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Iraq has been among the countries hardest-hit by coronavirus in the Middle East, with more than 660,000 reported cases and over 13,200 deaths.

A report based on a 2018 Iranian intelligence cables shows Iran's attempts at recruiting informants who had access to US personnel and facilities in Iraq.

Mosul: A wounded city trying to heal

Sylvain Mercadier

Mosul: A wounded city trying to heal

In-depth: Iraq's second largest city remains scarred by the war against the Islamic State. Although peace has returned, much of Mosul still lies in ruins.

Amid crippling sanctions, Iran traders seek lifeline in Iraq

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Amid crippling sanctions, Iran traders seek lifeline in Iraq

To avoid the US sanctions imposed on Iran, traders are crossing the border into neighbouring Iraq to sell their wares.

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 ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq 'shrine factions' look to peel away from Hashed

Four warring factions in Iraq threaten the country's fragility.

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Iraqi refugees face abuse over perceived IS links

Amnesty's regional director called on the Iraq's central authority and the Kurdish regional government to address the "collective punishment of ...

Nazli Tarzi

Youth activists in Iraq are waging a 'green revolution'

The youth-led initiative 'Green Iraq' is planting thousands of trees across the country to transform sprawling cities and deserts.

Sofia Nitti

Nowhere to go: Iraq's camp closures leave thousands destitute

In-depth: Iraq has announced the closure of IDP camps across the country. With Covid-19 raging, winter approaching and IS still active, the ...

Holy smoke: Karbala's wooden shisha craftsmen survive months-long lockdown

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Holy smoke: Karbala's wooden shisha craftsmen survive months-long lockdown

Iraq's Karbala is known as a religious pilgrimage site, visited by millions of worshippers, but shisha-smokers revere it for a ...

The New Arab

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 ...

Iraq protesters, police clash again

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq protesters, police clash again

Iraqi police fired stun grenades and tear gas at protesters who were burning tyres and hurling rocks on the strategic Al-Jumhuriyah bridge.

Pilgrims flood Iraq's <em>Karbala</em> for Arbaeen despite virus fears

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pilgrims flood Iraq's Karbala for Arbaeen despite virus fears

Arbaeen marks the end of the 40-day mourning period for the seventh century killing of Imam Hussein, Prophet Mohammed's grandson, by followers ...

Iraqi father faces militia as he seeks missing son

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraqi father faces militia as he seeks missing son

Jasb’s father has been searching for justice that has run repeatedly against one major obstacle: the increasing helplessness of Iraq’s ...

Iraq's foreign minister makes first visit to Iran

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq's foreign minister makes first visit to Iran

Iranian media have not elaborated on the reasons behind the top Iraqi diplomat's two-day trip to Tehran.

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Anti-Shia protesters march for second day in Karachi

Vast crowds of men thronged downtown Karachi - Pakistan's largest city and a major business and industrial hub - many of them waving pro-Sunni flags and chanting Sunni-power slogans.

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Thousands join Iraq's first weekly prayers since Covid-19

Thousands of Iraqis gathered for socially distanced open-air prayers organised by firebrand cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in his east Baghdad ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq warns it may 'lose control' over coronavirus

Officials have blamed 'large gatherings' without social distancing, including recent commemorations of Ashura.

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Iraqi mob torches TV station for over 'festive' show

A mob stormed and set fire to an Iraqi television station Monday over its airing of a 'festive' programme on a religious day of mourning.

Shia muslims mark Ashura in Iraq's <em>Karbala</em> despite virus

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Shia muslims mark Ashura in Iraq's Karbala despite virus

Small clusters of pilgrims gathered outside the main mosque, wearing the customary black mourning clothes along with less traditional masks and ...

The New Arab Staff

Nasrallah reveals Hezbollah rejected US 'money and power' deal

The United States allegedly approached Hezbollah and offered it money and power, the group's leader said on Saturday.

Shia mourning rituals ring with Iraq's demands for justice

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Shia mourning rituals ring with Iraq's demands for justice

The tradition of mixing pilgrimage with protests far predates the Iraq's 2019 protest movement.

Iraqi coronavirus cases top 200,000

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraqi coronavirus cases top 200,000

According to the Iraqi health ministry, 201,050 Iraqis have contracted the virus, including 6,353 who have died.

Shia pilgrims gather for mourning month in Iraq

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Shia pilgrims gather for mourning month in Iraq

Pilgrims in Iraq attend a shrine during the holy month despite coronavirus fears.

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