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In-depth: An eyewitness account of the Kurdish collapse at Kirkuk, as the Iraqi government and Iran-backed militias reclaim the city for Baghdad. Words by Yomi Kleinmann, pictures by Adam McCaw.

Russia agrees to keep 'Iran, Hizballah from Israeli border'

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Russia agrees to keep 'Iran, Hizballah from Israeli border'

Russia has agreed to expand a buffer zone along the Israeli-Syrian border where Iranian and Hizballah forces will not be allowed to enter, Israeli officials have said.

Two UAE pilots killed in Yemen military plane crash

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Two UAE pilots killed in Yemen military plane crash

Two Emirati pilots were killed in Yemen after their aircraft went down due to a 'technical failure', Abu Dhabi has said.

Why China's investment in Oman matters

Giorgio Cafiero

Why China's investment in Oman matters

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 ...

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 divorce, writes Gareth Browne.

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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UAE joins Saudi-Israeli backing of Trump's aggressive Iran strategy

The UAE has become one of a handful of nations to back an announcement by US President Donald Trump to revise or tear up a nuclear agreement ...

The New Arab & agencies

Trump expected to 'decertify' Iran nuclear deal

US President Donald Trump will unveil a more aggressive strategy against Iran on Friday but is expected to stop short of withdrawing from the ...

New US measures will not affect group, says Hizballah

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New US measures will not affect group, says Hizballah

Hizballah brushes off multimillion-dollar bounty placed on leaders by the Trump administration.

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The Iraq Report: IS reduced to final Iraq bastions

Welcome to The New Arab's weekly round-up of events in Iraq

Jailed <em>Iranian</em>-British woman faces extra 15 years to sentence

The New Arab

Jailed Iranian-British woman faces extra 15 years to sentence

An Iranian-British woman jailed for five years at a notorious Iran jail could face another 15 years behind bars following new charges ...

Dubai security chief tells Qatar to cancel World Cup

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Dubai security chief tells Qatar to cancel World Cup

Dubai security official Dhahi Khalfan has courted controversy again after telling Doha a Saudi-UAE blockade on Qatar will end if it gives up ...

Iran nuclear negotiation team member jailed for 'spying'

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Iran nuclear negotiation team member jailed for 'spying'

Fears that members of Iran's negotiating team with the West over its nuclear agreement are being targeted by the country's conservative ...

Bombs and Oil: Saudi-Russia bonding over mutual loves

Robert Cusack

Bombs and Oil: Saudi-Russia bonding over mutual loves

In-depth: The recent Saudi entourage to Moscow marks the beginning of a diversification in Saudi foreign policy and the beginning of a new order ...

Marcus Montgomery

Trump will leave Iran deal decision to Congress

Comment: The nuclear deal is another situation where Trump hopes to deface one of Obama's key accomplishments, while leaving it to Congress to decide the consequences, writes Marcus Montgomery.

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

How Russia could influence the Kurdish diplomatic crisis

Analysis: Moscow can act as a power-broker, enriching itself while outmanoeuvring the United States, writes Jonathan Fenton-Harvey.

Tallha Abdulrazaq

US influence wanes as King Salman visits Russia

Comment: With Saudi Arabia's reliance on an increasingly unreliable Washington at an all-time low, Riyadh is diversifying its allies to include ...

The New Arab

'Assad victorious in Syria war,' Israel defence minister claims

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said Syria's President Bashar al-Asad has won the six-year war against the armed opposition.

UAE jails <em>Iranian</em> over sanctions breach

The New Arab & agencies

UAE jails Iranian over sanctions breach

A United Arab Emirates appeals court has upheld a 10-year jail sentence against an Iranian convicted of breaching international ...

Stasa Salacanin

Muqtadr al-Sadr heralds Iraq's return to the Saudi-Arab fold

Comment: The recent rapprochement between Iraq and Saudi Arabia is the latest link in a chain of shifting alliances in the Middle East, writes ...

Iran attempts to rebuild its anti-Israel 'Axis of Resistance'

The New Arab

Iran attempts to rebuild its anti-Israel 'Axis of Resistance'

Iran is attempting to reconcile Hamas and Damascus since a fall out over the Syria war, with Tehran hoping to rebuild an anti-Israel axis in the ...

Kirkuk a tense flash point ahead of Iraqi-Kurdish referendum

The New Arab

Kirkuk a tense flash point ahead of Iraqi-Kurdish referendum

Tensions in Kirkuk have risen in recent weeks as the rhetoric between the Kurdish leadership and Iraq's central government escalates.

Exposed: France's arms dealers making a killing in Yemen

Warda Mohamed and Tony Fortin

Exposed: France's arms dealers making a killing in Yemen

The long read: The US and UK are often lambasted for their sales of weaponry to Saudi Arabia. But France cannot be overlooked, write Warda ...

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