1. How the deadly hajj stampede feeds into old Middle East rivalries
    The death toll is still climbing after a horrifying stampede in the environs of Mecca, site of the annual hajj, the holiest pilgrimage in Islam. More than 700 pilgrims were crushed to death in Mina, a bowl-shaped desert plain that becomes a vast and crammed temporary encampment during the hajj.
  2. ‘Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS,’ by Joby Warrick
    In January 2004, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born leader of jihadist insurgents in Iraq, wrote a letter to Osama bin Laden.
  3. Saudi Arabia is about to crucify a young Arab Spring protester
    Any moment now, authorities in Saudi Arabia are set to carry out the execution of a social activist who was only 17 years old at the time of his alleged offenses.
  4. Iran’s military is making gains in Iraq because of the US’s air campaign against ISIS
    “The United States in­tends to preserve Daesh in order to make Muslims dependent on America,” Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani declared using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State (ISIS) in his September 1st report on regional developments to Iran’s powerful Assembly of Experts.
  5. Albanian Muslim celebrate Eid al-Adha
    Albanian Muslims gathered Today at the boulevard “Martyrs of the Nation” for performing the prayer of Eid al-Adha.
  6. Iran leader says Saudi bears responsibility for deadly stampede
    Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s supreme leader said Saudi Arabia is responsible for Thursday’s stampede during the annual hajj in which 90 Iranians were among more than 700 Muslim pilgrims killed.
  7. At least 95 Iranians dead in Hajj stampede
    TEHRAN, Sep. 24 (MNA) – More than 1200 people were killed and over 1500 injured in a stampede today during the annual hajj pilgrimage just outside Mecca in Mina.
  8. Over 700 pilgrims trampled in deadly hajj stampede
    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The crushing of more than 700 people near the Saudi holy city of Mecca, the worst tragedy at the hajj pilgrimage in a quarter century, poses the latest political challenge for a kingdom roiled by plunging oil prices and war.
  9. Hizbullah Reaches Deal with Syria Rebels on Zabadani, Shiite Towns
    Hizbullah and Syrian rebels have reached an agreement involving a six-month ceasefire in three battleground Syrian towns, a monitoring group said Thursday.
  10. IS Claims Responsibility for Bombing of Shiite Mosque in Yemen
    SANA’A – The Islamic State terrorist group claimed on Thursday responsibility for the bombing of a Shiite mosque in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a, in which at least 10 people were killed and dozens wounded, coinciding with the beginning of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha or Feast of Sacrifice.