The iran project News related to Iran, specially political, military and regional news! Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:05:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kermani: Iranˈs nulcear proposal win-win; US loser in anti-Iran effort Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:01:00 +0000 monire@Iran Tehran, Aug 22, IRNA – Interim Friday Prayers leader of Tehran advised the US, the West and the world powers negotiating with Iran to accept Iranˈs advice and yield to its win-win proposal, which he said is to the benefit of the region, the West, and Iran altogether.
ˈIf you would not accept Iranˈs proposal there would be no win-win deal, but a win-lose one,ˈ said Ayatollah Mohammad Movahhedi Kermani, addressing the six world powers engaged in nuclear negotiations with Iran, in his second sermon for hundreds of Tehrani worshipers.

This weekˈs Tehran Friday preacher meanwhile surveyed the loser side, if a win-win deal will not be possible, asking whether Iran, or the West, and particularly the US will be the losers.

ˈWhenever the United States has stood to resist against the Iranian nation and their revolution it has been a loser,ˈ he said.

He set example of the US support for the last Iranian monarch, Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, reminding the Americans that they had supported him to the very end, ˈbut he lost, became a fugitive, and the Iranian nation emerged as winners.ˈ

ˈThe Americans armed the ousted Iraqi dictator to the teeth so that he would harm Iran, but eventually Iran did not lose even an inch of its soil and the UN Secretary General of the time considered Saddam Hussain as the criminal side of the war, which was another loss for the US,ˈ added Ayatollah Kermani.

The ayatollah also referred to the US military invasion against Iraq, hoping to establish a pro-US government in that country, but the result was the establishment of an Islamic government, he said.

He said that the main loss for the United States, its main regional ally, Israel, and its other regional allies was that their world image has got more hated and disgusting in the world nationsˈ eyes with the passage of each new day in recent decades.

ˈThey showed their real face and the world nations realized those murderers better, so even in the western countries the Down with USA motto echoed, and by grace of God that hatred and detestation gets more severe with the passage of each new day, and the anti-US slogans are heard around the globe today,ˈ he said.



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Western support behind Takfiri terror: Iran cleric Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:12:59 +0000 monire@Iran

Senior Iranian cleric Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi

A senior Iranian cleric fulminates against global inaction vis-à-vis Takfiri crimes, saying Western support is perpetuating terrorism and extremism in the Middle East.

“If it weren’t for the financial, logistical and arms support of certain Western countries and their puppet governments in the region, the ISIL [Takfiri militants] and similar terrorist groups wouldn’t be able to survive and continue their enormous crimes and bloodshed,” said Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi in a letter to Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Iranian cleric added that many religious and political leaders the world over have not only chosen to remain tight-lipped in the face of Takfiri terrorist acts, but some of them have also voiced support for the terrorists’ crimes, said the top religious figure.

Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi further welcomed a recent letter by Pope Francis to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon over the plight of Christian minorities amid the ISIL terror operations in Iraq.

In the letter to Ban earlier this month, Pope Francis called on the United Nations to take necessary actions to stop the violence against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq.

The senior Iranian clergyman strongly censured the crimes perpetrated at the hands of ISIL Takfiris against all religious groups in Iraq, calling on the Christian leader to adopt a “more transparent” position on such brutalities committed against people in Muslim countries regardless of their faith.

Having taken control of parts of Syria,the ISIL terrorist group sent its militants into neighboring Iraq in early June and quickly seized large swathes of the territory there.

The foreign-backed Takfiri militant group has terrorized various communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others in their advances in Iraq.

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Smell of Ebola lingers as health workers fight disease Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:19:18 +0000 monire@Iran

Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) — Bruce Ribner, director of infectious diseases at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, and physician Kent Brantly speak at a news conference following Brantly’s release from the facility where he was treated for the deadly Ebola virus. Brantly and aid worker Nancy Writebol had been evacuated from Liberia to Atlanta for treatment and are expected to make a full recovery. Writebol was released on Aug. 19, Ribner said. (Video courtesy of APTN. Source: Bloomberg)

Ebola has a specific smell, says Sebastian Stein, a medical worker in Sierra Leone. While he can’t really describe it, he can tell you the effect.

“It’s full on. It’s in your face,” he said.

