Palestinians Request Flag Raised At UN Headquarters

Palestinians have submitted a proposal to the United Nations, asking that their flag be hoisted at the headquarters of the world body.

The draft resolution of the Palestinian proposal, which suggests that the flags of Palestine and the Vatican be raised alongside the flags of the 193 member states, was submitted to the UN General Assembly.

Iraqi Forces Gain Control of 11 Villages in Kirkuk

The Iraqi army and popular forces won back nearly a dozen villages in Kirkuk province from the ISIL Takfiri militants.

The Iraqi forces took control of 11 villages along the Touz Khourmato-Daquq road which paved the way for purging terrorists from the strategic Baghdad-Kirkuk highway.

At least 40 ISIL terrorists, including Arab nationals were killed in the Kirkuk mop-up operations.

In a similar development, the Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga forces regained control of 10 villages in Kirkuk.

HRW Confirms Saudi Arabia Used Cluster Rockets in Yemen

BUBAI– Saudi Arabia-led coalition forces appear to have used cluster rockets in at least seven attacks in Yemen’s northwestern Hajja governorate, killing and wounding dozens of civilians, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said yesterday. The attacks were carried out between late April and mid-July 2015.

According to the HRW website, cluster munitions caused civilian casualties when civilians picked up unexploded sub munitions that detonated.

Iran to Move Ahead ‘with or without’ JCPOA: Spokeswoman

TEHRAN– Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman stressed on Wednesday that the country will continue on its current path irrespective of the fate of a lasting nuclear deal with major world powers, Iranian Tasnim News Agency reported.

“With or without the JCPOA, our country will continue its (current) path,” Marziyeh Afkham said in her weekly press conference on Wednesday, making a reference to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a 159-page nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers whose text was finalized in July.

Iraqi airstrikes kill dozens of Takfiri Daesh terrorists

Iraqi fighter jets have carried out a series of airstrikes against Daesh Takfiri terrorists and their positions in various areas of the Arab country, killing scores of the militants.

In a Sunday statement, the Iraqi Defense Ministry said the warplanes targeted Daesh positions in the western province of Anbar.

The Iraqi jets also hit Daesh positions in the town of Dijla, located about 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad as well as in the town of Baiji, in the northern Salahuddin Province.

“Eagles of the Iraqi air force from the Anbar, Dijla and Baiji operation units have destroyed several ISIS (Daesh) positions, killing many militants,” the statement said.