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There has been a sharp increase in civilian deaths in Afghanistan compared to numbers in 2020, UNAMA found. It comes as Biden revealed his intentions to withdraw US troops.

In-depth: Three years after being liberated from IS, Raqqa is still in ruins. But despite funding shortages and security challenges, residents are doing their best to reconstruct a stable life.

A year after Soleimani's killing, tensions simmer in Iraq

Sofia Nitti

A year after Soleimani's killing, tensions simmer in Iraq

In-depth: Iran has promised to avenge Soleimani's killing, but the proliferation of more independent armed militias in Iraq could be an even greater threat to stability.

IS steps up Sinai fight with bombs in homes

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

IS steps up Sinai fight with bombs in homes

The IED attacks that have multiplied in the vast, remote and sparsely populated region which authorities have declared off-limits to journalists.

Israel air strikes hit Iran targets in Syria

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Israel air strikes hit Iran targets in Syria

Israeli warplanes killed ten Syrian and foreign fighters in strikes that hit Iranian targets in Syria.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Three Syrian soldiers killed in Israeli air strike: report

At least Syrian three soldiers were killed after the Israeli army launched air strikes in the country.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi Arabia says broke up Iran-trained 'terrorist cell'

Saudi Arabia says last week it arrested 10 members of a "terrorist cell", which Riyadh linked to the Revolutionary Guard in Iran.

The New Arab Staff

IS occupies four villages in Egypt's Sinai

Wilayat Sinai, Egypt's Islamic State group affiliate, has occupied four villages in the north of the Sinai peninsula for nearly a week.

Ahmed Sewehli

Sisi has no business drawing 'red lines' in Libya

Comment: Egypt's undemocratic aims and interference in Libya are unwelcome, writes Ahmed Sewehli.

Facing defeat, Haftar makes a transparent bid for peace

Sam Hamad

Facing defeat, Haftar makes a transparent bid for peace

Comment: Sisi's counter-revolutionary track record and Haftar's war on Tripoli put their overtures to peace on very shaky ground, writes Sam ...

The New Arab & agencies

UN condemns use of IEDs against Libyan civilians

The GNA have accused Haftar's forces of planting mines in houses before pulling back from their positions in the south of the capital.

Lebanon details IS drone plot on US embassy

The New Arab

Lebanon details IS drone plot on US embassy

Details of an IS attempt to attack the US embassy in Beirut with a DIY drone reveal blunders and miscommunications that led to the arrests of 21 ...

Refugees and riot police clash on Greek Islands

Mohammed Harun Arsalai and Arash Yousufi

Refugees and riot police clash on Greek Islands

Up to 2,000 refugees, mainly Afghans, Iranians and Syrians, continue to protest in the Moria camp over delays in asylum cases, inhuman living ...

Iraq says major anti-IS operation along Syrian border 'successful'

The New Arab

Iraq says major anti-IS operation along Syrian border 'successful'

The Iraqi Security Media Cell announced the results of an operation along the border with Syria that aimed to clear members of the militant ...

Germany suspends training operations in Iraq amid Iran tensions

The New Arab & agencies

Germany suspends training operations in Iraq amid Iran tensions

Germany has suspended training operations in Iraq, hours after the US State Department decision to remove all non-emergency staff from its ...

The New Arab & agencies

US orders non-emergency embassy staff to leave Baghdad, Erbil

Non-emergency staff have been ordered to leave from the United States embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Erbil.

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Is a new insurgency emerging in Syria?

Attacks on Syrian regime positions have been widely reported this week, pointing to the emergence of a new low-level insurgency against Bashar ...

Patty Nieberg

Remnants of War: Afghanistan's landmine crisis continues

As the 17-year war drags on and foreign aid funding decreases, refugees as well as civilians who have remained in Afghanistan bear the scars, ...

The New Arab & agencies

'Multiple fatalities' in New Zealand mosques terrorist attack

An Australian extremist killed multiple Muslim worshippers during Friday prayers, authorities said, in an apparently livestreamed attack that ...

US offers $3m reward in Iraq explosives investigation

The New Arab & agencies

US offers $3m reward in Iraq explosives investigation

US federal authorities are offering a $3 million reward for information on a man illegally obtaining American made technology that was later ...

Laura Cappon

The spectre of unexploded landmines haunting Iraq

The Islamic State group has been largely defeated, but there is a shadow of the war which continues to maim and kill, reports Laura Cappon.

Afghan civilian casualties from suicide attacks soar

The New Arab & agencies

Afghan civilian casualties from suicide attacks soar

Afghan civilian casualties from suicide attacks have soared this year.

Israel closes border crossing with Gaza: official

The New Arab & agencies

Israel closes border crossing with Gaza: official

The Erez crossing had opened just last week to allow goods to reach the blockaded Gaza Strip.

Roadside bomb kills eight Afghan civilians: officials

The New Arab

Roadside bomb kills eight Afghan civilians: officials

A roadside bomb targeting security forces killed eight civilians, including women and children, authorities said on Wednesday.

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