Iran Ready for Cooperation to Consolidate International Democracy, Peace, Security

Tehran- A member of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) said on Monday that the Majlis is ready for any constructive cooperation to strengthen democracy, peace and security across the world.

Mostafa Zolqadr made the remarks in his address to the 136th meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The meeting is themed '20th Anniversary of Issuing Global Democracy Declaration'.

Zolqadr who is in Bangladesh as a member of an Iranian parliamentary delegation to the IPU meeting, called on the international community to pay sufficient attention to the role of people in maintaining international peace and security, especially under current sensitive situation.

Iraqi Army, Allies Launch Operation to Recapture Anbar Districts

Iraqi army forces, backed by pro-government tribal fighters, have mounted an operation to drive Daesh Takfiri terrorists out of two districts in the country’s troubled western province of Anbar, and establish full control over them.

The commander of the Army's 7th Division, Major General Numan Abd al-Zawbaei, said on Tuesday that Iraqi troopers and allied tribal fighters started an offensive to liberate al-Madham and Khabrat Umm al-Waz districts southwest of the town of Anah near the Euphrates River, Arabic-language al-Sumaria television network reported.

Zawbaei added that the operation aimed to eliminate the last pockets of Daesh militants in both regions, noting that Iraqi army soldiers and their allies had so far managed to destroy an explosive-laden car and a rocket launcher with 12 projectiles.

Russian Defense Ministry denies directing Russian airstrikes on Idleb’s Khan Shaikhoun

Moscow – The Russian Defense Ministry denied on Tuesday the allegations published by media outlets about directing Russian airstrikes on Khan Shaikhoun town in Idleb countryside, SANA reported.

Earlier, Reuters quoted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying that an air strike in Idleb province left 58 people dead. Eleven of them were children. The agency speculated that the strike may have been dealt by government forces, which used a toxic gas.

“The Defense Minister has strongly dismissed another fake by Reuters Russian planes allegedly bombed Khan Shaikhoun. Russian planes carried out no strikes in the area of Khan Shaikhoun,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Iraqi Alliance: Raising Kurdish Flags in Kirkuk Threaten National Unity

The Iraqi National Alliance (INA), headed by senior cleric Ammar al-Hakim, says the hoisting of Kurdish flags over government buildings in Kirkuk is threatening national unity.

INA issued a statement on Monday after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi presided over a meeting to examine the fallout from a provincial council decision to raise Kurdish flags in the oil-rich city.

According to Press TV, the INA statement said the decision, irrespective of other ethnic minorities in Kirkuk, was a wrong move and contradicted the requirement to maintain Iraq's national unity.

Iran Only Hope Against Zionist Entity, Says Tunisian President

Tunisia’s president has called Iran the only source of hope in confronting Zionist Entity and hailed the Islamic Republic's sacrifices in the war against terrorists in Syria. 

BejiCaidEssebsi made the remarks in a meeting with visiting Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Reza SalehiAmiri at the presidential Carthage Palace in Tunis.