IRAQ IS READY FOR ANY DANGER OF US WITHDRAWAL FROM SYRIA

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SHAFAQNA- Iraqi popular mobilization forces is ready for any possible threat against the backdrop of  a US withdrawal from Syria. "Our forces in Nineveh province are large and sufficient and we have ready-made forces", Assistant Commander…

Drafting of Civil Rights Charter praiseworthy measure: Bishop

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: Chief of Armenian Catholic diocese of Iran Bishop Sarkis Davidian described the drafting of Civil Rights Charter for citizens in the Iranian government by the initiative of President Hassan Rouhani as a positive and praiseworthy…

Iran has no military, advisory presence in Iraq

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: The ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Baghdad emphasized that Iran had no military presence, bases or even advisory presence in Iraq. In a meeting with a number of Iraqi media activists in Baghdad on Tuesday,…

More than 1,000 Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon

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SHAFAQNA- More than 1,000 Syrian refugees left Lebanon Monday to return to Syria after liberation their home towns from the clutches of foreign-sponsored ISIS terrorist groups. General Security said 1,103 refugees returned to Syria Monday…

Trump visit US troops in Iraq for first trip to a combat zone

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SHAFAQNA- US President Donald Trump have made an unannounced Christmas visit to American military forces on Wednesday in Iraq, making his first trip to combat zone since being elected two years ago. He traveled there "late on Christmas night"…

Photos: Birth Anniversary of Jesus Christ and Prayer in the Church of the Assyrian Catholic Church in Tehran

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SHAFAQNA-  Birth Anniversary of Jesus and Prayer by Archbishop Ramsey Gurmo, in the Church of the Assyrian Catholic Church in Tehran. Read more from Shafaqna: Muslims and Christians Celebrate Christmas Together Iran's…

ISIS claims responsibility for deadly car bomb attack in Iraq

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SHAFAQNA- A car bomb exploded in the city of Tal Afar in northwestern Iraq on Tuesday which killed Three people and wounded 11 others, the security center said in a statement. The wounded were immediately evacuated to local hospitals and…

Video: The moment the Israeli missiles were targeted by the Syrian air force

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SHAFAQNA- The moment the Israeli aggressor missiles were targeted by the Syrian air force over Damascus Rif.   Read more from Shafaqna: IS seize Iraqi border crossing with Syria Jordan closes Syria, Iraq borders for civilians Da’esh…

Iraq officially makes Christmas Day a national holiday

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SHAFAQNA- The Iraqi Cabinet approved a law to mark Christmas Day, December 25 as a national holiday across its entire country. The Cabinet voted on an amendment to the national holidays law in the country that Christmas Day is a holiday for…

RESTRICTIONS ON PRESENCE OF QUDS' CHRISTIANS IN CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS

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SHAFAQNA- Secretary general of the Islamic-Christian Council, Hana Isa, said that the Israeli regime was blocking the city of Quds by preventing the arrival of many Christians in the city. She said that attacking the churches, burning and…

Saltrey: US withdrawal from Syria is not Surprising

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SHAFAQNA- Former Congressman and member of the US Foreign Relations Council, James Charles Saltrey, said about the decision of US President Donald Tramp to leave Syria and reduce troops in Afghanistan, "This decision by President Trump was not…

Video: 4400 year old tomb discovered in Egypt

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SHAFAQNA- Mehr News:  A more than 4,000-year-old private tomb containing "exceptionally well-preserved" drawings has been discovered south of Cairo, according to Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities. The tomb belonged to a royal purification priest…

Over 50 palestinian kids were killed by Israel in 2018, report revealed

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SHAFAQNA- Iqna: Israeli forces have killed at least 54 Palestinian children and arrested over 900 others since the beginning of 2018, according to a report by a Palestinian human rights center. The human rights center reported that 80 percent…

UN ceasefire monitors arrive in Yemen

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SHAFAQNA- A United Nations team monitoring a ceasefire in Yemen's Hodeidah arrived in Aden on Saturday. The team led by Patrick Cammaert, a retired Dutch general, made its first stop in Aden where the internationally-recognised government…

Photos: Tobafi in eastern Iran

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: This photo shows Tobafi (towel weaving), an art in eastern Iran that has been registered by World Crafts Council in 2018. Read more from Shafaqna: Photos: Meet 80 year old Turkmen jeweler Photos:…

Iranian PM: Iran has no problem in negotiating with Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA- The member of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iranian Parliament stated that by developing bilateral relations with the neighboring countries we can quickly deal with the difficulties caused by sanctions. "Iran…

Russia warns US of confronting Iran

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned US and its allies of confronting Iran for solving problems in the Middle East. Lavrov made the remarks on Friday while addressing a meeting which was held with the attendance…

Russia stresses implementation of Iran nuclear deal

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Friday underlined implementation of the Iranian nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Russia considers a situation in which Iran's interests…

Pakistan senator: We should not look to the West

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SHAFAQNA- Tehran Times: Asif Saeed Kirmani, a Pakistani senator, believes that Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey should not look to the West for economic progress, saying these countries are the gateway to Asia and enjoy good economic…

Erdogan: Iran and Turkey shoulder a heavy burden in terms of regional security

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SHAFAQNA- On Thursday, President Hassan Rouhani said  that existing relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey are based on mutual interests and no one or power will be able to harm brotherly relations between the two countries. Lauding…

Winter is coming with Yalda, Persian solstice celebration

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: On the eve of the first day of winter, the winter solstice, sometime between December 21 and 22, a Persian nocturnal celebration will be celebrated in Iran. It is commonly known as 'Yalda' (Night of Birth), or 'Shab-e Chelle',…

Putin casts doubt over US troops withdrawal from Syria

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SHAFAQNA- Mehr News: Russian President Vladimir Putin threw doubt on American troops’ withdrawal from Syria, citing the example of Afghanistan. Making the remarks Thursday in his annual press conference in Moscow, Putin said that he…

After Bashir, Iraqi President Salih to visit Syria

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SHAFAQNA- Iraqi President Barham Salih  will make an official visit to Damascus, in his first visit to Syria since the start of the Syrian civil war back in 2011. An Iraqi diplomatic source told the Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news…

Facebook blocked Netanyahu’s Son for a Day over anti-Muslim comments

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SHAFAQNA- Facebook has banned the son of Israeli Prime Minister for 24 hours over anti-Muslim posts. In one of the posts, he claimed that peace would not exist in Israel until all Muslims are gone, calling for there to be no Muslims in…

Iran, Russia, Turkey agree to boost efforts aimed at Syrian constitutional committee

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SHAFAQNA- The Islamic Republic of Iran, Russia and Turkey have agreed to ramp up efforts for supporting the launch of a Syrian-led political process for the composition of Syria’s inclusive constitution. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad…

Putin: liberation of Most Syrian territories from terrorists

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: Most of the Syrian territories have been liberated from terrorism, but there are still pockets of terrorists that must be eliminated, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a speech on Tuesday at the Russian Defense…

Saudi Arabia, Iran sign MoU on next year major Hajj

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: On Tuesday, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia  signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for sending Iranian pilgrims to major Hajj ritual ceremony in Saudi Arabia. Head of Iran's Hajj Pilgrimage Organization…

Turning Yemen ceasefire agreement into a reality will be a slog

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SHAFAQNA | By Leila Yazdani : Although the Hodeidah deal is seen as a crucial step towards a diplomatic solution in Yemen  , but observers fear Hodeidah deal may not lead to end of Yemen's war. Clashes broke out in the Yemeni port city of…