1. After 20-year break, these Iranian Kurds are taking up arms again
    DIYARBAKIR — On June 15, news came out of the Iranian town of Shino, a Kurdish city in western Iran, that an armed group had clashed with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and that both sides lost six fighters.
  2. Who’s next in line for Saudi throne? Don’t ask
    Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud is currently presiding over two hawkish princes he appointed in 2015 to run the kingdom.
  3. Ankara’s IS militants return home
    ANKARA, Turkey — In Ankara’s Hacibayram neighborhood, young men clad in long gray robes stand out among the locals in the streets.
  4. The flames that consumed hope
    I’m frequently asked to write security assessments of Baghdad, to gauge what the risks are and what the associated political fallout could be.
  5. Will US, Russia start coordinating against Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria?
    WASHINGTON — The United States, increasingly concerned about the threat posed by al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra to US national interests and allies, has discussed with Russia a proposal to target Jabhat al-Nusra as well as the so-called Islamic State (IS), under very strict conditions that Russia should meaningfully restrain Bashar al-Assad’s regime for it to observe a partial Syria truce and allow in unfettered humanitarian aid.
  6. Erdogan’s latest wake-up call on Islamic State
    The Obama administration is considering a plan to coordinate airstrikes with Russia against Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, in return for Russia’s commitment to pressure the Syrian government to end its airstrikes against civilians and US-backed moderate armed groups operating in Syria.
  7. Video ‘shows ISIS fighters laughing and joking while a woman is heard screaming as she is being raped nearby’: Claims after footage ‘is retrieved from dead Islamic State militant’s phone’
    Harrowing footage from a dead terrorist’s phone appears to show ISIS fighters laughing and joking while a woman can be heard being raped in the background.
  8. Shiite Leader Calls for Syria-Lebanon Coordination to Fight Terrorism
    Beirut, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The governments of Lebanon and Syria must heighten the level of coordination between them in favor of preserving the joint interests of both countries from the harm of terrorism, said a renowned Shiite cleric today.
  9. Iran will not intervene in Bahrain despite tensions: Khamenei
    Tehran (AFP) – Iran will not intervene in Bahrain despite a growing risk of internal conflict caused by the kingdom’s treatment of its Shiite majority population, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday.
  10. Peace TV of Mumbai preacher Zakir Naik who inspired Dhaka killer funded in Britain
    After the Bangladesh police mentioned that one of the terrorists involved in the attack at Holey Artisan Cafe was heavily influenced by the exhortations of Mumbai-based Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik, fresh details have emerged about foreign funding to Naik’s Dubai-based television channel Peace TV.