8 violations of Lebanon’s sovereignty by air and sea within 24 hours by israel

8 violations of Lebanon’s sovereignty by air and sea within 24 hours

Lebanese Army spokesman issued a statement on the frequent violations of air and sea committed by the Zionist regime on Friday.

According to the al-Manar news agency, the Zionist regime has violated eight times the Lebanese airspace and sea sovereignty in only 24 hours:

1. The Israeli UAV arrived at Lebanon at 9 o’clock (local time) over the town of Quraqula, and after flying in circles over the towns of Al-Baidar and Beka, left the country at 11:30.

2- At 9:05, another Israeli drone hit the Lebanese border over the city of Ulama al-Shaab, flying over the southern regions, and left Lebanon at 10:15.

3- At 10:30, two Israeli fighters from the city of Ramesh violated Lebanese airspace and left at  11:10.

4. At 19:55, an Israeli UAV entered Lebanese airspace from above the city of Remiz and returned at 4:00.

5. At 2:10 AM, an Israeli drone arrived at the city of Ulama al-Shaab and circled over the southern regions and left at the 7:00.

6. At 8:50, an Israeli drone entered the Lebanese airspace from the city of Remiz, circled around the areas of Baalbek, Al-Harmel, etc., and left at 21:00.

7. At 14.30, Israeli UAV entered Lebanese airspace from the city of Al-Nahoreh and left at 20.30.

8. In the hours between 5:49 and 6:53, an Israeli warship violated Lebanon’s sea sovereignty in 3 steps.

Lebanon has repeatedly objected to Israel violations of Lebanon’s sovereignty and has informed the Security Council of the United Nations.

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Sayyed Nasrallah Warns of Fragmentation: Kurdish Vote Regional Threat, Hezbollah Stronger than Ever

Sayyed Nasrallah Warns of Fragmentation: Kurdish Vote Regional Threat, Hezbollah Stronger than Ever

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01-10-2017 | 00:12

Zeinab Essa

Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered Saturday a speech in which he tackled various internal and regional topics.

Addressing thousands of people participating in the 10th night of Muharram, thanked the huge crowds that participated in Ashura ceremonies all over the Lebanese regions.

Meanwhile, His Eminence thanked the Lebanese Army and security agencies that helped in securing Ashura ceremonies.

He further urged various Lebanese sides to preserve the current stability in the country and the current state of calm, communication, dialogue and rapprochement among the various forces.

Regarding the recent crisis that emerged after the Constitutional Council’s decision to stop the wage scale, Sayyed Nasrallah stated: “We faced a dangerous crisis and the country was in front of a dangerous juncture, but shunning confrontation and keenness on reaching solutions enabled the Lebanese to reach a solution.”

As he warned anyone from seeking to drag Lebanon into internal confrontations, especially Saudi Arabia, the Resistance Leader assumed that the Americans are preparing for new wars and confrontations in the region.

“If someone particularly, Saudi Arabia, is driving Lebanon into internal crisis, it would be a failing adventure,” he stressed.

Moreover, he commented on the recent reports that have uncovered that some parties are preparing for new political alignments.

“If this is related to elections, we don’t have a problem, but I warn against any attempt to drag Lebanon into an internal confrontation,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, pointing out that “Hezbollah’s warning is not from the position of weakness or fear. Everyone knows that Hezbollah is today in its maximum strength. Hezbollah is in its strongest position and even “Israel” also says that Hezbollah is the second military in the region.

He also predicted that the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group are numbered, stating that “Israel” was seriously concerned about the terror group’s defeat in the region.
“Daesh is losing ground in both Iraq and Syria. It was created by the United States, and supported by “Israel” as well as their regional allies,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

He added that Hezbollah supports the incumbent Lebanese government led by President Michel Aoun. “We support that the government continues its work until the last day so that it carries out its duties with positive cooperation.We warn against incitement taking place to create local confrontation in Lebanon.”

On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah refused any delay to the Lebanese parliamentary elections, which are expected to be held next spring.

“I repeat our total agreement with House Speaker Nabih Berri that the parliament’s term must not be extended,” he added, reiterating that the “elections will be held on time and based on the agreed electoral law.”

In addition, Sayyed Nasrallah warned of any security threat by terrorist groups. “The threat has declined after liberation but it still exists,” he warned.

However, His Eminence assured that “Lebanon, despite what is happening in the region, is one of the safest countries in the world, It is safer than Washington itself.”

As His Eminence praised the 2nd Liberation resembled by defeating the takfiri terrorist groups in the Eastern Lebanese outskirts, he hailed the sacrifices of the people and the Lebanese army.

