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The full extent of the damage to Hatra remains unclear. (AFP)
April 27, 2017 - 08:00 GMT
Known as al-Hadhr in Arabic, it was established in the 3rd or 2nd century BC and became a religious and trading centre under the Parthian empire.
Russia's deputy UN ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, covers his ears during a Security Council debate on Syria, April 5 2017. (AFP/Timothy A. Clary)
April 26, 2017 - 15:17 GMT
Al Bawaba talks to international justice scholars to figure out why the council is failing in its responsibility to international peace and security.
A hunting party consisting of 24 Qataris and two Saudis kidnapped in southern Iraq in December 2015 was released last week. (AFP)
April 26, 2017 - 09:00 GMT
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told a news conference that Qatari negotiators had come to Baghdad prior to the release with what he said was hundreds of millions of dollars in ransom money.
Some leading figures - such as Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and powerful Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr - oppose the participation of Hashd in the elections. (AFP)
April 25, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
In the midst of next year's elections, splits are beginning to emerge amongst key figures in Iraqi politics.
Syrian prisoners arrive in rebel-held Rashidin after their release from government jails, April 21 2017. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)
April 24, 2017 - 10:00 GMT
The hunting party had been held for 16 months by militias related to Iran.
26 Qataris and two Saudis released through hard and dangerous negotiations that included bargains and money in a cautious diplomacy. (AFP)
April 22, 2017 - 14:00 GMT
The Qatari nationals who were kidnapped in Iraq might be released in the coming 48 hours, quoting a negotiator close to the issue.
The loss of Mosul would be a death blow to the “caliphate” Daesh proclaimed after capturing the city in a massive offensive in June 2014. (AFP)
April 22, 2017 - 10:00 GMT
Iraqi forces launch fresh push against Daesh-held villages as part of months-old operation to retake areas in western Anbar province.
The Revolutionary Guards' Qods Force has military advisers in Iraq and Syria. (AFP)
April 20, 2017 - 08:00 GMT
General Iraj Masjedi was formally the senior adviser to Major General Qassem Soleimani, who oversees Iranian operations in Iraq and Syria.
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis (L) and US Central Command Commander Joseph Votel take part in a briefing at the Pentagon in Washington, DC on April 11, 2017. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
April 19, 2017 - 14:00 GMT
Following the US attack on a Syrian government airbase earlier this month, many allies of the US will want to know how the Trump team intends to approach Syria.
Displaced Iraqi men arrive at a processing center in western Mosul on April 14, 2017, before they are transported to refugee camps. (AFP/Christophe Simon)
April 18, 2017 - 07:00 GMT
'The sheer volume of civilians still fleeing Mosul city is staggering,' said Lise Grande, humanitarian coordinator for Iraq.
Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city, was captured by the terrorists in 2014, but government forces have retaken much of it during a six-month operation. (AFP)
April 17, 2017 - 10:00 GMT
Iraq’s federal police moved forces 200 meters deeper into the Old City.
A member of the Iraqi forces stands next to an armored vehicle in Mosul, April 16 2017. (AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)
April 17, 2017 - 06:00 GMT
The al-Nouri mosque is where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the "caliphate" in 2014.
A boy stands in ruins in west Mosul, Iraq. (AFP/file)
April 16, 2017 - 12:00 GMT
The figures were released by the UK government detail Britain's bombing of Daesh in the two countries.
Destroyed buildings in west Mosul, April 12 2017. (AFP/Christophe Simon)
April 13, 2017 - 13:00 GMT
A new generation of unknown commanders have taken over Daesh after two-thirds of its founding leaders were killed.
Sadr supporters gather in Baghdad. (AFP)
April 12, 2017 - 07:00 GMT
Sadr also condemned the American missile strike, urging all foreign parties involved in the Syria conflict to withdraw.
A hangman's noose. (Shutterstock)
April 11, 2017 - 11:00 GMT
The rights group said that China was the world's leading executioner, but that countries from the Middle East and North Africa region took up the next five spots in the rankings.