1. Iraq PM seeks Sunni tribal help in battling insurgency
    Baghdad: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki met several Sunni tribal leaders on Tuesday in a renewed bid to gain their support in battling a raging jihadist-led Sunni insurgency.
  2. Over 110 killed in western province in Iraq
    Baghdad: At least 117 militants, including 111 alone in a western Iraqi province, were killed in series of clashes between security forces and Sunni militant groups as government tries to wrestle back rebel-held areas, security sources said.
  3. Three soldiers, 6 PYD militants killed in clash on Syria border
    Three Turkish soldiers and six militants of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), an offshoot of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), were killed during a clash on the Turkish-Syrian border, the Turkish army has said.
  4. Islamic State crushes and coerces on march towards Baghdad
    Baghdad: Using its own version of “soft” and “hard” power, the Islamic State is crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado.
  5. Syrian opposition coalition dissolves interim government
    BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Western-backed National Coalition of Syrian opposition members said on Tuesday it had voted to force out its “interim government” and form a new one within a month.
  6. Hardline Muslims tried to impose Islam in British city’s schools – government report
    (Reuters) – A British government inquiry has found that hardline Muslims tried to impose an “intolerant and aggressive” Islamic agenda on some schools in the city of Birmingham, including separation of boys and girls in lessons and banning Christmas celebrations.
  7. Indonesian president-elect Jokowi calls for unity after bitter election
    (Reuters) – Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was declared the winner of Indonesia’s presidential election on Tuesday, bringing the promise of major reforms to the world’s third-largest democracy.
  8. Iraqi air strikes kill 19 around militant-held Falluja: medical official
    FALLUJA, Iraq: Iraqi government air strikes killed 19 people, including children, in Falluja on Monday and Tuesday, a health official in the militant-held city said.
  9. IAEA worried about slow progress in Iran nuclear probe: Sources
    VIENNA: The UN nuclear watchdog is concerned about Iran’s current lack of engagement with an investigation into its suspected atomic bomb research, ahead of a deadline next month for Tehran to step up cooperation, diplomatic sources said on Tuesday.
  10. Dozens of Turkish police detained for spying on government
    Dozens of high-ranking police officers were detained in Turkey on Tuesday accused of involvement in spying and illegal wire-tapping of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s inner circle.