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Comment: Sectarianism is seen as the tragic norm in today's Middle Eastern conflicts, but its roots were put down 40 years ago during the Iran-Iraq war, writes Talha Abdulrazaq

Baghdad is reportedly planning to set up a special force to protect foreign missions in the capital amid fears of a major attack on the US embassy.

US ambassador meets senior Iraqi official amid growing tension

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US ambassador meets senior Iraqi official amid growing tension

The US is mulloing closing its embassy in Baghdad due to continued rocket attacks

Irate, protesters in Iraq's south torch parliament offices

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Irate, protesters in Iraq's south torch parliament offices

Protesters had gathered to demand the resignation of Basra governor Asad al-Eidani after two activists were gunned down in the city in ...

Israel says repelled attempted Hezbollah attack

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Israel says repelled attempted Hezbollah attack

Israel said it had repelled an attempt by Hezbollah fighters to penetrate its northern border, but the Lebanese group denied any involvement in ...

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 from Syria's al-Hol camp.

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'Father of Iraqi architecture' Rifat Chadirji dies aged 93

The designer of many of Baghdad's most symbolic modern buildings died in London after contracting the coronavirus.

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Retaliatory strikes kill 18 Iraqi fighters in Syria

Suspected US-led coalition strikes on Syria's Albukamal region killed at least 18 Iraqi militia fighters on Thursday, just hours after an attack ...

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Iraqi government forces kill 4 protesters, injure 80

Security forces show have shown no signs of relenting in their latest crackdown against the movement, which has now entered its sixth month.

Iraqi women activists launch magazine for International Women's Day

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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.

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Trump was 'obsessed' with killing Osama bin Laden's son

US President Donald Trump reportedly prioritised killing bin Laden's son over personalities deemed by intelligence officials to be posing a ...

Yemen in Focus: Yemeni students stranded in 'apocalyptic' Wuhan

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Yemen in Focus: Yemeni students stranded in 'apocalyptic' Wuhan

This week we focus on the Yemenis who are stranded in the coronavirus epicentre city Wuhan and the United Nation's mercy flights in Sanaa.

Suspected US drone destroyed building housing <em>al</em>-Qaeda: Yemen sources

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Suspected US drone destroyed building housing al-Qaeda: Yemen sources

Trump's retweets of reports a January 25 drone strike killed top al-Qaeda leader in Yemen Qasim al-Raymi, ...

Trump's 'apartheid' plan could spell land transfer for Palestinian-Israelis

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Trump's 'apartheid' plan could spell land transfer for Palestinian-Israelis

Most Palestinian citizens of Israel have spoken out against land transfers.

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

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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 ...

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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 nearly a decade ago.

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Dubai teenager plunges to death while taking selfie

Dubai police have urged parents to monitor their children after a 16-year-old girl fell to her death while taking a selfie.

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Hamas leader sparks outrage after praising former Assad ally

Mahmoud Al-Zahar lamented the 2011 breakdown in relations between Hamas and the Syrian regime, which took place after the Palestinian ...

Amr Salahi

How real is the outrage after Houthis 'attack Mecca'?

There was outrage on Twitter after two missiles were reportedly shot down near Mecca, but previous Saudi government use of social media suggests ...

Dubai driver runs into road rage trouble with valet

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Dubai driver runs into road rage trouble with valet

A dispute over a parking ticket in Dubai ended with a driver attempting to speed off while a valet worker was sat on top of her car in protest.

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Remembering the Great Return March protesters killed by Israel

March 30 the first anniversary of Gaza's Great Return Marches. Here are the names of the 251 protesters killed by Israel while demanding the ...

Israeli soldiers shoot dead Palestinian teenager in Gaza

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Israeli soldiers shoot dead Palestinian teenager in Gaza

Over 235 Palestinians have been killed by Israel since March, when protests began to demand an end to Israel's decade-long blockade and the ...

US offers reward for jihadist behind attacks over Jerusalem

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US offers reward for jihadist behind attacks over Jerusalem

The United States on Thursday offered a $5 million reward to find the al-Qaeda leader who urged worldwide attacks on Jews and Americans ...

Imran Khan: The changing face of Pakistan's Gulf relations

Fazzur Rahman Siddiqui

Imran Khan: The changing face of Pakistan's Gulf relations

Comment: Pakistan's new prime minister Imran Khan hopes to avoid taking sides in the divisive politics of the Gulf region, but that's no easy ...

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