- Saudi-led alliance wins Yemen battles, but peace remains elusive
Emirati tanks heave across southern Yemen’s stony wastes and Apache helicopters from a Saudi-led coalition, dubbed “black genies” by local media, rule its skies, helping fighters loyal to the exiled government win the initiative against an Iran-allied militia.
- Suicide truck bomb targets Kurdish security agency in Syria
A suicide bomber set off a truck bomb outside offices of a Kurdish security agency in northeastern Syria on Wednesday, killing at least 11 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
- Militants attack Istanbul’s Dolmabahce Palace
Istanbul (AFP) – Two militants on Wednesday launched an attack with guns and explosives on the Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, one of Turkey’s main tourist attractions which also houses offices of the prime minister.
- Death toll in Nigeria Boko Haram massacre rises to 160: locals
Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) – The number of villagers massacred by Boko Haram jihadists in a remote village in northeastern Nigeria rose to 160 on Wednesday, according to locals, as the military rejected accounts of the attack.
- Iraq inquiry finds officials grossly mismanaged Mosul crisis
Baghdad (AFP) – Top officials ignored ample warnings of an impending attack on Iraq’s second city Mosul and grossly mismanaged the crisis that saw jihadists seize it, a parliamentary report obtained by AFP says.
- Iraqi officials: Shiite militias will help fight for Mosul
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The Shiite militia groups known as the Hashd al-Shaabi, or Popular Mobilization Units, will be part of the operation to recapture the city of Mosul from the Islamic State, a spokesperson for the Iraqi government said Wednesday.
- Bahraini authorities arrest Shiite cleric and former member of parliament
Ahlul Bayt News Agency – A former Bahraini member of parliament, Sheikh Hasan Isa, was arrested from Bahrain International Airport last night as he arrived with his family.
- Iran Flexes Its Muscle in Baghdad
Iraq’s divisive former prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, returned to Baghdad on Wednesday after attending a religious conference in Tehran, ending days of speculation over whether the former premier would stay in Iran to avoid possible charges stemming from an ongoing anti-corruption campaign.
- Iran to export gas to Iraq soon, says Iranian official
In 2013, an agreement to export Iranian natural gas to Iraq was signed between the two countries. While security concerns pushed back these plans, an Iranian official now says the export of Iranian gas to Iraq will take place soon.
- War brings Yemen to its knees
CAIRO — The war in Yemen has pushed the country to the brink of famine, with both commercial food imports and aid deliveries held up by the fighting and millions of hungry women and children facing possible starvation, the United Nations said Wednesday.