following quiet evening

Public anger has boiled over in the southern city of Basra over persistent corruption, unemployment and poor services.

The Iraq Report: Iraq caught between US and Iran

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The Iraq Report: Iraq caught between US and Iran

The fate of Iraq is swinging between the US and Iran as pockets of proxy violence via militias persist.

Selling a phoney peace in Syria

Sam Hamad

Selling a phoney peace in Syria

Comment: By allowing French aid to be directly distributed by the Russian army, France's president Macron is endorsing Russian hegemony ...

Sam Hamad

US complicity in Daraa rubber stamps Assad's genocide

Comment: The US has washed its hands of Syria's rebels, thereby supporting Assad's conquest of 'liberated' areas, writes Sam Hamad.

Omar Baddar

Israel openly promotes Islamic State ideology

Comment: Preaching sectarianism is just one of many ways Israel is changing the way it does PR in the Trump era, writes Omar Baddar.

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The Iraq Report: Post-election horse-trading kicks off

Our weekly round-up of events in Iraq this week focuses on negotiations to form a government after no one party won an overall majority.

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Iraq election winner Sadr meets pro-Iran bloc leader

Muqtada al-Sadr, who heads an anti-Iran coalition, met political rival Hadi al-Amiri on Sunday to discuss the formation of the next ...

Paul Iddon

April showed Syrian conflict is as dangerous as ever

Analysis: Even though the Syrian conflict is almost a decade old, last month's deadly events prove it is still as devastating and dangerous as ...

In Iraq's Anbar, election offers chance to settle scores

The New Arab & agencies

In Iraq's Anbar, election offers chance to settle scores

In the province of Anbar where IS first emerged in Iraq, parliamentary elections next month are an opportunity for the predominantly ...

UK to pay extra £44.5m for Calais border security

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UK to pay extra £44.5m for Calais border security

Border security, counter-terrorism, aid and the Bayeux Tapestry are on the agenda for Thursday's meeting between the French and British leaders

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