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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.

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group has denied accusations it worked on a deal with the extremists to allow hundreds of its members to flee Raqqa.

Football returns to Iraq with international friendly against Syria

The New Arab

Football returns to Iraq with international friendly against Syria

Iraq and Syria's national football teams drew 1-1 in a friendly game at the Karbala stadium south of Baghdad on Monday.

'Treasonous elements colluded over Kirkuk,' says deposed Kurdish governor

Paul Iddon

'Treasonous elements colluded over Kirkuk,' says deposed Kurdish governor

Interview: Najmaldin Karim, the former governor of Kirkuk, speaks exclusively to The New Arab.

Syria: IS launch fierce counter-attack to recapture Albu Kamal

The New Arab & agencies

Syria: IS launch fierce counter-attack to recapture Albu Kamal

Islamic State fighters have launched a blistering counter-attack on Albu Kamal in eastern Syria in a desperate attempt to claw back territory in ...

Matt Broomfield

Queer refugees on Lesvos are crying out for help

In-depth: The New Arab has spoken with LGBTQI+ refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos to learn of their experience in the Moria refugee camp.

Uri Levy

Champions of Africa: This week in Middle East football

Moroccans celebrated late into the night as Wydad Casablanca defied naysayers and thumped Egypt's al-Ahly in Africa's premier continental ...

The New Arab

US-led coalition airstrikes decline sharply in Syria and Iraq

The US Air Force said coalition airstrikes in Syria and Iraq fell sharply last month, a reflection of the collapse of the Islamic State group in ...

Abadi must save his party ahead of saving Iraq

Gareth Browne

Abadi must save his party ahead of saving Iraq

Analysis: Iraq's prime minister faces political turmoil ahead of next year's election, but with a string of recent successes he may yet survive, ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: The fall of Barzani

This week's round-up of events in Iraq

Dominance of militias may haunt Baghdad

Bashdar Ismaeel

Dominance of militias may haunt Baghdad

Comment: Iraq remains at the mercy of sectarianism and violence, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

Iraq plans May parliamentary elections

The New Arab

Iraq plans May parliamentary elections

Iraq plans to hold parliamentary elections on May 15 to choose a prime minister.

Iraqi forces reach outskirts of final IS bastion al-Qaim

The New Arab & agencies

Iraqi forces reach outskirts of final IS bastion al-Qaim

Iraqi forces, backed by US airstrikes and Sunni tribal fighters, advanced to the edge of the largest town in the country still held by IS ...

Stop the War Coalition is not against Western intervention

Omar Sabbour

Stop the War Coalition is not against Western intervention

Comment: As Raqqa gets destroyed, the Stop the War Coalition is nowhere to be heard, leaving Syria solidarity protesters to demonstrate in front ...

The New Arab

Iraq Kurds warn of 'imminent' offensive by pro-government forces

Iraqi Kurdistan has warned of an "imminent" offensive from government troops and allied militias after they shelled Peshmerga positions.

The New Arab & agencies

Iraq forces assault last IS bastion, advance on Kurds

Iraqi troops launched an assault on the last Islamic State bastion in the country Thursday as the Kurds said Baghdad's forces had attacked their ...

The New Arab & agencies

Iraqi PM Abadi arrives in Turkey for Erdogan talks

Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi arrived in Turkey on Wednesday for talks with president Erdogan as ties between the two countries warm amid staunch ...

Paul Iddon

Iraqi-Kurds are tired of being attacked with US-made weapons

Analysis: Iraqi Kurds see the assault by Iraqi forces on Kurdish territories and Kirkuk was made possible by the use of advanced ...

Exclusive: Iraqi troops surrender after attacking Kurdish village

Yomi Kleinmann

Exclusive: Iraqi troops surrender after attacking Kurdish village

Iraqi forces attacked a Peshmerga checkpoint east of the Kurdish-held village of Mahmud on Tuesday morning, leaving at least 15 killed and more ...

The New Arab

IS 'executed' 116 in Syria town revenge campaign

The Islamic State group executed dozens of civilians in the Syrian desert this month, a monitor said on Monday, in a gruesome massacre as the ...

Tillerson's Mideast aim is a Saudi-Iraqi axis against Iran

The New Arab & agencies

Tillerson's Mideast aim is a Saudi-Iraqi axis against Iran

During Tillerson's Middle East visit, he hopes to achieve a new alliance between Saudi Arabia and Iraq that would shut the doors of the Arab ...

Holding firm, Kurds take a stand for Erbil Holding firm, Kurds take a stand for Erbil

Yomi Kleinmann

Holding firm, Kurds take a stand for Erbil

After capturing the city of Kirkul, Iraqi government fighters are driving deeper into Kurdish territory and look poised to make a grab for the ...

Iraq's Kurds missed an historic opportunity for success

Tallha Abdulrazaq

Iraq's Kurds missed an historic opportunity for success

Comment: Iraq’s Kurds overestimated the effectiveness of the Peshmerga, and missed an historic opportunity to protect their interests from Iran ...

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