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France is eyeing a role in Iraq as the United States continues to drawdown its presence in the country.

The Ilisu dam, construction of which displaced thousands and submerged an ancient city, will start power generation next week.

Iraqis turn to budding ecotourism to save <em>marshes</em>

The New Arab & agencies

Iraqis turn to budding ecotourism to save marshes

Iraq's southern marshes are blossoming once more thanks to a wave of ecotourists picnicking and paddling down their replenished river bends

Can Iraq finally realise its potential for tourism?

Paul Iddon

Can Iraq finally realise its potential for tourism?

In-depth: With a $78 million budget allocation this year to repair its heritage sites and improve infrastructure, Iraq is in high hopes of ...

The final days of the Iraqi <em>marshes</em>

Sylvain Mercadier

The final days of the Iraqi marshes

Feature: A vital ecosystem home to traditional lifestyles may be facing, and losing, its final challenge.

Emile Nakhleh

MbS: The new Saddam of Arabia?

Comment: Saddam's arrogance of power and obsession with regional leadership ultimately led to his downfall. Saudi Arabia's MbS might be heading the same direction, writes Emile Nakhleh.

The New Arab & agencies

Iraqi farmers fight to save cattle from drought

Huge losses of life and livelihood as Iraq's farmers battle to keep their livestock safe and hydrated.

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey seeks to reassure Iraqis over upstream Tigris dam

The level of the Tigris River has visibly dropped since the filling began on Friday, with Iraqis able to cross the river on foot in some places.

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq's vast marshes, reborn after Saddam, in peril again

The largest wetlands in the Middle East are imperiled again, by government mismanagement and new upstream projects.

'Is it politics or theatre?' Occupational Hazards raises questions

Hadani Ditmars

'Is it politics or theatre?' Occupational Hazards raises questions

Theatre: Based on the memoirs of Rory Stewart, a British politician appointed governor of an Iraqi province after the 2003 invasion, the play is ...

Nazli Ihsan-Adil Tarzi

Iraq's taste for flamingo is fuelling 'bird genocide'

The wetland birds take refuge in Iraq's southern marshland, but are hunted by an increasingly desperate population, as well as those who like to ...

COP22: From rhetoric to action

Warda Mohamed

COP22: From rhetoric to action

Comment: From 7-18 November, Morocco is hosting the COP22 United Nations Conference on Climate Change. Marking the occasion, this series ...

Iraq marshlands named UNESCO world heritage site

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq marshlands named UNESCO world heritage site

UNESCO has named Iraqi marshlands once ravaged by dictator Saddam as a World Heritage Site, a bright spot for a country where jihadists have ...

Iraq's forgotten uprising

Robin Yassin-Kassab

Iraq's forgotten uprising

Comment: Iraqi appetite for change is alive and well, but voices that don't fit the binary go unheard, obscuring a potential alternative to ...

Jordan: A refuge through the ages

Lina Shannak

Jordan: A refuge through the ages

Feature: Syria's hundreds of thousands of displaced people are only the latest in a century long wave of refugees who have washed ashore in ...

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