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Russia refutes reports on closure of Baghdad-based anti-terrorism information center

September 19, 17:19 UTC+3
The information on the joint center’s closure was spread by the Baghdad Post Internet resource in an article on the sudden death of the Moscow-Tehran-Damascus-Baghdad evil alliance
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MOSCOW, September 19 /TASS/. The Russian Foreign Ministry has described as open misinformation some media reports on alleged closure of the joint anti-terrorism information center in which militaries from Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq are participating.

"We note that this article is nothing more than open misinformation, which has got nothing to do with the real state of things. Its aim is to stir discord and doubt among our friends and like-minders over Russia’s cementing role in the center’s activities," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"We emphasize that the information center in Baghdad remains a vital instrument of practical interaction with other forces that are fighting against ISIS (the former name for the IS, which is banned in Russia as a terrorist organization) given that all our partners at the center have shown interest in supporting and developing this interaction," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The information on the joint center’s closure was spread by the Baghdad Post Internet resource in an article on the sudden death of the Moscow-Tehran-Damascus-Baghdad evil alliance. "With reference to unnamed sources, the article claims that the information center was scaling back its activities, including a decrease in sharing counter-terrorism information. It is noteworthy that a number of local and foreign Internet media resources immediately picked up that opus," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The ministry added that the Iraqi news agency NINA had published the refutation of that false story.

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