Iraqi shia pilgrims defy curfews and coronavirus outbreak

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Stealing around barbed wire barriers through fields and side streets, dozens of black-clad Shia ......

Coronavirus closes Shia tomb in Iran’s Mashhad: Spokesman

Sunday, 15 March 2020

The tomb of Imam Reza in Iran’s holy Shia city of Mashhad has been closed to pilgrims until ......

Coronavirus prompts Friday prayers cancelation in Shia holy city of Kerbala

Thursday, 05 March 2020

Iraq canceled Friday prayers in the Shia holy city of Kerbala due to concerns about the coronavirus, ......

Iraq’s Shia religious authority endorses ongoing protests

Friday, 04 October 2019

A statement issued by the Iraqi Shia religious authority on Friday endorsed the ongoing protests in ......

Iraq’s top Shia cleric urges protesters, security forces not to use violence

Friday, 04 October 2019

Iraq’s top Shia cleric on Friday urged security forces and protesters not to use violence and ......

US sanctions on Iran felt in Iraqi Shiite tourist shops

Sunday, 26 May 2019

For years, Karar Hussein has sold sweets in his shop near the entrance to one of Shiite ......

Wary of Shiite militia, Iraqi Christians fear returning home

Monday, 11 February 2019

In the main square in the northern Iraqi town of Bartella stands a large cross, one of the few overt ......

Afghan Shiite militia battles Taliban, raising sectarian fears

Saturday, 03 November 2018

A week of fighting between Taliban militants and fighters loyal to a commander from the mainly ......

Blast kills three in Iraq, ISIS claims attack

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Three Shiite Muslim pilgrims were killed by a roadside bomb as they walked to a holy site near the ......

Iranian journalist arrested over ‘insults’ to Imam

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Iran’s judiciary has arrested a journalist over “insults” to Imam Hussein, one of ......

Abdul Mehdi and the Iraqi fireball

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Ghassan Charbel is the Editor-in-Chief of London-based Al Sharq al-Awsat newspaper. Ghassan's Twitter handle is @GhasanCharbel.


Has Iraq descended into battleground for Shiite-on-Shiite civil war?

Tuesday, 02 October 2018

Following a messy election, Sadrists in Iraq have ripped down portraits of Iran’s Supreme ......

Why seek virtues in the Iraqi prime minister alone?

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Adnan Hussein is the executive editor-in-chief of Al-Mada newspaper and head of the National Union of Iraqi journalists. Previously, he has held the position of Managing Editor in Asharq al-Awsat newspaper. He tweets under the handle @adnanhussein


Basra rises against the Persian enemy

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

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How Iran developed suicide bombers as poor man’s answer to smart bombs

Friday, 31 August 2018

With Iran’s founder and first Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini applying the name of the ......