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In the first time a political party has been targeted since the electoral campaign began last month, two bombs exploded near the Iraqi Communist Party HQ.

Comment: Killing the Iran deal and moving the embassy to Jerusalem will only bring more instability and misery to the people of the region, writes Emile Nakhleh.

Syrian <em>cleric</em> condemns 'flagrant looting' after regime captured Yarmouk

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Syrian cleric condemns 'flagrant looting' after regime captured Yarmouk

A Syrian cleric has condemned government troops and allied militias for looting homes in the recently recaptured Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp.

The Iraq Report: Post-election horse-trading kicks off

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The Iraq Report: Post-election horse-trading kicks off

Our weekly round-up of events in Iraq this week focuses on negotiations to form a government after no one party won an overall majority.

Turkish lira crashes to new low against the dollar

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Turkish lira crashes to new low against the dollar

Turkey's lira is in free-fall, losing five percent of its value in one day and adding pressure on the central bank to increase interest rates, ...

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US in talks with ex-foe Sadr after shock win

Washington has reached out to Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who had previously led uprisings against the 2003 invasion.

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Iran lawmakers demand Rouhani cut ties with UAE

A group of Iranian lawmakers have called on the country's leader to review relations with the UAE.

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Turkish court hands life sentences to 104 suspected Gulenists

Authorities blame the Gulen movement for the failed July 2016 coup attempt, and have launched a wide-ranging crackdown since.

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Iraq election winner Sadr meets pro-Iran bloc leader

Muqtada al-Sadr, who heads an anti-Iran coalition, met political rival Hadi al-Amiri on Sunday to discuss the formation of the next government.

Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'

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Iraq's al-Sadr says next government will be 'inclusive'

Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in Iraq's parliamentary elections, has sought to reassure Iraqis about their ...

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Iraq's Abadi pledges 'strong' government after meeting with Sadr

Election winner Muqtada al-Sadr will have a strong say in negotiations to form the next Iraq government.

<em>Cleric</em> Muqtada al-Sadr named winner of Iraq election

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Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr named winner of Iraq election

A political bloc headed by cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has been named as the lead coalition following the Iraq election.

Shapeshifting Sadr will not bring change to Iraq

Tallha Abdulrazaq

Shapeshifting Sadr will not bring change to Iraq

Comment: It would be naive to forget the actions and deep-rooted bonds of Sadr's past, writes Tallha Abdulrazaq.

Denmark to pull special forces out of Iraq

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Denmark to pull special forces out of Iraq

NATO-member Denmark said it will withdraw its special forces from Iraq, who have been taking part in the US-led coalition against the Islamic ...

David Sheen

The US and Israel's radical right Kahane connections

Comment: The fact that American envoys are so closely connected to Israel's Kahane movement should be of great concern, writes David Sheen.

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Warrants issued for a hundred Turkish air force personnel

Turkey continues its sweeping crackdown against public servants and military over alleged links to Gulen, with detention warrants issued for 101 ...

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Suicide bomber targets Baghdad funeral

At least eight people have been killed in northern Baghdad as a suicide blast ripped through a funeral gathering, the first terror attack since ...

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Lebanon's former mufti calls for 'jihad' against Israel

Lebanon's former mufti added that it is not permissible in Islamic law for Arab and Muslim states to normalise relations with Israel.

Is Sadr poised to lift Iraq out of sectarianism?

Sam Hamad

Is Sadr poised to lift Iraq out of sectarianism?

Comment: The Sairoun bloc's victory is proof that a significant popular base exists that is ready to accept radical change, regardless of who ...

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Sadr calls for broad coalition following Iraq election 'win'

Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is set to be the surprise winner of national elections, with the final results of the polls due to be ...

Top Iranian general in Baghdad 'to shape new government'

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Top Iranian general in Baghdad 'to shape new government'

Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani is in Baghdad to push for the formation of a new 'friendly government' in Iraq, ...

Abadi vows to work with Iraq election winners

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Abadi vows to work with Iraq election winners

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday called for all political parties to respect the results of his nation's parliamentary election.

Iraq election: Nationalist <em>cleric</em> Muqtada al-Sadr leads polls

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Iraq election: Nationalist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr leads polls

Partial results reveal the firebrand cleric is leading the election, with initial frontrunner and current prime minister Haider ...

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