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Terrorism, Extremism Common Threats to Human Society, Says Larijani


Stressing Iran's support of neighboring countries against terrorism, Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said that regardless of any religion, culture and race, terrorism and extremism are common threats to human society.

Larijani, in a message, extended his condolences to the Speaker of Pakistan National Assembly on the sad occasion of killing and injuring many innocent people as a result of a terrorist explosion in Lahore.

In his written message to Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Larijani expressed Islamic Republic's interest in consolidation and reinforcement of security and stable tranquility in the region and its support of any action against terrorism and extremism.

Iraqi Army Fends Off ISIL's Attack Near Mosul

The Iraqi army foiled an attempt by the ISIL terrorist group on its military positions near the city of Mosul in Nineveh province, inflicting heavy losses on the militants, media reports said.

"Nineveh Liberation Operations Command foiled an attack by the ISIL terrorist group on the Syrian army's 15th Brigade in a village to the South of Mosul city," the Arabic-language al-Sumeria news channel quoted an unnamed source as saying on Tuesday.

Zarif Congratulates Syrian Counterpart al-Muallemon Liberation of Palmyra


Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message congratulated liberation of historic site of Palmyra (Tadmur) to his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem.

He congratulated Syrian foreign minister, people and government for liberation of the historical city of Palmyra from terrorists' hands.

'I believe Syria will continue to move in direction of maintaining unity and territorial integrity, fight against terrorism and progress in the political process, which is a firm obstacle in the way of growth of terrorism in the region,' Zarif said.

Most EU leaders conspicuously mum on Palmyra: Analyst

Press TV has conducted an interview with Wahid Azal, a political commentator, about the remarks made by the Syrian president’s adviser Bouthaina Shaaban, who said that Turkey is to blame for the conflict in Syria.

The following is a rough transcription of the interview.

Press TV: I’d like to pick up on the point made by Bouthaina Shaaban regarding the double standard of the West when it comes to for example Palmyra, where she’s saying that Palmyra was liberated from those very terrorists that had carried out the attacks in Brussels, in Paris and other parts of the US as well.

Azal: That’s true. This is absolutely correct and not only Cameron but most of the EU leaders have been silent about the liberation of Palmyra over the last weekend. And this is very conspicuous and the double standards that we have in the West here, where they decry these terrorist actions in places like Brussels and Paris, but when the Syrian Arab Army together with Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards liberate a city that has been controlled by ISIS for over a year now, there’s just a complete conspicuous silence.

Putin and Rouhani: Syrian Army’s achievement in Palmyra important event in counter-terrorism


Moscow – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani asserted that the achievement of reclaiming Palmyra city by the Syrian Arab Army constitutes an important event in the efforts being made to fight terrorism.

The Kremlin’s press office said in a statement on Monday that the two presidents discussed in detail during a phone call the Syrian Arab Army’s operations which resulted in ridding Palmyra city of ISIS terrorists, SANA reported.