1. Iraq’s top Shiite cleric says reform campaign must continue
    BAGHDAD — Iraq’s top Shiite cleric urged the government on Friday to press ahead with reforms, but cautioned that the anti-corruption campaign must not come at the expense of the fight against the Islamic State group and should remain within the boundaries of the law.
  2. Yemen’s president proposes 15-day cease-fire, along with withdrawal of rebel militias
    UNITED NATIONS — Yemen’s president is proposing a 15-day cease-fire that would coincide with the withdrawal of Shiite rebel militias from all government institutions and military installations and all cities and provinces — even the province they call home.
  3. 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.
  4. Ayatollah Sistani Warns about Possible Iraq Partition
    Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, warned on Thursday that the country faces dire consequences including possible “partition” if real reform is not carried out.
  5. Iran never to reconcile US: Cleric
    TEHRAN, Aug. 22 (MNA) – Addressing worshipers during Tehran Friday Prayers, Ayatollah Movahedi Kermani elaborated on Iran-US relationship.
  6. At least 43 dead as Saudi warplanes pound southwestern Yemen
    Washington : At least 43 civilians have been killed and scores of others injured after Saudi military aircraft launched a series of airstrikes in Yemen’s southwestern province of Ta’izz.
  7. Ex-Jamaat MP arrested in war crimes case
    Detained Majlis-e-Sura Member of Jamaat-e-Islami and former lawmaker Maulana Abdul Khaleque Mondol was shown arrested in connection with a war crimes case yesterday.
  8. Iraq’s top cleric says ‘battle’ for reforms must continue
    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s top Shiite cleric urged the government on Friday to press ahead with reforms and fighting corruption, but cautioned against doing so at the expense of the fight against the Islamic State group, which is tenaciously holding on to large swaths of Iraqi territory.
  9. Islamic State second-in-command killed in U.S. air strike – White House
    The second-in-command of the Islamic State militant group was killed during a U.S. air strike in Iraq on Tuesday, the White House said on Friday, dealing a blow to the group that has sought to form a caliphate across the Muslim world.
  10. Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq
    SOUTHWEST ASIA, August 21, 2015 — U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.