Commentators suggest the firebrand populist will run in next year's elections, but Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's instruction effectively destroys his chances.
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Walid al-Moallem also accuses U.S., U.K., France of convening UN Security Council in order to support 'terrorists' inside Syria.
With help from Russia, Iran and Hezbollah, the Syrian army is making 'great strides,' Walid al-Moallem says, rejects Geneva roadmap for political transition.
Russia and the U.S. failed miserably at managing the cease-fire they orchestrated, and are both responsible for the absurd situation now delaying the assault on ISIS' stronghold.
The apparent collapse of U.S.-backed peacemaking may mark a turning point in the 5-1/2-year-old war, with the government and its Russian and Iranian allies now seemingly determined to crush the rebellion in its biggest urban stronghold.
'What's happening now is annihilation,' local aid worker says after Syrian military, backed by Russian air force, announced new operation against rebel-held east – home to 250,000.
The Iranian military displays long-range missiles, tanks and Russian-supplied S-300 surface-to-air missile defense system at a parade in Tehran.
The jet crashed in the Eastern Qalamoun area near the Syrian capital. The fate of the pilot was unknown, the British-based Observatory said.
Revised rules meant to strengthen political parties are seen as a small step toward democratic reform, but critics say the transformations won't bring real change.
Some 100,000 people in the military, civil service, police and judiciary have been sacked or suspended following the failed July 15 coup attempt.