Sulaiman Kanneh Saidu, who runs an Ebola treatment center, recalls running to a police station to escape an angry mob when he tried to move a diagnosed patient, along with other suspected cases, to a hospital. The mob wanted the patients treated at home, and that’s where they ended up, he said.

At the front lines of the Ebola outbreak, doctors and support workers across Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea face a daunting challenge. On a daily basis, they deal with patients who lie about their travel history, hopeful their fever has nothing to do with the funerals they attended. They face suspicion from families who mistrust them and neighbors who fear them. And they are frustrated by a lack of adequate supplies and the tough conditions they work under.

In Liberia, some centers are running short of body bags, according to the government. In Sierra Leone, where Stein and Saidu work, patients are housed in clusters of tents, treated by medical staff who work tightly wrapped in head-to-toe plastic suits in 80-degree temperatures.

Medicins Sans Frontieres medical staff members wear protective clothing at the MSF…Read More

Early in the outbreak, “it was very depressing to be inside the wards because almost everyone died and there was blood everywhere,” said Stein, 33, who works with Doctors Without Borders after arriving in West Africa in June.

Numbers Cured

Now, the workers are more upbeat, according to Stein. They try not to count the dead, he said, “we are instead talking about the number of cured.”

While 1,350 people had died from Ebola in West Africa as of Aug. 18, the fatality rate is shrinking as more and more people seek medical care earlier. As of last week, the World Health Organization reported that about 47 percent recover with the help of early supportive treatment, a change from the mere 10 percent who survived in earlier outbreaks.

There are two Ebola centers in Sierra Leone, which has seen 907 cases, ranking it second among the three affected countries, and 374 deaths. One in Kailahun, on the eastern border, is run by Doctors Without Borders and a second, run by the government in Kenema, a major city.

Stein’s main job at the Kailahun site is overseeing sanitation protocols, including the removal of the dead. While conditions have improved over the last month, they remain challenging, he said by telephone.

Source: MSF via Bloomberg

The disease “has a specific smell,” said Stein, who works with the aid group Doctors… Read More

Five doctors, supported by nurses, treated more than 300 patients there in the last two months, about 200 of which were confirmed with Ebola.

80 Beds

For the most part, their work is done in tents that hold about 80 beds, with patients separated by canvas walls. The medical workers, who must wear head-to-toe plastic suits, masks, gloves and boots for most of the day in 80-degree temperatures, begin each morning at 6 a.m., Stein said, and the last shift ends at 10 p.m.

The bulk of the work force at Kailahun is Stein’s team of about 100 hygienists who spend their days cleaning up vomit and diarrhea, disinfecting beds and handling dead bodies. Many in the group are in their early 20s and have no prior training.

With borders closed and companies scaling back work schedules, Ebola centers are sometimes the only place to find work, according to Stein. The jobs pays as little as 37,000 leones a day, or about $8.50.

“Maybe they’ve never had a job before, and suddenly they’re confronted with a lot of death and suffering,” he said of his young team.

Ebola Reality

In many cases, medical workers say, the initial barrier they came up against was getting people to believe that Ebola was real. This is the first outbreak in West Africa and Ebola’s initial symptoms -– fever, headaches, diarrhea -– could belong to a wide range of diseases endemic to the region.

“People say, ‘Well, we’ve had fever, and we’ve always dealt with it this way, why should this be different?’” said Meredith Dyson, health program manager for Catholic Relief Services in Sierra Leone. “Once isolation units popped up, that created a lot of anxiety because they couldn’t access their loved ones.”

Typically in Sierra Leone, relatives bring food and fresh clothing to sick family members, so the total isolation required was also a source of distrust, Dyson said.

The lack of information about the disease was so widespread that when the first patient was announced to have the disease in Sierra Leone, the people of Koindu, a trading hub close to the border, attacked the health workers who were trying keep the infected patient isolated, including Saidu, the supervisor of the Ebola Management Center there.

First Case

Saidu had eight patients in his center in May, all suspected to have the deadly virus that had first appeared in neighboring Guinea. When blood tests returned showing one, a woman, was the first in the country to be infected with Ebola, Saidu decided to take all of the patients to the treatment center in the city of Kenema, four hours away.

