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In-depth: The chaotic situation in Syria has seen the creation of many militias and the militarisation of many political parties. We have compiled a list of the most important actors.

Iraq’s security forces have fired at and beaten up demonstrators during a series of protests in Basra, Human Rights Watch has found.

Syrian regime allows cornered IS to escape to Idlib Syrian regime allows cornered IS to escape to Idlib

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Syrian regime allows cornered IS to escape to Idlib

Syrian regime troops have allowed a small enclave or Islamic State group fighters to escape to begin an offensive on rebels in Idlib province.

Syrian regime, Hizballah advance near border with Israel

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Syrian regime, Hizballah advance near border with Israel

Syrian regime and Hizballah are advancing near the southern borders with Lebanon and Israel, pushing towards rebels holding out in a strategic ...

UAE 'planned to invade Qatar with Blackwater-linked mercenaries'

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UAE 'planned to invade Qatar with Blackwater-linked mercenaries'

Qatar's former deputy prime minister has accused the United Arab Emirates of plotting to invade Doha with an army of mercenaries.

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The Iraq Report: Child trafficking by Baghdad mafia exposed

Analysis: Welcome to The New Arab's weekly digest of events in Iraq

Paul Iddon

Turkey wants to make an example of Afrin

Analysis: Turkey may try to compensate for its failure to crush its Syrian Kurdish opponents by bombarding Afrin canton, their smallest, most ...

Aaron Noonan

After Mosul, Iran-backed militias will ensure sectarian violence endures

Comment: The cycle of sectarian violence is only likely to continue, writes Aaron Noonan.

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Syria regime announces ceasefire as Astana talks restart

A fifth round of talks to end the six-year Syrian war began in Kazakhstan on Tuesday, with the Syrian regime announcing a ceasefire in the ...

Massive blast kills dozens of worshippers at Egypt church

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Massive blast kills dozens of worshippers at Egypt church

Scores of people were killed on Sunday when bomb blast went off inside a church in the Egyptian city of Tanta north of Cairo.

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Syria: Astana peace talks delayed due to 'technical reasons'

A new round of talks on the Syria conflict scheduled to begin on 15 February in Astana has been delayed by one day due to unexplained "technical ...

Intense battles between opposition and regime forces in Daraa

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Intense battles between opposition and regime forces in Daraa

Intense battles took place between Syrian opposition and regime forces in Daraa, Idlib and the outskirts of Damascus on Tuesday.

Syrian rebels receive last-minute invitation to Astana talks

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Syrian rebels receive last-minute invitation to Astana talks

Syria’s armed rebel groups have been invited to the Astana talks due to be held this week, a rebel source told The New Arab on Tuesday.

Challenges await Syrian opposition ahead of Geneva talks

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Challenges await Syrian opposition ahead of Geneva talks

Challenges face Syria’s opposition ahead of upcoming Geneva talks, with attempts by the regime to impose questionable groups into the ...

Four Syrian rebel groups merge with former <em>al</em>-Qaeda affiliate

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Four Syrian rebel groups merge with former al-Qaeda affiliate

Four Syrian rebel factions merged with the Fateh al-Sham Front on Saturday after days of clashes between armed opposition groups and ...

Martin Armstrong

Syrian rebels 'signed different ceasefire agreement' to regime copy

More than ten Syrian rebel groups claim the ceasefire agreement being pursued by the regime is different to what they signed up for, pointing to regime violations in Wadi Barada.

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Egyptian policeman killed during raid on suspected militant hideout

A policeman and a suspected member of a newly-emerged militant group were killed during a police raid in Cairo, the interior ministry has said.

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Six policemen killed in deadly Cairo bombing near pyramids

A bombing targeted a checkpoint in the Giza district of the Egyptian capital close to the city's famous pyramids

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Top Egyptian army general shot dead outside Cairo home

A senior army general was killed in a hail of bullets outside his home near Cairo on Saturday, an attack claimed by Islamist group Liwa ...

Boy beheaded by Syrian rebels was '19-year-old regime fighter'

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Boy beheaded by Syrian rebels was '19-year-old regime fighter'

The alleged relatives of a boy filmed being murdered by Syrian rebels have disputed claims that he was a 12-years-old civilian, and said he was ...

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Boy beheaded by Syrian rebels 'was not fighter'

Fighters loyal to Damascus have said that rebels murdered a boy on Tuesday because of his Palestinian origins in a 'despicable' act of revenge.

'These are your dogs, Bashar': Rebels behead child fighter

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'These are your dogs, Bashar': Rebels behead child fighter

A video has emerged showing fighters from Syrian opposition movement Nour al-Din al-Zinki beheading a young boy on Tuesday, ...

Lebanese newspaper to close after four decades in print

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Lebanese newspaper to close after four decades in print

One of Lebanon's best-known and most popular newspapers will close its doors on 1 April, bringing into question the future of the relatively ...

Saving the date palms of Abu Dhabi

Paul McLoughlin

Saving the date palms of Abu Dhabi

Dates have been a centuries way of life for Emiratis. While date palms sup up water supplies, Abu Dhabi is trying to find a balance between ...

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