- Kerry says US troops in Syria will only fight Islamic State
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says American special operations troops being sent to Syria will only fight Islamic State militants and won’t become involved in the long-running civil war.
- Bahrain Accuses Iran of Training Militants
MANAMA, Bahrain—Officials here on Saturday accused Iran of training and supplying people who sought to carry out terror attacks and create political turmoil on the tiny Gulf island.
- Turkish Shia Scholars Condemn Ayatollah Nimr’s Death Sentence
Turkish Union of Shia Scholars in a statement released on Saturday condemned Saudi judicial system’s decree for execution of Shia religious leader Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
- Indonesia Shia group accuse extremist Sunni leaders of violating constitution
Ahlul Bayt News Agency – Indonesian minority religion leaders have accused hard-line groups from the extremist Sunnis and a local government official of violating the constitution by disseminating hate speech targeting Shia Muslims.
- Power struggle rising between Saudi top princes
The Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, falling oil prices and rising jihadist violence are putting the country’s leadership to the test, nine months after King Salman assumed the throne following the death of king Abdullah.
- Lebanese imam among dead from hajj stampede
The body of a Lebanese man who went missing after last month’s hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia was identified Thursday, Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television has reported.
- Victory over ISIS in Iraqi town has some supporting Iran
BEIJI, Iraq – A big victory over Islamic State here provided fresh ammunition for the many Iraqi Shiites who prefer Iran as a battlefield partner over the U.S., despite indications that Washington could soon intensify its battle against the extremist militants.
- UN and Saudi Arabia spar over Yemen hospital strike
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Relations between Saudi Arabia and the United Nations have taken a turn for the worse after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon claimed that the airstrikes of the Saudi led coalition that hit a UN-run hospital in war-torn Yemen. Saudi Arabia has denied the allegation.
- U.S. promises $100 million in new aid to Syria
MANAMA, BAHRAIN—The United States ramped up its support for Syria’s opposition with a pledge of nearly $100 million (U.S.) in fresh aid on Saturday.
- 1 dead, over 100 hurt in bomb attacks on Shiite procession Bangladesh
The Bangladesh police arrested a string of Opposition officials on Sunday, a day after the bombing of the country’s main Shia shrine killed one person and left almost 80 wounded.