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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.

Award-winning filmmaker Ramita Navai speaks to The New Arab about her documentary "Iraq’s Assassins", which portrays the evolution of Iran-backed Shia militias and their encroachment onto Iraqi institutions.

Mosul: A wounded city trying to heal

Sylvain Mercadier

Mosul: A wounded city trying to heal

In-depth: Iraq's second largest city remains scarred by the war against the Islamic State. Although peace has returned, much of Mosul still lies in ruins.

'Capitol Building attack like Syria' and other Orientalist takes

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

'Capitol Building attack like Syria' and other Orientalist takes

As the US picks itself up after a night of violence in the Capitol Building, some pundits are being criticised for Orientalist takes on the ...

In town brutalised by IS, Iraq tests its power

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

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: 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 dire economic situation, and state-backed violence.

Sam Hamad

Walid al-Muallem: The legacy of Assad's Goebbelsian late FM

Comment: Sam Hamad reflects on the legacy of Walid al-Muallem, Assad's foreign minister who died this week, after he spent the past decade ...

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 ...

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 ...

What will a Biden presidency mean for Iraq?

Mehmet Alaca

What will a Biden presidency mean for Iraq?

Analysis: Joe Biden has a contentious history in Iraq, but the president-elect's policies towards the country remain unclear.

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.

The Iraq Report: Sectarian killings revive fears of strife

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 legacy of Tehran's weaponised sectarianism in Iran-Iraq war

Tallha Abdulrazaq

The legacy of Tehran's weaponised sectarianism in Iran-Iraq war

Comment: Sectarianism is seen as the tragic norm in today's Middle Eastern conflicts, but its roots were put down 40 years ago during the ...

A new national identity born of protest and anger

Rami G. Khouri

A new national identity born of protest and anger

Comment: A year after mass protests reignited the Arab region, Rami Khouri explores how the struggle against corruption and poverty became the ...

Macron accuses Lebanon leaders of 'betrayal' over government failure

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Macron accuses Lebanon leaders of 'betrayal' over government failure

French President Emmanuel Macron accused Lebanon's leaders of "collective betrayal" over their failure to form a government in the wake of the ...

Emile Nakhleh

Bahrain Israel normalisation deal: All risk for little gain

Comment: Bahrain's decision to normalise ties with Israel is a boon for authoritarianism and autocracy, and one that endangers Arabs both domestically and regionwide, writes Emile Nakhleh.

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Shia-Sunni brawl leaves two dead, 10 hurt in Lebanon

The army deployed in Khalde and arrested four suspects by the early evening, but shooting could still be heard intermittently in the area, local ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

As Kadhimi heads to Washington, Iran-backed militias increase attacks

With Tehran and Washington competing for influence in Iraq, the gulf between pro-Iranian factions and Baghdad's US-friendly premier is growing.

Barak Barfi

The Dictatorship Syndrome by Alaa Al Aswany

Book Club: Alaa Al Aswany explains dictatorship as a disease whose causes and symptoms must be thoroughly studied if we wish to eradicate it.

Review: Once Upon a Time in Iraq

Nazli Tarzi

Review: Once Upon a Time in Iraq

Once Upon a Time in Iraq is a gripping but fragmented portrayal of a nation torn apart by war.

The New Arab

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 ...

Lebanon de-escalates sectarian clashes after tense night

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Lebanon de-escalates sectarian clashes after tense night

Dozens were injured in overnight riots in Lebanon, while the Army said clashes 'had endangered national unity'.

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

The New Arab

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 ...

Iraq's Mustafa al-Kadhimi takes the helm in stormy waters

The New Arab

Iraq's Mustafa al-Kadhimi takes the helm in stormy waters

Kadhimi will have to steer Iraq out of the coronavirus crisis, resuscitate an all-but-dead economy, and restore the faith of Iraqis in a ...

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