1. Kerry Urges Closer Ties Among Allies to Battle IS
    ISTANBUL—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Wednesday for closer ties among allies in the battle against the Islamic State militant group.
  2. Free Speech Is a Stupid Reason to Draw the Prophet Muhammad
    Last week Bill Maher continued his one man crusade to convince liberals that belittling and disrespecting Muslims and their faith is somehow a progressive position. This week he was joined in his proselytization by The Blaze analyst Will Cain.
  3. Vatican move on Palestine adds fuel to European debate
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Vatican’s decision to recognize the state of Palestine in a treaty for the first time has drawn a stern response from Israel, but it may usher in a freer debate in Europe about how to proceed on the vexed Palestinian question.
  4. Islamic State battles Syrian army near world heritage site
    BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) – Islamic State militants were fighting government forces near an ancient city which is home to one of Syria’s world heritage sites on Thursday, part of a major offensive in central regions by the jihadist group that has destroyed antiquities in Iraq.
  5. A nuclear Iran will not lead to a nuclear Middle East, no matter what the Gulf states say
    This week, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states pulled out of President Obama’s Camp David summit.
  6. Obama vows to ‘stand by’ Gulf allies amid concern over Iran threat
    CAMP DAVID, Md. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed on Thursday to back Gulf allies against any “external attack,” seeking to reassure them of Washington’s iron-clad commitment to their security amid Arab anxiety over U.S.-led efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran.
  7. IS leader urges Muslims to move to ‘caliphate’: recording
    Baghdad (AFP) – The leader of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Thursday urged Muslims to emigrate to his self-proclaimed “caliphate”, in the jihadist supremo’s first audio recording in six months.
  8. Turks Are Wondering if Their President Is Insane
    ISTANBUL — It’s less than four weeks to go before parliamentary elections in Turkey on June 7, and it looks like President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is panicking. Or worse.
  9. Baghdad Shiite pilgrimage draws record crowd: spokesman
    BAGHDAD: A record crowd of more than 10 million Shiite worshippers visited the shrine dedicated to Imam Musa Kadhim in Baghdad over the past week, a spokesman for the site said Thursday.
  10. Sunni-Shiite Conflict Reflects Modern Power Struggle, Not Theological Schism
    BEIRUT—The conflict raging between Sunnis and Shiites across the Muslim world is easy to view as eternal hatred that is destined to keep claiming lives for the foreseeable future.