Inside Story

Can Shia militias be integrated into the Iraqi army?

Prime Minister Abadi says Shia forces will be subjected to military law if they are integrated into Iraq's armed forces.

Middle East

Kuwait 'foils ISIL attack plot' during Ramadan

Seven ISIL suspects believed to be planning attacks on mosque and government building arrested, interior ministry says.

Kuwait 'foils ISIL attack plot' during Ramadan

Bahrain

Bahrain strips spiritual leader of nationality

Sheikh Isa Qassim accused of fomenting "extremist" sectarian atmosphere, a week after suspension of Al-Wefaq group.

Bahrain strips Sheikh Isa Qassim of nationality

Bahrain

Bahraini court suspends Al-Wefaq opposition group

The Shia group is accused of creating "an environment for terrorism, extremism and violence".

Bahraini court suspends Al-Wefaq opposition group

Opinion

Sadr's challenge to Iraq's sectarian politics

The political deadlock in Baghdad strengthens Sadr's political re-emergence and undermines ethno-sectarianism in Iraq.

Ibrahim Al-Marashi

by Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Ibrahim Al-Marashi

Opinion

Are Iraq's Shia leaders ready for sectarian healing?

The struggle against ISIL has rekindled communal ties between sectarian communities in Iraq.

Michael Knights

by Michael Knights

Michael Knights

Iraq

Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr starts Green Zone sit-in

After weeks of rallies by his followers, influential cleric launches protest to demand sweeping changes by government.

Arts & Culture

Q&A: The Sunni-Shia divide through the eyes of a child

Al Jazeera spoke with filmmaker Hoda Elsoudani about her new documentary, Why Can't I Be A Sushi.

Q&A: The Sunni-Shia divide through the eyes of a child

Middle East

What are the reasons behind Muqtada al-Sadr's return?

Muqtada al-Sadr has grand ambitions for Iraq, and self-confidence to match. But he has yet to show how he will deliver.

What are the reasons behind Muqtada al-Sadr's return?

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: Egyptian among al-Ahsa mosque bombers

Two men attacked Shia mosque during Friday prayers, killing four and wounding another 33 people.

Saudi Arabia: Egyptian among al-Ahsa mosque bombers

Politics

Iran 'foreign legion' leans on Afghan Shia in Syria war

Some 20,000 Afghan Shia fighters said to be fighting alongside Iran to help save government of Syrian President Assad.

Iran 'foreign legion' leans on Afghan Shia in Syria war

Opinion

Saudi Arabia and Iran and how we got here

It is US retrenchment from the region that has been the cause of regional competition in the first place.

Michael Stephens

by Michael Stephens

Michael Stephens

Nigeria

Nigeria's Shia detainees 'dying' without medical care

Shia movement accuses authorities of denying treatment to wounded members after recent military raids.

Nigeria's Shia detainees 'dying' without medical care

Iran

Iran summons Nigerian envoy after Shia clashes

Iranian foreign ministry calls deadly clashes between Nigerian army and Shia Muslim movement "unacceptable".

Iran summons Nigerian envoy after Shia clashes

Bangladesh

ISIL claims responsibility for Bangladesh mosque attack

Two suspects arrested after gunmen storm mosque and open fire on praying worshippers, killing one and wounding three.

ISIL claims responsibility for Bangladesh mosque attack