ISIL Excuse for US, Zionist Entity’s Destructive Agenda in Middle East: Analyst

An American author and Islamic studies expert says the ISIL terrorist group is an excuse for the US and Israel to further their destructive agenda across the Mideast region, Press TV reported yesterday.

Dr. Kevin Barrett told Press TV from Madison that the ISIL and other Takfiri terrorist groups were “providing an excuse for Zionism and imperialism to keep ravaging and destroying Middle East in the... future.

Zionist air Planes Strike Gaza after Rocket Landed in Occupied Open Field

Zionist air planes struck targets in the southern Gaza Strip, witnesses and the army said early Saturday, hours after a rocket from the Palestinian enclave hit the Occupied Territories.

A spokesman for Gaza's health ministry said there were no casualties in the attack, the first air strike by the occupation military on the Palestinian enclave since the summer truce that ended the deadly 50-day war on Gaza.

Iran’s DM: Missile Range Increased to Face Possible Threats

Iran’s Defense Minister said the Islamic Republic is the fourth missile power in the world, adding that the range of manufacturing missiles had increased.

“Iran has an acceptable status among countries possessing missile capabilities, and stands after the United States, Russia and China,” Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said in a televised interview on Friday.

“In proportion to possible threats against the country, we have tried to increase the range of our missiles,” the Iranian minister added.

Russia Hopes OPCW to Consider Information of Use of Chlorine by Syrian Militants

TEHRAN- (ST)- Russia hopes that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will take into account Damascus’ information on the use of chlorine as chemical weapons by Syrian militants, the Foreign Ministry said.

"Due to the fact that the OPCW mission continues establishing facts of the possible use of chlorine as chemical weapons in Syria, on December 15 Damascus gave important information on the cases of seizing chlorine storage facilities by non-state subjects," the ministry said on Friday, Itar-Tass reported.

Russia to Continue Sending Humanitarian Aid to Syria: Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW, (ST) — Russia will continue to send humanitarian aid to Syria through both bilateral and relevant international channels, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

The ministry's statement was released following a Friday meeting between the Russian President's Special Representative for Africa and the Middle East Mikhail Bogdanov and the mother superior of St.James Melkite Greek Catholic monastery of the city of Qara, Syria, Mother Agnes Mariam el Salib.