- US-led warplanes are pummeling the de facto ISIS capital like never before
The US-led coalition battling the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) has dramatically intensified its air war against the militant group with strikes pummeling the group’s de-facto capital of Raqqa, Syria.
- Somalia’s Shebab in twin Mogadishu hotel attacks
Mogadishu (AFP) – Somalia’s Shebab militants stormed two hotels in the capital Mogadishu on Friday, killing at least five people, before they were themselves killed in heavy fighting, security forces said.
- Bosnia marks the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre
Srebrenica (Bosnia-Hercegovina) (AFP) – Bosnia commemorates Saturday the 20th anniversary of the massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the UN-protected enclave of Srebrenica, as debate continues to rage over its description as genocide.
- Air strikes, clashes shake Yemen’s UN humanitarian truce
SANAA: A UN-proposed Yemen humanitarian truce got off to a shaky start Saturday after Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck rebel positions and clashes persisted between insurgents and pro-government fighters.
- Bomb hits Italian consulate in Egypt, killing one
Cairo (AFP) – A powerful bomb ripped through the Italian consulate in Cairo Saturday, killing one person, the first assault on a foreign mission in Egypt in a two-year jihadist campaign against security forces.
- As Iraq splinters, Kurds’ own unity put to test
Their common enemy is Islamic State, but Iraq’s Kurds are preoccupied by a struggle within their autonomous region, where political parties are jousting over the presidency and their supporters are invoking an old civil war.
- Iraq’s Shia militias target ISIS in Anbar
IRBIL: Iraqi Shia militia fighters are tightening a noose around the Islamic State-held city of Falluja west of Baghdad as the first stage of a counteroffensive in the Sunni province of Anbar, likely to determine the course of the conflict in coming months.
- Shia Muslims take out rally in Chennai
CHENNAI: Mourning while fasting during Ramzan made it a very special day for Shia Muslims on Thursday.
- Iraq’s top Shiite cleric urges neighbors to curb militants
Iraq’s top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said on Friday regional states were not doing enough to stop the flow of militants into Iraq, and warned that the fighters would return one day to threaten their home countries.
- Shias want Centre to take up Palestine’s cause
LUCKNOW: Shia Muslims on Friday asked the Central government to advocate the cause of Palestinians and not bend towards Israel.