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Human Rights Watch described the charges as politically motivated.

The initial hearings are expected to focus on those in local custody and then proceed to request transfers of suspects held outside Iraq.

Rising Iran-Turkey tensions in Iraq and Russia's dilemma

Samuel Ramani

Rising Iran-Turkey tensions in Iraq and Russia's dilemma

Analysis: While the extent and duration of Turkey's anticipated military intervention in Sinjar is unclear, Russia is watching the situation in northern Iraq with apprehension.

The KRG's mixed record with Iraq's Christian minorities

Sylvain Mercadier

The KRG's mixed record with Iraq's Christian minorities

In-depth: Beyond the image of tolerance and coexistence promoted by Kurdish authorities, Christian communities in Iraqi Kurdistan have long ...

Pope Francis prays for 'victims of war' in Mosul

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pope Francis prays for 'victims of war' in Mosul

On the last day of his Iraq visit, Pope Francis prayed for "victims of war" in Iraq's Mosul, where the Islamic State group ravaged local ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pope Francis visits Iraqi Christians who suffered under IS

The heaviest deployment of security forces yet has been mobilised to protect the 84-year-old on what is perhaps his riskiest day in Iraq.

The New Arab Staff

Syrian opposition head makes rare visit to Iraqi Kurdistan

The leader of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, Nasr Hariri, has visited the Kurdistan region of Iraq, bringing into focus shifting ...

Maedeh Sharifi

Reclaiming the Middle East's evil eye tradition with Sayran

LA-based jewellery designer, Sayran Barzani, is reclaiming the Middle East's evil eye tradition with her eponymous label Sayran.

Judit Neurink

Trial sparks a wave of desperation in Iraq's Kurdistan

Comment: The trial of five Kurdish activists and journalists for 'spying' has left Kurds furious with their leaders. As hardship increases, they ...

UN slams deadly Iraq rocket attack as 'reckless'

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

UN slams deadly Iraq rocket attack as 'reckless'

Responding to the deadly rocket attack on Erbil, the UN's top representative in Iraq tweeted: "Such heinous, reckless acts pose grave threats to ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US vows to pursue 'those responsible' for Erbil attack

The US has called for an investigation into a rocket attack on an airbase in Iraq's Kurdistan region which killed a foreign civilian contractor.

Iraq rocket attack kills foreigner, wounds several US contractors

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq rocket attack kills foreigner, wounds several US contractors

A volley of rockets targeting an airbase in Iraq's Kurdistan region killed a foreign civilian contractor and wounded five others and a US ...

The Iraq Report: Deadly terror in Baghdad suicide bombings

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Deadly terror in Baghdad suicide bombings

While there is obvious fury at the Islamic State, Iraqis have also expressed outrage at security forces and pro-Iran militias whom they blame ...

The Iraq Report: Deadly unrest in Iraqi Kurdistan

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Deadly unrest in Iraqi Kurdistan

With a crumbling economy, rampant corruption and unpaid salaries, Iraqi Kurdistan's woes are intricately linked to the wider problems the ...

Violence will only incite desperate young Kurds even more

Judit Neurink

Violence will only incite desperate young Kurds even more

Comment: The brutal crackdown on anti-government protests is a dangerous way to react to the desperation of young, jobless people who have lost ...

Alessandra Bajec

Why protests are raging in Iraqi Kurdistan

In-depth: With economic woes exacerbated by Covid-19 and the KRG's heavy-handed response to public anger, protests are expected to re-emerge in the future.

The New Arab Staff

Rights monitor accuses Iraqi-Kurdish authorities of violating human rights

The Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor has condemned Iraqi-Kurdish authorities after a violent crackdown on protesters.

The New Arab Staff

Iraq death toll rises amid crackdown on protests

Security forces in Iraq's northern Kurdish region fired live rounds at protesters, amid days of ongoing demonstrations against late salary ...

The New Arab Staff

Governor of Iraqi-Kurdish Erbil province dies of coronavirus aged-42

Firsat Sofi, Erbil's governor died of coronavirus at the age of 42.

What will a Biden presidency mean for Iraq?

Mehmet Alaca

What will a Biden presidency mean for Iraq?

Analysis: Joe Biden has a contentious history in Iraq, but the president-elect's policies towards the country remain unclear.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq Report: Kurd-on-Kurd violence as protesters clash with police

Kurd-on-Kurd violence intensifies between the PKK and the KRG, while Iraq's October Revolution is being revived and continued.

Kurdish militants kill Iraqi Kurdish soldier: sources

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Kurdish militants kill Iraqi Kurdish soldier: sources

PKK militants killed a member of the peshmerga units in northern Iraq.

Suspected PKK militants kill Iraqi Kurdish soldier

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Suspected PKK militants kill Iraqi Kurdish soldier

Militants from the anti-Turkish Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have killed a member of the Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces and wounded two ...

The legacy of Tehran's weaponised sectarianism in Iran-Iraq war

Tallha Abdulrazaq

The legacy of Tehran's weaponised sectarianism in Iran-Iraq war

Comment: Sectarianism is seen as the tragic norm in today's Middle Eastern conflicts, but its roots were put down 40 years ago during the ...

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