- A War of Brothers in Iraq: ‘I Will Kill Him With My Own Hands’
FALLUJA, Iraq — In the days leading up to the storming of Falluja by Iraqi forces, Brig. Gen. Hadi Razaij, the leading Sunni police commander in the campaign, sat on a cot in an abandoned house near the front line. He described the resistance that lay ahead: a determined force of hundreds of jihadists that had months to prepare.
- Turkey border guards ‘shot Syrian children’ – monitors
Turkish border guards have shot dead at least eight Syrians, including four children, who were trying to cross into Turkey, activists say.
- Iran shifts on Syria
WASHINGTON — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, at meetings in Oslo, Norway, this week, signaled that he has more authority on the Syria file than he has had until now, and that Iran may be prepared to show more flexibility to advance a political solution, sources who met with him there told Al-Monitor.
- Reports of sectarian massacres as Fallujah falls to Iraqi government
The US-backed prime minister of Iraq, Haider al-Abadi, went on state television Friday to boast that government troops had recaptured the Anbar Province city of Fallujah from Islamic State (ISIS) fighters. After weeks of constant air strikes and artillery bombardments, Special Forces units pushed far enough into the city to raise the Iraqi flag over the former government building.
- ISIL sniper shoots fighter as he tries to rescue civilian child
An ISIL sniper has gunned down a man as he tried to carry a civilian boy to safety on a war ravaged street of Fallujah.
- Centuries-old Kufa mosque still holds religious, political significance
KUFA, Iraq — The Great Mosque of Kufa (aka al-Sahla) is located in the city of Kufa (97 miles south of Baghdad) and is considered one of the earliest mosques in the Islamic world. Built in 638, it was the birthplace of the Shiite religious and political ideology.
- Shiites Demand Unconditional Release of Sheik Zakzaky
In a statement issued by their spokesman, Ibrahim Musa, the Shiites kicked against the explanation given by the Department of State Services (DSS), that Zakzaky is in “protective custody” and being detained in his own volition, wondering why the same DSS has refused to grant him access to his legal team for some months now.
- Bombing kills 14 in Afghan capital
At least 14 people have been killed and eight others wounded in a bomb explosion targeting Nepalese security guards in the Afghan capital city of Kabul.
- Iran thwarts bomb attack in Tehran
A senior Iranian official says authorities have apprehended several people suspected of planning bomb attacks in the capital Tehran.
- Iran FM to embark on two-nation European tour
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will embark on a European tour to discuss regional developments and mutual ties, particularly after last year’s nuclear agreement reached between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries.