1. Hash Highway to Saudi Arabia Dries Up as Coalition Bombs Yemen
    Saudi Arabia’s four-month-old bombing campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen has been widely supported in the kingdom, but it’s had an unintended consequence: It has almost choked off the supply of amphetamines and hashish smuggled from across the border.
  2. Israel ex-security chiefs urge Netanyahu to accept Iran deal
    Jerusalem (AFP) – Many Israeli ex-generals and former security chiefs have signed a petition urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, which he strongly opposes.
  3. Mullah Omar worked as potato vendor to escape detection in Pakistan
    ISLAMABAD After fleeing the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Taliban chief Mullah Mohammed Omar took refuge in Pakistan’s densely populated southern port city of Karachi.
  4. Syria Qaeda captures five more US-trained rebels: monitor
    Beirut (AFP) – Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate captured at least five more US-trained rebel fighters in overnight raids on a village in northwestern Syria, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.
  5. Arabs and Israel Agreed —- and Now Don’t —- on the Iran Deal
    Israel and the Gulf Arab nations that agree on very little about the Mideast briefly found themselves in accord on one thing: the dangers of the Iran nuclear deal.
  6. Russia Seeks Coalition on Islamic State While It Backs Assad
    Russia is pushing for a broad coalition to fight Islamic State, including Iraqi and Syrian government forces, rejecting continuing pressure from the U.S. and its allies for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
  7. Officials: Pro-government troops take much of Yemen province
    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s pro-government forces have retaken most of the strategic province of Lahj, once the main southern enclave of Shiite rebels who control the country’s capital and much of the north, officials and witnesses said Wednesday.
  8. Islamic State group in Egypt threatens to kill Croat hostage
    CAIRO (AP) — An Islamic State affiliate released a video Wednesday threatening to kill a Croatian hostage if Egyptian authorities do not release “Muslim women” held in prison within 48 hours, a day before the country plans to unveil a highly promoted new extension of the Suez Canal.
  9. Karnataka: How a Muslim journalist fights mullahs’ fatwa
    Television journalist Irshad Uppinangady is a harried man nowadays. For he has dared to question his religion by making a documentary film which exposes the growth of Islamic fundamentalism in coastal Karnataka.