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Pompeo Meets Top Iraqi Officials During Unannounced Visit to Baghdad

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CAIRO, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with top Iraqi officials Wednesday during an unannounced visit to Baghdad. Pompeo's visit coincided with the anniversary of the Iraqi national police force. A police band serenaded Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who presided over the celebration before meeting Pompeo in private.A spokesman for the secretary said the two men discussed "the U.S. commitment to Iraq's sovereignty and territorial integrity," as well as the new Iraqi government's "efforts to deliver stability, security and prosperity to all Iraqis." The men also discussed efforts to "ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS in the region."Pompeo also met with Iraqi President Barham Salih and parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi. Salih told the secretary that Baghdad "will need the supp...

Pompeo Meets Top Iraqi Officials During Unannounced Visit to Baghdad

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CAIRO, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with top Iraqi officials Wednesday during an unannounced visit to Baghdad. Pompeo's visit coincided with the anniversary of the Iraqi national police force. A police band serenaded Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who presided over the celebration before meeting Pompeo in private.A spokesman for the secretary said the two men discussed "the U.S. commitment to Iraq's sovereignty and territorial integrity," as well as the new Iraqi government's "efforts to deliver stability, security and prosperity to all Iraqis." The men also discussed efforts to "ensure the lasting defeat of ISIS in the region."Pompeo also met with Iraqi President Barham Salih and parliament speaker Mohammed al-Halbusi. Salih told the secretary that Baghdad "will need the supp...

Stone sculpture in Palmyra represents the ancient Syrian carving style

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Palmyra, Stone sculpture in Palmyra was one of the most prominent artifacts that were left behind in the archeological city, with sculptors dealing with the materials skillfully and confidently highlighting expressions of the sculptures by following the classical style that matches up with the known traditions of the ancient Syrian sculpture.The stone sculptures were meant to honor Palmyrenes who used to serve the city or employers of commercial convoys, army commanders or members of the Senate, according to Secretary of Palmyra National Museum, Khalil Hariri.Hariri clarified that the numerous sculptures whether funerary, religious or civil used to be exhibited in temples and main streets of Palmyra.He noted that the sculptures give hints at the developed prosperous economic living standar...

Bou Saab to Education Minister: Closing on Tuesday, and perhaps more, is an appropriate decision

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"Several students sent me a message to relay to HE Minister of Education@MarwanHamade and their message is right. Closing on Tuesday, and perhaps more, is a good decision if we take into consideration the safety and wellbeing of both the students and instructors," said MP Elias Bou Saab via his Twitter account on Sunday.We have a stormy and cold week ahead, and such a precautionary measure is taken in most countries of the world for the purpose of public safety," Bou Saab added.Source: National News Agency

Qassem: Syria has triumphed over terrorism

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Beirut, Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Naim Qassem stressed that Syria has defeated terrorists who received support by a number of major states.In a speech delivered at Shamstar town in southern Lebanon, Qassem said that the resistance will remain in the field and that it has significantly contributed to liberating the land and protecting it in the face of the conspiracies of Israel and its agents.Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Qassem: Syria has triumphed over terrorism

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Beirut, Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Naim Qassem stressed that Syria has defeated terrorists who received support by a number of major states.In a speech delivered at Shamstar town in southern Lebanon, Qassem said that the resistance will remain in the field and that it has significantly contributed to liberating the land and protecting it in the face of the conspiracies of Israel and its agents.Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Trump: We lost the battle of Syria .. and the US policy in two years weakened Iran and its influence in the region

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BAGHDAD, US President Donald Trump said that "the United States has lost the battle in Syria."I did not say that it would take four months, but the return of troops would take some time, "Trump said at a White House cabinet meeting."We have lost Syria for a long time and I do not know why we stayed there all this time, we do not want to stay in Syria forever," Trump said.Trump said his tough policy toward Iran over the past two years has weakened Tehran's power and influence in the region."Two years ago, Iran was able to occupy the entire Middle East and control Israel," he said, but we have done that and done what needs to be done."Trump continued his demand for the world to pay the United States for American support and protection, saying:There are countries where we can help and do not ...

A nest to gangs of oil smuggling and its derivatives arrested in Tuwerij district of Karbala

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Baghdad, seized - A joint security force from the Karbala oil police station and the Karbala police force seized a nest to the gangs of smuggling oil and its derivatives in the district of Tuwerij."The nest contained two iron tanks with a capacity of 5000 liters empty and two others with capacity of 10,000, one empty, the other filled with oil and 23 barrels, and two pumps of the Ruben type," a statement from the Interior Ministry said.Source: National Iraqi News Agency

Rahi heads New Year’s mass in Bkirky, calls for forming minigovernment comprised of competent specialists

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Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Beshara Boutros Rahi, called Monday during New Year's message for forming a mini-cabinet, saying: "We are convinced of forming a mini-government comprised of competent specialists who are impartial to take on State responsibilities and able to work immediately on solving the country's crises." Rahi urged Lebanese officials to show responsibility in carrying out the necessary reforms in public sector and reduce the deficit away from the political sectarian interference. "Policians should lead the state and public administrations out of partisan, political and sectarian subordination to be replaced with loyalty to the country and the interest of the citizens, and put an end to financial and political corruption and protect public money from waste and theft," Rahi...

A Soldier Killed, Another Wounded In Attack Launched By Daesh South Of Baquba

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BAQUBA, One soldier was killed and another wounded in an attack launched by Daesh terrorists on a security point south of Baquba.A local source told the National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) that "militants of Daesh organization launched, in late hour last night, an attack targeted a security point stationed in the vicinity of the village of Rashed south of Boherz south of Baquba, killing one soldier and wounding another.He added that a reinforcement military force had arrived in the area and started a search operation for terrorists.Source: National Iraqi News Agency