1. Minister says Iraq halts Tikrit operation to avoid losses
    Baghdad (AFP) – Iraqi forces have halted a massive operation to retake the city of Tikrit from the Islamic State group to avoid casualties and protect infrastructure, Interior Minister Mohammed Ghabban said Monday.
  2. Islamic militant group leader captured in Philippines
    Manila (AFP) – Philippine security forces have arrested the head of a small Islamic militant group who was involved in protecting one of the United States’ “most wanted terrorists”, the military said Monday.
  3. Iran blames West for rise of Islamic State group
    BERLIN (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister has accused the West of fueling Islamic extremism by failing to protect the rights of Muslim immigrants.
  4. Saudi Arabia Has Ties to Terror
    For 70 years, a bedrock of U.S. policy in the Middle East has been unwavering support for the House of Saud.
  5. Pakistan Declines to Join Saudi Arabia’s Anti-Iran Alliance
    Saudi Arabia’s campaign to build a broad Sunni alliance to contain Iran has apparently suffered at least a setback from Pakistan. Islamabad has opted, at least for now, to avoid becoming entangled in the sectarian cold war between Riyadh and Tehran.
  6. Assad will ‘never’ have role in peace talks: US
    Damascus (AFP) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will never be part of peace negotiations to halt the brutal civil war, US officials vowed, adding they were taking every step to bring an end to his rule.
  7. Iraqi forces take huge hit in Tikrit fight
    NAJAF, Iraq — The Iraqi forces’ operation to retake the city of Tikrit has stalled as troops suffered heavy casualties at the hands of Islamic State terrorists, raising concerns aboutwhether the pro-government fighters are ready for major offensives.
  8. Shiite militiamen find mass graves in village near Tikrit
    Shiite militiamen have discovered the mass graves of Iraqi soldiers allegedly massacred by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
  9. Muslim Brotherhood leader Badie sentenced to death in Egypt
    An Egyptian court has handed down death sentences to the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood movement and 13 others, state media has reported.
  10. Shia Muslims in Indonesia ‘forced to recant faith’
    A group of Shia Muslims detained for more than a month after an alleged altercation at a Sunni mosque has claimed they were forced to recant their Shia faith last week by religious clerics and local police officers.