US hypocritical in fight on Daesh: Analyst

"The United States has sought to use Daesh as a means of toppling Assad," Keith Preston says.

The United States is pursuing a hypocritical policy towards its fight against Daesh in the Middle East, says political analyst Keith Preston.

Washington is letting Daesh Takfiris to spread in countries which are US enemies, like Syria, but is worried about the terrorists’ expansion in countries whose governments are US allies, said the chief editor and director of

Velayati Urges Turkey to Respect Syrian People's Decision to Chose their Own Government

TEHRAN, (ST)- Ali Akbar Velayati, International Adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution has urged Turkey to respect the option of the Syrian people and their decision to chose their own government.

In a statement to Tasnim news agency on Saturday, Velayati said" despite political differences between Iran and Turkey on some issues like the crisis in Syria we hope that Turkey would also come to respect the vote of the Syrian people and their decision to choose their own government."

Death Toll of Turkish Coup Attempt Rises to 265, More than 1,440 People Injured

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that 2,839 soldiers and officers implicated in an overnight coup attempt have been arrested. At least 265 people have been killed, including 104 pro-coup participants, while 1,440 people were injured in military action in Istanbul and Ankara, according to RT.

Turkish Military Says it has seized power in the country

ANKARA- The Turkish military says it has taken over the government and seized all power in the country, Reuters reported

In a statement read on television, Turkish General Staff announced that "Turkish Armed Forces took full control of power." Earlier in the day, military vehicles, soldiers, and security forces were deployed on the streets of Istanbul and the capital of Ankara. Military jets and helicopters were seen flying over both major cities.

U.N. to Move Non-Critical Staff out of South Sudan after Eruption of Clashes

UNITED NATIONS- The United Nations said on Thursday it will move non-critical staff out of South Sudan after an eruption of clashes and has received reports accusing President Salva Kiir's troops of targeting U.N. staff and foreign aid workers amid the fighting.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric described the reports as "highly disturbing" and called on South Sudanese authorities to investigate and bring the perpetrators to justice. He said the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, known as UNMISS, was also investigating the incidents, including its own response.