1. Turkey not headed toward ‘dictatorship’: Erdogan
    Ankara (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday dismissed claims that a new constitution expanding his powers would install a “dictatorship”.
  2. Ex-IS hostage describes mock executions while held in Syria
    LONDON (AP) — A former hostage held in Syria by Islamic State extremists for more than six months has described mock executions and other forms of psychological torture against him and other captives.
  3. Iraq says it busted IS Baghdad bombing network
    Baghdad (AFP) – Iraqi intelligence said Sunday it had arrested 31 members of the Islamic State group who were responsible for planning and carrying out 52 attacks in Baghdad.
  4. Son of ex-Iran president Rafsanjani gets 15 years jail
    Tehran (AFP) – The son of Iran’s former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been sentenced to 15 years in jail after being convicted of security offences and financial crimes, state media said Sunday.
  5. Iraqi militia loyal to radical cleric joins Tikrit offensive
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Dozens of fighters with the militia loyal to radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr left Iraq’s capital Sunday to take part in an offensive to capture Tikrit from the Islamic State group.
  6. Saddam’s tomb suffers extensive damage in Iraq fighting
    OUJA, Iraq (AP) — The tomb of Iraq’s late dictator Saddam Hussein was virtually leveled in heavy clashes between militants from the Islamic State group and Iraqi forces in a fight for control of the city of Tikrit.
  7. Islamabad’s atrocities exposed
    Pakistan’s ugly truth has been exposed and that too at an international forum. PoK leaders have made explosive revealations accusing Pakistan of abusing human rights in Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Leaders in exile have alleged that Pakistan is torturing the youth from the region and exploiting PoK’s resources.
  8. Report: Photos Show U.S.-Trained, Iran-Backed Shiite Forces Committing Atrocities in Iraq
    Photographs and video appearing on social media showing American-trained Iraqi forces committing atrocities were shown in a report broadcast by ABC News on Wednesday.
  9. In Iraq’s Tikrit, tensions flare over footage of death of an unknown soldier
    Tikrit, Iraq (CNN)Two men in blue smocks were mopping up blood spilled in the main entrance to the Dijla Hospital south of Tikrit when we arrived there mid-morning Friday. The air shook with outgoing rockets and artillery roaring toward the center of the city.
  10. Seven air strikes target Islamic State in Iraq, four in Syria: U.S. military
    (Reuters) – The United States and coalition partners carried out seven air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and four in Syria since Saturday, the U.S. military said.