1. Saudi man convicted of conspiracy in ’98 US embassy bombings
    NEW YORK (AP) — A man prosecutors portrayed as one of al-Qaida’s early leaders was convicted Thursday of conspiracy in the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa following a trial that showcased the terror group’s early days.
  2. Iran ‘bound’ to complete talks by March 31
    Nuclear negotiations between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) will be completed by March 31, says Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, a spokesman for President Hassan Rouhani’s administration.
  3. Does Rafsanjani want to chair the Assembly of Experts?
    Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, a member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, has announced that the assembly’s new chairman will be elected March 10.
  4. Iran ‘forever forbidden’ from having nuclear arms: Kerry
    Washington (AFP) – Iran is “forever” banned from building a nuclear weapon under an existing international treaty, top US diplomat John Kerry said Wednesday, seeking to dismiss fears that limits on its program imposed in a new deal may eventually be lifted.
  5. Syrian Kurds cut IS supply line near Iraq; fears for Christians mount
    BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) – Kurdish militia pressed an offensive against Islamic State in northeast Syria on Wednesday, cutting one of its supply lines from Iraq, as fears mounted for dozens of Christians abducted by the hardline group.
  6. Why did Israel decide to support Syrian rebels?
    Not a soul could help but be outraged by the two recent atrocities that the Islamic State (IS) has unleashed upon the world.
  7. How Iranian military chiefs operate in Iraq
    The face stares out from multiple billboards in central Baghdad, a grey-haired general casting a watchful eye across the Iraqi capital. This military commander is not Iraqi, though. He’s Iranian.
  8. How ISIS unites Lebanon’s divided factions
    Since the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Assad started almost four years, the people of Lebanon have feared the conflict would creep across the 230-mile border they share with Syria, tipping a once war-ravaged nation back into internal bloodletting.
  9. Yemen Shiite rebel leader lashes out at Saudi Arabia; UN envoy meets with embattled president
    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s Shiite rebel leader lashed out at Saudi Arabia on Thursday, accusing it of seeking to split the country following his group’s power grab, as a U.N. envoy met the embattled Yemeni president who has fled the capital, Sanaa.
  10. The fatal flaw in the Iran deal
    The news from the nuclear talks with Iran was already troubling. Iran was being granted the “right to enrich.”