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The powerful cleric's political ambitions have been branded a cynical ploy by youth protesters who have been demonstrating against corruption, a dire economic situation, and state-backed violence.

Hundreds of Iraqi families forced out of camps are living in horrific conditions, the charity Save the Children said.

Youth activists in Iraq are waging a 'green revolution'

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.

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

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 ...

Two civilians killed in Baghdad, Anbar explosions

The New Arab Staff

Two civilians killed in Baghdad, Anbar explosions

A bombing in Baghdad and another in Anbar killed two people in total, Iraqi security sources said.

The New Arab Staff

Two policemen killed in IS attack in north Iraq

An Islamic State group militant attack on a police headquarters in Kirkuk has killed at least two officers and injured five others, according to reports.

Sofia Nitti

Fighting fake news in Iraq's battle against Covid-19

Conspiracy theories and misinformation have surged in Iraq, where a history of dictatorship, war and political crises have undermined public ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US revises UN resolution to extend Iran arms embargo

The resolution's new draft states that the arms embargo on Iran will continue 'until the Security Council decides otherwise'.

The New Arab Staff

Turkish army seizes PKK ammunition cache in northern Iraq

The haul includes scores of AK-47 rifles, shot guns and anti-aircraft gun ammunition.

Iraqi army launches military operation to secure oil-rich <em>Kirkuk</em>

The New Arab Staff

Iraqi army launches military operation to secure oil-rich Kirkuk

A number of security forces will take part in a new military campaign against Islamic State sleeper cells in the oil-rich Kirkuk ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq sets up border posts to 'prevent Turkish advance'

Ankara has established at least a dozen posts inside Iraqi territory as part of a military campaign to rout members of the PKK.

Bolton's book and why Trump betrayed the Kurds

Paul Iddon

Bolton's book and why Trump betrayed the Kurds

Comment: Bolton's book shines a light on President Trump's crass dismissal of Kurdish sacrifices, writes Paul Iddon.

Iraq's religious minorities fear plans to resettle IS families

Adam Lucente

Iraq's religious minorities fear plans to resettle IS families

Yazidi and Iraqi Christian communities who suffered atrocities at the hands of the extremist group fear the return of IS-affiliated families ...

IS exploits virus, political crisis to boost Iraq attacks

The New Arab & agencies

IS exploits virus, political crisis to boost Iraq attacks

Iraq declared IS defeated in late 2017 but sleeper cells have survived in remote northern and western areas, where security gaps mean the group ...

Iraq launches 'Desert Lions' offensive against IS sleeper cells

The New Arab

Iraq launches 'Desert Lions' offensive against IS sleeper cells

Iraqi security forces are engaged in a new military operation against sleeper cells belonging to the Islamic State militant group, authorities ...

The New Arab

Iraqi paramilitaries killed as IS launch multiple overnight attacks

IS operatives attacked several paramilitary posts across Iraq on Sunday resulting in several casualties, as rural tribespeople complain of daily assaults by the militants during the coronavirus lockdown.

The New Arab & agencies

Iraqi Shia fighters killed in Islamic State attack

Islamic State militants launched an attack on Iraqi Shia paramilitary fighters on Saturday, reports confirmed.

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Islamic State is making a comeback

The forces of the Islamic State are once more on the march.

Paul Iddon

Don't let Islamic State exploit coronavirus

Comment: IS will exploit any instability, including a potential humanitarian crisis caused by coronavirus, writes Paul Iddon.

Dozens killed in clashes between Iraqi army and IS

The New Arab

Dozens killed in clashes between Iraqi army and IS

At least 24 people died in violent clashes after the Iraqi military raided an Islamic State hideout, Iraq's defence ministry announced.

The New Arab & agencies

US-led forces pull out from key Iraqi military base

The troop withdrawals come as part of a plan to consolidate US-led coalition forces in two Iraqi bases.

Iraq still in chaos 17 years after US invasion

The New Arab

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 ...

US-led coalition troops begin leaving Iraqi bases

The New Arab

US-led coalition troops begin leaving Iraqi bases

Just hours after an attack reportedly struck an Iraq base housing foreign forces, officials confirmed US-coalition troops began withdrawing from ...

Retaliatory strikes kill 18 Iraqi fighters in Syria

The New Arab

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 ...

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