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Russia is making inroads into the Middle East at the expense of US power.

An alleged cover-up of the killing of local activists in Basra reveals how a corrupt political network in southern Iraq is ready to do anything to remain in power.

Rest in Power Reham Yacoub

Taif Alkhudary and Hayder Al-Shakeri

Rest in Power Reham Yacoub

Comment: Reham Yacoub's assassination is evidence of an increasingly restricted space for free speech and protest in Iraq, write Taif Alkhudary and Hayder Al-Shakeri.

The Iraq Report: Diplomatic spat with Turkey intensifies

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Diplomatic spat with Turkey intensifies

While Iraqi authorities continue to criticise Turkish military operations, their protestations of sovereignty have fallen on deaf ears.

As Kadhimi heads to Washington, Iran-backed militias increase attacks

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

As Kadhimi heads to Washington, Iran-backed militias increase attacks

With Tehran and Washington competing for influence in Iraq, the gulf between pro-Iranian factions and Baghdad's US-friendly premier is growing.

The New Arab Staff

Iraq mourns Hashemi, vows to pursue his killers

National and international figures mourned the killing of Hisham al-Hashemi, who was gunned down on Monday in capital city of Baghdad.

The New Arab

WATCH: Gunmen set fire to Iraqi paramilitary group's headquarters

The offices of Iranian-backed paramilitary group Asaib Ahl al-Haq were set ablaze over the weekend, as Iraq witnesses bubbling tensions ...

The New Arab

Iraqis protest MBC broadcast calling slain PMF leader 'terrorist'

Angry protesters broke into the Baghdad office of Saudi-owned MBC television, after one of its broadcasts called Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, ...

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Iraq launches 'Desert Lions' offensive against IS sleeper cells

Iraqi security forces are engaged in a new military operation against sleeper cells belonging to the Islamic State militant group, authorities ...

Iraqi paramilitaries killed as IS launch multiple overnight attacks

The New Arab

Iraqi paramilitaries killed as IS launch multiple overnight attacks

IS operatives attacked several paramilitary posts across Iraq on Sunday resulting in several casualties, as rural tribespeople complain of daily ...

The New Arab

US-led coalition troops begin leaving Iraqi bases

Just hours after an attack reportedly struck an Iraq base housing foreign forces, officials confirmed US-coalition troops began withdrawing from ...

Rockets strike Iraq base hosting foreign troops

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Rockets strike Iraq base hosting foreign troops

For the third time in a week, rockets struck an Iraqi base hosting US-led coalition and NATO troops.

Airstrikes kill 26 Iraqi fighters in Syria

The New Arab & agencies

Airstrikes kill 26 Iraqi fighters in Syria

The death toll of an airstrike that killed Hashd al-Shaabi fighters has risen to 26.

Rockets strike US embassy in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone

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Rockets strike US embassy in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone

Multiple rockets struck the US embassy and a nearby coalition base, according to reports, as Iran-backed paramilitary groups announced a ...

Sadr's attack on protests brings out his true colours

Taif Alkhudary

Sadr's attack on protests brings out his true colours

Comment: Al-Sadr's attack on Iraqi protesters has brought his deeply conservative and pro-establishment values into sharp relief, ...

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 Soleimani's death.

The New Arab

WATCH: Iraqi militia fighter scrawls 'Qasem Soleimani' on missile

A video circulating on social media shows an Iran-backed paramilitary fighter scrawling the slain general's name on a missile allegedly bound ...

Nizar Mohamad

How Putin stands to gain, a month after Soleimani

Comment: As the dust settles on the US assassination of Soleimani, Putin is poised to secure influence in the region, writes Nizar Mohamad.

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq weighs larger NATO role to replace US-led coalition

A spokesman for Iraq's prime minister said discussions were being held with a host of NATO countries, such as France, the UK and Canada.

Thousands gather for 'million-strong' Baghdad protests against US troops

The New Arab & agencies

Thousands gather for 'million-strong' Baghdad protests against US troops

The rallies come just weeks after Moqtada al-Sadr reactivated his 'Mahdi Army', an anti-American forces militia he dissolved nearly a ...

The New Arab

Car bomb explodes on Iraq-Saudi border

A minibus parked next to the road in the border town of Al-Nukhaib exploded Thursday, injuring two officers and four security personnel.

Suspected Israeli strike kills three Iran-backed fighters in Syria

The New Arab & agencies

Suspected Israeli strike kills three Iran-backed fighters in Syria

Both Iranian forces and Russian military advisers were stationed at the base, which has been hit by Israeli forces in the past.

Hundreds mourn Iraqi reporters killed 'for covering anti-Iran protests'

The New Arab

Hundreds mourn Iraqi reporters killed 'for covering anti-Iran protests'

Hundreds marched through the streets of Basra carrying symbolic coffins, pictures of the deceased journalists, and Iraqi flags.

US, Iran should stop holding Iraq's political sovereignty hostage

Imad K. Harb

US, Iran should stop holding Iraq's political sovereignty hostage

Comment: Iraqis have been decrying Iranian and US interference in their affairs for many years, it's time they were handed the reins, writes ...

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