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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 policy blunders.

Iraq and American conglomerate General Electric have signed a deal to develop Iraq's power infrastructure and bring electricity to areas facing significant shortages across the country.

Barzani's arrogance has damaged Kurdish hopes for independence

Gareth Browne

Barzani's arrogance has damaged Kurdish hopes for independence

Comment: Ex-President Masoud Barzani was the force driving a referendum that was doomed to fail - and ultimately ruined long-term chances for independence, writes Gareth Browne.

Media watchdog urges release of IS captive John Cantlie

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Media watchdog urges release of IS captive John Cantlie

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders have called on authorities to redouble efforts to secure the release of British photojournalist John ...

As Islamic State knows, to change is to survive

James Snell

As Islamic State knows, to change is to survive

Comment: As Islamic State begins its insurgent stage, the way the United States selected and rewarded its partner forces will matter, writes ...

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Is Riyadh boycotting Kathem al-Saher for his Qatari nationality?

Rumours surrounding the fate of Kathem al-Saher's career in Saudi Arabia have been squashed this week, after a source confirmed the cancellation of his concerts.

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US officials accuse Tillerson of violating child soldiers law

State officials have accused the US Secretary of State of violating federal law on child soldiers by omitting Myanmar, Iraq and ...

Austin Bodetti

The Taliban's massive social media presence that's being ignored

Analysis: The United States has spent countless man hours working to counter Islamic State's online presence - but has neglected to do the same ...

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Yazidi mass grave found in northern Iraq

Bodies of dozens of Yazidis were found by Iraqi authorities in the northern Sinjar region.

History makes itself: This week in Middle East football

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History makes itself: This week in Middle East football

For the first time in football history, Palestine will beat Israel in the FIFA rankings, as the country sees a resurgence in confidence on the ...

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Iraq to resume Gulf War reparations to Kuwait

Iraqi will contribute point five percent of its oil income to a reparations fund to Kuwait for damages to the country's oil infrastructure ...

The 'Islamic State' brand is over

Haidar Lapcha

The 'Islamic State' brand is over

Comment: Islamic state may have lost territory, but is it the damage to their brand they should fear most? asks Haidar Lapcha.

Suicide car bomb kills 21 north of Baghdad Suicide car bomb kills 21 north of Baghdad

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Suicide car bomb kills 21 north of Baghdad

At least 21 people were killed and dozens more injured after a suicide car exploded in the middle of a fruit and vegetable market in Tuz ...

Hizballah denies Saudi Arabia's accusations, declares end of IS Hizballah denies Saudi Arabia's accusations, declares end of IS

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Hizballah denies Saudi Arabia's accusations, declares end of IS

Hizballah chief Hassan Nasrallah has declared the defeat of the Islamic State group as a military force, but warned they will likely reappear ...

Iran's General Soleimani spotted with Iraqi fighters in Syria

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Iran's General Soleimani spotted with Iraqi fighters in Syria

Iran's General Qassem Soleimani has been filmed with Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces in eastern Syria, in new footage that emerged on Sunday.

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Iraq to send foreign jihadists' families to home countries

Around 300 wives and children of foreign IS militants captured in Mosul will be returned to their home countries, a senior Iraqi official said on Monday.

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Iraq's supreme court declares Kurdish independence vote 'unconstitutional'

Iraq's top court has ruled that the northern Kurdish provinces' independence referendum in September was 'unconstitutional', and called for the ...

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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 ...

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Syria army, allied militias retake IS stronghold Albu Kamal

Syria regime forces and allied militias have recaptured Albu Kamal, the Islamic State group's last urban stronghold in the country.

Saudi anti-terror coalition to hold first meeting in Riyadh

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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 ...

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Former Palestinian ambassador claims Saudi-UAE links to Abu Nidal

Following a wave of attacks on Gulf targets by Abu Nidal Organisation, Saudi Arabia and the UAE attempted to rein in the radical militant, a ...

Iraqi forces capture last IS-held town in the country

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Iraqi forces capture last IS-held town in the country

Iraqi forces retook the last town still held by IS, as the militants' self-proclaimed 'caliphate' faces collapse on both sides of the border ...

After IS, a new tug-of-war in Lebanon and <em>Iraq</em>

Mona Alami

After IS, a new tug-of-war in Lebanon and Iraq

Comment: In Lebanon and Iraq, non state actors loyal to Iran are impossible to dismantle in the absence of a regional agreement, writes ...

Iraqi forces liberate last IS-held town in lightning offensive

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Iraqi forces liberate last IS-held town in lightning offensive

Iraq's army said it has retaken the last town in the country held by Islamic State group, hours after launching the offensive on Rawa.

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