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The animal rights group Four Paws International rescued Saeed and Simba in daring warzone operations in 2017 from Magic World outside in Syria's Aleppo and the Mosul zoo in Iraq.

Iranian-backed Shia militias allied with the Baghdad government also appear set to gain influence, with Sunnis worried about waning influence.

<em>Iraq</em> sentences 16 Turkish 'Islamic State women' to death

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Iraq sentences 16 Turkish 'Islamic State women' to death

Iraq’s criminal court said the women were sentenced to death after it was proven that they joined the Islamic State group.

<em>Iraq</em> sends reinforcements to Kirkuk to quell IS 'sleeper-cells'

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Iraq sends reinforcements to Kirkuk to quell IS 'sleeper-cells'

The Iraqi military has deployed reinforcements to the northern city of Kirkuk after the Islamic State group carried out attacks against ...

IS continue their killing rampage in <em>Iraq</em>

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IS continue their killing rampage in Iraq

Two policemen have been killed by IS militants at an oilfield in Iraq, showing the group has still not been vanished from the country.

Paul McLoughlin

UN awards Syria regime with position defending 'subjugated peoples'

Syria's notorious UN envoy Bashar Jaafari has been re-elected to a global panel responsible for defending the rights of subjugated peoples and decolonisation, drawing anger from anti-regime activists.

Robin Yassin-Kassab

How Arabs are complicit in massacring Eastern Ghouta's people

Comment: Syria's massacres are not an accident. Local, regional and global powers created the tragedy. And Arab and international public opinion ...

Nick Waters

How the Islamic State group revolutionised warfare

Investigation: IS' use of drones - essentially toys armed with bombs - is likely to have profound effects on warfare by both sub-state groups ...

UN awards Syria regime with position defending 'subjugated peoples'

Paul McLoughlin

UN awards Syria regime with position defending 'subjugated peoples'

Syria's notorious UN envoy Bashar Jaafari has been re-elected to a global panel responsible for defending the rights of subjugated peoples and ...

Uri Levy

Tragedy and joy in this week's Middle East football

Iraqi football, as with football across the whole region, is full of amazing stories, many of them are tragic, but others are hopeful and ...

<em>Iraq</em> urges FIFA to lift ban on hosting internationals

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Iraq urges FIFA to lift ban on hosting internationals

Iraq is hoping renovated stadiums and a ban on bringing weapons to matches will convince FIFA to lift restrictions on it hosting ...

Russia eschews UN condemnation of Iran over Yemen missiles

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Russia eschews UN condemnation of Iran over Yemen missiles

Russia is expected to veto a resolution that will impose sanctions on regional ally Iran for supplying weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen

Lebanese president Michel Aoun makes historic visit to <em>Iraq</em>

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Lebanese president Michel Aoun makes historic visit to Iraq

Michel Aoun led a delegation to Iraq on the first visit by a Lebanese head of state to the war-scarred country for talks that included ...

Cutting deals with Islamic State in Syria

James Snell

Cutting deals with Islamic State in Syria

Comment: Deals to help IS fighters escape ensure the organisation's survival. If IS is to be properly wiped out, these deals must end, writes ...

Paul Iddon

The US and Turkey's long-term plans for northern Syria

Agendas in northern Syria appear to be converging into a single policy: Maintaining long-term foreign presences on the ground, writes Paul Iddon.

The New Arab & agencies

Jordan opens job centre in Syrian refugee camp

Under a 2016 deal with donor countries Jordan promised to provide 200,000 work permits for Syrians over three years.

The New Arab & agencies

IS ambushes Iraqi Shia-led force, killing 27 fighters

Despite dwindling control of former strongholds, IS prove capable of carrying out deadly attacks, targeting Iraq's Shiite militias that have ...

The New Arab & agencies

'Do not test Israel’s resolve,' Netanyahu warns Iran

Tensions between the two countries have been building in recent months, with Israel fearing that Iran is trying to establish a permanent ...

Iran's 'proxy armies' must stop: US

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Iran's 'proxy armies' must stop: US

The US has warned that action must be taken to prevent Iran from continuing its "Hizballah-like" proxy armies to spread influence in the region.

The New Arab

US intelligence chief: IS remains a threat

While the Islamic State group may have been defeated, the US director of national intelligence warns that its ideology remains a threat.

Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan

James M. Dorsey

Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan

Comment: Saudi Arabia and Iran are extending their bitter rivalry beyond the Middle East, into the Caucasus, writes James Dorsey.

US, Turkey 'will work together' in Syria: Tillerson US, Turkey 'will work together' in Syria: Tillerson

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US, Turkey 'will work together' in Syria: Tillerson

Rex Tillerson said the US will work with Turkey after tensions spiked over American policy in Syria and its support for a Kurdish militia that ...

NATO to expand Iraqi training mission

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NATO to expand Iraqi training mission

The NATO mission in Iraq could involve up to 200 personnel, and will have a non-combat mandate.

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