• 25 Apr 2017 15:51 US, zionists leading enmity toward Iran, Islam: Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed Imam Ali Khamenei



    Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the United States and Zionists are directing belligerence against Iran because Islam is most prominent in the Islamic Republic.

    “After the establishment of the Islamic Republic, where a characteristic of the Prophet’s rule emerged and still continues, the enemies of human societies began battling what constitutes the reason for the progress of human societies, namely Islam, because Islam can stop oppression against humanity,” the Leader said on Tuesday, which marked the occasion of Eid al-Mab’ath.

    The day marks the appointment of Muhammad (PBUH) to prophethood through divine order, and Ayatollah Khamenei was addressing a gathering of Iranian authorities and the ambassadors of Muslim nations on this occasion.

    “Today, all these animosities [targeting Iran and Islam] are spearheaded by the US and Zionists,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

    The Leader noted that “the creation of terrorist groups in the name of Islam and engendering divisions among Muslim countries, including in Iraq, Syria, Bahrain, and Yemen, are among the conspiracies devised by the oppressive US and the evil Zionist regime to fight Islam.”

    Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei is seen flanked by the heads of Iran’s executive, judiciary, and legislative branches of the government, while addressing a gathering of Iranian officials and the ambassadors of Muslim nations, in Tehran, April 25, 2017.

    Advice for Iran’s presidential candidates

    Ayatollah Khamenei further told the candidates contesting the presidential election in Iran that they should not be eyeing foreign assistance to enable the country’s development.

    “They should pledge that they would look toward the [Iranian] nation itself, and not look beyond the borders, for the advancement of the country’s affairs, its economic development, and for removing obstacles,” the Leader stated.

    The Iranian presidential election is slated for May 19.

  • 25 Apr 2017 15:51 Hezbollah Kills Number of ISIL Terrorists in Ras Baalbek Barrens



    Hezbollah soldiers managed on Monday to kill and injure a number of ISIL terrorists in the barrens of northeastern Ras Baalbek after striking their command center in Shoabet Al-Khabiye area.

    The Islamic Resistance fighters then targeted ISIL posts in Zwaitini and Mosul Mountains.

    Source: Al-Manar Website

  • 25 Apr 2017 15:50 Israeli Officials Resort to Silence about ISIL Apology



    The Zionist officials avoided commenting on the statements made by the former War Minister Moshe Yaalon who had revealed that ISIL terrorist group apologized to the Israeli enemy for launching by mistake a shell from Syria onto the usurping entity.

    The Israeli army also rejected to officially comment on Yaalon statements, highlighting the case of confusion which imposed on the entity’s decision-makers to resort to silence.

    Source: Al-Manar Website

  • 25 Apr 2017 15:49 Syrian Army Restores Stability to Number of Towns in Hama Countryside



    Syrian Army units restored Monday security and stability to the towns and villages of al-Masaseneh, Zour al-Heiseh, and Zour al-Teibeh in the northern countryside of Hama, killing 300 terrorists and injuring a large number of them, destroying 20 vehicles , two ammunition warehouses and two tanks.

    Earlier, an army unit thwarted an infiltration attempt by terrorist groups affiliated to al-Nusra Front terror organization in the direction of military positions i in Hama province’s southern countryside.

    SANA’s correspondent in Hama said that army units targeted the movements of terrorist groups that moved from the direction of Hur Binafseh town to attack military positions in the surroundings of al-Zara village and the thermal station there, killing and injuring a number of terrorists and destroying their weapons and ammo.


    A unit of the army killed a number of terrorists and destroyed their car, equipped with munitions and cannon near al-Tufahiya in Lattakia northern countryside.

    Source: SANA

  • 25 Apr 2017 15:49 Iraqi commander: Remaining ISIS fighters in Mosul are mostly foreigners



    Foreign militants fighting for ISIS in Mosul’s Old City include Uzbek, Uighur and members from French-speaking countries, IraqiNews quoted an Iraqi army officer as saying.

    Lieutenant Colonel Abdul-Salam al-Jubouri said that the majority of the remaining ISIS fighters come from “the Uzbek battalion”, the “Uighur battalion” and the “Tarek ibn Ziyad battalion”, the latter comprising French-speaking members.

    He revealed that the remaining foreign fighters are putting in a ferocious fight because of the difficult conditions imposed on them by government forces.

    The Uighurs are a Muslim minority from China’s western Xinjiang province.

  • 25 Apr 2017 15:48 Photos-Iraqi Federal Police Forces in Clashes with ISIL in Western Mosul



    Members of the Iraqi Federal Police engaged in battle with ISIL terrorists during an offensive operation in Western Mosul.

  • 25 Apr 2017 15:47 Palmyra: ISIL Suffers Heavy Casualties in Attack on Syrian Army Positions



    The Syrian Army forces repelled ISIL’s heavy attack on their defense lines near the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) in Eastern Homs, inflicting a large number of casualties on the terrorists.

