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Russia and Iran's support for Syrian 'terror groups'

19 October, 2017

In-depth: Kataib Hezbollah has been internationally listen as a 'terrorist organisation', but that has not stopped Moscow from providing air cover for its operations, reports Austin Bodetti.

Top Saudi official meets US-backed militias in Syria’s Raqqa

19 October, 2017

A high-level Saudi official is in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which was recently retaken from the Islamic State group, to discuss his country’s role in reconstruction efforts

Iraqi Kurdistan in disarray after the loss of Kirkuk

19 October, 2017

Analysis: The Kurdish political divides which led to Baghdad re-taking Kirkuk in less than a day could leave Kurdistan much more vulnerable, writes Paul Iddon.

SDF forces comb 'ghost city' Raqqa after IS defeat

19 October, 2017

US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are combing the ruins of Raqqa for survivors and bombs days after retaking the city from the Islamic State group.

Equal inheritance for daughters is key to women's empowerment

19 October, 2017

Comment: While marriage between a Muslim woman and a non-Muslim man is now permitted, the question of equal inheritance rights between the sexes is a thornier issue, writes Sophie Bessis.

Kurdish forces raise PKK leader portrait in Syria's Raqqa

19 October, 2017

Kurdish forces have raised a large image of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan in an iconic square of the recently recaptured Syrian city of Raqqa.

Turkey could close border with Iraqi Kurds ‘any moment’

19 October, 2017

Turkey’s president says the country could close its border with Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region “at any moment” as a further reprisal for it holding referendum on independence last month.

UN Syria envoy in Moscow ahead of peace talks

18 October, 2017

Staffan de Mistura and Russia's Sergei Shoigu met in Moscow on Wednesday, to discuss ways of moving toward a stable political settlement in war-torn Syria.

UN urges de-escalation after Iraqi forces retake Kirkuk

18 October, 2017

The UN Security Council has urged for "constructive dialogue" after Iraqi forces launched a lightning operation to retake disputed regions in the wake of the Kurdish independence referendum.

As Iranian proxy seizes Kirkuk, where is America?

18 October, 2017

In-depth: An eyewitness account of the Kurdish collapse at Kirkuk, as the Iraqi government and Iran-backed militias reclaim the city for Baghdad. Words by Yomi Kleinmann, pictures by Adam McCaw.

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