- 150 bodies discovered in new mass grave in Syria’s ancient Palmyra – report
A new mass grave containing some 150 corpses bearing gunshot wounds and signs of torture, “dumped” by ISIS jihadists, has been discovered during joint operations in Palmyra. It is the largest burial site to be found in the ancient city since its liberation.
- Bahrain court upholds life terms for 5 Shiite ‘spies’
A Bahraini appeals court today upheld life prison sentences against five Shiites convicted of spying for Iran as well as their citizenships being revoked, a judicial source told AFP.
- Haaretz: Israeli deputy minister admits visited Syria
AhlulBayt News Agency – Israel’s Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara, a member of the Likud faction, admitted on Saturday he visited in Syria since the beginning of the five year long conflict there.
- Iranian general’s visit to Shiite paramilitary forces in Iraq condemned
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The Iraqi government has advanced offensive to rid the city of Fallujah from Islamic State militants.
- South Yemen clashes kill 48: military
Fierce fighting between government forces and Shiite rebels in south Yemen on Sunday claimed the lives of 48 fighters — 28 insurgents and 20 soldiers — a senior military officer said.
- Saudi Arabia Slams Iran’s Role in Iraq as ‘Unacceptable’
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Sunday that Iran must stop meddling in Iraq and that the presence of Iranian military units there is “unacceptable.”
- Saudi: Iran armed units must leave Iraq
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir said on Sunday that sending Iranian Shiite armed units to Iraq to participate in military operations or undergo training is unacceptable.
- ISIL commander in Falluja killed, U.S. military says
WASHINGTON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) — U.S.-led coalition strikes supporting Iraqi forces in the recapture of Falluja have killed 70 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants including the group’s commander in the city, a U.S military spokesman said on Friday.
- US Blocks Cluster-Bomb Sales To Saudis: Report
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has moved to block sales of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen, amid reports of mounting civilian casualties there, a US media report said Saturday.
- Men should ‘lightly beat’ their wives if they refuse sex, according to Islamic council leader
MUSLIM men should be allowed to “lightly beat” their wives if they refuse to have sex, fail to wear a hijab or don’t bathe, according to an Islamic constitutional body.