1. Violence Erupts in Baghdad
    Baghdad — Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and gunshots in the air as hundreds of anti-government protesters stormed Baghdad’s heavily secured Green Zone on Friday.
  2. The Agony of Victory: Battlefield Successes Push ISIS Into a Different Deadly Role
    A recent spike in terrorist attacks in Baghdad is exposing much broader dangers for the country, as it struggles to keep up with the Islamic State group’s brutal, seasoned and effective tactics.
  3. Iraqis divided over Soleimani’s role in their country
    BAGHDAD — Iran’s Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani has stirred a great deal of controversy in Iraq, where people have started arguing over whether his role is a positive or a negative one.
  4. Hezbollah flexes muscle ahead of South Lebanon polls
    Beirut: Several municipal councils and mayors running unopposed in Sunday’s South Lebanon and Nabatiyyah governorate contests were re-elected by acclamation, as various rallies gained momentum, political groups formed competing lists and, in Jezzine, a three-way confrontation to fill a vacant parliamentary seat added to the democratisation hoopla.
  5. Stunned, Ajmal grapples with loss
    GUWAHATI: All-India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) is struggling hard to come to terms with the stunning defeat of its charismatic president, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, in the assembly election.
  6. Top Saudi cleric seen to warn Iran
    RIYADH, May 20, (AFP): A senior Saudi religious leader on Friday warned against those who would “wreak havoc” under the guise of pilgrimage, an apparent swipe at the kingdom’s rival Iran.
  7. Nasrallah grieves loss of ‘many’ fighters in Syria
    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah admitted on Friday that his militia has lost “a large number” of fighters in Syria.
  8. US rejects Russian proposal for joint air strikes on Syria
    Moscow (AFP) – Moscow on Friday proposed that Russia and United States, which have been flying separate bombing campaigns in Syria, launch joint air strikes against jihadists from next week, a proposal the Pentagon swiftly rejected.
  9. India’s Narendra Modi woos Iranian leaders
    When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Tehran this weekend, he will find out whether it’s the beginning of a new era in bilateral ties – or a missed opportunity.
  10. Hezbollah to send more fighters to Syria: Nasrallah
    Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Friday said his Lebanese Shia movement would boost its support for Syria’s government after one of its top commanders was killed there last week.