TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Iraqi security expert warned that members of the dissolved Ba'ath party are collecting intel for the US in Western Iraq, mainly through spying on Hashd al-Shaabi forces.
The Arabic-language al-Ma'aloumeh news website quoted Moa'ayed al-Ali as saying on Tuesday that members of Ba'ath party have infiltrated into the Iraqi security bodies in Western Iraq.
He added that they collect intelligence on security units and Hashd al-Shaabi in Iraq and relay the intel to the US forces.
TEHRAN (FNA)- A large number of civilians have been killed in explosions of mines left behind from the ISIL in the city of Raqqa despite the US claims that it has demined the region and restored security to the region over the past two years, media reports said.
The pro-militant Arabic-language Baladi News Website reported that over 300,000 people are exposed to the risk of losing their lives due to the negligence of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the US-led coalition towards presence of thousands of military mines remaining from the ISIL’s presence in the city.
Local sources said that Raqqa city is the scene of explosion of mines left behind by the ISIL, adding that a large number of civilians, including children, are killed in mine blasts.
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian Army is preparing to cleanse the border regions with Iraq as Iraqi Army troops started a joint military operation, codenamed Eradeh al-Nasr, in an area stretching among the Salahuddin, Nineveh and al-Anbar provinces towards the border with Syria, media reports said Tuesday.
The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that the Iraqi popular forces (Hashd al-Sha’abi) who have recently supported the Syrian Army have been deployed to Badiyeh (desert) region in Deir Ezzur along Iraq-Syria borders from al-Jami’at and al-Ketf in the city of Bu Kamal in Southeastern Deir Ezzur.
The newspaper noted that the main purpose for dispatching Hashd al-Sha’abi forces to border regions is to get rid of the remnants of the terrorists from the border regions.
Meantime, battlefield sources said that massive military convoys of the Syrian Army comprising hundreds of Syrian Army troops together with military equipment have been dispatched to al-Shoula region along Deir Ezzur-Sukhna road to cleanse the ISIL from the region.
Meantime, the Syrian Army’s artillery and missile units pounded the ISIL’s movements in al-Koum, near T3 Station in Syria’s Eastern Badiyeh, destroying several military positions of the terrorists and killing a number of them.
In a relevant development on Monday, the Iraqi Army troops cleaned up over 40 towns and villages and destroyed about 20 hideouts of the ISIL terrorists in major military operations in the Western provinces along the border with Syria, Iraqi sources said.
The top official in Iran’s tourism sector has said that the country welcomed record number of tourists in the last Iranian calendar year which ended in March.
Ali Asghar Mounessan, who heads the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization of Iran (ICHTO), said on Tuesday that tourism in Iran has been experiencing a boom despite tough sanctions imposed on the country by the United States.
Mounessan told the official IRNA agency that the number of foreign tourists visiting Iran in the 12-month period ending in March 2019 had topped 7.8 million, an increase of 52 percent compared to the previous year.
The statistics recently released about Iran’s trade during spring, which corresponds to the first quarter of Iranian calendar year, indicate that the country’s value of non-oil exports to Turkey has risen five folds compared to the same period of time in the previous year.
Iran exported $2.235 billion of non-oil products to Turkey in spring of this year, rising 430 percent from $421 million in spring of the previous year.
And it is while the Islamic Republic has imported just $1.26 billion of non-oil commodities from its neighbor, Turkey, in the mentioned time span.
For the expansion of trade with the neighboring countries, Iran has also put boosting trade via border areas on agenda.
In this due, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been recently made between Iran and Turkey for the expansion of bilateral border trade.
War-battered Yemen has been hit with more than 460,000 suspected cholera cases so far this year -- a sharp rise from the 380,000 cases for all of 2018, the United Nations said Monday.
UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said the increased number of cases has led to 705 apparent cholera deaths since January, dramatically higher than the 75 deaths in the same period last year.
Haq said the spread of cholera across the country has been accelerated by recent flash flooding, poor maintenance of waste management systems and a lack of access to clean water for drinking or irrigation.
The United Nations and its partners are operating nearly 1,200 cholera treatment facilities across Yemen, but Haq said that "funding remains an urgent issue." The UN humanitarian appeal for $4.2 billion to help more than 20 million Yemenis this year is only 32 per cent funded.
The conflict in Yemen began with the 2014 takeover of the capital, Sanaa, by Iranian-backed Houthi Shiite rebels, who toppled the government of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. A Saudi-led coalition allied with Hadi's internationally recognized government has been fighting the Houthis since 2015.
Why the U.S. Plan to Protect Tankers in the Persian Gulf Won't Deter Iran
In response to the recent spat of Iran-linked attacks in the Persian Gulf, the United States has laid out on an initiative to secure oil tanker traffic in the area, while providing better visibility and attribution for any future incidents. Coined the Sentinel program, the operation would involve deploying additional warships and maritime patrol aircraft, as well as placing cameras and other surveillance devices on crude-bearing vessels transiting through the region.
- Following a series of attacks on crude-bearing ships, the United States is looking to initiate a new program to enhance security in the Persian Gulf region with significant involvement from its allies and partners.
