Sadr’s Withdrawal from Politics: Permanent or Temporary?Iraq once again descended into chaos on Monday after powerful cleric Muqtada Sadr said he was quitting politics, prompting his loyalists, in particular Saraya al-Salam militiamen, to storm Baghdad’s Green Zone, home to government offices and diplomatic missions. However after a day of deadly clashes that claimed lives of about 30 people and wounded hundreds more, Sadr told his followers to leave their protests in central Baghdad and apologized to the Iraqi people.
Israel Does Not Believe in ’Peace’: AbbasMahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority (PA)’s President said the Israeli regime "does not believe in peace," citing Tel Aviv’s litany of chronic abuses against Palestinians.
Taliban have forcibly evicted thousands of people, mostly from Shiite Hazara community, in several provinces across Afghanistan in what appears to be collective punishment, illegal under international law, Human Rights Watch has warned.
The leader of the Taliban has delivered his first televised address since the group took power in Afghanistan in mid-August. He vowed not to interfere in other countries, and asked for international aid.