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Who might lead ISIS if al-Baghdadi dies?

<i>Watch "Blindsided: How ISIS shook the world," a GPS special airing Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.</i><p><b>(CNN) —</b> For weeks, reports have been circulating that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the caliph of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), was seriously injured in an airstrike back in March.<p>On Wednesday, …

Islam

Despite leading war in Yemen, Saudi Arabia mostly untouched

NAJRAN, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Khatim Umm Salem's quiet, secure life betrays no signs of the war taking place just a few miles away.<p>In the mornings, the …

Spain arrests two suspected of distributing Islamic State propaganda | Reuters

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish police arrested two people on Tuesday in the northeastern city of Barcelona on suspicion of distributing Islamic State propaganda, the interior ministry said.<p>The two suspects used several online profiles to disburse their own material and official content from the …

Yemen truce starts after shelling, Iran sends cargo ship | Reuters

CAIRO/ADEN (Reuters) - Saudi-led air strikes hit the rebel-held Yemeni capital Sanaa hours before a five-day humanitarian truce took effect on Tuesday, and Washington cautioned against “provocative actions” after Iran dispatched a cargo ship to Yemen.<p>An air strike hits a military site controlled by …

Iran stresses end-June deadline as nuclear talks press on | Reuters

VIENNA (Reuters) - Tehran’s top nuclear negotiator said on Tuesday he hoped diplomacy resuming this week will yield results before a self-imposed deadline for a final deal to curtail Iran’s atomic program expires at the end of June.<p>The Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi …

South Asia

Uzbekistan: 10 years after the Andijan massacre | War & Conflict

<b>Andijan, Uzbekistan</b> - It was the biggest and bloodiest crackdown on a popular revolt in the former Soviet Union since its 1991 dissolution - and the reason why the US lost a strategic foothold in Central Asia, right next to Afghanistan.<p>On May 13, 2005, Uzbek President Islam Karimov ordered his …

Pakistan's leader promises cooperation in hunt for militants | Reuters

KABUL (Reuters) - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif promised coordinated military operations with Afghan forces to hunt down militants along their shared border, saying on a visit to Kabul on Tuesday that he condemned a recent Taliban offensive.<p>Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif speaks …

Yemen violence ahead of proposed ceasefire

<b>Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) —</b> Yemen's residents saw a much-needed break late Tuesday in the fighting gripping the country as a five-day humanitarian pause proposed by Saudi Arabia went into effect.<p>Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Friday that his country would implement the pause at 11 p.m. local …

Saudi King’s Absence at Obama Summit Moves Spotlight to Mysterious Son

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Aramco

Iran is reportedly coercing Afghan illegal immigrants to fight in Syria so that Assad doesn't run out of fighters

The Syrian government has increasingly relied upon Iran and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, for manpower as the civil war drags into its fifth year. But even that hasn't been enough. Iran has started sending undocumented Afghan immigrants to Syria to serve as frontline fighters, Christoph Reuter …

Deadly blasts target pilgrims in Baghdad

Two bombs have exploded in the Iraqi capital, killing at least 12 people and injuring 25, Al Jazeera has learnt.<p>The first bomb detonated in central Baghdad's Bab al-Sharji area near al-Nassir Square around 7.30pm local time, killing at least 10 people and injuring another 18.<p>An Al Jazeera …