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Iran-backed militias have sought to fill the vacuum left behind by the Islamic State group in Iraq, according to a Newslines Institute report.

Secret talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran are aiming to end years of hostilities, and bring the brutal war in Yemen to a peaceful conclusion.

Iran's Zarif backs Yemen ceasefire in talks with Houthis

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iran's Zarif backs Yemen ceasefire in talks with Houthis

Iran's foreign minister expressed 'support for a ceasefire and Yemeni-Yemeni talks'.

Michel Kilo's death is a microcosm of Syria's tragedy

Nizar Mohamad

Michel Kilo's death is a microcosm of Syria's tragedy

In-depth: Michel Kilo's passing marks the loss of another important voice that relentlessly advocated for a free, united, and democratic Syria.

Saudi prince strikes conciliatory tone with rival Iran

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Saudi prince strikes conciliatory tone with rival Iran

In a television interview broadcast late Tuesday, the de facto Saudi ruler said that 'all we aspire for is a good and special relationship with ...

The New Arab Staff

Saudi, Iranian officials hold direct talks in Baghdad: report

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

Sabena Siddiqui

Can Saudi Arabia and Pakistan mend frayed ties?

Analysis: Amid new geopolitical shifts and realignments in the region, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan appear to be pursuing a reset in ...

Emile Nakhleh

The world watches Lebanon on brink of collapse

Comment: Emile Nakhleh examines how corruption has brought Lebanese society to the brink, and why the international community and its ...

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 ...

Why Turkey wants Biden to salvage the JCPOA

Giorgio Cafiero and Sina Azodi

Why Turkey wants Biden to salvage the JCPOA

Analysis: As divisions grow among Washington's partners, Turkey will likely stand in the camp of states that see the JCPOA's survival as serving ...

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 ...

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 ...

Despite the Pope's visit, uncertainty reigns over Mosul's fate

Gaja Pellegrini-Bettoli

Despite the Pope's visit, uncertainty reigns over Mosul's fate

In-depth: Amid an outpouring of hope over Pope Francis' visit, much work is still needed to rebuild Mosul from the ruins of war and protect ...

Indian report says Iran behind bomb near Israeli embassy

The New Arab Staff

Indian report says Iran behind bomb near Israeli embassy

An Indian intelligence report claims a militant cell supported by Iran's Revolutionary Guards' Corps was behind the explosion.

<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 & Agencies

Pope urges Iraq to embrace its Christians on visit

Pope Francis opened his historic trip with a plea for Iraq's Muslims to embrace their Christian neighours as a precious resource.

The New Arab Staff

Syrian opposition head makes rare visit to Iraqi Kurdistan

The leader of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, Nasr Hariri, has visited the Kurdistan region of Iraq, bringing into focus shifting ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Turkey and Iran trade diplomatic blows

Iraq has once more emerged as an arena of competition between Turkey and Iran as the two historic rivals clash over Ankara's intervention ...

Paul Iddon

How should Turkey's military presence in Syria be assessed?

Analysis: Has Ankara's role in northern Syria made any positive impact, or will it ultimately be counterproductive?

Pope hails dialogue ahead of meeting with Iraq cleric

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pope hails dialogue ahead of meeting with Iraq cleric

The March 5-8 visit - the first ever by a pope - will include stops in Baghdad, Najaf, Nasiriya, Erbil, Mosul and Qaraqosh.

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.

The Iraq Report: Deadly terror in Baghdad suicide bombings

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Deadly terror in Baghdad suicide bombings

While there is obvious fury at the Islamic State, Iraqis have also expressed outrage at security forces and pro-Iran militias whom they blame ...

Trump's 'time ran out' for Mauritania, Indonesia normalisation deals

The New Arab Staff

Trump's 'time ran out' for Mauritania, Indonesia normalisation deals

The two Muslim-majority nations were 'next in line' to normalise ties with Israel, two senior officials said this week.

Trump decorates Bahrain king on last day in office

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Trump decorates Bahrain king on last day in office

Donald Trump announced his bestowal of the Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander, on King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

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