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One Thousand Jordanian Jihadist Salafists Fight in Syria

AMMAN, ALGIERS ,(ST)_ The so - called " Jihadist Salafist movement " in Jordan  admitted that number of  its Jordanians fighting with  the terrorist groups in Syria reached one thousand .

Mohammed Shalabi, , one of the Salafist Movement leaders, better known as  " Abu Sayyaf " was  quoted by UBI  that " number of Jordanians who have been fighting in Syria reached one thousand fighters ," noting that those are involved in groups and brigades affiliated to al Qaeda , including the so-called brigades " of al-Nusra Front ",  " the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant " and   "Sham free fighters  . "

The Jordanian - Syrian border has witnessed  since the beginning of the conspiracy against Syria , an influx of hundreds of terrorists to fight  with the armed terrorist groups under the alleged name of " jihad ".


Algerian daily: Fifteen  Algerians joined recently al-Qaeda-linked  al-Nusra Front terrorist to fight in Syria


Meantime, the Algerian al -Nahar newspaper revealed that 15 young  Algerian aged between 20 and 25 year-  old enrolled in two weeks ago into the  fight in Syria under the leadership of al -Qaeda  affiliated al-Nusra front.

The newspaper added, according  to  security sources that " 15 young people have left Algeria since  15 days to Turkey under the cover of trade and  tourism and moved immediately upon arrival there to Syria , where they received  military training to be fighters in al-Nusra front .

The security sources confirmed that the cells that are active in the Algerian capital ", are closely  linked and  is in constant contact with private training camps in Libya."

The sources noted,  according to the paper , the presence of active networks in Algeria linked to jihadist groups in Syria, Libya and Tunisia , including  Turks , working to recruit misled persons to take them to fight in  the ranks of al-Nusra Front terrorists.

The sources pointed out that most of the Algerian terrorists who recently  joined al-Nusra front come from  central Algeria , mostly from Bab al-Wadi and Bu Zrea  municipalities .

Moreover spokesman of  the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ammar Blaney  said in response to the question by AFP  that  , "he does not have any information about this matter."

Noteworthy that hundreds of terrorists from the Arab Maghreb countries have joined al-Nusra  Front to fight in Syria, where Tunisia topped  the list in the  number of terrorists who came to Syria via Turkey , while the Tunisian press talks  almost daily about these terrorists and the  killing of dozens of them in Syria.

T. Fateh 

Gunfire Reported in Feud between Qatar's Former, Present Emirs

TEHRAN - Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has imprisoned his father and former Emir after a quarrel over former Queen Sheikha Moza, security officers of the Royal palace disclosed, adding that the furious emir has fired several shots to warn his father.

A security officer told FNA on Saturday that the quarrel was over the numerous and lavish expenses of the foreign trips that Emir's mother, former queen Sheikha Mozabint Nasser al-Missned, has been taking alongside not just his husband the former emir, but the country's prime minister and former foreign minister, including her last trip to Tel Aviv.

SheikhaMoza has a wine factory in the vicinity of Tel Aviv.

"We heard several gunshots in the midst of a rather lengthy quarrel between HH Emir and his father on Friday and rushed to the room, where we realized that the Emir had taken out his gun and fired several warning shots in the air after he had gone out of control due to his fury," the source said.

"Following the quarrel, HH Emir ordered us to arrest and imprison his father (the former Emir)," he added.

Quarrels in Qatar's Royal family have divided officials in the Gulf state in the last several years.

The incident has also been confirmed by independent sources, including an Egyptian security official who asked to remain unnamed and told FNA bureau in Cairo that a friend in Doha security service had informed him of the shocking event.

Earlier this year, former Emir ShaikhHamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani was forced to cede power to his son after the 33-year-old crown prince staged a successful coup and imprisoned him and his prime minister, but after a week of mediations by foreign officials and several members of the Royal family, the former Emir and his cousin Prime Minister ShaikhHamad Bin Jasem were released to arrange a face-saving transfer of power.

A few days later in early June, the 61-year-old Emir and his government officials informed foreign countries that Doha was preparing to begin a leadership transition in which the Emir would relinquish power to his son, and his cousin would step down as prime minister as well.

Later in June the Royal court made a public announcement to inform the nation that Emir ShaikhHamad had transferred powers to the Sandhurst-educated crown prince due to health problems.

In a seven-minute speech aired on state television, Sheikh Hamad said it was now time for the new generation to take over following his 18 years at the helm of the small, rich Gulf Arab state.

"The time has come to open a new page in the journey of our nation that would have a new generation carry the responsibilities ... with their innovative ideas," said Sheikh Hamad, reading a prepared text behind his desk.

Such a transition was unusual for Gulf Arab states, where leaders usually die in office.

The rather unprecedented move took immediate effect.

But, the 61-year-old emir made no public mention of the fate of veteran politician and the public face of Qatar's aggressive foreign policy, Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jasem.

ShaikhHamad had overthrown his father in a bloodless coup in 1995.


