1. Militants release two Turkish workers taken hostage in Iraq
    Two of 18 Turkish construction workers abducted by Shiite gunmen in Baghdad this month have been set free in Basra. Iraq is struggling to control Shiite militias who’ve become vital in the fight against “Islamic State.”
  2. ISIS: Who exactly are we fighting for?
    Last week, NDP leader Tom Mulcair set the defence community abuzz when he told Peter Mansbridge in a one-on-one interview on the CBC that the NDP would end the current military campaign to combat ISIS in Iraq if it’s elected.
  3. The Conflict in Yemen: A Case Study of Iran’s Limited Power
    In both the media and the prevalent discourse within the political and security community, Iran commands the image of a strong, unwavering regional power, scoring success after success in its quest for regional hegemony.
  4. US created ISIL to establish military foothold in Syria: Ex-US Senate candidate
    The United States has deliberately created the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group to establish American military foothold in Syria, according to a former US Senate candidate.
  5. Kuwait: Death sentences, jail terms for June Shia mosque attack
    Judge Mohammad al-Duaij read out his ruling of the 26 June suicide attack at the Imam Sadiq mosque in a packed Kuwaiti courtroom with armored vehicles deployed around its perimeter and helicopters hovering above it.
  6. Home Ministry tells Delhi High Court: Fighting IS can lead to ‘sectarian’ conflict in India
    The government Wednesday said it does not want Indians to fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria since that can “directly result in sectarian conflict in India”.
  7. Muslims Regret Not Dying in Mecca Crane Accident
    That Mecca crane accident was apparently a really lucky accident. And some unlucky pilgrims are sad that they missed the “getting crushed to death by a crane” ferry to the 72 virgins afterlife.
  8. US invasion of Iraq led to creation of Daesh, Russia says
    Russia’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Vitaly Churkin says the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States led to the ripening of the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group in the Middle East.
  9. Hopes for shopping revolution as malls sprout in Iran
    The traditional bazaar has long been the place to shop in Iran but despite years of sanctions a new generation has discovered a vastly different consumer experience: blatant, unapologetic Western-style consumerism.
  10. Iran win overall team championship
    Iranian men won the overall team championship with a rich haul of seven gold, two silver and one bronze at the fourth men’s and second women’s West Asian Karate Championship at the Sharjah Ladies Club, on Tuesday night.