1. ISIS Plants Land Mines In Christian Civilian Homes, Ancient Ruins Across Iraq, Syria
    When Fatima returned to her home in Khabur in northeastern Syria last week, she found herself eye level with a sign that read, “Property of the Islamic State.”
  2. Hamas leader in landmark Saudi visit
    Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) – The head of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, met Saudi King Salman during a pilgrimage to Mecca, in a rare encounter since a two-year rift, state news agency SPA reported Saturday.
  3. Syria Kurds say IS used chemical weapons against them
    Beirut (AFP) – The Islamic State group fired chemical weapons against Kurdish forces in Syria and Iraq last month, Kurdish fighters and weapons experts have said.
  4. Toll soars to 90 after IS bomb guts Iraq town
    Khan Bani Saad (Iraq) (AFP) – Iraq mourned its dead Saturday after one of the deadliest car bombs in its bloody history ripped through a busy market north of Baghdad and killed at least 90 people.
  5. Saudi Arabia says it stopped Islamic State attacks; 400 held
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia announced Saturday it has broken up planned Islamic State attacks in the kingdom and arrested more than 400 suspects in an anti-terrorism sweep, a day after a powerful blast in neighboring Iraq killed more than 100 people in one of the country’s deadliest single attacks since U.S. troops pulled out in 2011.
  6. Only Iraq’s clerics can win against Isis
    I spent last week in Karbala and Najaf, the Shia holy cities south-west of Baghdad, which I have always found to be among the wonders of the world.
  7. Riyadh thwarts IS plans of attacking Shia mosques, arrests 431 suspects
    RIYADH (AFP) – Saudi authorities announced on Saturday that they have broken up an organisation linked to the Islamic State group and have so far arrested 431 of its members, mostly Saudis.
  8. Over 400 arrested in Saudi anti-ISIL operation over past weeks
    Saudi Arabia says the kingdom’s forces have made over 430 arrests during an operation against an ISIL-linked terrorist network launched over the past weeks.
  9. India needs a strong Iran to combat ISIS, al-Qaida
    Indians are happy with the lifting of UN sanctions on Iran after its nuclear deal with the US. This will mean more Iranian oil production and hence cheaper crude.
  10. The Iran nuclear deal… what it means for the region and beyond
    The deal and what it means for the Middle East and the rest of the world