News: 11-Jun-15

  1. West partly to blame for Islamic State: top Muslim cleric
    Florence (Italy) (AFP) – The West has an interest in the “fragmentation” of the Islamic world and is partly to blame for the rise of Islamic State, one of the world’s top Muslim clerics told AFP in an interview on Tuesday.
  2. Donald Rumsfeld: George W. Bush Was Wrong About Iraq
    When it comes to the U.S.-led war in Iraq, hindsight continues to turn up its share of surprises.
  3. ISIS Is Using Tunnel Bombs in Iraq
    Updating an ancient tactic, Islamic State militants — as well as rebels in Syria — are digging virtually undetectable tunnels, then planting bombs to blow up buildings and other targets.
  4. No, Iran Isn’t Destabilizing the Middle East
    As the nuclear negotiations with Iran enter what may be their final lap, diehard opponents of any agreement with Tehran have been leaning more heavily than ever on the theme that Iran is a nasty actor in the Middle East intent on doing all manner of nefarious things in the region.
  5. The secret US mission to heal Saudi King Ibn Saud
    Six decades ago, the US and Saudi Arabia had an uneasy relationship based on oil and regional security, but a secret trip by President Truman’s personal physician to treat the Saudi monarch drew them closer together.
  6. U.S. Embracing a New Approach on Battling ISIS in Iraq
    WASHINGTON — In a major shift of focus in the battle against the Islamic State, the Obama administration is planning to establish a new military base in Anbar Province and send 400 American military trainers to help Iraqi forces retake the city of Ramadi.
  7. Airstrikes Killing Thousands of Islamic State Fighters, but It Just Recruits More
    Foreign fighters are flocking to Iraq and Syria, as the militant group also recruits from areas under its control.
  8. Iran condolences for Saudis in suspected poisoning accident
    Iran on Wednesday offered condolences to the families of four Saudis who died from an apparent accidental chemical poisoning during a pilgrimage in Iran, after Riyadh summoned Tehran’s ambassador over the incident.
  9. Bahrain summons Iraqi ambassador over banned Shiite group
    ABU DHABI: Bahrain’s foreign minister summoned the Iraqi ambassador to the country Wednesday to hand him an official letter of protest over a banned Shiite group that the kingdom said received training in Iraq.
  10. Hezbollah and Isis clash in first-ever battle
    Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah and radical Islamist terror group Isis engaged in the first-ever direct clash between the two groups in Lebanon’s northeastern Bekaa Valley yesterday.

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