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The drone strike marks "an escalation and a sign that Iran-backed militias will use various weapons to attack their targets."

Comment: To begin healing in Iraq and Syria, we must find new strategies of acceptance that fight dehumanisation and radicalisation, writes Judit Neurink.

Drone attack targets Iraq's Erbil airport in 'grand escalation'

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Drone attack targets Iraq's Erbil airport in 'grand escalation'

The use of a drone marks an unprecedented escalation of the arms used to target US soldiers based in Erbil.

Iraqi-Kurds dismiss reports <em>of</em> 'attack on Israeli Mossad'

The New Arab Staff

Iraqi-Kurds dismiss reports of 'attack on Israeli Mossad'

Kurdish authorities in northern Iraq have denied reports of an Israeli intelligence foothold in the region.

ReBirth: Women in <em>Iraq</em> blend feminism with digital art

Burcu Ozcelik

ReBirth: Women in Iraq blend feminism with digital art

Burcu Ozcelik uncovers the creative practices of reBirth, a visual arts project in Erbil that unapologetically showcases womanhood and ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraqi youth see little hope 18 years after Saddam

Despite the country's oil wealth, the promise of a booming future has remained beyond grasp for most, especially those now coming of age.

Sarah Markiewicz

The future of learning Arabic in MENA post-pandemic

Sarah Markiewicz unravels the beloved diversity of learning Arabic, its regional varieties, and how recent events in the ...

Paul Iddon

Why Baghdad's new visa system could emulate Kurdistan's success

In-depth: Baghdad once sought to abolish the KRG's comparably liberal visa system. Now, new reforms will make it easier for foreign visitors to ...

The New Arab Staff

Iraqi-Kurdish MPs slams arrest of LGBTQ+ activists in Iraq

An Iraqi-Kurdish MP criticised the arrests last week of people 'suspected' of being part of the LGBTQ+ community in ...

Kurdish humanitarian dies from Covid-19 in Sweden

The New Arab Staff

Kurdish humanitarian dies from Covid-19 in Sweden

Ghafouri set up a charity to support Yazidis diplaced by IS.

Giorgio Cafiero and Sina Azodi

Why Turkey wants Biden to salvage the JCPOA

Analysis: As divisions grow among Washington's partners, Turkey will likely stand in the camp of states that see the JCPOA's survival ...

Will Biden really curb arms sales to Saudi Arabia?

Paul Iddon

Will Biden really curb arms sales to Saudi Arabia?

Analysis: The US is mulling limiting any future arms deals with Saudi Arabia to 'defensive' weapons. This has been tried before.

<em>Iraq</em> grants visas on arrival to 30 countries

The New Arab Staff

Iraq grants visas on arrival to 30 countries

Citizens of the US, UK and most EU member states will be able to take advantage of the new rules.

Rising Iran-Turkey tensions in <em>Iraq</em> and Russia's dilemma

Samuel Ramani

Rising Iran-Turkey tensions in Iraq and Russia's dilemma

Analysis: While the extent and duration of Turkey's anticipated military intervention in Sinjar is unclear, Russia is watching the ...

Pope stamp showing 'Greater <em>Kurdistan</em>' causes uproar in <em>Iraq</em>

The New Arab Staff

Pope stamp showing 'Greater Kurdistan' causes uproar in Iraq

Following outrage in Turkey and Iran, KRG authorities issued a statement saying the postage stamps were the work of artists and not ...

Paul Iddon

Could Iraq's Iran-backed militias arm the PKK against Turkey?

Analysis: Iran-backed militias want to maintain dominance in Sinjar as an access point to Syria, but would they arm the PKK if Turkey launches a military operation in the region?

Sylvain Mercadier

The KRG's mixed record with Iraq's Christian minorities

In-depth: Beyond the image of tolerance and coexistence promoted by Kurdish authorities, Christian communities in Iraqi ...

The New Arab Staff

Syrian opposition head makes rare visit to Iraqi Kurdistan

The leader of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, Nasr Hariri, has visited the Kurdistan region of ...

The New Arab Staff

Yazidi leader blasts pro-Iran, Kurdish militia in Sinjar

The presence of the militias to counter a Turkish offensive against the PKK in Sinjar has prompted fears of a new wave ...

Iraq's long road to justice for the Yazidi genocide

Rachel Hagan

Iraq's long road to justice for the Yazidi genocide

In-depth: Iraq has passed a landmark new bill offering reparations to victims of the Islamic State and formally recognising ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Turkey and Iran trade diplomatic blows

Iraq has once more emerged as an arena of competition between Turkey and Iran as the two historic rivals clash over Ankara's ...

Turkey protests to Iran envoy in <em>Iraq</em> row

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Turkey protests to Iran envoy in Iraq row

Iran and Turkey are rivals in several parts of the Middle East and Central Asia but both have carried out operations against Kurdish ...

Iraq's Sinjar caught in new tug-<em>of</em>-war

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq's Sinjar caught in new tug-of-war

Nearly six years since Iraq's Sinjar region was recaptured from jihadists, geopolitical tensions risks sparking a new conflict.

Trial sparks a wave <em>of</em> desperation in Iraq's <em>Kurdistan</em>

Judit Neurink

Trial sparks a wave of desperation in Iraq's Kurdistan

Comment: The trial of five Kurdish activists and journalists for 'spying' has left Kurds furious with their leaders. As hardship ...

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