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

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

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

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: Pro-Iran militias emboldened by Biden's victory

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Pro-Iran militias emboldened by Biden's victory

While those in official circles are generally in favour of a new US administration under Joe Biden, Iraqi civil society and activists are more ...

Anger in Iraq as government stalls Farhatiya killings investigation

The New Arab Staff

Anger in Iraq as government stalls Farhatiya killings investigation

The Iraqi government has delayed the publication of an investigation into last week's killings in Farhatiya, where at least eight people were ...

The New Arab Staff

Azhar's top sheikh slams France's 'systemic Islamophobia'

The head of Egypt's most prestigious Sunni Islamic institution said slammed France's recent attacks on Islam, including insults against the Prophet Muhammad.

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Sectarian killings revive fears of strife

A mass killing and an attack on Kurdish political headquarters suggest ethno-sectarian tensions are flaring again, with many questioning whether ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Hezbollah chief blasts US envoy as 'military ruler'

The head of Hezbollah accused the US ambassador to Lebanon of behaving "as if she has authority" after she criticised the Iran-backed ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Lebanon summons US ambassador over Hezbollah remarks

Lebanon's foreign ministry has summoned its US ambassador over Hezbollah remarks.

Lebanese judge bans media from interviewing US ambassador

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Lebanese judge bans media from interviewing US ambassador

Judge Mohamad Mazeh in the southern city of Tyre said he acted after receiving a complaint from a citizen.

The New Arab & agencies

US grants Iraq shortest sanctions waiver for Iran gas

The US has handed Iraq a month-long waiver for Baghdad to import gas from Iran.

Iraq still in chaos 17 years after US invasion

The New Arab

Iraq still in chaos 17 years after US invasion

The US invasion in 2003, which promised liberty and democracy, led to the deaths of millions of Iraqis, destroyed much of the country's ...

Iraq on total lockdown until March 28 over virus

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq on total lockdown until March 28 over virus

Most of Iraq's 18 provinces had so far imposed their own local curfews but the new measures would include the whole of the country.

Baghdad's four decades of conflict and <em>strife</em>

Paul Iddon

Baghdad's four decades of conflict and strife

In-depth: From 1980 until now, the Iraqi capital has faced a series of conflicts, instability, and violence. This year marks 40 years since this ...

Iraq's leading <em>Shia</em> cleric, Ali Sistani, to undergo surgery

The New Arab

Iraq's leading Shia cleric, Ali Sistani, to undergo surgery

Iraq's Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani suffered a fracture to his left thigh bone.

The New Arab

Iraq's Sistani urges early elections to avert political crisis

Ayatollah Sistani called for Iraq to hold swift elections and form a new government as soon as possible, as the country remains politically deadlocked after months of protests.

The New Arab

Four arrested over burning of Tripoli Christmas tree

A mob of men on motorcycles threw fire bombs at the Christmas tree in Tripoli's main square, setting it on fire.

The New Arab

Sanctions on pro-Iran militias won't stop Iraq's violence

Washington has slapped sanctions on Iraqi pro-Iran militias, but it seems unlikely that civilian lives will be protected by these limited ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Iran's covert control over Iraq exposed

Iranian intelligence cables leaked by the media have caused a stir in recent weeks as officials in Tehran attempt to downplay the extent of ...

UN warns against violence after Hezbollah attacks Lebanon protests

The New Arab & agencies

UN warns against violence after Hezbollah attacks Lebanon protests

Protesters remained defiant Monday after supporters of main Shia groups Hezbollah and Amal attacked demonstrators overnight, sparking a ...

Nicholas Frakes

'Enough!': Lebanese protesters demand change as demonstrations stand strong

Lebanon has seen daily protests since October 17 and the anti-government movement is seemingly unlikely to end soon.

Lebanon's inquisitors invoke 'blasphemy' against gay-fronted band Mashrou' Leila

Kareem Chehayeb

Lebanon's inquisitors invoke 'blasphemy' against gay-fronted band Mashrou' Leila

Analysis: The crackdown on Lebanese indie band Mashrou' Leila over their pro LGBT+ rights stance and lyrics deemed 'offensive' to Christianity ...

The Iraq Report: Joint Turkey-Iran offensive against Kurds commences

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Joint Turkey-Iran offensive against Kurds commences

This week, Turkey attempts to terminate the PKK threat emanating from Iraq, Kurdish factions elect Nechirvan Barzani and Shia clerics ...

Proxies as pretext for war with Iran

Kevin Schwartz

Proxies as pretext for war with Iran

Comment: Justifying a war with Iran based on the actions of its proxies is dangerously misguided, writes Kevin Schwartz.

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