1. Report: Iran suspends pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia amid spat
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran suspended all umrah pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia on Monday amid growing diplomatic tensions between the two countries, state television reported.
  2. Iran calls for new Yemeni government, increasing tension with Saudis
    ASTANA (Reuters) – Iran on Monday urged the formation of a new Yemeni government and offered to assist in a political transition, comments likely to anger Saudi Arabia, which is backing Yemen’s president against a rebel force allied with Iran.
  3. IS lost 25 to 30 percent of Iraq territory: Pentagon
    Washington (AFP) – The Islamic State group has lost control of “25 to 30” percent of the territory it holds in Iraq after coalition air strikes and an Iraqi offensive, the Pentagon said Monday.
  4. Iraqi forces launch counter-attack against Islamic State in Anbar
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi security forces launched a counter-attack on Islamic State in the western province of Anbar on Monday, seeking to reverse an early setback in a new campaign to recapture the country’s Sunni heartland.
  5. The Muslim World Is Turning on Hezbollah
    Hezbollah is currently the strongest group in Lebanon, both politically and militarily. In the past decade it has made a series of tactical decisions that yielded momentary victories.
  6. Gulf Armies Are Doomed in Yemen
    Sunni Arab Gulf states have great wealth, spend immense amounts on defense, and command large numbers of troops.
  7. What Is Islam’s Oldest Religious Institution Afraid Of?
    The story of Egyptian anchor, Dr. Islam Al-Buhairy, brings once again to the fore the need for Muslims and their religious institutions, especially in the Middle East, to lift the unjustified sacredness bestowed upon Islamic history and jurisprudence.
  8. Vast Iraqi Shiite cemetery grows with Islamic State war dead
    Najaf, Iraq • Every chapter of Iraq’s modern history can be seen in this great, sprawling city of the dead, its mausoleums stretching across the horizon from one of Shiite Islam’s holiest shrines.
  9. Report: Iran suspends pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia amid spat
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran suspended all umrah pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia on Monday amid growing diplomatic tensions between the two countries, state television reported.
  10. Saudi and Iranian leaders wage war of words as Yemen burns
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has suspended all “umrah,” or lesser pilgrimages, to Saudi Arabia, a new mark of the intensifying animosities between Tehran and Riyadh.