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Iraq Says Vast Areas Retaken from Kurds in Kirkuk

Iraq Says Vast Areas Retaken from Kurds in Kirkuk

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) - Iraqi government forces took control of “vast areas” in the region of Kirkuk, including oilfields west of the city, in the early hours of Monday, Iraqi state TV said. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered security forces “to impose security in Kirkuk in cooperation with the population of the city and the Peshmerga”, the TV reports...

Syrian Jets Inflict Losses on Daesh Southeast of Deir Ez-Zor

Syrian Jets Inflict Losses on Daesh Southeast of Deir Ez-Zor

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Syrian warplanes pounded Daesh (ISIL) positions in the southeastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, inflicting major losses on the terrorists in the eastern province. A military source told SANA that the airstrikes targeted the gathering centers of the Daesh terror group in the areas of al-Muhassan, Boqrous Fouqani, Boqrous al-Tahtani and al-Boulail.Scores of the...

Russia Criticizes Double Standard Approach in Fighting Terrorism

Russia Criticizes Double Standard Approach in Fighting Terrorism

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Russian president criticized the double standard approaches in fighting terrorism and urged fighting this phenomenon without the use of radicals. According to the Russian Sputnik News Agency, Vladimir Putin made the remarks at the 137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU) in St. Petersburg.When commenting on the Russian operation in Syria, the Russian...

Syria Urges? Turkish Troops' Pullout? from Idlib

Syria Urges? Turkish Troops' Pullout? from Idlib

TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The Syrian government has strongly denounced an incursion of Turkish military forces into the country’s northwestern province of Idlib, demanding immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Turkish troops. “The Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the incursion of Turkish military units in … Idlib province, which constitutes …...

Syrian Forces Flush Daesh Out of Al-Mayadeen: Source

Syrian Forces Flush Daesh Out of Al-Mayadeen: Source

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Syrian government and allied forces took the eastern Syrian town of al-Mayadeen from Daesh (ISIL), a Syrian military source said on Saturday. The source said the terrorists had suffered a “collapse” in their ranks, SANA news agency reported. Al-Mayadeen lies south of Deir ez-Zor city, where Syrian and allied forces are trying to oust the Takfiri...

Hamas, Fatah Ink Deal on Palestinian Reconciliation

Hamas, Fatah Ink Deal on Palestinian Reconciliation

TEHRAN (Press Shia) - Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed an agreement on Thursday on ending a decade-long split following talks mediated by Egypt in Cairo. Under the agreement, the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority is to resume full control of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip by December 1, according to a statement from Egypt’s intelligence agency, which oversaw the...

UN: Yemen Cholera Outbreak Kills 2,150, Sickens 820,000 People

UN: Yemen Cholera Outbreak Kills 2,150, Sickens 820,000 People

TEHRAN (Press Shia) - The cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen is the largest single-year cholera outbreak ever on record, said a UN spokesman on Friday in announcing more than 2,150 associated deaths since April. "Over 820,000 suspected cholera cases and over 2,150 associated deaths since April 27" have been reported as of Thursday, the spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, told reporters at UN...

Iranian, US FMs Had No Meeting in New York: Spokesman

Iranian, US FMs Had No Meeting in New York: Spokesman

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iran’s foreign minister and his American counterpart had no separate bilateral meeting in New York other than ministerial meeting of Group 5+1 member states held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said. Qassemi said in a statement released on Friday that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad...

Iraqi Army Warns Daesh Terrorists to Surrender or Face Death

Iraqi Army Warns Daesh Terrorists to Surrender or Face Death

TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The Iraqi army’s fighter jets dropped thousands of leaflets in the western province of Anbar, warning the Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) terrorists to either surrender or die in the imminent battle with the army forces in the area. In the leaflets, the Iraqi army has promised the residents of Qaim and Rawa in Anbar Province that the districts will be liberated from Daesh...

Turkish Forces Set Up Positions in Northwest Syria

Turkish Forces Set Up Positions in Northwest Syria

TEHRAN (Press Shia) - Turkish military forces that entered Syria’s Idlib province late on Thursday have started setting up observation positions, a senior rebel involved in the operation said early on Friday. “The allied Turkish armed forces have entered Syrian territory and begun setting up observation posts,” Mustafa Sejari, an official in the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA)...