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

Comment: Abadi's recapture of Kirkuk doesn't render him an enemy of the Kurdish cause, but he and the Kurds need each other to avoid a vicious divorce, writes Gareth Browne.

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 following the northern region's independence referendum.

US strikes kill 'dozens' of IS militants in Yemen

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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.

The mental trauma of Iraq's displaced

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 return back to the war-torn country.

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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 ...

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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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The Iraq Report: IS reduced to final Iraq bastions

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

Saudi Arabia confirms guards killed in palace attack

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Saudi Arabia confirms guards killed in palace attack

Saudi Arabia has said that two security forces were killed and three injured after a gunman opened fire at the royal palace in the Red Sea city ...

Robert Cusack and Gehad Quisay

Kuffar b*st*rds: Saudi Arabia's religious war against political enemies

Comment: Saudi Arabia has long projected the image of religious righteousness, fighting their enemies with God on their side, but what happens ...

Russia denies involvement in Saudi king's escalator malfunction

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Russia denies involvement in Saudi king's escalator malfunction

In an undiplomatic start to the historic trip, Moscow has blamed the Saudis for leaving the king stuck on his way out of the royal jet.

Iraqi forces 'retake' Islamic State group stronghold of Hawija Iraqi forces 'retake' Islamic State group stronghold of Hawija

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Iraqi forces 'retake' Islamic State group stronghold of Hawija

Reports say Iraqi-government forces and their allied militias have retaken the Islamic State group's last northern Iraqi stronghold.

Bahraini Shia pair jailed, made stateless over Iran ties

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Bahraini Shia pair jailed, made stateless over Iran ties

Bahrain sentenced two nationals to jail terms and stripped them of their citizenship on Wednesday over alleged ties to neighbouring Iran.

The Iraq Report: The siege of Kurdistan begins

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The Iraq Report: The siege of Kurdistan begins

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

Sam Hamad

Separation lines: Kurdistan and Catalonia

Comment: Separatist movements in Iraq and Spain are paying the price for dreams of independence, writes Sam Hamad.

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'Assad victorious in Syria war,' Israel defence minister claims

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said Syria's President Bashar al-Asad has won the six-year war against the armed opposition.

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UAE jails Iranian over sanctions breach

A United Arab Emirates appeals court has upheld a 10-year jail sentence against an Iranian convicted of breaching international sanctions ...

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Iraq forces attack IS-held town of Hawija: general

Iraq began its second phase to recapture the town of Hawija on Friday, one of the last bastions still held by the Islamic State group in the ...

Iraqis tell terrorists: you are not wanted

Mohammed Al-Jumaily

Iraqis tell terrorists: you are not wanted

Comment: Grassroots activists are coming together to repair the colossal damage done to their society and heritage by the Islamic State group, ...

James M. Dorsey

Women's driving: Saudi Prince Mohammed's litmus test

Comment: Women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive, but the male guardianship that subjects women to the will of their menfolk remains in ...

Saudi Arabia condones anti-Shia hate speech, says HRW

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Saudi Arabia condones anti-Shia hate speech, says HRW

Saudi Arabia is condoning hate speech against its Shia minority from the upper echelons of its religious establishment, schoolbooks and social ...

Iraq executes 42 prisoners in one day

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Iraq executes 42 prisoners in one day

Forty-two people convicted of terrorism have been hanged by the Baghdad government, in the biggest mass execution by Iraqi authorities this year.

Muqtadr al-Sadr heralds Iraq's return to the Saudi-Arab fold

Stasa Salacanin

Muqtadr al-Sadr heralds Iraq's return to the Saudi-Arab fold

Comment: The recent rapprochement between Iraq and Saudi Arabia is the latest link in a chain of shifting alliances in the Middle East, writes ...

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