    The army soldiers engaged in a tough battle with the ISIL terrorists that attacked their positions in Jabal (mount) al-Abtar near Palmyra and managed to ward off the terrorists’ offensive, killing a large number of them and destroying their military hardware.

    Relevant repots said on Wednesday that the army troops continued to hit ISIL’s defense lines in Eastern Homs, forcing the terrorist group to retreat from vast regions Northeast of the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur).

    The army soldiers won another battle against ISIL and drove them out of a set of strategic hills near Mount al-Qataar 25km Northeast of Palmyra.

    The ISIL suffered a number of casualties and its military hardware and vehicles sustained major damage in the attack.

  • 25 Apr 2017 15:47 Syrian Army Makes Further Gains in War on Terrorism in Eastern Damascus



    The Syrian Army troops continued to advance against Terrorists in al-Qaboun district in Eastern Ghouta, taking control over a number of residential complexes.

    The army men engaged in fierce clashes with terrorists in al-Qaboun district and managed to drive them out of 40 residential complexes.

    In the meantime, the army’s missile units shelled heavily terrorists’ positions in al-Qaboun.

    Local sources reported that the army units also seized control over a tunnel near power company in al-Qaboun, adding the tunnel that was named Rahma by terrorists was a road used by the militants to move between al-Qaboun and other regions in Eastern Ghouta.

    The sources further added that the Syrian Air Force carried out several combat flights and targeted communication lines of Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) between the town of Arbin and al-Qaboun.

    Reports said earlier today that the army hit the positions of the terrorists in al-Qaboun district and managed to enter more regions, driving a wedge between the terrorists in the region.

    The army soldiers stormed terrorists’ defense lines in the Northeastern outskirts of Damascus and pushed militants back from more positions in a region between Al-Qaboun district and Barzeh farms.

    A military source reported that the army men, who entered a region known as Imam Hossein grand mosque, discovered a vast network of tunnels that were connected to the depth of Eastern Ghouta, adding that one of the tunnels was connected to the town of Arbin.

    The source further added that the army’s advances in Imam Hossein grand mosque region enabled the pro-government forces to separate al-Qaboun district from Barzeh farms.

  • 25 Apr 2017 15:46 Syrian Army Preempts Terrorists’ Attack in Hama



    The Syrian Army’s artillery and missile units launched heavy shelling on the movements of Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) in Southern Hama before the terrorist group could kick off a large-scale attack.

    The army’s artillery and missile units carried out a preemptive move and pounded badly the movements and gathering centers of Al-Nusra terrorists that were getting ready to attack pro-government forces’ positions near the village of al-Zareh and the thermal power plant from their positions in Hirbnafsa.

    A number of Al-Nusra terrorists were killed or wounded and their military equipment were destroyed under the army fire.

    Earlier reports said that the army men engaged in fierce clashes with terrorists in al-Qaboun district and managed to drive them out of 40 residential complexes.

    In the meantime, the army’s missile units shelled heavily terrorists’ positions in al-Qaboun.

    Local sources reported that the army units also seized control over a tunnel near power company in al-Qaboun, adding the tunnel that was named Rahma by terrorists was a road used by the militants to move between al-Qaboun and other regions in Eastern Ghouta.

    The sources further added that the Syrian Air Force carried out several combat flights and targeted communication lines of Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) between the town of Arbin and al-Qaboun.

  • 25 Apr 2017 15:46 Iraqi PM: Iran-Iraq ties stronger despite terrorists’ wishes



    Iraqi Prime Minister says contrary to terrorists’ attempts to pose challenge to Iran-Iraq relations, they have got stronger.

    Heidar al-Abadi made the remarks in a meeting where Iran’s new Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi submitted his credentials to Iraqi President Fouad Masoum.
    Al-Abadi, appreciating Iran’s support for Iraq in combating Takfiris and Daesh (ISIS), said terrorists were seeking challenge to between Iran and Iraq, but their attempts on the contrary promoted and strengthened relations between the two countries.
    He urged elimination of certain impediments on the path of expansion of cooperation between the two countries in economic domain as well as joint investment, creation of job opportunities and defining joint venture economic projects.
    Masjedi for his part highlighted the need for exploring ways of expansion of cooperation between Tehran and Baghdad and said regarding their immense potential, Iran and Iraq should try to pave the way for expansion of ties.
    The new Iranian ambassador to Baghdad also stressed that Iran would continue supporting the Iraqi government in various grounds.
    Masjedi arrived in Baghdad last Tuesday. He met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jafari the day after. Iran’s ambassador also held talks with Iraq’s parliament speaker Salim Jabouri.

  • 25 Apr 2017 15:45 Iran launches national fiber optic connectivity plan


    Iran has launched an ambitious project to connect houses to a nationwide fiber optic network – what the administration of President Hassan Rouhani would provide citizens with an easy access to high-speed internet.

    The project – which had been developed by Iran Telecommunications Company (ICT) – was launched by Iran’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi.

    Vaezi described it as a major progress that would revolutionize Iran’s national data network.

