Even though CIA-linked General Haftar claims his bombing of Misrata militia in Tripoli was a joint effort with the international community there seems little attention let alone analysis in the media of what is happening in Libya
The Yemeni government has paid out more than $1 million U.S. to relatives of victims of a U.S. drone strike. Documents verifying the payments show that there was evidence that many casualties were civilians with no Al Qaeda connections.
Protesters in Pakistan are trying to force the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. A Lahore court ordered murder charges be brought against both Sharif and his brother after a crackdown on a protest by preacher Muhammad Qadri last June.
The U.S. insists whenever it can that US troops occupying or serving in any country be immune from legal prosecution in that country. Troops who are charged in such countries are tried in US military courts often back in the United States.
As Russia bans many food imports from the west in response to sanctions by the EU, the US, Australia and Canada, other countries are coming forward to take advantage of the situation for their own producers.
In an interesting commentary titled "The Caliphate vs. Everyone Else", the renowned American sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein discusses the way in which the successful advance of the Islamic State forces has managed to alter alliances in the Middle East.
Anbar Governor Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi confirmed to Reuters that he had met with U.S. diplomats as well as senior military officials to seek help in defeating IS forces who control almost all of the province.
Four protesters were killed in Cairo demonstrations that were marking the first anniversary of Egyptian security forces' crackdown on demonstrators in Rabbaa al-Adawiya and Nahda Square who were protesting the overthrow of former president Morsi.
After earlier appearing on TV to denounce the nomination of Haider al-Abadi as unconstitutional, today Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki appeared again to announce he was stepping down and would support al-Abadi as his successor.
Having been abandoned by his former US supporters and even Iran and Shia spiritual leaders, embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is finally giving indications that he will accept the fact that he can't continue as prime minister.
On Tuesday August 12, the new Libyan parliament meeting in the eastern city of Tobruk agreed that the next Libyan president would be elected by popular vote. No date was set for the election however.
The US has in effect reversed its long standing policy of supporting the central Iraqi government by only sending military aid to Baghdad. Now the US is directly providing arms to the Kurds to help them fight the Islamic State forces in Iraq.
Dr. Hayder Abadi was named by the Iraqi president as the nominee for prime minister to replace Nouri al-Maliki the present prime minister. Al-Maliki objects to the nomination even though Abadi is a member of the Dawa Party along with al-Maliki.