1. Islamic State kills 37 rival insurgents in Syria’s Aleppo province – monitor
    Islamic State fighters killed at least 37 rival insurgents in an overnight attack in Syria’s Aleppo province and 20 fighters remain missing, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.
  2. Iraq’s Abadi proposes clear-out of top government posts
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi won the support of his cabinet on Sunday to eliminate a layer of senior government positions, part of a push to reduce corruption and save money in the face of mounting unrest.
  3. Firms linked to Revolutionary Guards to win sanctions relief under Iran deal
    Dozens of companies tied to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, a military force commanding a powerful industrial empire with huge political influence, will win sanctions relief under a nuclear deal agreed with world powers.
  4. U.S. sends six jets, 300 personnel to Turkey base in Islamic State fight
    The United States sent six F-16 jets and about 300 personnel to Incirlik Air Base in Turkey on Sunday, the U.S. military said, after Ankara agreed last month to allow American planes to launch air strikes against Islamic State militants from there.
  5. Lavrov slams ‘unfounded claims’ of Syria chemical weapons
    Moscow (AFP) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Sunday warned against what he called unfounded claims that Syria has chemical weapons, as the United Nations Security Council investigates deadly chlorine gas attacks.
  6. In letter to Obama, US scientists praise Iran nuclear deal: report
    Washington (AFP) – More than two dozen top US scientists, among them nuclear researchers and Nobel prize winners, praised the Iran nuclear deal as major security achievement in a letter to President Barack Obama, The New York Times reported.
  7. Iran ex-president’s son begins 10-year jail term
    Tehran (AFP) – The son of Iran’s former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani began a 10-year prison term for financial and security crimes on Sunday, insisting his conviction was politically motivated.
  8. A sulking Iran is bad news for India: Modi govt needs to soothe Tehran’s ruffled feathers
    India and Iran haven’t quite embraced each other like long lost brothers no sooner Western sanctions against Iran were lifted, buoyed by photos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi pumping President Hassan Rouhani’s hands at Ufa in Russia a few days before Tehran clinched a historic deal with the P5+1 group of world powers ending its international isolation.
  9. Iraqi prime minister removes senior government officials
    Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi won the support of his cabinet on Sunday to eliminate a layer of senior government positions, part of a push to reduce corruption and save money in the face of mounting unrest.