Iraqi Sunnis, who first welcomed the jihadist challenge to an unpopular Shiite-led government in Baghdad, are now increasingly repulsed by sectarian brutality. President Obama has pledged to support a proposed national guard.
The BBC reports that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has approved joint military efforts with the US to contain Sunni militants in Iraq. The unconfirmed report comes amid signs of de facto US-Iranian cooperation.
Part 2 of 2: Russia has long been viewed with brotherly affection in eastern Ukraine. But some easterners are becoming disillusioned after seeing facts on the ground contrast with fictions in Russian media.
Islamic State extremists in Iraq have created a common enemy in the region. But Iran has to tackle deep distrust – and keep nuclear talks on track – to forge a new relationship with its Arab neighbors.
Iran and five world powers agreed last week to extend by four months a deadline for reaching a final deal aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb. But a yawning gulf still has to be bridged.