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Russia calls for dialogue between Syrian government, Kurds

MOSCOW: Russia has called for dialogue between the Syrian government and Kurdish forces controlling the country’s northern region amid Washington’s greenlight for Ankara’s upcoming military operation against its Kurdish allies. Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, urged for “dialogue between the central government in …

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Lebanese Paper: Mossad’s Footprints Found in Recent Unrests in Iraq

TEHRAN: Sources close to the Iraqi prime minister disclosed shared efforts by the Israeli Mossad spy agency and the US embassy to channel the recent protests in Iraq towards violence, a Lebanese newspaper reported on Tuesday. “Based on the precise security intelligence collected in the past few days, the Israeli …

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Contradictory reports emerging on Turkish troop’s crossing into Syria

TEHRAN: While Turkey’s Ministry of National Defence says it is still preparing for an offensive in northern Syria, a report by Bloomberg citing a Turkish official says the troops have already begun crossing into Syrian territory. Earlier, an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote that Turkish forces, “together …

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Security in northern Syria should be provided only by Syrian Army: Rouhani

TEHRAN: Iranian President says,” As we announced in the recent trilateral meeting between Iran, Russia, and Turkey, security will be provided on northern Syrian and southern Turkish borders only by the Syrian army.” He underlined the vitality of preserving unity between the nation, the leadership, the armed forces and all the …

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Turkey adamant on Syria offensive as military takes position

ANKARA: Turkey says there is no way it will back out of its plan to launch a military offensive in northern Syria regardless of the consequences, defying growing international calls to pull the plug on the imminent operation. The Turkish parliament on Tuesday extended the government’s mandate to launch “anti-terror” …

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Iraqi forces bust terror cell plotting to assassinate Ayatollah Sistani: Report

Iraq’s security forces have dismantled a terrorist group as it was planning to assassinate the most prominent Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in the wake of ongoing demonstrations against corruption, unemployment and poor public services, a report says. Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network, citing Najaf Provincial Governor Luay …

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Hamas condemns assassination attempt on Gen. Soleimani

TEHRAN: The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has condemned the foiled assassination against the head of IRGC Quds Force, describing it as in favor of the Israeli enemy. According to Lebanese Al-Mayadeen TV, Hamas Spokesman Hazim Qasim said on Friday that attempts to assassinate Iranian Major General Qassim Soleimani would …

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Iraq’s top Shia cleric urges security forces, protesters to avoid violence

BAGHDAD: Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the top Shia cleric of Iraq, has urged security forces and protesters to avoid violence, expressing sorrow over some sporadic unrest that has led to several casualties. “It is sorrowful there have been so many deaths, casualties and destruction” from clashes between anti-government protesters and …

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