“The community interpreted it differently,” believing that anyone with Ebola would definitely die, he recalled. “They attacked us. We escaped and then went to seek refuge in the police station.”

In the end, he said, the patients were taken to their neighborhoods to be cared for by relatives, he said.

Fleeing patients continues to be a challenge for medical workers, as contact tracing is a key method for containing the outbreak spread, said Michael Stulman, of Catholic Relief Services. The incubation period for the virus is 2 to 21 days, which means an infected person potentially could go for weeks before presenting end-stage symptoms.

The families “are bringing them home before they’re recovered,” Stulman said in an e-mail.

Educating Communities

Dyson, of Catholic Relief Services, trains local officials, church leaders, and community health workers to spread the word about Ebola prevention and also to help keep tabs on anyone who has come into contact with the infected.

In Newton, a small rural town, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has set up a crude three-bed isolation unit made of blue canvas draped over wood scaffolding. Spaced around the tenting are large posters that exhort the locals in bold fonts.

“Together we can prevent EBOLA,” one says. “People with Ebola who go to the health facility EARLY have a better chance of survival.”

The weather in Sierra Leone is another challenge.

It is the rainy season now, and the constant downpour can clog masks and get into goggles, so staff members are forced to stay indoors or within roofed areas. At the same time, the temperature during the day hovers in the 80s.

‘Body Decomposes’

“In the heat in Sierra Leone, the body decomposes very, very fast,” Stein said. Because the bodies remain extremely infectious, his team has to work quickly to wash the body in a strong chlorine solution, burn their personal items, then wrap the deceased in not one, but two body bags.

While Doctors Without Borders is relatively well equipped to handle such tasks, other towns and cities are not as prepared. In some of the hardest hit areas in Liberia, for instance, the government has noted a shortage of body bags.

The northern county of Lofa, which borders Guinea and Sierra Leone, has “absolutely no body bags,” Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare said in an Aug. 17 report.

Fiona Mclysaght, country director for Concern Worldwide in Sierra Leone, has been working to stock up local clinics, which are often the first places people go when they are ill. Her Dublin-based relief group is providing basic supplies including masks and disinfectant to more than 100 provincial health clinics, she said in a telephone interview.

Little Protection

“In some cases they don’t even have gloves,” she said, a factor contributing to health workers falling ill.

Despite the bleakness of the situation, the aid workers say they are happy to celebrate each incremental success. To help family members stay connected with the infected, some health workers have brought patients mobile phones, or constructed transparent barriers or windows that relatives can look through, according to Dyson.

“That’s gone a long way” to helping improve community trust, she said.

Saidu, the worker who once hid in the police station to escaped a community mob, later contracted the disease and survived. He now tells people his story to help them realize that one can get Ebola and survive, especially with early care.

In the tent hospital run by Doctors Without Borders, Stein says the mood is beginning to lift. Patients are coming in earlier, he said, which helps their chances of survival. Out of the 200 Ebola patients they’ve treated, he says, about 30 percent have survived.

It’s a small number, smaller than the outbreak’s total survival rate, but the workers “savor the moments,” Stein said. “We try to dance with the patients, we try to make them laugh, and we celebrate every time someone is cured.”

By Bloomberg


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Israel seeks to cripple Hamas leadership as commanders killed Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:14:25 +0000 monire@Iran

Photographer: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images
Palestinian gather around the rubble of a building destroyed following an Israeli military strike in Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip on August 21, 2014

Israel vowed to target more Hamas leaders after killing three commanders yesterday, a policy that former intelligence service director Shabtai Shavit said seeks to trip up the Gaza rulers and force them to make mistakes.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that Israeli forces “will continue to hunt down and attack Hamas leaders at any time and wherever they may be.”

The targets of yesterday’s attack were senior commanders of the Hamas militia, known as the Al-Qassam Brigades, which has killed more soldiers in the past six weeks than in any of Israel’s military conflicts since the 2006 Lebanon War. The raids, coming close behind an apparent attempt on the life of Mohammed Deif, Hamas’s top military chief, were followed by a barrage of rockets on Israel and a wave of Israeli aerial attacks on the Palestinian territory.

