- Mecca, thronged by pilgrims, builds to accommodate more worshippers
This year’s Ramadan, a Muslim holy month devoted to fasting and praying, attracted a record-breaking 14 million pilgrims to Mecca within its first 16 days, Arab News reported. The holy city saw a 40 percent increase compared to the same period in 2014.
- China criticized over Ramadan restrictions
Beijing (CNN)Some schools and local government agencies in China’s restive Xinjiang province have adopted policies that critics, including the Turkish government, say prevent residents from fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
- Deadly car bomb hits Shiite mosque in Yemen capital
Sanaa (AFP) – A car bomb exploded outside a mosque in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa on Tuesday, killing at least one person and wounding five, in a fresh attack on Shiite rebels claimed by the Islamic State group.
- An IS secret to success: Shock troops who fight to the death
BAGHDAD (AP) — Fanatical and disciplined, the unit of Islamic State group fighters infiltrated the Syrian border town of Kobani and unleashed mayhem, battling Kurdish forces. In the end, the militants were all killed, but not before they had accomplished their mission of spreading fear by slaughtering more than 230 civilians, nearly half of them children.
- Syria parliament approves deal for Iranian credit
Beirut (AFP) – Syria’s parliament on Tuesday approved a deal with Iran under which Tehran will provide the government a new line of credit worth $1 billion, state media said.
- Syrian troops repel militants attack on Aleppo neighborhood
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops and pro-government gunmen repelled on Tuesday an offensive by rebels and Muslim militants on a neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo while opposition activists claimed that the army carried out a chlorine gas attack in another part of the city, activists and state media said.
- Sunnis, Shiites show unity in Najaf
BABIL, Iraq — For displaced Iraqi citizen Saad al-Jabouri, this year’s Ramadan has been a good one. He left Kirkuk with his family of four on July 20, 2014. They were generously welcomed in the city of Hillah, in the center of Babil province, south of Baghdad, where the residents provided them with a free iftar after a long day of fasting.
- Iraq sentences 24 militants to death over Isis massacre of soldiers
An Iraqi court has sentenced to death 24 militants for their role in killing hundreds of soldiers. Four others were acquitted for lack of evidence.
- Iraqi army, Shia fighters kill 109 Daesh militants
Iraqi government forces, backed by fighters from Popular Mobilization units, have carried out a series of clean-up operations across Iraq, killing dozens of ISIL militants.
- Iran is Building a Force in Iraq That Baghdad Can’t Control
A central part of the US strategy to defeat ISIS is to reignite a fraction on the 100,000 strong Sunni awakening that played a major role in the US surge strategy against Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) during the Iraq War.