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Iraqi General Mahdi Gharawi, who was accused of desertion and treason for allowing IS to take over Mosul in 2014, was released from prison to the shock of many Iraqis.

Activists say an image purportedly showing Palestinian preacher Mahmoud al-Hasanat at a pro-Bashir protest was not actually him, as calls for his release increase.

Sudan starts trial of ousted president Bashir over coup

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Sudan starts trial of ousted president Bashir over coup

Omar al-Bashir, ousted last year amid a popular uprising, and 27 others face trial over a 1989 Islamist-backed coup.

Sudan to try ousted Bashir over 1989 coup

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Sudan to try ousted Bashir over 1989 coup

Bashir, 76, who is already behind bars for corruption, could face the death penalty.

Iraq launches operation against IS, anti-US militias in Baghdad

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Iraq launches operation against IS, anti-US militias in Baghdad

The Iraqi government has launched a new operation against IS militants in the north of Baghdad, which security sources say will also target ...

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The Iraq Report: Islamic State is making a comeback

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

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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.

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US offers $10m reward for information on Hezbollah chief

Mohammed Kawtharani is thought to have taken over the political coordination of pro-Iran paramiliaries, a role formerly conducted by Qasem ...

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US to review troop presence in Iraq

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed that the country is reviewing its military presence in Iraq.

Medics and martyrdom: Iran's dying doctors

Kamal Afzali

Medics and martyrdom: Iran's dying doctors

Forty-three doctors and nurses have so far died fighting the virus in Iran's unmitigated national tragedy.

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The Iraq Report: Coronavirus fight slowed by government paralysis

Iraq's governance woes have further exacerbated the country's fightback against the coronavirus pandemic as both Iraqis and militia groups flout ...

Prominent Iraqi cleric blames coronavirus pandemic on gay marriage

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Prominent Iraqi cleric blames coronavirus pandemic on gay marriage

The influential Iran-linked cleric has previously been linked to the torture and killing of gay men in Iraq.

Iran-backed blocs reject new Iraqi premier-designate

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Iran-backed blocs reject new Iraqi premier-designate

Iraq's powerful Iran-aligned power blocs, many of whom disapproved of al-Zurfi's relations with the US, will now name a candidate to replace him.

Baghdad's four decades of conflict and strife

Paul Iddon

Baghdad's four decades of conflict and strife

In-depth: From 1980 until now, the Iraqi capital has faced a series of conflicts, instability, and violence. This year marks 40 years since this ...

US launches precision strikes on Iran-backed militia in Iraq

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US launches precision strikes on Iran-backed militia in Iraq

The US military launched air strikes against a pro-Iranian group in Iraq following the deaths of two Americans and a Briton in a rocket attack.

Taif Alkhudary

Sadr's attack on protests brings out his true colours

Comment: Al-Sadr's attack on Iraqi protesters has brought his deeply conservative and pro-establishment values into sharp relief, writes Taif Alkhudary.

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Lebanon's Hezbollah aids Iraqi militants following Soleimani death

Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah has been meeting with Iraqi militia leaders, seeking to unite them in the face of a huge void left by ...

Gerard Prunier

In Sudan, General Hemedti leads the fray

Comment: In reality, it is Hemedti, the brutal and cunning general who organised the harsh crackdown in Khartoum last June, who wields the real ...

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Iraq security forces clear protest camps following Sadr's U-turn

Just hours after populist politician Moqtada Sadr withdrew support for the protest movement, Iraqi security forces cleared anti-government ...

Thousands gather for 'million-strong' Baghdad protests against US troops

The New Arab & agencies

Thousands gather for 'million-strong' Baghdad protests against US troops

The rallies come just weeks after Moqtada al-Sadr reactivated his 'Mahdi Army', an anti-American forces militia he dissolved ...

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Iraqi armed factions mobilise meeting to begin anti-US fight

The statement did not identify the factions invited but it was expected the Hashed's pro-Iran factions and forces loyal to cleric Moqtada Sadr ...

Pro-Iran militia makes new threat against Americans

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Pro-Iran militia makes new threat against Americans

The conflict between the US and Iran has deepened, with the Shia-majority state threatening violence if American troops don't withdraw from Iraq.

Soleimani receives hero's welcome as millions flood Iran streets

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Soleimani receives hero's welcome as millions flood Iran streets

Millions of mourners dressed in black were seen gathered in Ahvaz in a live broadcast on state television.

Iran's Soleimani 'planned to attack US forces in Iraq'

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Iran's Soleimani 'planned to attack US forces in Iraq'

Reuters reveals details of Soleimani's activities in the months leading up to his death, most of which included plans to target US interests in ...

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