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Comment: The symbolism of the destruction of the Grand Nuri Mosque in Mosul will act as a lightning rod for extremists to reinvigorate the simmering sectarian war, writes Tallha Abdulrazaq.

Video footage has emerged showing the moment the Iraqi city of Mosul's iconic Grand al-Nuri Mosque was blown up on Wednesday in a shocking act of vandalism.

Iconic Mosul mosque where IS leader declared caliphate 'destroyed'

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Iconic Mosul mosque where IS leader declared caliphate 'destroyed'

Mosul's iconic leaning minaret and the adjacent mosque where IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared himself "caliph", was destroyed on Wednesday.

Pakistan shoots down Iranian drone after crossing over border

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Pakistan shoots down Iranian drone after crossing over border

An Iranian drone that crossed over into Pakistani territory on Wednesday was shot down, Islamabad said.

The Iraq Report: Iraq becomes vehicle for Iranian power

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The Iraq Report: Iraq becomes vehicle for Iranian power

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

Emile Nakhleh

Saudi bullying of Qatar: A crumbling Game of Thrones

Comment: Despite White House support for the Saudi-UAE alliance, it is Qatar thathas emerged with the trump card, writes Emile Nakhleh.

Jo Schietti

Lebanon's political crisis drags on with third term extension

Whether the move will maintain the country’s political balance is yet to be seen, writes Jo Schietti.

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Londoners hold vigil for Muslim terror attack victims

Londoners have come together yet again in solidarity after ten Muslims were injured in a terrorist attack which took place early Monday near ...

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First 'liberal mosque' opens in Germany

With a mission to spread a liberal form of Islam, a mosque where men and women pray side by side has opened its doors in Berlin, complete with ...

Pakistan chooses to remain neutral in Gulf rift

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Pakistan chooses to remain neutral in Gulf rift

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz met with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Jeddah on Monday, where the PM was reportedly told to ...

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US-led coalition 'cannot confirm' IS chief death

The Russian army said earlier that it hit IS leaders in an airstrike in Syria last month and was seeking to verify whether Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ...

Moscow claims it may have killed IS leader Baghdadi

Karim Traboulsi

Moscow claims it may have killed IS leader Baghdadi

Moscow says its jets may have killed leader of world's most notorious terror organisation in a May airstrike. If true it would be a major ...

The Iraq Report: Kurdish independence and foreign intrigues

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The Iraq Report: Kurdish independence and foreign intrigues

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

Battle of the bottle: Iraq's love-hate relationship with booze

Paul Iddon

Battle of the bottle: Iraq's love-hate relationship with booze

Analysis: While Iraq's drinking culture is not as open and vibrant as it once was, there are bright embers of that dying fire still glowing ...

Saudi Arabia officer killed by grenade in Qatif province

Robert Cusack

Saudi Arabia officer killed by grenade in Qatif province

Protests against the demolition of the old town of Awamiyah, the hometown of Shia cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, have led to the deaths of several Saudi ...

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Saudi-funded Muslim World League terminates Qaradawi membership

A Saudi-funded Muslim association has backed Riyadh in its diplomatic row with Qatar by cutting ties with the Doha-based former Muslim Brotherhood cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

Robert Springborg

1967 to 2017: Arab unity, a fickle beast

Comment: Until this sudden fracturing of the GCC, it had appeared that a third phase of inter-Arab cooperation might be about to commence, ...

Tom Charles

UK election results could profoundly alter Middle East policy

Comment: If the opportunity is there, Labour should form a minority government, and immediately implement profound change in the UK's Middle ...

Mona Alami

Tahrir al-Sham's 'Syrianisation' causes war of words with Nusra

Comment: A series of tweets by HTS commander Atrash called on rebel groups to dissolve and join an opposition interim government, angering many ...

Bahrain follows UAE and promises jail for 'Qatar sympathisers'

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Bahrain follows UAE and promises jail for 'Qatar sympathisers'

Bahrain will follow the UAE and jail people showing sympathy for Qatar on social media, following a diplomatic spat between Gulf states.

Hadani Ditmars

Jihad for Civilisation, from the Tigris to the Thames

Blog: The parallels between life in Iraq and the UK can be striking, writes Hadani Ditmars.

Egypt's al-Azhar exploits religion to support Qatar diplomatic tensions

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Egypt's al-Azhar exploits religion to support Qatar diplomatic tensions

Egypt's top Islamic authority has backed the recent diplomatic and economic blockade on Qatar in the latest politically motivated edict from the ...

The Iraq Report: Human rights and IS wrongs

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The Iraq Report: Human rights and IS wrongs

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

Iran decries Trump's 'repugnant' reaction to Tehran killings

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Iran decries Trump's 'repugnant' reaction to Tehran killings

Iran denounced US President Donald Trump's reaction to a deadly attack in Tehran as 'repugnant' after the US president claimed Iran is 'reaping ...

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