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ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogIran?s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Tehran and Moscow needed to step up cooperation to isolate the United States. Photo: Reuters ANKARA: Iran?s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Tehran and Moscow needed to step up cooperation to isolate the United States and restore peace in the Middle East, Iranian state TV reported. ?Full resolution of Syria?s crisis needs strong cooperation between Iran and Russia ... Our cooperation can isolate America ... This cooperation will restore stability in the region,? Khamenei said during a meeting with Putin, state TV added.
Vladimir Putin pictured with Hassan Rouhani - File photo TEHRAN: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Tehran on Wednesday for an official visit, with talks expected to focus on Syria, the Iranian nuclear agreement and bilateral ties. Putin will also take part in a summit with his Iranian and Azerbaijani counterparts, Hassan Rouhani and Ilham Aliyev. Putin is to hold separate talks with Rouhani and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as Russia and Iran cooperate on a range of issues including the conflict in Syria. The Kremlin said Syria will be a focus of the talks, which come after Russia, Turkey and Iran pledged in Kazakhstan on Tuesday to bring the Syrian regime and its opponents together for a "congress" to push peace efforts. Russia and Iran, which support President Bashar al-Assad's government, and Turkey, which backs Syrian rebels, have organised a series of peace talks in the Kazakh capital Astana this year, agreeing on the establishment of "de-escalation" zones in various parts of the war-torn country. Wednesday's talks will also focus on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which saw sanctions lifted in exchange for limits on Tehran´s atomic programme and which is under pressure from US President Donald Trump. Tehran signed the deal with six countries including Russia and the United States, but Trump last month refused to certify the agreement, drawing criticism from Moscow which slammed the US president's "aggressive and threatening rhetoric" against Iran.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogIranian security officials at the Pak-Iran border town of Mirjaveh. Photo: AFP ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office (FO) stated on Wednesday that the Pak-Iran border commission has held its first meeting in Tehran. The Pakistani side was headed by Foreign Ministry's Mansoor Ahmed Khan and included Southern Command Inspector General Frontier Corps Major General Sardar Tariq. An FO spokesperson said issues related to the Pak-Iran border were discussed in the meeting. Both sides agreed to fully implement the 1960 Pak-Iran border agreement, the spokesperson added. The two parties also agreed to enhance joint cooperation against drug smugglers, human traffickers and terrorists. Both sides also agreed to refrain from violating the 917-kilometres-long border between the two countries, the FO stated further. The international border linking Pakistan's Balochistan and Iran's Sistan-Baluchistan province is the site of frequent turmoil, both between the state security forces and terrorists operating in each other's territory. On Saturday, Iran claimed two of its civilians were killed when militants from Pakistan opened fire. Pakistan will not tolerate any drone attacks on its territory: FO Drone attacks are against Pakistan's integrity, remarked Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria Late last month, an Iranian drone was shot down in Balochistan's Panjgur District along the border. "The drone was hit by Pakistan Air Force jets as it was unidentified and flying around three to four kilometres inside Pakistani territory," an FO statement had stated. On May 27, a man was killed in mortar shelling from the Iranian side of the border in Panjgur district. The district commissioner (DC) of Panjgur said a mortar shell landed on a vehicle, instantly killing one man inside and causing extensive damage nearby. Man killed from Iranian mortar fire in Balochistan Panjgur DC says protest lodged with Iranian border force; flag meeting on Sunday The DC added that a strong protest has been lodged with the Iranian border authorities. A week earlier, five mortar shells fired from Iran landed in the Chaghai area of the province. No casualties were reported in the incident. In April, ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants said to be operating from Pakistan. Iran said that Jaishal Adl militants had shot the guards with long-range guns, fired from inside Pakistan. Later, the head of the Iranian armed forces warned Islamabad that Tehran would hit bases inside Pakistan if the government does not confront militants who carry out cross-border attacks. The situation was later resolved via dialogue and the rhetoric subsided.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogDUBAI: Tehran police shot dead a man who attacked a clergyman and other people with a knife at a metro station on Saturday, Iranian state television reported. Hadi Tamhidi, deputy governor of the Shar-e Rey district in south Tehran, said the unidentified man attacked the clergyman with a knife after a dispute, and injured another man. Police shot and wounded the assailant, who later died of his injuries, Tamhidi said, adding that the assailant was mentally "unbalanced". A spokesman for the metro said traffic at the Shar-e Rey station had returned to normal after the incident.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogTEHRAN: Iran has targeted militants in Syria with missiles in retaliation for deadly attacks in Tehran. Late Sunday, the elite Revolutionary Guards launched six missiles from western Iran into Syria´s mostly Daesh held Deir Ezzor province, hitting their command base, the Guards said. The strike was "revenge" for twin attacks in Tehran on June 7 that killed 17 people in the first Daesh claimed attacks inside Iran, a Guards spokesman added. As well as punishing "terrorists", it was intended to show that Iran is capable of projecting military power across the region, officials and experts said. Sunday´s strike was the first known missile attack launched from Iran into foreign territory since the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88. "The missile attacks were only a small part of Iran´s punitive power against terrorists and enemies," Guards spokesman General Ramezan Sharif said Monday. "International and regional supporters of the terrorists must realise the warning message of the missile operation." Iran has long accused the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia of backing "terrorists". US President Donald Trump meanwhile accuses Iran of backing terrorism, a charge it denies and has threatened to tear up a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogSmoke is seen during an attack on the Iranian parliament in central Tehran, Iran. Tasnim News Agency/Handout via REUTERS Iran said its security forces on Saturday killed the mastermind of a twin attack on Tehran that left 17 people dead this week, as security was tightened around the country to prevent other possible plots. