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Foreign Affairs

  • Erdogan: Istanbul Blasts Aimed to Maximize Casualties

    After two blasts rocked Istanbul on Saturday night, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a statement, saying the incident was a terrorist attack aimed to kill a maximum number of people.

    The organizers of explosions in the center of Istanbul, in which up to 29 people were killed, aimed for a maximum number of victims, Erdogan said Sunday.

    We have become witnesses of heinous face of terror. It is clear that the aim of the terrorist attack, which had occurred right after the Besiktas � Bursaspor match, was the maximum number of casualties. Unfortunately, it resulted in deaths and injuries, Erdogan said in a statement, Sputnik reported.

    Earlier in the day, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that the blasts took place late on Saturday at 22:30 local time [7:30 pm GMT] in the central Besiktas district of the city.

    They occurred near the Vodafone Arena over an hour after a football match concluded at the stadium. According to the minister, one of the blasts was allegedly carried out by a suicide bomber, Tasnim reported.

    Source: Al Alam

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  • Over 2,000 Civilians Flee Eastern Aleppo Sunday Morning

    The Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation continues to evacuate civilians from eastern Aleppo. A total of 2,124 civilians have exited the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo so far on Sunday and nearly 300 militants have surrendered to the Syrian govern…

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  • Army Ground Forces start large-scale wargames in SE Iran

    The Iranian Army has launched large-scale military drills in the country’s southeast in an effort to enhance the combat readiness of its Ground Forces.Codenamed ‘Muhammad Rasoulallah (Muhammad, the Messenger of God) Four’, the three-day military maneuv…

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  • Iran Air, Boeing finalize plane purchase deal

    Iran’s flag carrier ‘Iran Air’ says it has signed a much-awaited agreement with US aviation giant Boeing to purchase 80 planes. The agreement envisages the purchase of 50 twinjet narrow-body Boeing 737 planes and 30 long-range wide-body 777 aircraft at…

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  • Iran condemns deadly twin blasts in Turkey’s Istanbul

    Iran has strongly condemned the double explosions which claimed nearly 40 lives in the Turkish city of Istanbul, calling for a decisive global response to the growing wave of terrorism and extremism.In a Sunday statement, Iranian Foreign Ministry spoke…

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  • Yemeni Army Shoots Down Saudi Spy Drone over Jizan Province

    The Yemeni Army and popular forces shot down a Saudi spy drone flying over Jizan province Southwest of the kingdom. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was brought down after it was intercepted over the strategic region of Qaviya in Jizan province.Local …

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  • Iraq Dispatches Reinforcements to East of Mosul

    A senior Iraqi commander says a number of new army units have been sent to the east of the northern city of Mosul to reinforce the military forces already deployed there. Major General Najim al-Jabouri, the head of the Operations Command in Nineveh Pro…

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  • Iran Criticizes UN Draft Resolution on Syria

    Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations Gholamhossein Dehqani blasted a draft resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly on the situation in Syria, and said it is not based on realities on the ground. “Iran will …

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