1. Iran, Turkey agree need to stop Yemen war: Rouhani
    Tehran (AFP) – Turkey and Iran agree on the need for a political solution to end Yemen’s war, which has raised tensions between them, Iran’s president said Tuesday after talks with his visiting Turkish counterpart.
  2. What really happened in Tikrit after ISIL fled
    Baghdad – Arson and looting incidents in Tikrit after the Iraqi army recaptured the city last week from fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have highlighted the deep divisions between the Sunni tribes that supported ISIL and the Sunni tribes that opposed it, local and federal security officials said.
  3. Is the U.S. Shifting Partners in the Middle East From Saudi Arabia to Iran?
    BERLIN — The “new” Middle East is now on daily display. Unlike the old Middle East, whose fate was determined by the dominant Western powers (the United Kingdom and France after World War I, and the United States from the 1940s until recently), the new one has no external hegemon to stabilize it.
  4. CIA chief says criticism of Iran deal ‘disingenuous’
    Washington (AFP) – CIA director John Brennan gave a staunch defense of the framework nuclear deal with Iran, calling some criticism of the accord “disingenuous” while expressing surprise at Tehran’s concessions.
  5. Rebels kill eight Iran soldiers on Pakistan border
    Tehran (AFP) – Eight Iranian border guards have been killed in a clash with Sunni rebels who had infiltrated from neighbouring Pakistan, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.
  6. Smackdown: The Houthis Will Crush Saudi Arabia in Yemen
    For the better part of its independent history Yemen has been plagued by conflict and turmoil.
  7. ISIS executed some of its former Baathist allies in Iraq
    ISIS has reportedly executed a number of leaders in the Army of the Men of the Naqshbandiyah Order, a Baathist Sufi militant group that helped ISIS sweep through large swathes of Iraqi territory in its summer 2014 offensive.
  8. Iraqi Shiite politician Bahr al-Ulloum dies at 88
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Prominent Shiite politician Mohammed Bahr al-Ulloum, one of the leaders of the presidential council of the now defunct Iraqi National Congress, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 88.
  9. Saudi Arabia vs. Iran: The Sunni-Shiite Proxy Wars
    Throughout the Middle East, Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran compete for influence and supremacy via proxy wars in Yemen, Iraq and Syria. Produced by Reem Makhoul, Mark Scheffler and Arielle Ray.
  10. Middle East strife fueling Sunni-Shia divide in Indonesia
    It wasn’t until a few years ago that the word “Shiite” suddenly began to inspire a negative, if not hateful, tone among some members of the Indonesian Sunni community.