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings and gun attacks on parliament and the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, on Wednesday. "The mastermind and main commander of terrorist attacks on the parliament and Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini was killed today by the security forces," intelligence minister Mahmoud Alavi was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency. Alavi said that in the last month the intelligence ministry had identified and crushed "a terrorist team" almost every day but had not publicised it to avoiding spreading fear among the public. Iranian authorities have also arrested seven people it suspects of helping militants involved in attacks, a judiciary official said on Saturday. Ahmad Fazelian, a provincial judiciary official, said the seven, suspected of "providing support for the terrorist team", were detained in Fardis, about 50 kilometres west of Tehran, the judiciary's online news agency Mizan reported. On Friday, authorities announced the arrests of 41 suspects in connection with the twin Tehran attacks. Separately, the head of the judiciary in Fars province said seven people were detained in the southern Larestan area for possible ties to Daesh, Iran's ISNA news agency reported on Saturday. Tehran police said the car the attackers used on Wednesday was discovered on Saturday in the city centre. "The terrorists first went by car to the mausoleum and after dropping two of them off, went to the city centre to attack parliament," the police said in a statement published on state media.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogTEHRAN: The attackers who stormed Tehran´s parliament complex and the revolutionary leader´s shrine on Wednesday were Iranian nationals who had joined Daesh, a top official said. The six attackers "were Iranian and joined Daesh from some parts of Iran," said Reza Seifollahi, deputy secretary of Iran´s Supreme National Security Council, on state TV late Wednesday. 13 killed after militants strike heart of Tehran, Iran blames Saudis Attackers entered Iranian parliament and started shooting; another 'blew up' at Khomeini's mausoleum It was the first attack in Iran claimed by Daesh, which had threatened to step up its campaign in the country in recent months. Iran is a key fighting force against Daesh and other groups in Iraq and Syria.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News Bloggeo_embedgallery TEHRAN: Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the Iranian parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's mausoleum in Tehran on Wednesday, killing at least 13 people in an unprecedented assault that Iran's Revolutionary Guards blamed on regional rival Saudi Arabia. Daesh claimed responsibility and threatened more attacks against Iran's majority population, seen by the hardline militants as heretics. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted: "Terror-sponsoring despots threaten to bring the fight to our homeland. Proxies attack what their masters despise most: the seat of democracy." He did not explicitly blame any country but the tweet appeared to refer to comments made by Saudi Arabia?s deputy crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud, in May, saying that Riyadh would bring "the battle" for regional influence to Iran. Saudi Arabia denied any involvement in the Tehran attacks, but the assault further fuels tensions between Riyadh and Tehran as they vie for control of the Gulf and influence in the wider Islamic world. It comes days after Riyadh and other Muslim powers cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of backing Tehran and militant groups. They were the first attacks claimed by Daesh inside the tightly controlled Muslim country, one of the powers leading the fight against IS forces in nearby Iraq and Syria. The deputy head of Iran's National Security Council, Reza Seifollhai, told state TV late on Wednesday that the attackers were people from Iran who had joined Daesh. Iranian police said they had arrested five suspects Armed men launched two attacks in Iran's capital on Wednesday morning, killing a guard at the parliament and wounding several people in the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini. Photo: Iranian news agency Mizan Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said: "These fireworks have no effect on Iran. They will soon be eliminated." "They are too small to affect the will of the Iranian nation and its officials," state TV quoted him saying. The powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps accused Riyadh of being behind the attacks and vowed to seek revenge. "This terrorist attack happened only a week after the meeting between the US president (Donald Trump) and the (Saudi) backward leaders who support terrorists. The fact that Daesh has claimed responsibility proves that they were involved in the brutal attack," a Guards statement said. Trump said in a statement that he prayed for the victims of the attacks but added that "states that sponsor terrorism risk falling victim to the evil they promote." The US State Department and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres both condemned the attacks. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said he did not know who was responsible for the attacks and said there was no evidence Saudi extremists were involved. DRESSED AS WOMEN Attackers dressed as women burst through parliament's main entrance, deputy interior minister Mohammad Hossein Zolfaghari said, according to the Tasnim news agency. One of them detonated a suicide vest, he said. Police helicopters circled over parliament, with snipers on its rooftop. Within five hours, four attackers were dead and the incident was over, Iranian media said. "I was inside the parliament when shooting happened. Everyone was shocked and scared. I saw two men shooting randomly," said one journalist at the scene. Soon after the assault on parliament began, a bomber detonated a suicide vest near the shrine of the Islamic Republic's revered founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, a few kilometres south of the city, Zolfaghari said. A second attacker was shot dead, he said. The shrine is a main destination for tourists and religious pilgrims. "The terrorists had explosives strapped to them and suddenly started to shoot around," said the shrine's overseer, Mohammadali Ansari. By late evening, deputy interior minister Zolfaghari put the death toll at 13, with 43 wounded. The Intelligence Ministry said security forces had arrested another "terrorist team" planning a third attack. The National Security Council's Seifollhai said Iran had foiled 58 similar attacks, without specifying a time period. REGIONAL ANIMOSITY The attacks follow several weeks of heightened rhetorical animosity between Riyadh and Tehran. In unusually blunt remarks on May 2, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is Saudi defence minister and a son of King Salman, said he would protect his country from what he called Iranian efforts to dominate the Muslim world. Any struggle for influence between the Muslim kingdom and the revolutionary theocracy ought to take place "inside Iran, not in Saudi Arabia," he said without elaborating. The next day Iran accused Saudi Arabia of seeking tension in the region, saying the prince had made "destructive" comments and it was proof that Riyadh supported terrorism. The attacks could also exacerbate tensions in Iran between newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, who positions himself as a reformer, and his rivals among hardline clergy and the Revolutionary Guards. But Rouhani said Iran would be more united and more determined in the fight against regional terrorism and violence. "We will prove once again that we will crush the enemies' plots with more unity and more strength," he said. In an appeal for unity, Rouhani?s chief of staff, Hamid Aboutalebi, took to Twitter to praise the security services. "Applause to the power and firmness of our revolutionary guards, Basij (volunteer militia), police and security forces," he wrote. However, two senior government officials, who asked not to be named, said the attacks might prompt a blame game. "They (hardliners) are very angry and will use every opportunity to grow in strength to isolate Rouhani," said one. The other said the attacks would push Iran towards "a harsher regional policy". Militant attacks are rare in Tehran and other major cities although two militant groups, Jaish al-Adl and Jundallah, have been waging a deadly insurgency, mostly in remote areas, for almost a decade. Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province, in the southeast on the borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan, is home to the Balouch minority and has long been a hotbed of insurgents fighting the republic. Last year Iranian authorities said they had foiled a plot by militants to bomb targets in Tehran and other cities during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
waqas dar posted a blog entry in Geo News Bloggeo_embedgallery TEHRAN: Twelve people were killed in twin attacks on Iran´s parliament complex and the shrine of its revolutionary leader claimed by the Daesh militant group on Wednesday, its emergency services chief said. A total of 39 people were wounded in the two attacks, and rescue operations are continuing, Pir Hossein Kolivand said. Attackers raided Iran's parliament and set off a suicide bomb at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran. The Iranian Intelligence Ministry said security forces had arrested a "terrorist team" planning a third attack, without giving further details. The attacks, targeting parliament and the shrine of the Republic's revered founder, Ayatollah Khomeini, took place less than a month after the re-election of President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate. Three assailants, one with a pistol and two with AK-47 assault rifles, attacked the parliament building in central Tehran, lawmaker Elias Hazrati told state television. Iran's state broadcaster IRIB reported that one attacker detonated a suicide vest there, though some other news agencies said the explosion might have been caused by grenades thrown by the assailants. Armed men launched two attacks in Iran's capital on Wednesday morning, killing a guard at the parliament and wounding several people in the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini. Photo: Iranian news agency Mizan Tasmin news agency said there were unconfirmed reports the attackers had taken four hostages inside the parliament building. Up to seven people died and several others were wounded, it added. About half an hour later, attackers opened fire at the mausoleum a few kilometers south of the city, wounding several members of the public, Iran's English-language Press TV said. One attacker detonated a suicide vest, one was killed by security forces and other assailants were arrested, the Governor of Tehran was quoted as saying by IRIB. "The atmosphere is tense. It is a blow to Rouhani. How can four armed men enter the parliament, where a very tight security has always been in place," said a senior official, who asked not to be named. Rouhani retained power with a landslide victory over candidates supported by the hardline clergy and the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the country's most powerful security force in charge of ensuring national security. Iranian TV said parliament had resumed, and broadcast footage of what it said was the opening session proceeding normally. Daesh claims responsibility for attacks Daesh claimed responsibility for attacks on Iran's parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini's shrine on Wednesday, the group's state news agency AMAQ said. "Fighters from [Daesh] attacked Khomeini's shrine and the Iranian parliament in Tehran," the news agency said. Another terrorist plot foiled The head of the anti-terrorism department in the Iranian Intelligence Ministry said they foiled a third terrorist plot and have arrested "a terrorist team", state broadcaster IRIB reported. Iran's intelligence ministry has also asked people to avoid public transport, according to IRIB.