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Biden's decisions last week mark a reversal of policies by his predecessor Donald Trump, a staunch backer of Saudi Arabia and a fierce opponent of rebel supporter Iran.

Comment: Khamenei's US/UK vaccines ban isn't just the usual anti-western sentiment, it's proof his regime cares little for Iranian lives, and signals even more radical times ahead, writes Arash Azizi.

Health expert warns over Yemen virus jab delivery

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Health expert warns over Yemen virus jab delivery

The ongoing conflict and the destruction of infrastructure is expected to severely impact the delivery of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Iraq Report: Pro-Iran militias emboldened by Biden's victory

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The Iraq Report: Pro-Iran militias emboldened by Biden's victory

While those in official circles are generally in favour of a new US administration under Joe Biden, Iraqi civil society and activists are more ...

Ireland's growing influence in the Middle East

Austin Bodetti

Ireland's growing influence in the Middle East

Unburdened by the colonial legacies dogging other countries in Western Europe, Ireland has received a warm reception in the Arab world.

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The Iraq Report: Coronavirus cases spiral out of control

While Iraq saw a relatively under-reported spread of Covid-19 in the first five months of 2020, June alone saw a 600 percent spike in infections.

Arash Azizi

Why sanctions on Iran should be lifted now

Comment: In the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, sanctions have become an aid to a humanitarian catastrophe that could facilitate the ...

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Iranian airline's return flights to China fuelled coronavirus outbreak

As Iran formally suspended flights to the virus' one-time global epicentre, Mahan Air flights between China and Iran continued unabated, reports ...

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Iraq still in chaos 17 years after US invasion

The US invasion in 2003, which promised liberty and democracy, led to the deaths of millions of Iraqis, destroyed much of the country's ...

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 ...

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Retaliatory strikes kill 18 Iraqi fighters in Syria

Suspected US-led coalition strikes on Syria's Albukamal region killed at least 18 Iraqi militia fighters on Thursday, just hours after an attack ...

New tear gas grenades kill and injure Iraqi protesters

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New tear gas grenades kill and injure Iraqi protesters

Amnesty International has called on Iraqi security forces to stop using military-grade tear gas grenades which have inflicted gruesome ...

Syria Weekly: Corruption could save Idlib from assault

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Corruption could save Idlib from assault

Idlib is in the cross hairs of Russian warplanes again, but the regime is unlikely to launch an offensive on the last Syrian opposition ...

Idlib peace talks mean little to Syrians under fire

Zouhir al-Shimale

Idlib peace talks mean little to Syrians under fire

'Everything is under attack, the peace talks have brought only blood and grief to us.'

The Iraq Report

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The Iraq Report

Our fortnightly round-up from Iraq features Baghdad refusing to comply with any sanctions imposed on Tehran by Washington because 'the Trump ...

Sonia Lowman

Mental health worker Hadeel Naser helps Syrian refugees heal

The New Arab Meets: International Medical Corps' mental health officer, Hadeel Naser, who is working tirelessly with Syrian refugees at Jordan's Azraq Camp to help them heal from invisible scars.

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The Iraq Report: Basra rages on; Iran doubles down

Our fortnightly round-up from Iraq features the latest from the anti-corruption protests, and Tehran attempting to bolster its influence while ...

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The Iraq Report: Mosul a dystopian wasteland after IS

Our weekly round-up of events in Iraq covers the anniversary of the defeat of the Islamic State group, and protests in Basra.

James Snell

Good neighbours? Israel in Syria

Comment: Airstrikes on a Syrian regime airbase may have been part of a wider strategy by Israel to counter Iran's influence in Syria, writes ...

Tired and traumatised: Mosul mothers unable to breastfeed

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Tired and traumatised: Mosul mothers unable to breastfeed

Khazir camp, southeast of Mosul, where Iraqi forces are deep into the eighth month of a massive operation against the Islamic State group, is ...

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Yemen's Houthi rebels release detained NGO staff

Houthi rebels on Sunday released 7 NGO workers who had been reported detained in the central province of Ibb a day earlier.

Aid under threat: Yemen rebels detain NGO staff

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Aid under threat: Yemen rebels detain NGO staff

Yemeni rebels have detained seven local employees of a humanitarian aid group and accused them of spying for foreign intelligence.

14 loyalists killed in Sirte Islamic State clashes

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14 loyalists killed in Sirte Islamic State clashes

Clashes between government forces and Islamic State militants killed at least 14 on Friday, as violence continued to escalate in the former ...

Libyan forces prepare for IS showdown in Sirte

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Libyan forces prepare for IS showdown in Sirte

Pro-government forces, backed by US airstrikes, are poised for a decisive assault on remaining Islamic State positions in the coastal city

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