In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah declared Hezbollah’s opposition to any security approach in dealing with the Palestinian refugee camps. “We’re with the comprehensive approach that strengthens the Lebanese-Palestinian cooperation,” he emphasized.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Sayyed Nasrallah sent a clear message to the Syrian refugees in Lebanon. “Today, it seems, that all the Lebanese and the political forces declare their support for the voluntary return of the Syrian refugees. You must have the intention to return to your country, to help, protect and rebuild it. Look around you. The Palestinians are clinging to the right of return.”

He said days of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group are numbered, stating that Israel was seriously concerned about the terror group’s defeat in the region.
“Daesh is losing ground in both Iraq and Syria. It was created by the United States, and supported by Israel as well as their regional allies,” Nasrallah said.

On another level, the Resistance Leader viewed that the official Lebanese response to the “Israeli” violations needs to be pursued, sustained and worked on.
“The Zionists are planting espionage devices inside the Lebanese territories, in which it include explosive devices. This is dangerous and cannot be tolerated. The Zionist regime is violating international law and regulations,”Sayyed Nasrallah commented.

He also threatened should “Israel’s” violations [of UN resolutions] in Lebanon” not be handled in political ways, we would have to take care of those violations on our own. “The booby-trapped surveillance cameras and eavesdropping facilities on Lebanon grounds are violations of UN Resolution 1701. It is impossible to treat “Israeli” violations on Lebanese ground lightheadedly.”

Moving to the dangerous scheme of fragmentation facing the region, Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted that the beginning of the dividing scheme in the region is from the Iraqi Kurdistan. “No one can fool anyone because the issue is not related to self-determination, but to the fragmentation of the region on the ethnic and sectarian basis.”

“Regional nations bear the responsibility to confront this divisive scheme. There should not be any ethnic bias between Arabs, Kurds or Iranians. The problem is purely politically-motivated,” he added, wondering why the only public supporter for the breakaway of Kurdistan is “Israel”.”

According to His Eminence, fragmentation means taking the region into permanent wars with no bear ends.

He also stressed that wars and confrontations in the region “are in favor of “Israel” and the US, helping their weapons-manufacturing factories make a fortune.”

In this context, Sayyed Nasrallah explained that the Saudis still insist that the files and fronts be fed in order to focus on a new front. “This means that “Israel” becomes an ally and a friend and the battle turns to Iran and the axis of the resistance. Continuing the Saudi wars and opening new wars are to result in more failure and losses, and this is what happened in the nuclear agreement.”

To the Saudis, Sayyed Nasrallah sent a sounding message: “You are the ones who opened the doors to Iran. The Iranian influence is due to your continuous attacks on Iraq, Syria and Yemen.”

In addition he stated that : “we do not believe that the arrogance of the “Israelis” can accept a settlement that would preserve the face of the Palestinian Authority.”

In conclusion, Sayyed Nasrallah vowed that the resistance won’t withdraw from battlefields against the nation’s enemies, stressing that the resonant call of “At Your Service O Imam Hussein” will last.

Source: Al-Ahed news 

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If Nikki Haley doesn’t drop her nonsensical pro-israeli propaganda line at the UN, she could cause real problems for Lebanon

If Nikki Haley doesn’t drop her nonsensical pro-Israeli propaganda line at the UN, she could cause real problems for Lebanon

Robert Fisk — The Independent

Under a broiling hot midday sun on the south Lebanese-Israeli border this summer, an extraordinary and very angry meeting took place between two major generals: the 60-year-old Irish UN force commander in Lebanon and the 54-year-old deputy chief of staff of the Israeli army. Listening to them was the ambitious, pro-Israeli – but very inexperienced – US ambassador to the United Nations. The row between the two men appears to have been pre-planned by the Israelis to impress the highly impressionable Nikki Haley. It worked.

Nikki Haley speaks to the UNHaley had been helicoptered up to the border from Jerusalem on 8 June by Israeli General Aviv Kochavi for a tour regularly laid on for visiting – and gullible – US officials: a walk to the Lebanese frontier wire with many a fearful warning from the Israelis about Hezbollah “terrorists”, “secret” Hezbollah missile bunkers in UN-controlled territory and the failure of UN troops to “disarm” the “terrorists” in Lebanon. This is a familiar horror story, trotted out for American and other Western diplomats and politicians over more than 30 years.

All seemed bright sunshine and optimism when the UN force commander, General Mick Beary – one of Ireland’s most experienced UN peacekeepers with three tours of duty in Lebanon and postings to Iraq, Bosnia and Afghanistan behind him – explained to Haley that the situation on the Lebanese-Israeli border was stable, did not require further intervention and that the frontier was currently experiencing one of the most peaceful periods in its modern history. All true.

