Iranian authorities have closed the Khosravi checkpoint on the border with Iraq in response to recent bombings in Baghdad and Diyala in which several Shia pilgrims, including many Iranians, were killed.
At least nine people were killed on Saturday when a suicide bomber targeted Sunni Arab militiamen, or Sahwas, at their headquarters, south of Baghdad. The US-allied patrolmen have been playing a crucial role in cutting down violence in Iraq.
The Moroccan Foreign Ministry has announced it is severing its diplomatic relations with Iran. Sunni-dominated Morocco has expressed concern for what it sees as Iran’s efforts to convert Sunni Muslims to Shi’ism.
Mohammed al-Daini, a Sunni MP from the National Dialogue Front, was formally accused Sunday of masterminding a 2007 suicide attack against the Iraqi government, in which eight people died and over 20 were wounded.
A suicide bomber killed at least 30 people and wounded 50 more in a Shi'ite funeral procession in Pakistan's northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan, police sources say. A curfew has been set to curb the violence sparked by the attack.
An attack near a Shiite mosque in central Pakistan killed at least 33 people and wounded 52 others, police sources say. The town of Dera Ghazi Khan saw a night of violent protests by Shiite students Thursday condemning the attack.
The website of the pan-Arabic channel Al Arabiya was hacked Friday. Hackers threatened to shut down all Sunni websites if "attacks against Shia sites continue". The arabic television channel created a temporary website.
Sunni militias battling al Qaeda in Iraq transferred to Iraqi government control Wednesday, according to US and Iraqi authorities. But it’s a transfer that’s essentially cosmetic, says FRANCE 24’s Lucas Menget.