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Putin at BRICS meeting: 'Only united efforts can deal with terror threat, refugee crisis'

Coping with the terrorist threat and assisting refugees is only possible by combined efforts, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during an informal meeting of the leaders of the BRICS countries, which is running on the margins of the G20 summit in Antalya.

"We all understand perfectly well that coping with the terrorist threat and helping millions of people who have lost their homes, is possible only by combining the efforts of the entire world community," Putin said.

US created Daesh terrorists: GOP presidential candidate Santorum

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has blamed the United States for the creation of Daesh (ISIL), after the terrorist group claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks.

At least 129 people were killed in multiple coordinated attacks on Friday night in one of the deadliest assaults to hit the French capital since the World War II. Some 352 were also injured -- including 99 who are in critical condition -- in the attacks, according to Press TV.

Lavrov to Jubeir: Is Saudi Authorized to Decide Who Rules Syria?

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov slammed Saudi Arabia position over the fate of the president Bashar al-Assad as a ruler of Syria.

During a fresh round of peace talks in Vienna aimed at finding a solution to the crisis in Syria, Lavrov stressed that the Syrians are the only side who decides their future, al-Manar reported in Vienna said.

“Is Audi authorized to decide who will represent the Syrian people?” Lavrov addressed Saudi FM, Adel al-Jubeir who is attending the talks in the Austrian capital.

Sayyed Nasrallah Vows more Fronts against ISIL, Denounces Paris Attacks

 Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah strongly denounced on Saturday the terrorist attack that was carried out in the French capital, expressing the party's moral and humanitarian solidarity with the French "innocent people."

"We express our strong condemnation of the terrorist attacks committed by the criminals of ISIL," his eminence said in reference to the so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) takfiri group, according to Al-Manar Website.

Speaking mainly on the terrorist attack that rocked Burj al-Barajneh neighborhood in the Lebanese capital southern suburbs two days ago, Sayyed Nasrallah stated that the Middle eastern people are the most who can understand the pain suffered by France. 

"People of our region who are suffering the earthquake of ISIL brutality are the most aware of this painful tragedy," he added.

ISIL claimed responsibility for the criminal attack in Paris Friday night that left 160 people killed. 

Moreover, Hezbollah Secretary General urged the Lebanese people to disable and to block the goals of the Zionist enemy and the takfiri groups who are behind the terrorist attacks that rocked Dahiyeh on Thursday.

During a televised speech aired on Al-Manar TV, Sayyed Nasrallah revealed basic facts regarding the terrorist dual suicide bombing in Burj al-Barajneh, stating that it was carried out by two ISIL suicide bombers, one of them could be certainly identified as a Syrian national, and the available information indicate that the second is also Syrian.

Noting that the names of the suicide bombers that were circulated in media shortly after the attack were totally incorrect, his eminence informed that a group of involved people was arrested by the Lebanese General Security and the Information Branch, "an achievement which prevented similar attacks that were being plotted for the upcoming days."

"Definitely, ISIL is responsible for this attack. The crime was carried out by ISIL networks, and the detainees themselves confirmed this fact," Sayyed Nasrallah said.

He stressed that so far none of the detainees is Palestinian, but Syrians and Lebanese, revealing that the terrorist network had benefited from several apartments in Beirut and from one apartment in Burj el-Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp, which was raided by the Lebanese security forces with the full cooperation from the camp officials.

Sayyed Nasrallah underscored the cooperation between the Lebanese security services and the security apparatus of Hezbollah, praising the Information Branch for its intensive and professional effort that led to the results that have been reached.

His eminence pointed out that "precautionary measures on ground in Lebanon are not enough to face such kind of attacks - which remain necessary - but we must also catch the sources of booby-trapping and assassination terrorist networks, and arrest the masterminds of terrorist operations."

"We must follow the same style with VBIED [Vehicle Born Improvised Explosive Device] networks, i.e. catching the sources of these networks, and the arrests and raids that happened in the past days come in this context," he said.

Sayyed Nasrallah also called to disable the goals sought by this terrorist takfiri enemy, and to shoulder our responsibilities in foiling them.

"In Burj al-Barajneh bombing, one of the goals was to provoke strife in Lebanon, and he who blew himself up was aiming to provoke sedition between the Lebanese and the Palestinians, specifically between the people of Burj el-Barajneh and the Palestinian refugee camp near the neighborhood, and later the Palestinian refugee camps that live among our people in the South and in the Bekaa in the east," he said.

"Leaking the name of the Syrian suicide bomber was aiming to undermine the Syrian brothers in Lebanon, and thanks to the awareness of the people and the families of the martyrs, the opportunity to sedition has been missed. The decisive positions of Palestinian brothers contributed to it as well.

Sayyed Nasrallah warned that the Lebanese people - especially the supporters of Resistance - must always keep in mind that the Israelis and the takfiris want seditious civil and sectarian war in Lebanon because it would serve the objectives of the Israeli , ISIL and takfiri enemies.

Indicating that the Lebanese people have managed to keep their country from drifting towards this abyss and sedition, his eminence stressed that "whatever our sufferings might be, we must always act in accordance with such  awareness and accuracy," urging the Palestinian brothers in the camps, especially the resistance factions, to take responsibility in this regard and prevent the terrorists from exploiting the camps.

"We say to the brothers in the [Palestinian] camps, with whom we lived together and have the same suffering and the same battle, that they have to help in preventing any house in any camp to be turned to a base for these brutes to offend our religion, our Prophet and our Palestinian cause," he said.

"Syrian brothers in Lebanon must take the same responsibility to help and prevent these terrorists from getting through them and exploiting their presence in Lebanon to carry out terrorist operations," he added.

Addressing the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Sayyed Nasrallah said "Whatever your political position is, our interest and your interest require that those terrorists must be prevented from exploiting your presence to commit terrorist crimes in Lebanon. Terrorist groups already do not discriminate between the Lebanese, the Palestinian and the Syrian... They do not distinguish between Shiites, Sunnis or Christians."

Hezbollah Secretary General expressed beliefs that recruiting any Lebanese or Palestinian by the terrorist groups of any sectarian community does not mean that this entire community holds responsibility for what he did.

His eminence called on all young people, especially social networks activists, to take responsibility to prevent the infiltration of any one broadcasting sedition and fabricating problems, despite this difficult stage and despite the pain and killing, pointing out that any crime and any bombing will be counterproductive against the plans of the terrorist groups.

Eradicating terrorism is first priority in Syria, Rouhani says

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran has said that it is the Syrian people who should decide who runs their country, however he noted that the “first priority” is to uproot terrorism in the country.

“It is all in the hands of the Syrians. It is for them to decide who is their leader,” he said in a Wednesday interview with TV channel France 2 and French radio Europe.

“We must all make efforts to eradicate terrorism in Syria and ensure that peace and stability return,” he said, according to the Tehran Times.