But not according to Kochavi – former Gaza divisional commander and Israeli ex-military intelligence director – who angrily told Beary that the UN was not doing its job and was frightened of entering Shiite villages in southern Lebanon for fear of confronting the pro-Iranian Hezbollah. Kochavi, say the Israelis, told Haley that the UN’s mandate should be changed to ensure its soldiers “disarmed” Hezbollah.

Beary stood his ground. He had heard this kind of stuff before. The UN is supposed to operate alongside the sovereign Lebanese army to ensure Lebanese government control (and peace) in a narrow sector along the Lebanese border – not battle with Hezbollah on behalf of the Israelis as part of their proxy war against Iran.

A wiser person might have checked all this out. Haley might have reminded herself, for example, how often the Israelis have cried wolf before, how frequently their claims of hidden rockets had turned out to be untrue – not many years ago, they showed drone-taken photo images of “missiles” being taken from a bombed garage in southern Lebanon under the eyes of the UN. One of the UN soldiers, however, had taken a snapshot of the “missiles” from a few feet away – in which the “rockets” were clearly no more than the damaged roll-up corrugated front doors of the bombed garages. Haley might even have read a few books about Lebanon – in which every Israeli incursion has ended in utter disaster.

But no. Within 11 weeks, Haley was sounding off in the UN about Major General Beary’s “embarrassing lack of understanding about what is going on” in southern Lebanon, of how “blind” he was to the spread of illegal arms. Beary responded to this attack on his competence as an officer – which, needless to say, went down very badly in the general’s native Ireland – by repeating that there was no evidence of any increase in weaponry. “If there was a large cache of weapons,” he said, “we would know about it.”

Now for the Department of Home Truths. Beary is right. But he also knows – as we all do who reside in Lebanon – that Hezbollah fighters live in the Shiite villages inside the UN zone. Of course, they do. They are Shiites. These are their homes. And we also know that they have weapons. Hezbollah made this embarrassingly clear last April when they bussed a bunch of journalists down to the border – where reporters saw around a dozen Hezbollah men armed with rifles, machine guns and rocket launchers not far from the UN headquarters.

The UN were apparently unaware of the trip in advance and the Lebanese government was outraged afterwards, while Hezbollah preened themselves for showing to the reporters some new Israeli frontline listening devices on the other side of the border.

This was farce. But there are other, more disturbing elements to the story. There are indeed certain Shiite villages in southern Lebanon in which UN soldiers do not linger. And there is a small hilltop plateau – known locally as “the Iranian gardens” – inside which the UN do not stray. But it lies within their area of operations.

UNIFIL, the United Nations Interim Force in Southern Lebanon, has been around for almost 40 years, its 250 fatalities killed by an assortment of armed groups including Hezbollah, the Israelis and Palestinians. Its 15,000-strong force now monitors a cease-fire drawn up after the 2006 Israeli-Hezbollah war; their mandate also tasks them to ensure “the immediate cessation of all offensive military operations” by Israel. Israel’s constant overflights of Lebanon, going on for nigh on 40 years, are themselves in contravention of UN resolutions.

None of this, however, justified Haley’s ignorance of southern Lebanon. Beary, she said, “seems to be the only person in south Lebanon who is blind to what Hezbollah is doing”. Alas, Haley seems to be the only diplomat in the UN who is blind to just how dangerous the situation in south Lebanon would be if it wasn’t for older fellers like Beary.

Kochavi, a shrewd lad if ever there was one in the Israeli higher command, is the one man who does not want another war along the border. Which is why, every time there is the remotest sniff of violence on the frontier, the Israelis are on to UN headquarters in Naqqoura to ask for help.

The Lebanese still fear that – having failed to engineer the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad in Syria and thus Iran’s Arab ally in the Middle East – the Israelis will kick off another war in Lebanon to get rid of Hezbollah, something they hopelessly failed to do in 2006 during a war which Hezbollah may not have won but which Israel certainly lost.

But Israel’s own threats against Lebanon long ago lost their sting. In my own files, I have repeated warnings from Israel that civilian villages would be attacked in the “next” war, that Lebanon will be smashed back 400 years with the utter destruction of its infrastructure. But the Israelis destroyed much of Lebanon’s civilian infrastructure in 1982 and 1996 and again in 2006. And Lebanon simply rebuilt itself with Saudi, Qatari and Kuwaiti money.

