1. Export of Iran’s revolution enters ‘new chapter’: general
    Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s top general said Wednesday his country has reached “a new chapter” towards its declared aim of exporting revolution, in reference to Tehran’s growing regional influence.
  2. Persian New Year celebration held at White House
    WASHINGTON, March 11 (UPI) — First lady Michelle Obama hosted a Nowruz celebration to mark the Persian New Year — traditionally celebrated in Iran and Afghanistan — amid a firestorm over a Republican-signed letter to the Iranian government.
  3. Syria’s Assad tightens grip after four years of war
    Beirut (AFP) – Despite Western and Arab hopes he would be consigned to the dustbin of history, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad enters his fifth year of war with an increasingly tight hold on power.
  4. Assad must go, US says, as Syrian war enters fifth year
    Washington (AFP) – The United States on Thursday renewed its call for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, marking the fourth anniversary of the civil war by paying tribute to “the brave Syrians” fighting tyranny.
  5. ISIS Inflicts Heavy Damage to 10th Century Monastery in Mosul
    The Islamic State group’s (ISIS) attempt to erase any culture but its own continues apace. The jihadists have damaged the façade of the ancient monastery of St. George, or Mar Gorgis, in Mosul.
  6. ‘Half-Breed Jew’ Committed Holocaust, Claims Netanyahu Ally John Hagee
    Who committed the Holocaust ? For the overwhelming majority of historians and, needless to say, Jews it’s a settled question: Hitler, and his Nazis. But Christians United For Israel (CUFI) head John Hagee, one of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest American allies, has a different answer: “half-breed Jews.”
  7. Exclusive: Major nations hold talks on ending U.N. sanctions on Iran – officials
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Major world powers have begun talks about a United Nations Security Council resolution to lift U.N. sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck with Tehran, a step that could make it harder for the U.S. Congress to undo a deal, Western officials said.
  8. Export of Iran’s revolution enters ‘new chapter’: general
    Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s top general said Wednesday his country has reached “a new chapter” towards its declared aim of exporting revolution, in reference to Tehran’s growing regional influence.
  9. IS readies for Tikrit last stand but ‘expands’ to Nigeria
    Albu Ajil (Iraq) (AFP) – Thousands of Iraqi forces laid siege to jihadists holed up in Tikrit Thursday but the Islamic State group shrugged off setbacks by welcoming Nigeria’s Boko Haram group into its “caliphate”.
  10. What strategy for Tikrit, Mosul and beyond?
    Last week, up to 30,000 Iraqi soldiers and militiamen began to advance on Tikrit, planning to encircle fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), who currently control the city, and “then pounce on them”.
  11. Export of Iran’s revolution enters ‘new chapter’: general
    Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s top general said Wednesday his country has reached “a new chapter” towards its declared aim of exporting revolution, in reference to Tehran’s growing regional influence.