1. Spark could set Bahrain alight 3 years after uprising
    (ANSAmed) – ROME, FEBRUARY 13 – Bahrain remains a powderkeg on the verge of exploding three years after the Pearl Square uprising during the ‘Arab Springs’. As the third anniversary of the uprising in the small Gulf monarchy led by the Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty approaches, the situation seems calm overall.
  2. Iraqi pipeline attacks raise fears of threat to oil
    BAGHDAD, Feb. 12 (UPI) — Fifteen soldiers were killed this week guarding an oil pipeline in northern Iraq, the first assault to involve so many casualties amid concerns an al-Qaida insurgency in western Iraq is spreading to vital oil-producing regions.
  3. Sunni militants take over part of small town in northern Iraq
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Sunni insurgents affiliated with an al-Qaida local franchise took over part of a town in northern Iraq on Thursday, compounding the challenge facing the Shiite-led government as it battles for control of a volatile province west of Baghdad.
  4. Taliban has 500 female suicide bombers: Maulana Aziz
    The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan has as many as 500 female suicide bombers ready to act, Maulana Abdul Aziz, one of three negotiators representing the TTP, said in an interview with Bloomberg News. The TTP sees no urgency to reach an agreement with the government, the Maulana said at his Islamabad seminary.
  5. Swiss Muslim Institutions Oppose Inauguration of Salafi School
    Islamic institutions in Switzerland have warned against issuing permission for inauguration of a school belonging to Salafis.
  6. Majlis-e Wahdat-e Muslimeen official, other Shiites taken into illegal custody in Bhakkar
    Bhakkar district police continued to arrest the innocent Shiites and Shia political workers in what appeared to follow the directives of anti-Shiites and highly biased minister of Punjab government namely Rana Sanaullah.
  7. Pakistan: Takfiri cleric’s blasphemous remarks evoke stiff protest from Shiites
    Deobandi cleric Molana Abdul Aziz of Islamabad’s Lal Masjid has made blasphemous statement that Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH), the last apostle and Prophet of God, had no authority to give law to people.
  8. Syrian Army Continues Progress in Qalamoun
    The Syrian army continued Thursday its campaign in Qalamoun after it controlled the areas of Rima Farms and Jarajir which borders the Lebanese town of Arsal.
  9. Ceasefire in Syria’s Homs extended: governor
    (Reuters) – A humanitarian ceasefire in the Syrian city of Homs was extended on Thursday for three more days, the city’s governor told Reuters.
  10. Afghanistan frees suspected Taliban prisoners over U.S. objections
    KABUL — The Afghan government on Thursday released 65 suspected Taliban militants from prison, ignoring repeated and vehement protests from the U.S. military, which fears that the men are likely to return the battlefield.