A senior commander of the ISIS terrorist group who had plotted to flee from Deir Ezzur with a large amount of cash was captured by his comrades.
News websites affiliated to the dissidents reported that Abu Zainab al-Koraiwili, an Iraqi national who carried out financial affairs for the terrorist group, intended to escape from the ISIS-held areas in Deir Ezzur to Badiyeh region but he was arrested by ISIS guards.
Al-Koraiwili is a senior commander and a close aide to ISIS ringleader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Meantime, a local source in Nineveh province in Iraq reported in mid April that one of the most prominent aides of al-Baghdadi was killed in an attack by unknown raiders in a town West of Mosul.
The source said that Hasabullah Qafqazi nom de guerre Emir Qafqazi, one of Baghdadi’s most prominent aides, was killed by unknown attackers near his house in the Central part of Tal Afar town.
The source said that Qafqazi and some ISIS security officers were at the house when it came under attack.
The source who requested anonymity added that after the death of Qafqazi, who rarely appeared in the public, the ISIS terrorists went on alert and launched vast security operation in some neighborhoods of Tal Afar.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on the US to honor its obligations under Iran’s historic nuclear deal with world powers.
“No amount of reported ‘imposed’ negative spin can hide fact that US admitted Iran’s adherence to the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) – onus on US to live up to its part,” tweeted Zarif on his official account on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, Zarif brushed off US President Donald Trump’s remarks that Washington may not remain in the nuclear deal.
“Do not pay much attention to Trump’s words,” said Zarif after addressing a cabinet session.
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Last week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Iran is sticking to the terms of the JCPOA. However, he accused Iran of supporting terrorism and questioned whether sanctions should keep being lifted.
He added that Trump’s administration was reviewing the lifting of sanctions against Iran, leveling the allegation that Tehran remains a sponsor of terrorism.
Following Tillerson’s remarks, Trump claimed that Iran was “not living up to the spirit” of the nuclear agreement.
Zarif had earlier slammed the US claims against Iran as “worn-out accusations” that cannot mask Washington’s “admission of Iran’s compliance” with the nuclear agreement.
Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia — plus Germany signed the JCPOA on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.
Saudi Arabia has been leading a brutal military campaign against Yemen since March 2015. The kingdom has also imposed an aerial and naval blockade on its southern neighbor. Some two thirds of the population or 18.8 million people are in need of assistance, according to the latest UN figures. Press TV has talked to Kim Sharif, director of Human Rights for Yemen, as well as Jihad Mouracadeh, political analyst, to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.
Sharif believes Saudi Arabia is using its money to silence the international community over the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen.
“The international community with the greatest respect is nothing but a bunch of hypocrites. This in history will be studied as a time of the age of hypocrisy because that is was it is. Everyone is being silenced with [Saudi] petrodollars,” she said.
She also noted there is a “grotesque abuse” of UN resolutions in order to subject the Yemenis to the will of the world’s most brutal dictators.
The analyst also criticized the countries that are selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, asserting that “they do not care how many millions of Yemenis die.”
Sharif further stated that militias loyal to resigned president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi are terrorist outfits such as AQAP and Daesh who have been committing “untold amount of horrific crimes” in Yemen.
She also emphasized there needs to be an “international independent investigation” in order to verify who is responsible for the crisis in Yemen, adding that to start with, the Saudis’ “illegal bombardment” should be stopped.
Elsewhere in her remarks, Sharif dismissed the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2216 as “invalid,” given the fact that Russia has abstained it.
She went on to say even if the resolution was valid, the way it has been executed is “grotesquely criminal” given the crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide in Yemen.
The analyst concluded by saying that the rule of law and democracy must prevail in Yemen, arguing that the recent demonstrations in the war-torn Arab country prove that the Yemenis support the government of Sana’a.
Meanwhile, Jihad Mouracadeh, the other panelist on the program, blamed the humanitarian crisis in Yemen on the Houthi Ansarullah fighters and those who support them.
The analyst also noted that, in the eyes of the international community, the government of Hadi based in Aden is “legitimate, not the one in Sana’a.”
Therefore, he said, in order to stop the crisis in Yemen, the Houthis must accept to withdraw from Sana’a in accordance with the UN Resolution 2216.