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Investigating the fire at the ballot warehouse after the recount was ordered - our weekly round-up of the latest news from Iraq.

Our weekly round-up of events in Iraq this week features Ankara's attack on the PKK in the Qandil mountains.

Iran reaps economic and strategic rewards from Iraqi-Kurdish dispute

Paul Iddon

Iran reaps economic and strategic rewards from Iraqi-Kurdish dispute

Analysis: The rise of Iran-backed militias in northern Iraq gives Tehran a geopolitical opening, but there are no guarantees it will be able to consolidate power there, writes Paul Iddon.

Syrian and Hizballah fighters capture key <em>mountain</em> in Latakia

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Syrian and Hizballah fighters capture key mountain in Latakia

With Russian air support, regime troops and Hizballah fighters have captured a key strategic mountain in Bashar al-Assad's home ...

Russia accused of 'ethnic cleansing' in Syria

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Russia accused of 'ethnic cleansing' in Syria

Russia is engaged in a campaign of "ethnic cleansing" of Turkmen minority in Syria's Latakia, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu ...

Paul McLoughlin

Sinjar, the mountain of graves

Feature: As more mass graves appear in northern Iraq, families of the Yazidi victims are now suffering from Kurdish mismanagement of the crime scenes, political divides and warring militias.

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Russian-Syrian joint military training to fight Syrian opposition groups

Russian and Syrian forces began joint training exercises in Syria's Latakia two weeks ago to prepare for fighting in Idlib, a Syrian opposition ...

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Syrian rebels retake strategic hilltop near Turkey from regime

Syrian rebels recapture Jabal Zahia in the Turkmen Mountain area, as Kurdish forces attack rebels in Aleppo province under ...

Al-Araby al-Jadeed & agencies

Russian, Turkish FMs to meet over Syria jet incident

The Russian Foreign Minister and his Turkish counterpart have agreed to meet in wake of Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane. Lavrov stressed ...

Russia-Turkey crisis: Who are the <em>Turkmen</em>?

AAAJ and agencies

Russia-Turkey crisis: Who are the Turkmen?

Analysis: A face-off between Russia and Turkey over a group of Turkmen villages in northern Syria has reached boiling point, with ...

Karim Traboulsi

What was Russia's airforce doing near Turkey's borders anyway?

Analysis: Russian planes such as that downed on Tuesday are operating close to Turkey's borders, yet there are military and political goals ...

Syrian opposition 'congress' excluding figures consenting to Assad survival

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Syrian opposition 'congress' excluding figures consenting to Assad survival

Saudi Arabia will not invite opposition figures who agree to Assad remaining in power to a major Syrian opposition meeting in Riyadh in ...

Turkish PM says country had right to down plane Turkish PM says country had right to down plane

Al-Araby al-Jadeed & agencies

Turkish PM says country had right to down plane

Turkey shot down a Russian warplane Tuesday, claiming it had violated Turkish airspace and ignored repeated warnings, with one of the pilots ...

Latakia offensive breaks coastal peace

Anas al-Kurdi

Latakia offensive breaks coastal peace

Analysis: A wave of Syrian regime troops are making headway in opposition-held territories in Latakia. Rebels say they will resort to ...

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