Mosul Chemical Attack Believed to Be Carried out by Daesh Amounts to War Crime – UN

The UN says the recent chemical attack in Mosul, believed to be carried out by the Daesh terrorist group in the northern Iraqi city, could amount to a war crime, Press T.V reported.

“This is horrible. If the use of chemical weapons is confirmed, this is a serious violation of international humanitarian law and a war crime, regardless of who the targets or the victims of the attacks are,” the UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Lise Grande, said in a statement, demanding an investigation.

The World Health Organization said on Saturday that 12 people were receiving treatment in the city of Erbil, located approximately 350 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad,  for possible exposure to chemical weapons agents in Mosul, adding that four of them showed “severe signs associated with exposure to a blister agent.”

Egypt Supports United Syria, Political Solution to Crisis: Sisi

CAIRO- President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt has stressed that his country supports united Syria and political solution to crisis in the country.

"Egypt supports reaching a political solution, preserving the unity of Syrian lands, combating terrorist groups and the rebuilding of the country," El-Sisi said at a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Thursday.

according to Ahram Online, El-Sisi stressed that Cairo is dealing with the crisis in Syria in accordance with the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries. He stressed that Egypt would not allow terrorist groups to expand or make gains in the region, urging decisive action against terrorism supporters.

Rouhani : World Economy’s Heart to Beat in Asia

Iran says Asia is to take the lead from the rest of the world in economic supremacy from the second half of the 21st century onwards.

"The world economy’s heart is to beat in Asia from the second half of the present century" President Hassan Rouhani said at the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)’s 13th plenary session in Pakistan's capital Islamabad on Wednesday.

The inter governmental regional organization was founded by Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey back in 1985. It also groups Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The body works toward ensuring that its members witness steady economic progress while also working to facilitate better cooperation among them.

 “Emerging Asian economies will be changing the course of the world economy from the West toward the East. This change will turn the 21st century to the century of Asia’s supremacy,” President Rouhani further said at the forum.

Iraqi Forces Regain Control over Main Road out of Mosul

Iraqi government forces have managed to establish full control over the last main exit out of the northern city of Mosul amid a new joint operation with allied Popular Mobilization Units to drive the extremists out of their last urban stronghold in the country, Press T.V reported.

An unnamed Iraqi general told Reuters on Wednesday that soldiers from the army’s 9th Armored Division had advanced within one kilometer from Syria Gate in Mosul, located some 400 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad.

"We effectively control the road, it is in our sight," he added.

Iraq's Foreign Minister: 'What Hurts Syria Hurts Us'

GENEVA, (ST)- Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari  has stressed the need to strike terrorism wherever it is.

"Iraq is striking terrorism wherever it exists in cooperation with our neighbor, Syria," al-Jaafari told Syrian media outlets in Geneva on Wednesday, pointing out that "what hurts Syria hurts us".

"We have been fighting terrorism for years regardless some countries' stances towards it," said al-Jaafari, welcoming countries' understanding of terrorism danger and of the idea of fighting it as a priority.