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Iraqi Army Breaks Siege on ISIL - Besieged Troopers

Iraqi army forces, backed by volunteer fighters, have managed to break a siege by ISIL Takfiri militants on hundreds of soldiers in an area of the western province of al-Anbar.

Army spokesman Lieutenant General Qassim al-Moussawi said that Iraqi forces were able to liberate overnight as many as 400 troops who had been surrounded by ISIL terrorists three days ago in the Sijir area near the city of Fallujah, located roughly 69 kilometers (43 miles) west of Baghdad.

Final Deal With G5+1 Possible Before Nov 24, Says Zarif

New York  – Iran and G5+1 could reach a final nuclear agreement before the November 24 deadline, Foreign Minister Mohammad JavadZarif said.

He made the remarks in a meeting with his Norwegian counterpart BorgeBrende.

If G5+1 is ready for taking tough decisions, the two sides can reach a comprehensive deal, Zarif added.

Iran Blasts Double-Standard Fight against Terrorism

TEHRAN (ST)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi underlined the necessity for consistent and unbiased campaign on the terrorist groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in all countries without discrimination.

"Consistency in fighting ISIL wherever it is present, be it in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon or elsewhere, and whoever it threatens, is a must," Araqchi said, addressing the Security Council debate on the Situation Concerning Iraq on Friday, according to FNA.

Foreign Ground Troops in Iraq ‘Out of the Question', Says Al-Abadi

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has strongly opposed possible deployment of foreign ground troops in his country against the ongoing ISIL militancy.

Al-Abadi says foreign boots are neither necessary nor wanted for the fight against the ISIL and some other affiliated militant groups in Iraq, Press T.V reported.

The foreign ground forces are unnecessary, the premier said in an interview on Wednesday, adding, “We don’t want them. We won’t allow them. Full stop.”

The remarks come after the US Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said American forces may be needed if current efforts to combat the ISIL fail.

ISIL Product of Foreign Invasion in Middle East, Says Zarif

The ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria are an outcome of foreign invasion in the Middle East, says Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad JavadZarif.

Zarif made the remarks during a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Wednesday.

He said the states that took part in a Paris conference on the US-led coalition against the ISIL earlier this week, had supported the Takfiris in the past.