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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.

Hundreds of Iraqi families forced out of camps are living in horrific conditions, the charity Save the Children said.

Jaddoland: An intergenerational portrait of love (land) and loss

Nazli Tarzi

Jaddoland: An intergenerational portrait of love (land) and loss

Nadia Shihab's Jaddoland is an intimate exploration of identity and belonging across three generations of an Iraqi family in Texas.

US military claims 'success' in hacking Islamic State

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US military claims 'success' in hacking Islamic State

Documents released by the National Security Archive at George Washington University offer the most detailed look at Washington's 'Operation ...

New IS leader's identity revealed, who led Yazidi genocide

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New IS leader's identity revealed, who led Yazidi genocide

The name of IS' new leader has been revealed, following the death of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

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IS claim deadly car blast in Iraq's Tal Afar

The Islamic State group have launched their first attack in Tal Afar since the northern Iraqi city was retaken by government-led forces last year.

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Car bomb in Iraq's former IS stronghold kills 2

The explosion took placed in the former Islamic State stronghold, about 80 km (50 miles) west of Mosul, which has since 2003 experienced cycles ...

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German Islamic State bride faces terrorism charges

A German woman who married an Islamic State militant and moved to Syria and Iraq has faced terrorism charges.

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Iraq condemns six IS-linked Turkish women to death

Iraq handed the death penalty to a group of Turkish women charged with being members of IS, as rights group condemn the 'unfair' punishments ...

Washington: No survivors in Iraq helicopter crash

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Washington: No survivors in Iraq helicopter crash

No one survived the US helicopter crash when it went down on Thursday afternoon near the town of Qaim in the Anbar province, US officials have ...

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Turkey to set up refugee camps in Idlib province

Turkey is building refugee camps that will host 170,000 displaced Syrians opposed to the Assad regime.

Iraqi refugees wait to return in Syrian refugee camps

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Iraqi refugees wait to return in Syrian refugee camps

Iraqis, fleeing battles with the Islamic State group, or hoping to reach Turkey, have become trapped in refugee camps in north Syria.

Yazidi fighters killed 52 civilians in revenge attack: HRW

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Yazidi fighters killed 52 civilians in revenge attack: HRW

Human Rights Watch has alleged that Yazidi fighters in Iraq were responsible for the forced disappearance and killing of 52 civilians in a ...

Islamic State is gone, but the tobacco industry remains

Faisal Abualhassan

Islamic State is gone, but the tobacco industry remains

Comment: The tobacco industry's hold over Arab smokers may finally be cracking, writes Faisal Abualhassan.

The 'Islamic State' brand is over

Haidar Lapcha

The 'Islamic State' brand is over

Comment: Islamic state may have lost territory, but is it the damage to their brand they should fear most? asks Haidar Lapcha.

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Iraq plans May parliamentary elections

Iraq plans to hold parliamentary elections on May 15 to choose a prime minister.

Gareth Browne

Abadi's capture of Kirkuk might just save Iraq

Comment: Abadi's recapture of Kirkuk doesn't render him an enemy of the Kurdish cause, but he and the Kurds need each other to avoid a vicious ...

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Nearly 700,000 Iraqis from war-torn Mosul still displaced: NGO

The Norwegian Refugee Council said nearly 700,000 Iraqis from the former Islamic State stronghold of Mosul and nearby areas are still displaced ...

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The Iraq Report: IS reduced to final Iraq bastions

Welcome to The New Arab's weekly round-up of events in Iraq

Iraq-Syria border set for 'final large fight' against IS

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Iraq-Syria border set for 'final large fight' against IS

The "final large fight" against the Islamic State in Iraq will take place on the border with Syria, a general in the US-led coalition against ...

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Defeating the Islamic State's 'virtual caliphate'

The Islamic State group is on the verge of defeat in both Syria and Iraq, but experts warn that a "virtual caliphate" could be much harder to ...

Iraqi forces 'retake' Islamic State group stronghold of Hawija Iraqi forces 'retake' Islamic State group stronghold of Hawija

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Iraqi forces 'retake' Islamic State group stronghold of Hawija

Reports say Iraqi-government forces and their allied militias have retaken the Islamic State group's last northern Iraqi stronghold.

The Iraq Report: The siege of Kurdistan begins

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The Iraq Report: The siege of Kurdistan begins

The New Arab's weekly round-up of events in Iraq

Famed 'sheikh of snipers' killed in IS battle Famed 'sheikh of snipers' killed in IS battle

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Famed 'sheikh of snipers' killed in IS battle

A veteran sniped from Iraq's Hashd al-Shaabi militias famed for having reportedly killing over 300 Islamic State group militants has been killed ...

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