1. The Saudi king gave a prize to an Islamic scholar who says 9/11 was an ‘inside job’
    Over the weekend, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman awarded a prestigious prize to Zakir Naik, a televangelist and religious scholar from India, heralding him as “one of the most renowned non-Arabic-speaking promulgators of Islam.”
  2. UN says 28,000 flee drive to retake Iraq’s Tikrit
    Baghdad (AFP) – Some 28,000 people have fled the Tikrit area as Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State jihadist group in a massive offensive aimed at retaking the city, the UN said Thursday.
  3. Fears over deepening Sunni-Shia divide in UK
    Downstairs in the busy cafe at the School of Oriental and African studies in central London, Anahita, a student, is working behind the bar.
  4. Islamic State torches oil field near Tikrit as militia advance
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic State militants have set fire to oil wells northeast of the city of Tikrit to obstruct an assault by Shi’ite militiamen and Iraqi soldiers trying to drive them from the Sunni Muslim city and surrounding towns, a witness said.
  5. Iraqis Want Lead Role in Driving ISIS From Mosul
    BAGHDAD — Underscoring the Iraqi government’s determination to control the timetable and tactics in the battle against the Islamic State, the country’s defense minister declared on Wednesday that the most challenging operation, driving the militants from Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, would be “planned, timed and executed by Iraqis.”
  6. How Iran’s feminist genie escaped
    Iran’s 1979 revolution may have put an ayatollah in charge – but for women it had plenty of positive side-effects… in education, in the workplace, and even in the home, discovers Amy Guttman during a ride on the Tehran underground.
  7. Iran Gains Influence in Iraq as Shiite Forces Fight ISIS
    AWJA, Iraq — All along the green irrigated plains in the heart of what American occupying troops used to call the Sunni triangle, lampposts and watchtowers are flying the flags of the Badr Organization, a Shiite militia long hated and feared by many Iraqi Sunnis.
  8. Death penalty against Saudi Shiite cleric ‘not upheld’
    The lawyer and brother of Shiite Saudi cleric Nimr Baqr al-Nimr have denied media reports that a Saudi court had upheld the death sentence against him.
  9. Fleeing for their lives: 28,000 Sunnis escape Tikrit amid fierce fighting between ISIS and the Shia militias – who they fear even more
    Fierce fighting between Islamic State militants and soldiers from the Iraqi Army has forced 28,000 residents of the Iraqi city of Tikrit to flee their homes in recent days.
  10. Saudi FM: Iran is taking over Iraq
    Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Thursday of Iran’s ‘destabilizing’ policies in the region and stressed on ensuring Tehran doesn’t acquire nuclear weapons.