1. Why are Indian Wahhabis angry with Modi for promoting Sufism?
    The leaders of the Wahhabi section of Indian Sunni Muslims represented by the Deoband school, the missionary body Tablighi Jamaat, and another Wahhabi stream, Ahle Hadees, were into their familiar game of accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of dividing the Muslim community recently, soon after Modi extolled Sufism at the World Sufi Forum in Delhi and called for encouraging it to counter radical Islam, leaving a deep impression on a series of Sufi scholars who were present at the meet.
  2. Iraqi Shiite militias to join Mosul battle
    Baghdad: An Iraqi Shiite paramilitary group has said it will join government forces preparing to fight Daesh for Mosul despite objections from politicians who fear this could instigate sectarian bloodshed in the mostly Sunni Muslim city.
  3. Saudi coalition used US bomb in Yemen market strike: report
    A Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen used a U.S.-supplied bomb in an airstrike last month on a market that killed at least 119 people, a human rights group said on April 7, further highlighting American involvement in the conflict.
  4. Saudi king arrives in Egypt to official fanfare, high hopes
    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt welcomed Saudi Arabia’s monarch on a landmark visit to the Arab world’s most populous country on Thursday, with Cairo seeking to boost ties and garner deals to prop up the nation’s shaky economy despite some persistent divisions with the Sunni powerhouse.
  5. Slowly, Post-ISIS Tikrit Regains Normalcy
    TIKRIT, Iraq—If you discount the flattened government buildings and the sectarian graffiti daubed by Shiite militias on almost every wall, Tikrit looks almost like a normal Iraqi city these days.
  6. Kurdish women: Words can’t express ordeal at Daesh hands
    Kurdish women, who were captured and held by Takfiri Daesh terrorists in Iraq, have given horrific accounts of torture and cruelty.
  7. Three Saudi-backed commanders killed in Yemen
    The Yemeni army and Ansarullah fighters have engaged in fierce clashes with militants loyal to the Saudi-backed fugitive former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, in northern Yemen, leaving three field commanders dead.
  8. Pentagon: U.S. May Set Up More Small Outposts in Iraq
    The Pentagon will consider opening more small military outposts that would provide artillery support and other aid to Iraqi forces as they prepare to retake the northern city of Mosul from ISIS militants, a senior military officer on the Joint Staff said Wednesday.
  9. Iraq to lower oil price forecast to $32 a barrel in 2016 budget
    BAGHDAD: Iraq plans to lower the oil price forecast in its 2016 budget to about $32 a barrel from $45, widening its fiscal deficit by several billion dollars, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and a senior government official told Reuters.
  10. Counter-ISIL Strikes Continue in Syria, Iraq
    SOUTHWEST ASIA, April 7, 2016 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.