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Iraqi politicians slammed calls by the French president to disband a militia alliance that was pivotal in the battle against the Islamic State group.

US CIA chief Mike Pompeo has sent a letter to Revolutionary Guards commander Qassem Soleimani expressing his concern over Iran’s increasingly threatening behaviour in Iraq.

Badr Organisation militia to form party for Iraq elections

The New Arab

Badr Organisation militia to form party for Iraq elections

After helping defeat IS, Iraq's largest militia the Badr Organisation is setting its eyes on political influence with next year's elections, which could further enforce Iranian influence in the

Syria 'intercepts Israeli missiles' outside Damascus

The New Arab

Syria 'intercepts Israeli missiles' outside Damascus

Syrian state media has said army units have intercepted Israeli missiles outside the capital Damascus, although some damage has been caused by ...

Trader admits bribing Turkish minister in Iran sanctions-busting operation

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Trader admits bribing Turkish minister in Iran sanctions-busting operation

Turkish-Iranian Reza Zarrab told a US court that he paid millions of dollars in bribes to Turkey's former economy minister to help Iran ...

Sam Fouad

Jared of Arabia at the heart of Saudi sheikh-down

Comment: Amid Saudi Arabia's dramatic reshuffle, the involvement of Donald Trump's ambitious son-in-law has not gone unnoticed, writes Sam Fouad.

Emile Nakhleh

Saudi-Israeli intelligence-sharing brings closer relations fraught with challenges

Comment: Although still nascent, the emerging Saudi-Israeli 'alliance' is one of convenience and shared interests, writes Emile Nakhleh.

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 ...

Bad day for Saudi diplomacy: Lebanese reversal, Syria summit

The New Arab & agencies

Bad day for Saudi diplomacy: Lebanese reversal, Syria summit

Saudi diplomacy is not having a good day and the kingdom’s bullish 32-year-old crown prince is seen as the driving force behind the foreign ...

Paul McLoughlin

Syrians look to limit Russian influence in opposition talks

Syrian activists are calling on the opposition to isolate a pro-Moscow group from negotiations, as Russia looks for 'victor's peace' with ...

Prime Minister Abadi bans Iraq militia leaders from elections

The New Arab

Prime Minister Abadi bans Iraq militia leaders from elections

Abadi has banned militia leaders from standing in next year's elections, as the Iraqi prime minister attempts to limit the power of paramilitary ...

Saudi anti-terror coalition to hold first meeting in Riyadh

The New Arab

Saudi anti-terror coalition to hold first meeting in Riyadh

Defence ministers from members of the Saudi-led Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) are due to meet for the first time in ...

Saudi Arabia 'a threat' to Lebanon: former UK FM

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia 'a threat' to Lebanon: former UK FM

Former UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw has said Saudi Arabia could be a threat to Lebanon should calmer heads not prevail in the kingdom, during ...

Syria's revolution: Between negotiations and being a bargaining chip

Khaled Khoja

Syria's revolution: Between negotiations and being a bargaining chip

Syria's revolution has been hijacked by world powers. It has undermined the standing of the opposition but not the will of the people, writes ...

Austin Bodetti

Iraq plays Iran and United States against each other

In-depth: Iran is arming anti-American Shia militias, including one labeled a terrorist organization, through the Iraqi government, an American ally, writes Austin Bodetti.

Sam Hamad

Syria could have become a graveyard for Hizballah

Comment: If Saudi Arabia and its allies had provided the rebels with the necessary resources to fight Assad, Syria could have become a graveyard ...

The New Arab

Israel issues Syria warning over Iran-backed forces

Netanyahu warned on Monday that Israel will continue to take military action in Syria even as Russia and the United States attempt to broker a ...

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia 'plans official ties with Israel': leaked document

A Lebanese newspaper close to Hizballah says it has obtained a 'secret' Saudi foreign ministry document detailing a roadmap for establishing ...

'Treasonous elements colluded over Kirkuk,' says deposed Kurdish governor

Paul Iddon

'Treasonous elements colluded over Kirkuk,' says deposed Kurdish governor

Interview: Najmaldin Karim, the former governor of Kirkuk, speaks exclusively to The New Arab.

The New Arab

Lebanese soldier killed in operation to find 'kidnapped' Saudi

A Lebanese soldier was killed and five others were wounded during an operation to find a Saudi national who had been 'kidnapped' in Lebanon.

Jared of Arabia at the heart of Saudi sheikh-down

Sam Fouad

Jared of Arabia at the heart of Saudi sheikh-down

Comment: Amid Saudi Arabia's dramatic reshuffle, the involvement of Donald Trump's ambitious son-in-law has not gone unnoticed, writes Sam ...

Hariri not being held against his will: French minister

The New Arab & agencies

Hariri not being held against his will: French minister

Speculation that Lebanon's former Prime Minister Saad Hariri is being held against his will in Saudi Arabia has been rebuffed by France, while ...

The Yemeni governor caught up in AQAP financing scandal

Austin Bodetti

The Yemeni governor caught up in AQAP financing scandal

In-depth: While the evidence behind the allegations remains classified, few dispute that Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula spread throughout ...

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