A wounded Syrian Islamic militant receives urgent medical treatment from Israeli troops at the Syrian border. The commandos are seen administering 'tracheal intubation' by forcing a tube down the man's throat to prevent asphyxiation. Click to enlarge

A wounded Syrian Islamic militant receives urgent medical treatment from Israeli troops at the Syrian border. The commandos are seen administering ‘tracheal intubation’ by forcing a tube down the man’s throat to prevent asphyxiation. Click to enlarge

Israel has spent millions of dollars bombing Syrian, Iranian and Hezbollah forces inside Syria over the past five years. Throughout the entire Syrian war, it hasn’t fired a shot at Isis and has even allowed Islamist fighters to go to Haifa hospitals for medical treatment. But the folk Israel didn’t shoot at appear to be losing and the Shiite forces it did bomb appear to be winning. Which is why Israel is wondering just what Hezbollah now has in store for them.

Unfortunately – as Kochavi is well aware – Hezbollah keeps its missiles well north of the UN lines. After all, with a range stretching as far as the Negev desert in southern Israel, why should Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader – who admittedly sometimes talks as if he’s the President of Lebanon – bunker his rockets inside the UN zone which is right on the border?

In Washington, Donald Trump, who knows even less about Lebanon than Nikki Haley, talked to the Lebanese Prime Minister recently about the latter’s battle with Hezbollah – apparently unaware that Hezbollah has ministers in the Lebanese government and that Michel Aoun (the real President of Lebanon) supports the militia.

Under sane leadership, the US usually managed to broker ceasefires in past Lebanon wars. But the current problem is that the US President is mad. Nikki Haley is thus reduced to using a string of clichés in the UN worthy of Theresa May.

“Enough is enough,” she said of North Korea’s missile pirouetting. North Korea is “begging for war”. America would not go on “kicking the can down the road”. This kind of codswallop may have gone down well when she was governor of South Carolina, but it’s pretty sorry stuff to hear from a UN ambassador who tells a senior UN officer in Lebanon that he’s “blind” to his duties.

The French, with around 1,000 UN troops in Lebanon, have quietly told the UN they are more than happy with Beary’s leadership. The UN says the same. But how do you persuade Haley to do her homework, drop the pro-Israeli propaganda line and keep her mouth shut unless she knows what she’s talking about? Words, words, words…

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Glory to the Martyrs of September 1993

Mohammad Nazzal

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“Hezbollah marks the anniversary of the September 13 massacre.”
For more than a decade, it has ceased to do so. This was a day when the country almost exploded in a sectarian conflict. That demonstration, which ended in a massacre, had nothing to do with sectarian differences, but it is Lebanon where everything is turned into sectarianism, even the air. It was “to defend the land, sovereignty, nation, and the fate of generations.”
 
Martyrs of September 13

This was how Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah spoke that day. He barely completed his second year as the party’s Secretary General. The party barely completed its second month devoted to the principle of “A Katyusha for a civilian”. He emerged as the resistance, with his head raised up before “Israel’s” “reckoning operation” (the seven-day aggression).

This happened in 1993. Yitzhak Rabin, like his predecessor, Shamir, understood that he was facing “Arabs of another kind”. The other Arabs had a different opinion. The Lebanese government, for example, has decided to reward the resistance. The Lebanese army opened fire on a popular demonstration organized by Hezbollah in [Beirut’s] al-Ghubairi area – just like that “without a reason”. It was a political decision par excellence. It was not an armed demonstration. They were all civilians. It resulted in nine martyrs and dozens of wounded.

Women and men took to the streets to protest the Oslo Accords. They were just chanting. They were a rare group that was still raising its voice, at the time, against the “‘Israeli’ entity”. They wanted Palestine, all of Palestine. They were strangers in an area whose rulers had decided to adopt the “Madrid decisions” (for peace). Their land was occupied – southern Lebanon was occupied – and they resisted but out of sight. There was something about this group that always made them look ahead.

The shooting was not a warning. Fire was directed towards heads and chests, meant to kill. It was a ‘harvest-style’ shooting. Hezbollah did not know a wound deeper than that massacre. In the ensuing years, songs were composed about it:

“We Shall Not Forget September”.
Annual commemorations took place for more than ten years. Its vocabulary entered into the memory of the people of that environment. Those who lived in the [Beirut] suburb remember the annual signs along with the eternal pictures of the martyrs. Fate wanted Nasrallah’s son, Hadi, be martyred one day before the fourth anniversary of the massacre. The party had already made the necessary preparations the for the commemoration in the center of the “Shura Square” in Haret Hreik. Then, the second event came. That night, Sayyed began his speech with the massacre before talking about his son’s martyrdom:
“Shooting unarmed people at the airport road was aimed at igniting an internal war. They know how it begins but do not know how it ends.”