The surge in violence threatens to overwhelm Egyptian efforts to halt six weeks of hostilities that have killed 2,083 Palestinians, including 27 yesterday, according to Gaza officials, and 67 on the Israeli side. The last in a series of Egypt-brokered truces unraveled Aug. 19.

“Eliminating the leadership damages their ability to fight effectively,” Shavit, who led Mossad from 1989 to 1996, said in a phone interview yesterday. “It takes time for their replacements to know their new jobs. It also intimidates and makes them spend a bigger chunk of their time making sure they’re not killed as well.”

Vowing Revenge

Hamas vowed to take revenge, singling out Ben-Gurion International Airport as the primary objective. Finnair Group’s travel agent Aurinkomatkat canceled all package tours to Israel from October to March, according to Yle, Finland’s public broadcaster.

Major international airlines maintained their flights. In July, the Federal Aviation Administration barred U.S. carriers from flying to Israel for two days after a Gaza rocket landed within a mile of the airport. Israel, the U.S. and European Union consider Hamas a terrorist organization.

“Killing our leaders won’t weaken us,” the Al-Qassam Brigades said in a message distributed to reporters in the Gaza Strip. “The enemy will pay a very heavy price for this crime.”

Human-rights organization including Amesty International have condemned the policy of what it terms extrajudicial executions.

Gazans poured into the streets yesterday for the funeral of top Al-Qassam commander Deif’s wife and two children, killed in an Aug. 19 Israeli air strike. Deif, who has been the target of Israeli assassination attempts at least five times, escaped the attack, according to statements issued by his lieutenants.

Past Attacks

In the past, Israel has gone after political and religious leaders to weaken Hamas, as in 2004 when it killed the group’s founder, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, in a missile attack from an AH-64 Apache helicopter gunship. A month later, Hamas’s top political chief, Abdel Aziz Rantisi, was killed in similar fashion.

Yahya Ayash, the Hamas bombmaker known as ’’the engineer’’ was killed in 1996 when he answered a booby-trapped mobile phone.

“It’s the next step in a process that has three layers,” said Shavit. “First you go after the terrorist military leadership, then you hit the political leadership, and in the case of Yassin, it was important to reach the spiritual leadership.” He said there is currently no religious leader on par with Yassin who merits assassination.

Botched Poisoning

The Mossad has occasionally botched its missions against Hamas, as in the 1997 attempt on the life of Khaled Mashaal, the organization’s top political leader who’s now living in Qatar. Two agents approached Mashaal while he was visiting the Hamas offices in Amman, Jordan, and sprayed his left ear with poison.

The two were captured by Jordanian security agents, and Netanyahu, in his first term as prime minister, was forced to send the antidote, carried over by Shavit’s successor, Danny Yatom, who was later pushed to resign.

Gaza’s Hamas political and military figures, such as Ismail Haniyeh and Mahmoud Zahar, have been in hiding throughout the fighting, making the Aug. 19 overnight raid the most successful known achievement in Israel’s campaign to cripple the movement’s leadership. After the attack, Hamas security forces arrested and executed three suspected Palestinian collaborators with Israel, according to Al-Rai, the group’s news agency.

Reservist Call-Up

The airstrike in the southern city of Rafah killed Raed Attar, who the military said masterminded the construction of tunnels to infiltrate Israel and the 2006 operation in which soldier Gilad Shalit was captured. Shalit was held for five years before Israel won his release by trading him for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.

The raid also killed Mohammed Abu Shamala, commander of Hamas’s military operations in the southern Gaza Strip, and Mohammed Barhoum, a Hamas weapons smuggler and fundraiser, the military said in an e-mailed statement.

As the violence flared, Israeli cabinet ministers authorized the call-up of 10,000 reserves troops in a telephone vote, a Defense Ministry official said on condition of anonymity because the government didn’t want to officially announce the mobilization yet.

Militants fired at least 80 rockets yesterday and Israel’s air force carried out 41 strikes, the military said.

The Tel Aviv’s benchmark TA-25 index advanced for the first time in five days, rising 0.3 percent. The shekel weakened 0.5 percent.

