ANNO XVI Agosto 2022.  Direttore Umberto Calabrese

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Russia calls for anti-terror front

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Rome - Russia has called for an anti-terror front that would unite efforts of all forces fighting terrorism on the ground, as well as countries that could assist in that struggle. Moscow questions the legitimacy of the U.S. air strikes in Syria but is continuing

its dialogue with Washington on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. In an interview with the Egyptian newspaper Al-Aharam, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that the U.S.-led military coalition that is active in Syria was created without the approval of the UN Security Council and launched its strikes without the consent of the Syrian government. "This arouses serious doubts about the legitimacy of such action...and the recent Turkish airstrikes on Iraq cannot but lead to similar issues," Medvedev said. Mr Medvedev also recalled the proposal made by Russian President Vladimir Putin to create an international anti-terror front under the aegis of the United Nations, and reiterated it is important for Syria and Iraq to achieve a national consensus. "The urgent problems in these countries can be solved only through a dialogue involving all participants in the political process," said the Russian Prime Minister, who visited Egypt on Thursday to attend the inauguration of a major extension of the Suez Canal. Moscow and Washington have agreed on a draft UN resolution aimed at identifying those responsible for chemical attacks in Syria. The United Nations Security Council is likely to vote on Friday on the proposal to ask for the assembly of a team of investigators. That team would "identify to the greatest extent feasible individuals, entities, groups, or governments who were perpetrators, organisers, sponsors or otherwise involved in the use of chemicals as weapons," according to the draft. Both the U.S. and Russia have expressed concerns about the rise of terrorism. Tunisia has decided to release Mohamed Amine Guebli, the terrorist suspected of leading the cell responsible for the attack on the Bardo Museum on Mar. 18 in which 24 people were killed. And in Riyadh, a suicide bomber killed at least 17 people in a mosque in Aseer on Thursday. Islamic State has seized control of al Qaryatain, a city of strategic importance in the Syrian province of Homs. Qaryatain is situated between Palmyra and the region of Qalamoun, areas that were already under the control of the Jihadist group, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported. (AGI)

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