The massacre was engraved deep in the consciousness of the party to the extent that it was placed first in the address, before the second event – the martyrdom of the son of the resistance commander. It was not just any sign. Sayyed Nasrallah continued, “It was an attempt to create an internal rift and we have overcome it with wisdom and patience. We took the most courageous positions in the history of the party, because the easiest thing was to give orders to respond, but we declined and instead agreed to bear the wounds.” The day of the massacre came no more than three years since the end of Lebanon’s civil war. The anger that swept through the skies of the suburb that day – within the party specifically – was enough to serve as the initial fuel to turn the table on everyone. It was an adventure. The party understood that if that happened, the bate would have been swallowed and liberation would not have taken place seven years later. It would not have been a “rock” in 2006. It would not be creating new equations in the region today. It was a pivotal moment in the whole sense of history. On the night of the massacre, the masses chanted to Nasrallah with words that would be repeated for years to come:
“O Shura, O the best, we want to fight”.

It was later reported that the Coca-Cola company in Lebanon expelled some of its employees because they participated in the funeral of the martyrs. It was also said that the late Sayyed Mohamed Hussein Fadlallah issued a fatwa to boycott that company. Fadlullah prayed on the bodies of the martyrs in Al-Rida Mosque in Bir Al-Abed and behind him was Nasrallah as well as a lot of angry people.

Twenty-four years have passed since that massacre, which left nine martyrs. These are their names: Sokna Shams al-Din, Hassan Bazzi, Samir Wahab, Abboud Abboud, Sabah Ali Haider, Ali Tawil, Mohammed Abdul Karim, Mustapha Shamas and Nizar Qansouh. There are those who witnessed one of them running towards a lady who was hit in the head, wanting to help her. She was killed instantly. His concern was to cover parts of her body that were revealed. So he was hit. A martyr laying next to a martyr. That massacre has not yet been made into a movie. Nasrallah said that day, angrily: “This happens in a country that is said to be a country of freedoms!”

Generations grew up to the song “Glory to the Martyrs of September”.

It is the song that Imad Mughniyah was said to have participated in with his voice. It was a hymn for the departed, to the broken pride, to the sorrow of those who do not accept oppression. “Glory to the martyrs of September, they rejected Zionism. They chanted: we will fight Zionism. Glory to the martyrs of September, with their blood and without humiliation, they washed the shame of the Arab peace.”

Source: Al-Akhbar Newspaper, Translated by website team

15-09-2017 | 08:00

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Israel: Russia supports Hizbullah

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Last year, Times of Israel had claimed that Lebanese Islamic Resistance Hizbullah was receiving long-range missiles, laser-guided rockets and other sophisticated weaponry directly from Russia in Syria, and is free to use that weaponry against Israel if it so chooses.

On September 6, 2017, Barak Ravid claimed at Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz that “days after Putin-Netanyahu meeting in Sochi last month, Russia threatened to veto anti-Hizbullah move led by Israel and the US at United Nations.”

The so-called Russian threat came during the extension of the United Nations peacekeepers in Southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) mission for another year. Both the US and Israel asked more powers for UNIFIL to check Hizbullah activities along the Sheba’a Farms, Lebanese territory occupied by the Zionist entity since 1967. Lebanon rejects any mention of Hizbullah in its military activities along Lebanon-Israel-Syria border.

On June 16, 2016, Israeli propaganda website Algemeiner reported that Putin had promised Netanyahu during their meeting in Moscow that if Barack Obama didn’t veto anti-Israel resolution at the UNSC – he would do it. Washington has used 37 times its veto power to protect the Zionist entity at the UNSC.

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) was created on the behest of United States in 1978 to help Jew army to withdraw from Southern Lebanon and replaced by the US-funded UNIFIL force. The Israeli invasion and occupation of Lebanon forced Shi’ite majority in South Lebanon to establish Hizbullah humanitarian organization – later turned into armed resistance against Jew occupation force and its local Christian proxy Phalangist militia – the butcher of Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps in 1982. Since its armed resistance in mid 1980s, Hizbullah fighters have defeated Jewish army three times – 2000, 2006 and 2017.

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Events on Israel’s western, northern and eastern borders have suddenly – in a few short weeks – scuttled the geopolitical balance that once favored Tel Aviv. Just a few years ago, Syria was disintegrating, Iraq was fragmenting, Lebanon was over-extended, and Gaza struggled alone,” she said.

Today, the likelihood of Iran enjoying a contiguous land corridor between its borders and the occupied Golan territory is greater than ever before. The Resistance Axis has gained tremendous military experience in the past six years in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon—and most importantly, has done so by coordinating troops, intelligence and battle plans from a single command center, for the first time in its history as an alliance. Furthermore, this axis now enjoys international political cover from two permanent UN Security Council members, Russia and China. The Russians now have significant military experience alongside three members of this axis, and the Chinese are eager to expand their economic vision into those West Asian states, with Iran as a key hub for oil and gas pipelines,” she adds.

