1. Former Rabin associate says incitement in Israel now worse than lead-up to assassination
    “President Reuven [Rivlin], you are an honest man, perhaps the last senior official to speak truthfully and aim for justice.
  2. Iraq’s top Shi’ite cleric calls on PM to ramp up anti-corruption fight
    Aug 7 Iraq’s top Shi’ite Muslim cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani called on the prime minister on Friday to “strike with an iron fist” those who engage in corruption, adding his voice to protests against officials who many Iraqis blame for power cuts.
  3. Proposed Mosque In Monroeville Sparks Debate At Council Meeting
    MONROEVILLE (KDKA)- A proposed mosque in Monroeville led to a long debate at last night’s council meeting.
  4. Obama opens up on Iran
    Toward the end of our meeting with President Obama, one of us asked whether the Iran nuclear deal might change the future of that country’s poisonously anti-American politics, and Obama drifted from the technical and political details he’d otherwise focused on into something of a more reflective tone.
  5. Al-Qaida captures 3 towns as Yemeni troops battle Shiite rebels, officials say
    Yemen’s al-Qaida branch has exploited the chaos in this embattled country to capture three towns near the southern port city of Aden where pro-government forces have been advancing against Shiite rebels in recent weeks, officials said Thursday.
  6. Syrian talks with rebels stumble on ‘sectarian cleansing’ allegations
    Syria and its ally Iran are negotiating with rebels over a population swap: Sunnis would leave a town sought for an evolving Assad regime enclave in return for the transfer of besieged Shiite communities.
  7. More than 200 feared kidnapped by Islamic State in Syria town
    Human rights and church groups voiced concern Friday for the fate of more than 200 civilians, including many Christians, reportedly kidnapped by the Islamic State militant group in Syria’s Homs province.
  8. Daesh executed 2,000 in Mosul region since takeover
    Baghdad: Daesh, the so-called Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant (Isil), group has executed more than 2,000 people in and around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul since seizing it last year, officials said Friday.
  9. 3 U.S. Defeats: Vietnam, Iraq and Now Iran
    The purpose of war, military or economic, is to get your enemy to do something it would rather not do. Over the past several years the United States and other Western powers have engaged in an economic, clandestine and political war against Iran to force it to give up its nuclear program.
  10. 6,000 Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria: A Look At the Numbers
    Saturday marks the one year anniversary of the start of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS. Since then, the military coalition against ISIS has launched nearly 6,000 coalition airstrikes in both Iraq and Syria and the cost of U.S. military operations has risen beyond $3.2 billion.