US envoy calls for emergency UN session on Iran

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks about protests in Iran (AFP)
Updated 03 January 2018
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US envoy calls for emergency UN session on Iran

UNITED NATIONS: US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday that Washington would seek an emergency meeting of the Security Council on the protests in Iran.
“The UN must speak out in the days ahead, we will be calling for an emergency session,” she said. “The people of Iran are crying out for freedom.”
Haley praised the courage of Iranian demonstrators and said protests across the country were spontaneous, not driven by outside forces.
After she read out social media posts written by Iranians in support of the protests, Haley dismissed Iranian leaders’ contention that the protests were designed by Iran’s enemies.
“We all know that’s complete nonsense,” she said. “The demonstrations are completely spontaneous. They are virtually in every city in Iran. This is the precise picture of a long oppressed peoples rising up against their dictators.”
Iranians have entered a sixth day of protests as the death toll rises to at least 22. More than 450 people have been arrested so far and Iran’s Revolutionary Court in Tehran has stated that they will sentence anyone who demonstrates from today as enemies of the state.


Russia says kills 88,000 Syria rebels

Updated 20 October 2018
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Russia says kills 88,000 Syria rebels

  • Russia launched strikes in support of President Bashar Assad’s regime in September 2015
  • Russian air forces have carried out more than 40,000 bombing missions, hitting about 120,000 targets

MOSCOW: Russia’s defense minister said Saturday that almost 88,000 rebels had been killed in Syria in the three years since Moscow’s intervention to back government forces.
“Over the course of the operation, a total of more than 87,500 rebels have been eliminated, 1,411 settlements have been liberated and more than 95 percent of Syria’s territory,” Shoigu was quoted as saying at a forum in Singapore in a ministry statement.
“Most of the rebels have been liquidated,” Shoigu said.
Britain-based war monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says close to 365,000 people have been killed during the seven-year civil war.
Russia launched strikes in support of President Bashar Assad’s regime in September 2015.
Russian air forces have carried out more than 40,000 bombing missions, hitting about 120,000 targets of “terrorist” infrastructure, Shoigu said.
The defense minister said that “Syrian armed forces currently control territory where more than 90 percent of the population lives.”