By Saqib Akbar

The governments of Syria and Iraq recently formally announced that ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), also known as ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), Islamic State (IS) and by its Arabic acronym Daesh, has been completely defeated in both the countries. However, operations of small nature are continuing against the remnants of this terror outfit. Commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Qassem Soleimani, in a letter to Iran’s supreme leader Ayatullah Khamenei, congratulated him on the collapse of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. He said that the operation to liberate Abu Kamal as the last stronghold of ISIS, and the lowering of the flag of this American-Zionist group and the hoisting of the Syrian flag there, declare the end of the domination of this cursed wicked entity and its so-called caliphate.

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By Saqib Akbar

Historically, there have been ups and downs in ties between Iran and Turkey. However, in the modern history it was on 22 April 1926 that the first treaty of friendship between the two countries was signed in Tehran. The basic principles of this treaty were friendship, neutrality and non-aggression towards each other. It was also agreed that joint action would be taken against those elements involved in anti-government activities and inimical to peace and security. Both the countries had internal problems with their Kurdish minorities at that time too.

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