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Our weekly spotlight on events in Iraq takes in the aftermath of the election

Our weekly round-up of events in Iraq this week features Ankara's attack on the PKK in the Qandil mountains.

Assad brazenly denies what the whole world knows

Sam Hamad

Assad brazenly denies what the whole world knows

Comment: Assad lies and lies on Russian TV, knowing he'll never be held accountable, writes Sam Hamad.

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.

New US sanctions target Iran's Revolutionary Guard

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New US sanctions target Iran's Revolutionary Guard

The new measures come a day after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Tehran would be hit with the 'strongest sanctions in history'.

Austin Bodetti

How Iran's role differs in Syria and Yemen war

Analysis: The differences in Iranian involvement in the Syrian and Yemeni wars offer insights into Tehran's priorities, writes Austin Bodetti.

The New Arab & agencies

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.

Paul Iddon

Could Iran sustain a war against Israel in Syria?

Analysis: Any full-scale Israel-Iran war that begins in Syria will not end there, writes Paul Iddon.

US slaps sanctions on Iran's central bank governor

The New Arab & agencies

US slaps sanctions on Iran's central bank governor

Washington's Tuesday announcement is the second in less than one week targeting Iran.

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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, ...

Iran's international drug dealing risks destabilising Iraq

Austin Bodetti

Iran's international drug dealing risks destabilising Iraq

In-depth: Baghdad's corrupt political system, heavily influenced by Tehran, can do little to stop Iranian narcotrafficking in Iraqi cities, ...

Could a defunct Iran deal be good for Syrians?

Sam Hamad

Could a defunct Iran deal be good for Syrians?

Comment: Syrians might hope Trump's withdrawal from the deal works in their favour, but the international consensus has already sacrificed them ...

World leaders respond to Israeli-Iranian tensions in Syria

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World leaders respond to Israeli-Iranian tensions in Syria

World leaders scrambled to respond to escalating Israeli-Iranian tensions in war-torn Syria after a series of overnight airstrikes.

Israel trying to 'force Iran's surrender', says Revolutionary Guard

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Israel trying to 'force Iran's surrender', says Revolutionary Guard

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps' deputy has said recent escalations in the region are mere attempts to force Iran to 'surrender'.

Paul Iddon

April showed Syrian conflict is as dangerous as ever

Analysis: Even though the Syrian conflict is almost a decade old, last month's deadly events prove it is still as devastating and dangerous as ever, writes Paul Iddon.

The New Arab & agencies

Scrapping nuclear deal 'weakens moderates, emboldens hardliners' in Iran

Iran's President Rouhani staked his legacy on efforts to end decades of tension with the West. With the landmark nuclear deal unravelling, what ...

The New Arab & agencies

World anxious as Trump decides fate of Iran deal

President Donald Trump determines the fate of the landmark Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, announcing his verdict on US sanctions relief ...

The New Arab & agencies

British-Iranian professor detained by Iran's revolutionary guards

Computer scientist and mathematician Abbas Edalat was one of several people arrested by the Guard over accusations of being part of a "network ...

Would Russia respond to an Iranian-Israeli conflict in Syria?

Paul Iddon

Would Russia respond to an Iranian-Israeli conflict in Syria?

Analysis: Russia's role in Syria may very well depend on any future confrontation between Israel and Iran, writes Paul Iddon.

Diana Alghoul

Iranian commander threatens to destroy Israel within 25 years

Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi said the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps will support the destruction of Israel.

Bigger, not better: Assessing Trump's latest bombing of Syria

Paul Iddon

Bigger, not better: Assessing Trump's latest bombing of Syria

Analysis: If past strikes are anything to go by, this latest round of missiles is unlikely to deter Assad from gassing his people again in the ...

Good neighbours? Israel in Syria

James Snell

Good neighbours? Israel in Syria

Comment: Airstrikes on a Syrian regime airbase may have been part of a wider strategy by Israel to counter Iran's influence in Syria, writes ...

Is this the end of AIPAC's reign?

Dr. Tamara Kharroub

Is this the end of AIPAC's reign?

The long read: Despite declining support for the Israel lobby among young Jews and progressives, AIPAC's conference is still the place to be ...

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