1. Syrian insurgents carve out fiefdoms in de-facto partition
    BEIRUT (Reuters) – Four years into a war that has killed more than 220,000 people, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad can no longer defend the whole country or hope to regain lost territory and his forces are retreating and fortifying their core strongholds, from the capital Damascus up to the coastal strip in north-western Syria.
  2. Tunisia beach attacker; from rap fan to killer
    GAAFOUR, Tunisia (Reuters) – On Wednesday, Saif Rezgui sat down with friends in his Tunisian hometown to chat about his favorite soccer team, girls and his break-dance skills over coffee and cigarettes.
  3. Bomb kills Egypt’s top prosecutor as he drives to work
    CAIRO (AP) — A car bomb killed Egypt’s chief prosecutor Monday in the country’s first assassination of a senior official in 25 years, marking what could be an escalation in a campaign by Islamic militants toward targeting leaders of a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.
  4. As Kurds gain in Syria, Turkish govt ponders military action
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against the Islamic State group, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of a long-debated military intervention to push the Islamic militants back from the Turkish border — a move that will also outflank any Kurdish attempts to create a state along Turkey’s southern frontier.
  5. How Our Press and Politicians Are Being Played by Islamic State
    I saw a lot of headlines on Friday trying to link violent attacks by radical Muslims in France, Tunisia and Kuwait, but I just don’t think there is a connection.
  6. Obama sent Iran message ahead of nuclear deadline: report
    Tehran (AFP) – US President Barack Obama recently sent a private message to Iran’s leadership via Iraq’s prime minister, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday on the eve of a deadline for a nuclear deal.
  7. France bets on Arab Sunni states as Iran nuclear deal nears
    VIENNA (Reuters) – France has asked its firms to prepare a return to Iran ahead of a likely deal with powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear program, but Paris’ tough stance in talks and ties with Sunni Arab states means its “love-hate” relationship with Iran will continue.
  8. Syrian army retakes parts of Hasakeh from IS: monitor
    Beirut (AFP) – Syrian regime forces took back several parts of a neighbourhood in the northeastern city of Hasakeh from the Islamic State group on Monday, but heavy clashes continued, a monitor said.
  9. Mosque bomber ‘raised no red flags’
    The Saudi man who blew himself up inside a Shia mosque in Kuwait last week, killing 27 worshippers and wounding more than 200, had no background suggesting he planned to carry out a terrorist attack, according to officials.
  10. Saudi pumping millions to promote Wahhabism in India
    The diplomatic documents released by WikiLeaks last week have revealed that Saudi Arabia is pumping in millions of rupees into India for opening of religious trusts and non-governmental organisations.