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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.

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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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Bigg Boss 14 contestant Rahul Vaidya struggles walking in knee deep water, compares Dubai rains with Mumbai floods

Singer and TV personality Rahul Vaidya was recently stranded in the Dubai rains.



Rahul Vaidya, who was in Dubai ahead of his show which was scheduled to take place today, left the country due to heavy rains and reached Kolkata. The artist shared on social media his encounters in the UAE city, including challenges like walking through knee-deep water. Rahul provided an update regarding the heavy rainfall in Dubai on his Instagram profile.

The Bigg Boss 14 contestant revealed that he was in Kolkata and prepared to do an evening performance. Recalling the terrifying period he went through, Vaidya said there was a lot of confusion and panic in Dubai. The situation was similar to that when heavy floods hit Mumbai in 2005.

Vaiday also posted seval other images and videos of cars that were underwater and flooded roadways. The Bigg Boss 14 contestant, who shared his ordeal, claimed that even though it had just rained for two hours, the situation was dire.

In one of the video, which went viral he can be seen struggling in walking in knee-deep water. He can be also seen holding his sneakers in one hand and with other hand he was seen managing other things.

This is the result of the two hours of rain that it had, he can be heard saying in the video. Vidya also said he dosen’t believe Dubai is accustomed to a lot of rain. Everything had stopped working, he remarked.

After taking part in the first season of the singing reality show Indian Idol, Rahul Vaidya gained widespread recognition. In addition to Bigg Boss, he took part in Khatron Ke Khiladi 11.

Meanwhile, heavy rains that triggered flooding in the UAE and Bahrain, which left 18 people dead in Oman on Sunday and Monday, have paralyzed the financial hub of the Middle East, Dubai.

A lot of incoming flights were diverted from Dubai’s international airport because of the rain. At 7:26 p.m., the busiest airport in the world for foreign visitors stopped accepting new arrivals; a gradual resumption was announced for more than two hours later.

Images of planes navigating flooded tarmacs are making the rounds on social media.

According to pictures shared on social media, the flagship malls Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates both experienced heavy floods, while at least one Dubai Metro station had water up to the ankles.

There were several road collapses, severe flooding in residential areas, and numerous reports of leaks from windows, doors, and roofs.

Due to the unfavourable weather, schools around the United Arab Emirates were forced to close, and as more storms are predicted, the closures are anticipated to last until Wednesday. The government of Dubai allowed its staff to work remotely till this Wednesday.

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Dubai sky turns green during storm in UAE, video goes viral

The UAE witnessed record-breaking rainfall on Tuesday and the National Centre of Meteorology recorded 254 mm of rainfall in less than 24 hrs in the Khatm Al Shakla area in Al Ain.



1 person was killed in UAE as it witnessed heavy rainfall on Tuesday, stranding commuters, flooding roads, disrupting trains and flights and resulting in water leakage from mall ceilings. The UAE witnessed record-breaking rainfall on Tuesday and the National Centre of Meteorology recorded 254 mm of rainfall in less than 24 hrs in the Khatm Al Shakla area in Al Ain. It is being said that the rainfall was the highest documented since the start of data collection in 1949.

The heavy rainfall in UAE came days after a similar situation in neighbouring Oman, where 13 people were killed in flash floods. Many parts of Oman saw torrential rains, which caused students to be trapped in buses and swept away motorists and trapped people in their homes.

Videos from Dubai circulating on social media showed widespread waterlogging on roads in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and other important cities. This left daily commuters in cars and other vehicles struggling to get back home. Dubai metro station too was seen flooded and closed.

One such video circulating on social media shows the aerial view of the city of Dubai from the top of a building. In the video the stormy winds are seen blowing over the city of Dubai. As the storm intensifies the Dubai sky turns green and ultimately gets covered by heavy rainfall. The video has gone viral on social media with more than 1.1 million views.

Another video showed water leakage from the ceilings of shopping malls, flooding the floors and destroying goods. A video which was shot in the famous Mall of the Emirates, showed pieces of ceiling falling as the rainwater gushed inside. Videos from many outlets of the Deira City Centre mall chain showed escalators being rendered unusable. Majid Al Futtaim, the company which owns the Mall of Emirates, said that the shopping complexes have been kept open and the customers are being sent away from the flooded areas. 

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Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda says statements on reclaiming Katchatheevu island from Sri Lanka have no ground

Devananda told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about Katchatheevu as elections are taking place in India.



Sri Lankan Minister Douglas Devananda has said the statements from some political leaders in India on reclaiming Katchatheevu from the island nation have no ground. He told the media on Thursday that it is not unusual to hear such claims and counterclaims about the strategic island as elections are taking place in India.

The Sri Lankan Minister said he thought India is acting on its interests to secure this place to ensure Sri Lankan fishermen would not have any access to that area and that Sri Lanka should not claim any rights in that resourceful area. According to the 1974 agreement, Devananda said Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen can go fishing in the territorial waters of both countries until the pact was reviewed and amended in 1976.

The amended agreement resulted in fishermen from both countries being barred from fishing in neighboring waters. India’s ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday steered clear of the row surrounding Katchatheevu island. To a volley of questions on the Katchatheevu issue, MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal reffered to External affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s recent comments on the matter.

He said he would like to talk about the issue that has been raised. He added the External Affairs minister has spoken to the press here in Delhi and also in Gujarat and has clarified all the issues. He said everyone should look into the press engagements and they would find the answers to their questions there.

The remarks from Devananda, a Sri Lankan Tamil, came days after the Narendra Modi government accused the Congress and its ally DMK in Tamil Nadu of overlooking national interests by handing over Katchatheevu island to Sri Lanka in 1974. The BJP has also been slamming the 2 parties for not ensuring the rights of the fishermen wanting to fish in waters around the island.

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