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Abdul Rahid Dostum has been accused of widespread human rights abuses over decades, including killing thousands of Taliban prisoners in the aftermath of the US invasion in 2001.

Warplanes believed to be from the US-led coalition against IS have struck positions belonging to Iranian-backed militias in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zour

Iraq sets up border posts to 'prevent Turkish advance'

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Iraq sets up border posts to 'prevent Turkish advance'

Ankara has established at least a dozen posts inside Iraqi territory as part of a military campaign to rout members of the PKK.

The Iraq Report: Pro-Iran <em>militias</em> reassert dominance over Kadhimi

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The Iraq Report: Pro-Iran militias reassert dominance over Kadhimi

Iran's proxies have dealt a humiliating blow to Iraq's newly incumbent Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who has now exposed the limits of his ...

Libyan government finds more bodies in former Haftar stronghold

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Libyan government finds more bodies in former Haftar stronghold

The Libyan government has found six more bodies in a mass grave in the former Haftar stronghold of Tarhouna, raising the total number of corpses ...

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Iraq launches operation against IS, anti-US militias in Baghdad

The Iraqi government has launched a new operation against IS militants in the north of Baghdad, which security sources say will also target militias that attack US forces.

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How Saudi Arabia seeks to keep Yemen divided

In-depth: The separatist takeover of Socotra island is indicative of Saudi Arabia's approval for efforts which undermine Yemen's unity.

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Syria regime releases three activists detained over Suweida protests

Three activists have returned to Suweida after being detained by the regime.

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Will the Caesar Act deter UAE normalisation of Assad?

In-depth: The Syrian regime has become increasingly important to the UAE's geopolitical goals.

South Lebanon judge resigns following ruling against US ambassador

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South Lebanon judge resigns following ruling against US ambassador

Judge Mohamad Mazeh tendered his resignation after he was questioned for slapping a year-long gag order on airing or publishing comments made by ...

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Turkey slams France's 'destructive' approach to Libya conflict

Turkey condemned France's approach in Libya, blasting it as "destructive"

Macron slams Turkey's 'criminal responsibility' in Libya

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Macron slams Turkey's 'criminal responsibility' in Libya

French President Emmanuel Macron accused fellow NATO member Turkey of "criminal responsibility" over its involvement in the Libyan conflict, in ...

Saudi, US push for extension of Iran arms embargo

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Saudi, US push for extension of Iran arms embargo

US and Saudi officials called for extending a UN arms embargo on Iran, warning of major implications for regional security, accusing Tehran of ...

The UAE is gradually eclipsing Saudi Arabia in Yemen

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

The UAE is gradually eclipsing Saudi Arabia in Yemen

Comment: The STC's takeover of Socotra indicates that the United Arab Emirates has marginalised Saudi Arabia into a weaker position, at least ...

Libya's Haftar 'mobilising mercenaries' for key battle in Sirte

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Libya's Haftar 'mobilising mercenaries' for key battle in Sirte

Haftar-allied foreign mercenaries are reportedly headed for Sirtre to take part in a key battle against government forces.

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Syria ends tycoon Makhlouf's duty free contracts

The move comes as part of an ongoing dispute between Assad and his cousin, Rami Makhlouf.

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9 Iran-backed fighters killed in 2nd raid in Syria

Nine have been killed in air strikes targeting positions of Iranian-backed militias.

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Raid in Syria kills 6 Iran-backed fighters: monitor

Four Syrian nationals were among those killed in the raids on the al-Abbas village near the border with Iraq.

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Bahraini soldier killed in Yemen as Al-Bayda battles resume

Bahrain's army announced that one of their soldiers was killed in Yemen while participating in the Saudi-led coalition.

Sisi has no business drawing 'red lines' in Libya

Ahmed Sewehli

Sisi has no business drawing 'red lines' in Libya

Comment: Egypt's undemocratic aims and interference in Libya are unwelcome, writes Ahmed Sewehli.

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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 ...

Iraqi forces raid Iran-backed militia base in Baghdad

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Iraqi forces raid Iran-backed militia base in Baghdad

Earlier this week US officials claimed the Kataib Hezbollah faction fired rockets at bases in Iraq.

An Egyptian-Turkish war in Libya?

Giorgio Cafiero

An Egyptian-Turkish war in Libya?

Comment: Recent geopolitical and on-the-ground developments have ignited concerns over the prospect of an Egyptian-Turkish military ...

France wants discussion 'without taboos' on EU-Turkey ties

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France wants discussion 'without taboos' on EU-Turkey ties

The EU must 'defend its own interests' and reconsiders its relationship with Turkey, Le Drian said, who France accuses of playing a 'dangerous ...

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