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US Warns Syria, Russia, Iran Not To Attack Idlib



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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Washington continues supporting anti-Assad militants

Exposing Washington’s obvious support to anti-Bashar al Assad elements in Syria,  U.S. President Donald Trump has, on Monday, warned Damascus and its allies Iran and Russia not to “recklessly attack” Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, saying that hundreds of thousands of people could be killed in the operations.[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]There have been several reports from Damascus and other regional capitals that Syrian President is preparing a phased offensive to regain Idlib.

US Warns Syria, Russia, Iran Not To Attack Idlib

Meanwhile Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Monday. The two leaders said that Western pressure on Tehran and Damascus will fail to deter them from defending their principles, the interests of the two nations and the security and stability of the entire region.

Prior to his meeting with Assad, Zarif reportedly said that armed groups must be “cleaned out” of Idlib. Fars News Agency quoted him saying, “All of Syrian territory must be preserved and all the sects and groups should start the round of reconciliation as one collective and displaced should return to their families”.

He further said, “And the remaining terrorists in the remaining parts of Idlib must be cleaned out and the region should be placed back under the control of the Syrian people.” Zarif also met with Prime Minister Imad Khamis and foreign minister Walid al-Muallem.

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Terrorists and their families belonging to Daesh (IS) and other anti Assad groups were transported from several other cities: Raqqa, Aleppo, Deir al-Zawr, Eastern Ghouta, Hama, Dar’a, al-Sweida and surrounding areas to Idlib during the military operations.  Russians mediated for safe transportation to their new destination.

Syrian government enjoyed support from Russian air force, Iranian advisors and Hezbollah militants during the operations.

People having no association with terror groups were given choice to move to refugee camps set up Syrian government. Others, obviously the families of the the militants opted to move to Idlib under the agreement.

According to Reuters, Idlib and surrounding area is the last major enclave held by insurgents fighting against the Assad government. There are reports of some three million people living in the besieged areas.

Read More: Bashar say US, French, Turks, Israeli troops occupying Syria

On Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Washington views any government assault on Idlib as an escalation of Syria’s war, and warned that Washington would respond to any chemical attack by Damascus.

Turkey, which has long supported anti-Assad rebels, has cooperated with Russia and Iran on talks over Syria in recent years and has troops in the Idlib region on an observation mission.

US Warns Syria, Russia, Iran Not To Attack Idlib

Recently, Iran’s defence minister travelled to Damascus and signed an agreement for defence cooperation between the two countries with his Syrian counterpart.

Read More: Iran to maintain role in Syria despite US threats

US forces are stationed in northern Syria in obvious support to anti-Assad Kurdish elements. Washington has neither UN mandate nor invitation from Damascus for keeping soldiers in that country.

Meanwhile, Tehran based Press TV reports from Beirut that Sheikh Naim Qassem, Deputy Secretary General of Hezbollah has said that US, whose pro-terror policies have faced defeat in Syria, is in no position to call for the withdrawal of Iranian advisors and allied Lebanese resistance fighters, who have emerged as “victors” of the war against terrorists in Syria.

Hezbollah leader also hailed the achievements made by the Syrian army and its allies against US backed takfiri (a term used for Saudi-Wahabi influenced) terrorists.

Read More: US airstrikes on Syrian army near Daesh frontline

According to Wikipedia, the US first supplied the rebels of the Free Syrian Army with non-lethal aid, but quickly began providing training, cash, and intelligence to selected Syrian rebel commanders.

During the Syrian Civil War, which began in 2011, two US programs attempted to assist the Syrian rebels. One was a military program that planned to train and equip 15,000 Syrian rebels, but was cancelled in 2015 after spending $500 million and producing only a few dozen fighters.

A $1 billion covert program run by the CIA was more successful, but was decimated by Russian bombing and cancelled in mid-2017 by the Trump administration.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Bizarre: Man travels across 203 countries in 3,512 days without taking a single flight

Thor travelled via a total of 351 buses, 158 trains, 43 tuk-tuks, 37 container ships, 33 boats, 9 trucks, 3 sailboats, 2 cruise ships, 1 police car, 1 yacht, and a horse-drawn carriage.  He made particular to spend a minimum of 24 hours in each nation during his incredible journey.



Thor Pedersen

Danish citizen Thor Pedersen has travelled to every country in the world. He got there by all means of travel possible — by foot, by car, by bus, by train, by boat, and a container ship. It took the 44-year-old man 10 years to finish this challenging task. Pedersen began his trip in October 2013, reports said.

He claimed to have travelled through every nation in the world without using a plane in 3,512 days, according to reports. Even though there are 195 countries on the United Nation’s official list, Pedersen claims to have visited 203 countries since he included disputed territories.

Pedersen travelled on a total 351 buses, 158 trains, 43 tuk-tuks (autos), 37 container ships, 33 boats, 9 trucks, 3 sailboats, 2 cruise ships, a police car, a yacht, and a horse-drawn carriage.  He made it particular to spend a minimum 24 hours in each country during his journey.

