1. Iraqi Christian militia draws foreign fighters
    Dozens of foreigners have joined the People’s Protection Units since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war to fight against the Islamic State (IS). Since early 2015, the Iraq-based Christian military organization Dwekh Nawsha (Self-Sacrificers in Aramaic) has become an alternative destination for such fighters.
  2. The Impact of the Syrian War on Kurdish Politics Across the Middle East
    The demise of state authority in Syria is creating an unprecedented opportunity for Kurds in the region, but their long-term success will depend both on the actions of regional powers and their ability to cooperate with each other.
  3. Kurds cut key IS supply route in northern Syria: monitor
    Beirut (AFP) – Kurdish fighters seized a key town in northern Syria from the Islamic State group on Monday, cutting a supply lifeline from the jihadists’ de facto Syrian capital, a monitor said.
  4. Iraq Shiite chief sees no change in Turkey stance on IS
    Baghdad (AFP) – Hadi al-Ameri, a top leader of Iraq’s powerful Shiite paramilitaries, argued Monday there was no evidence Turkey had changed its position on the Islamic State jihadist group.
  5. Negotiations Between Iran and the U.S. Have Now Begun
    In his first public remarks since the U.S.-Iran agreement in Vienna, Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah said Tehran would confound critics who say it would end support to Hezbollah.
  6. Jewish Americans support the Iran nuclear deal
    GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee says President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal will “take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”
  7. India to sell high-grade iron pellets to Iran as ties strengthen
    NEW DELHI/MANILA (Reuters) – An Indian state company has agreed to sell high-quality iron ore pellets to Iran, its chairman told Reuters, in what could be a $200 million annual deal that signifies expanding business ties between the countries as sanctions against Tehran ease.