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Iranian-backed Shia militias allied with the Baghdad government also appear set to gain influence, with Sunnis worried about waning influence.

Comment: Syria's massacres are not an accident. Local, regional and global powers created the tragedy. And Arab and international public opinion has contributed, through apathy and silence, writes Robin Yassin-Kassab

Protect Shia shrines from jihadists in Hizballah video game

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Protect Shia shrines from jihadists in Hizballah video game

Protect Shia shrines from a horde of invading Sunni extremists - a new Hizballah video game puts players on the front line against the Islamic State group.

Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan

James M. Dorsey

Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan

Comment: Saudi Arabia and Iran are extending their bitter rivalry beyond the Middle East, into the Caucasus, writes James Dorsey.

Bahrainis launch protests, marking 7th anniversary of uprising

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Bahrainis launch protests, marking 7th anniversary of uprising

Mass Shia-led protests marked Bahrain between 2011-2014, and included calls for an end to the Al Khalifa ruling family.

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Qassem Soleimani: Saudi Arabia 'sold its soul to America'

Shia Iran's most notorious general Qassem Soleimani has lashed out at his country's arch-rival Sunni Saudi Arabia, saying it has sold its soul to America.

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Lebanon judge orders Quran memorisation in insulting Christianity case

A Lebanese judge has been hailed for handing down an ingenuitive punishment to three young Muslim men who were on trial for contempt for ...

Karim Traboulsi

His darkest hours: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 'injured and depressed'

Badly injured, depressed and ill, the leader of the largely decimated Islamic State group, once the world's most formidable terror organisation, ...

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Iran rejects Bahrain claims of collusion in pipeline blast

An oil pipeline between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia was destroyed last November. Manama has accused Iran of blowing up the pipeline, a claim Tehran ...

The Iraq Report: Systemic corruption may threaten reconstruction funds

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The Iraq Report: Systemic corruption may threaten reconstruction funds

This week in Iraq: The US has admitted that Islamic State is far from being defeated while the Iraqi interior ministry claimed that IS leader's ...

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The Iraq Report: IS 'caliph' excluded from 'most-wanted' list

This week in Iraq: The government releases a list of its most-wanted fugitives, while Iraq’s southern city of Basra becomes a hub for organised ...

Regional alliance punishing Iraq's Kurds for referendum cannot last

Bashdar Ismaeel

Regional alliance punishing Iraq's Kurds for referendum cannot last

Analysis: Determination to derail Kurdish statehood aspirations led to the emergence of a newfound Ankara-Baghdad-Tehran alliance, but this ...

Iran accused of training Bahrain-Saudi oil pipeline attack militants

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Iran accused of training Bahrain-Saudi oil pipeline attack militants

Bahrain has accused four suspects of being trained by Iran's Revolutionary Guard to carry out an alleged bomb attack on the island's oil ...

Lebanese to sue Saudi minister, MBS protege Thamer Sabhan

Karim Traboulsi

Lebanese to sue Saudi minister, MBS protege Thamer Sabhan

In a move sure to escalate tensions between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, a judge in Beirut has accepted a lawsuit against Saudi Minister for Gulf ...

Israel's opposition leader Gabbay suggests withdrawing from West Bank

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Israel's opposition leader Gabbay suggests withdrawing from West Bank

Israel's key opposition leader made waves by declaring his support for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank if peace negotiations between ...

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Bahrain deports 8 to Iraq after revoking their citizenship

Bahrain has deported eight people to war-torn Iraq after revoking their citizenship and making them stateless, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday, accusing the Gulf monarchy of exiling dissidents.

Emile Nakhleh

Another year of deep state repression in Bahrain

Comment: Bahraini human rights activists have suffered severely from government repression, yet Washington and London continue to treat the ...

Habibulah Mohamed Lamin

Behind Algeria's Iranian book ban

Blog: Fears of Iranian influences sparking sectarian divisions in Algeria are unlikely to stop future cooperation between Algiers and Tehran, ...

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Thigh gape: Indian cleric bans women 'watching arousing footballers'

Women should not watch football as they will be distracted by the players thighs decreed an Indian cleric.

'Mistaken' US strikes kill eight Iraqi security personnel

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'Mistaken' US strikes kill eight Iraqi security personnel

Eight Iraqis have been killed and 20 injured when a convoy of police and Popular Mobilisation Forces fighters were mistaken for IS militants and ...

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Al-Arabiya fined for passing off torture video as journalism

The Saudi-owned channel has been severely reprimanded by British regulators for a misleading February 2016 broadcast of statements extracted ...

Al-Arabiya fined for passing off torture video as journalism

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Al-Arabiya fined for passing off torture video as journalism

Al Arabiya News has been severely sanctioned by Ofcom for a misleading February 2016 broadcast of statements extracted from Bahraini dissident ...

Rights groups fear for Bahraini activist Rajab's health

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Rights groups fear for Bahraini activist Rajab's health

International rights groups have issued concerns about Bahrain's most prominent activist's health, as he faces an additional fifteen years in ...

Bahrain detains dozens in mass crackdown on dissent

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Bahrain detains dozens in mass crackdown on dissent

Bahrain's interior minister said security forces have arrested 47 'terrorist agents' and foiled attacks across the country, including planned ...

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