He also travelled to India in the latter half of 2018 and the beginning of 2019. After a remarkable 3,512-day journey, he arrived in the Maldives, his 203rd and last nation, via container ship. Pedersen is now among the 150 people in the world with the most travels thanks to this incredible accomplishment.

On his incredible journey, he said, it was challenging for him to plan for everything that would come his way because this had never been done before. He said he was proud that he never gave up throughout all of this. He was pleased that he was able to bring out the strength which was required.

Pedersen faced enormous challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which left him stranded in Hong Kong for two years. He thought of giving up the project because of the virus’s unknown characteristics and the growing danger. However, he received support from Le, his long-time girlfriend, during the break in his preparations. Interestingly, the pair chose to get married, and Le visited him 26 times during that period.

Thor Pedersen financed his trip with personal savings, business sponsorships, and crowdfunding with a daily expenditure of just $20 (around Rs 1500). Many people followed his incredible journey on social media along the way, joining him there.

He has been working nonstop to record his adventures, and he intends to make a feature-length documentary that highlights his journey. Pedersen will soon release a book, to enable his admirers to find out more about his adventures.

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White House hails India’s democracy, calls it vibrant ahead of Prime Minister Modi’s US tour later this month

A National Security Council official at the White House, John Kirby, while addressing a press conference said the strength and health of democratic institutions will be part of the discussion with PM Modi during his visit to the state.



White House hails India's democracy, calls it vibrant ahead of Prime Minister Modi's US tour later this month

The White House on Monday said India is a vibrant democracy and anybody can witness that on visiting New Delhi dismissing concerns about the health of democracy in India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the US later this month.

A National Security Council official at the White House, John Kirby, while addressing a press conference said the strength and health of democratic institutions will be part of the discussion with PM Modi during his visit to the state.

Kirby said the US hopes to have a deeper partnership with India which would strengthen their relations. He further added that India is a strong partner with the US on many levels.

Kirby said there would be additional Defence cooperation between the two nations. He also stated that the economic activities between the two countries were at an all-time high and India, as a Pacific Quad member, is a key partner to the Indo-Pacific security.

He further added America’s relationship with India is multi-dimensional that took place at many levels. Kirby said US President Joe Biden is awaiting Prime Minister Modi’s visit to discuss all the issues and deepen the bond of friendship and partnership between US-India.

Kirby’s comments help in establishing the commitment of the Biden administration to work with the Modi–led government, which has reportedly come under criticism from some political quarters in the US and its media for the alleged depletion of India’s democratic institutions.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, in his recent visit to the US, made remarks on press freedom, institutions, and democracy in India.

While the official visit is on June 22, PM Modi will lead the International Yoga Day celebrations on July 21 at the United Nations in New York. He is likely to meet political and business leaders during his visit. The leaders are expected to discuss China’s actions in Asia and beyond, which are feared to be against their shared interests.        

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Indiana Ophthalmics: Gujarat based company supplies poor quality eye drops in Sri Lanka

On Thursday, Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council (Phermexcil), India’s Centre agency looking after the promotion of pharmaceutical exports from India has sent a notice to the Gujarat company asking an explanation and an internal investigation report on the quality of the Methylprednisolone eye drops.



Indianna Opthalmics - Gujarat based company supplies poor quality eye drops in Sri Lanka

A Gujarat based top pharmaceutical manufacturing firm Indiana Ophthalmics has been accused of supplying poor quality eye drops to Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government has complained to the Indian government stating that the eye drops supplied by the company has has caused eye infection to 30 people.

On Thursday, Pharmaceutical Export Promotion Council (Phermexcil), India’s Centre agency looking after the promotion of pharmaceutical exports from India has sent a notice to the Gujarat company asking an explanation and an internal investigation report on the quality of the Methylprednisolone eye drops.

Phermexcil Director General Udaya Bhaskar in a letter to Indiana Ophthalmics has stated that the alleged supply of the contaminated eye-drops by the company has dented the reputation of the Indian pharma industry and will have to face trust issues by the international agencies on the export of pharmaceuticals from the country.

A probe has also been started by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation on Thursday, to investigate into the questions of quality concerns being raised on the eye drops being manufactured by Indiana Ophthalmics. The drops were recalled by Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health in April this year saying the patients had reported complications after using them.

The Sri Lankan government claimed to have found bacteria Burkholderia cepacia in the eye drop. The Lankan government has asked the Indian government to compensate the affected patients and has demanded to investigate into the matter. Reports claimed, the firm has been told to stop production of eye drops immediately.

As per reports, the state drug officials had tested the drops and are waiting for results. Reports also said, these drugs require sterility testing hence, the test results will take another 15 days. Once the test results are out, they will be sent to the Sri Lankan government immediately.

A similar case was reported in February 2023, when questions were raised against Tamil Nadu based Global Pharma Healthcare, a firm whose product was allegedly linked with contamination causing blindness and one death in the US.

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