- The dispute between al-Qaeda and the Islamic State has devolved to name-calling
In a new 26-minute-long video statement, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said the Islamic caliphate declared by the Islamic State was illegitimate, dismissively referring to that militant organization as “Baghdadi’s’ group,” a reference to its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
- Ahmed Chalabi, prominent Shiite politician, dies at 71
ERBIL, Kurdistan region – Prominent Shiite politician Ahmed Abdul Hadi Chalabi, a controversial politician who crusaded in Washington for the ouster of Saddam Hussein but later demanded that US troops withdraw, died of a heart attack Tuesday. He was 71.
- Graphic video shows Afghan woman stoned to death for eloping
A young Afghan woman who was married against her will has been stoned to death by extremists after she was caught eloping with another man, local officials told AFP Tuesday.
- Rare cyclone batters war-torn Yemen
A rare tropical cyclone has slammed into Yemen, triggering heavy flooding and causing “enormous” damage in a region of the war-racked country dominated by al-Qaeda, a senior official said today.
- Iran May Withdraw From Syria Peace Talks
Iran will withdraw from talks for peace in Syria if the discussions turn into a forum for political bickering that fails to address the plight of the Syrian people, a senior Iranian official said Monday, adding that Iran’s chief regional rival Saudi Arabia had been playing a negative role.
- Rivers of Rotting Garbage Anger Residents in Beirut, Lebanon
Mountains of rotting garbage have been piling up for four months in the streets of Beirut, with recent heavy rains creating rivers of festering refuse in a the streets of a city that’s home to 2 million people.
- Bahraini NGO Reveals Al Khalifa Crackdown on Religious Practices
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Spokesman of Bahrain Forum for Human Rights said there have been numerous cases of Bahraini regime’s suppression of Shiite Muslims in religious ceremonies during the lunar month of Muharram.
- Terrorists killed over 700 Iraqis in October
At least 714 Iraqis were killed and 1,269 others wounded in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in October, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters here on Monday.
- Supreme Leader: US, Iran’s main enemy
According to the Iranian calendar, Wednesday, Aban 13, marks the day when Iranian students took over the US embassy in Tehran, dubbed the “den of espionage,” back in 1979. It has been named the National Day of Fighting Global Arrogance.
- Iran says it’s complying, but “Death to America” stands
Iran’s atomic energy chief said Monday that the Islamic republic had begun shutting down centrifuges used to enrich uranium, upholding it’s half of the nuclear deal reached with the U.S. and other major world powers earlier this year, and he suggested Tehran’s obligations under the first phase of that agreement could be met within a couple months.