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US forces killed the head of the Islamic State group's Afghanistan branch, the Pentagon said on Friday, marking the third time in a year the franchise has lost its leader.

One of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords has taken a seat with the other criminals and corrupt cronies in the nation's 'unity' government, writes Mohammed Harun Arsalai.

War in Yemen: Internal power struggles and foreign intervention

Bilal Ahmed

War in Yemen: Internal power struggles and foreign intervention

Analysis: Since the 2011 uprising, Yemen has become a battleground for internal and external warring factions, and escalating foreign intervention, writes Bilal Ahmed.

Iran witnesses opium plague as drug addiction soars

The New Arab & agencies

Iran witnesses opium plague as drug addiction soars

The number of drug addicts in Iran has more than doubled in six years, with opium the country's most popular narcotic.

Saudi bullying of Qatar: A crumbling Game of Thrones

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.

Karim Traboulsi

Anti-Qatar blockade: Consequence of Doha's support for Arab Spring?

Analysis: What really lies at the heart of Gulf accusations against the Qataris? American academic and Middle East affairs analyst Professor Gary Sick talks to The New Arab.

Bill Law

UAE: Enforcing repression at home and wrecking alliances abroad

Comment: The Emirati government may have crushed dissent on the home front, but the Yemen war drags on, and the GCC now risks being torn apart, ...

The New Arab & agencies

Taliban attack on Afghanistan police HQ kills dozens

A Taliban suicide bomb and gun attack on Sunday targeted police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan killing at least five officers and ...

Barak Barfi

Qatar: A convenient scapegoat in a broken system

Comment: Qatar's policies, many of which were until recently mainstream in the Gulf, have led it to be hounded simply for not toeing the ...

Carnage in Kabul as scores killed in truck bomb

The New Arab & agencies

Carnage in Kabul as scores killed in truck bomb

At least 80 people have been killed and 320 wounded, but authorities warn the toll could yet rise.

The New Arab & agencies

In Sweden, unaccompanied Afghan teenage refugees turn to heroin

Around 100 unaccompanied asylum seekers under the age of 18 have been caught using heroin as they wait for their applications to be processed.

Business as usual in Trump's 'War on Terror'

Waqas Mirza

Business as usual in Trump's 'War on Terror'

Comment: Trump calling on Muslim nations to fight 'radicalisation' simply deflects attention from Washington's own role in bolstering the ranks ...

Bomb blast kills Afghanis on first day of Ramadan Bomb blast kills Afghanis on first day of Ramadan

The New Arab & agencies

Bomb blast kills Afghanis on first day of Ramadan

A huge car bomb has killed at least 18 people in eastern Afghanistan, mostly civilians marking the first day of Ramadan where Muslims fast from ...

Zarif is wrong: Iran has no interest in peace

Malak Chabkoun

Zarif is wrong: Iran has no interest in peace

Comment: In his recent article, Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif claims he will gift peace to the region; an assertion to be treated with ...

It's business as usual for Trump's 'War on Terror'

Waqas Mirza

It's business as usual for Trump's 'War on Terror'

Comment: Trump calling on Muslim nations to fight 'radicalisation' simply deflects attention away from the US' own role in bolstering the ranks ...

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar says it's the victim of 'terror smear campaign'

Qatar says it's the subject of an 'orchestrated campaign' to tarnish the image of the emirate, following a series of negative articles in the lead-up to Trump's Saudi Arabia visit.

The New Arab & agencies

Roadside bomb kills 11 members of Afghan family

A roadside bomb killed eleven members of an Afghan family, including five women and five children, reports confirmed on Wednesday.

The New Arab & agencies

WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning released from jail

Chelsea Manning was released from a military prison on Wednesday after serving seven years of her 35-year sentence for leaking classified ...

The New Arab & agencies

Suicide bombers storm state broadcaster in Afghanistan

Unidentified militants stormed Afghanistan's national television and radio station in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Wednesday, officials and ...

Malalai Joya: One woman standing against warlords

Laura Cesaretti

Malalai Joya: One woman standing against warlords

Exclusive interview: Malalai Joya, the former Afghan parliamentarian, tells The New Arab that education is key to empowering the people who need ...

The New Arab & agencies

Afghanistan security to 'deteriorate' in 2018, warns US intelligence

The Afghan military will continue to struggle with an emboldened Taliban insurgency, paving the way for more US troops into the country.

Blame Canada: No blood for milk or lumber

Hadani Ditmars

Blame Canada: No blood for milk or lumber

Blog: Trade deals are tricky things, and the only thing worse than being an enemy of the US is being a former ally, writes Hadani Ditmars.

Qatar and the US set for warmer relations

Stasa Salacanin

Qatar and the US set for warmer relations

Mutual investment and cooperation are likely to improve, with the US-Qatari relationship set to blossom under Trump, writes Stasa Salacanin.

North Caucasus troops crucial props in Russia's Syria agenda

The New Arab

North Caucasus troops crucial props in Russia's Syria agenda

Hundreds of Muslim Chechen and Ingush servicemen are in Syria. The North Caucasian troops are proving valuable both militarily and in Moscow's ...

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