Iran wants all Western sanctions to be lifted as part of a deal on its contested nuclear program by a November deadline, a top official said Wednesday.
The announcement came amid intensifying efforts to conclude a definitive pact. The six powers in the talks with Iran – Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany, known as the P5+1 – have set November 24 as the deadline, after failing to meet the previous July 20 target.
Building on a UN Security Council sanctions resolution passed in 2010, the United States and EU in 2012 imposed major sanctions against Iranian oil and gas companies and strengthened restrictions on the country’s central bank.
The chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said the US proposal of a gradual lifting of sanctions was “unacceptable.” Continue reading Iran calls for immediate lifting of all sanctions as part of nuclear deal
Moscow, SANA – Grand Mufti Sheikh Ahmad Badr-Eddin Hassoun stressed that Syria and Russia are “in the same ditch” because the chaos erupting in the world “targets all of us.”
The Mufti’s remarks came during his meeting with Head of Fair Russia Party and its parliamentary bloc in the Russian State Duma Sergei Mironov in Moscow on Wednesday.
He lashed out at the US and western countries who “have involved themselves in a new war” making the factors of race and religion its axis, recalling the wars in Yugoslavia and Chechnya and the attempts of inciting the communities who speak Turkish into calling for separation from Russia. Continue reading Mufti Hassoun: Syria and Russia are in the same ditch
by Qassem Qassem, Youssef Fares and Abdel Rahman Nassar, Al-Akhbar English
Necessity is the mother of invention. The Resistance has recently demonstrated its biggest achievements yet in the fight with Israel. Indeed, it is not an exaggeration to say that Gaza, and behind it Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah, had anticipated the day when the borders and the sea surrounding Gaza would be sealed off. Today, Egypt and Israel are stepping up their coordination to make the sea off limits to the resistance, while in the south, their armies are working to establish a buffer zone and even a water trench, in the hope of putting an end to the smuggling of rockets from the Iranian desert to the Mediterranean. Continue reading Gaza: How the Resistance manufactures its rockets with help from Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah
by Jonathan Azaziah (Mouqawamah Music EXCLUSIVE)
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s recent Ashoura speech — which Mouqawamah Music excerpted just the other day via Al-Manar — was a blistering takedown of Wahhabi-Takfirism and it was quite possibly his most brilliant, in-depth denunciation of the twisted, perverted ideology yet, as he categorically broke down its dangers from the historical, cultural, political, military and security angles, as well as the increasing need for Sunni-Shi’a unity to confront it. Hizbullah’s Secretary-General also discussed the dangerous rise of atheism in the Arab-Islamic world, an obvious side-effect of the Takfiri sickness afflicting the region and yet another issue that requires steadfast and committed Sunni-Shi’a unity to tackle and ultimately defeat it. Continue reading Saudis Get The Smackdown: On Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s Recent Ashoura Speech
By next year Russia will be ready to “meet unwelcome guests” coming from any direction, after completing a network of radar stations in the Arctic, the Russian Defense Minister said.
The massive buildup of facilities in Russia’s north is part of the country’s strategy to ensure control of the Arctic. The military is currently rebuilding two northern bases in the Novosibirsk Islands and in the Franz Josef Land archipelago, Sergey Shoigu told the defense ministry’s public council on Tuesday. Military airfields at Tiksi, Naryan-mar, Alykel, Vorkuta, Anadyr and Rogachevo have been scheduled for modernization. Continue reading Russian army beefs up Artic presence over Western threat
A senior official of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has described the ISIL terrorist group as a threat to the Middle East region and the entire world.
Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem said the ISIL Takfiri militants have launched a campaign of fear and terror to expand the terrorist group’s territory.
Saying that the ISIL terrorists have resorted to extreme forms of brutality, the Hezbollah official added, the Takfiri group, supported by some regional and Western countries, suffers from disunity in its ranks since its terrorists come from about eighty countries. Continue reading Sheikh Na’im Qassem: ISIL posing threat to Middle East, world
The Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has denounced a ruling by the Bahraini regime to suspend the activities of the country’s prominent opposition party al-Wefaq ahead of the upcoming parliamentary elections in the Persian Gulf kingdom.
In a statement on Tuesday, Hezbollah said the ban on al-Wefaq party “proves that the elections (scheduled for November 22) are sham, pre-determined and far away from representing the will of the Bahraini people and the political powers.” Continue reading Hizbullah slams Bahrain ruling to suspend al-Wefaq
Moscow, SANA – Syria’s Grand Mufti Ahmad Badr Eddin Hassoun said that Syria is fighting international terrorism on behalf of the entire world and is foiling all U.S.- western schemes.
During his meeting with head of the Central Committee for the Russian Communist Party, Gennady Zyuganov in Moscow on Tuesday, Hassoun said that the West is trying to punish Syria for its independent policy and stances. Continue reading Mufti Hassoun: Syria is fighting terrorism on behalf of the world
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Popular Resistance Committees’ armed wing on Wednesday called for armed resistance from Palestinians and a regional boycott from Arab countries to counter what it called Israeli violations in Jerusalem.
In a press conference held in Gaza City, the al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades called on Arab and Islamic nations to close Israeli embassies and boycott the Israeli economy to pressure Israel to cease restrictions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Continue reading PRC calls for armed resistance, regional boycott