Besides the question of Iran’s culpability in the assassination attempt on the Iraqi Prime Minister, Iraq still faces grave problems that violence and instability can exacerbate.
The militant groups want a seat at the table, and are willing to apply whatever pressure it takes to ensure that they do.
The impunity enjoyed by the militias and continued collective punishment against Sunnis can only lead to civil war.
While organised, armed opposition to Taliban rule in Afghanistan has largely ceased, the one exception is the local affiliate of the so-called Islamic State.
Only now have Western nations woken up to the continued threat to Afghan minorities and women.
The US-led invasion created the destruction that paved the way for Iraq’s looting. Without political stability, the future of Iraq — and the artefacts — remain endangered.
At least seven people killed and six others wounded when separate bombs hit two minivans in a mostly Shia neighbourhood in Kabul, Afghanistan's interior ministry says.
Experts and protestors point at Iran-affiliated militias, accusing them of being responsible for a string of assassinations that mainly targeted activists.
Eyewitnesses said all but seven or eight of the victims were schoolgirls going home after finishing studies.
The attack comes a day after several drones attacked the Abha international airport in Saudi Arabia's southwest, prompting Washington to call for an end to Houthi aggression.
Easily identifiable by their distinguishable facial features, the ethnic minority is targeted for professing their Shia Muslim faith.
Thousands of Hazara Shias are protesting on a highway in southern Quetta city with the bodies of miners killed on Sunday, seeking a meeting with PM Imran Khan and demanding an end to the persecution of the ethnic group.
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