1. Iran backs unity in Iraq
    TEHRAN, Oct. 19 (MNA) – Iran’s VP received KRG prime minister in Tehran and voiced Iran’s determination for expansion of ties with Iraq.
  2. Terrorism and the Crisis of Sunni Islam
    Sunni Islam is in turmoil. Over the last two decades, it has been in the grip of ferment and fragmentation unprecedented in its long history.
  3. Sunni scholar addresses a ‘Majlis’ in Lucknow first time
    Lucknow: For the first time in India, a Sunni Muslim cleric addressed a ‘Majlis’ of Shia Muslims held at Asafi Imambara in old city of Lucknow. It was addressed by Maulana Kamal Ahmad Shamshi Tehrani, of Tonk in Rajasthan on the invitation extended by Shia cleric, Maulana Kalbe Jawad.
  4. Senior Iranian officer leads assault in Syria
    BEIRUT, Lebanon – A senior Iranian commander is coordinating an assault on the Syrian city Aleppo by a mix of Shiite forces from Iran, Lebanon and Iraq in support of Syrian troops, militiamen say, an indication of deepening Iranian involvement in Syria’s war that has transcended national boundaries.
  5. Syrian Troops Kill ISIS Terrorists in Daraa
    The army killed a number of terrorists in al-Bajabja neighborhood, South of the old customs building, around the technical institute and East of the shoes factory in Daraa al-Balad neighborhood in Daraa city on Sunday.
  6. Yemen’s Government Accepts Talks With Shiite Rebels
    Yemen has accepted an invitation from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for talks with Shiite Houthi rebels at the end of this month to discuss the implementation of a U.N. resolution aimed at ending months of heavy fighting, a spokesman said Monday.
  7. The story behind Shiite tears
    Collecting tears in the hope that they wash away their sins, Shiite Muslims commemorate Ashura every year to mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a tragedy they believe to be the epitome of the battle between good and evil.
  8. Chairman of Xinjiang visits Mashhad
    MASHHAD, Oct. 19 (MNA) – Visiting the holy city of Mashhad, the Chairman of Xinjiang Province Shohrat Zakir said: “Iranians are very hospitable and I got to learn a lot about Iranian-Islamic civilization and culture.”
  9. Iraqi Army, Shiite militias report success in Baiji
    The Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and their Shiite militia allies have reported major successes after launching an operation to recapture the central Iraqi city of Baiji last week,. The Islamic State is said to be holed up in just a pocket of the city after the Iraqi forces retook the Baiji oil refinery, the city center, and several districts.
  10. U.S. and Iraqi Forces Take Offensive Against ISIS on Several Fronts
    BAGHDAD — Struggling to regain the initiative after a long impasse in the battle against Islamic State militants, the Iraqi government and the American-led coalition are for the first time in months putting military pressure on the jihadists on multiple fronts, officials say.