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Comment: Bashar al-Assad may have emerged from Syria's war 'victorious', but the country he controls is not the one it once was, writes Sam Hamad.

Comment: Iraq remains at the mercy of sectarianism and violence, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

Divisions in Kurdish ranks drag up civil-war memories

Paul Iddon

Divisions in Kurdish ranks drag up civil-war memories

Analysis: Baghdad's recent re-taking of Kirkuk came after a deal to withdraw Kurdish fighters loyal to one political faction, writes Paul Iddon.

Kirkuk has already exposed Trump's incoherent Iran strategy

James Snell

Kirkuk has already exposed Trump's incoherent Iran strategy

Comment: In Kirkuk, the US has allowed Iranian proxy forces - recently designated a terrorist group - to openly attack an American ally, ...

Sam Hamad

When 'order' builds sectarianism, peace is just an illusion

Comment: Both the US and Iran favour 'order' in Iraq, but when this means supporting brutal sectarianism and curtailing democratic self-determination, peace is just an illusion, writes Sam Hamad.

Austin Bodetti

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

In-depth: Kataib Hezbollah has been internationally listen as a 'terrorist organisation', but that has not stopped Moscow from providing air ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iranian authorities bar reformist ex-president from meeting

An Iranian opposition news website says authorities have barred former reformist President Mohammad Khatami from attending a meeting of his ...

Abadi's capture of Kirkuk might just save Iraq

Gareth Browne

Abadi's capture of Kirkuk might just save Iraq

Comment: Abadi's recapture of Kirkuk doesn't render him an enemy of the Kurdish cause, but he and the Kurds need each other to avoid a vicious ...

James Snell

Kirkuk has already exposed Trump's incoherent Iran strategy

Comment: In Kirkuk, the US has allowed Iranian proxy forces - recently designated a terrorist group - to openly attack an American ally, ...

France's Macron 'considers' Iran trip after Rouhani invite

The New Arab & agencies

France's Macron 'considers' Iran trip after Rouhani invite

French President Macron is considering a visit to Iran after speaking to his Iranian counterpart as US President Donald Trump said he was ...

Stand-off in Kirkuk: caught between Iraq and Kurdish forces Stand-off in Kirkuk: caught between Iraq and Kurdish forces

Yomi Kleinmann

Stand-off in Kirkuk: caught between Iraq and Kurdish forces

Kirkuk is on tender-hooks, as a tense stand-off between Iraq's army and Kurdish Peshmerga threatens to bring war to the oil-rich city. Words by ...

Trump refuses to certify Iran nuclear deal Trump refuses to certify Iran nuclear deal

The New Arab

Trump refuses to certify Iran nuclear deal

US President Donald Trump unveiled an aggressive new strategy towards Iran on Friday during a speech at the White House, announcing he would not ...

Trump is about to make matters worse with Iran

Marcus Montgomery

Trump is about to make matters worse with Iran

Comment: Undermining the nuclear deal coupled with designating the IRGC a 'foreign terrorist organisation' only risks emboldening ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iranian soldier opens fire at air base, kills three

An Iranian soldier opened fire on his colleagues, killing three and wounding 12 of them at a military air base in south Tehran

James Snell

Two American presidents have now undermined Syria's revolution

Comment: Trump's withdrawal of the meagre support provided to Syria's rebels will embolden the remnants of the Assad regime, writes James Snell.

The New Arab

Kuwait denies 'Houthi weapon smuggling gateway' rumours

An earlier report claimed that the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps were using waters further up the Gulf between Kuwait and Iran to ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iran using 'new routes' to smuggle weapons to Yemen

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have started using a new route across waters in the Gulf to funnel arms to Houthi rebels in Yemen, Western and ...

Iraq's political turmoil will ensure Islamic State's survival

Michael Duffy

Iraq's political turmoil will ensure Islamic State's survival

Comment: While the military victory against IS in Mosul is complete, the conditions that facilitated their return are still firmly in place, ...

The New Arab & agencies

US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel

Iran's Revolutionary Guards accused the Americans of "provocation and intimidation" after the US fired warning shots at its vessel after ...

Iran seizes Saudi fishing boat after crossing into waters

The New Arab

Iran seizes Saudi fishing boat after crossing into waters

A Saudi fishing boat with four Indian nationals on-board was seized by Iran's naval forces on Saturday, after it allegedly crossed into its ...

The Iraq Report: Victory amid the rubble of Mosul

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Victory amid the rubble of Mosul

Analysis: Welcome to a special edition of The New Arab's weekly digest of events in Iraq.

Washington and Riyadh must defuse the war hysteria

Emile Nakhleh

Washington and Riyadh must defuse the war hysteria

Comment: The time has come for a bold and inclusive social contract between Middle East states and the US, and between regimes and their ...

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