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

In-depth: There are high hopes in both Iraqi Christian and Shia Muslim communities ahead of Pope Francis' historic meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.

Pope Francis in Iraq: Healing, piety and PR

Harry Hagopian

Pope Francis in Iraq: Healing, piety and PR

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.

Ahmet Seyhun's Competing Ottoman Ideologies

Usman Butt

Ahmet Seyhun's Competing Ottoman Ideologies

Book Club: Ahmet Seyhun's Competing Ideologies in the Late Ottoman Empire and Early Turkish Republic tackles the topics of Islamism, ...

Trial sparks a wave <em>of</em> desperation in Iraq's Kurdistan

Judit Neurink

Trial sparks a wave of desperation in Iraq's Kurdistan

Comment: The trial of five Kurdish activists and journalists for 'spying' has left Kurds furious with their leaders. As hardship ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Feared IS leader killed in raid

The Islamic State's most powerful operative in Iraq has been killed by counter-terrorism and security forces, striking a serious blow to the terrorist organisation.

The New Arab Staff

Iraq sends request to UN to monitor delayed elections

The Iraqi foreign minister has requested the UN monitor upcoming elections.

The New Arab Staff

Missiles strike Baghdad airport amid new anti-IS operation

No one claimed responsibility for the latest rocket attacks, but the US has blamed Iran-aligned militia factions for repeatedly targeting its ...

The New Arab Staff

Khamenei hints Iran could strike Trump while out golfing

Iran’s Supreme Leader posted a picture on Twitter that appeared to show Donald Trump on a golf course and a stealth bomber overhead.

Iran voices 'extreme concern' over US detainee rights

The New Arab Staff

Iran voices 'extreme concern' over US detainee rights

Tehran has mirrored the US in expressing 'extreme concern' over detainee rights.

Sofia Nitti

Iraqi Christians face an uphill battle for survival

In-depth: There are hopes that Pope Francis' historic visit could be a turning point for Iraqi Christians, a community ravaged by war and ...

Violence will only incite desperate young Kurds even more

Judit Neurink

Violence will only incite desperate young Kurds even more

Comment: The brutal crackdown on anti-government protests is a dangerous way to react to the desperation of young, jobless people who ...

Pope plans first historic Iraq trip in March

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Pope plans first historic Iraq trip in March

The Vatican on Monday confirmed Pope Francis is scheduled to make the first ever trip by a pontiff to Iraq in March.

Iraq reopens Tahrir Square, epicentre <em>of</em> revolt in <em>Baghdad</em>

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq reopens Tahrir Square, epicentre of revolt in Baghdad

Iraqi authorities reopened Baghdad's Tahrir Square and Al-Jumhuriyah bridge.

Iraq reopens Green Zone bridge year after revolt

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Iraq reopens Green Zone bridge year after revolt

Al-Sinak bridge was partially closed for security reasons after it turned into the site of fierce clashes between protesters and police ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

As oil prices dive, Iraq seek to diversify economy

Iraqi Kurdistan is diversifying its economy as oil prices dive and the coronavirus pandemic destabilizes the economy.

The New Arab Staff

IS calls for striking of 'Saudi economic interests'

The Islamic State group called on its militants to strike the economic interests of Saudi Arabia, which it described as an agent ...

Aisha Yusuff

Islam in the Eastern African Novel

Book Club: Emad Mirmotahari's comprehensive study of Islam in Eastern African fiction reimagines the region's multi-ethnic and ...

The New Arab Staff

Two civilians killed in Baghdad, Anbar explosions

A bombing in Baghdad and another in Anbar killed two people in total, Iraqi security sources said.

Two policemen killed in IS attack in north Iraq

The New Arab Staff

Two policemen killed in IS attack in north Iraq

An Islamic State group militant attack on a police headquarters in Kirkuk has killed at least two officers and injured five others, according to ...

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Thousands of Iraqis march on anniversary of their 'revolution'

The protests, which were sparked in October last year, will be revived, demonstrators said, if no reform is carried out by the current ...

Palestine: A history punctuated by the intifadas

Maher al-Charif

Palestine: A history punctuated by the intifadas

Comment: To mark 20 years since the Second Intifada, Maher al-Charif takes a look back at the 1940 general strike and armed rebellion, and the ...

A year after unprecedented Iraq protests, what has changed?

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

A year after unprecedented Iraq protests, what has changed?

The nationwide demonstrations which broke out on October 1, 2019 spiralled into a decentralised movement slamming unemployment, poor public ...

Russia's influence in Iraq: A challenge for the US

Stasa Salacanin

Russia's influence in Iraq: A challenge for the US

Russia is making inroads into the Middle East at the expense of US power.

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