Country: Iraq

Soldiers from the Iraqi army and Shia volunteer fighters prepare for the offensive to take back Tikrit from the jihadis of IS (photo: Reuters/Thaier Al-Sudani)

Offensive against IS in Iraq

Sowing the seeds of the next disaster

A mosque and a church in Beirut (photo: DW/K. Zein-Eddine)

Religious communities in the Middle East

No to sectarianism; yes to equal citizenship!

Demonstration in Amman in support of the Jordanian government in the fight against terrorism (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/R. Adayleh)

After the murder of the pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh

Rage, not fear

Raja Alem, the only woman to win the IPAF, was joint winner in 2011 for her novel "The Dove's Necklace" (photo: DW/J. Kürten)

Women and the International Prize for Arabic Fiction

How many women does it take to win the IPAF?

Saudi Arabia's former king, Abdullah, and former Iranian President, Ahmadinejad, at a Gulf Co-operation Council summit (photo: Reuters)

Saudi Arabia and Iran after the death of King Abdullah

No prospect of rapprochement

President Obama and King Salman bin Abdulaziz (photo: Reuters)

The West's strategy in the Middle East

Hollow alliance

Postcard from the time of the First World War showing the allies Kaiser Wilhelm II, left, Sultan Mehmed V, centre, and Kaiser Franz-Joseph, right (photo: picture-alliance)

Historical roots of the current Middle East crisis

The end of an artificial construct

Bashar al-Assad (photo: Reuters/Syria TV)

Strategies against Islamic State

The case against an alliance with Assad

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) on a state visit to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran (photo: Mehr)

The Middle East in 2014

New regional power games

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai (photo: picture-alliance/Photoshot)

Global strategies for combating Islamic State

The intellectual battle against IS

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressing a meeting of the Women and Democracy Association (KADEM) in Istanbul, 24 November 2014 (photo: picture-alliance-abaca)

International conspiracy theories and xenophobia in Turkey

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Turkey alone against the world

IS supporters in Mosul, Iraq (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo)

Strategies for combating IS

Plea for a wide-angled view of the Arab world

Fadhil al-Azzawi (photo: Lewis Gropp/DW)

Fadhil al-Azzawi's novel "The Last of the Angels"

Topical, thrilling and entertaining – even after 25 years

The blue peacock, symbol of the Yazidi faith (source: Wikipedia)

The culture and faith of the Yazidis

Demonised and eternally misunderstood

The Kurdish widow of one of the many YPG fighters killed in Kobani wails as they take her husband's body away to be buried, Suruc, Turkey, October 2014 (photo: Furkan Temir)

Inside Kobani

The political game and the humanitarian crisis

Amsha and her child (photo: Karim El-Gawhary)

The abduction of women by IS

Traded like cattle

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