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In the days following Pope Francis' visit, two high profile abductions and killings of activists and dissidents' family members brought Iraq's perennial problems with militia violence roaring back into focus.

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 military operation in the region?

Missiles strike Baghdad airport amid new anti-IS operation

The New Arab Staff

Missiles strike Baghdad airport amid new anti-IS operation

No one claimed responsibility for the latest rocket attacks, but the US has blamed Iran-aligned militia factions for repeatedly targeting its assets in Iraq.

Syria Insight: Russia's intervention five years on (Part 2)

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Insight: Russia's intervention five years on (Part 2)

In-depth: Five years have passed since Russia's intervention in Syria's war began.

The Iraq Report: Sectarian killings revive fears of strife

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Sectarian killings revive fears of strife

A mass killing and an attack on Kurdish political headquarters suggest ethno-sectarian tensions are flaring again, with many questioning whether ...

The New Arab Staff

Israeli forces secretly destroyed two Syrian regime Golan outposts

Israeli forces secretly crossed a ceasefire line with Syria and destroyed two Syrian regime military outposts near the Golan Heights last month, according to Israeli reports.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq PM to meet Trump, US troops on agenda

The meeting comes amid a spate of attacks on American targets by pro-Iranian fighters.

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.

Rockets target American sites in Iraq despite militia arrests

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Rockets target American sites in Iraq despite militia arrests

Two rocket attacks have targeted American sites in and around Baghdad on Saturday night, wounding a child, despite recent arrests of suspected ...

The New Arab

Baghdad residents deplore display of Iranian leader posters

Iraqis in Baghdad have called for the removal of a massive number of posters showing Iranian leaders on Quds Day, an event supposedly expressing ...

Iraqi Shia groups reluctantly agree on new PM-designate

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 ...

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".

Soleimani successor visits Baghdad as Iran-US tensions rise

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.

Violent scenes on Greek islands as refugee arrivals spike

Mohammed Harun Arsalai, Arash Yousufi and Qusay Noor

Violent scenes on Greek islands as refugee arrivals spike

Chaotic scenes of families choking over plumes of tear gas, and grizzly images of the death of one Syrian refugee have brought the plight of ...

The New Arab

'President of Iran' Barham Salih meets Trump in Davos

The White House quickly changed the video's title to hide the error, but not before screenshots of the gaffe were circulated widely on social media.

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.

Sana Uqba

Yemen in Focus: Houthis stand by Iranian allies

The Houthis slammed the killing of Qasem Soleimani as a war crime, stating the only appropriate response to the assassination would be to expel ...

The New Arab

Airstrikes hit Iran-aligned militia positions in eastern Syria

Airstrikes of unknown origin have hit bases belonging to Iran-aligned in Syria amid increasing tensions between the US and Iran.

Timeline: A history of US-Iraq relations since 2003

The New Arab & agencies

Timeline: A history of US-Iraq relations since 2003

The US assassination of General Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad comes after a long history of US military intervention on Iraqi soil.

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq militia supporters fully withdraw from US embassy

Pro-Iran demonstrators left the besieged US embassy in Baghdad on Wednesday after the Hashd al-Shaabi paramilitary force ordered them to ...

US bans lawmakers from visiting Syria, Iraq

The New Arab

US bans lawmakers from visiting Syria, Iraq

Tensions are mounting between Washington and Tehran following a series of US airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.

US sends more troops to Iraq following Iran tensions

The New Arab & agencies

US sends more troops to Iraq following Iran tensions

The US has deployed 750 troops to the Middle East following the storming of its Baghdad embassy by protesters as Iranian leader Ali Khamenei ...

Trump calls on Iraq to protect US embassy

The New Arab & agencies

Trump calls on Iraq to protect US embassy

Trump is calling on the Iraqi government to protect the US embassy in Baghdad after it was stormed by protesters following a US airstrike that ...

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