1. IS rings rebel bastion near Aleppo: Syrian monitor
    Beirut (AFP) – The Islamic State on Friday besieged a strategic bastion of rebels fighting both them and the Syrian government after less than a week of combat in which at least 121 people died, a monitoring group said.
  2. IS ‘beheads’ 12 in battle for Libya’s Sirte
    Tripoli (AFP) – Islamic State group jihadists have beheaded 12 people and hung them on crosses during a battle for the coastal city of Sirte, the national news agency LANA reported Saturday.
  3. ISIS Throws Gay Men From Roof In Syria, Releases Photos And Recording Of Execution: Video
    The Islamic State group released a new video Friday, depicting the execution of two men accused of being gay in Homs, Syria. Above, an ISIS flag flies over the custom office of Syria’s Jarablus border gate as it is pictured from the town of Karkamis, Turkey, Aug. 1, 2015. Reuters/Murad Sezer
  4. Iraqi brothers smuggled to Greece wore burqas to escape IS
    Kos (Greece) (AFP) – When the Islamic State group took over their Iraqi city and burned down the family’s home, two teenaged brothers decided to risk everything to leave Iraq, cross Syria and reach Europe.
  5. Thousands rally in Iraq for reforms
    BAGHDAD — Thousands of people demonstrated in cities across Iraq on Friday to show support for a reform plan put forth by the prime minister this week while still demanding that greater measures be taken to target corruption and restore basic services.
  6. Former Iranian MPs in Exile Urge Congress to Approve Iran Nuclear Deal
    We, the undersigned, have had the honor of representing Iranian people in various terms of the Majlis (Parliament) and have all been forced to temporarily live in exile due to our opposition to both foreign and domestic policies in Iran.
  7. Blast kills Pakistani provincial minister in PM’s political heartland
    A bomb killed a Pakistani provincial minister and at least eight others when it destroyed the minister’s home on Sunday in Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s political heartland of Punjab.
  8. Iraq probe finds Maliki, others responsible for Mosul fall
    Baghdad (AFP) – An Iraqi parliamentary investigation found ex-premier Nuri al-Maliki and other officials responsible for jihadists overrunning second city Mosul, in a report being sent for possible legal action, lawmakers said Sunday.
  9. Iraq PM clears way for military trials over Ramadi loss
    Baghdad (AFP) – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi approved an investigative commission’s recommendation that commanders face military justice and probable trial for withdrawing from Ramadi without orders, his office said Sunday.
  10. Iraq PM scraps third of cabinet posts in reform drive
    Baghdad (AFP) – Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the removal of 11 of 33 cabinet posts Sunday, the first concrete step in a reform drive to curb corruption and streamline the government.