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Turkey's opposition are hoping leftist Muharrem Ince will give Erdogan a run for his money at the June presidential elections.

An Iranian politician has called on authorities to build mosques in the capital for the Shia-majority country's Sunni population.

Kurdish centre to tame 'caliphate cubs', IS child soldiers

The New Arab & agencies

Kurdish centre to tame 'caliphate cubs', IS child soldiers

Kurdish forces in Syria are rehabilitating dozens of child fighters recruited by IS, part of a "second chance policy" by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in north-eastern Syria.

Israel to 'officially recognise' Armenian genocide following Turkey spat

The New Arab

Israel to 'officially recognise' Armenian genocide following Turkey spat

Israeli MPs could officially recognise the 1915 Armenian genocide by Turkey, in a bid to avenge Ankara amid an escalating diplomatic row.

Iraqi election officials 'taken hostage by gunmen' in Kirkuk

The New Arab

Iraqi election officials 'taken hostage by gunmen' in Kirkuk

A 'hostage situation' has been reported at polling stations in northern Iraq, four days after national elections following an alleged dispute ...

Francesca Mannocchi

The New Arab Meets: Mosul Eye founder Omar Mohammed

Interview: He called himself Mosul Eye and wrote about the atrocities of Islamic State in his city for two years. Francesca Mannocchi meets the man behind the blog, Omar Mohammed.

The New Arab & agencies

Iraqis shun first election since defeat of IS

More than half of the nearly 24.5 million voters did not show up at the ballot box in the parliamentary election, the highest abstention rate ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq holds first elections since victory over IS

Worries about security will dominate the first parliamentary elections in Iraq since declaring victory against the Islamic State in Decemeber.

Tallha Abdulrazaq

Elections will do nothing to address Iraq's decay

Comment: Given the sectarian divisions gripping Iraq today, it cannot truly be said that the country is engaging in democracy, writes Tallha ...

Challenges and hope for female parliamentary candidates in Iraq

Marta Bellingreri

Challenges and hope for female parliamentary candidates in Iraq

In-depth: Nearly a third of the 7,000 candidates in Iraq's elections are women - but many have had campaign posters torn down and faced threats ...

Yomi Kleinmann

Iraq: As parties fracture, signs of change emerge

Analysis: Ethnicity alone is no longer sufficient to unite Iraq's political elite as the country's politics begin to move past years of ...

The Iraq Report: Elections without participation is no democracy

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Elections without participation is no democracy

Election 2018 special edition of our weekly round-up of events in Iraq.

Iraq's <em>Kurds</em> risk shooting themselves in the foot

Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah

Iraq's Kurds risk shooting themselves in the foot

Comment: In mad scramble for seats in parliament, the fragmented political scene in the Kurdish region risks further weakening their position in ...

Turkey's Afrin operation stokes Yazidi fears and fuels displacement

Sylvain Mercadier

Turkey's Afrin operation stokes Yazidi fears and fuels displacement

In-depth: 'Now we are refugees once again - and only God knows what we will be tomorrow.'

April showed Syrian conflict is as dangerous as ever

Paul Iddon

April showed Syrian conflict is as dangerous as ever

Analysis: Even though the Syrian conflict is almost a decade old, last month's deadly events prove it is still as devastating and dangerous as ...

The New Arab

Arab fighters desert US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria

A group of Syrian Arab fighters in a Kurdish-led alliance fighting the Islamic State group have deserted due to 'racial discrimination' within the US-backed group.

The New Arab

Erdogan says Turkish troops to stay in Afrin

The future of Syria's Afrin has become a source of tension after the Turkish campaign to oust Kurdish militias.

The New Arab

Iraq speaker seeks pardon for Saddam's defence minister

Authorities in Iraq have been urged to pardon the former defence minister of dictator Saddam Hussein on health grounds, the speaker of Iraq's ...

The New Arab

Jailed 'Kurdish Obama' announced as presidential candidate

The pro-Kurdish HDP party announced jailed leader Selhattin Demirtas, who currently faces up to 142 behind bars for PKK links, as their ...

Building militaries in fragile states: Comparing US and Iran

Robert Springborg

Building militaries in fragile states: Comparing US and Iran

Comment: In comparison to Iran's remarkably successful record of building militaries and their associated states, the US has little to show, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Turkish opposition scrambles to unite against Erdogan

Turkey's usually divided opposition parties are trying to unite to maximise their chances of defeating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after his ...

Trump's hawks will try to destabilise Iran

Stasa Salacanin

Trump's hawks will try to destabilise Iran

Analysis: Washington's goal is the overthrow of the Islamic Republic - but the US is unlikely to find any replacement regime more palatable, ...

Syrian regime retakes region outside capital from rebels

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian regime retakes region outside capital from rebels

Syria’s regime on Wednesday moved to tighten its grip on the capital as it retook a region outside Damascus from rebels and pounded southern ...

How four Iraqi women's lives changed in 15 years

Marta Bellingreri

How four Iraqi women's lives changed in 15 years

Feature: Marta Bellingreri speaks to the documentary makers of 'Women out of Darkness,' telling the story of four women by intertwining their ...

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