1. Syrian Rebels Accuse Kurdish Forces of ‘ethnic Cleansing’ of Sunni Arabs
    Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State jihadists in north-east Syria have been accused of “ethnic cleansing” of Sunni Arabs by a coalition of other rebel groups.
  2. Rebels, Qaeda launch assault on Syria’s Daraa
    Beirut (AFP) – Rebels including Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate launched a fresh offensive on the major southern city of Daraa, saying their aim was to “purify” the area.
  3. Saudi FM: Iran deal may stop Tehran from getting nuke weapon
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Thursday the Iran nuclear deal appears to have the provisions needed to curtail Iran’s ability to obtain a nuclear weapon in what were the most favorable remarks yet from the kingdom on the recent agreement.
  4. Hezbollah Seizes Two Key Hilltops From Syrian Jihadists
    A detachment of Hezbollah fighters managed to capture two strategic hilltops from rebel groups near Syria’s border with Lebanon today.
  5. Iraq deploys U.S.-trained troops to Ramadi fight for first time
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq has for the first time deployed soldiers trained by the U.S.-led coalition in their campaign to retake the city of Ramadi from Islamic State militants, the U.S. military said on Thursday.
  6. Turkish warplanes bomb IS targets in Syria
    Istanbul (AFP) – Turkish fighter jets early Friday bombed positions of Islamic State jihadists inside Syria for the first time, in a dramatic escalation of fighting after the killing of a Turkish soldier in cross-border clashes.
  7. The Iran deal, a triumph for diplomacy
    Till a few years ago, it was difficult even to imagine that a diplomatic solution would be found to the Iranian nuclear crisis.
  8. We Kurds are the antidote to Isis – but we need Britain and Baghdad to help
    The grotesque massacres by Islamic State in Tunisia, France, Kuwait and Kobane in Syria confirm deepening fears about its global reach.
  9. Buying time with Iran is worthwhile
    The focus on the details of the Iranian nuclear deal is misplaced.
  10. Leader Of Iran’s Jewish Community Calls Netanyahu ‘Delusional’ Over Iran Deal
    TEHRAN — Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, continues to campaign in favor of war with Iran despite last week’s historic nuclear deal. But a recent, important critic of his rhetoric comes from his own faith.