US to ask allies to send ‘hundreds of troops’ to Syria

Senator Lindsey Graham says the US is looking for its allies to deploy hundreds of troops to Syria following the withdrawal of American soldiers from the Arab country. Speaking on a panel discussion at the 2019 Munich Security Conference on Friday, Graham announced that US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford would call on Washington’s partners during the event to send forces to Syria. Dunford, he said, “would be coming to some of you in this room, and he will be asking for a contribution of forces to stabilize the…

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UN Security Council condemns ‘in strongest terms’ attack on IRGC forces

The United Nations Security Council has condemned “in the strongest terms” a “heinous and cowardly” terrorist attack in southeastern Iran, which killed 27 IRGC personnel and wounded 13 others Wednesday. Council Members expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the government and families of the 27 victims on Thursday and wished a “speedy and full recovery” to the 13 injured. “Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security,” reaffirmed the Council. It also underlined the need to hold “perpetrators, organizers,…

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Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran sign deal key to free trade

Russia, Kazakhstan and Iran have signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in wheat trading, taking another step towards setting up a free trade zone. The document was signed in Moscow Tuesday, bringing the countries closer to the free trade zone between Iran and the Eurasian Economic Union, which Russia has established with its neighbors. “The memorandum is an integral part of the free trade zone agreement signed between the Eurasian Economic Union member states and Iran last year,” Kazakhstan’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture Gulmira Issayeva said. Under the deal,…

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Leader of Iraqi militia: US using Daesh as excuse to fulfill interests

The leader of a powerful Iraqi militia group has lashed out at the United States for propping up the Daesh terrorist outfit in order to extend the stay of American troops in Iraq. Qais al-Khazali, leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq group, said in a tweet on Monday that Washington looks at its own interests in Iraq before deciding whether to destroy Daesh or help it recover from the many defeats it has suffered in recent months. Right now, he said, Washington needs the terrorist group to justify the presence…

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Iranians rally to support Islamic Revolution on 40th anniversary

Millions of Iranians from all backgrounds have taken to the streets around the country to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution at a time of intensified US-led pressures. According to Press TV, today marks the climax of the Ten-Day Dawn commemorating the period between February 1, 1979 when Imam Khomeini (God’s mercy upon him) returned from exile and the end of 2500 years of monarchy. Every year on this day, the nation turns out in droves to highlight support for the Revolution which replaced the US-backed regime with an Islamic Republic. On…

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Bahrain: Aal-e Khalifa forces destroy signs marking martyrdom anniversary of Prophet’s daughter

Security forces of Aal-e Khailfa in Bahrain have destroyed signs marking the martyrdom anniversary of Hazrat Fatima Zahra (SA), the daughter of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA). Local media said Saturday security forces removed black flags and banners put up in public places to commemorate the occasion overnight. Hazrat Fatima is an enormously revered figure, especially for Shia Muslims who view her as the foremost role model for women. Her martyrdom anniversary is marked every year in several countries, most importantly in Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, Lebanon and Pakistan. Religious events held by Bahrain’s majority…

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Saudi Arabia: Shia Muslim Kid barbarously murdered in Medina before mother’s eyes

A Shia Muslim little boy, while on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Medina with his mother, has been barbarously killed for unknown reasons, fueling speculations that he could have been a sectarian and hate crime victim. According to what circulated on social media, Zakariya Bader al-Jabir — said to be six or seven years old — was savagely murdered by a taxi driver in front of his mother late last month. The New Arab website says his mother’s recitation of salutations for the Prophet (SAWA) and his family (Ahlul Bayt) outraged…

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Saudis transferring US weapons to Qaeda in Yemen, report reveals

Saudi Arabia is “transferring” American weapons to al-Qaeda terrorists and Salafi militias in Yemen, a report reveals. Saudi and its main accomplice in the war on Yemen, the UAE, “have used the US-manufactured weapons as a form of currency to buy the loyalties of militias or tribes, bolster chosen armed actors, and influence the complex political landscape,” CNN said in a report Monday, citing local commanders on the ground and analysts. During his maiden state visit, US President Donald Trump went to Saudi Arabia where he signed a massive $110 billion arms…

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Nasrallah: New Lebanese govt. not controlled by Hezbollah, belongs to all factions

Secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement has strongly dismissed latest allegations by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the movement is in control of the Lebanese government, stressing the new administration belongs to all political factions participating in it. The Israeli premier is “provoking the United States, European countries and the [Persian] Gulf states against the Lebanese government, claiming that it is controlled by Hezbollah. Such false claims have serious international repercussions,” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said as he addressed his supporters via a televised speech broadcast live from the Lebanese…

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About 13 Syrian civilians killed in US-led operation in Dayr al-Zawr

More than a dozen civilians have lost their lives when the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group carried out an operation in Syria’s troubled eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr. The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Saturday that US-led forces shelled farming land between al-Baghuz Fawqani and al-Marashidah towns in Abu Kamal district in the province late Friday night, killing 13 people and injuring many more. The London-based monitor added that there were seven children among the fallen civilians. The group noted that the death toll was expected…

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