As these countries move forward to extinguish regional terrorism and reconstruct their infrastructure and societies, the Israelis will be left out in the cold. But while Israel’s options dwindle, its military plans seem to keep getting more attention. It’s the one option – the stick – that the Israelis gravitate to most easily, and a war of aggression against Lebanon and Gaza, or strikes against Syria, are not out of the question,” she said

What is this campaign for? لماذا هذه الحملة؟

 What is this campaign for?

سبتمبر 7, 2017

Written by Nasser Kandil,

The organized campaign against Hezbollah due to paving the way for the withdrawal of ISIS’s defeated fighters from Qalamoun is astonishing.

ISIS and Al Nusra according to the UN, Arab, and Lebanese classification is the same and the classification of the terrorist organizations does not sort them between good terrorism and bad terrorism or first class terrorism and third class one. During the past years there were many Syrian areas that were purged from Al Nusra under the pressure of the fighting of the Syrian army and Hezbollah, and led to the withdrawal of its fighters to Idlib as the same withdrawal of ISIS from Qalamaoun, but we have not heard any international or regional or Lebanese negative comments that considered that a concession with terrorism.

A few weeks ago, Hezbollah ended his battles victorious in Juroud Arsal and this victory has been culminated with a similar withdrawal of Al Nusra to Idlib, but no one said anything.

The attempt of linking this campaign with the fact that the fate of the kidnapped solders has been revealed as martyrs and the talk about leaving the army to complete its victory means simply that the Lebanese army without a coordination with the Syrian army and Hezbollah has to liberate the Lebanese remaining part, thus ISIS’s militants will withdraw under pressure to the Syrian parts from Qalamoun, thus the Syrian army along with the resistance will fight them there till they subdue to withdrawal. but what would change in the fate of the kidnapped soldiers or in the fate of ISIS’s withdrawal, but only if the intention was that the Lebanese army in coordination with the Syrian army and the resistance will wage a battle to crush the remaining groups in the Lebanese and the Syrian parts, but surely the objectors will find that the ISIS’s withdrawal is easier than the bitterness of coordination, knowing that the crushing was about to lose the opportunities of knowing the fate of the soldiers, and maybe the secret of their fate would die with their leaders, so did the objectors know the fate or know that they will bear the responsibility of the loss of the soldiers’ life because they prevented the army three years ago from freeing its soldiers by force, as the commander of the Commando Regiment the General Shamel Rouqez said at that time, Maybe this explains the anger of some Lebanese but the campaign is bigger and wider so who is behind it?

The source of the campaign reveals its goals, the political and the media escalation is not related to the military pressure till imposing the withdrawal with the individual weapons but to the point to which the militants went. This is clarified by the criticisms on Al-Hurra channel, Radio Sawa and Al Arabiya channel and other media means which are directed by Adam Early in favor of the US intelligence and the campaign of the accompanying declarations under the title of the danger on Iraq. The simple examination reveals that we are talking about countable hundreds that will not change the total balance of ISIS capacities in Deir- Al Zour and Al Mayadeen near the borders of Iraq and which the Americans estimated with more than ten thousands.

The Americans were originally the callers of the war on ISIS, but the withdrawal of ISIS which they sought from Mosul and Raqqa was by keeping the western of Mosul open towards Syria and its southern is open towards Al-Anbar, while leaving the eastern of Raqqa open towards Deir Al Zour and its southern open towards Badia. This was prevented by the Popular Crowd, the Syrian army, and Hezbollah and was supported by Russia and Iran. It is the withdrawal which will grant ISIS an opportunity to perpetuate its battles and will grant the Americans the opportunity of directing it, while the withdrawal which aims to gather Al-Nusra and ISIS in a confined geographical part which will be the resolving battle in the battlefield is a step towards the final resolving not a way to keep ISIS alive as was desired by the Americans if they were given the opportunities to impose their agenda of the war on ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Why are the Americans so upset to this extent? And why do they provoke their groups to open fire?

The checking leads us to the direct and the indirect US focus by the public declaration and the implicit acquiescence on Boukamal which the Americans were surprised due to the negotiating secrecy that it will be the destination of the withdrawal which they thought that it will be to Deir Al Zour. The Americans recognize that Deir Al Zour is the title of the next battle of the Syrian army and that they have no problem that the militants of ISIS will gather there to be killed. The Americans aspire that the groups which they head can have control on Boukamal before the arrival of the Iraqi army and the popular Crowd to Qaem from the Iraqi side, and thus they will achieve their strategic dream by having control on the Syrian -Iraqi borders. Moreover, the supply lines between Boukamal and Deir Al Zour are difficult and complicated thus ISIS cannot enhance them. The withdrawal has changed their considerations and the military effort which is necessary to liberate Boukamal from ISISI needs the capabilities of the Syrian army and the resistance, but the dream of the borders has fallen.