Egypt’s Effort

Egypt’s foreign ministry said yesterday it had contacted officials on both sides to urge them to recommit to a cease-fire. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar, who has sought to help broker the cease-fire talks, also met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas’s Mashaal to discuss developments in Gaza, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

Israel started its ground offensive after weeks of rocket fire and airstrikes. It withdrew forces on Aug. 5 under one of several cease-fires that have been shattered. It accuses militants of causing civilian casualties by locating operations within built-up areas and using civilians as human shields.

The Egypt-mediated talks had aimed at reaching a lasting accord addressing disputes unresolved by pacts ending two previous conflicts. Hamas has demanded an end to the blockade on the coastal territory that Israel, citing security considerations, initiated after the group won Palestinian elections in 2006. Israel has sought assurances that militants won’t resume their rocket attacks and cross-border raids.

Shavit said he opposes reoccupying the Gaza Strip, a recommendation put forward by some Israeli leaders including Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.

“Operationally it’s possible, but politically you can’t do it,” he said. “Although we are a strong country, we are tiny and it would be very hard to ignore the world’s opposition to our going into Gaza again.”

By Bloomberg


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Islamic State poses imminent threat to U.S., Hagel says Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:09:04 +0000 monire@Iran

Photographer: Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images
A Kurdish peshmerga fighter looks at smoke rising in the horizon following U.S. airstrikes targeting Islamic State militants at Mosul Dam on the outskirts of the northern city of Mosul.

The militant Islamic State poses an “imminent threat” to the U.S. and may take years to defeat, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

“They are an imminent threat to every interest we have, whether it’s in Iraq or anywhere else,” Hagel said yesterday at a Pentagon news conference.

The beheading by Islamic State of American journalist James Foley, shown in a graphic video released this week, has drawn fresh attention and international condemnation to the terrorist group that has seized a swath of Syria and Iraq in its quest to create a Sunni caliphate.

Islamic State “is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen,” Hagel said. “They’re beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded.”

The U.S. intelligence community thinks Islamic State has an incentive to conduct a major terrorist strike against U.S. or European targets, in part to further assert itself as the true leader of radical Islam, according to five U.S. intelligence officials who briefed reporters last week on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence assessments.

Hagel said U.S. airstrikes in Iraq “have stalled” the group’s “momentum and enabled Iraqi and Kurdish forces to regain their footing and take the initiative.”

Syria Challenge

Appearing alongside Hagel, Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Islamic State “will only truly be defeated when it’s rejected by the 20 million disenfranchised Sunni that happen to reside between Damascus and Baghdad.”

Dempsey said that means the group also will have to be taken on in Syria, where the Obama administration opposes both the group and the regime of President Bashar al-Assad that it’s working to topple. The administration backs what it calls moderate opposition forces that have been overshadowed by militants.

“Can they be defeated without addressing that part of their organization which resides in Syria?” Dempsey said. “The answer is no. That will have to be addressed on both sides of what is essentially at this point a nonexistent border.”

President Barack Obama has pressed for a more “inclusive” national government in Iraq to win over Sunnis who considered themselves disenfranchised under the Shiite-led government of departing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Europe Threatened

Obama has said the U.S. won’t put combat troops on the ground in Iraq and that limited targets for airstrikes would be expanded only after an inclusive government is in place.

Dempsey said Islamic State, which the U.S. intelligence community says numbers about 10,000, poses a more immediate threat to Europe than to the U.S.

“The immediacy is in the number of Europeans and other nationalities who have come to the region to become part of that ideology, and those folks can go home at some point,” Dempsey said. U.S. and U.K. authorities are investigating the video showing Foley’s murder that’s narrated by a man with a British accent.

The terrorists “can be contained” in Iraq on the battlefield although “not in perpetuity,” Dempsey said. “This is an organization that has an apocalyptic, ‘end-of-days’ strategic vision and which will eventually have to be defeated.”

The methods for attacking Islamic State will require “all of the tools of national power — diplomatic, economic, information, military,” Dempsey said.

By Bloomberg


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Iran paired with India, Maldives, Hong Kong at volleyball at Asiad Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:03:29 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran will face India, Maldives and Hong Kong in Pool C of the men’s volleyball competition at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
Iran won the silver medal in the 2010 Asian Games after being beaten by Japan in the final match.

Pool A consists of host South Korea, Qatar, Kazakhstan and Chinese Taipei.

