Egyptian parliament calls for Syria’s return to Arab League

The Committee of Arab Affairs at the Egyptian parliament called on the Syrian Arab Republic to restore its seat at the Arab League, describing the current situation as totally ‘unacceptable’.

The Committee states that the strategic ties and mutual struggle shared by both countries make it necessary to positively intervene in the Syrian case.

On the recently-held peace talks in Astana between the Syrian government and opposition, the CAF underlined the need to maintain the country’s institution, unity and sovereignty.

It also put a special emphasis on the fact that only Syrians have the right to decide the future of their country and form of government through democratic and free elections, taking into account the public interest of the country, expressing concerns about what it called ‘attempts to obliterate the Arabic and Islamic character of Syria through the draft constitution laid down by Russia.

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Yemen triumph over Saudi-US destruction machine: ِِ Anis Naqash


US-Saudi War Crimes, Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis: Civilian Killings, Famine, Refugees. The Western Media’s Remorseless Silence

Global Research, August 30, 2016

Yemen

While the slaughter of Yemenis continues, the world remains silent in response to their screams. Why is that? Has the world lost its senses, especially to feel the sufferings of the tormented? In an alleged effort to defeat the Houthi rebels, a coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia, supported by the United States and the United Kingdom have been bombarding Yemen, already one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with air-strikes since March 2015, sending it literally back to the stone-age.

The war has triggered a major humanitarian crisis. Since the air-strikes began,

“food prices [in Yemen] have gone up 60 percent, leaving 14 million people across the country classified as ‘food insecure’ (Yemen’s children die from bombs, bullets, hunger, ABC News, August 23).”

According to figures provided in the New York Times,

“the war has killed more than 6,500 people, displaced more than 2.5 million others and pushed one of the world’s poorest countries from deprivation to devastation (“America Is Complicit in the Carnage in Yemen”, August 17).”

Other reports have shown these figures to be much higher. Meanwhile, the United Nations has blamed the coalition for at least 60 percent of deaths and injuries to children last year, warning along with human rights groups, that the coalition may have been “commissioning international war crimes” (Saudi-led coalition could be committing ‘international crimes’ bombing civilians in Yemen, UN warns, The Independent, March 19).

At a press briefing at the United Nations on June 29, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International revealed that,

“Unlawful air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition have killed and maimed hundreds of children in Yemen and damaged dozens of schools, but the coalition strong-armed the Secretary-General in an attempt to escape scrutiny.” That is, to have Saudi Arabia removed from the UN’s list of shame. The Secretary General Ban Ki-moon himself after being bullied said, “There has been fierce reaction to my decision to temporarily remove the Saudi-led Coalition countries from the report’s annex. This was one of the most painful and difficult decisions I have had to make. The report describes horrors no child should have to face.”

Yet, the media, and especially the western media, continues to keep mum. Why? Well, one explanation may be that because the coalition consists of those allied with the West, the western media does not want to report on the alleged war crimes that they may have committed. Another reason for such deafening silence, however, may be because most of the killings are actually being committed using weapons supplied by the West.

According to the Washington Post, the US has sold the Saudis a total of USD 20 billion in weapons over the last one year. Britain too has sold close to USD 4 billion worth of weapons to the Saudis. The Obama administration, despite aggressively lobbying for greater gun control in the US, “has discreetly brokered and authorised the sale of more arms to foreign governments than any other US president since World War II”, according to Owen B. McCormack. During the first five years of his tenure alone, “new agreements under the Pentagon’s Foreign Military Sales programme — the largest channel for US arms exports — totalled over USD 169 billion,” exceeding the amount authorised during the entire tenure of his predecessor by almost USD 30 billion.

And, of course, the main recipient of American made weapons has been Saudi Arabia — “almost 10 percent of US arms exports” while 9 percent went “to the United Arab Emirates, an ally of Riyadh in the Yemen war (“Such a long silence on Yemen,” The Hindu, August 22).” According to Congressional Research Service, even as early as 2010, the Obama administration authorised the sale of a whopping USD 90.4 billion worth of arms to the Saudis. And according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute,

“arms imports to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states increased 71 percent from 2005-2009 to 2010-2014, accounting for 54 percent of imports to the Middle East in the latter period. Saudi Arabia rose to become the second largest importer of major weapons worldwide in 2010-2014, increasing the volume of its arms imports four times compared to 2005-2009.”

Not surprisingly, many of these weapons are being used to devastating effect in Yemen according to the likes of Human Rights Watch, Oxfam and Amnesty International, including the British made cluster bombs, even though the weapon was banned in conflict decades ago because of their catastrophic effects on civilians (“British-made cluster bomb found in Yemeni village targeted by Saudi-led coalition”, The Independent, May 23).