Translated by Lina Shehadeh,

لماذا هذه الحملة؟

ناصر قنديل

أغسطس 30, 2017

– الحملة المنظمة على حزب الله بداعي فتح الباب لانسحاب عناصر داعش المهزومين في القلمون لافتة.

– داعش والنصرة وفقاً للتصنيف الأممي والعربي واللبناني واحد، والتصنيف للتنظيمات الإرهابية لا يعترف بإرهاب حميد وإرهاب خبيث، ولا بإرهاب درجة أولى وإرهاب درجة ثانية، وخلال سنوات يجري حسم مناطق سورية وتنظيفها من النصرة تحت ضغط قتال الجيش السوري وحزب الله وتنتهي بانسحاب عناصرها إلى إدلب مشابه لانسحاب داعش من القلمون الحالي ولم نسمع لا دولياً ولا إقليمياً ولا لبنانياً تعليقات سلبية تعتبر ذلك تهاوناً مع الإرهاب.

– قبل أسابيع قليلة أنهى حزب الله معاركه بنصر في جرود عرسال وتوّج بانسحاب مشابه للنصرة إلى إدلب ولم ينبس أحد ببنت شفة.

– محاولة ربط الحملة بكون كشف مصير العسكريين أظهر أنهم شهداء والحديث عن ترك الجيش يكمل نصره عليهم يعني ببساطة أن يحرّر الجيش اللبناني بالقوة وبدون تنسيق مع سورية وحزب الله الجزء اللبناني المتبقي، فينسحب مسلحو داعش تحت الضغط إلى الجزء السوري من القلمون فيقاتلهم الجيش السوري والمقاومة حتى يرضخوا للانسحاب، فماذا كان سيتغيّر في مصير العسكريين أو في مصير انسحاب داعش، إلا إذا كان القصد قيام الجيش اللبناني بالتنسيق مع الجيش السوري والمقاومة خوض معركة إطباق لسحق الجماعات المتبقية في الجزءين اللبناني والسوري. وبالتأكيد عند المعترضين يبقى انسحاب داعش أهون من مرارة التنسيق، خصوصاً أنّ الإطباق كان سيضيّع فرص كشف مصير العسكريين، وربما يموت مع قادتهم سرّ مصيرهم، فهل كان المعترضون يعرفون المصير ويعرفون أنهم سيحملون مسؤولية ضياع حياة العسكريين لأنهم منعوا الجيش قبل ثلاث سنوات من تخليص جنوده بالقوة، كما قال قائد فوج المغاوير آنذاك العميد شامل روكز، فيكون السرّ المدفون مع العسكريين وخاطفيهم أهون الشرور؟ ربما يفسّر هذا غضب بعض اللبنانيين، لكن الحملة أكبر وأوسع، فماذا ومَن وراءها؟

– مصدر الحملة يكشف أهدافها، فالتصعيد السياسي والإعلامي لا يرتبط بالمبدأ، وهو الضغط العسكري حتى فرض الانسحاب بالسلاح الفردي، بل بالنقطة التي توجّه إليها المسلحون، وهذا ما توضحه الانتقادات على قناة «الحرة» وراديو «سوا» وقناة «العربية»، وسائر الأدوات الإعلامية التي يديرها آدم إيرلي لحساب المخابرات الأميركية، وحملة الاستصراحات التي ترافقها، تحت عنوان الخطر على العراق، والتدقيق البسيط في الأمر يكشف أننا نتحدّث عن مئات معدودة لن تغيّر التوازن الإجمالي لقدرات داعش في دير الزور والميادين قرب حدود العراق والتي يقدّرها الأميركيون أنفسهم بأكثر من عشرة آلاف.

– الأميركيون كانوا بالأصل دعاة حرب على داعش تدار بطريقة فتح باب الانسحاب، ولكن بطريقة يختلف منطقها وتأثيرها. فالانسحاب الذي سعى له الأميركيون من الموصل والرقة لداعش كان بإبقاء غرب الموصل مفتوحاً نحو سورية وجنوبها مفتوحاً نحو الأنبار وترك شرق الرقة مفتوحاً نحو دير الزور وجنوبها نحو البادية. وهذا ما منعه الحشد الشعبي والجيش السوري وحزب الله وساندتهم فيه روسيا وإيران. وهو الانسحاب الذي يعني أنه لو تحقق منح داعش فرصة إدامة معاركها ويمنح الأميركيين فرصة إدارتها، بينما الانسحاب الهادف لتجميع داعش والنصرة كلّ في كتلة جغرافية محصورة تكون هي ميدان معركة الفصل، فهو خطوة على طريق الحسم النهائي، وليس طريقاً لإبقاء داعش على قيد الحياة، كما كان يرغب الأميركيون لو أتيح لهم فرض أجندتهم للحرب على داعش في سورية والعراق.

