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Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri, who is on a trip to Iraq, has assured Iraqi President Fuad Masum that Iran will help reconstruct Iraq just as it helped it defeat the Daesh Takfiri group because of the deep bonds between the two neighboring countries. According to Press TV, Jahangiri said in a meeting with Masum on Thursday “In the fight against Daesh, we showed that Iran was inseparable from Iraq and now that Iraq’s reconstruction is on the agenda, we are ready to assist the Iraqi government and nation because we view Iraq’s security and prosperity as Iran’s own security and prosperity.” The Iranian official said ties between Iran and Iraq had reached the highest possible level and could serve as an example for the region. Referring to Iraq’s vital role in the Muslim world and the international community, Jahangiri said it was fine Islamic and political leadership as well as a progressive constitution that helped Iraq prevail. He also called on all of Iraq’s ethnic, religious and political factions to remain united through the constitution because unity was their only key to victory. “This is the most important factor for Iraq’s advancement and the eradication of terror,” he added. The Iranian VP said Tehran and Baghdad needed to further increase their economic ties as well and break the $7 billion dollar barrier in mutual trade. ‘Iraq needs Iran’ Masum, for his part, said Iraq would always remember Iran’s assistance in the fight against terror and expressed hope that the cooperation would continue to include reconstruction efforts. Expressing Baghdad’s desire to expand ties with allies and neighboring countries, Masum said he was looking forward to using Iran’s experience in dealing with various issues, ranging from banking to environment. “Baghdad welcomes Iranian investment in Iraq’s economic projects and wants Iran’s private sector to take on a more serious role in this regard,” he noted. Jahangiri also met with Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri and Iraqi Islamic Party Secretary General Ayad al-Samarrai.

A field correspondent for the press office of the Syrian army has lost his life while covering territorial gains being made by government forces and allied fighters from popular defense groups in battles against foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists in the militant-held Eastern Ghouta enclave.

Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported that Hasan Ali Badran died on Thursday as Syrian troopers and their allies were engaged in fierce clashes against members of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, in the besieged area.

The development came a day after a cameraman for Iran’s Arabic-language al-Alam television news network was martyred when covering latest developments in the southern part of Syria’s embattled Northwestern Province of Idlib.

Yazan Kahil was filming the advances of pro-government Syrian forces while he stepped on an improvised explosive device left behind by Takfiri terrorists, and lost his life.

UN: Fighting in Eastern Ghouta drives out 50,000 civilians

Meanwhile, the spokeswoman for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Syria says a combined population of 50,000 people has been displaced in the wake of the recent wave of deadly violence in Eastern Ghouta.

Linda Tom noted that the displaced civilians come from the towns of Mesraba, Hammouriyeh and Mudeira.

Syria’s Ghouta ‘hell on earth’ for children: UNICEF chief

Additionally, the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has described the terrorist-held Eastern Ghouta enclave as a “hell on earth” for children, stressing that aid is urgently needed for the people trapped there.

“We need in the humanitarian community a chance to deliver assistance. Convoys need to come in with food and supplies, and the last convoy was only half unloaded,” Henrietta Fore told Reuters in an interview.

A UN aid convoy was allowed into Eastern Ghouta on Monday, but it had to depart before being completely offloaded because of the fighting.

Eastern Ghouta, a besieged area on the outskirts of Damascus with a population of some 400,000 people, has witnessed deadly violence over the past few weeks, with Takfiri terrorists launching mortar attacks on the Syrian capital in the face of an imminent humiliating defeat.