1. Syria crisis: UN report to confirm chemical arms attack
    A UN report expected next week will “overwhelmingly” confirm that chemical weapons were used in Syria last month, the secretary general says.
  2. Lack of Syrian products make cheap clothing rare commodity in Karbala
    KARBALA / Aswat al-Iraq: Poor people in Karbala are in search of cheap clothing, with high prices being the norm since difficulties arise in importing products from Syria.
  3. Iranian TV channel fights extremism
    Iran has reportedly launched a new satellite TV channel to target religious fundamentalism.
  4. Syria’s neighbors worry about extremism, too
    The prospect of a U.S. military strike on Syria has focused new attention on the role and influence of Islamic extremist groups – including Jabhat al-Nusra, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and jihadists from Chechnya, Pakistan and other countries – opposing the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
  5. Syria War Paralyzes Region’s Economies
    The repercussions of the Arab Spring have hit the Lebanese economy at a moment when it was already struggling, due to the absence of necessary reforms and elements of an active state, along with the effects of the Syrian crisis.
  6. Iran Looks to Iraq for Syria Support
    The Sept. 8 visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to Iraq caught the media’s attention, but that of Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, in late August largely passed unremarked.
  7. entering karbala’s holy city: ‘getting a visa to US would be easier’
    Karbala’s famous old city is home to two of Islam’s most important shrines and attracts millions of tourists. It is also surrounded by high walls and under tight security. But that security is now driving local businesses out and causing residents to leave.
  8. Iraqi Militia Forms to Protect Shiites in Region
    “Our stance toward Syria is not the end of it. It is the first step of a project to protect the Shiites and defend their interests in the region,” said former leading figure of the Mahdi army, Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Saaidi, in a sharp tone during a lecture in an east Baghdad mosque to mostly of young male worshipers who fought in Syria.
  9. Court Case Reveals Turkey Arms Flow To Syrian Rebels
    “To tell the truth, it’s a flat lie when the state claims it does not help provide the opposition with weapons,” Cihat Acikalin, a lawyer in the Turkey-Syria border town Reyhanli, told Al-Monitor.
  10. Are Protests on Rise Again in Turkey?
    The demonstrations that broke out across Turkey earlier this year after the police clampdown on an environmentalist protest at Istanbul’s Gezi Park came as a major sociopolitical quake for the country.