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Boroujerdi: U.S. Created ISIL to Weaken Axis of Resistance


TEHRAN, (ST) - Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran's Shura Council Alaeddin Boroujerdi has asserted that America has created the terrorist takfiri organization calling itself the “Islamic State in Iraq and Lavent” (ISIL) through its interference in the internal affairs of the region with the purpose of fighting and weakening the axis of resistance and implementing colonialist policies.

Iran Must Boost Defense, Deterrence Power, Says Khamenei

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has instructed the Iranian president to boost the country’s defense and deterrence capabilities.

The directives were part of the Leader’s letter to President Hassan Rouhani in which Ayatollah Khamenei announced the general policies of the Sixth National Development Plan.

Iraqi Volunteer Forces Getting Ready for Mosul Battle

The Iraqi militia movement known as the Hashed al-Shaabi has formed a military command center for a campaign to recapture the ISIL terrorists' main stronghold of Mosul, a spokesman for the movement announced Wednesday.

69 ISIL Terrorists Killed, Wounded in Anbar

At least 69 ISIL terrorists were killed and injured in the Western province of al-Anbar by the Iraqi army's airstrikes and artillery fire.

Iraqi fighter jets killed and wounded at least 43 ISIL terrorists in Qaem district in the restive province of al-Anbar, the interior ministry said in a statement on Sunday, adding that 5 ISIL ringleaders were also killed.

Iran Nuclear Deal Close to Completion, Says Mogherini

Tehran -  Diplomats in Vienna are close to clinching a historic deal on Iran’s nuclear program, according to European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

“We are near to close the deal, it is a good deal,” Mogherini told reporters late Sunday after meetings with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was heading to Tehran for consultations with his leadership before returning to Vienna.