- After Tikrit victory, Iraq’s new challenge: Win over Sunnis
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq won the battle to retake the city of Tikrit from the Islamic State group, backed by a coalition of the unlikely in Iranian advisers, Shiite militias, and U.S.-led airstrikes, but the country now faces what could be its most important battle: Winning the support of the Sunnis.
- Yemen rebels advance in battleground Aden
Aden (AFP) – Yemeni rebels made new gains in the battleground southern city Aden Sunday as a Saudi-led coalition trying to halt their advance faced growing calls for a humanitarian pause in air strikes.
- Yemen Rebels Ready to Talk Without Saudi-Backed Leader
Yemen’s Houthi movement is ready to resume talks to resolve the country’s crisis if the Saudi-led military coalition stops airstrikes, though it won’t accept the kingdom-backed deposed president returning to power, a senior official said.
- Saudi request for help in Yemen puts Pakistani PM in a bind
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s parliament begins debating a Saudi plea for military help in Yemen on Monday, a request that pits Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s staunch Saudi allies against a war-weary Pakistani public.
- French Muslim leader calls for doubling of mosques
Le Bourget (France) (AFP) – One of France’s top Muslim leaders has called for the number of mosques to double over the next two years to remedy a shortage of places of worship for the country’s millions of faithful.
- Shiite Rebels in Yemen Seize Scores of Rival Sunnis
SANA, Yemen — Shiite rebels in Yemen arrested more than a hundred members of a rival Sunni Islamist political party, including two leaders, the party said Sunday in a statement.
- Saudi Arabia goes on PR offensive in war against Shiite militia in Yemen
The lights fade and rapid-fire images flash across a large screen to the sounds of war: marching men, the flaming afterburner of a fighter jet, radio traffic and adrenaline-pumping music.
- Sons of Brotherhood leader Hamza Zawbaa arrested: Security source
Egyptian authorities have arrested the sons of Hamza Zawbaa, a leader of the now blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood, an interior ministry source said, amid a continuing crackdown on Islamists.
- Palestinian Hamas leader reportedly beheaded by ISIS
The war between Sunni ISIS and Shiite Iran is taking a toll on Hamas, allied with the mullahs.
- Saudi Atrocities Go Unnoticed
In December 2011, the United States sold $30 billion worth of weapons to the monarchy of Saudi Arabia. Included in the sale were 84 F-15 fighter jets, which are now “at the core” of the Saudi war in Yemen.