لماذا ينزعج الأميركيون إلى هذه الدرجة إذن؟ ولماذا يستنهضون جماعاتهم كافة لفتح النار؟

– التدقيق يوصلنا إلى التركيز الأميركي المباشر وغير المباشر، بالتصريح العلني والاستصراح الضمني، على البوكمال التي فوجئ الأميركيون بسبب التكتم التفاوضي على أنها ستكون وجهة الانسحاب التي كانوا يظنّونها إلى دير الزور، فدير الزور يسلّم الأميركيون بأنها عنوان معركة قادمة للجيش السوري، ولا مشكلة لديهم بأن يتجمّع فيها مسلحو داعش للقضاء عليهم هناك، لكن قبل ذلك يطمح الأميركيون لقيام الجماعات التي يديرونها بإمساك البوكمال، قبل أن يصل الجيش العراقي والحشد الشعبي إلى القائم من الجهة العراقية، وهكذا يحققون حلمهم الاستراتيجي بالجلوس على الحدود السورية العراقية، وخطوط الإمداد بين البوكمال ودير الزور صعبة ومعقدة ليقوم داعش بتعزيزها، وقد خرّب الانسحاب حساباتهم، وصار الجهد العسكري اللازم لتحرير البوكمال من داعش يحتاج قدرات الجيش السوري والمقاومة، وسقط حلم الحدود.

– وما رميت إذ رميت، ولكن الله رمى…

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Lebanon Pays Tribute for Slain Soldiers in Official, Popular Funeral

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08-09-2017 | 14:35

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Lebanon held a state funeral for 10 of its soldiers captured and killed by Takfiri terrorists in the border area of Arsal between 2014 and 2017.

A large crowd of Lebanese people paid tribute to the bodies of the 10 soldiers at a Friday ceremony at the Defense Ministry near the capital city of Beirut.

The ceremony was also attended by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, President Michel Aoun, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, army commanders and political figures.

Lebanon declared Friday a national day of mourning with government organizations, banks, schools and businesses closed as a sign of respect.

“Our joy in the victory over terrorism remains sorrowful for we were hoping that we manage to free you unharmed from the hands of the terrorism so that you may return to your Army and families in order to participate with us in this historic achievement,” President Aoun said during his speech at the funeral ceremony.

Daesh [the Arabic acronym for the Takfiri terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group] and other terror outfits broke into Lebanon in 2014, taking over the border town of Arsal.

They were ousted from the town, but started taking positions close to Ras Baalbeck, another border town, which has been the focus of the recent counterterrorism operations.

The soldiers were kidnapped by Takfiri militants during the border raid in 2014. Two of them were killed the same year, while the fate of the remaining eight was unknown until late July when the militants agreed to reveal their burial place as part of a ceasefire deal with Lebanon and its Hezbollah resistance movement.

Under the deal, a convoy of Daesh militants and their families left areas on the Lebanon-Syria border.

The deal came after the Lebanese army, backed by Hezbollah, conducted successful military operations on the border areas.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team


Lebanon Holds State Funeral in Honor of Martyred Soldiers

September 8, 2017

soldiers funeral

Lebanon bids farewell to soldiers who were killed by ISIL Takfiri group in a state funeral at Defense Ministry in Yarze.

Lebanese officials including top three leaders attended the funeral to pay tribute to 10 slain soldiers, whose remains were discovered following “Fajr Al-Joroud” operation which was launched by the Lebanese army earlier in August in a bid to liberate Ras Baalbek and Qaa outskirts from ISIL Takfiri group.

The ten soldiers were abducted in 2014 as the army engaged in a battle against ISIL and Nusra Front in the eastern border town of Arsal.

As the coffins of the soldiers arrived at the Defense Ministry, 21-gun salute was fired in honor of the martyrs. The army commander, General Joseph Aoun then gave military awards to the families of soldiers.

General Aoun hailed the victory of “Fajr Al-Joroud” operation, stressing the military’s determination to wipe out terror from the country.

He noted that the battle against ISIL took place in Ras Baalbek and Qaa outskirt because of sovereign decision taken by the government. On the other hand, the army commander stressed high readiness of the military in face of Israeli threats.

For his part, President Michel Aoun promised families of the slain soldiers to go ahead with a probe into the abduction operation and the killing of their sons.

President Aoun praised the soldiers sacrifices, vowing to confront terrorism.

Source: Al-Manar

 

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