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

Comment: Secretary of State Tillerson appears totally disengaged from Middle East policy, where traditional American diplomacy has been replaced by improvisation and vacillation, writes Emile Nakhleh.

'Shia militias nation's biggest threat,' says Iraqi vice president

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'Shia militias nation's biggest threat,' says Iraqi vice president

Iraqi Vice President Osama al-Nujaifi is hoping the US administration will deliver on pledges to counter Iran's growing influence inside Iraq and across the Middle East.

The Iraq Report: The fall of Barzani

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: The fall of Barzani

This week's round-up of events in Iraq

Dominance of militias may haunt Baghdad

Bashdar Ismaeel

Dominance of militias may haunt Baghdad

Comment: Iraq remains at the mercy of sectarianism and violence, writes Bashdar Ismaeel.

Sam Hamad

When 'order' builds sectarianism, peace is just an illusion

Comment: Both the US and Iran favour 'order' in Iraq, but when this means supporting brutal sectarianism and curtailing democratic self-determination, peace is just an illusion, writes Sam Hamad.

The New Arab

The Iraq Report: IS reduced to final Iraq bastions

Welcome to The New Arab's weekly round-up of events in Iraq

Sam Hamad

Separation lines: Kurdistan and Catalonia

Comment: Separatist movements in Iraq and Spain are paying the price for dreams of independence, writes Sam Hamad.

James M. Dorsey

Women's driving: Saudi Prince Mohammed's litmus test

Comment: Women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive, but the male guardianship that subjects women to the will of their menfolk remains in ...

What fuels al-Qaeda's survival in Yemen's south?

Khalid Al-Karimi

What fuels al-Qaeda's survival in Yemen's south?

In-depth: Three years of war have failed to unseat al-Qaeda from Yemen's south - how is the militant group still surviving?

Sam Fouad

To defeat terrorism, state-sponsored discrimination must end

Comment: Governments must take a stand and stem the institutionalised discrimination that exists in their own policies and societies, writes Sam ...

Blood brothers in arms: Sisi's support for Assad's counterrevolution

Sam Hamad

Blood brothers in arms: Sisi's support for Assad's counterrevolution

Comment: From the moment Sisi seized power, Egyptian influence in Syria, and support for Assad's counterrevolution has been growing, writes Sam ...

Lifting the veil: Religious freedoms in Tunisia

Alessandra Bocchi

Lifting the veil: Religious freedoms in Tunisia

In-depth: Non-Muslims have more rights than elsewhere in the region, but still face discrimination, writes Alessandra Bocchi.

Lebanon's Muslims furious after government deems Friday working day

The New Arab

Lebanon's Muslims furious after government deems Friday working day

Lebanon's official weekend holidays is proving to be a hot-button issue in the country, particularly as it was founded on the idea of sectarian ...

Contrived claims of nationalism in post-Mosul Iraq

Nazli Ihsan-Adil Tarzi

Contrived claims of nationalism in post-Mosul Iraq

Comment: Nationalist narratives of post-Mosul Iraq are not crafted with the interests of the poor or destitute in mind, writes Nazli Tarzi.

The New Arab

Iraqi Shia militias 'train children' to fight in Kirkuk

An Iraqi Shia militia has allegedly established a large military camp near Kirkuk, dedicated to training children 'to take up arms'.

The New Arab

Iraq premier 'refuses renewed pressure to join anti-Qatar bloc'

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has refused pressure from Bahrain to join the diplomatic and economic offensive aimed at Doha led by ...

The New Arab

Saudi Crown Prince requested mediation with Iran: Iraq minister

Iraq’s Interior Minister, Qassim al-Araji revealed on Sunday that he had been assigned by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to mediate between ...

The New Arab & agencies

Saudi Twitter users summoned for 'harming public order'

Saudi Arabia has summoned a group of Twitter users for online posts allegedly threatening the "safety and moderate ideology of society", as the ...

Riyadh moves to silence cleric for insulting deceased actor

The New Arab

Riyadh moves to silence cleric for insulting deceased actor

Saudi authorities have moved to silence a cleric who issued a fatwa banning Muslims from commemorating the death of Kuwait's most prominent ...

Diana Alghoul

Remembering Abdulhussain Abdulredha with these top four moments

The Kuwaiti actor who angered Saddam Hussein supporters so much they tried to kill him also had a passion for Palestine.

IS 'playing whack-a-mole' in Afghanistan

Mohammed Harun Arsalai

IS 'playing whack-a-mole' in Afghanistan

In-depth: IS-Khorasan, the Afghan franchise of the Islamic State group's network, disappears from the site of one attack only to reappear in ...

Yassin al-Haj Saleh's 'The Impossible Revolution': An incisive work

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

Yassin al-Haj Saleh's 'The Impossible Revolution': An incisive work

Book review: Saleh's lucid work tackles the questions that most confound western audiences, and is a reminder of the circumstances through which ...

After Mosul, Iran-backed militias will ensure sectarian violence endures

Aaron Noonan

After Mosul, Iran-backed militias will ensure sectarian violence endures

Comment: The cycle of sectarian violence is only likely to continue, writes Aaron Noonan.

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