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Analysis: The Popular Mobilisation Forces and Kurdish leaders said they did not want to see violence, writes Adam Lucente.

Comment: China has an important role to play in Oman's future and transition away from an oil-based economy toward a knowledge-based one, writes Giorgio Cafiero.

Iranian guards commander killed in Syria: state media

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Iranian guards commander killed in Syria: state media

A veteran Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander has been killed while fighting in Syria as a member of the Fatehin Battalion volunteer brigade, state media reported.

Syrian regime, allies advance against IS in Deir az-Zour

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Syrian regime, allies advance against IS in Deir az-Zour

The Syrian regime's army and allied forces pushed into the remaining IS-held districts of Deir az-Zour city in eastern Syria on Tuesday, local ...

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 ...

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Iran's 'alternative Facebook' shuts down after years of censorship

Iran's 'alternative Facebook' site Cloob has completely shut down its services after struggling with years of censorship.

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Israel's Netanyahu presses Russian defence minister on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pressed Russia's defence minister in a meeting on Tuesday over Iran attempting to "establish ...

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, ...

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Iraq forces seize Yazidi town of Sinjar from Kurds

Iraqi forces have seized the Yazidi town of Sinjar from Kurdish peshmerga forces in a lightning campaign to take control of Kurdish areas ...

'Total termination' of <em>Iran</em> nuclear deal possible: Trump

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'Total termination' of Iran nuclear deal possible: Trump

US President Donald Trump said Monday warned a 'total termination' of the Iran nuclear deal remains possible, after refusing to certify ...

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Turkey closes airspace to Iraq's Kurdistan region

Turkey is closing its airspace to flights to and from Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag told reporters ...

<em>Iran</em> police sting seize 100,000 fake Iraqi pilgrimage visas

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Iran police sting seize 100,000 fake Iraqi pilgrimage visas

Iranian police have seized thousands of fake visas for the annual Arbaeen commemoration in Iraq, which sees millions of Shia pilgrims descent on ...

Lebanon president tells Syrian refugees to return home

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Lebanon president tells Syrian refugees to return home

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun has told international envoys that his country has had enough of hosting Syrian refugees and that they should ...

On the front lines with Sudan's e-Rebels

Austin Bodetti

On the front lines with Sudan's e-Rebels

In-depth: A new style of warfare is emerging, as activists using technology to organise are targeted by state-sponsored hackers, passing ...

Can Erdogan's friendship with Trump resolve the diplomatic crisis?

Yvo Fitzherbert

Can Erdogan's friendship with Trump resolve the diplomatic crisis?

Comment: So far, Erdogan has managed to blame US Ambassador Bass for the crisis in diplomatic relations, but how much more can Trump and ...

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Turkey 'ready to help Iraq oust Kurdish fighters'

Turkey on Monday said it was ready to help the Iraqi government oust Kurdish fighters from Kirkuk after Baghdad said their presence in the city was a "declaration of war".

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Iraqi army seizes Kirkuk oil fields from Kurdish forces

Iraq's military seized two major oil fields from Kurdish forces outside the disputed city of Kirkuk, the army said in a statement on Monday.

Paul Iddon

Iraqi-Kurdistan's relationship with the US has had its ups-and-downs

Analysis: While most Iraqi Kurds have a positive perception of the US, they haven't forgotten darker moments in the relationship, writes Paul ...

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Rebel shelling kills four civilians in Damascus: monitor

Rebel shelling on the Syrian capital Damascus killed four civilians on Sunday, a Britain-based monitor and a medical source said.

EU ministers close ranks to support <em>Iran</em> deal

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EU ministers close ranks to support Iran deal

EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday give fresh backing to the Iran nuclear deal, which saw Tehran abandon its nuclear ...

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Iran 'closes border crossings' with Iraq's Kurdistan

The three official border crossings between Iraq’s Kurdish region and Iran have been closed, Kurdish media reported on Sunday.

Turkish army 'expands troop deployment' in Syria's northwest

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Turkish army 'expands troop deployment' in Syria's northwest

The Turkish army is expanding its deployment in northwest Syria with the goal of reining in Russian strikes in the Idlib border province, under ...

<em>Iran</em> 'responsible' for hacking UK parliament emails: report

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Iran 'responsible' for hacking UK parliament emails: report

Evidence outlined in a new report by the UK's National Cyber Security Centre said a cyberattack on MPs emails earlier this year was orchestrated ...

Kurds, Iraqi forces in standoff in oil-rich Kirkuk

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Kurds, Iraqi forces in standoff in oil-rich Kirkuk

Thousands of Iraqi troops were locked in an armed standoff with Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the disputed oil-rich province of Kirkuk on Saturday.

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