1. ISIL and the tactics of death
    Death is a recruitment tool which poses a dilemma for ISIL’s enemies – they cannot kill their way to victory.
  2. US Congress fails to make Jerusalem Israel’s capital
    The back door attempt to compel US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has not only failed, it has backfired.
  3. Battle for Mosul: The cards are stacked against ISIL
    Thousands of fighters have been training in northern Iraq to retake ISIL’s de facto capital in the country.
  4. Tension mounts between Iraqi Arabs and Kurds
    Nearly a year after ISIL was repelled from Makhmour, some Kurds say their Arab neighbours are no longer welcome.
  5. Iraqis mark a grim anniversary
    Residents tell Al Jazeera how their lives have changed since ISIL tore through their country a year ago.
  6. Swiss and Austrians probe possible cyberattack on Iran nuclear talks
    Swiss authorities have searched a house in Geneva and seized computer material in connection with a possible cyberattack on nuclear negotiations between Iran and major powers in the city, Switzerland’s attorney-general said on Thursday.
  7. U.S. considering more military bases in Iraq – top general
    The United States is considering building more U.S. military bases in Iraq to drive back Islamic State militants in a move that may require a further increase in American forces, the top U.S. general said on Thursday.
  8. Syria conflict: Al-Nusra fighters kill Druze villagers
    At least 20 Druze villagers have been shot dead by the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front in north-western Syria, activist and opposition groups say.
  9. Saudi Arabia condemns foreign criticism of blogger case
    Riyadh (AFP) – Saudi Arabia on Thursday condemned foreign criticism of a 1,000-lash sentence that the kingdom’s highest court upheld against a blogger, rejecting “interference” in its internal affairs.
  10. Bahrain court strips 56 Shiites of nationality for ‘terrorism’
    MANAMA, Bahrain: A higher criminal court in Bahrain has convicted and sentenced five people to life in prison and stripped 56 Shiite citizens of their nationality on charges of forming a terrorist cell, targeting policemen and illegal possession of weapons.