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In-depth: General Khalifa Haftar is imposing a bloody siege on Derna with diplomatic and military support from the Emiratis, reports Austin Bodetti.

Analysis: Assad's Russian-backed troops are marching into Idlib, and rebel groups and Islamist militias appear unable to stop their advance, reports Paul Iddon.

Rebels melt away as <em>Syrian</em> troops advance on Idlib

Loubna Mrie

Rebels melt away as Syrian troops advance on Idlib

Analysis: Civilians who have sought safe haven in rebel-held Idlib are facing another wave of displacement as advancing troops see little fight from opposition fighters, reports Loubna Mrie.

<em>Syrian</em> refugee becomes church tourist guide

Laura Cappon

Syrian refugee becomes church tourist guide

Mohammad Hamadi, an opponent of Assad's father, now spends his days explaining the connections between Catholicism and Islam, reports Laura ...

Syria's opposition say Iran protests echo their own struggle

Paul McLoughlin

Syria's opposition say Iran protests echo their own struggle

Syria's main opposition group have said they stand in solidarity with Iranian people holding demonstrations against the Tehran government, in a ...

Bahia Mardini

Hopes for Syria's year ahead

Comment: There can be no victory while Assad remains in power. But 2018 must bring Syrians closer to holding free and fair multi-party elections, writes Bahia Mardini.

The New Arab & agencies

Iran arrests protesters over hikes in food prices

Iranian police arrested an unspecified number of protesters in the city of Mashhad as they rallied against a hike in food prices.

Kyle W. Orton

Trump the anti-Obama targets Iran

Comment: If Trump has any one guiding principle, it is to be the anti-Obama - and on foreign policy, there are worse doctrines, writes Kyle ...

Robin Yassin-Kassab

The Rohingya and other outsiders

Comment: This is not the first time the demonisation of 'threatening' communities has prepared the way for slaughter, writes Robin ...

Comrade Corbyn supports Russian imperialism in Syria

Sam Hamad

Comrade Corbyn supports Russian imperialism in Syria

Comment: Corbyn's criticism of UK support for the Free Syrian Police, coupled with his support for Russian intervention, means he is on ...

Mona Alami

Hizballah's new alliances on show in calculated media stunt

Comment: PMF militia commander Khazaali's visit to Lebanon was an astute bit of publicity on the part of Hizballah, writes Mona Alami.

Suspension of UK aid set to benefit <em>Syrian</em> extremists

Paul McLoughlin

Suspension of UK aid set to benefit Syrian extremists

The Free Syrian Police programme's administrators say the UK government's decision to suspend funding over a contentious BBC ...

A role in search of a hero

Robert Springborg

A role in search of a hero

Comment: The Arab world seems destined to continue to offer a leadership role in search of its hero, writes Robert Springborg.

Eastern Ghouta: A ghetto of hunger and fear

Sam Hamad

Eastern Ghouta: A ghetto of hunger and fear

Comment: Despite the brutal reality of life under siege, Abdelmalik remains resolutely opposed to the kind of sectarianism upon which Assad has ...

<em>Syrian</em> opposition agrees on united delegation for Geneva talks Syrian opposition agrees on united delegation for Geneva talks

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian opposition agrees on united delegation for Geneva talks

Syrian opposition groups in Riyadh agree to send a 50-strong unified delegation to meet with President Bashar al-Assad in Geneva next ...

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: Shia Islamists rise as IS evaporates

This week in Iraq: IS lose final town, Hizballah declares 'Mission Accomplished', Shia militias continue illegal operations in Syria and militia leaders banned from running for election.

The New Arab & agencies

Syria opposition meets in Riyadh under pressure to compromise

Syrian opposition figures have gathered in Saudi Arabia to form an overhauled delegation to peace talks that are under pressure to ...

The New Arab & agencies

Head of Syrian opposition's HNC quits amid intensifying violence

Senior Syrian opposition leader Riad Hijab quit his post as the head of the HNC on Monday, just a week before a new round of ...

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, ...

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 ...

Sam Hamad

Syria could have become a graveyard for Hizballah

Comment: If Saudi Arabia and its allies had provided the rebels with the necessary resources to fight Assad, Syria could have become a graveyard ...

What will Hariri's shock resignation mean for Lebanon?

Henri Mamarbachi

What will Hariri's shock resignation mean for Lebanon?

Comment: The resignation of Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri is the latest escalation in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, writes Henri ...

Syria's war has produced no victory, only victims

Sam Hamad

Syria's war has produced no victory, only victims

Comment: Bashar al-Assad may have emerged from Syria's war 'victorious', but the country he controls is not the one it once was, writes Sam ...

Stop the War Coalition is not against Western intervention

Omar Sabbour

Stop the War Coalition is not against Western intervention

Comment: As Raqqa gets destroyed, the Stop the War Coalition is nowhere to be heard, leaving Syria solidarity protesters to demonstrate in front ...

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