1. White House To Kurds: Please Just Stay In Iraq
    WASHINGTON — The Kurds who run their own region in northeastern Iraq should be content with the level of autonomy they have now, the White House said Tuesday in response to a petition asking for President Barack Obama to endorse full Iraqi Kurdish independence.
  2. Senior Western official: Links between Turkey and ISIS are now ‘undeniable’
    An ISIS fighter walks near a black flag belonging to the Islamic State as a Turkish army vehicle takes position near the Syrian town of Kobani, as pictured from the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc, Sanliurfa province, October 7, 2014.
  3. Iran Ceases Financial Aid to Hamas in Gaza, Official Claims
    Iran has completely cut off its financial aid to the Palestinian militant group Hamas, a senior Hamas official claimed on Monday, according to Israeli media reports.
  4. Iraqi militia leader says U.S. not serious about fighting Islamic State
    NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) – The head of one of Iraq’s fiercest Shi’ite militias called the U.S.-led coalition’s campaign against Islamic State ineffective and accused Washington of lacking the will to uproot radical Sunni jihadis controlling large swathes of Iraq and Syria.
  5. Protests at Saudi Embassy in Washington
    Activists in cities around the world rallied over the weekend to protest what they describe as Saudi Arabia’s systematic destruction of holy sites.
  6. US wants to use ISIS for projects in Iraq – Shiite militia leader
    US doesn’t want to resolve the crisis and put an end to Islamic State. On the contrary, it’s eager to exploit the jihadists “to achieve its projects in Iraq,” Qais Khazali, a leader of Iraqi Shiite fighters has said.
  7. Pakistan police gun down Malik Ishaq, head of banned anti-Shiite militant group, during attempted prison break
    Pakistani police have killed the leader of the banned sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), his two sons and 11 others during a shootout that ensued after an attempted prison break.
  8. Iran Seeks To Distance Oman From GCC – OpEd
    Oman has stood her ground in pursuing a non-interference policy for quite some time. Since the invasion of Iraq until the Arab uprisings started leading to the bloody civil war of Syria the Sultanate has officially remained neutral but Iran’s behaviour is increasingly pressuring Oman to assume a clear stance and that eventually means choosing sides.
  9. Kuwaiti Shias’ adventures with Iranian policy
    How could the political Shia movement and the Hezbollah and “Islamic revolution” streams so easily kidnap the views and emotions of the Shias in the Gulf