1. Aid flows in Yemen as coalition alleges truce violations
    Sanaa (AFP) – Aid agencies began delivering help to desperate civilians in Yemen as a five-day ceasefire took hold after nearly seven weeks of Saudi-led air strikes against Iran-backed rebels.
  2. Hezbollah, Syrian army make big gains in border battle
    BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Syria’s army made big advances against insurgents in mountains north of Damascus on Wednesday, Hezbollah and Syrian state media said, shoring up President Bashar al-Assad’s grip on the border zone.
  3. Iraq ministry says an Islamic State leader killed; U.S. denies any attack
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq’s Defence Ministry said on Wednesday the deputy commander of the Islamic State group had been killed in an air strike in the north of the country, but the U.S. military denied coalition air forces had conducted such an attack.
  4. Obama emphasizes Saudi Arabia’s “crucial” role in fighting IS
    U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday emphasized the “crucial” role of Saudi Arabia in the fight against the Islamic State upon welcoming to the White House two of the kingdom’s princes, with whom he also spoke about the cease-fire between their nation and the rebel Houthis in Yemen.
  5. Attacks in Iraqi capital kill at least 19 Shiite pilgrims
    BAGHDAD — Attacks on Shiite pilgrims commemorating the death of revered 8th century Shiite Imam Moussa al-Kazim killed at least 19 people and wounded more than 50 across the Iraqi capital, police officials said.
  6. Demand to free Shia cleric from Saudi sentence
    LUCKNOW: Protesting on the streets against Saudi Arabia’s death sentence to Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Al-Nimr, scores of people gathered at the Maqbara Saadat Ali Khan on Wednesday and marched towards Shahnajaf Imambara.
  7. World View: Iran Forces Afghans to Fight in Syrian Regime’s Collapsing Army
    As we have been reporting recently, the regime army of Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad is showing signs of collapse, because of enormous casualty rates and significant increases in draft-dodging and desertions.
  8. Wajib-ul-qatl
    At the time of writing 45 Ismailis have been killed and 24 injured after a bus was attacked in Karachi’s Safora Chowrangi area. Ismailis (the Seveners) like the Imamiyyah (the Twelvers) are Shia, and hence deemed to be ‘wajib-ul-qatl’ (worthy of being murdered).
  9. Hamas is Allowing ‘Palestinian Hezbollah’ to Operate in Gaza
    Hamas has been allowing a Shia organization in Gaza beholden to Iran, which calls itself “Al-Sabirin,” to carry out its activities in the coastal Strip.
  10. Saudi Arabia Promises to Match Iran in Nuclear Capability
    WASHINGTON — When President Obama began making the case for a deal with Iran that would delay its ability to assemble an atomic weapon, his first argument was that a nuclear-armed Iran would set off a “free-for-all” of proliferation in the Arab world.