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Syria says Israeli missiles hit area near Damascus airport

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Syria says Israeli missiles hit area near Damascus airport

The number of reported Israeli strikes on Syrian territory have increased in recent weeks, as tensions between Israel and Iran ramp up.

Mass protests sweep through Tehran as <em>Iranian</em> currency plummets

The New Arab

Mass protests sweep through Tehran as Iranian currency plummets

The shopkeepers of Tehran's bazaars have gone on strike as the rial hits record lows, while protesters take to the capital's streets calling for ...

America uses Tajikistan as Iran substitute language teacher

Austin Bodetti

America uses Tajikistan as Iran substitute language teacher

Analysis: Tajikistan's role as an international classroom for Americans studying Persian may prove its greatest contribution to the US, writes ...

The New Arab

US ambassador berates Israeli 'ingratitude' for demanding Golan sovereignty

The US envoy in Israel allegedly admonished 'ungrateful' Israeli politicians in secret over their calls for the Trump administration to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights

Arnold Isaacs

Promoting Islamophobia in America

Comment: In today's America, disparaging Islam is acceptable in ways that disparaging other religions is not, writes Arnold Isaacs.

The New Arab & agencies

Tensions emerge between Assad allies as Syria's war unwinds

Since September 2015, Assad's forces have been making strong gains on the ground against insurgents thanks to Russian air cover and ground ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Turkey's silent invasion of Iraq

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

Fear and Loathing on the Arabian Peninsula

Andrew Leber

Fear and Loathing on the Arabian Peninsula

Comment: The stalemate continues after a year of blockade and barbs, writes Andrew Leber.

The New Arab & agencies

NATO will not intervene if Iran strikes Israel

NATO’s secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said the organisation would not come to Israel's rescue if Iran decided to attack the state.

Netanyahu prepares to push anti-Iran line on Europe tour

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Netanyahu prepares to push anti-Iran line on Europe tour

Israeli leader Binyamin Netanyahu is set to travel to Europe on Monday to counter efforts by world leaders to salvage the Iran nuclear deal.

Saudi Arabia: Back to Baghdad

International Crisis Group

Saudi Arabia: Back to Baghdad

Comment: Saudi Arabia must tread slowly and carefully if it wishes to reestablish ties with Iraq, writes the International Crisis Group.

Oman: Neutrality under pressure

Camille Lons

Oman: Neutrality under pressure

Comment: After Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal, Oman's relationship with Iran and its regional neighbours is coming under mounting ...

Iraq's Sadr rejects Iran, US meddling in new government

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Iraq's Sadr rejects Iran, US meddling in new government

Iraqi cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in parliamentary elections, has pledged to prevent foreign ...

Mona Alami

In Syria, Iran-Israel rivalry puts Russian alliances in spotlight

Comment: Russia's ties with the Assad regime will of course prevail, writes Mona Alami.

The New Arab

US targets Iranian airlines for funneling fighters to Assad

US sanctions have been issued on a number of companies with links to Iranian airliners that Washington accuses of funneling weapons and ...

The New Arab

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.

The New Arab

Iran army 'prepared' to take on 'cruel, criminal' US

Iran and the US continue to trade barbs during the fallout of the nuclear deal, as Iran rebuffs US pressure to curb its military, saying army ...

New US sanctions target Iran's Revolutionary Guard

The New Arab & agencies

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 ...

Iraq election winner Sadr meets pro-Iran bloc leader

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.

Iraq's Abadi pledges 'strong' government after meeting with Sadr

The New Arab

Iraq's Abadi pledges 'strong' government after meeting with Sadr

Election winner Muqtada al-Sadr will have a strong say in negotiations to form the next Iraq government.

Shapeshifting Sadr will not bring change to Iraq

Tallha Abdulrazaq

Shapeshifting Sadr will not bring change to Iraq

Comment: It would be naive to forget the actions and deep-rooted bonds of Sadr's past, writes Tallha Abdulrazaq.

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