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Senior US military leaders said that Iraqi forces are largely set for their next major campaign against Islamic State.

Comment: As the US' imperial might in the Middle East declines, and Russia and China's stars rise, what does the Middle East's future hold? asks Robert Springborg.

Speaking music to power: A study in Reformations

Hadani Ditmars

Speaking music to power: A study in Reformations

Blog: 500 years after the start of the Protestant Reformation, music still fuels protest and foments revolution, writes Hadani Ditmars.

Last house in restive <em>Shia</em> town demolished: Saudi authorities

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Last house in restive Shia town demolished: Saudi authorities

Some 488 homes have been demolished in the historic area of al-Mosawara, in the town of Awamiya in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, Saudi ...

An American century in Iraq?

Paul Iddon

An American century in Iraq?

Analysis: Washington has been involved in Iraq for at least a quarter of a century already, notes Paul Iddon.

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Bahrain state TV accuses Qatar of leading anti-government protests

Bahrain state TV aired a report on Wednesday claiming Qatar was behind popular 2011 anti-government protests, in the latest attack on Doha.

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The Iraq Report: Child trafficking by Baghdad mafia exposed

Analysis: Welcome to The New Arab's weekly digest of events in Iraq

Paul Iddon

Mr Sadr goes to Saudi Arabia

Analysis: Sadr may yet be able to use his clout to build bridges with Sunni communities, while urging Riyadh to end its crackdown on Saudi ...

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'Sadr's opposition to Tehran paved way to Gulf visits'

Muqtada al-Sadr’s visit to to the Gulf was triggered after the Shia cleric publicly denounced Bashar al-Assad and Baghdad's Iranian ...

Thousands flee as Iraq airstrikes pound IS-held town

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Thousands flee as Iraq airstrikes pound IS-held town

Iraqi and coalition forces have stepped up air raids on Tal Afar, ahead of a ground offensive to drive out Islamic State group militants.

Gareth Browne

Iraq's Yazidis and Assyrians remain unconvinced by Kurdistan referendum

Comment: Whether the futures of Yazidis and Assyrians lie in Iraq or an independent Kurdistan, neither option is likely to guarantee their ...

Iraq trade minister faces corruption probe

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Iraq trade minister faces corruption probe

Salman al-Jumaili was grilled by parliament over graft allegations linked to his ministry.

Weapons sales to human rights abusers must be opposed

Hadani Ditmars

Weapons sales to human rights abusers must be opposed

Blog: How did the definition of 'Canadian' go from Pierre Berton's "someone who can make love in a canoe" to "someone who sells weapons to human ...

Report: Iran 'building Syria facility' to make long-range rockets

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Report: Iran 'building Syria facility' to make long-range rockets

Iran is building a facility in Syria to manufacture long-range rockets, a report on Israel's Channel 2 news said on Tuesday.

US slams Saudi Arabia in damning religious freedom report

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US slams Saudi Arabia in damning religious freedom report

The US has issued its annual religious freedom report, slamming its allies in the Gulf, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, for what it said was the ...

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Saudi Arabia, Iraq to re-open border after 27 years

Saudi Arabia and Iraq plan to re-open a border crossing between the two countries for the first time since Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990.

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Iraq bombs IS-held Tal Afar ahead of ground-assault

Iraq has announced the start of an bombing campaign of IS-held Tal Afar, the next target in the war against the Sunni militant group after the ...

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Saudi Arabia to launch joint trade council with Iraq

Saudi Arabia and Iraq will launch a joint trade commission in the latest step towards closer ties between the two neighbouring countries.

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Hizballah chief Nasrallah says Assad's regime will 'stay on'

The head of powerful Lebanese Shia group Hizballah said on Sunday that it is time for the world to accept that Assad will stay on as ...

Iraq's Sadr meets Abu Dhabi crown prince in UAE

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Iraq's Sadr meets Abu Dhabi crown prince in UAE

Iraqi Shia leader Moqtada al-Sadr has met with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, where the two discussed regional issues.

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Saudi Crown Prince requested mediation with Iran: Iraq minister

Iraq’s Interior Minister, Qassim al-Araji revealed on Sunday that he had been assigned by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to mediate between ...

Saudi Twitter users summoned for 'harming public order'

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Saudi Twitter users summoned for 'harming public order'

Saudi Arabia has summoned a group of Twitter users for online posts allegedly threatening the "safety and moderate ideology of society", as the ...

Hizballah dismisses threat of tougher US sanctions

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Hizballah dismisses threat of tougher US sanctions

Hizballah's leader Nasrallah said the US administration has no way to harm the group movement after American lawmakers last month introduced ...

Iraqi <em>Shia</em> cleric heads to UAE for rare visit

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Iraqi Shia cleric heads to UAE for rare visit

Influential Iraqi-Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr is on a rare visit to the UAE, after receiving an official invitation two weeks after he ...

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