‘Syrian nation’s choice, only path to determine Syria’s final fate’

TEHRAN– Parliament's General Director for International Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said the choice and will of the Syrian people would be the only way to determine ultimate destiny of Syria.

He made the remarks in a meeting with Syrian Ambassador to Tehran Adnan Mahmoud, in Tehran on July 8, 2017.

Calling strategic and privileged the relations between Iran and Syria, Amir-Abdollahian emphasized that Syria stands at the forefront of resistance against the Israeli regime and the fight against terrorism and that it plays an honorable role in this regard, according to Mehr news.

Iraqi Government Forces Fully Recapture Mosul’s Old City

Iraqi government forces have wrested complete control over the Old City of Mosul, which served as the last bastion of Daesh Takfiri terrorists in the Arab country’s second largest city.

The spokesman for the Iraqi Joint Operations Command, Brigadier General Yahia Rasoul, announced on Saturday that army troops had regained control over the strategic area, where Daesh leader Ibrahim al-Samarrai aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared the extremists’ self-styled “caliphate” back in July 2014.

Palestinian Baby Dies after Inhaling Zionist Teargas

A Palestinian baby has died of asphyxiation two months after inhaling fatal volumes of teargas fired by Zionist forces at Palestinian protesters.

Abdul-Rahman Mohammad al-Barghouthi, 1.5 years old, died at a hospital in the city of Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday, Palestinian Safa news agency reported.

He had been exposed to the toxic substance during confrontations between Israeli forces and Palestinian demonstrators in the village of Aboud, north of Ramallah.

Qatar Rejects Saudi-Led Bloc’s New Claims

Qatar has rejected new claims by a Saudi-led bloc of countries that it “finances terrorism” and intervenes in their internal affairs, Press T.V reported.

“The State of Qatar’s position on terrorism is consistent and known for its rejection and condemnation of all forms of terrorism, whatever the causes and motives,” the state Qatar News Agency quoted a senior Foreign Ministry source as saying on Friday.

The bloc, consisting of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, severed diplomatic ties and cut all land, sea, and air routes with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region, allegations denied by Doha.

Sinai Bombings Kill, Injure 26 Egyptian Soldiers

Over two dozen Egyptian soldiers have been killed or wounded in attacks on two security checkpoints in the militancy-riddled Sinai Peninsula.

According to Egyptian security sources, attackers set off their explosive-laden vehicles while driving through the two checkpoints close to each other in the border city of Rafah in northern Sinai on Friday, according to news agencies.

The Egyptian military, meanwhile, said 26 soldiers, including a colonel, were killed or wounded in the two attacks, without giving a breakdown of the figure.

News agencies, however, put the number of fatalities at 10, citing security sources.