- Saudi’s king vows to punish those behind Shiite mosque bombing
RIYADH // King Salman on Sunday vowed to punish those responsible for a suicide bombing that killed 21 people at a Shiite mosque, calling it a “heinous terrorist attack” contrary to Islamic and human values.
- An opening for Iraq’s Shiite militias?
The fall of Ramadi on May 17 was a major setback in the fight against ISIS. But the combined failure of the army, the police and the Sahwa (Awakening) forces to defend the city has pushed the local government in Anbar and an increasingly greater number of tribal leaders to request Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to authorize the Popular Mobilization Forces to retake the city.
- Iran general says army needs more funds to counter ISIS
TEHRAN: A senior Iranian military official told parliament Sunday the armed forces need a bigger budget to confront the ISIS whose influence is growing in neighboring countries.
- Shia militias advance on Islamic State insurgents near Iraq’s Ramadi
BAGHDAD/BEIRUT: Shia Muslim militiamen and Iraqi army forces launched a counter-offensive against Islamic State insurgents near Ramadi on Saturday, a militia spokesman said, aiming to reverse potentially devastating gains by the jihadi militants.
- Saudi clerics urge calm as village hit by Islamic State seethes
Saudi Arabia’s top Sunni cleric on Saturday branded a deadly attack on Shia Muslims a bid to sow chaos, after villagers targeted in the bombing vented their anger at what they saw as the Sunni-dominated government’s indifference to their safety.
- Iran will allow UN nuclear inspectors to visit military sites, negotiator says
Iran has agreed to grant United Nations inspectors “managed access” to military sites as part of a future deal over its contested nuclear programme, a negotiator said on Sunday, apparently contradicting earlier comments by the nation’s supreme leader.
- Yemen’s Iran-backed rebels show off wreckage of Saudi F-16 they say they shot down as fighting rages on the ground
The Iran-backed rebels were pictured celebrating with the wreckage of the downed aircraft which crashed in the district of Bani Harith in the northern part of Sana’a today.
- Inside Iran: water shortage reaches ‘critical levels’
Iran is heading towards a serious water crisis, experts warn, saying that a booming population and water-intensive agricultural programs have led the Islamic Republic’s supply to reach “critical levels” this year.
- Largest oil refinery in Iraq up in flames
A wall of orange flames and plumes of black smoke billow into the night sky as a fire at a key Iraqi oil refinery rages.
- Jihadists in control of Iraq-Syria border
The Islamic State group has taken full control of a border crossing between Iraq and Syria, tightening its grip on the heart of its self-proclaimed caliphate.