Eight Iranian soldiers killed in clashes with ‘terrorists’

Iranian police stand near the parliament's building during a gunmen attack in central Tehran, Iran, in this June 7, 2017 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 04 November 2017
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Eight Iranian soldiers killed in clashes with ‘terrorists’

TEHRAN: Eight Iranian soldiers were killed in clashes with “terrorist groups” on the border with Turkey on Friday, the official IRNA news agency reported.
“This afternoon, during clashes between border guards and terrorist groups, the latter suffered several losses but unfortunately eight members of the security forces were martyred,” the agency quoted Alireza Radfar, a deputy governor in West Azerbaijan province, as saying.
Friday’s clashes took place in Chaldoran county bordering Turkey. On Oct. 26, the authorities also announced the death of four “terrorists” in the county.
Chaldoran in Iran’s far northwest is mainly populated by Kurds and Turkish-speaking minority Azeris.
Security forces in Iran often clash with separatists or terrorist groups along the country’s western borders with Turkey and Iraq.
Since a double attack in the capital Tehran in June claimed by Daesh, official media regularly report the dismantling of cells reported to be planning attacks on Iranian territory.


Australia's shift in Israel policy could hurt ties with Arab nations, Egypt envoy says

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Australia's shift in Israel policy could hurt ties with Arab nations, Egypt envoy says

SYDNEY: Ambassadors from 13 Arab countries met in Canberra on Tuesday, concerned that Australia's move to consider recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital could damage peace prospects there, Egypt's ambassador said.
Earlier on Tuesday, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the unexpected announcement that he was "open minded" about recognizing Jerusalem and possibly moving Australia's embassy there.
That prompted the 13 ambassadors to call a meeting in the Australian capital, Mohamed Khairat, Egypt's ambassador to Australia told Reuters by telephone.
"We have agreed that we will send a letter to the foreign minister expressing our worries and our concern about such a statement," he said.
"Any decision like that might damage the peace process ... this will have very negative implications on the relations between Australia and not only Arab countries but many other (Islamic countries) as well."