Comment by recently-appointed minister sparks uproar in sharply divided country.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The parents of an Indiana aid worker threatened with beheading by the Islamic State group rejected suggestions that their son converted to Islam to save himself Monday, saying his interest in Eastern religions began long before he traveled to the Middle East.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Monday lashed out at regional rival Iran, accusing the Shiite powerhouse of having forces inside Syria, Iraq and Yemen, and insisting that Iran is "part of the problem" in trying to defuse the myriad Mideast crises.
Ties between two of Gaza’s arms suppliers strained after Khartoum closed Iranian culture centers in Sudan out of concern Tehran was trying to promote its Shi’ite ideology in Sunni Sudan.
Fall of town in Anbar province is seen as a step by Islamic State to isolating the pro-government forces defending the Haditha dam, which controls the flow of the Euphrates to southern Iraq.
AMMAN (Reuters) – Three Islamic State fighters blew themselves up on Monday in Kobani near the Turkish border with Syria, a monitoring group said, with the hardline militants making slight advances inside the besieged Kurdish town. In one of the attacks an IS fighter detonated a truck laden with explosives in a northern district of Kobani, which has been the scene of heavy clashes between Kurdish forces and Islamic State fighters, Kurdish sources said. Idris Nassan, a Kurdish official in Kobani, said two Kurdish fighters had been wounded during the suicide attack. …
Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) (AFP) – Iran must withdraw its "occupying" forces from Syria to help resolve that country's conflict, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said Monday after talks with his German counterpart.