A massive blast in Beirut is being seen as revenge for the Shiite-led Hizbollah's support for the Syrian regime. It's the second such attack in as many months, and could be a sign that the civil war is crossing borders.
Beirut has begun strikes against "Islamic State" positions near its border with Syria. The move is a precarious one, as it places the US-backed army tenuously on the same side as Hezbollah and Bashar al-Assad.
Kuwaiti authorities have captured 12 convicted terrorists with alleged ties to Iran and Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah. Shiites accuse the country's Sunni rulers of politically and legally discriminating against them.
Taliban and Islamic State fighters have added a new twist to the Afghan conflict by carrying out a number of deadly attacks on the Shiite Muslim minority. Experts warn of increased sectarian clashes in the future.
More than two dozen people have been killed in a suicide attack on a Shiite mosque in the Afghan city of Herat. The strike highlights the country's deteriorating security situation.
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