IS leader al-Baghdadi urges Mosul jihadis to fight to the end

Nov 3, 2016

IS leader al-Baghdadi urges Mosul jihadis to fight to the end

Gogjali Iraq AFP-Jiji Jihadi leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on his fighters to resist as Iraqi forces were poised Thursday to enter the city of Mosul where he declared a “caliphate” two years ago. The appeal was made in an audio recording released on ...

Documents detail Islamic State guidelines for beards, concubines

Nov 2, 2016

Documents detail Islamic State guidelines for beards, concubines

After the Islamic State group conquered villages in northern Iraq, it spelled out in minute detail the rules of its self-proclaimed caliphate, from beard length to alms to guidelines for taking women as sex slaves. Islamic State documents and posters, obtained in villages captured ...

Oct 24, 2016

Heading for all-out war in Yemen

Reinvigorated diplomacy that will culminate in a power-sharing agreement is needed to halt Yemen's slide to civil war and avert a humanitarian catastrophe.

Iran steps up weapons supply to Yemen's Houthis via Oman: officials

Oct 21, 2016

Iran steps up weapons supply to Yemen's Houthis via Oman: officials

Iran has stepped up weapons transfers to the Houthis, the militia fighting the Saudi-backed government in Yemen, U.S., Western and Iranian officials said, a development that threatens to prolong and intensify the 19-month-old war. The increased pace of transfers in recent months, which officials ...

Oct 21, 2016

Iran denies role in failed missile attack on U.S. destroyer off Yemen

Iran on Thursday denied playing any role in last week’s failed missile attack on a U.S. Navy vessel in the Red Sea, saying reports coming from Washington are “baseless and paranoid.” “The ambiguous and contradictory remarks by American officials in past days are wrong ...

Oct 19, 2016

Some Japan trading houses eye resuming Iran oil imports: sources

Japanese traders including Marubeni Corp. and Sumitomo Corp. that stopped buying Iranian oil during western sanctions are looking to resume imports, potentially by year-end, industry sources said. Conservative Japanese firms have so far held off taking Iranian crude due to a lack of internationally ...