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Iraq faces fresh uncertainties in wake of PM’s resignation

  • At an emergency session on Sunday, the Iraqi Parliament accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi. The PM offered to resign within hours of a public rebuke from Grand Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, who castigated the government for its “clear failure” in dealing with the public agi...
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Syrian outlook uncertain despite Erdogan’s US triumph

  • US President Donald Trump welcomes Turkey’s Pressident Tayyip Erdogan to the White House. (Reuters) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has every reason to be pleased with his visit to Washington last week. His host, US President Donald Trump, described himself as a “big fan” ...
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Iraqi ‘renaissance’ puts pressure on country’s leaders

  • An Iraqi demonstrator pulls a burnt tire as he blocks the road during ongoing anti-government protests, in Baghdad. (Reuters) Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi marked one year in office on Oct. 25. As the second phase of the country’s ongoing mass protests commenced on that d...
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Turkish assault aggravates Middle East tensions

  • Smoke billows following the Turkish bombardment of Syria’s northeastern town of Ras al-Ain in Hasakah province along the Turkish border. (AFP) Piously titled “Operation Peace Spring,” Turkey’s assault on northeast Syria, which began on Wednesday, is aimed at clearing the border a...
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Peace in Afghanistan remains a distant dream

  • The Taliban spokesman in Doha, Suhail Shaheen, announced last week that the US and the Taliban were close to a peace agreement and that only operational details remained to be finalised. The head of the US delegation, Zalmay Khalilzad, arrived in Kabul on Sunday to seek the backing of President...
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Future of PMU complicates Iraqi politics

  • Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi. (Reuters) Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi on July 1 issued a decree ordering all the groups that make up the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) to be absorbed into the national army and police forces within a month. This order replaced a...
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Iraq becoming a battleground as US-Iran tensions rise

  • Donald Trump addresses US troops at a military base in Iraq. (Reuters) As the regional security situation has deteriorated over the last two months, Iraq fears it is becoming part of the theater of confrontation. Reflecting this concern, following the attacks on four oil transpor...
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Competing interests create bizarre situation in Idlib

  • A motorcyclist monitors an airstrike in Khan Shaykhun, Idlib Governorate. (AFP) Throughout the month of May, Idlib witnessed heavy fighting between Syrian government forces and rebel groups. The latter is made up of Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), which controls Idlib, and a wide var...
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Assad looks on as hectic diplomacy shapes Syria’s future

  • Mohammad Javad Zarif with Bashar Assad. (Reuters)  As the fighting has reduced across Syria, domestic and external players are jostling to maximize their advantages at the expense of their rivals. This has made the future of Syria the subject of extraordinary diplomatic...
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Sri Lanka must act quickly to prevent faith-based conflict

  • Security personnel inspect the interior of St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, a day after the church was hit in a series of bomb blasts targeting religious sites and luxury hotels. (AFP) Easter Sunday is a joyous day for Christians the world over. It commemorates the f...
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