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Saudi Arabia kicked off a two-day conference for Muslim scholars expected to produce a fatwa denouncing the tactics of the Taliban, as the US puts pressure on the Afghan militants.

Comment: The Trump administration's approach is failing. Record numbers of Afghans are dying, and the local government has been losing control of the population, writes Edward Hunt.

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

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.

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 ...

Amnesty: US-led 'war of annihilation' killed hundreds in Raqqa

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Amnesty: US-led 'war of annihilation' killed hundreds in Raqqa

Amnesty International accused the US-led coalition of showing little regard for civilians' lives while conducting a counter-extremist operation ...

Stanley Heller

Scott Ritter has completely lost it on Syria

Comment: Once a voice of reason on WMDs in Iraq, Ritter has been taken in by conspiracy theories and propaganda to draw fundamentally flawed conclusions on Syria, writes Stanley Heller.

The New Arab & agencies

US 'stands with' Iraq result as Sadr leads poll

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said he "stands with" the Iraqi people amid the surprise success of longtime adversary Muqtada al-Sadr.

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

Saudi becomes first Guantanamo Bay prisoner released under Trump

Ahmed Haza al-Darbi becomes the first Guantanamo prisoner released under Trump's tenure, as Washington reiterates its pledge to take in more ...

Britain admits killing Syrian civilian in IS airstrike

The New Arab

Britain admits killing Syrian civilian in IS airstrike

A civilian was unintentionally killed by a British airstrike targeting the Islamic State group in Syria, London admitted on Wednesday.

The New Arab & agencies

US-backed forces relaunch battle against IS in Syria

Syrian Democratic Forces paused the battle after Turkey launched an offensive in January against the Kurdish Afrin region in northwestern Syria. ...

White House condemns 'heinous' Afghanistan journalist killings

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White House condemns 'heinous' Afghanistan journalist killings

At least nine journalists died in Kabul on Monday, the deadliest attack on Afghan media for 16 years.

European manoeuvring on Iran is short-sighted

Eldar Mamedov

European manoeuvring on Iran is short-sighted

Comment: By launching their own unilateral proposals without consensus in the EU, the France-Germany-UK bloc has undermined European unity, ...

French special forces 'to reinforce US' in Syria: <em>Mattis</em>

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French special forces 'to reinforce US' in Syria: Mattis

French forces will help the US lead a 're-energised effort' against the Islamic State in Syria, in contradiction to Trump's earlier claims ...

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, ...

The New Arab

Israeli defence minister heading to US for Iran talks

Iran hawk Avigdor Lieberman has threatened to strike Russia's anti-aircraft missiles in Syria and is building an international alliance against Iran.

Sam Hamad

Trump's Syria 'action' is a triumph for Assad

Comment: The coalition's attack on Assad's chemical weapons bases demonstrates they have no intention whatsoever of making a meaningful ...

The New Arab & agencies

US to send Arab-American 'IS fighter' to unnamed country

The US government said it intends to hand over a US-Saudi citizen to an unnamed country, instead of trying him in America, posing questions on ...

The New Arab & agencies

US lawmakers decry lack of Syria military strategy

US lawmakers warn that the US military's hands off approach on the ground in Syria is ceding influence to Russia and Iran.

Assad's regime will return to 'business as usual' brutality

James Snell

Assad's regime will return to 'business as usual' brutality

Comment: Not only did Trump's much vaunted strikes fail to threaten Assad; they have actually bolstered him, writes James Snell.

The New Arab

Syria airstrikes: What happened and why?

Syria has been hit by a series of airstrikes by a US-led force. What happened, what were the targets, what was the damage, and why did it take ...

Trump announces 'mission accomplished' after limited Syria strikes

The New Arab

Trump announces 'mission accomplished' after limited Syria strikes

Donald Trump has said Saturday mornings airstrikes on chemical weapons facilities in Syria were 'highly successful', as the brief US-led ...

Assad allies respond to US-led Syria airstrikes

The New Arab

Assad allies respond to US-led Syria airstrikes

Syrian regime allies Iran, Russia and others have slammed US, French and UK air strikes on suspected chemical facilities in Syria.

US, France, Britain launch airstrikes on Syria US, France, Britain launch airstrikes on Syria

The New Arab & agencies

US, France, Britain launch airstrikes on Syria

The United States, Britain and France carried out a wave of punitive strikes on Syria's capital Damascus in response to alleged chemical weapons ...

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