1. Obama secures enough support from senators for Iran deal
    US President Barack Obama has secured enough support in the US Senate to ensure that the Iran nuclear deal will go into effect.
  2. Turkish construction workers seized in Iraq
    Eighteen Turkish construction workers have been kidnapped by gunmen in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, Iraqi and Turkish officials say.
  3. Syria crisis: Latakia blast rocks Assad stronghold
    At least 10 people have been killed in a bomb attack in the Syrian city of Latakia, a key stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad, state media report.
  4. IS claims Yemen Shiite mosque attack that killed 28
    Sanaa (AFP) – A suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 28 people in the Yemeni capital, ratcheting up tensions ahead of the first White House summit between the US and regional power Saudi Arabia.
  5. IS retakes part of Iraqi town of Baiji: Pentagon
    Washington (AFP) – Islamic State fighters have regained territory in the contested city of Baiji, home to Iraq’s largest oil refinery, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
  6. ‘I want a blue-eyed Yazidi’: teen describes IS slave market
    PARIS: Kidnapped, beaten, sold and raped: the Islamic State (IS) group is running an international market in Iraq where Christian and Yazidi women are sold as sexual slaves, a teenager who escaped told AFP Tuesday.
  7. Saudi top cleric slams Iran prophet movie
    Riyadh (AFP) – Saudi Arabia’s top cleric 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.
  8. The ISIS Economy: Crushing Taxes and High Unemployment
    Before Islamic State militants overran her hometown of Mosul in June 2014, Fahima Omar ran a hairdressing salon. But ISIS gunmen made Omar close her business—and lose her only source of income. Salons like hers encouraged “debauchery,” the militants said.