War & Conflict

Iraq: Sunnis suffer abuse in areas taken from ISIL

UN highlights forced evictions, abductions, and other serious human rights violations against Sunni Muslims in Iraq.

Iraq: Sunnis suffer abuse in areas taken from ISIL

Opinion

Memo to Middle East: Solve your own problems

The region must stop relying on the US to do the heavy lifting in confronting ISIL.

Shahram Akbarzadeh

by Shahram Akbarzadeh

Shahram Akbarzadeh

Opinion

A winning strategy for the anti-ISIL coalition

Empowerment of Sunni communities is the key to success in Iraq.

Andreas Krieg

by Andreas Krieg

Andreas Krieg

Middle East

Deaths in blast near Shia mosque in Saudi city

ISIL claims responsibility for incident in Dammam, exactly a week after deadly attack on Shia mosque in Qatif province.

Deaths in blast near Shia mosque in Saudi city

Politics

Thirty Shia Muslims kidnapped in Afghanistan

Men from minority Hazara group were travelling by bus through central Afghanistan when masked gunmen took them away.

Thirty Shia Muslims kidnapped in Afghanistan

Politics

Iraq splitting along sectarian lines in ISIL fight

Instead of uniting communities, the fight against armed group is causing divisions between Shia and Sunni populations.

War & Conflict

Shia fighters accused of killing civilians in Iraq

Sunni tribal leaders say mass grave containing 70 bodies found in a village amid fighting in eastern Diyala province.

Shia fighters accused of killing civilians in Iraq

War & Conflict

Iraqi forces train to retake Mosul from ISIL

Exclusive report shows Peshmerga forces and volunteers preparing for combat at site near country's second largest city.

Media

Why football may help heal Yemen sectarianism

Match between Yemen and Saudi Arabia offers unique opportunity to unite nation divided along sectarian lines.

Opinion

Foreign fighters: Foreign to whom?

Fear of being considered inadequate pushes western governments to amplify the potential threat of foreign fighters.

Afzal Ashraf

by Afzal Ashraf

Afzal Ashraf

War & Conflict

Houthis and Sunni tribesmen clash in Yemen

Protesters demand Shia fighters leave Sanaa as deadline to form new government passes without political agreement.

Houthis and Sunni tribesmen clash in Yemen

Middle East

Sunni civilians flee Iraq conflict

Many who escaped fighting between army and ISIL say they are also targets of Shia armed groups who are destroying homes.

Politics

Iraq wants Sunni armed factions to fight ISIL

Sunni opposition leaders say they will not take up arms against ISIL unless their demands are met.

Politics

Iran 'to militarily assist' Lebanon army

National Security Council official says Iran will supply army with military equipment as it battles Sunni armed groups.

Iran 'to militarily assist' Lebanon army

Human Rights

Nine Bahraini Shias stripped of nationality

Court jails men for life and revokes their citizenship for smuggling arms into kingdom to be used in "terrorist acts".

Nine Bahraini Shias stripped of nationality