1. Are Egypt, Syria next in Turkey rapprochement drive?
    Ankara (AFP) – Turkey has in the last month manoeuvered to end damaging foreign policy disputes with Israel and Russia, but Egypt and Syria will be tougher nuts for Ankara to crack in its drive for regional rapprochement.
  2. Secret 28 Pages of 9/11 Report To Be Released: Officials
    The long-secret “28-pages” from a Congressional report on 9/11 that are said to explore the alleged involvement of prominent Saudi citizens in helping plan and finance the terror attacks are slated to be released imminently, American officials tell NBC News.
  3. Islamic State fighters say bring down Syrian jet
    BEIRUT (Reuters) – Islamic State fighters brought down a Syrian jet near the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Thursday, a monitoring group and an agency linked to the radical militant group said.
  4. Heartbreaking Image of Burned Girl Captures Agony of Iraq
    The image of a 4-year-old girl staring into the camera with a penetrating glare, her face wrapped entirely in white bandages, captures the agony of Iraqis after the country struggles to recover from a horrific bombing that killed close to 300 people, many of them burned to death.
  5. 84 killed in Bastille Day lorry attack in the south of France
    More than 80 people have been killed, and 130 injured, after a lorry drove at speed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day on the seafront in Nice, the capital of the French Riviera.
  6. Lebanese Hezbollah training special Afghan Fatemiyoun forces for combat in Syria
    Established by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to fight in the Syrian Civil War on behalf of Bashar Assad’s government, the Afghan Fatemiyoun Division is comprised of Afghan Shias primarily recruited from the diaspora in Iran, and some from Afghanistan.
  7. Zakir Naik has a large following in Pakistan: Should we be alarmed?
    Indian preacher Dr Zakir Naik has come under a lot of scrutiny after it emerged that the terrorists who carried out the terrorist attack in Dhaka on July 1st may have been radicalised by his preaching. Zakir Naik’s Peace TV Bangla has been banned by the Bangladeshi government as a result.
  8. Shia pilgrims: Ministry yet to file its response
    The Religious Affairs Ministry is yet to file its response following a petition claiming Shia pilgrims applying for Hajj are subject to discrimination.
  9. Shia militia foil ISIS attack at al-Daur in eastern Tikrit
    (IraqiNews.com) Salahuddin – A source in Salahuddin Police informed that members of al-Hashd al-Shaabi foiled a suicide attack with two explosive belts launched by ISIS at al-Daur in eastern Tikrit.
  10. Iraqi Army Managed to Retake Al-Qayyarah Air Base
    AhlulBayt News Agency – ”The Iraqi Army, backed by the popular forces, managed to retake al-Qayyarah Air Base residential complex, situated 7km to the airbase, after fierce clashes with ISIL terrorists, also ended in 18 militants killed and two explosive-ridden pick-up trucks destroyed, ” the army’s anti-terrorism operation spokesman, Sabah al-Na’aman said.