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Adding to rising tensions, sources told The New Arab that Syrian regime forces had sent reinforcements to areas under Kurdish control.

On Tuesday, representatives of the KNC and a PYD-led coalition of Kurdish parties "concluded the first stage of Kurdish unity negotiations and reached a binding and unified political vision."

Facing defeat, Haftar makes a transparent bid for peace

Sam Hamad

Facing defeat, Haftar makes a transparent bid for peace

Comment: Sisi's counter-revolutionary track record and Haftar's war on Tripoli put their overtures to peace on very shaky ground, writes Sam Hamad.

A plan to resist Trump’s Deal of the Century

Abbad Yahya

A plan to resist Trump’s Deal of the Century

The long read: A new book by Palestinian intellectual Azmi Bishara presents a comprehensive strategy to resist Trump and Netanyahu’s widely ...

In Libya, Russia calls in its proxy, Assad

James Snell

In Libya, Russia calls in its proxy, Assad

Comment: Transplanted to fight in another civil conflict, Syrian soldiers are finding themselves on opposing sides of Libya's crowded ...

The New Arab

Car bomb kills nine Afghan intelligence officials

At least 40 other security personnel were wounded in the attack, with eight in critical condition.

The New Arab & agencies

Afghanistan rivals end months-long feud with power-sharing deal

A power-sharing deal in Afghanistan has brought to an end months of feuding between Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah.

The New Arab

Iraq's Mustafa al-Kadhimi takes the helm in stormy waters

Kadhimi will have to steer Iraq out of the coronavirus crisis, resuscitate an all-but-dead economy, and restore the faith of Iraqis in a ...

Adam Lucente

Iraq's religious minorities fear plans to resettle IS families

Yazidi and Iraqi Christian communities who suffered atrocities at the hands of the extremist group fear the return of IS-affiliated families ...

Sri Lanka's Muslims mark a year of persecution

Imrul Islam

Sri Lanka's Muslims mark a year of persecution

Comment: Since last year's Easter bombing, Sri Lanka's Muslim community has suffered increased attacks and Islamophobia at both the state and ...

The New Arab

Israel protests Russian meeting with Islamic Jihad leader

Russia's foreign minister met with senior Islamic Jihad officials on Wednesday in Moscow, including the group's leader.

Algerian ex-diplomat eyed as next UN Libya envoy

The New Arab & agencies

Algerian ex-diplomat eyed as next UN Libya envoy

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has reportedly put forward former Algerian foreign minister Ramtane Lamamra as the UN envoy to Libya.

UAE mercenaries reveal divisive ambitions in Yemen, Libya

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

UAE mercenaries reveal divisive ambitions in Yemen, Libya

Comment: Abu Dhabi is securing influence through a 'divide-and-rule' policy in the Middle East and Africa, but not always using its own forces, ...

The eleventh hour for Idlib, Syria's last rebel bastion

International Crisis Group

The eleventh hour for Idlib, Syria's last rebel bastion

Comment: The Syrian regime's campaign to retake Idlib threatens devastating levels of death and displacement. Syria and Russia must conclude an ...

Nine members of same family killed in Syria airstrikes

The New Arab

Nine members of same family killed in Syria airstrikes

Nine members of the same family have been killed in an airstrike on Kafr Taal in Aleppo province in northwestern Syria, while four people have ...

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: 'Idlib will fall,' Assad regime tells Turkey

The Assad regime is determined to capture the Idlib province, Ali Mamlouk told his Turkish counterpart, an event that will have huge consequences for Ankara and millions of Syrians.

Charlie Hoyle

One woman's fight for justice against Palestinian Authority torture

Suha Jbara was detained, tortured and imprisoned before starting a hunger strike to secure her freedom. Now she is fighting for justice against ...

Mel Plant

One year on, Sudan's revolution hangs in the balance

In-depth: Hopes for peace and justice remain unclear a year after the start of Sudan's revolution, Mel Plant writes.

Alessandra Bajec

Jordan's women don't see the end of male guardianship

Dozens of women in Jordan face attempted murders, death threats and physical abuse at the hands of their own families, under the logic of an ...

From Lebanon to Chile, the patriarchal state must fall

Malia Bouattia

From Lebanon to Chile, the patriarchal state must fall

Comment: For revolution in the Arab world to be truly successful, women's rights must be at the forefront of reform, writes Malia Bouattia.

Alessandra Bajec

Iraqi women victim to online sexual blackmail

Iraqi women face a staggering rise in online 'sextortion', a practice known as revenge porn, with Iraqi males exploiting private images on ...

Bahrain to 'unnecessarily' fly fans to Qatar via Kuwait

The New Arab

Bahrain to 'unnecessarily' fly fans to Qatar via Kuwait

Thousands of Bahraini fans will be flown in to watch Gulf Cup final in Doha, though the flight will take longer than usual because of the ...

How will UK elections impact the Middle East?

Charlie Hoyle

How will UK elections impact the Middle East?

Brexit has dominated Britain's political landscape since 2016. But with general elections coming up, what can voters expect from the three main ...

Facing years of repression, Palestinians continue to flee Gaza

Imogen Lambert

Facing years of repression, Palestinians continue to flee Gaza

Palestinians are leaving Gaza, fleeing a repressive Hamas administration and endless wars.

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