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Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi praised the readiness of Iraqi forces to assume the anti-IS combat role when coalition troops leave.

The cause of the Sadr City blast was not immediately known.

Drone attack targets Iraq's <em>Erbil</em> airport in 'grand escalation'

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Drone attack targets Iraq's Erbil airport in 'grand escalation'

The use of a drone marks an unprecedented escalation of the arms used to target US soldiers based in Erbil.

ReBirth: Women in Iraq blend feminism with digital art

Burcu Ozcelik

ReBirth: Women in Iraq blend feminism with digital art

Burcu Ozcelik uncovers the creative practices of reBirth, a visual arts project in Erbil that unapologetically showcases womanhood and ...

The future of learning Arabic in MENA post-pandemic

Sarah Markiewicz

The future of learning Arabic in MENA post-pandemic

Sarah Markiewicz unravels the beloved diversity of learning Arabic, its regional varieties, and how recent events in the region have thrust ...

Paul Iddon

Why Baghdad's new visa system could emulate Kurdistan's success

In-depth: Baghdad once sought to abolish the KRG's comparably liberal visa system. Now, new reforms will make it easier for foreign visitors to get an Iraqi visa on arrival.

The New Arab Staff

Iraqi-Kurdish MPs slams arrest of LGBTQ+ activists in Iraq

An Iraqi-Kurdish MP criticised the arrests last week of people 'suspected' of being part of the LGBTQ+ community in Sulaimani.

The New Arab Staff

Iraqi factions pressure Kurds to surrender Erbil attack findings

The Kurdistan Regional Government claimed that a group belonging to the Iran-backed PMU were behind the deadly rocket attack on Erbil ...

Paul Iddon

Will Biden really curb arms sales to Saudi Arabia?

Analysis: The US is mulling limiting any future arms deals with Saudi Arabia to 'defensive' weapons. This has been tried before.

Iraq records new surge in Covid cases

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq records new surge in Covid cases

Following the Pope’s visit, Iraq is witnessing a surges in Covid-19 infections and deaths.

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Killings, abductions rise after Pope's visit

In the days following Pope Francis' visit, two high profile abductions and killings of activists and dissidents' family members brought Iraq's ...

Pope stamp showing 'Greater Kurdistan' causes uproar in Iraq

The New Arab Staff

Pope stamp showing 'Greater Kurdistan' causes uproar in Iraq

Following outrage in Turkey and Iran, KRG authorities issued a statement saying the postage stamps were the work of artists and not officially ...

Could Iraq's Iran-backed militias arm the PKK against Turkey?

Paul Iddon

Could Iraq's Iran-backed militias arm the PKK against Turkey?

Analysis: Iran-backed militias want to maintain dominance in Sinjar as an access point to Syria, but would they arm the PKK if Turkey launches a ...

Alleged kidnapping of activist's son provokes stir in Iraq

The New Arab Staff

Alleged kidnapping of activist's son provokes stir in Iraq

Ayoub Al-Khazraji has criticised authorities for covering up the kidnapping of his son at the hands of Iraq's powerful militia groups.

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 ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pope celebrates largest mass of historic Iraq trip

To end his four-day Iraqi visit, Pope Francis chose to hold the largest mass of his trip in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan

Sofia Nitti

Pope Francis and Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani: A groundbreaking dialogue

In-depth: There are high hopes in both Iraqi Christian and Shia Muslim communities ahead of Pope Francis' historic meeting with Grand Ayatollah ...

The New Arab Staff

Will Pope Francis' visit help fix Iraq's many problems?

In-depth: Pope Francis' visit to Iraq is significant to Iraqis who have faced violence by scores of militant groups over previous years, but ...

Harry Hagopian

Pope Francis in Iraq: Healing, piety and PR

Comment: Pope Francis' highly anticipated visit to Iraq places a host of spiritual and political expectations on the charismatic pontiff. Here's ...

Pope Francis in Iraq: A bridge of faith

Gaja Pellegrini-Bettoli

Pope Francis in Iraq: A bridge of faith

In-depth: Pope Francis is making history with his trip to Iraq, bringing a message of solidarity to Iraqi Christians while forging a path of ...

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 ...

Pentagon: US contractor dies in Iraq rocket attack

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pentagon: US contractor dies in Iraq rocket attack

A contractor died when at least 10 rockets slammed into an air base housing US and other coalition troops in western Iraq.

The Iraq Report: Turkey and Iran trade diplomatic blows

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Turkey and Iran trade diplomatic blows

Iraq has once more emerged as an arena of competition between Turkey and Iran as the two historic rivals clash over Ankara's intervention ...

Papal visit to Iraq to go ahead despite concerns

The New Arab Staff

Papal visit to Iraq to go ahead despite concerns

The 84-year-old pope will make his first visit to the country despite being in to coronavirus age risk group.

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