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Kurdish militia fighters, YPG, fired five mortars at an observation post in Idlib staffed by Turkish troops to which the Turkish army fired back at the YPG

In-depth: As the Islamic State group faces defeat in Iraq, the mental scars of their brutality remain carved into Iraqis who suffered under the self-styled 'caliphate', reports Laura Cappon.

Turkey's interests in Syria don't include Idlib's people

James Snell

Turkey's interests in Syria don't include Idlib's people

Comment: Turkish-supported rebel factions in Syria are unlikely to fight al-Qaeda's local franchise, as doing so could benefit the Assad regime, writes James Snell.

Innocent Iraqi boys swept up in IS child-soldier hunt

Marta Bellingreri

Innocent Iraqi boys swept up in IS child-soldier hunt

Exclusive: Hundreds of teenage boys have been rounded up by Iraqi troops in Mosul, where they now face military trials, accused of being Islamic ...

Hizballah to join fight against IS on Lebanon-Syria border Hizballah to join fight against IS on Lebanon-Syria border

The New Arab & agencies

Hizballah to join fight against IS on Lebanon-Syria border

Hizballah will join the fight against the Islamic State group on the Lebanon-Syria border, days after declaring victory against an ...

Paul McLoughlin

Hizballah and Lebanon army open new front against IS

The Lebanese army and Hizballah fighters have extended their campaign into eastern Lebanon's Ras Baalbeck, with a new offensive against IS after a ceasefire with al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Mona Alami

Where does Hizballah's recapture of Arsal leave Lebanese army?

Comment: After its Arsal victory, Hizballah's war against jihadis provides it with a fresh justification for clinging to its military arsenal, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Ceasefire between Hizballah and rebels reached on Lebanon-Syria border

Hizballah and Syrian rebel forces will end fighting on all fronts in areas near the Lebanese border town of Arsal, after a ceasefire was reached ...

The New Arab

14 Saudis at 'imminent risk' of execution: Amnesty

Amnesty International warned fourteen Saudis face "imminent" execution on Tuesday, after a "grossly unfair mass trial" in which they were ...

Gaza power struggle melts hopes of summer ice-cream

Rami Almeghari

Gaza power struggle melts hopes of summer ice-cream

Gaza needs an estimated 550 megawatts each day, but the blockaded Strip's power plant generates just 40 percent of that amount, reports Rami ...

Mona Alami

Tahrir al-Sham's 'Syrianisation' causes war of words with Nusra

Comment: A series of tweets by HTS commander Atrash called on rebel groups to dissolve and join an opposition interim government, angering many ...

Iranians opt out of 'electing' their next prison warden

Mostafa Naderi

Iranians opt out of 'electing' their next prison warden

Comment: Iran's sham elections make sure that only candidates supporting the current system will make it onto the ballot paper. Total ...

Al-Qaeda affiliate mounts 'suicide offensive' on Homs regime headquarters

The New Arab

Al-Qaeda affiliate mounts 'suicide offensive' on Homs regime headquarters

Jabhat Fateh al-Sham fighters overpowered regime forces at roadside checkpoints on Saturday, allowing two suicide bombers to attack two ...

Syria regime responsible for vast majority of medical-worker casualties

The New Arab

Syria regime responsible for vast majority of medical-worker casualties

Bashar al-Assad's regime and its allies have been responsible for 85 percent of the Syrian civil war's medical personnel casualties throughout ...

UN cuts food aid to 1.4 million displaced Iraqis

The New Arab & agencies

UN cuts food aid to 1.4 million displaced Iraqis

The UN's World Food Programme has said delayed payments from donors mean food rations to Iraqis fleeing fighting against IS have been halved.

Mona Alami

After Aleppo

Comment: The battle for the northern capital and its ultimate capture consecrated the routinisation of violence in a country, plagued by a five-year war.

Leila al-Shami

The sectarianization of Syria and smearing a revolution

The Syrian regime has employed violence, sectarianism and Machiavellian tactics to try and derail the revolution, defame its supporters and ...

The New Arab & agencies

Syria: 620 rebels made to evacuate besieged Moaddamiyeh

Opposition fighters and family members flee in their hundreds as Damascus continues its 'starve or surrender' strategy against Syrian rebels.

Mona Alami

Syria's jihadist scene regroups around new, tactical alliances

Comment: The consolidation of Jund al-Aqsa with JFS indicates a new trend, as smaller groups find long-term survival increasingly difficult, ...

Syrian state media: War propaganda, whitewashing and denial

Kareem Chehayeb

Syrian state media: War propaganda, whitewashing and denial

Comment: A new phase in Syrian state media's wildly distorted output attempts to depict life in regime-controlled areas of the country as ...

Bahey el-Din Hassan

How will history remember President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi?

Comment: Western nations may see Sisi as key to stability in the region, but his abysmal track record as military man and president tells ...

How Iran used 'terror' as a tool for diplomacy

Tallha Abdulrazaq

How Iran used 'terror' as a tool for diplomacy

Comment: Kerry's revelation that Hizballah is not plotting against America has confirmed what many already knew: Iran used fear to force the US ...

Hizballah's <em>Hassan</em> Nasrallah says 'Wahhabism is worse than Israel'

The New Arab

Hizballah's Hassan Nasrallah says 'Wahhabism is worse than Israel'

The chief of Lebanese militant group Hizballah has claimed that the puritanical branch of Islam known as Wahhabism - popular in Saudi Arabia - ...

Syria's rebels won't abandon former al-Qaeda allies

Mona Alami

Syria's rebels won't abandon former al-Qaeda allies

Comment: John Kerry's belief that 'moderate' rebels would disentangle themselves from groups deemed to be 'terrorists' shows how little ...

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