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Dozens of Settlers, Intelligence Agents Desecrate Aqsa Mosque

TEHRAN - Dozens of Jewish settlers and Israeli intelligence agents desecrated the plazas of the holy Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem at an early morning hour on Sunday,according to FNA.

Eyewitnesses said that 53 settlers including 15 intelligence agents broke into the holy site in four groups and toured its various courtyards, PIC reported.

They pointed out that the intelligence agents entered the small mosques inside the holy site as hundreds of worshipers and vigilantes gathered nearby in protest at the desecration.

 

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SNSC Secretary Blasts Foreign States’ Support for Terrorists in Syria

TEHRAN -Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani in a meeting with UN Special Envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi lashed out at certain foreign countries for their support for the terrorist groups in Syria, according to FNA.

During the meeting in Tehran on Sunday, Shamkhani criticized certain world powers’ double-standard approach towards terrorism, and underlined the necessity for the foreign countries to stop interfering in Syria, saying that they are seeking to change the scene in Syria to their own benefit and not in the interest of the Syrian nation.

He also stressed Tehran’s readiness to cooperate in the political settlement of the regional problems and continued humanitarian assistance to the Syrian people.

Brahimi, for his part, underscored Iran’s valuable role in the regional developments, especially  in Syria, and urged the Islamic Republic to increase its cooperation and help the UN resolve the crisis in Syria politically and prevent the continued humanitarian tragedies in there.

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Iran to Spare no Effort to Put an End to the Crisis in Syria – Rouhani

TEHRAN –Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that the Islamic Republic of Iran will spare no effort to put an end to the conflict in Syria and to restore peace and security in the country.

The remarks were made during Rouhani's meeting with UN Syria Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi.

According to the Iranian "Tasnim" News Agency, Rouhani also proposed that Iran is willing to host a meeting of Syria's neighboring countries in order to help bring their views on the crisis closer and has informed some regional countries, including Turkey about the matter.

Almost all the stakeholders in the crisis are united in their opposition to the presence of terrorist groups from the region and beyond in Syria, the death of defenseless people in clashes, the massive destruction wreaked on the country by the prolonged war and the displacement of millions of people, said President Rouhani.

"The second issue they concur on is that the future of Syria must be decided according to the votes and views of the Syrian people in a free election contested by all sides; but how to reach from the current situation to the desired point remains the main sticking point," added Rouhani.

Brahimi, who has traveled to various countries ahead of the planned Geneva 2 conference, said the gathering aims to lay the ground for the warring sides in Syria to sit at the negotiating table to find ways to end the fighting.

 “I have always strongly supported the presence of Iran at Geneva II conference, and believe that either way, whether Iran attends the gathering or not, we will maintain close cooperation with Iran during the gathering and afterwards to secure peace in Syria,” he said.

During a meeting between President Rouhani and Brahimi on the sidelines of the 68th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly in late September, the Iranian president Rouhani once again underlined Tehran's readiness to take part in the planned Geneva II conference on the Syrian crisis without any preconditions.

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Lebanese FM :" March 14 Group" sends Money, Fighters to Terrorists in Syria

BEIRUT,(ST)_Lebanese Foreign Minister in the caretaker government Adnan Mansour  accused " March 14 group", of intervening  in Syrian affairs when they demanded  military intervention in Syria and sent fighters , weapons and money to the armed terrorist groups .

Mansour said in a television interview yesterday,  that "  Lebanon 's participation in the international conference on Syria is  necessary in light of the consequences caused by Syria crisis  on Lebanon ."

He stressed that when he goes to the international conference on Syria in Geneva , he represents the policy of the Lebanese government , pointing out that non  participation in the Geneva Conference means we regressed about many things that we cannot dissociate  .

Mansour questioned  Lebanon 's standing still idly,  concerning displacement and the security implications that are taking place as a  result of what is happening in Syria  and if it is  possible to ignore the terrorist operations taking place there.

In an interview with the Lebanese Al-Manar TV on April 27, Mansour noted that Syria sent more than 20 memo to Lebanon , speaking  about violations of Lebanese territory toward the Syrian inside , calling on the Lebanese state to use its power , including  the army and the internal security forces to stop interfering in Syrian affairs and prevent  armed "militants" to launch operations from the Lebanese territories to inside Syria.

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At Least 40 Iraqis killed in a Wave of Car Bombs in Baghdad

BAGHDAD- Dozens of people have been killed in a series of car bombings in different areas of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, according to Press TV.

Iraqi security and medical sources said at least ten bombs, placed in parked cars, went off in commercial areas and parking lots in Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 42 people.

The deadliest attack killed six people and wounded 15 in the northern neighborhood of Shaab.

Other attacks were carried out in Mashtal, Sab al-Bor, Hurriyah, Baladiyat and Ur

No group has claim responsibility for the attacks, but systematic bombings are a favorite tactic of al-Qaida-linked groups

The terrorist groups frequently target civilians in markets, cafes and commercial streets in Iraqi areas.

On October 23, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned that Iraq is facing a “war of genocide.”

 “It has become clear that Iraq is subjected to a war of genocide targeting all of its components,” the Iraqi premier said in a press conference.

Maliki blamed the al-Qaeda militant group for killing thousands of people in Iraq, saying that the group is “destroying the houses of citizens and killing them, and blowing up government departments.”

More than 600 people have reportedly been killed across the country this month. Over 5,250 people have also lost their lives since the beginning of 2013.

The United Nations says a total of 1,057 Iraqis, including 928 civilians, were killed and another 2,326 were wounded in terrorist attacks throughout the country in July - the deadliest month since 2008.

A study released this month by academics based in the United States, Canada and Iraq said nearly half a million people have died due to war-related incidents in Iraq since the US-led invasion in 2003.

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