Daesh to forefront in Iraq, Trump promises aid to religious persecution's victims

US president has promised to support anyone who has suffered religious persecution, according to reports and security sources

On Monday, the international press touched upon issues including Daesh return to the forefront in Iraq and tension between Iran and Britain and the search for Iran to other corridors to deliver arms to allies in Syria and Lebanon, as well as the second US ministerial meeting to promote religious freedom.

Hundreds of supporters come back to Iraq... Their fight is not over yet

The Washington Post published a report on Daesh mercenaries who fled after the defeat of the caliphate they announced in Syria earlier this year and how they infiltrated across the border into Iraq and said they were promoting a low-level insurgency now being launched in the central and northern parts of Iraq, according to security officials.

Hisham al-Hashemi, a security analyst who advises the Iraqi government and foreign aid agencies, said about 1,000 Daesh mercenaries had crossed the border into Iraq over the past eight months, mostly following the collapse of the caliphate in March.

These mercenaries, mostly Iraqis, are returning to Iraq to join armed cells that were deployed in rugged rural areas, supported by intimate knowledge of terrain, including hidden tunnels and other hiding places.

On the ground, the challenge of uprooting Daesh mercenaries seems daunting, according to the paper.

Trump promises support for victims of religious persecution

US President Donald Trump promised survivors of religious persecution who visited the Oval Office yesterday that he would support them forever in their attempts to secure religious freedom.

"It is a great honor to be with you and I will stand by you forever," Trump told a multi-religious delegation of survivors and victims of religious persecution from more than 16 different countries –each of you have suffered tremendously for your faith- adding they had collectively endured “harassment, threats, attacks, trials, imprisonment, and torture."

Britain should not politically serve Washington toward Iran

On the Iranian issue and the tension between London and Tehran following London's seizure of an Iranian oil tanker and Tehran's response to the detention of a British tanker in the waters of the Gulf, the British Independent newspaper found that London should not follow Washington's policies toward Tehran, especially that everyone knows that Iran would respond.

The conflict is the latest in a long history of swamps in the Middle East, a story well known to British diplomats.

"What did the British politicians and officials who gave the green light to seize the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 off Gibraltar on July 4 really think they would not take revenge for what they see as a serious escalation in the US economic war against them?

Israeli sources: Iran is trying to arm Syria and Hezbollah by sea

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz quoted Israeli military and security sources as saying that Tehran favored a sea route because of recent attacks designed to prevent Iran from establishing itself in Syria and transferring equipment to Lebanon.

Israeli observers believe that Iran is working to transfer weapons by sea to avoid attacks on arms shipments to Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon. According to the assessments, attacks designed to prevent Iran from establishing itself in Syria and transporting equipment to Lebanon have prompted Iranians to prefer to ship some of the weapons by sea.


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