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How IS became a military threat in Iraq, Syria

16 December, 2017

In-depth: While the Islamic State group’s reign of terror in Iraq and Syria is virtually over, multiple reports throughout its existence show irresponsible arms transfers, reports Jonathan Fenton-Harvey.

John Travolta and US rapper Nelly visit Saudi Arabia

15 December, 2017

Rapper Nelly is performing at a men-only concert in Jeddah, while the American actor John Travolta gave a talk to fans in Riyadh.

Dozens killed in two days of Yemen violence

15 December, 2017

Saudi-led airstrikes killed 28 Houthi rebels around Yemen's west coast, medics and security sources close to the insurgents said on Friday, as government forces reported deadly clashes in the south.

Nikki Haley is not good at foreign policy

15 December, 2017

Comment: In a shameful performance at the UN, Nikki Haley cherry-picked her intelligence in a fashion eerily reminiscent of the 2002-2003 push for invading Iraq, writes Reza Marashi.

Hizballah's new alliances on show in calculated media stunt

15 December, 2017

Comment: PMF militia commander Khazaali's visit to Lebanon was an astute bit of publicity on the part of Hizballah, writes Mona Alami.

Saudi Arabia, UAE team up to 'create Bitcoin-rival cryptocurrency'

15 December, 2017

The two Gulf countries are in the early stages of developing a digital currency to be used between banks. However the announcement comes as a marked turnaround for Saudi Arabia.

Human rights groups condemn Iraq's mass executions

15 December, 2017

Iraq hanged 38 people accused of belonging to militant groups as international rights groups voice concerns about use of the death penalty in Iraq.

Houthi missile fired at Riyadh 'made in Iran': Haley

14 December, 2017

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that a missile fired by the Houthi rebels at Saudi Arabia was made in Iran.

Palestinians distrust their leadership, Arab allies after Jerusalem move

14 December, 2017

In-depth: Palestinian protesters angry at Trump's Jerusalem decision tell The New Arab they have little trust in their leadership and Arab allies.

Iraq hangs 38 members of IS, al-Qaeda for 'terrorism'

14 December, 2017

Iraq has executed 38 militants belonging to the Islamic State group or al-Qaeda for terrorism offences, days after declaring victory over jihadists.

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