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Hizballah chief Hassan Nasrallah has declared the defeat of the Islamic State group as a military force, but warned they will likely reappear under another guise.

A Saudi bid to suspend Lebanon's membership in the Arab League during Sunday's emergency meeting in Cairo was blocked by Egypt, according to diplomatic sources.

Iran's General Soleimani spotted with Iraqi fighters in <em>Syria</em>

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Iran's General Soleimani spotted with Iraqi fighters in Syria

Iran's General Qassem Soleimani has been filmed with Iraq's Popular Mobilisation Forces in eastern Syria, in new footage that emerged on Sunday.

Iraq to send foreign jihadists' families to home countries

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Iraq to send foreign jihadists' families to home countries

Around 300 wives and children of foreign IS militants captured in Mosul will be returned to their home countries, a senior Iraqi official said ...

Civilians killed in regime bombing of besieged Damascus suburb

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Civilians killed in regime bombing of besieged Damascus suburb

Syrian regime forces have continued bombardment of a besieged Damascus suburb, killing more civilians on the sixth consecutive day of heavy ...

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Syria army, allied militias retake IS stronghold Albu Kamal

Syria regime forces and allied militias have recaptured Albu Kamal, the Islamic State group's last urban stronghold in the country.

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Saudi anti-terror coalition to hold first meeting in Riyadh

Defence ministers from members of the Saudi-led Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) are due to meet for the first time in ...

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Turkey, Russia and Iran foreign ministers meet on Syria

Foreign ministers from Turkey, Iran, and Russia have met in the southern Turkish resort of Antalya to discuss the upcoming Sochi conference on ...

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Israel fires 'warning shot' into Syria over border construction

Israel's military claims that Syria's army has violated the 1974 Golan Heights ceasefire agreement by using heavy tools on construction sites in ...

Syria's revolution: Between negotiations and being a bargaining chip

Khaled Khoja

Syria's revolution: Between negotiations and being a bargaining chip

Syria's revolution has been hijacked by world powers. It has undermined the standing of the opposition but not the will of the people, writes ...

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Iraqi forces capture last IS-held town in the country

Iraqi forces retook the last town still held by IS, as the militants' self-proclaimed 'caliphate' faces collapse on both sides of the border ...

Three White Helmets workers killed in <em>Syria</em> air raids Three White Helmets workers killed in Syria air raids

Paul McLoughlin

Three White Helmets workers killed in Syria air raids

Heavy Syrian regime bombing has killed three emergency workers from the White Helmets, while six children were also killed in Damascus air raids.

Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador to Germany over Hariri comments

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Saudi Arabia recalls ambassador to Germany over Hariri comments

Riyadh recalled its ambassador to Berlin in protest over comments made by the German foreign minister suggesting Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad ...

Russia blocks extension of investigation into <em>Syria</em> chemical attacks Russia blocks extension of investigation into Syria chemical attacks

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Russia blocks extension of investigation into Syria chemical attacks

Russia used its Security Council veto for the second time in two days to block an extension of the Joint Investigative Mechanism's mandate.

After IS, a new tug-of-war in Lebanon and Iraq

Mona Alami

After IS, a new tug-of-war in Lebanon and Iraq

Comment: In Lebanon and Iraq, non state actors loyal to Iran are impossible to dismantle in the absence of a regional agreement, writes Mona ...

John Kahler

People just keep coming

Comment: Members of the Rohingya ethnic group who have already fled to Bangladesh are refugees, and should be recognised as such, writes paediatrician John Kahler.

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Erdogan says Kurd-held Afrin must be cleared of 'terrorists'

Turkey's President Erdogan on Friday said the Syrian town of Afrin, held by a US-backed Kurdish militia, had to be cleared of "terrorists".

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Iraqi forces liberate last IS-held town in lightning offensive

Iraq's army said it has retaken the last town in the country held by Islamic State group, hours after launching the offensive on Rawa.

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Iraq launches attack on last IS-held town in country

Iraqi forces have begun their assault on Rawa in the Euphrates valley, the last town in the country under control of Islamic State militants.

Iran: 'Biased' France is stoking Middle East tensions

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Iran: 'Biased' France is stoking Middle East tensions

Iran's foreign ministry has accused France of echoing 'warmongering' Saudi concerns and stoking regional tensions between Tehran and Riyadh.

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Putin to host Iran, Turkey leaders for Syria talks

Russian President Putin is to host the leaders of Turkey and Iran in the first such three-way summit between the trio to reach a solution to ...

The Iraq Report: Risk of legalised paedophilia grows

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The Iraq Report: Risk of legalised paedophilia grows

This week in Iraq: Kurdish leadership decries ‘treasonous elements’ over Kirkuk loss; Militias become more politically assertive and fears grow ...

Lifting Syria's regime siege requires more than just words

James Snell

Lifting Syria's regime siege requires more than just words

Comment: World leaders have ample evidence that Assad's regime and its allies are besieging civilian populations. They must fight back with more ...

Air strikes bombard aid warehouse in <em>Syria</em> rebel bastion Air strikes bombard aid warehouse in Syria rebel bastion

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Air strikes bombard aid warehouse in Syria rebel bastion

Air strikes bombarded an aid warehouse in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, on Wednesday, days after the first delivery of food and medicine to the area in ...

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