Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey has reached an agreement with Russia over Ankara’s latest military operation against US-backed Kurdish militants in northern Syria, vowing that his country would not retreat a step from the ongoing operation.
The long-awaited battle for Mosul enters its third day, in a push which has seen the Iraqi army join forces with various military groups in the country, including Shia, Sunni and Kurdish forces, to drive out Daesh terrorists from their last stronghold in Iraq. Mosul slipped into the hands of Daesh in the summer of 2014. It took months for the army and pro-government volunteer forces to prepare for the decisive offensive to liberate the strategic northern city.
Close to two trillion rials ($66.6 million), out of four trillion rials ($133.3 million), from the current year’s budget, have been earmarked for Iranian Red Crescent Society’s (IRCS) Rescue and Relief Organization.
Foreign-sponsored militant groups operating inside Syria have suffered major losses and lost hundreds of members as Syrian government troops continue to gain more ground in their fight against the extremists.