- Powerful Iraqi Shiite cleric condemns kidnapping of Turks
Powerful Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Monday condemned the kidnapping of 18 Turkish workers in Baghdad last week, saying he was ready to help the government free the hostages.
- In Yemen, Emirati troops push toward rebel-held capital
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SAFFER, Yemen (AP) — As fighting rages on in Yemen, troops from the United Arab Emirates that are part of a Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels are pushing toward the country’s rebel-held capital, Sanaa, after securing a strategic provincial city, the commander of an Emirati contingent said Monday.
- Complexities of the relationship between US and Iran
BAGHDAD: US troops advising Iraqi security forces in restive Anbar province are sharing a base with odd bedfellows: an Iranian-backed militia that once killed US soldiers. Both are fighting the militants of the Islamic State.
- Dr M tells Sunnis to accept Shias as Muslims
SHAH ALAM: Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has pleaded with the Sunni majority in Malaysia to accept the Shias as fellow Muslims and thereby avoid the deadly sectarian strife that has torn apart some communities in the Middle East.
- Arrest Shia strongman: Sunnis
Meerut: Shia-Sunni conflict that rocked Khirva village on August 21 is still simmering with Sunni representatives alleging that Shia members were being sheltered by a UP minister and on whose instance, 15 Sunnis have been jailed. Sunni delegation met the SSP D C Dubey and urged him to arrest a Shia strongman identified as Shah Abbas in order to bring peace back in the village.
- Bahrain regime forces released senior Shia scholar
Ahlul Bayt News Agency – Bahraini regime forces have arrested a prominent Shia Muslim cleric as the ruling Al Khalifa monarchy is pressing ahead with its heavy-handed crackdown on opposition forces and political dissidents in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.
- Russian Moves in Syria Widen Role in Mideast
WASHINGTON — Russia has sent some of its most modern battle tanks to a new air base in Syria in what American officials said Monday was part of an escalating buildup that could give Moscow its most significant military foothold in the Middle East in decades.
- The US is continuing to make strange bedfellows in Iraq
US military advisers in Iraq’s Anbar Province, which has largely been overrun by the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh), are sharing a military base with an Iranian-backed Shiite militia, The New York Times reports.
- Iraq Warns Oil Companies of Spending Cuts
Iraq’s oil ministry has issued a stark warning to the international oil companies running its energy sector that it will slash spending in 2016 as the country feels the full effect of low crude prices and the fight against Islamic State.
- Salafists In Germany Target Refugees For Recruitment
BERLIN — Each day trains full of Syrian refugees arrive from southern Europe. They have escaped war, the barrel bombs of Bashar al-Assad’s regime and the terror of ISIS. But in Germany, it’s not just aid organizations and volunteer humanitarian workers awaiting them. There are also the Salafists, who see them as potential recruits for their fanatical religious convictions.