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The US is planning scaling down its military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the sanctions were imposed in memory of the victims of the chemical attacks in Ghouta seven years ago.

Syria's predictable faux election still had a few surprises

Paul McLoughlin

Syria's predictable faux election still had a few surprises

Syria's parliamentary elections resulted in another predictably huge win for the ruling Baath Party, but there were still some insights into the state of the economy.

Syria's ruling <em>Baath</em> party wins parliamentary polls

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syria's ruling Baath party wins parliamentary polls

President Bashar al-Assad's party and allies took 177 seats out of 250 in Sunday's polls, the third such elections since the start of the war ...

Counting of 'farcical' Syria vote delayed by reruns

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Counting of 'farcical' Syria vote delayed by reruns

The parliamentary polls are expected to deliver a clear majority for authoritarian leader Bashar al-Assad's Baath party.

The New Arab Staff

Palestinians demand Assad regime stop Yarmouk refugee gentrification

Palestinians have urged the brutal Assad regime to stop gentrifying the Yarmouk refugee camp, which would put hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees at yet more risk.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Exiled opposition says Syria polls a 'farce'

President Bashar al-Assad's Baath party and its allies are expected to take most of parliament's 250 seats.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syrians vote for new parliament amid measures against virus

The vote is the third to take place in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

War-torn Syria goes to the polls amid economic crisis

Several lists were allowed to run across the country but any real opposition is absent from the poll, no surprises are expected and the ruling ...

Syria Insight: Suweida's autonomy threatened by new economic uncertainties

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: Suweida's autonomy threatened by new economic uncertainties

Suweida has enjoyed a great degree of autonomy from regime rule during the war, but the dire economic situation in Syria is hitting home.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Rami Makhlouf's fall from grace confirmed

The rise and fall of Rami Makhlouf will be one of the great turning points in recent Syrian history.

Former Syrian vice president Khaddam dies in France

The New Arab & agencies

Former Syrian vice president Khaddam dies in France

Former Assad family ally turned Syrian opposition figure Abdul Halim Khaddam succumbed to a heart attack early on Tuesday morning.

Syria Weekly: The Struggle for State in Syria

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: The Struggle for State in Syria

The New Arab collates key points from Chatham House's series of panel discussion entitled 'The Struggle for State' , marking nine years since ...

Damascus announces parliamentary polls on 13 April

The New Arab & agencies

Damascus announces parliamentary polls on 13 April

The polls, to be held across regime-controlled parts of Syria, are the third such elections in the country since the start of its nine-year ...

Iraq PM-designate calls for confidence vote Monday

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq PM-designate calls for confidence vote Monday

Protesters say prime minister-designate Allawi is too close to the political elite they have fiercely fought against for months.

Paul McLoughlin

Syrian opposition launch new liberal party

The Syrian Liberal Party aims at keeping the dreams of the 2011 revolution alive and bring about a free and liberal Syria.

Nazli Tarzi

New noir crime-thriller captures candid portrait of occupied Iraq

Set against the backdrop of Iraq's Anglo-American invasion 17 years ago, Baghdad Central peers into the lives of Baghdadis as their world frays ...

The New Arab

Syrian air defence intercepts Israeli attack on Homs base

The T4 or Tiyas Military Airbase has been struck by Israel on several occasions in recent years.

The New Arab

Destructive duo Assad and Putin meet in Damascus

Putin met Assad during a surprise visit to Syria after nearly a decade of war.

Syria's Assad hails Trump as 'best American president' ever

The New Arab

Syria's Assad hails Trump as 'best American president' ever

Syrian regime head Bashar al-Assad praised Donald Trump as the 'best American president' in a state television interview.

The New Arab & agencies

Kurdish forces reject Assad regime's call to join army

Kurdish forces have rejected a call to join the Syrian regime's army and police.

Government change offers no solution for Iraq

Judit Neurink

Government change offers no solution for Iraq

Comment: If Iraq's party system based on religion, ethnicity and endemic clientelism is not addressed, protests will recur and frustration will ...

Facebook removes dozens of pro-Saddam troll accounts

The New Arab

Facebook removes dozens of pro-Saddam troll accounts

Anti-Iraqi government accounts have been spreading pro-Saddam Hussein propaganda on Facebook, campaigners say.

Sudan's transition to democracy: Will it be smooth?

Munzoul Assal

Sudan's transition to democracy: Will it be smooth?

The success of new PM Abdalla Hamdok's cabinet is contingent on a number of requirements, chief among them, the collaboration between the ...

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