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Iraqi Forces Regain Control over Main Road out of Mosul

Iraqi government forces have managed to establish full control over the last main exit out of the northern city of Mosul amid a new joint operation with allied Popular Mobilization Units to drive the extremists out of their last urban stronghold in the country, Press T.V reported.

An unnamed Iraqi general told Reuters on Wednesday that soldiers from the army’s 9th Armored Division had advanced within one kilometer from Syria Gate in Mosul, located some 400 kilometers north of the capital Baghdad.

"We effectively control the road, it is in our sight," he added.

Iraq's Foreign Minister: 'What Hurts Syria Hurts Us'

GENEVA, (ST)- Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari  has stressed the need to strike terrorism wherever it is.

"Iraq is striking terrorism wherever it exists in cooperation with our neighbor, Syria," al-Jaafari told Syrian media outlets in Geneva on Wednesday, pointing out that "what hurts Syria hurts us".

"We have been fighting terrorism for years regardless some countries' stances towards it," said al-Jaafari, welcoming countries' understanding of terrorism danger and of the idea of fighting it as a priority.

Palestine should be kept alive as Islamic world’s major issue


Tehran – Secretary-General of International Conference in Support of Palestinian Intifada (Uprising) Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Saturday that the issue of Palestine should be kept alive as the major issue of the Islamic world.

Supporting the Palestinian nation and countering aggression of the Zionist Israel will effectively contribute to the security of the entire region, added Amir-Abdollahian, according to IRNA.

He made the remarks in a meeting here with the visiting wife of the Palestinian commander Martyr Qantar, a high-profile Lebanese ... killed by the Zionist regime's airstrike on a residential building in Jaramana near the Syrian capital in 2015.

Qantar’s wife, Zeinab Barjavi is in Tehran as one of the guests of the International Conference on the Palestinian Intifada which was held in the Iranian capital on Feb 21-22.

Iran Becomes Head of Group of 77

Islamic Republic of Iran in a Friday ceremony has officially become head of the Group of 77, IRNA reported.

The ceremony was held in the United Nations Office at Vienna and with the attendance of heads of international bodies, some ambassadors and the representatives of different countries, Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to United Nations (Vienna) Reza Najafi.

Najafi addressed the meeting, stressing on defending principles, benefits, values and aims.

He expounded on purposes and priorities of group of 77 in the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, noting the importance of promoting cooperation and technical aid to developing countries.

Iran’s nuclear activities in line with JCPOA, says IAEA Director-General

TEHRAN- The first report by Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano in 2017 has reaffirmed that Iran’s all nuclear activities are in line with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Iran's envoy to Vienna said.

The 35 members of the IAEA Board of Governors were provided with the first 2017 seasonal report on Iran nuclear deal also known as JCPOA on Friday.

“Generally, the recent report is the same as the previous edition and some parts regarding technical developments have been added,” Ambassador and Permanent Representative to United Nations (Vienna) Reza Najafi emphasized.