1. ISIS Burns 8000 Rare Books and Manuscripts in Mosul
    While the world was watching the Academy Awards ceremony, the people of Mosul were watching a different show.
  2. Who Holds the Real Power in ISIS?
    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may be caliph of the Islamic State, but he does not rule alone.
  3. Why Salafists see Shiites as their greatest enemy
    Helping Shiite groups in their military operations against Israel or the United States has always been a source of discord among Salafists. Radical Salafists consider both Shiites and Jews the enemies of Islam.
  4. The importance of Sunni unity in Iraq
    Many Iraqi politicians do not hide their concerns and skepticism regarding moves made by Sunni political and tribal groups — whether in the region or Washington — to ensure a unification of Sunni political positions on the future of the war on the Islamic State (IS).
  5. ISIS is losing
    If you want to understand what’s happening in the Middle East today, you need to appreciate one fundamental fact: ISIS is losing its war for the Middle East.
  6. Thirty Shia Hazara Muslims Kidnapped In Southern Afghanistan
    Masked gunmen abducted 30 members of the Hazara minority community from Afghanistan’s southern Zabul province on Monday, according to media reports. The incident reportedly took place when the gunmen raided two buses on the road between the western city of Herat and the capital city of Kabul.
  7. Exclusive: Iran smuggles in $1 billion of bank notes to skirt sanctions – sources
    (Reuters) – At least $1 billion in cash has been smuggled into Iran as it seeks to avoid Western sanctions, a bigger figure than previously reported, Iranian officials and Western intelligence and diplomatic sources say.
  8. U.S. arms flow to Iraq ahead of planned Mosul offensive
    (Reuters) – Some 10,000 U.S. M-16 rifles and other military supplies worth about $17.9 million arrived in Iraq this week as U.S. troops pushed ahead with training and supplying Iraqi security forces battling Islamic State fighters, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.
  9. Bounty of Rs 1,00,786 announced on Muslim cleric’s head who called Shiva ‘messenger of Islam’
    Mufti Muhammad Ilyas of the newly-formed Muslim body Jamaat Ulama-e-Hind — who had claimed that Lord Shiva was the “first prophet of Islam” and Muslims are “followers of Sanatan Dharma (Hinduism)” — seems to be in trouble with a religious group announcing a bounty on his head.
  10. In Yemen, Saudi Arabia Is Backing a Sunni Revolution Against Shiite Houthi Rebels Linked to Iran
    Yemen Voice reports that Wahhabi Saudi Arabia has launched an all out political offensive against the Shiite Houthi rebels who have taken over the north of the country.