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Pentagon admits US has 2,000 troops in Syria

06 December, 2017

The US has 2,000 troops in Syria and 5,200 in Iraq, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday, casting doubt over the numbers officially announced last month.

Car bomb hits Kurdish refugee camp in northern Iraq

06 December, 2017

A car bomb on Wednesday caused deaths in a Kurdish area of Iraq's northern Nineveh province, an official from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said.

Explosives contamination in Mosul is 'of previously unseen magnitude'

06 December, 2017

Iraq's second city of Mosul remains heavily contaminated with unexploded bombs and other remnants of the battle against Islamic State militants, the UN's mine action agency said.

Russian airstrikes kill 21 civilians in east Syria: monitor

06 December, 2017

Russian airstrikes killed 21 civilians early Wednesday in a village held by the Islamic State group near the Euphrates River in eastern Syria, a monitor said.

Saudi oil minister seeks stronger ties on Iraq visit

06 December, 2017

Saudi Arabia's oil minister attended an energy conference in the southern Iraqi city of Basra on Tuesday in a sign of improving bilateral relations.

'Fewer than 3,000 IS fighters' left in Iraq, Syria

05 December, 2017

There are fewer than 3,000 IS fighters left in Iraq and Syria as the group clings to the remnants of its self-styled caliphate, the US-led coalition said on Tuesday.

Knives and guns: How Iraqi women handle street harassers

05 December, 2017

Women and girls in Iraq face harassment on the streets every time they leave their houses. They tell The New Arab of the different ways they deal with their abusers.

HRW: Widespread violations in Iraq against IS suspects

05 December, 2017

The leading rights group found that Iraqi authorities were committing widespread violations against those detained on suspicion of having ties to the Islamic State

World Cup fever: This week in Middle East football

05 December, 2017

Syria's Omar Khribin is named Asian Player of the Year as the region gears up for two Middle Eastern derbies following the World Cup draw.

ICC: 'Reasonable basis' for British war crimes in Iraq

05 December, 2017

The ICC's chief prosecutor is considering options for further investigations after saying that there is a 'reasonable basis' to believe war crimes allegations.

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