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Analysis: The Popular Mobilisation Forces and Kurdish leaders said they did not want to see violence, writes Adam Lucente.

Israel's Netanyahu presses Russian defence minister on Iran

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Israel's Netanyahu presses Russian defence minister on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pressed Russia's defence minister in a meeting on Tuesday over Iran attempting to "establish itself military" in Syria.

Kirkuk has already exposed Trump's incoherent Iran strategy

James Snell

Kirkuk has already exposed Trump's incoherent Iran strategy

Comment: In Kirkuk, the US has allowed Iranian proxy forces - recently designated a terrorist group - to openly attack an American ally, ...

Iraq forces seize Yazidi town of Sinjar from Kurds

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Iraq forces seize Yazidi town of Sinjar from Kurds

Iraqi forces have seized the Yazidi town of Sinjar from Kurdish peshmerga forces in a lightning campaign to take control of Kurdish areas ...

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US strikes kill 'dozens' of IS militants in Yemen

US military strikes kill dozens of IS militants at the group's training camps in central Yemen, a US Central Command statement said on Monday.

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Iran police sting seize 100,000 fake Iraqi pilgrimage visas

Iranian police have seized thousands of fake visas for the annual Arbaeen commemoration in Iraq, which sees millions of Shia pilgrims ...

Laura Cappon

The mental trauma of Iraq's displaced

In-depth: As the Islamic State group faces defeat in Iraq, the mental scars of their brutality remain carved into Iraqis who suffered under the ...

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Lebanon president tells Syrian refugees to return home

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun has told international envoys that his country has had enough of hosting Syrian refugees and that they should ...

Iraqi army seizes Kirkuk oil fields from Kurdish forces

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Iraqi army seizes Kirkuk oil fields from Kurdish forces

Iraq's military seized two major oil fields from Kurdish forces outside the disputed city of Kirkuk, the army said in a statement on Monday.

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Israel strikes Syrian anti-aircraft battery after missile fire

Israeli jets attacked Syrian anti-aircraft battery near Damascus on Monday after it fired towards its planes, Israel's military said.

Kurds, Iraqi forces in standoff in oil-rich Kirkuk

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Kurds, Iraqi forces in standoff in oil-rich Kirkuk

Thousands of Iraqi troops were locked in an armed standoff with Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the disputed oil-rich province of Kirkuk on Saturday.

Israel, Saudi Arabia show support for Trump's Iran strategy Israel, Saudi Arabia show support for Trump's Iran strategy

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Israel, Saudi Arabia show support for Trump's Iran strategy

Israel and Saudi Arabia both showed their support to US President Donald Trump on Friday after he refused to certify the 2015 Iranian nuclear ...

Video: Iraqi forces seize Kurdish Peshmerga positions near Kirkuk Video: Iraqi forces seize Kurdish Peshmerga positions near Kirkuk

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Video: Iraqi forces seize Kurdish Peshmerga positions near Kirkuk

Exclusive: The New Arab has obtained footage showing Iraqi forces having taken over Kurdish Peshmerga positions in al-Bashir and Taza, just ...

Iraq army denies 'operation' to retake disputed Kirkuk province

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Iraq army denies 'operation' to retake disputed Kirkuk province

Iraqi troops launched operations Friday to retake Kurdish positions in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, claimed an AFP report, but the Iraqi ...

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Kurds offer talks with Baghdad to ease punitive measures

Kurdish authorities said on Thursday that they had offered to hold talks with Baghdad on the status of Kurdish airports, border posts and banks following a raft of punitive measures.

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New US measures will not affect group, says Hizballah

Hizballah brushes off multimillion-dollar bounty placed on leaders by the Trump administration.

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Saudi Arabia's new kingdom: 'Reform accelerated by repression'

Saudi Arabia is modernising, but its programme of reform is being driven by an authoritarian hunger for power that is eroding all room for ...

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Kurdistan region accuses Baghdad of 'preparing attack' on Kirkuk

KRG’s Security Council claimed Baghdad was preparing its forces to launch a major attack on Peshmerga forces in oil-rich Kirkuk on Wednesday, an ...

Qatar lifeline for 'troubled' BAE as Saudi deal stalls

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Qatar lifeline for 'troubled' BAE as Saudi deal stalls

As a Saudi follow-on order for Typhoon fighter jets failed to materialise this year, a Qatari order for these jets and Hawk trainer airplanes is ...

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The Iraq Report: IS reduced to final Iraq bastions

Welcome to The New Arab's weekly round-up of events in Iraq

'Hizballah controls Lebanese army,' says Israeli defence minister

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'Hizballah controls Lebanese army,' says Israeli defence minister

Israel has expressed mounting concern about the growing presence of Hizballah and other Iranian-backed militia groups in neighbouring Syria

Dubai security chief tells Qatar to cancel World Cup

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Dubai security chief tells Qatar to cancel World Cup

Dubai security official Dhahi Khalfan has courted controversy again after telling Doha a Saudi-UAE blockade on Qatar will end if it gives up ...

Row breaks out over Kurd flag on Talabani coffin

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Row breaks out over Kurd flag on Talabani coffin

A row has broken out over the use of the Kurdish flag rather than Iraq's colours at former president Jalal Talabani's funeral, at a time of ...

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