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Kurdish-led forces controlling northeast Syria freed more than 600 Syrian prisoners detained over links to IS

Journalist Bahroz Jaafer has been detained by Iraqi Kurdish authorities after Iraqi President Barham Saleh accused him of 'criminal defamation' over an article in which he criticised the leader

The Iraq Report: France asserts itself as US withdraws

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: France asserts itself as US withdraws

France is eyeing a role in Iraq as the United States continues to drawdown its presence in the country.

Iraq's Kurdish authorities target media amid social unrest

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq's Kurdish authorities target media amid social unrest

As social unrest grows in Iraq's Kurdish region, media outlets are facing increasing pressure from authorities for their role in covering ...

Defiant <em>Iraqi</em> protesters pour onto streets despite deadly attacks

The New Arab & agencies

Defiant Iraqi protesters pour onto streets despite deadly attacks

Thousands of Iraqi protesters have taken to the streets of Baghdad, Nasiriyah, Najaf, and other cities despite deadly militia attacks ...

The New Arab

Iraq paramilitaries stab anti-government protesters in horrific attack

Dozens of anti-government demonstrators were wounded as thousands of paramilitary supporters stormed Baghdad's main protest site.

Oula Kadhum

Iraq's lost generation

Comment: Iraq's protest movement must evolve into a viable opposition, with a leadership that can mobilise technocrats from across Iraq, writes ...

The New Arab

Russia warns US policies in Syria could 'ignite' region

Russia's foreign minister accused Washington of playing a 'dangerous game' in Syria, despite its own devastating bombardment of Syria that has ...

Nadia Mohammed

Doctors in Iraq: Between demonising campaigns and government neglect

Medical professionals in Iraq's Diwaniya city have become the target of a demonising campaign following the tragic death of three-year-old Rafif ...

<em>Iraqi</em> rival <em>tribes</em> battle it out using drones, missiles

The New Arab

Iraqi rival tribes battle it out using drones, missiles

A tribal conflict in southern Iraq has taken a leap into the modern world with drones being used to turn the tides of the battle in an apparent ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Torture in Iraq prisons continues

This week's round-up of under-reported news focuses on the continuing abuses of Iraq's prison system, as well as the sarcasm and mockery that ...

Iraq and Sudan show how climate change fuels war

Austin Bodetti

Iraq and Sudan show how climate change fuels war

Analysis: Desertification and water scarcity help fuel the social desperation necessary for armed insurgencies, reports Austin Bodetti.

State and <em>Tribes</em> in Syria

Usman Butt

State and Tribes in Syria

Book Club: Haian Dukhan's book, State and Tribes in Syria: Informal Alliances and Conflict Patterns, provide a useful introduction into ...

Meeting Bara'a: Baghdad's first female bookseller in al-Mutanabbi Street

Marta Bellingreri

Meeting Bara'a: Baghdad's first female bookseller in al-Mutanabbi Street

The New Arab Meets: Thirty-year-old Bara'a, who owns her own publishing house in Baghdad's renowned book market along al-Mutanabbi Street and ...

The Iraq Report: Government corruption, abuse fans dissent

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Government corruption, abuse fans dissent

Our fortnightly round-up from Iraq features ministers on the run after corruption convictions, a sense of inertia in parliament, and new fears ...

Marta Bellingreri

Iraqis raise their voices for women's rights

Protests take place in Baghdad condemning the ongoing violence against women, as the number of females being killed in Iraq, under the guise of honour, grows.

Sadek Hamid

Was Winston Churchill a racist?

Comment: Piers Morgan should not be allowed to shut down a painful but necessary conversation about Britain's colonial legacy, writes Sadek ...

The New Arab & agencies

Murders of trailblazing women spark fear in Iraq

The latest to die was 22-year-old social media influencer and model Tara Fares, who was gunned down by men firing automatic weapons into her ...

Zam Yusa

South-east Asian IS fighters: Where are they now?

Analysis: Since the fall of IS' self-proclaimed caliphate, some fighters from south-east Asia have returned home, but many remain in the region, ...

Erbil's Christians decry 'discriminatory and exploitative' Kurdish business regulation

Adam Lucente

Erbil's Christians decry 'discriminatory and exploitative' Kurdish business regulation

Assyrian businesses in Iraqi Kurdistan are facing 'discriminatory' taxes, with community leaders denouncing a history of ...

Quentin Müller

Can the Sadrist movement transcend sectarianism in Iraq?

Interview: Quentin Muller speaks to Moqtada al-Sadr's chief of staff, Dhia al-Asadi, about the Iraqi cleric's vision for Iraq.

<em>Iraqi</em> police clash with pro-Iran militia in Baghdad

The New Arab & agencies

Iraqi police clash with pro-Iran militia in Baghdad

Iraqi police and a pro-Iran militia have clashed in the capital Baghdad, as tensions between state security forces and irregulars rise.

The Iraq Report: Post-election horse-trading kicks off

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Post-election horse-trading kicks off

Our weekly round-up of events in Iraq this week focuses on negotiations to form a government after no one party won an overall majority.

Libya's radical Madkhalists are the latest threat

Francesca Mannocchi

Libya's radical Madkhalists are the latest threat

In-depth: A fringe Salafist group is slowly building huge influence on several fronts in Libya's chaos, and locals are saying the rise of an ...

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