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In-depth: Beyond the image of tolerance and coexistence promoted by Kurdish authorities, Christian communities in Iraqi Kurdistan have long suffered discrimination and exploitation.

After historic visit, Pope leaves Iraq for Rome

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

After historic visit, Pope leaves Iraq for Rome

Pope Francis flew for Rome from Baghdad on Monday morning after a four-day historical papal visit in Iraq

Pope Francis visits Iraqi Christians who suffered under IS

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pope Francis visits Iraqi Christians who suffered under IS

The heaviest deployment of security forces yet has been mobilised to protect the 84-year-old on what is perhaps his riskiest day in Iraq.

Pope urges Iraq to embrace its Christians on visit

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pope urges Iraq to embrace its Christians on visit

Pope Francis opened his historic trip with a plea for Iraq's Muslims to embrace their Christian neighours as a precious resource.

The New Arab Staff

Will Pope Francis' visit help fix Iraq's many problems?

In-depth: Pope Francis' visit to Iraq is significant to Iraqis who have faced violence by scores of militant groups over previous years, but others doubt it will improve their lives

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pope Francis will take back a piece of Iraq

Pope Francis said he will take a piece of Iraq with him and he hopes the country will 'heal'

The New Arab Staff

Papal visit to Iraq to go ahead despite concerns

The 84-year-old pope will make his first visit to the country despite being in to coronavirus age risk group.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Five places Pope Francis will see on Iraq trip

Pope Francis is visiting Iraq and has five heritage sites on his list of visits, including some damaged in the war on IS.

Amid scars of war, Iraqi archbishop readies for pope

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Amid scars of war, Iraqi archbishop readies for pope

Archbishop Najeeb Michaeel is preparing the first-ever papal visit in Iraq, a country still torn by war

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Cards from across Iraq bring Christmas cheer to Christians

Iraqi Christians woke up to Christmas cards from their Muslim neighbours in a heartfelt exchange of love and solidarity.

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 ...

Iraqi women activists launch magazine for International Women's Day

The New Arab

Iraqi women activists launch magazine for International Women's Day

#IWD2020: The Women of Nineveh magazine hopes to give a voice to the women of northern Iraq's diverse religious and ethnic groups.

Five years on, Yazidis remember brutal Islamic State onslaught Five years on, Yazidis remember brutal Islamic State onslaught

The New Arab & agencies

Five years on, Yazidis remember brutal Islamic State onslaught

On Saturday, women wearing white T-shirts paraded around Lalish temple, the Yazidis' holiest shrine, brandishing banners to commemorate the ...

Iraqis speak out on heightening US-Iran tensions

Adam Lucente

Iraqis speak out on heightening US-Iran tensions

The New Arab speaks to Iraqis about their views and concerns over the talk of war between the US and Iran, and how it could affect them and ...

Gaja Pellegrini-Bettoli

Geologist who fought IS helps save Mosul city's antiquities

The New Arab Meets: Faisal Jeber to discuss the current state of the museum in Mosul, what he saw when it was first liberated and the work of his NGO.

Marta Bellingreri

Iraqis struggle with social anxiety after Islamic State rule

Feature: War, death and destruction has left many unable to leave their homes after living in fear under Islamic State rule, writes Marta ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Sadr and Iran kiss-and-make-up

Our weekly spotlight on events in Iraq takes in the aftermath of the election

The New Arab & agencies

Iraqi bishop urges foreign aid for frontline Christian communities

One of the oldest Christian communities in the Middle East returned to their ancestral lands in Iraq after IS was at last routed, but the ...

Poverty, war, bureaucracy: The obstacles hindering Iraq's education sector

Paul Iddon

Poverty, war, bureaucracy: The obstacles hindering Iraq's education sector

In-depth: Political wrangling between rival administrations has exacerbated the hardships already faced by Iraq's schoolchildren and university ...

Myriam Benraad

The spectre of tomorrow: After the battle for Mosul

Despite promises that IS will be defeated after Mosul is recaptured, the fight for the Iraqi capital of the 'caliphate' is turning out more ...

Iraq: Disparate forces converge for grand Mosul battle

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq: Disparate forces converge for grand Mosul battle

An unlikely array of forces is converging on the city of Mosul, lining up for a battle likely to be decisive in the war against the Islamic ...

Kurds call for religious partition of Mosul after recapture

The New Arab

Kurds call for religious partition of Mosul after recapture

As the offensive to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from IS intensifies, Kurdish leaders have said they want the province of Nineveh to ...

Iraqi Christian fighters ready to combat IS

The New Arab

Iraqi Christian fighters ready to combat IS

Iraqi Christian fighters training under international coalition supervision have completed a programme preparing them for battle against the ...

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