Antioch Holy Complex for Peaceful Solution in Syria

BEIRUT,(ST)_ The holy  Antioch complex reiterated   during its second regular session under the chairmanship of Patriarch John X Yazigi Patriarch of Antioch and All the East for Greek Orthodox the importance of dialogue and the peaceful resolution of the crisis in Syria and the region , stressing that the language of violence and murder is not part  of the  traditions of the Syrian people who aspire to live in freedom and dignity .

A statement issued by the Secretariat of Antioch complex after its  session in Balamand in Lebanon yesterday denounced  terrorist operations plaguing Syria , in acts of  killing  and destruction, stressing that the language of violence and murder is a language alien to the traditions  of the Syrian people who aspire to live in freedom and dignity in their own land , governed with  the values of freedom, justice and coexistence based on  mutual respect  and the need for a peaceful solution to overcome all the crises .

The statement  called on  the international community  to alleviate  the suffering of the Syrian people , to quit fueling the crisis and underlined  the importance of consolidating the values of peace , justice and democracy and work to rebuild what was demolished  in order to develop the capacity of the Syrian people instead of investing in iron and fire .

The statement expressed sorrow for ambiguity , concerning  the issue of the two abducted bishops Paul Yazigi Metropolitan of  Aleppo and Iskenderun and  their Surroundings  for the Greek Orthodox church  and John Ibrahim Metropolitan of Aleppo and its surroundings for  the  Syriac Orthodox .

The participants in the meeting  also called on the  international and Arab communities to shoulder their responsibility in this regard and uncover the fate of the abducted bishops and all kidnapped persons  in Syria .

They  appealed international and non - governmental organizations and all concerned bodies to secure the necessities of life for the displaced Syrians , especially on the eve of winter to live in dignity while waiting return to their towns and villages .

The statement pointed out that the meeting discussed issues of concern of the  Orthodox Church  and  the need for cooperation between the Orthodox churches to maintain its optimal  unity , wishing stability and peace  to be established in Palestine, and  Iraq and stressed the need to find a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian issue . 

T. Fateh 

Iran: Zionist entity's Nuclear Arsenals Threatening Global Peace

TEHRAN - Iran once again warned nations about the threats posed by Israel's nuclear arsenals to global peace and security.

Addressing the UN Disarmament and International Security Committee, Iran's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Gholam Hossein Dehqani described nuclear-armed Israel as a threat to peace and security in the region and in the whole world, and reiterated calls for putting pressure on the Zionist regime to join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The Israeli regime, as the sole non-signatory to the NPT in the Middle-East, is jeopardizing regional and international peace and security and should immediately join the treaty and put all its nuclear facilities under the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreements of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Dehqani said on Wednesday

The Iranian envoy added that the accession of the Israeli regime to the NPT could pave the way for the materialization of a Middle-East free of nuclear weapons, an idea which was proposed by Iran in 1974 and continues to enjoy strong international support.

On October 1, Iran was elected as the rapporteur of the UN Committee on Disarmament and International Security (First Committee), which includes all 193 UN member states.

The Committee is one of the six main committees of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Israel is believed to be the sole possessor of nuclear arms in the Middle East with over 200 ready-to-launch warheads in its stockpile.

Iran, an NPT-signatory, has also called for the removal of all weapons of mass destruction from across the globe.


Russia Hails Constructive Talks between Iran, G5+1

TEHRAN - The Russian foreign ministry in a statement praised the "detailed and constructive" talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany),according to FNA.

The Russian foreign ministry said on Thursday that the parties involved in the negotiations had very fruitful, constructive, detailed and quality talks over a range of issues.

The Geneva talks were led by European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the statement added.

Russian Foreign Ministry announced that the parties held very constructive and positive negotiations over the 5+1 new proposals and the new ideas of the Iranian delegation.

They also agreed to resume negations in Geneva on November 7-8, it added.

In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said Moscow has proposed the lifting of international and unilateral sanctions against Iran if it agrees to have its nuclear program placed under international control.

"The beacon, the main arrangement that we follow is the proposal by (President) Vladimir Putin that the recognition of Iran’s right to (uranium) enrichment as part of its inseparable rights under the Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) should be accompanied by the introduction of full comprehensive international control over the Iranian nuclear program,” Sergey Ryabkov told journalists in Geneva.

"If such an agreement is reached all sanctions against Iran must be scrapped, the deputy foreign minister added. Moscow has influence on the talks between six world powers and Iran, known as P5+1," he noted.

"The issue of the successive lifting of sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear program will remain one of the trickiest in the upcoming period," Rybkov said. The main difficulty is that there is no common understanding of the stages and steps that should be taken. Also, there is a “low level of trust” between Tehran and the sextet – comprised of Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the US.

Overall though, Russia is satisfied with the results of the latest round of talks that took place on Tuesday and Wednesday in Geneva, Ryabkov said. Compared to previous rounds of talks, the sides managed to come up with a joint communiqué and the pace of the negotiations has increased.

The White House said the proposal offered by the Iranian negotiators aimed at addressing its nuclear program shows a level of seriousness and substance that the United States had never seen before.

The G5+1 met this week for the first time after Iran elected President Hassan Rouhani, who pledged to work towards the rapid normalization of Iran's nuclear issue.