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Comment: If Assad attempts an assault on the western province, a major geopolitical showdown as well as devastation on the ground will follow, write Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik.

Assyrian businesses in Iraqi Kurdistan are facing 'discriminatory' taxes, with community leaders denouncing a history of 'anti-Christian policies' in the tribal region, reports Adam Lucente.

Is this the end of Syrian-Kurdish aspirations?

Thomas Essel

Is this the end of Syrian-Kurdish aspirations?

Comment: Facing geopolitical chaos in Syria, the US will likely quietly withdraw its support for Kurdish militants in the country's north, writes Thomas Essel.

Syrian 'decentralised state' agreed between Kurdish-led SDF and regime

The New Arab

Syrian 'decentralised state' agreed between Kurdish-led SDF and regime

In a potential breakthrough to end the Syrian war, the political arm of the SDF said it had agreed a roadmap to create a 'decentralised state' ...

Who's who in Syria?

The New Arab

Who's who in Syria?

In-depth: The chaotic situation in Syria has seen the creation of many militias and the militarisation of many political parties. We have ...

The New Arab

Turkey arrests German national for 'spreading PKK propaganda'

A German national of Turkish descent has been arrested in Turkey's southeast for allegedly spreading PKK propaganda on social media.

Paul Iddon

How long will foreign troops stay in Syria?

Analysis: The US, Russia, Turkey and Iran all have different motives for staying - and for leaving, writes Paul Iddon.

The New Arab

Bombs and mortars rock Iraq's restive city of Kirkuk

A series of explosives in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk has injured at least 11 people.

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian Kurdish-Arab council readies for talks with Assad regime

The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) is linked to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed militia that holds much of the country's north ...

The Assyrians' challenge in a post-IS Syria

Sylvain Mercadier

The Assyrians' challenge in a post-IS Syria

In-depth: Assyrians of the Khabbur plain were targeted in the jihadists' assaults, and relied on the support of Kurdish and Arab fighters to ...

Paul Iddon

After Daraa, will Assad reconquer all of Syria?

Analysis: Tens of thousands of rebels remain in Idlib, Kurds hold several territories and US troops are also active in the north, notes ...

Iraq begins hand recount of May ballots from Kirkuk

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq begins hand recount of May ballots from Kirkuk

Iraq's federal elections in May were marred by allegations of fraud and irregularities, largely blamed on electronic voting machines meant to ...

How will Europe deal with returning IS fighters?

Stasa Salacanin

How will Europe deal with returning IS fighters?

In-depth: In the aftermath of the Islamic State group's defeat, the question remains what to do with captured and returning fighters and their ...

Erdogan's re-election is good news for Syrians in Turkey

Sam Hamad

Erdogan's re-election is good news for Syrians in Turkey

Comment: The main opposition forces in Turkey have been ramping up rhetoric and racist propaganda against Syrians, writes Sam Hamad.

Turkey's HDP radically reclaims women's place in society

Rosa Burc

Turkey's HDP radically reclaims women's place in society

Comment: Women's struggles play a central role in constructing Turkey's national project, writes Rosa Burc.

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey gets first F-35 delivery from US

American defence giant Lockheed Martin officially transferred possession of the first plane, designed to evade even the most advanced radars, to Turkish officials during a ceremony in Texas.

Bashdar Ismaeel

It's make or break for Erdogan vs Turkey's opposition

Comment: No matter who is the victor, they will have to contend with the half, who will be bitter at any electoral defeat, writes Bashdar Ismaeel

The New Arab

Turkish troops patrol Syria's Manbij as Kurds withdraw

Turkey's military has begun patrolling the Manbij area as Kurdish militias withdraw, in line with the "roadmap" agreement reached with the US ...

Paul Iddon

Turkey is in Syria and Iraq to stay

Analysis: Turkey's latest campaign in Iraq is an indication of how far it is willing to go, writes Paul Iddon.

Syria: The making and unmaking of a refugee state

Usman Butt

Syria: The making and unmaking of a refugee state

Book review: What can the Ottomans teach us about welcoming and integrating refugees? Dawn Chatty's book gives us some clues, writes Usman Butt.

James Snell

Raqqa's rapid 'liberation' was flawed from the outset

Comment: A quick liberation of Raqqa was the coalition's sole aim, and it was pursued insensibly and destructively, writes James Snell.

Kurd-Arab council ready for 'unconditional talks' with Syria regime

The New Arab & agencies

Kurd-Arab council ready for 'unconditional talks' with Syria regime

The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) said it was committed to resolving Syria's deadly conflict through dialogue, and would not "hesitate to ...

US and Turkish troops to patrol Syria's Manbij

The New Arab & agencies

US and Turkish troops to patrol Syria's Manbij

The Kurdish People's Protection Units announced this week that it would withdraw from Manbij as key brokers Ankara and Washington agreed on a ...

Three bombs rock Iraqi city of Kirkuk

The New Arab

Three bombs rock Iraqi city of Kirkuk

An Iraqi security official says three bombs have exploded in the northern city of Kirkuk, killing a woman and wounding 18 others.

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