1. Iraqi troops pause, await back-up in battle for Tikrit against militants
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi forces and mainly Shi’ite militiamen battling to wrest full control of the city of Tikrit from Islamic State militants paused their offensive for a second day on Saturday as they awaited reinforcements, a military source said.
  2. Iraq militia leader hails Iran’s ‘unconditional’ support
    TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) — The U.S. has failed to live up to its promises to help Iraq fight Islamic State extremists, unlike the “unconditional” assistance being given by Iran, the commander of Iraq’s powerful Shiite militias alleged Friday.
  3. Beirut says UAE to expel 70 mostly Shiite Lebanese
    Beirut (AFP) – The United Arab Emirates will expel 70 Lebanese nationals, mostly Shiite Muslims, within the next 24 hours, Lebanese officials said Friday.
  4. Has Bibi outstayed his welcome in the US and Europe?
    Washington (AFP) – “Anyone But Bibi.” It’s the rallying cry of opponents battling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tuesday’s elections, but also seems to aptly sum up feelings in both the US and Europe.
  5. Iraqi Sunnis join feared Shiite militia to battle IS
    Al-Alam (Iraq) (AFP) – Wearing a camouflage uniform with militia patches and a green headband, Nawar Mohammed is the image of an Iraqi Shiite fighter except for one detail: he is Sunni.
  6. Iraqi group claims ISIS used chemical weapons
    BAGHDAD — Kurdish authorities in Iraq said Saturday they have evidence that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against peshmerga fighters, the latest alleged atrocity carried out by the extremist organization now under attack in Tikrit.
  7. Egyptian court sacks 41 judges for supporting Muslim Brotherhood, judicial sources say
    An Egyptian disciplinary court has ordered 41 judges into compulsory retirement for supporting the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, judicial sources said.
  8. US shuts its embassy in Saudi over security fears
    RIYADH: The US embassy in Saudi Arabia said it had suspended consular services in the kingdom for two days due to “heightened security concerns”, after warning of threats against Western oil workers.
  9. Iraqi forces to liberate Tikrit within 72 hours: spokesman
    TIKRIT, Iraq, March 14 (Xinhua) — Iraqi security forces fighting to free the besiege city of Tikrit planned to clear the city from the Islamic State (IS) militants within 72 hours, a militia spokesman said on Saturday.
  10. Iran Produces First Long-Range Missile
    TEL-AVIV—Iran has unveiled a domestically produced long-range land attack cruise missile, dubbed Soumar.