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Syria Will Emerge Victorious from War- Aoun


Beirut, (ST) _Head of Change and Reform Bloc in  the Lebanese parliament  Gen. Michel Aoun stressed that the Arab countries are  living  an Arab hell , not  an Arab spring with various  forms of violence practiced in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and others.

In  an interview with al-Mayadeen  TV Channel on Friday, Aoun said  what is happening in the region infiltrated into  Lebanese territory through the state 's  intentioned negligence as it  distanced itself from what is happening in Syria but not from what is taking place  in certain  Lebanese regions including Tripoli, ,Akkar ,Arsal and Wadi Khaled, which turned into buffer zones for smuggling  militants  and weapons into Syria .

He  reiterated that Syria will win the war targeting it  and its leadership  will remain in power and countries that boycotted  it will dialogue with her again . 

"There are two choices in  Lebanon: the self defense  option represented by resistance  , which we support, and the second is the option to surrender" he  emphasized.

He considered that the fall of the Orthodox draft election law at  the Lebanese parliament  is a setback for Christians in Lebanon, holding the Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea responsible for this decline as it seeks to gain power by offering concessions to his allies.

Aoun explained that the election law  crisis forced  Lebanese to choose between extending power to the  current parliament or move towards elections according to current law,  of 1960 ,  noting that  one of the two options must be worked on  to avoid a constitutional vacuum.

Aoun stressed that  positions of Walid Jumblatt, head of the Progressive Socialist Party are not strategic  and he has his own  interests he hunts for  wherever they  are that  he does not mind changing quickly. 

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Iranian VP: Terrorists Target All Walks of Life in Syria

BEIRUT, (ST) –"Iran calls for solving the crisis in Syria through political dialogue, "said Iranian Vice  President Mohammad Reza Mir -Tajedddini .

Tajeddini's  remark came during a with Speaker of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri in Beirut on Friday.

Tajedddini expressed sorrow over the western countries which are supporting and bankrolling  the armed terrorist groups in Syria.

" everybody realizes that if the ongoing situation in Syria continues, the fire will spread into other countries. What is going on in Syria is an aggression with political goals, "underscored  Tajedddini

The Iranian diplomat made it clear  that the crimes of the terrorist groups targeted all walks of life in Syria ,stressing that the USA and Israel are behind the suffering of the Syrian people

"The Organization of Islamic Conference, the Arab League should work together to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria," he concluded.


Celebrated Palestinian historian, journalist dies at 93

JERUSALEM -Celebrated Palestinian historian, author and journalist Nasser al-Din al-Nashashibi died on Friday at his home in Jerusalem on Friday aged 93,according to agencies.

Al-Nashashibi was born in Jerusalem in 1920. He studied political science in Lebanon, and joined the Arab League's Arab Office in 1945. He would later be appointed an Ambassador-at-large for the League.

His journalistic career began in 1946, when he started work as a literary commentator and political analyst at Al-Quds radio. He held top editorial posts in Egyptian and Jordanian media, and wrote over 40 books.

As well as a distinguished career in journalism, working in Jordanian and Egyptian media, al-Nashashibi wrote over 40 books.


Deadly blasts in Baquba

At least 30 people have been killed and dozens injured in two explosions outside a mosque in the Iraqi city of Baquba, north of Baghdad,according to BBC.

Police and medical workers say the bombs went off as people were leaving the mosque after Friday prayers.

Later, police said at least seven people were killed by a bomb at a funeral south of Baghdad.

On Thursday, at least eight people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a mosque in the northern city of Kirkuk.

The mosque was being attended by relatives mourning victims of violence in the city the day before.

Hours before that, at least 12 people were killed in car bomb attacks on mainly districts of the capital Baghdad.

On Wednesday, at least 34 people died in bomb attacks across Iraq, several of which targeted residential  areas.


Zebari , Syrian Ambassador Discuss Bilateral Relations

 BAGHDAD ,(ST)_  Syria 's  ambassador in Baghdad Sattam Jadaan Aldandah, on Thursday met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari .

Bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries , developments  concerning the crisis in Syria and efforts and ongoing international diplomatic moves to find a solution to it, were discussed during the meeting .

The two sides reviewed repercussions of the crisis on the overall situation in the region.


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