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Comment: Pope Francis' highly anticipated visit to Iraq places a host of spiritual and political expectations on the charismatic pontiff. Here's hoping he can satisfy them all, writes Harry Hagopian.

State media has described Sheikh Sabah's trip as involving "usual medical check-ups". Yet given his advance age, questions abound over his health condition.

Pope to visit Iraq as 'pilgrim of peace'

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pope to visit Iraq as 'pilgrim of peace'

On the eve of his historic trip, Pope Francis extended the olive branch to those of other religious, describing himself as a "pilgrim of peace in search of fraternity".

Five places Pope Francis will see on Iraq trip

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.

The Iraq Report: Feared IS leader killed in raid

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The Iraq Report: Feared IS leader killed in raid

The Islamic State's most powerful operative in Iraq has been killed by counter-terrorism and security forces, striking a serious blow to the ...

The New Arab Staff

Iraq cleric Muqtada Al-Sadr in Saudi-Iran mediation offer

The leader of the Sadrist movement in Iraq has offered to mediate a dialogue between regional adversaries Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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'Suspicious object' found on oil tanker off Iraq

Sailors feared the discovery of a limpet mine on the MT Pola, involved in transferring oil to a vessel owned by a shipping company traded in the ...

Sofia Nitti

Iraqi Christians face an uphill battle for survival

In-depth: There are hopes that Pope Francis' historic visit could be a turning point for Iraqi Christians, a community ravaged by war and ...

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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.

In town brutalised by IS, Iraq tests its power

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In town brutalised by IS, Iraq tests its power

The Iraqi government is attempting to restore control over Sinjar, the Yazidi homeland previously controlled by a web of paramilitary ...

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The Iraq Report: Deadly unrest in Iraqi Kurdistan

With a crumbling economy, rampant corruption and unpaid salaries, Iraqi Kurdistan's woes are intricately linked to the wider problems the ...

Violence will only incite desperate young Kurds even more

Judit Neurink

Violence will only incite desperate young Kurds even more

Comment: The brutal crackdown on anti-government protests is a dangerous way to react to the desperation of young, jobless people who have lost ...

'Tony Blair' musical to be staged in London

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'Tony Blair' musical to be staged in London

A new musical charting the life of former British prime minister Tony Blair will be staged in London, featuring 'special appearances' from ...

Pope plans first historic Iraq trip in March

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pope plans first historic Iraq trip in March

The Vatican on Monday confirmed Pope Francis is scheduled to make the first ever trip by a pontiff to Iraq in March.

The Iraq Report: Sadr makes a gamble for power

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The Iraq Report: Sadr makes a gamble for power

The powerful cleric's political ambitions have been branded a cynical ploy by youth protesters who have been demonstrating against corruption, a ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Mass execution sparks international concern

The execution of 21 men on terrorism-related charges, and warnings hundreds more risk the same fate, have raised fears that Iraq's counterterrorism laws are unfairly targeting Sunni citizens.

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Hundreds of Iraqi prisoners risk 'imminent' execution: UN

Following reports that 21 men convicted on terrorism-related charges were hanged in Iraq, the UN warned several hundred more prisoners in the ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq hangs 21 'terrorism' convicts: medics, police

The Iraqi men from various provinces had all been convicted under a 2005 Counter-Terrorism Law, which carries the death penalty, but there were ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Syria marks 50 years of Assad family rule

Like the Castro family in Cuba and North Korea’s Kim dynasty, the Assads have attached their name to their country the way few non-monarchical ...

Iraq's pro-Iran factions see smoother sailing with Biden

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq's pro-Iran factions see smoother sailing with Biden

Pro-Tehran factions in Iraq have signalled a positive response to the US election results.

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Iraq Report: Kurd-on-Kurd violence as protesters clash with police

Kurd-on-Kurd violence intensifies between the PKK and the KRG, while Iraq's October Revolution is being revived and continued.

Iraq reopens Green Zone bridge year after revolt

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq reopens Green Zone bridge year after revolt

Al-Sinak bridge was partially closed for security reasons after it turned into the site of fierce clashes between protesters and police in ...

<em>Saddam</em> Hussein's right hand man Izzat Al-Douri 'dies'

The New Arab Staff

Saddam Hussein's right hand man Izzat Al-Douri 'dies'

Izzat Al-Douri died at the age of 78 in Iraq, the Baath Party announced on Monday.

Could Biden save the nuclear deal with Iran?

Giorgio Cafiero and Diana Vasconcellos

Could Biden save the nuclear deal with Iran?

Analysis: Joe Biden has vowed that the US could rejoin the Iran nuclear deal if he wins the 2020 election. But time might be running out.

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