A source at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons hasindicated that evidence exists that mustard gas was used during fighting between Syrian insurgent groups in the town of Marea in August.
Two reporters with the Syrian activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently were murdered by the Islamic State.
Iran’s tensions with Saudi Arabia prove a challenge in peace talks.
Ahmad Chalabi has died at 71. Chalabi played an influential role in pushing the US to invade Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein in 2003. Aram Roston details his efforts for BuzzFeed. Frontline correspondent Martin Smith chronicles his experiences interviewing Chalabi at various points since the invasion. And here is an older New Yorker piece profiling Chalabi by the excellent Jane Mayer.
The 36th anniversary of the siege of the American embassy in Iran highlights the tricky political game some Iranian leaders have to play between the hardliners and the new nuclear deal.
Bahrain has revoked the citizenship of five people convicted on terrorism charges and on charges of spying for Iran.
Afghan refugees living in Iran are being sent to fight in Syria.
MSF has released its internal report into the targeting of its Kunduz hospital by US airstrikes, giving the events in graphic detail and reiterating their assertionthat no Taliban fighters were using the facility as a base.
At the same time as the strikes that targeted the MSF hospital in Kunduz, US strikes also hit a warehouse and a mansion in the area. Though no one was killed in those strikes, the lack of militants nearby raises questions about the quality of intelligence provided by the Afghan security forces.