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Iran views US reticence to continue operating in Iraq not only as a sign of weakness but as an opportunity to further cement its hold and power over Iraqi affairs.

Iraq's government has approved 30,000 new members for the Iran-backed Hashd Al-Shaabi militia.

Israeli intelligence chief demanded Palestinian PM Abbas scrap elections

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Israeli intelligence chief demanded Palestinian PM Abbas scrap elections

An Israeli intelligence chief has demanded Abbas cancel upcoming elections if Hamas competes in the vote.

US, Iraq to hold talks over American troop presence

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US, Iraq to hold talks over American troop presence

Iraqi officials confirmed they had sent a formal request to Biden's administration for a date to resume strategic talks on bilateral relations ...

Poll: <em>Fatah</em>, Hamas face headwinds ahead of Palestinian vote

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Poll: Fatah, Hamas face headwinds ahead of Palestinian vote

A new poll indicates both Palestinian factions are likely to fall short of a parliamentary majority.

Nazli Tarzi

The disingenuous promise of early elections in Iraq

Analysis: Mustafa al-Kadhimi is seeking to appease Iraq's protest movement by promising early elections, but politically astute Iraqis recognise that cosmetic reforms and sloganeering serve the ruling cartel.

Mitchell Plitnick

AIPAC wants to decide who runs in Palestinian elections

Comment: America's Israel lobby has no right to dictate who is or is not eligible and legitimate to run in Palestinian elections. Doing so is ...

The New Arab Staff

EXCLUSIVE: Imprisoned politician Marwan Barghouti running for Palestinian presidency

Imprisoned Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti will run for Palestinian presidency during the upcoming summer elections.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Abbas announces long-awaited Palestinian elections

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas announced dates for the first Palestinian elections in more than 15 years.

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.

Maher al-Charif

Palestine: A history punctuated by the intifadas

Comment: To mark 20 years since the Second Intifada, Maher al-Charif takes a look back at the 1940 general strike and armed rebellion, and the ...

Rights groups file complaint against Hamas for activist detention

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Rights groups file complaint against Hamas for activist detention

Rights groups have filed a complaint against Hamas at the UN over the five-month detention of Rami Aman, a Gaza activist who spoke to Israelis ...

<em>Fatah</em>, Hamas pledge unity against Israeli annexations

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Fatah, Hamas pledge unity against Israeli annexations

The relationship between the two groups has been plagued by divisions for more than a decade.

Palestinians rally as global opposition to Israeli annexation grows

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Palestinians rally as global opposition to Israeli annexation grows

Netanyahu's centre-right coalition government had set July 1 as the date from which it could begin implementing US President Donald ...

Palestinians face uncertainty amid crashing economy and Israeli annexation

Ibrahim Husseini

Palestinians face uncertainty amid crashing economy and Israeli annexation

Two pressing issues dominate the conversation among Palestinians - a struggling economy and Israel's anticipated annexation.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US to reduce Iraq military presence as tensions ease

The US has pledged to reduce the number of its troops in Iraq, as tensions between the two countries ease following the appointment of Mustafa Al-Kadhimi as prime minister

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq, US launch strategic online talks to temper tensions

The US and Iraq will launch strategic talks on Thursday to address the fate of the US-led military coalition.

The New Arab & agencies

Palestinian leader Abbas threatens Israel security coordination

Mahmud Abbas said Israeli annexation of any parts of the occupied West Bank would ruin chances for a two-state solution.

The New Arab

Iraqi Shia groups reluctantly agree on new PM-designate

Iraqi Shia political groups have conditionally agreed to appoint Mustafa Kazemi, the country’s head of intelligence, as prime minister after ...

Iran-backed blocs reject new Iraqi premier-designate

The New Arab

Iran-backed blocs reject new Iraqi premier-designate

Iraq's powerful Iran-aligned power blocs, many of whom disapproved of al-Zurfi's relations with the US, will now name a candidate to replace him.

Laura Albast

The missing revolution: Palestine's need for new leadership

Comment: Without modern leaders who can appeal to major powers, Palestine will continue to stand alone, writes Laura Albast.

Lebanon's Hezbollah aids Iraqi militants following Soleimani death

The New Arab

Lebanon's Hezbollah aids Iraqi militants following Soleimani death

Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah has been meeting with Iraqi militia leaders, seeking to unite them in the face of a huge void left by ...

Deafening silence as Israel strikes multiple Arab states

Sana Uqba

Deafening silence as Israel strikes multiple Arab states

In recent months, Israel has ventured beyond its usual battlefields, conducting multiple airstrikes in neighbouring Syria, Lebanon and even ...

Iraq confirms Israel behind 'some' Shia militia base attacks

The New Arab

Iraq confirms Israel behind 'some' Shia militia base attacks

An Iraqi parliamentarian and leading member of the paramilitary force said Iraq found Israel is "certainly" behind several attacks on Hashed ...

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