Lavrov: Some Countries Geopolitical Interests Hampering War on Terror

SOCHI-  The world community is unable to unite in the war on terror now since some states are pursuing their own geopolitical goals, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday during the Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi, according to Itar Tass.

"The world situation remains tense and unpredictable, and new challenges emerge, in addition there is an upsurge of international terrorism that threatens the entire international community," Lavrov told a panel discussion "Global Politics and Its Agenda: How to Protect the World."

Counter-Terrorism Operation in Syria Nearing Completion: Shoigu

Occupied al-Quds, (ST)- Russian Defense Minister, General Sergey Shoigu, has announced that the counter-terrorism operation in Syria is nearing completion.

During his meeting with the Israeli War Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday, Shoigu said "the counter-terrorism operation in Syria is nearing completion so some issues should be tackled immediately," according to the Syrian News Agency SANA.

Shoigu added that "terrorist activities in the world have been growing, so the global community needs to close ranks to fight against this scourge".

EU Supports Iran Nuclear Deal, Vows Full Commitment

European Union foreign ministers have reaffirmed their support for the historic nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, saying the accord is working and is a key part of non-proliferation efforts.

According to Press TV, the union’s foreign ministers held a closed-door meeting, chaired by EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, on the best way to proceed on the Iran issue in Luxembourg on Monday. The meeting came three days after US President Donald Trump refused to formally certify that Iran was complying with the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and warned that he might ultimately terminate the agreement.

Syria Will Emerge Stronger from the War: Cuban Journalists

HAVANA, (ST)- Cuban journalists have expressed confidence that Syria will emerge victorious and stronger from the war, stressing their keenness on conveying the truth about events in Syria and on shedding light on the criminal acts of the terrorist organizations in Syria.

During their meeting with the Syrian Ambassador to Cuba Idris Mayya, the Cuban journalists and analysts hailed the legendary steadfastness and victories of the Syrian Arab Army in cooperation with its allies in their war on terrorism and condemned the crimes perpetrated by foreign-backed terrorist groups against Syria.

Russia’s Defense Ministry Says US Responsible for Carpet-Bombing in Raqqa

MOSCOW- The United States conducts carpet-bombing of residential areas in Syria’s Raqqa and damages water sources, Russian Defense Ministry Maj Gen Igor Konashenkov said on Saturday.

"Carpet bombing of residential areas accommodated by civilians, which the United States and [the US-led] coalition carry out, along with deliberate destruction of all natural water sources in Raqqa have brought about nothing but several thousand victims among the ‘liberated’ population and vivid examples of that military operation’s faulty planning," he said, according to Itar Tass.

Chairman of Russian State Duma to Visit Syria in First Half of 2018

MOSCOW- Chairman of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin said that he would head a Russian parliamentary delegation which will visit Damascus at the invitation of Syrian side in the first half of next year.

Volodin said in statement on Saturday that it is likely that European parliamentarians will join their Russian colleagues in the visit.

For his part, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Relations, Leonid Slutsky announced that the Russian side will work toward joining their colleagues from European countries in this visit, according to SANA.

US House Introduces Bill to End Support for Saudi’s ‘Horrifying’ War in Yemen


Citing human rights concerns, a bipartisan committee in the US House of Representatives has called for the US military to stop lending crucial support to the Saudi Arabian war in Yemen. The widely condemned Saudi intervention into the Yemeni Civil War has led to the deaths of tens of thousands of people, many of them civilians.

The primary way the US has supported the Saudi-led coalition's incursion has been refueling missions flown by the US Air Force that allow their Saudi counterparts to continue a campaign of airstrikes in their southern neighbor. The new bill, House Congressional Resolution 81, would bar the US military from participating in any military action, including support for any side, in the Yemeni Civil War except operations against the powerful Islamic militant group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Over 90% of Syrian Territory Free from Daesh, Says Russian Daily

As the Arab Syrian Army and its allies continue their advances against Takfiri militants, a Russian daily affiliated with the country's defense minister says more than 90 percent of Syrian territory are free from the control of the Daesh terrorists.

A total of 92 percent of Syria's land is now from the control of Daesh terrorists, according to information published in Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) newspaper on Thursday.