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An air raid that Russia claimed killed the leader of the Islamic State group has reportedly killed an elderly hay dealer and his extended family instead.

Comment: The symbolism of the destruction of the Grand Nuri Mosque in Mosul will act as a lightning rod for extremists to reinvigorate the simmering sectarian war, writes Tallha Abdulrazaq.

IS is targeting children to hold Mosul civilians hostage

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IS is targeting children to hold Mosul civilians hostage

Islamic State militants are targeting children in Mosul to prevent civilians from fleeing the city as Iraqi forces push into the last stronghold held in Iraq by the militants there

Video shows shocking destruction of Mosul's Grand al-Nuri Mosque Video shows shocking destruction of Mosul's Grand al-Nuri Mosque

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Video shows shocking destruction of Mosul's Grand al-Nuri Mosque

Video footage has emerged showing the moment the Iraqi city of Mosul's iconic Grand al-Nuri Mosque was blown up on Wednesday in a shocking act ...

Iconic Mosul mosque where IS leader declared caliphate 'destroyed'

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Iconic Mosul mosque where IS leader declared caliphate 'destroyed'

Mosul's iconic leaning minaret and the adjacent mosque where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared himself "caliph", was destroyed on ...

Robert Springborg

Saudi succession reshuffle threatens the house of cards

Comment: An indulged prince who flaunts his wealth, newly proclaimed Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will find building support amid increasing dissatisfaction a Herculean task, writes Robert Springborg.

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The Iraq Report: Iraq becomes vehicle for Iranian power

Analysis: Welcome to The New Arab's weekly digest of events in Iraq

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UN says aid workers readying for Mosul exodus

Aid workers in Iraq are preparing for a massive exodus of civilians from Mosul’s Old City as Iraqi forces battle to retake the last ...

Paul Iddon

Iraqi Kurdistan makes headway in fighting corruption and FGM

Analysis: Acknowledging that problems exist is the first step in tackling them, reports Paul Iddon.

Is Sisi pushing Egypt off a cliff?

Alaa Bayoumi

Is Sisi pushing Egypt off a cliff?

Comment: Egyptians' anger is growing and if another wave of protest engulfs the country it will be more radical and destructive, and will ...

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Iraq, Saudi Arabia agree to 'jihadist-for-Shia militants' prisoner swap

Iraq and Saudi Arabia have agreed to a prisoner exchange involving Islamic State group fighters and Iraqi militiamen during bilateral ...

Mistreatment of refugees has a long history in Europe

Tajana Tadić

Mistreatment of refugees has a long history in Europe

Society: As World Refugee Day passes yet again with no change in the condition of most refugees, it's time to remind ourselves of the horrors ...

Has the US established de-facto no-fly zones in Syria?

Paul Iddon

Has the US established de-facto no-fly zones in Syria?

Analysis: Washington has shot down aircraft threatening its allies in Syria, and will likely shoot down more, writes Paul Iddon.

Two foreign journalists killed in Mosul landmine explosion

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Two foreign journalists killed in Mosul landmine explosion

A landmine explosion Iraq's second largest city killed two foreign journalists covering the battle for Mosul, reports confirmed on Tuesday.

'<em>Iraq</em> to hold countries that support terrorism accountable': PM

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'Iraq to hold countries that support terrorism accountable': PM

Iraq's Prime Minister said Baghdad retains its right to hold accountable those who support terrorism, during his first official visit to Saudi ...

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Record 65.6 million displaced in 2016: UN

The UNHCR chief called for 'solidarity' and common purpose' in tackling 'unacceptable number' of people being displaced by war and persecution, as the world marks annual refugee day.

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Australia's military suspends air operations over Syria

Australia has suspended airstrikes in Syria after Russia threatened to target US-led coalition planes in response to the US downing of a regime ...

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Canadian man found guilty of trying to join IS

A 29-year-old Canadian was found guilty of attempting to join the Islamic State group in Syria, reports said on Tuesday, in the first case of ...

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Defiant Mosul students return for exams amid devastation

University of Mosul students returned to sit exams interrupted when Islamic State group militants took control of their city three years ago.

Palestinians dismiss IS claim of Israel policewoman killing

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Palestinians dismiss IS claim of Israel policewoman killing

Palestinian authorities refuted an Islamic State statement claiming responsibility for an attack that left an Israeli policewoman dead in ...

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Iraqi forces launch assault on Mosul Old City: army

Iraqi forces launched an assault to retake Mosul's Old City and push out the Islamic State group on Sunday, three years after the militants ...

Russia kills ‘180 IS fighters’ in Syria airstrikes

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Russia kills ‘180 IS fighters’ in Syria airstrikes

Russia says it has killed 180 Islamic State fighters in Syria during airstrikes carried out in June, including two field commanders.

Iraqi forces capture border crossing to Syria from IS

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Iraqi forces capture border crossing to Syria from IS

Iraqi forces captured a border crossing to Syria from the Islamic State group, increasing pressure on the extremists and getting closer to ...

US-led coalition 'cannot confirm' IS chief death

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US-led coalition 'cannot confirm' IS chief death

The Russian army said earlier that it hit IS leaders in an airstrike in Syria last month and was seeking to verify whether Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ...

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