1. Islamic State battles Syrian rebel forces in Damascus
    Syrian rebel forces have come under attack from Islamic State (IS) on the southern outskirts of Damascus.
  2. US Iran’s ‘No.1 enemy’ despite nuclear deal: cleric
    Tehran (AFP) – The United States remains Iran’s “number one enemy” despite a recent nuclear deal with world powers, the chief of Tehran’s top clerical committee said on Tuesday, Iranian media reported.
  3. The Iran Nuclear Deal: Give Diplomacy a Chance
    A war with Iran would be a catastrophe, yet by opposing diplomacy, hundreds of members of Congress may be blundering into just such a conflict.
  4. Iran premieres big-budget epic film “Muhammad”
    Iran’s most expensive movie, “Muhammad”, which chronicles the childhood of the Muslim Prophet, opened nationwide last week, winning praise from early audiences.
  5. What’s next for the Muslim Brotherhood?
    Signs of growing radicalisation within the Muslim Brotherhood, the oldest political Islamic group, offer a disturbing read on Egypt’s near future
  6. Saudi top ulama slams Iran prophet movie
    Saudi Arabia’s top ulama hit out at Iranian film Muhammad on Wednesday describing its portrayal of the prophet’s childhood as a “hostile act” and a “distortion” of Islam.
  7. Threat from so-called IS
    The origins of so-called Islamic State can be traced to George W. Bush’s ill-judged, illegitimate and ill-conceived invasion of Iraq to topple Saddam Hussein in 2003, the subsequent Sunni backlash against the newly enfranchised Shias, and the appalling civil war in Syria.
  8. Only 16 Percent of Palestinians Back Abbas, but Support for Others Even Lower
    Poll shows a crisis of trust in Palestinian leadership, but most in favor of keeping the Palestinian Authority.
  9. Yemen’s Shiite Rebels to Form Cabinet in 10 Days
    SANAA: Yemen’s Shiite rebel leaders announced today that they will form a Cabinet in 10 days as mediated talks with the country’s internationally recognized government hit an impasse in the Gulf nation of Oman.