- The effort is reminiscent of a similar operation in the region during the Iran-Iraq War, though some key differences point to a shifting U.S. approach to the region.
- The White House, however, will struggle to find allies willing to lend their support out of fear of being drawn into a potential conflict between the United States and Iran.
- Regardless, Washington's program will ultimately prove unsuccessful in deterring future attacks because it fails to address the underlying issue propelling Iran's actions — namely, the crushing economic pressure the United States has brought to bear over the past year.
To help lessen the strain on U.S. resources, the White House is attempting to corral the support of both regional and global allies who also risk having their oil supplies disrupted by Iranian attacks. But doing so will be no easy feat, as Washington's sanctions-heavy approach to Iran in the past year has alienated even its closest partners. However, even if the United States can successfully establish such a coalition, it still won't be enough to mitigate the risk of future tanker attacks and the subsequent threat to the world's energy flows.
LONDON, United Kingdom – Looted ancient artefacts from Iraq and Afghanistan seized in Britain will be returned to their country of origin after appraisal by the British Museum, the institution said on Monday.
The London-based museum revealed it has been working with law enforcement agencies including the UK Border Force and the capital’s Metropolitan Police to return the works smuggled out during recent periods of conflict.
“Sadly, this work is more essential now than ever,” said Hartwig Fischer, its director.
Among the artefacts to be sent back to Afghanistan are Gandharan sculptures illegally exported to Britain in 2002.
Another important haul to be returned to Iraq features 154 Mesopotamian texts written on clay in cuneiform script – one of the earliest systems of writing – seized on entry in 2011.
They were created between the 6th and 4th centuries BC, with many belonging to the administrative archives from a place called Irisagrig, which was unknown until artefacts referring to it first surfaced in 2003.
“The British Museum has worked extensively with... law enforcement agencies to identify and return items looted from Iraq and Afghanistan during recent conflicts and these are just wonderful examples,” Fischer said of the rare tablets.
egypt has seized a ukranian tanker carrying iranian oil & sentenced 6 people to life in prison for allegedly engaging with iran
كشفت مصادر مصرية رسمية عن احتجاز السلطات المصرية ناقلة نفط عملاقة ترفع العلم الأوكراني، كانت تحمل نفطاً إيرانياً، لدى مرورها من قناة السويس منذ نحو 10 أيام، في وقت أصدرت فيه محكمة مصرية أحكاماً بالمؤبد بحق 6 متهمين بدعوى تخابرهم مع إيران.
وأوضحت المصادر التي تحدثت لـ"العربي الجديد"، أنّ الإجراء المصري جاء تنفيذاً للعقوبات الأميركية على إيران، وفي وقت تمرّ فيه العلاقات المصرية الأميركية بمرحلة تطور كبير. وقالت المصادر إنّ اتصالات رسمية جرت بين القاهرة وطهران، استفسرت فيها الأخيرة عن توقيت الإجراء المصري، في وقت كانت العلاقات بين الطرفين تشهد تواصلاً غير معلن بشأن عدد من ملفات المنطقة، في مقدمتها الأوضاع في اليمن وسورية، وتحركات طهران بما يتعلّق بالقضية الفلسطينية عبر علاقتها بحركتي "حماس" و"الجهاد الإسلامي".
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MOSCOW, July 8. /TASS/. Iran is fulfilling all of its legal liabilities before the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the Russian foreign ministry said on Monday.
"Iran’s voluntary commitments, as a matter of fact, have nothing to do with either nuclear non-proliferation or the provisions of the Safeguards Agreement and the Additional Protocol to it Teheran signed with the IAEA," the ministry stressed. "Iran is fully committed to its legal liabilities before the agency and under the non-proliferation treaty."
"The facility at Nataz, like all other elements of the Iranian nuclear program, is under close control of IAEA inspectors and the Iranian side is doing its best to help the agency and ensure utter transparency of all its activities," the ministry noted.
Iran’s statements about gradual scaling down of its commitments under the nuclear deal should not cause such a stir, the Russian foreign ministry said.
"The statements about a firm intention to make another step towards gradual scaling down of commitments under the nuclear deal made by representatives of Iran’s foreign ministry and the Atomic Energy Organization at a news conference in Teheran on July 7 should not cause such a stir," the ministry said. "It is solely about Iran’s voluntary liabilities undertaken in the spirit of compromise and for the sake of signing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)."
"In the meantime, the terms of the deal were flagrantly violated long ago. And, as we all know, it was not done by Iran," the ministry stressed. "A possibility to thoroughly discuss that matter will present itself at an extraordinary meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors on July 10 that, by ironic quirk, will be convened at the request of the United States which waived all of its liabilities under the JCPOA a year ago and violated United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 but nevertheless demands Iran continue to implement its commitments."
Russia, according to the ministry, expects the IAEA to officially verify that the Iranian side has exceeded the uranium enrichment levels at the Natanz facility set by the JCPOA. It insists that the only source of reliable information about that is only the IAEA, which enjoys exclusive rights to conduct monitoring and verification activities under United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231.
Edited by amor de cosmos, 09 July 2019 - 08:57 AM.