    He said Rouhani’s administration had been pursuing the development of the national fiber optic network despite numerous obstacles that existed.

    The official further emphasized that the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology had already taken major strides to promote internet-based businesses across Iran, adding that the national fiber optic connectivity project was a significant step in the same direction.

    The project that officials had previously said would put the country in the “age of gigabit connectivity” has been created in nine cities including capital Tehran and would soon expand to other areas of the country, IRNA reported.

    Elsewhere in his remarks, Vaezi said that Iran’s data transfer capacity had increased by 11 times since 2013 to reach as high as 10,000 gigabytes.

    He added that Iran’s internet bandwidth capacity had also increased by 15 percent to reach as high as 10,000 gigabytes.

    Vaezi said around 900 cities and towns across Iran currently are under the coverage of third generation of wireless mobile telecommunications – briefly referred to as 3G. He also added that the number of towns and cities under the 4G coverage currently stood at 742.  This, Vaezi emphasized, is while the coverage for both 3G and 4G services were extremely limited when Rouhani took office in 2013.

  • 25 Apr 2017 15:44 Iran dismisses MKO allegations about undeclared nuclear site



    The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) has roundly dismissed the recent allegations by the terrorist group Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) against Tehran’s nuclear program, saying the claims are not worth a response.

    “In the past, the International Atomic Energy Agency once examined unfounded accusations of a military nuclear program in Iran. The MKO is a treacherous group, whose strings are being pulled by certain powers. These allegations are not being made by the MKO itself. They are the demands by major powers for propaganda purposes,” Behrouz Kamalvandi told Press TV in an exclusive interview on Monday.

    He added, “Currently, the group thinks the timing is good for it to level new allegations as they believe the new administration in the United States is interested in such matters. We do not believe the allegations are of any value. We think this is not an issue to be addressed in Iran, at the international level and even at the IAEA.”

    Kamalvandi’s remarks came in repose to the latest MKO claims that the Islamic Republic is violating the nuclear agreement — known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries — by secretly conducting research on nuclear weapons components at the Parchin military site in Iran.

    Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia — plus Germany signed the JCPOA on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016. Under the agreement, limits were put on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for, among other things, the removal of all nuclear-related bans against the Islamic Republic. The IAEA has on multiple occasions confirmed Iran’s adherence to its commitments under the JCPOA.

    Kamalvandi also spoke of a deal with China to redesign the Arak heavy water reactor in central Iran. He said the design and construction work are being carried out by Iranian experts, and Chinese specialists will only oversee the process.

    “We insisted from the very beginning that the design should be prepared by our own experts and not Western or foreign parties. It took us nearly 13 months to produce the initial design and over the same period, we had to reach a consultation agreement with the Chinese side to do the review process,” Kamalvandi said.

    A general view of the Arak heavy water reactor in central Iran


    “We prepare the detailed design as the Chinese do the review. We predict that it will take the Chinese at maximum six months to do the review. The detailed design will also be complete between eight months and one year. We will then move to the stage of producing equipment and then installing the pieces before the pilot and final launch. We predict this will take a total of five years. We can say we will meet that deadline,” the AEOI spokesman pointed out.

    He added that the modernizing the reactor will serve the interests of both Iran and the other parties of the JCPOA.

    On Sunday, the AEOI and Chinese firms signed the final version of a contract to redesign and modernize the Arak heavy water reactor in central Iran.

    According to the agreement, the Chinese side is to review the new design of the Arak reactor made by the Iranian experts and confirm its compliance with the international safety standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iranian experts completed initial phases of the reactor’s redesigning in March.

  • 25 Apr 2017 15:43 Millions of Muslims commemorate Eid al-Mab’ath worldwide



    Millions of Muslims in Iran and across the world are celebrating Eid al-Mab’ath, the anniversary of the day Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received his first revelation and was chosen as Allah’s final messenger.

    To commemorate the revered occasion, Iranians hold celebrations in Tehran and other cities on Tuesday, which falls on the 27th of the month of Rajab on the Islamic lunar calendar.

    Eid al-Mab’ath is a public holiday in Iran. Many head to holy cities and sites, including Mashhad and Qom, to participate in religious festivities.

    People also distribute sweets and drinks on the streets and in mosques.

    Prior to his prophetic mission, Muhammad (PBUH) used to retreat to the Hira cave, located on Nour Mountain outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, spending many hours alone in prayer and reflecting on life.

    He was especially concerned about social unrest, injustice, widespread discrimination, fighting among tribes and abuse of tribal authorities prevalent in pre-Islam Arabia.

    Muhammad (PBUH) was nearly 40 on August 10, 610 CE when Angel Gabriel descended while he was on retreat and commanded him to recite the first lines of Surat al-Alaq, the 96th chapter of the Holy Qur’an.

    The prophet was tasked with delivering the message of peace to humanity and declaring Allah’s Oneness to idolaters and polytheists of the world. He was sent to confirm the essential teachings of monotheism as preached by earlier prophets, including Adam, Abraham, Moses and Jesus.

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