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The first round of the talks, which marked the first major negotiations between Riyadh and Tehran since 2016, were held on April 9.

Iran views US reticence to continue operating in Iraq not only as a sign of weakness but as an opportunity to further cement its hold and power over Iraqi affairs.

Irish MEPs promote militias accused of Iraq atrocities: video

The New Arab Staff

Irish MEPs promote militias accused of Iraq atrocities: video

Video footage has surfaced showing two Irish MEPs visiting a headquarters of the Iraqi Popular Mobilisation Forces militia, which has committed human rights abuses before, and praising the group.

The Iraq Report: Saddam-era laws used to silence dissent

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Saddam-era laws used to silence dissent

Iraq is using Baathist-era laws to indict critics, prompting anger that penal codes imposed by a dictatorial regime are being used to crush ...

US-Iraqi strategic dialogue begins amid pro-Iran <em>militia</em> threats

The New Arab Staff

US-Iraqi strategic dialogue begins amid pro-Iran militia threats

Pro-Iran Iraqi militias issued a statement threatening to resume attacks on US troops.

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US blocks Iraq militia websites following Baghdad parade

The US Department of Justice has blocked two websites belonging to the pro-Iran Iraqi militia Kataib Hezbollah, following a parade by an affiliated group through Baghdad.

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Iraq's Kataeb Hezbollah-linked militia hold military parade in Baghdad

An Iraqi militia called Rubu’ Allah organised a military parade in central Baghdad.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US, Iraq to hold talks over American troop presence

Iraqi officials confirmed they had sent a formal request to Biden's administration for a date to resume strategic talks on bilateral relations ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Killings, abductions rise after Pope's visit

In the days following Pope Francis' visit, two high profile abductions and killings of activists and dissidents' family members brought Iraq's ...

Iraq spy agency blasts <em>militia</em> leader for UAE claims

The New Arab Staff

Iraq spy agency blasts militia leader for UAE claims

Qais Al-Khazali, the head of the Iran-backed Asaib Ahl Al-Haq, claimed the movement of 300 Iraqi intelligence officers to the country's border ...

The New Arab Staff

IS attack on Iraqi village kills eight people

IS fighters killed six members of the same family, along with a lawyer and a policeman after infiltrating a village disguised as soldiers.

Outspoken father of missing lawyer shot dead in Iraq

The New Arab Staff

Outspoken father of missing lawyer shot dead in Iraq

Jaseb Hattab had publicly accused a militia belonging to the Iran-backed PMF of orchestrating his son's kidnapping and tried to take ...

Could Iraq's Iran-backed militias arm the PKK against Turkey?

Paul Iddon

Could Iraq's Iran-backed militias arm the PKK against Turkey?

Analysis: Iran-backed militias want to maintain dominance in Sinjar as an access point to Syria, but would they arm the PKK if Turkey launches a ...

Alleged kidnapping of activist's son provokes stir in Iraq

The New Arab Staff

Alleged kidnapping of activist's son provokes stir in Iraq

Ayoub Al-Khazraji has criticised authorities for covering up the kidnapping of his son at the hands of Iraq's powerful militia groups.

<em>Shia</em> Muslim powerhouse al-Sistani helped shape today’s Iraq

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Shia Muslim powerhouse al-Sistani helped shape today’s Iraq

The 90-year-old al-Sistani is the top Shia Muslim cleric in Iraq and a powerhouse in the Shia world, but his influence ...

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

Syria slams deadly US air strike on Iran-backed militias

Syria criticised a deadly US air strike on Iran-backed militias as a bad omen from President Joe Biden's administration.

The New Arab Staff

Pompeo questions Biden’s Syria airstrike despite Republican backing

US fighter jets dropped seven precision bombs in Syria, hitting seven targets including a crossing used by Iran-backed groups to move weapons ...

The New Arab Staff

Iraqi militia denies involvement in attacks against US forces

Kataeb Hezbollah, an Iraq paramilitary group considered to be among those closest to Iran, denied their involvement in recent attack against US ...

UN slams deadly Iraq rocket attack as 'reckless'

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

UN slams deadly Iraq rocket attack as 'reckless'

Responding to the deadly rocket attack on Erbil, the UN's top representative in Iraq tweeted: "Such heinous, reckless acts pose grave threats to ...

The New Arab Staff

Syrian regime confiscating, selling land belonging to refugees: report

A new report by the Syrian Network for Human Rights accuses the Assad regime of seizing hundreds of square kilometres of land belonging to ...

'Iraq's Assassins': Documentary investigates alleged killings by <em>Shia</em> militias

The New Arab Staff

'Iraq's Assassins': Documentary investigates alleged killings by Shia militias

Award-winning filmmaker Ramita Navai speaks to The New Arab about her documentary "Iraq’s Assassins", which portrays the evolution of ...

Secret deal halts attacks on US's Baghdad embassy: reports

The New Arab Staff

Secret deal halts attacks on US's Baghdad embassy: reports

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi negotiated an agreement with Iran to stop missile attacks targeting the US embassy in Baghdad, intelligence ...

Iraq <em>militia</em> raids activists' houses in Najaf

The New Arab Staff

Iraq militia raids activists' houses in Najaf

Militia forces attacked houses in Iraq’s Najaf province on Saturday night, after a group of activists chanted slogans against ...

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