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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

Comment: Perpetrators of war crimes in Syria must not be given amnesty, writes the UNHRC Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.

Desperate to come home, Syrians brave mines in Raqqa

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Desperate to come home, Syrians brave mines in Raqqa

Some 60,000 people have returned to Syria's Raqqa, desperate to come home despite the huge number of IS-planted mines littering the city.

Turkey warns 'make or break' for strained US ties

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Turkey warns 'make or break' for strained US ties

Ties between the NATO allies have strained badly over the Turkish military assault in Syria's Afrin region.

Iraq seeks $88.2 billion for post-IS reconstruction

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Iraq seeks $88.2 billion for post-IS reconstruction

The country is still reeling from the dramatic rise of Islamic State and the punishing fight to recapture territory, with swathes of Iraq in ...

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Tillerson kicks off 'difficult tour' of tense Middle East

Flying into Egypt on Sunday, the US Secretary of State has started a five-nation tour in the Middle East, amid heightened tensions and unease over Trump's policies in the region.

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Iraq looks to private sector for post-IS reconstruction

Baghdad is looking to drum up funds at a reconstruction conference in neighbouring Kuwait from 12 to 14 February after announcing the defeat of ...

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Church holds prayers in former IS Syria stronghold

Christian worshipers held prayers in a church in eastern Syria's Deir az-Zour city, which was retaken by the Syrian regime late last year from ...

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US aid chief visits Syria's Raqqa in stabilisation push

The visit comes after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson signalled last week an open-ended US military presence in Syria.

Libya's militia culture must be demobilised

Guma El-Gamaty

Libya's militia culture must be demobilised

Comment: To avoid a serious security vacuum, Libya must build a young, strong, national army, as the militias are gradually scaled down, writes ...

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Minorities in north Iraq rebuild their lives after IS

Places of worship, such as those of Christians, Yazidis and other minorities, were targeted by IS, and many fled their homes during the three ...

Syrian rebel losses do not mean victory for Assad

Mona Alami

Syrian rebel losses do not mean victory for Assad

Comment: Regime gains on the ground in Idlib and eastern Ghouta will not be the end of the struggle for Syria, writes Mona Alami.

2018: From the frying pan into the fire

Robert Springborg

2018: From the frying pan into the fire

Comment: The Middle East in 2018 faces plenty of known difficulties and challenges. But there are also some 'known unknowns' lurking, writes ...

The Iraq Report: Hopes of unity dashed

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The Iraq Report: Hopes of unity dashed

This week in Iraq: Baghdad’s heavy-handed approach towards its own citizens has tempered people’s expectations regarding a new Iraq that was ...

Hopes for Syria's year ahead

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 ...

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After IS, who will foot Iraq's $100bn reconstruction bill?

While the defeat of IS brought an end to three years of death and destruction across northern and western Iraq, Baghdad estimates $100 billion is needed nationwide to rebuild.

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Eastern Libya to host conference to rebuild war-ravaged Benghazi

A conference is to be held in March to rally support to rebuild Benghazi, the second largest city in Libya which was heavily damaged in the ...

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Tehran-Damascus road 'launched' as Iranian military convoy enters Syria

An Iranian military convoy has crossed into Syria through Iraq, possibly marking the launch of the long-planned road link between Tehran and ...

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The Iraq Report: ‘Victory’ over IS

This week in Iraq: Was Abadi's declaration of victory just a political stunt?

London exhibition provides unique, never-seen-before portrait of multicultural Iraq

Shams Al-Shakarchi

London exhibition provides unique, never-seen-before portrait of multicultural Iraq

The work of Iraqi photographer Latif Al Ani is being exhibited in the UK for the first time, providing a portrait of Iraq as it has never been ...

Emran Feroz

An interview with Pankaj Mishra

Interview: None of the violence or dysfunction we are currently witnessing around the world is new and can be repeatedly found in history, ...

US will counter Iran in post-war Iraq: diplomat

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US will counter Iran in post-war Iraq: diplomat

The United States' ambassador in Iraq says the defeat of IS will allow Iraq to reassert its sovereignty after three years of war.

'Destroy and eliminate' Britons fighting with IS: UK minister

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'Destroy and eliminate' Britons fighting with IS: UK minister

The UK's new defence minister Gavin Williamson said British citizens fighting for Islamic State group should be located, killed and banned from ...

Iraqi bishop urges foreign aid for frontline Christian communities

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Iraqi bishop urges foreign aid for frontline Christian communities

One of the oldest Christian communities in the Middle East returned to their ancestral lands in Iraq after IS was at last routed, but the ...

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