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Raheel Sharif granted NOC to join Saudi Military Alliance

The federal government has granted a No Objection Certificate to former Chief of Army Staff General (retd) Raheel Sharif to join Saudi Wahhabi military alliance, the defence minister said today (Friday). Federal Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that Sharif was given permission to head the military alliance after due process. Earlier, he had been claiming ...

Damascus 100% certain Turkey supplies chemical arms to Syria militants: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has slammed neighboring Turkey for the supply of chemical agents to foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants fighting to topple the Damascus government, stressing that he has no doubt that Ankara is in cahoots with the terror groups. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Russia’s Sputnik news agency on Friday, Assad stated that Syrian officials are ...

50 killed, injured in Taliban attack on Afghan army base: US military

More than 50 Afghans have been killed and injured in an attack by Taliban gunmen on a military compound in the northern province of Balkh, the US military says. “We’re talking probably more than 50 casualties,” Colonel John Thomas, a spokesman for the US military’s Central Command, said. “There is a mosque and a dining ...

Israel deterred from launching new war on Lebanon: Hezbollah deputy chief

Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement says its high level of defense readiness has so far deterred Israel from launching a new act of aggression against the country, warning that any such war would end in a “guaranteed loss” for the regime. “All the indications point to the fact that Israel is deterred. It has not taken a decision ...

Syrian army recaptures town in Hama province

Syrian army forces have advanced into the militant-held town of Taybat al-Imam in the west-central province of Hama and retaken it from Takfiri terrorists, military and media sources say. Army units began their offensive with intense pounding of Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham positions with artillery fire and rockets, killing or injuring scores of Takfiri militants, a military source told SANA on Thursday. Syrian ...

Iran’s Interior Ministry announces final list of presidential candidates

The Iranian Interior Ministry has released the final list of candidates qualified to run in the forthcoming presidential election. Iran’s Interior Ministry on Thursday night gave the following list of eligible candidates (in alphabetical order) vetted by the Guardian Council. Mostafa Aqa-Mirsalim Mostafa Hashemi-Taba Es’haq Jahangiri Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi Hassan Rouhani The vetting body was ...

China says will sign Iran’s Arak reactor deal Sunday

Beijing says Iranian and Chinese companies will sign the first commercial contracts to redesign the Arak heavy water nuclear reactor in central Iran in the weekend. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Lu Kang, told a daily news briefing on Thursday that the accords would be inked in Vienna on Sunday, with initial agreements having already been reached in ...

Iranian FM slams ‘worn-out’ US accusations

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has slammed fresh accusations leveled by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson against the Islamic Republic, urging Washington to honor its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal. “Worn-out US accusations can’t mask its admission of Iran’s compliance w/ JCPOA, obligating US to change course & fulfill its own commitments,” Zarif ...

US military confirms Daesh chemical attack in west Mosul

The US military has confirmed that the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group launched a chemical offensive against advancing Iraqi forces in the flashpoint city of Mosul over the weekend. Iraqi security sources reported last Saturday that Daesh terrorists had fired missiles loaded with chlorine at the then-freshly-liberated neighborhood of al-Abar in west Mosul, causing respiratory problems ...

Bahrain sentences 52 activists to over 313 years in prison

A Bahraini rights group says the Manama regime has sentenced 52 political prisoners to a total of more than 313 years in jail over the last week alone. The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) said the 52 detainees received the prison sentences between April 10 and 16, according to the Bahrain Mirror news website. ...

Iran’s defense chief rejects US claim of sending arms to Yemen

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan has rejected the US allegation that Tehran is sending weapons to Yemen, saying the claims were made as Washington continues to supply arms to terrorists committing crimes in different parts of the world, including in Syria and Iraq. Dehqan’s remarks came in response to US Defense Secretary James ...

Russia’s 10,000-ton aid shipment arrives in Syria’s Tartus port

Russia’s largest batch of humanitarian aid ever sent to Syria has been delivered to the Arab country’s port of Tartus. The 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid, consistent of mostly foodstuffs, arrived in the port on Wednesday. It was delivered via two transport vessels, Sparta-1 and Sparta-2. “This is the biggest humanitarian aid supply batch delivered to Syria ...

US strike on Syria gave Daesh terrorists free rein: Russia PM

The Russian prime minister has denounced Washington’s missile attack on a Syrian military airbase earlier this month, saying the strike gave the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group free rein to continue its terror campaign. Dmitry Medvedev made the remarks in an address to the State Duma, the lower house of the parliament, in Moscow on Wednesday. ...

COAS signs death warrants of 30 ‘hardcore terrorists’

Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday signed the death warrants for 30 “hardcore terrorists” with links to the 2014 Army Public School attack, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. The suspected terrorists were involved in “heinous offences,” which included the “kidnapping and slaughtering” of soldiers of the Frontier Constabulary and an ...

Leader warns against enemy attempts to mar Iran presidential vote

Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has warned the nation against hostile attempts at marring Iran’s upcoming elections, calling for a massive turnout in the vote to disappoint the enemies. Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks on Wednesday in a meeting with Army commanders and staff members. “The enemies make provocations to sabotage the elections. ...

Evacuation of four Syria towns resumes after deadly bombing

Evacuations of four areas in Syria have resumed days after the process, which is part of a deal between Damascus and militant groups, was interrupted by a bloody attack on a bus convoy carrying people from two Shia-majority villages in Idlib Province. Some 45 buses carrying 3,000 civilians left the militant-besieged Shia villages of al-Foua and ...

Yemenis shoot down Saudi Black Hawk, at least 12 Saudi troops killed

More than a dozen Saudi military personnel have been killed when allied forces in Yemen shot down a Black Hawk helicopter taking part in Riyadh’s military operation against the impoverished Arab country. Saudi Arabia’s SPA news agency confirmed the account on Tuesday. However, there was no comment on the reason behind the incident. Earlier, military sources ...

UN: Nearly Half a Million Iraqis have Fled Mosul Fighting

The United Nations says nearly half a million civilians have fled Mosul since Iraqi forces launched a wide-scale military operation last October to retake the city from ISIL militants. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said Monday that 493,000 people have been displaced from the city. As many as 500,000 others are ...

It’s time for US to understand the Russian message!

The US efforts to intimidate, warn or threaten Russia and to push it to change its stance from the Syrian crisis proved futile. Washington continues to launch a fierce political and media campaign against the Syrian government, after its military offensive against Shayrat military airbase. Not to forget the military buildup and continuous support to ...

Iraqi Vice President: ISIL seeking alliance with Al-Qaeda

ISIL is talking to Al-Qaeda about a possible alliance as Iraqi troops close in on ISIL terrorists in Mosul, Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi said in an interview on Monday. Allawi said he got the information Monday from Iraqi and regional contacts knowledgeable about Iraq. “The discussion has started now,” Allawi said. “There are discussions ...

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