Nearly a century after the Armenian genocide, these people are still being slaughtered in Syria

And now, almost unmentioned in the media, their holy places are also being desecrated

Pilgrims visit the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf

In magical Najaf the old stories are still the best

World View: The Shia record of governance here is not good, but the city's ancient heroes remain untarnished

Muqtada al-Sadr has a peerless record of opposing Saddam Hussein

Sadrism deeply divides the Iraqi Shia, many of whom see the movement as having a history of sectarian violence

Iraqis make their way through the flooded streets of Baghdad after last week’s storm. Many people have criticised the response from central and provincial authorities

Ten years after the invasion: Iraq helpless under rain of terror

Saddam Hussein may have gone but, for many poor Iraqis, little has improved. Now a devastating flood has left villagers homeless and there is precious little government support

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The News Matrix: Thursday 28 November 2013

Floods bring death and destruction

Independent foreign correspondent Patrick Cockburn, Foreign Commentator of the Year (Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards 2013)

Patrick Cockburn is Foreign Commentator of the Year

Patrick Cockburn of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday has won the Editorial Intelligence Comment Award 2013 for Foreign Commentator of the Year.

As the West looks away, the Islamists claim Syria’s rebellion for themselves

Diplomatic Channels: Hague is like someone offering sunglasses to a dying man

Members of the Loya Jirga, grand council, leave on the last day of the Loya Jirga in Kabul

Hamid Karzai overrules Afghanistan's Loya Jirga by refusing to sign US security deal until 2014

President Hamid Karzai has said that he will not sign a security deal with the US until next April’s elections, ignoring a recommendation by the Loya Jirga of elders that he do so this year.

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Members of the Liwa al-Tawhid rebel group - six Syrian rebel groups have joined forces to counter rise of al-Qa'ida

Turning the tide? Six Syrian rebel groups join forces to counter rise of al-Qa'ida

The new Islamic Front will have an estimated 45,000 fighters under its control

Around 2,500 Afghan leaders gather yesterday in Kabul for the first day of the Loya Jirga to debate the bilateral security deal

President Hamid Karzai urges Afghanistan's tribal elders
to let foreign troops stay

Decision by Afghan leader to defer signing of the deal is likely to anger Washington

Scales of justice: Judges at the Court of Appeal in London reduced the jail term handed out to Alex Wilson-Fletcher for a shocking sex attack in a Manchester store's toilets

Two-year cut in jail term for man convicted over Debenhams toilets sex attack on teenage boy

Law firm worker Alex Wilson-Fletcher now sentenced to 13 years for 'disturbing and shocking' offence

Four British nationals killed fighting alongside al-Qa'ida in Syria

Deaths come amid fears extremists could bring radicalising influence to UK

British Army soldiers in Basra, southern Iraq, 2004

Code of conduct could improve armed forces’ links with politicians after dysfunctional relationship resulted in Iraq War blunder

Systemic failure across government led to thousands of British soldiers being killed or wounded, says report

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