5 killed, 13 injured in Iraqi violence

Four people were killed and 13 others wounded in separate attacks in Iraq Monday, while an al- Qaida militant leader was shot dead in a raid, the police said.

In Iraq's eastern province of Diyala, two policemen were killed when a roadside bomb struck a joint police-army patrol in the western part of the provincial capital city of Baquba, some 65 km northeast of Iraq's capital Baghdad, a provincial police source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Five policemen and three soldiers, including an officer, were wounded by the blast, the source said.

In a separate incident, a paramilitary member of local Awakening Council group was killed and three others wounded when gunmen, believed to be affiliated to al-Qaida network in Iraq, attacked their checkpoint at a village some 35 km northeast of Baquba, the source said.

The Awakening Council group consists of armed groups, including some powerful anti-U.S. insurgent groups, who turned their rifles against al-Qaida after the latter exercised indiscriminate killings .

Also in the province, an Iraqi army and police force shot dead Abu Jihad, a suspected al-Qaida leader, when they raided his safe house at the village of Makheisah, some 30 km northeast of Baquba, the source said.

Abu Jihad is believed to have been involved in many attacks against Iraqi military patrols in Diyala province, he added.

In addition, two soldiers were wounded when gunmen attacked their checkpoint in the same village, he said.

In Salahudin province, a policeman was killed when a sticky bomb attached to his car detonated while he was driving in north of the provincial capital city of Tikrit, some 170 km north of Baghdad, a provincial police source anonymously told Xinhua.

Violence is still common in the Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease since its peak in 2006 and 2007.


Iraq Stands against Representing Doha Coalition in AL

DOHA,(ST)_Iraq's  Foreign Minister Hoshiar Zebari, renewed  Iraq's position  provides for a political solution to the crisis in Syria through national dialogue with the  meeting of the Arab League foreign ministers in Doha on Sunday  that "Iraq's position on the crisis in Syria is clear .We supported the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people and their right to decide  their own future, condemning all acts of violence , adherence to a peaceful political solution ,support the national dialogue and rejection of all forms of foreign interference so as  to preserve Syria's  unity and safety of its people. "

He pointed  that Iraq warned against  the serious consequences of the continuing crisis in Syria on the safety and security of the region and supported all initiatives that end the suffering of the Syrian people.

Zebari reiterated Iraq reservation on representing Doha  coalition in the Arab League on the ground of the  AL Charter.

He continued that  Iraq condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, whatever its source , motives and justifications calling to "work on uprooting it , drying up its intellectual and financial  resources and renounce extremism and fatwas inciting sedition  and sectarianism."

For his part, Hamad bin Jassim Prime Minister of the chiefdom Qatar continued violation of  Arab League Charter and begged  for Western intervention in Syria, calling on the UN Security Council to carry out  this intervention.

In Parallel, the Arab League Secretary General  Nabil al-Arabi demanded UN security council to intervene in Syria and  launched a new initiative that imposes a political solution  that only serves Syria 's enemies .

The AL chief deliberately  ignored  Geneva  statement as a way  to resolve the crisis in Syria , based on dialogue ,non external interference and preserving  Syrian sovereignty .


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Iraq, Russia Reject Interference in Syrian Affairs

 BAGHDAD ,(ST)_ Iraq has stressed the importance of preserving peoples ' gains and not converting  the so-called  the move towards democracy to a sectarian conflict or a hotbed to produce extremists and terrorists.

A statement by the Iraqi Foreign Relations Committee issued on Sunday said that the committee 's  chairman Dr. Sheikh Hamoudi stressed during a meeting with the Russian  federation  delegation taking part  in the  IPU Conference , Iraq  's stand against the use of violence and foreign interference in the affairs of countries reiterated Iraq's rejection  of interference in Syrian  internal affairs.

He pointed to Iraq's support for the aspirations of people for freedom, justice and democracy.

For his part, the Russian parliamentary delegation stressed  Russia  stand against interfering in the affairs of others and demanded  solving  crises in the region, particularly the crisis in Syria through internal consensus.

The Russian delegation expressed its country's keenness to develop relations with Iraq.

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Al-Maliki for the Culture of Moderation , not Obscurantism


BAGHDAD,(ST)_Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki stressed  that cases of extremism , spread in the Arab countries, supported by superficial thought,  are dealing with heritage selectively and backed by  entities that  have the money but  not the knowledge and   fed with  hatred instead of love and enlightenment.

Al- Maliki said during commemorating Baghdad 's Arab Culture Capital festival on Saturday   that Iraq 's  culture has been  characterized by diversity, and brought  together applied science and humanities, combined  medicine, engineering, chemistry and astronomy as well as literature and the arts, jurisprudence and philosophy and  religious schools  were built for over a thousand years and continued giving and creativity in various Islamic sciences , introducing an educational system  which is still  esteemed and functional.

 He called on Arab scholars, intellectuals, enlightened to spread the culture of tolerance, moderation instead of violence and provocation.
Al- Maliki  also called on the Arab intellectuals and writers to "spread the culture of moderation instead of the culture of controversy and obscurantism." Stressing that "the main axis of Baghdad's festival is to remove extremism."

The three day cultural activities festival  will be concluded by ( I saw Baghdad) Opera  , which will be followed by months-long cultural activities including literary and art exhibitions, folklore festivals, round tables on heritage and archaeology, and poetry and literature symposiums.

The Arab Capital of Culture is under a program set up in 1995 by the UNESCO, which aims to highlight the value of Arab civilization and encourage cultural openness in the region.


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Iran Warns Over Terrorists use of Chemicals in Syria

TEHRAN,(ST)_Iran Deputy  Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdul Allahyan expressed his country's deep concern over  terrorists use of  chemical weapons in Syria, warning the USA, Britain, France and certain  countries in the region that support armed extremists of the implications of this act on the region's security.  

In a statement on Saturday, Allahyan  said  "Iran ,as the biggest victim of chemical weapons,  strongly condemns using this weapon by extremist terrorist groups operating in Syria under the name of opposition," expressing his deep regret for the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian  people and army.

The Iranian official noted the responsibility of the governments of the USA, Britain, France and some countries in the region in arming extremist groups, warning over the consequences of this act on the security of the region.

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