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A crash in oil prices has plunged Iraqi Kurdistan into economic crisis, with Baghdad's budget cuts adding to the region's financial woes.

Areas outside Syrian regime control remain at a major disadvantage in battling Covid-19, with fears that the coronavirus could be more widespread than is being reported.

The Iraq Report: Raising of LGBT flag sparks outcry

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The Iraq Report: Raising of LGBT flag sparks outcry

The colourful LGBT flag was raised in Baghdad to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, prompting praise but mostly backlash online and in the halls of Iraqi power.

Yazidis face looming mental health crisis as Covid-19 spreads

Sophia Akram

Yazidis face looming mental health crisis as Covid-19 spreads

The Covid-19 pandemic risks deepening a mental health crisis for traumatised Yazidis in Iraq, who are still recovering from the barbarity of the ...

Iraq stops paying salaries to Kurdish Regional Government employees

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Iraq stops paying salaries to Kurdish Regional Government employees

A severe financial dispute between the Iraqi government and the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has resulted in the ...

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Iraqi Kurds blast Hezbollah chief Nasrallah over IS comments

The Iraqi Kurdish authority has issued a scathing response to claims by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah that former Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani panicked when IS took control of northern Iraq.

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Kurdish journalist and family killed in northeastern Iraq

An Iraqi Kurdish journalist and his family were shot and killed by unknown gunmen in the city of Sulaymaniyah in northeastern Iraq.

Ali Bakeer

Turkey-Saudi state of frenemity: One year on Khashoggi's murder

To Turkish officials, the premeditated operation was not only meant to kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but also to strangle Turkey ...

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Turkish mob attacks tourists displaying Iraqi-Kurdistan flag

A video has emerged on YouTube showing a mob in the Turkish town of Caykara attacking tourists who displayed the flag of Iraqi Kurdistan

Turkey bombs Iraqi Kurdistan after killing of diplomat

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Turkey bombs Iraqi Kurdistan after killing of diplomat

Turkey said it destroyed PKK targets in the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan on Thursday after one of its diplomats was shot dead in the regional ...

Adam Lucente

Iraqis speak out on heightening US-Iran tensions

The New Arab speaks to Iraqis about their views and concerns over the talk of war between the US and Iran, and how it could affect them and ...

The Iraq Report: Joint Turkey-Iran offensive against Kurds commences

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The Iraq Report: Joint Turkey-Iran offensive against Kurds commences

This week, Turkey attempts to terminate the PKK threat emanating from Iraq, Kurdish factions elect Nechirvan Barzani and Shia clerics mobilise ...

The Iraq Report: Iraq caught between Iran and US

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The Iraq Report: Iraq caught between Iran and US

This week, Iraq is caught in the middle of skyrocketing tensions between adversaries Iran and the US, while inside the country deadly violence ...

Turkish FM visits Erbil for talks with Iraqi-Kurdish leaders

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Turkish FM visits Erbil for talks with Iraqi-Kurdish leaders

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived in the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region on Sunday, as part of a two-day visit to ...

The Iraq Report: Thousands of children tortured by authorities

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The Iraq Report: Thousands of children tortured by authorities

This week's round-up of under-reported news from Iraq focuses on the conditions necessary for a new rise of militancy, notably, the jailing of ...

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Iraq is torturing children to coerce confessions: HRW

Human Rights Watch has deplored the arrest and torture of Iraqi children suspected of affiliation with Islamic State by the Iraqi and Kurdish governments.

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The Iraq Report: Israel visits and child torture

The New Arab's round-up of under-reported stories from Iraq this week focuses on ties with Israel, reports of child torture and the fate of ...

Tallha Abdulrazaq

How Western pollsters pushed for Kurdish independence

Comment: YouGov's campaign has undermined the integrity of all polling groups, writes Tallha Abdulrazaq.

Gaja Pellegrini-Bettoli

The Yazidis: What future for those who survived IS?

The New Arab Meets: Bushra and Bashida, two Yazidi sisters who share their stories on Islamic State group atrocities and researcher Barzan ...

Iran, Turkey up-the-ante with targeted attacks on Kurdish adversaries

Paul Iddon

Iran, Turkey up-the-ante with targeted attacks on Kurdish adversaries

Analysis: Stepping up assassinations on foreign soil may spark unprecedented violent reactions, writes Paul Iddon.

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 'anti-Christian ...

The Iraq Report: Turkey's silent invasion of Iraq

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The Iraq Report: Turkey's silent invasion of Iraq

Our weekly round-up of events in Iraq this week features Ankara's attack on the PKK in the Qandil mountains.

Are Kurds of Iraq and Syria about to reconcile?

Paul Iddon

Are Kurds of Iraq and Syria about to reconcile?

Analysis: A visit to Iraq by Syria's Kurds could signify thawing relations, writes Paul Iddon.

Iraq elections: Meet the contenders

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Iraq elections: Meet the contenders

With Iraqis expected to vote in some new faces and unusual alliances, who exactly are the main contenders for Baghdad's 329 parliamentary seats?

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