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The Covid-19 pandemic risks deepening a mental health crisis for traumatised Yazidis in Iraq, who are still recovering from the barbarity of the Islamic State.

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

Don't let Islamic State exploit coronavirus

Paul Iddon

Don't let Islamic State exploit coronavirus

Comment: IS will exploit any instability, including a potential humanitarian crisis caused by coronavirus, writes Paul Iddon.

Why Iraq is contemplating buying Russian missiles

Paul Iddon

Why Iraq is contemplating buying Russian missiles

Iraq is considering the purchase of yet more long-range missiles from Russia amid American and Iranian strikes on its soil.

What is next after Operation Peace Spring?

Stasa Salacanin

What is next after Operation Peace Spring?

Although Turkey announced the end of their operations in northern Syria late last year, many unknowns still remain, as it is unclear what comes ...

The New Arab

Iraqi Kurds blast Hezbollah chief Nasrallah over IS comments

The Iraqi Kurdish authority has issued a scathing response to claims by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah that former Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani panicked when IS took control of northern Iraq.

Paul Iddon

The significance of Qasem Soleimani's assassination

Qasem Soleimani's death has shocked the Middle East, but it might ultimately prove a more symbolic blow to Iran rather than a strategic one, ...

Paul Iddon

Worse than 1975: Trump's cynical betrayal of the Kurds

Comment: Paul Iddon details just how profoundly President Trump has betrayed the US' former Kurdish allies.

The New Arab & agencies

Iraqi Kurdistan elects Nechirvan Barzani as new president

Nechirvan Barzani, the nephew of former president Masoud Barzani, was elected by 68 Kurdish MPs amid a boycott by the Patriotic Union of ...

Who did what to defeat the Islamic State group

Paul Iddon

Who did what to defeat the Islamic State group

Analysis: Given the multitude of nations and groups that contributed to the defeat of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, Paul Iddon ...

James Reinl

Middle East drone wars heat up in Yemen

Drones are being increasingly deployed by insurgents and militias to level the playing field against better-armed adversaries, reports James ...

The status of foreign troops in Iraq

Paul Iddon

The status of foreign troops in Iraq

Analysis: While many Iraqis oppose any foreign troop presence in their country, their leaders have often proven more selective about which ones ...

The future of US troops in Syria and Iraq

Paul Iddon

The future of US troops in Syria and Iraq

Analysis: With rising anti-US sentiment in both countries, President Trump may not be able to keep troops deployed, even if he wants to, notes ...

The Iraq Report: Thousands of children tortured by authorities

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Thousands of children tortured by authorities

This week's round-up of under-reported news from Iraq focuses on the conditions necessary for a new rise of militancy, notably, the jailing of ...

The Iraq Report: Israel visits and child torture

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Israel visits and child torture

The New Arab's round-up of under-reported stories from Iraq this week focuses on ties with Israel, reports of child torture and the fate of ...

The New Arab

Iraq's new oil-dependent 2019 budget one of largest ever

The approved budget represents a nearly 45 percent increase from last year and awards even more money for public salaries, including those of the northern Kurdish region.

The New Arab & agencies

Iraqi forces deploy in Kirkuk amid Kurdish flag dispute

Iraq's counter-terrorism chief gave President Barham Saleh's PUK until noon on Friday to lower the red, white, green and yellow flag of the ...

Rabi’ah M

Living on the edge with Joanna Palani's Freedom Fighter

Book Club: Joanna Palani's story is a thought-provoking tale prompting readers to wonder the price one has to pay to fight for freedom against ...

Paul Iddon

Iraqi-Kurdish cooperation in Kirkuk vital for defeating Islamic State

Comment: Baghdad must recognise that a multiethnic joint security force would be much more effective at disrupting Islamic State activity, ...

How Western pollsters pushed for Kurdish independence

Tallha Abdulrazaq

How Western pollsters pushed for Kurdish independence

Comment: YouGov's campaign has undermined the integrity of all polling groups, writes Tallha Abdulrazaq.

Paul Iddon

The US never supported Kurdish secession

Analysis: Russian claims that Washington is trying to break up Syria are not grounded in either history or reality, writes Paul Iddon.

Iran military 'takes over mountain in Iraqi Kurdistan'

The New Arab

Iran military 'takes over mountain in Iraqi Kurdistan'

The Iranian military has reportedly entered Iraqi territory and taken control of a mountain, days after it launched strikes on an Iraqi base of ...

Iraq's ex-PM Maliki wooing Kurds into ruling coalition

Florence Dixon

Iraq's ex-PM Maliki wooing Kurds into ruling coalition

Sidelined former leader Nouri al-Maliki is attempting to challenge the newly formed Sadrist bloc by tempting Kurds into his alliance with ...

Erbil's Christians decry 'discriminatory and exploitative' Kurdish business regulation

Adam Lucente

Erbil's Christians decry 'discriminatory and exploitative' Kurdish business regulation

Assyrian businesses in Iraqi Kurdistan are facing 'discriminatory' taxes, with community leaders denouncing a history of 'anti-Christian ...

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