- Iran’s Rouhani aims to limit nuclear inspections, warns of talks delay
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday a comprehensive nuclear deal could be delayed if world powers brought new issues into play, and he would not accept a U.N. inspections regime that jeopardized state secrets.
- Brit, German among bombers in deadly Iraq attack
Baghdad (AFP) – At least 11 Iraqi security personnel were killed Saturday in a quadruple suicide car bombing near Baiji that the Islamic State group said four of its foreign fighters carried out.
- Maliki blames ‘conspiracies’ for Iraq losses
Baghdad (AFP) – Iraq’s former premier and current vice president, Nuri al-Maliki, blamed “conspiracies” Saturday for the loss of major cities to jihadists and said Baghdad should prioritise paramilitaries over the army to fight them.
- No, Saudi Arabia can’t go nuclear
(CNN)Saudi Arabia’s increased assertiveness has been portrayed as strategic.
- Analysts: Gulf-Egypt ties likely to survive turbulence
In recent months, the “special relationship” between Egypt and the Gulf Arab states has shown signs of faltering.
- Libya says Algerian militant Belmokhtar killed in U.S. strike
TRIPOLI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Libya’s recognized government said on Sunday that Algerian veteran militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, a major figure in North African and Sahel Islamist insurgencies, has been killed in a U.S. air strike inside Libya.
- Family shocked to see British teen in ISIS photo
Baghdad, Iraq (CNN)The family of a British boy said they were “devastated and heartbroken” after ISIS apparently released a photo showing their 17-year-old relative smiling in front of an ISIS flag.
- Thousands flee as Kurds advance on IS-held Syria town
Akçakale (Turkey) (AFP) – Kurdish forces advanced Sunday to the gates of a Syrian town and clashed with Islamic State jihadists, an upsurge in violence that saw Turkey open its border to fleeing civilians.
- Sistani’s Jihad Fatwa One Year On: The Man Who Pulled Iraq From the Brink With a Single Statement
In June 2014, Iraq lost a third of its territory to the hands of Daesh (ISIS), the most notorious transnational terrorist group in modern history.
- Israeli veterans group comes under fire amid boycott threat
JERUSALEM (AP) — An organization of former Israeli soldiers dedicated to shedding light on the dark side of the country’s military is coming increasingly under fire, roiling a country in the grips of a battle against the burgeoning threat of international isolation and boycotts.