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Iran's notorious Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) have 'defeated' the protesters, a statement from the elite force charged with protecting the regime said on Sunday.

US imposes sanctions on Iranian missile firms

The New Arab

US imposes sanctions on Iranian missile firms

Under the sanctions, any assets that the firms hold in places under US jurisdiction will be frozen and US citizens are forbidden from doing business with them.

EU response to Iran protests is weak and disingenuous

James Snell

EU response to Iran protests is weak and disingenuous

Comment: When people protest against mass unemployment and corruption, and are met with bullets, the world must be prepared to do more than ...

The Iraq Report: Mass executions follow 'sham trials'

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The Iraq Report: Mass executions follow 'sham trials'

This week in Iraq: Rights organisations denounce mass executions while British soldiers found responsible for abuses in High Court.

Kyle W. Orton

Trump the anti-Obama targets Iran

Comment: If Trump has any one guiding principle, it is to be the anti-Obama - and on foreign policy, there are worse doctrines, writes Kyle Orton.

Mona Alami

Hizballah's new alliances on show in calculated media stunt

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

Robert Springborg

Iran: The beauty in the eye of American beholders

Comment: Iran has been viewed by both Republican and Democratic decision-makers as the more beautiful prize, writes Robert Springborg.

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Shia Islamists rise as IS evaporates

This week in Iraq: IS lose final town, Hizballah declares 'Mission Accomplished', Shia militias continue illegal operations in Syria and militia ...

US sanctions counterfeiting 'network forging money for Iran'

The New Arab & agencies

US sanctions counterfeiting 'network forging money for Iran'

The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on a network of companies and individuals accused of counterfeiting money to help Iran's ...

Sam Hamad

Syria's war has produced no victory, only victims

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 ...

Dominance of militias may haunt Baghdad

Bashdar Ismaeel

Dominance of militias may haunt Baghdad

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 ...

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