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The US has threatened to close its embassy and remove its remaining troops from Iraq amid ongoing rocket attacks by militias, potentially leaving Prime Minister Kadhimi to an uncertain fate

The clashes broke out late Thursday between two militias loyal to the Tripoli-based and UN-recognised Government of National Accord, with the cause unclear.

Explosions and gunfire over Tripoli

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Explosions and gunfire over Tripoli

Conflict in western Libya continues as factions grapple for power.

16 drown in migrant shipwreck off Libya coast

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16 drown in migrant shipwreck off Libya coast

Nearly two dozen migrants who had been fleeing the war-torn country died after the boat carrying them capsized.

Syria releases employees of under-fire tycoon Makhlouf

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Syria releases employees of under-fire tycoon Makhlouf

Dozens of current and former employees of President Bashar al-Assad's embattled billionaire cousin Rami Makhlouf have been released.

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Libya PM voices alarm at militias amid ceasefire

Fayez al-Sarraj welcomed commitments by political leaders in eastern Libya to stop violence and resume oil production.

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Eastern Libyan forces claim IS leader killed in raid

The IS self-declared 'emirate' in Libya, fell to government forces in 2016.

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Iraq activists plan protests for one-year anniversary of uprising

The Covid-19 pandemic has weakened the anti-government protests this year but activists are determined to mark the first anniversary of their ...

Stasa Salacanin

Russia's influence in Iraq: A challenge for the US

Russia is making inroads into the Middle East at the expense of US power.

EU sanctions three companies for violating Libya arms embargo

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EU sanctions three companies for violating Libya arms embargo

The EU has imposed sanctions on three companies who have allegedly violated the Libya arms embargo, one of them Turkish, amid concerns that the ...

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Hundreds protest in Iraq after attacks on activists

Hundreds of protesters have blocked roads and bridges in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah after one activist was kidnapped and another ...

How Iran transformed post-war Iraq ties

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How Iran transformed post-war Iraq ties

In the 17 years since the US-led invasion of Iraq, Iran's ancient allies have cycled through Iraq's corridors of power.

Yemen calls for emergency UN Security Council session

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Yemen calls for emergency UN Security Council session

Yemen has called for an emergency UN Security Council session to discuss the Houthi rebels' ongoing Marib offensive, where more than 3 million ...

Libya PM opposed to oil deal with Haftar: official

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Libya PM opposed to oil deal with Haftar: official

The deal to start pumping Libyan oil again appears to have been spearheaded by the deputy prime minister, Ahmed Matiq.

UN warns of possible 'war crimes' in Turkish-controlled Syria

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UN warns of possible 'war crimes' in Turkish-controlled Syria

Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the situation in areas of northern Syria controlled by Turkey was ...

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Syria Insight: Cautious hope for change with constitution talks

A meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad could point to fundamental changes in the war.

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The Iraq Report: US drawdown will embolden Iran's proxies

Iran-backed militias will feel emboldened by a reduction of capable enemies on their doorstep, and could seek to expand their power and ...

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Blast targets 'American' English school in southern Iraq

An explosive device damaged the facade of the American Institute for English Learning in the holy city of Najaf in Iraq.

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Palestinians mark anniversary of horrific Sabra and Shatila massacre

Palestinian survivors of the Sabra and Shatila massacre still remember the horrible events of 16th September 1982, in which up to 3,500 people ...

Libya’s prime minister to resign amid peace talks

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Libya’s prime minister to resign amid peace talks

The prime minister of Libya’s internationally-recognized Government of National Accord announces his intention to resign in October amid ...

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Bahrainis protesting normalisation 'in secret' amid fears of crackdown

Bahrainis have been protesting in secret online, offline and in exile against normalisation with Israel, despite the risk of state crackdown.

In op-ed, Pompeo urges France to stand against Iran

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In op-ed, Pompeo urges France to stand against Iran

In an op-ed published by French daily Le Figaro, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticised France's stances regarding Iran and Hezbollah.

Red Crescent worker killed in Syria attack

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Red Crescent worker killed in Syria attack

An attack on a vehicle belonging to the Red Crescent killed a staff member and injured another in northern Syria on Monday.

Government building set ablaze as eastern Libya protests intensify

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Government building set ablaze as eastern Libya protests intensify

Protesters in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi have set fire to a government building as anti-corruption protests spread to other ...

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