A ranking Iranian security official warned against a major shift in the methods and approaches used by terrorist groups, calling for concerted global action to curb terrorists’ cyber capabilities and counter their modern tactics. Addressing the 8th International Meeting of High Representatives for Security Issues in Moscow on Wednesday, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani warned of the shifting nature and geographical distribution of terrorists in the world. Pointing to the cyber-infrastructures and modern communication systems that terrorist networks employ to recruit, organize, train and control forces in different countries, Shamkhani stressed the need for serious international determination to restrict such modern capabilities and counteract terrorists’ Internet-based activities. He further noted that Iran, with years of experience in combatting terrorism and its military, security, and cyber threats, could play a significant role in the global initiatives against terrorism. Shamkhani then attributed the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group’s acquisition of advanced communication systems, modern arms and weapons of mass destruction to the double standards adopted by certain “infamous governments” which sponsor terrorist groups. The top official further deplored the UN’s weak performance in dealing with regional crises, and urged certain states to end their “failed and dangerous policies” toward Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen. Security officials from 95 countries around the world have gathered in Moscow for the 3-day conference to coordinate efforts in ensuring cyber security, addressing the regional and international threats, and countering the issues leading to crises.
Vice President Nuri al-Maliki warned of the growing phenomenon of differences and fighting and the division of Iraqi tribes. “Al-Maliki said in a speech at a conference held by Khuza’a tribes today that the differences and the use of weapons among the tribes threaten security and stability, and they are more dangerous than the threat of Daesh”, calling on everyone to respect the law and not to harm the prestige of the state, which some have violated. “The use of weapons outside the state is unacceptable, and everyone should not allow it, whatever the reasons”, he said. He stressed the need to support the security services and the armed forces in their tasks, preserve the unity and sovereignty of the country, protect the rights of the Iraqi people and unite efforts to confront the schemes that seek chaos and topple the political process, especially as the enemies of Iraq are planning to push terrorist groups more dangerous than after the liberation of Nineveh province”. He renewed the call to participate in the elections to form a government of political majority capable of implementing its program properly, considering postponement of the elections will enter the country in a dark tunnel in the absence of the formation of a new parliament on the date set by law.
The media announced on 1st of May, decisions being made for the first international conference of Kurds in the Japanese capital, Tokyo. The conference confirmed the decisions, with the participation of a number of Kurdish political figures from the four parts of Kurdistan, along with Japanese politicians, which is :
– In order not to diminish the role of the forces fighting against Daesh and other terrorist groups, a no-fly zone should be declared in Rouge-Ava; Western Kurdistan.
– The need to recognize the project of Federal Northern Syria, which will serve to solve the Syrian crisis.
– In the South, the people will decide their destiny through the referendum.
– Stop the arrests of members of the Kurdish political movement in northern Kurdistan, by the government of the Justice and Development Party.
– Japan must assume its responsibilities, so that the AKP will return from its policies against the Kurdish movement and solve the Kurdish issue through democratic political methods.
– The Japanese government should provide assistance to the four parts of Kurdistan.
– Because of the political risks in Turkey, the Kurdish issue turned its attention to Japan to resolve this issue.
The Internal Security Forces General Directorate issued on Wednesday a statement in which it announced that two individuals proven to be involved in acts of terror and affiliated with the terrorist organization, Daesh, have been arrested after thorough investigations and pursuit. The arrestees have admitted to having contacted a number of ISIS leaders for the end of carrying out acts of terror in Lebanon, recruiting young men, joining the organization’s ranks in Syria, targeting Army and Security elements, receiving training in explosives manufacturing, and promoting the organization’s ideology through social media platforms.