Japan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Kuwait are in Pool B. China has been pitted against Thailand, Turkmenistan and Myanmar in Pool D.

The 17th Asian Games will start from 19 September and will continue till 4 October 2014.

By Tasnim News Agency


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Iran’s UN envoy stresses intl. campaign to head off wars Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:56:51 +0000 monire@Iran

A meeting of the UN Security Council (file photo)

An Iranian envoy to the UN has called on the global community to step up efforts to prevent the outbreak of wars and armed conflicts across the globe.

Javad Safaei, a member of the Iranian mission to the UN, made the call on Thursday during a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the prevention of armed conflicts.

The Iranian diplomat, who was speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), recalled the high financial and human costs of wars and armed clashes, saying conflict prevention should take priority.

He stressed that the international community should take measures to prevent wars rather than spending huge sums of money to deal with the ravages of war.

The NAM member states believe that efforts to stave off wars should conform to the UN Charter and respect countries’ national sovereignty, he said.

The best way to head off conflicts is to comply with Chapter VI of the UN Charter which concerns peaceful settlement of divisions, said the diplomat, adding that preventive measures should be multi-faceted and focus on the root causes of tension.

The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously adopted resolution 2171 on preventing conflicts. The 15-member body admitted that some of the tools set out in Chapter VI of the United Nations Charter have not been fully utilized.

Chapter VI deals with peaceful resolution of disputes.

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Photos: Iranian poetess Simin Behbahani’s funeral ceremony Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:56:51 +0000 FKH@iran


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Iran football to face Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan in Asian Games Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:52:30 +0000 monire@Iran TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran U-23 football team will take on Vietnam and Kyrgyzstan in the group stage of the men’s football tournament at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.t

At the draw held in the Asiad host city of Incheon on Thursday, Iran ended up in Group H with the two countries.

The competition features 29 nations.

There will be five groups of four nations and three groups of three teams.

According to the rules of the tournament, only three players over the age of 23 will be part of the roster of each of the national team.

Iran is the most decorated team in Asian Games, having won four times in 1974, 1990, 2002 and 2008.

The 17th Asian Games will start from 19 September and will continue till 4 October 2014. The football though will commence five days prior to the Games’ opening ceremony.


Group A: South Korea, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Laos

Group B: Uzbekistan, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Afghanistan

Group C: Oman, Palestine, Singapore, Tajikistan

Group D: Japan, Kuwait, Iraq, Nepal

Group E: Thailand, Maldives, Timor-Leste, Indonesia

Group F: North Korea, China, Pakistan

Group G: United Arab Emirates, India, Jordan

Group H: Iran, Vietnam, Kyrgyzstan

By Tasnim News Agency



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UN rights chief slams UN Security Council inaction Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:48:27 +0000 monire@Iran The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has strongly denounced the UN Security Council for placing “geopolitical considerations” above the “collective interest.”

In her last briefing to the council, Navi Pillay rebuked the 15-member body for failing to make “firm and principled decisions” to end conflicts.

“Short-term geopolitical considerations and national interest, narrowly defined, have repeatedly taken precedence over intolerable human suffering and grave breaches of – and long-term threats to – international peace and security,” the outgoing UN human rights chief told the council on Thursday.

She specifically called for the five veto-wielding powers of the council to refrain from exercising their right to veto in cases where council action is aimed at stopping or preventing conflicts.

Pillay also suggested that the use of the veto to stop actions, which are indented to prevent conflict, is short-sighted in a century where growing challenges face humanity as a whole.

“Collective interest – clearly defined by the UN Charter – is the national interest of every state.” Pillay said.

Pillay, whose six-year mandate ends on August 30, said that greater responsibility by the world body would have saved hundreds of thousands of lives across the globe.

“I firmly believe that greater responsiveness by this council would have saved hundreds of thousands of lives,” she added.

Pillay also warned the Security Council of the unpredictable conflicts unfolding in many countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and the occupied Palestinian lands.

“These crises hammer home the full cost of the international community’s failure to prevent conflict,” she noted, adding, “None of these crises erupted without warning.”

This comes as several world leaders have called for an overhaul of the UN Security Council for its failure to maintain global peace and security.

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