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As temperatures soar in Iraq, violence against protesters returns despite promises of reconciliation by the new PM, while Iran's role in the violence alienates even the country's Shia constituency

Israel has launched hundreds of strikes targeting Iran-backed forces in Syria but rarely acknowledges such operations.

The Iraq Report: Coronavirus cases spiral out of control

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The Iraq Report: Coronavirus cases spiral out of control

While Iraq saw a relatively under-reported spread of Covid-19 in the first five months of 2020, June alone saw a 600 percent spike in infections.

Dozens of pro-Iran fighters killed in unidentified Syria strike

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Dozens of pro-Iran fighters killed in unidentified Syria strike

Unidentified air raids on Friday killed at least 35 pro-Iran fighters in Syria's Deir az-Zour, reports confirmed.

The Iraq Report: Assassination of Hisham al-Hashimi sparks outcry

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The Iraq Report: Assassination of Hisham al-Hashimi sparks outcry

Hisham al-Hashimi's killing sparked an outpouring of grief, with many perceiving his murder as the latest manifestation of how powerful ...

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Iran-backed militia says PM's actions could bring escalation

Tensions have risen in Iraq between the state and Iran-backed armed groups after the assassination of a prominent analyst, whose death the US has linked to such militias.

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Iraq mourns Hashemi, vows to pursue his killers

National and international figures mourned the killing of Hisham al-Hashemi, who was gunned down on Monday in capital city of Baghdad.

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The Iraq Report: Pro-Iran militias reassert dominance over Kadhimi

Iran's proxies have dealt a humiliating blow to Iraq's newly incumbent Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who has now exposed the limits of his ...

The Iraq Report: Showdown between government and Iran-backed militias

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The Iraq Report: Showdown between government and Iran-backed militias

Iraq's new prime minister has sent the elite CTS force to arrest members of Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah, accused of targeting US soldiers. The ...

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Seven Syrian soldiers killed in 'rare' Israeli strike

Pro-Iranian militia fighters, along with two Syrian soldiers were killed in Israeli airstrikes in the province of Sweida.

The Iraq Report: Iran's economic woes frustrate <em>Shia</em> militias

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The Iraq Report: Iran's economic woes frustrate Shia militias

Iraqi Shia militias are beginning to show signs of discontent as Iran's economy is ravaged by US sanctions and Covid-19.

Yemen in Focus: Houthi rebels impose 'discriminatory' religious tax

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Yemen in Focus: Houthi rebels impose 'discriminatory' religious tax

This week we focus on the Houthis' new 'Khums' tax, rumoured 'mercy injections' and more.

Six <em>militia</em> members ‘killed by IS’ in eastern Syria

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Six militia members ‘killed by IS’ in eastern Syria

Suspected IS militants have killed three members of the Syrian Democratic Forces ‘in a horrible way’ and three members of an Iran-backed ...

The Iraq Report: Pro-Iran MPs demand Saudi 'reparations'

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The Iraq Report: Pro-Iran MPs demand Saudi 'reparations'

Lawmakers close to Iran are trying to pass legislation that would force Riyadh to pay reparations to Iraqi victims of terrorism perpetrated by ...

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WATCH: Gunmen set fire to Iraqi paramilitary group's headquarters

The offices of Iranian-backed paramilitary group Asaib Ahl al-Haq were set ablaze over the weekend, as Iraq witnesses bubbling tensions between the protest movement and Iran-linked factions.

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Iraqis protest MBC broadcast calling slain PMF leader 'terrorist'

Angry protesters broke into the Baghdad office of Saudi-owned MBC television, after one of its broadcasts called Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, the ...

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The Iraq Report: Kadhimi takes aim at pro-Iran militias

While hailed as a show of force by Iraq's new premier against malign Iranian influence, the arrest of pro-Iran militants may be little more than ...

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Virus-hit Iran reopens mosques for holy Ramadan nights

Despite coronavirus fears, Iranians spilled into mosques for prayers after the Islamic Republic reopened them for two hours for Laylat Al-Qadr, ...

US wants Iraq to end sectarian quota system

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US wants Iraq to end sectarian quota system

Mike Pompeo said he wants Iraqi leaders to put aside political differences and work on forming a new government.

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The Fakhoury fiasco and US-Lebanese relations

Comment: While Amer Fakhoury has been freed from detention, the ramifications of his case are far from over in Lebanon, writes Joe Macaron.

The Iraq Report: Islamic State is making a comeback

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The Iraq Report: Islamic State is making a comeback

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

Scores of Iranian fighters in Syria quarantined over coronavirus

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Scores of Iranian fighters in Syria quarantined over coronavirus

Some 40 foreign pro-regime militia fighters have been taken to hospital in eastern Syria after showing coronavirus symptoms, as ...

The Middle East at war with coronavirus

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The Middle East at war with coronavirus

A subdued Easter in Jerusalem, virtual wedding services and the Gulf's reckless deportations of migrant workers in today's coronavirus roundup.

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