During the meeting, they discussed the bilateral relations and means to strengthening it to serve the interests of both friendly people, and reviewing the victories achieved by Iraqis in their war against Da’esh terroristic gangs, and the efforts of the friendly states to support Iraq.The minister evaluated the Chinese attitude which supports Iraq, and providing the needed requirements for the displaced families, in spite of it isn’t a part of the international coalition against Da’esh terroristic gangs. His Excellency said that Iraq defends itself and fighting on behalf of the world and achieving great victories, and will liberate all its territories, especially that Iraq is a rich country, but it is passing through difficult situation and looking forward to the help of the friendly people, to help Iraq to rebuild Iraqi cities after defeating terrorism. From his side, the Chinese ambassador stressed on his country’s support to Iraq in its war against Da’esh terroristic gangs, and they will continue presenting the humanitarian aids to the displaced families, and ready to participate in rebuilding the infrastructure of the Iraqi cities after defeating Da’esh terroristic gangs.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said the first phase of Turkey’s military operation in Syria, dubbed the Euphrates Shield, has ended while heralding that new operations will follow. “We have completed the first phase of the Euphrates Shield Operation with the cleaning of Syria’s al-Bab from terrorists. It is now over and there will be [operations] from now on. Right now, we are preparing for new operations to walk all over terror organizations in other regions. We will give new names to new operations. We have very good surprises for all terror groups, including the PKK [Kurdistan Workers’ Party] YPG [the People’s Protection Units], DEASH [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant], FETÖ [Fethullahist Terror Organization], waiting for the spring. With God’s will, the upcoming months will be the dead winter of terrorists while it will be the spring of Turkey and the Turkish nation”, Erdoğan said April 3.
Dr. Al-Abadi will meet members of American administration officials, U.S Vice President, Secretary of States and the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives as well as meetings with members of Congress and Senate to boost the bilateral collaboration between the two countries in Security, Military, Economic and other fields. His Excellency will conduct meetings in several institutions, international organizations; he will attend meeting of ministers of the Global Coalition to defeat Daesh.
Today marks the 29th anniversary of the massacre of over 5,000 innocent civilians in Halabja, with another 10,000 people injured during the chemical weapons attack. This terrible crime was part of Saddam Hussein’s Anfal Campaign, in which tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis and Iraqi Kurds were murdered. On this solemn day, we honor the memories of the husbands, wives, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters who perished in Halabja and throughout the Anfal, as we continue our joint efforts to defeat Daesh and to prevent future atrocities. In addition Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Democratic Peoples Party (HDP) renews call on the country’s parliament to recognize the 1988 gasattack on Iraqi Kurdish city of Halabja as an act of genocide.
Turkey and the U.S. are discussing options for a joint operation to retake Daesh’s so-called capital of Raqqa, a photo released by the Turkish military has revealed. Turkish military Chief of Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar met with his counterparts U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford and Russian Gen. Valery Gerasimov in the southern city of Antalya on Tuesday. The Turkish military released photos of the meeting, and in one of the photos, a document can be seen in front of a Turkish general with the title “Raqqa Offensive: Turkey-U.S. joint planning”. The photo revealed that Ankara and Washington are currently evaluating options to draw up a joint plan for the Raqqa offensive. A U.S. commander of the anti-Daesh coalition told reporters last week that military leaders are still discussing Turkey’s participation in the Raqqa operation, and that a decision is yet to be made on whether to include the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) led by the PKK’s Syrian offshoot the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) armed wing, the YPG in the offensive. Ankara strictly opposes any involvement of the PYD/YPG in the Raqqa operation, as Turkey considers it a terrorist group. Ankara has suggested that the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which has successfully liberated Jarablus, Dabiq and al-Bab as part of Turkey-backed Operation Euphrates Shield, lead the operation in cooperation with the Turkish military. The YPG, under the guise of the SDF, is on its way to Raqqa. In fact, according to sources close to the YPG, the terrorist group is positioned only a few kilometers away from Raqqa, a Syrian city on the northeast bank of the Euphrates River. Ankara has claimed that several thousand FSA fighters were ready to engage against Daesh to liberate Raqqa.
The relevant security institutions are assessing the claims made by the loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist as preliminary leads have been found by the intelligence operatives. The Ministry of Interior spokesman, SediqSediqi, said that they are assessing Daesh claims and is premature judges prior to conclusion of investigation. He added that brutal terrorists group as Haqqani, ISIS, Talibans, are been involved also in other terrorist attack in the recent past.