1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. No, Saudi Arabia can’t go nuclear
    (CNN)Saudi Arabia’s increased assertiveness has been portrayed as strategic.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.