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Most of the countries that have restored ties with Damascus are motivated by their strong desire to undermine Turkey's objectives in the wider region.

Top five stories highlighting the Middle East’s resilience in the face of the novel coronavirus this week.

MSF flies coronavirus supplies to Syria amid country-wide lockdown

The New Arab

MSF flies coronavirus supplies to Syria amid country-wide lockdown

Two planes filled with coronavirus supplies landed in Iraq and will make their way to northeast Syria despite cuts in funding from the United Nations.

Yazidis face looming mental health crisis as Covid-19 spreads

Sophia Akram

Yazidis face looming mental health crisis as Covid-19 spreads

The Covid-19 pandemic risks deepening a mental health crisis for traumatised Yazidis in Iraq, who are still recovering from the barbarity of the ...

Syria's Assad is more beholden to Russia than ever

Gareth Browne

Syria's Assad is more beholden to Russia than ever

Comment: Russia may be recalibrating its strategy in Syria, but it's unconvincing to think it would consider the risk of replacing Assad a ...

Paul Iddon

Is Libya on the road to de facto partition?

Neither side in Libya's civil war can achieve a decisive victory.

Paul Iddon

Erdogan's Empire: The rise of Turkey's enigmatic leader

Book Club: Soner Cagaptay charts the rise of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and how he sought to make Turkey a major power.

Paul Iddon

Don't let Islamic State exploit coronavirus

Comment: IS will exploit any instability, including a potential humanitarian crisis caused by coronavirus, writes Paul Iddon.

The New Arab

Four children killed in fire in northeastern Syria

Four children have been killed and six adults injured after a fire broke out at a camp for displaced people near the town of Malikiyeh.

Trump warns Iran of 'heavy price' amid troop attacks

The New Arab

Trump warns Iran of 'heavy price' amid troop attacks

Tehran was warned against carrying out further attacks on US troops in the region on Wednesday, with the US president vowing a "heavy price".

The New Arab

Soleimani successor visits Baghdad as Iran-US tensions rise

The US and Iran appear to be heading for another major confrontation in Iraq.

US orders some government employees to leave Iraq

The New Arab

US orders some government employees to leave Iraq

The US embassy in Baghdad said the State Department ordered certain diplomatic staff out of Iraq on the same day two rockets the capital's Green ...

Saudi Arabia's oil war could spell disaster for Iraq

Paul Iddon

Saudi Arabia's oil war could spell disaster for Iraq

Saudi Arabia's decision to flood the oil market could do great harm to Iraq's economy, at a time when the country is already grappling with ...

Coronavirus curfew shuts down cities in Iraq's Kurdish region

The New Arab & agencies

Coronavirus curfew shuts down cities in Iraq's Kurdish region

Life has come to a standstill in Iraq's autonomous northern Kurdish region as authorities battle the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Baghdad's four decades of conflict and strife

Paul Iddon

Baghdad's four decades of conflict and strife

In-depth: From 1980 until now, the Iraqi capital has faced a series of conflicts, instability, and violence. This year marks 40 years since this ...

The New Arab

Iraqi women activists launch magazine for International Women's Day

#IWD2020: The Women of Nineveh magazine hopes to give a voice to the women of northern Iraq's diverse religious and ethnic groups.

The New Arab & agencies

US contractor 'shared confidential informants lists' with Hezbollah-linked lover

A linguist who worked with the US army in Iraq has been charged with giving up military secrets.

Hadani Ditmars

In Erbil's citadel, Amjad Assad keeps forgotten melodies alive

The New Arab Meets: 64-year-old Amjad Assad, who has almost single handedly digitised thousands of cassettes and old 78's that span a century of ...

Paul Iddon

Turkey avoids taking sides in the US-Iran standoff

Ankara wants to avoid siding with the US in any conflict with Iran or heeding Tehran's call for allies to join in opposition to American ...

Eleven US troops injured in last week’s Iranian attack

The New Arab & agencies

Eleven US troops injured in last week’s Iranian attack

The US military has said that 11 US troops were injured in last week’s Iranian attack on the Ain al-Asad base in Iraq, after previously ...

Paul Iddon

Why Iraq is contemplating buying Russian missiles

Iraq is considering the purchase of yet more long-range missiles from Russia amid American and Iranian strikes on its soil.

Iraqi Kurds blast Hezbollah chief Nasrallah over IS comments

The New Arab

Iraqi Kurds blast Hezbollah chief Nasrallah over IS comments

The Iraqi Kurdish authority has issued a scathing response to claims by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah that former Kurdish leader Masoud ...

Rockets hit Iraq base hosting US troops: military

The New Arab & agencies

Rockets hit Iraq base hosting US troops: military

Eight Katyusha-type rockets landed on Al-Balad airbase, where US forces have been based, wounding two Iraqi officers and two airmen on Sunday.

A decades-long battle: The Iran-US rivalry explained

The New Arab

A decades-long battle: The Iran-US rivalry explained

Explainer: Tensions between the US and Iran have reached the highest point in decades, with the killing of a leading Iranian general by ...

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