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Two Killed, Four Wounded in Iraq's Mosul

A soldier and a guard of the National Alliance Office (NAO) were killed and four others were wounded in two separate explosions in Mosul on Monday, according to FNA.

"A roadside bomb targeted an army patrol in the Siddiq area East of Mosul, killing one soldier and wounding three others," a police source told the National Iraqi News Agency.

"One of the guards of the NAO was killed and another wounded when a roadside bomb targeted the vehicle they were traveling by in Yermouk neighborhood North of Mosul," the source added.


Saddam-Era General Supplying Chemical Weapons to Terrorists in Syria

The innocent people killed in the Khan al-Assal area of rural Aleppo in Northwestern Syria were the victims of the chemical weapons supplied to the terrorists by a Saddam-era General working under Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, sources revealed on Monday.

"The chemical weapons used in the attack on Khan al-Assal area had been prepared by former Iraqi Military Industries Brigadier General Adnan al-Dulaimi and supplied to terrorists of the Nusra Front in Aleppo through Turkey's cooperation and via the town of Antakya," an informed source, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of his life, told FNA.

The source who has been an aide to Izzat Ibrahim - the most senior member of Saddam Hussein's inner circle who is still on the run after the apprehension and execution of Iraq's former president Saddam Hussein - defected from the group a few months ago, but holds substantiating documents on Izzat Ibrahim's plans.

Gen. Adnan al-Dulaimi was a key man in Saddam's chemical weapons production projects.

"The 80mm mortar shells which landed in Khan al-Assal and killed dozens of people were armed with the latest product of Dulaimi's hidden laboratories sent to the Nusra members for testing," the source added.

"Also at his order, several former Iraqi military industries engineers trained terrorists in Syria on how to use these chemical weapons," the source said, adding that all plans in this connection were prepared by Adnan al-Dulaimi and staged after the approval of Izzat Ibrahim.

The chemical mortar shells, which the source said were fired at Khan al-Assal from the Nusra-ruled Kafr Dael in Northwestern Aleppo, contained a chemical substance ,Sarin nerve gas. Adnan Dulaimi and his  colleagues in Iraq's military industries mass-produced the same lethal gas and used it in vast areas against the Iranian troops in the 1980-1988 war and eventually killed thousands of people in the Kurdish town of Halabcheh with the same chemical agent.

UN human rights investigators announced just a few hours ago that they have testimony indicating 'rebels' in Syria have used Sarin gas. Interviews with victims and doctors have provided "strong, concrete suspicions" that 'rebels' used the deadly nerve agent, according to a lead investigator, who also stressed that there's no evidence yet that the Syrian military used Sarin.

The United Nations independent commission of inquiry on Syria has not yet seen evidence of government forces having used chemical weapons, which are banned under international law, Del Ponte said.

The chemical attack on Khan al-Assal came after a video footage posted on the internet late in January showed that the armed gangs in Syria possessed canisters containing chemical substances. 

The foreign-sponsored militants had earlier released footage in which rabbits were killed by inhaling poisonous gas.


Salihi Warns Zionist entity Not to Play with Fire

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi condemned Israel's Sunday attack on a research center in the outskirts of Damascus, and said tel aviv is playing with fire.

"Israel is playing with fire," Salehi warned in a meeting with Turkmen Foreign Minister Rasit Meredow in Tehran on Monday.

His remarks came after Israeli rockets struck a military research center on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Sunday. The blasts occurred a day after an Israeli official said his regime had carried out an air strike targeting a consignment of missiles in Syria a few days earlier. The research Centre hit on Sunday was also targeted by' Israel" in January.

Also during the Monday meeting, Salehi cautioned about the dangerous consequences of reinvigorating extremist groups in the region, and blasted certain regional and western states for supporting them which, he said, will spread extremism across the region and the world.

Meredow, for his part, warned that extremists have targeted the region, and said, "They aim to undermine regional security; therefore, we should cooperate in fighting this phenomenon."

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.


Tehran Denies Israel 's Targeting Iranian Weapons in Syria

TEHRAN, (ST) _Assistant Chief of Staff of the Iranian Army Brig. Massoud Jazaeri denied  allegations reported by some media partner in  shedding Syrian blood on Israel 's targeting of  Iranian weapons in Syria.

In a statement to "al-Alam"  TV channel , the Iranian army officer  stressed the  Islamic Republic of Iran will not allow the enemy to tamper with the security of the region, stressing that resistance in the region will retaliate  the Israeli aggression that targeted Syria. 

For his part, commander of the Iranian army land forces Brig. Ahmad Reza Bordstan stressed  that the Syrian Arab army  has sufficient military combat experience  and is well armed to defend the Syrian territory , besides an earlier experience  won through confrontation with the Israeli entity so that it  not need any help in defense of the Syrian territory. 

In  a speech during the inauguration ceremony of the latest device to simulate  helicopter 214 on Sunday Brig Bordstan said  "the Islamic Republic of Iran stands by Syria as a friendly country in  pursuing a resistant  approach against arrogance in the world ." 

T. Fateh 

Jerusalem Worshipers Pray for Peace in Syria

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM,(ST)_ Following  prayers that  called for love and peace , held on the occasion of Easter ,  resurrection of Jesus Christ,  messenger of love and peace in the Holy Sepulcher Church in Jerusalem, scores of  worshipers chanted slogans commemorating Syria's leadership and people , appealing God Almighty that peace and security will be restored to al-Shaam land .

Earlier on Saturday,, worshippers celebrating   the Holy Saturday denounced the  kidnapping of the two Bishops:  Paul Yazigi Metropolitan of Aleppo and Iskenderun and Surroundings for the Greek Orthodox and John Ibrahim Metropolitan of Aleppo of the Syriac Orthodox by one  armed terrorist group while they were carrying out humanitarian duties in Aleppo countryside , demanding safe return for the two clergies.


T. Fateh