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Iran is attempting to reconcile Hamas and Damascus since a fall out over the Syria war, with Tehran hoping to rebuild an anti-Israel axis in the region.

Turkey's prime minister has warned of a 'economic and security' response if Iraqi-Kurdistan goes ahead with its controversial vote on independence.

Iraqi-Kurdish leader delays crucial news conference on independence vote

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Iraqi-Kurdish leader delays crucial news conference on independence vote

President Massoud Barzani has cancelled a crucial press conference, as tensions over a vote on Kurdish independence heighten.

Kuwait to host <em>Iraq</em> reconstruction conference in 2018

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Kuwait to host Iraq reconstruction conference in 2018

Kuwait will hold a conference on reconstructing war-torn Iraq early next year, the US presidential envoy to the international coalition ...

Abu Ghraib civil lawsuit moves forward in US court

Charlie Hoyle

Abu Ghraib civil lawsuit moves forward in US court

A civil lawsuit filed by three former Iraqi inmates who claim they were tortured by US military contractors at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison ...

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Kurds push ahead with independence vote despite regional concerns

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani on Friday insisted that a 25 September independence referendum will still go ahead, despite regional condemnation of the historic vote.

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Is oil motivating the Kurdish referendum?

Comment: For the Kurds, consolidating control of Kirkuk's substantial oil source is essential for achieving their long-standing ambition of ...

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian-Kurds hold first local vote to cement federal push

Residents of Kurdish-majority areas of Syria voted on Friday in the region's first elections, part of a push to cement a regional government, ...

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Trump's travel ban to expire on Sunday

Trump's controversial travel ban which blocked travellers from six Muslim-majority countries entering the US expires on Sunday, with little ...

Iran's Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles despite US criticism Iran's Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles despite US criticism

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Iran's Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles despite US criticism

President Hassan Rouhani vowed that Iran would boost its ballistic missile capabilities on Friday, despite criticism from the United States and ...

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US-backed force 'mopping up' last IS holdouts in Raqqa

An Arab-Kurdish alliance fought to clear the last remaining Islamic State group militants holed up in their crumbling stronghold of Raqqa on ...

The Kurds deserve their vote on independence

Paul Iddon

The Kurds deserve their vote on independence

Comment: Given the numerous past atrocities against them and their fight against IS, it is high time the Kurds received recognition on the world ...

UN sets up probe of IS atrocities in <em>Iraq</em> UN sets up probe of IS atrocities in Iraq

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UN sets up probe of IS atrocities in Iraq

The UN Security Council has agreed to set up an investigation team to collect evidence on atrocities committed by the Islamic State in ...

Free media matters: Bringing balance to Kurdish fever

Stephen Brent

Free media matters: Bringing balance to Kurdish fever

Blog: While Kurdish militias are glorified in the media, press freedoms are suffering in Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region, writes Stephen Brent.

Barzani's independence vote 'diverting attention from dire economic state'

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Barzani's independence vote 'diverting attention from dire economic state'

In-depth: For Massoud Barzani, a 'yes' vote in the upcoming controversial Iraqi Kurdistan referendum is an attempt to divert attention from the ...

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Turkey, Iran, Iraq threaten 'counter-measures' against Kurd referendum

Turkey, Iran and Iraq on Thursday warned of "counter-measures" if Iraq's Kurdistan region goes ahead with a planned referendum on independence.

The New Arab

Iraqi forces begin offensive to retake IS bastion Hawija

Iraq has begun an offensive to retake Hawija, one of two remaining bastions of the Islamic State group in the country, Prime Minister ...

Gareth Browne

The final days of the caliphate in Iraq

In-depth: With the military gathering outside Hawija, people who have suffered now have the confidence to fight back, locals tell Gareth Browne.

The New Arab & agencies

Syria: US special forces 'seize gas field from IS'

The US-led coalition fighting IS in Syria has reportedly seized a major gas field in the country's eastern Deir az-Zour province.

Saudi university to dismiss suspected Muslim Brotherhood-linked academics

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Saudi university to dismiss suspected Muslim Brotherhood-linked academics

A university in Saudi Arabia is seeking to sack employees suspected of having links to Muslim Brotherhood, fuelling fears of a major government ...

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Iraqi refugee in Germany turns in lost 14,000 euros

An Iraqi teenager in Berlin is in line for a reward after handing into police a lost bag containing some 14,000 euros, German police said.

Kirkuk a tense flash point ahead of Iraqi-Kurdish referendum

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Kirkuk a tense flash point ahead of Iraqi-Kurdish referendum

Tensions in Kirkuk have risen in recent weeks as the rhetoric between the Kurdish leadership and Iraq's central government escalates.

<em>Iraq</em> to deport 500 Islamic State wives to US,Europe

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Iraq to deport 500 Islamic State wives to US,Europe

Iraq is preparing to deport hundreds of women married to foreign Islamic State fighters, and their children, back to their countries of ...

The <em>Iraq</em> Report: Kurds take centre stage from IS

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The Iraq Report: Kurds take centre stage from IS

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