Bogdanov, Lebanese President Stress Need to Find Political Solutions to Crisis in the Region

 BEIRUT, (ST)- Mikhail Bogdanov, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and President Michel Aoun of Lebanon on Tuesday in Amman discussed ways to find political solutions to crises in the region in addition to bilateral ties.

The meeting was held at Aoun's residence at the Marriott Dead Sea Resort in Amman where the 28th Arab League summit is due to kick off on Wednesday.

"The meeting dealt with political developments in the region, including the crisis in Syria and the Palestinian cause", Bogdanov told reporters, noting the assisting role that can be played by Russia "to help Lebanese and other Arab friends find suitable solutions to the crises hitting the region's countries, particularly Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Palestine, in the light of international legitimacy principles."

US General Admits US Airstrike Killed Hundreds of Civilians in Mosul

A high-ranking US commander has admitted that there was a “fair chance” that a coalition airstrike in western Mosul killed a large number of Iraqi civilians.

 “We probably had a role in those casualties,” said Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend while talking to reporters on Tuesday, according to Press TV.

He noted that the reason for the high number of casualties was Daesh’s repulsive practice of using civilians as human shields.

Iran, Russia Closely Cooperating on Fighting Terrorism

MOSCOW- Russia and Iran have confirmed their strong support for the Syrian government's efforts to fight terrorism represented by Daesh, Jabhat al-Nusra and other affiliated armed groups.

During their meeting on Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani affirmed that Tehran and Moscow are  coordinating their efforts in the fight against terrorism and in the process of finding solution to the crisis in Syria.

Syria, Russia, Iran Discuss Means to Achieve Progress in Intra-Syrian Talks in Geneva

GENEVA- The Syrian Arab Republic delegation headed by Dr. Bashar al-Jaafari met Tuesday with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and Director of the Middle East and North Africa Department at the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Vershinin and the accompanying delegation.

According to SANA, both sides exchanged viewpoints on the process of the intra-Syrian dialogue in Geneva fifth round of talks .

The two sides agreed on continuous consultations to help achieve progress in the talks.

Army establishes control over mountains in Palmyra

Provinces – A military source said that army and Armed Forces units established control over a number of mountains in Palmyra area in the eastern countryside of Homs province after eliminating the last ISIS gatherings in the area, SANA reported.

The source added that army units carried out intensive operations targeting gatherings and fortifications for ISIS, establishing control over the mountains of al-Heed and al-Dhalil to the north of Hayyan gas field and Marbat Antar Mountain and a number of points surrounding it to the northeast of Palmyra.