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UN Secretary praises Iran's positive role in the region

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SHAFAQNA-Iran's role in the region is constructive and positive which is very important in the current circumstances, said UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres during a press conference in New York on Friday. Answering a question on Iran's…

Reasons behind the eventual withdrawal of Kuwait from PGCC

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SHAFAQNA- Tehran Times: After several years since the beginning of Syria crisis, the Persian Gulf Arab states are changing their policies towards this county, and following the move of UAE and Bahrain, Kuwait will soon expand its relations…

Arab states have no option but restoring ties with Damascus: Analyst

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: Lebanese writer and analyst George Alam pointed to the failure of Arab countries supporting the terrorists and Syrian government's opponents saying that these countries now have no choice, but restoring ties with Damascus. According…

Expert rules out US claims over Iran destructive role in Syria

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: Efforts made by Moscow and Tehran to fight terrorism are complementary, and Washington’s claims that Iran plays a destructive role in Syria are not correct, said a senior member of the Russian Academy of Sciences on Saturday. Political…

Erdogan: Trump Is Right on Syria

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SHAFAQNA- “Donald Trump’s plan to pull military forces out of Syria should be put into action carefully and with the right partners", Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said. In an opinion piece published in The New York Times on…

Arab League econ meeting in vain without Syria: Lebanese analyst

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: In an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), a Lebanese analyst said the Arab League economic meeting in Beirut will be useless without Syria and urged the Lebanese government to invite Syria to pave the way…

Palestinian students ‘compelled to drop dreams because of financial cuts’

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: For students attending schools funded by the UN relief agency for Palestine refugees, (UNRWA), uncertainty over the future has become a constant worry, said the agency’s Director of Operations in Gaza, Matthias Schmale. UNRWA…

Doors of Arab world open for Bashar al-Assad: Expert

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: An expert on international affairs saying that the US strategy has changed in Syria, stressed that the travels of officials from some Arab countries to Syria show that the doors of the Arab world have been opened on president…

Iran MPs reviewing economic cooperation with Iraq, Syria

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: Rapporteur of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Ali Najafi Khoshroudi said on Sunday that the Iranian parliament examined grounds to expand economic cooperation with Iraq and Syria. In the meeting, the latest…

U.S-led coalition admits killing civilians in Syria and Iraq

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SHAFAQNA- The U.S. military said in a monthly report on Sunday it has led to killing over 1,100 civilians since it started its military campaign in Iraq and Syria in 2014. According to a report from Defense One's Kevin Baron, 1,139 civilians…

Withdrawal decision may be a broader redeployment of U.S. forces out of Middle East

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SHAFAQNA | By Leila Yazdani : Donald Trump is bringing back home America’s troops from Syria just two years after he was elected president. Trump’s decision on Afghanistan was made at the same time, too. Although the withdrawal decision…

Syrian army enter Kurdish-held town of Manbij

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SHAFAQNA | Nasibeh Yazdani : The Syrian army have entered the Kurdish-held town of Manbij in northern Syria for the first time in years on Friday, after the Kurdish YPG militia urged Damascus to protect the town from a threatened Turkish offensive.  Syrian…

Arab states diplomatic thaw comes after the US Withdrawal from Syria

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SHAFAQNA | By Leila Yazdani : The move by Bahrain to reopen its embassy came hours after the United Arab Emirates’ decision to reopen its embassy in Damascus. This move reflects a new push by Persian Gulf Arab states to improve relations…

Iraqi lawmakers demand US withdraw troops after surprise Trump visit

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SHAFAQNA | Nasibeh Yazdani : Iraqi lawmakers demand US withdraw troops after surprise Trump visit since this trip has violated several diplomatic norms and Iraqi sovereignty. The unannounced Trump's trip to Iraq came after several days…

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…

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"…

Pope Francis pleaded for fraternity in Christmas Speech

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SHAFAQNA- Pope Francis, in his Christmas message to the world emphasized fraternity "among individuals of every nation and culture", and said “Our differences are a source of richness".  "My wish for a happy Christmas is a wish for fraternity. Fraternity…

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…

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…

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…

Video: More than 30,000 refugees return from Jordan to Syria

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SHAFAQNA- Over 33,500 refugees have reportedly returned to Syria from Jordan through the Nassib border crossing within past two months, footage released on Friday shows. According to the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Warring Parties…

Photos: SUDANES PRESIDENT IS FIRST ARAB LEADER TO VISIT SYRIA SINCE WAR BEGAN

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SHAFAQNA- Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has become the first Arab League leader to visit Damascus since the war in Syria began nearly eight years ago. Syria's state-run news agency SANA said al-Bashir was greeted on Sunday at the capital's…

Assad says Syria reconstruction cost almost $ 400 billion

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SHAFAQNA- Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad said Syria’s reconstruction will cost between $250 billion and $400 billion , Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov has said after meeting with the Syrian head of state. Borisov’s…

Zarif, Lavrov discussed Syria crisis

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SHAFAQNA- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov held a phone conversation on Wednesday over a number of issues, including the ongoing crisis in Syria. During the talks, the two sides conferred…

Can ISIS regroup?

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SHAFAQNA- University of Maryland study shows that ISIL has lost 99 percent of the territory it once controlled and global attacks fell by a fifth. To understand the future of this armed organisation, it is necessary to understand the people…

Astana peace conference on Syria: The guarantor states failed to achieve a UN-backed constitutional committee

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SHAFAQNA – Despite positive comments by the Turkish, Russian, and Iranian delegations on the results of the Astana peace conference, the U.N. envoy to Syria said the latest talks to end the war are a missed opportunity. Astana 11 final…