1. Saudi Arabian tribes join Yemeni jihadists in fighting Saudi security forces
    With the fierce combat between the Yemeni jihadist forces led by the Houthi group and the Saudi Arabian military and security forces in Najran province in the Saudi Arabian border area adjacent to Yemen, hundreds of residents of the border region who have fled the fighting are facing a drastic shortage of foodstuff.
  2. What’s behind Abbadi’s visit to Tehran?
    With little fanfare on Tuesday the Iraqi prime minister’s office announced to local media that the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Haider al-Abbadi, would send the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) to take part in the liberation of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul.
  3. Iran nuke talks impeded by disagreement on all main elements
    VIENNA (AP) — Iran and six powers are still apart on all main elements of a nuclear deal with less than two weeks to go to their June 30 target date and will likely have to extend their negotiations, two diplomats tell The Associated Press.
  4. Syrian army beats back rebel offensive in southern Syria
    BEIRUT/GOLAN HEIGHTS (Reuters) – The Syrian army said on Wednesday it had repulsed a major rebel offensive to capture remaining positions held by the Syrian military in Quneitra province, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, where bombardments could be seen a short distance away.
  5. Ramadi fell after unwarranted Iraqi pullout: coalition officer
    Baghdad (AFP) – The Islamic State group took the city of Ramadi because an Iraqi commander unnecessarily ordered his forces to withdraw, a senior officer in the US-led anti-jihadist coalition said on Wednesday.
  6. Turkey’s Erdogan says Mursi death sentence a ‘massacre of law’
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Death sentences against Egypt’s deposed President Mohamed Mursi and leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood are a “massacre of law and basic rights”, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.
  7. Blasts claimed by IS kill 31 at Shiite sites in Yemen
    Sanaa (AFP) – At least 31 people were killed Wednesday and dozens wounded in five simultaneous bombings claimed by the Islamic State group at Shiite mosques and offices in the Yemeni capital, medics and witnesses said.
  8. From Omar to Hussain: Why Iraqis are changing their names
    BABIL. Iraq — The Popular Mobilization Units announced Labbayka Ya Hussain (At Your Service, Hussain), the military offensive to liberate Anbar province from Islamic State (IS) control, on May 25.
  9. Iran’s leader: Shiite militias will play crucial role in Iraq’s future
    TEHRAN, Iran— The Shiite militia movement known the Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization Units, has a crucial role in maintaining Iraq’s security in the future, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said in a Wednesday meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
  10. Tikrit yesterday and Ramadi today
    Tikrit’s scenario is being repeated in Ramadi, where the regime’s forces are withdrawing from the city in order for ISIS to enter it, followed by a wild attack from the Iraqi forces and the Popular Crowd Army to exterminate the Sunnis in those cities under the pretext of fighting ISIS.