1. Iran diverts Marshall Islands cargo ship in Strait of Hormuz
    Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps ships intercepted a Marshall Islands-flagged commercial cargo vessel in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, forcing it “further into Iranian waters,” the Pentagon said. Multiple U.S. government sources said there were no Americans aboard the Maersk Tigris.
  2. Obama envoy John Allen may be turning the tide in the campaign against the Islamic State
    Not long ago, retired Marine Corps Gen. John Allen was a pretty good argument for the wisdom of the old adage “Be careful what you wish for.”
  3. George W. Bush criticizes Barack Obama’s anti-terrorism strategies
    Former President George W. Bush reportedly delivered his toughest publicized criticisms of President Barack Obama at a closed-door meeting in Las Vegas Saturday night.
  4. Syrian Opposition Group Says It Will Attend Geneva Talks
    BEIRUT — Syria’s main opposition group in exile says it will attend upcoming consultations in Geneva with the U.N. special envoy to Syria aimed at re-launching political negotiations.
  5. Iran Guards Escalate Spat With Saudi Arabia Over Yemen
    The head of Iran’s revolutionary guards accused Saudi Arabia of “mass murdering” civilians in Yemen, escalating a spat with the kingdom over the conflict in the impoverished country.
  6. ‘Army of Conquest’ rebel alliance pressures Syria regime
    Beirut (AFP) – A new rebel alliance calling itself the Army of Conquest has seized key positions in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib in recent weeks, including the provincial capital.
  7. Top Iranian general: America was behind 9/11 attacks
    The commander of Iran’s ground forces said that American officials planned and executed the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to justify military intervention in the region.
  8. Is the House of Saud teetering on the edge of collapse?
    What do the leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and that guy from the old E.F. Hutton commercial have in common? When they talk, people listen.
  9. Syria accuses Turkey of ‘direct aggression’ alongside militants
    BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria has accused Turkey of providing supporting fire and logistical help to enable “terrorist groups” to capture the Syrian city of Idlib and the strategic town of Jisr al-Shughour, state television said on Tuesday.
  10. Saudi king names new heir to throne in govt shakeup
    Riyadh (AFP) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday named his powerful interior minister as heir in a major shakeup that also saw the world’s longest-serving foreign minister replaced.