Iranian official: Israel will regret Syria strike

Updated 04 February 2013
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Iranian official: Israel will regret Syria strike

DAMASCUS, Syria: A top Iranian official visiting Damascus says Israel will regret its “latest aggression” on Syria.
Saeed Jalili, the head of Iran’s National Security Council, also says the Islamic world will not allow any attack against Syria.
Israeli warplanes struck a site near the Syrian capital, Damascus, last week, targeting what US officials said were ground-to-air missiles apparently heading for Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group.
Syria has vowed retaliation but has so far refrained from any response. Iran is Syria’s closest regional ally.
Jalili, who is on a three-day visit to Syria, did not explain in his comments Tuesday how Israel would regret the strike.
He only said Israel “will be defeated” as it allegedly was during the 2006 month-long war with Hezbollah and recently, by Gaza’s Hamas rulers.


Afghan, Pakistani military officials renew push for peace

Updated 11 min 52 sec ago
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Afghan, Pakistani military officials renew push for peace

ISLAMABAD: Senior military and intelligence officials from Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to enhance efforts to ensure sustainable peace in the region.
The two sides reached the understanding at talks Sunday at Pakistan army’s headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi.
The Afghan delegation was led by the national security adviser, Hanif Atmar, and also included the intelligence chief and other officials.
A military statement early Monday said Pakistan’s army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, told the delegation that “we must begin with the trust that neither covets an inch of the other’s territory nor is letting its land being used against the other.”
Pakistan has been under pressure from Kabul to stop giving safe havens to militants blamed for attacks in Afghanistan. Pakistan denies the charge.