And so it goes, with innocent Yemenis being torn to shreds by the most horrific of weapons out there, the Lords of War continue to make windfall profits. Fortunately for them, the media’s silence guarantees that there is no significant pressure to end the supply of weapons to maim and kill a bunch of poor people here and there. After all, how else will the demand for these weapons keep up with their massive supply? As the fictional character in the movie Lord of War, Yuri Orlov said, “where there’s a will, there’s a weapon”. And the “coalition of the willing”, whether it be to go to war in Iraq, or for the destruction of Yemen, have been more than ready to oblige to the will of western arms manufacturers. For the Yemenis, however, the horrors of having these weapons used on them are, unfortunately, very real. As should be our shame for failing to genuinely care for the lives of innocent men, women and children, despite repeatedly saying otherwise, as evident from our remorseless silence in the face of their desperate screams.

Eresh Omar Jamal is Editorial Assistant at The Daily Star, the largest circulating English daily newspaper in Bangladesh. He is also Founder and Deputy Editor of jobanbd.com and can be reached ateresh17@hotmail.com.

Flashback: “Mustafa Badreddine” and the Israeli fiasco

Syrian Free Press

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By Israa Al-Fass, Al-Manar
(submitted by Cem Ertür)

“Mustafa Badreddine” and the Israeli Fiasco


“On that day I was in the city of Qom when we received the news of Saddam entering Kuwait. At the time, nothing but the detainees of the Kuwait Prison, among which was Sayyed Mustafa Badreddine, came to my mind. I was asking myself about their destiny after the entering of Saddam”,
says the Coordinator of Al-AMAN Network for Strategic Studies, Anees Naqqash to Al-Manar Website.

The name of “Mustafa Badreddine”, just like other great resistance leaders, is not mentioned in Beirut’s southern suburb unless it is to comment on what is reported by journals and websites such as claims and scenarios that aim at defaming the man known by the people of resistance in Lebanon as one of its distinguished leaders and a man of uncountable achievements.

There are many guys who receive their orders from “Mustafa Badreddine” without knowing him. Some would meet him without knowing who he is. “Mustafa Badreddine,” like other leaders, doesn’t like popularity or being mentioned here and there.

However, media reports made the name of “Mustafa Badreddine” one of the most attractive titles for readers. Many reports were published about the man, presenting him as a multi-relationship, quick-tempered, corrupt, who owns fancy apartments and cars besides accusing him of assassinating PM Rafik Hariri, the report of the US Treasury, freezing his money assets and other defaming issues. Mr. Naqqash says billions were spent on these reports to defame the resistance. Not only “Israel” was the financer of this money, but also some Gulf countries were keen to support all what could harm Hezbollah, its resistance and symbols.

Mr. Naqqash

Mr. Naqqash tells us about Sayyed Badreddine’s release from prison in Kuwait in 1990 after it was invaded by Saddam Hussein forces. As for the “Sayyed’s” value, Naqqash uncovers calls that took place with Iranian officials to be ready for the exchange operation with the Iraqi regime once Badreddine’s personality is recognized. “In fact, we didn’t believe there was any other solution.”

At the time, Iraqi forces were robbing the Kuwaiti houses. They burnt public properties, and prisons were opened in which “the group” was released, among which was Badreddine.

Why “Mustafa Badreddine”?

“Because the man has a history and a background, he occupies a high rank in the resistance work, and they believe he plays a role in Syria, something they are annoyed of… Their information might not be correct,” says Mr. Anees Naqqash.

Badreddine’s name is related to Hezbollah’s resistance work, which represents the most evident and mostly respected side by its people; hence influencing this side is an important goal for the enemy.

His town is Ghobeiry, he is also familiar with the areas of Ouzai, Haret Hreik and beyond. His life is full of secrets which telling them is yet to be permitted, as well as the picture of his fellow martyr leader Imad Moughnieh.

Mustafa Badreddine was trained by Fatah Movement, he was involved in and led confrontations against the Zionist enemy since the beginning in 1982 after the Israeli invasion. He was among the group that confronted the Israeli army during the famous Battle of Khalde, in which he was deprived from entering Beirut through its southern gate.

“Destroying the image of the combatant” or what is also known as the “character assassination,” is a method taught in the academies under the title of: “How to combat a revolutionary movement.”

As Mr. Anees Naqqash talks about what he read regarding “the art of fighting revolutionary movements,” he tells a story that took place between the British and the Irish Republican Army that was demanding independence.

He narrates:

“When the British were able to identify the person responsible for the revolution, they kidnapped him, killed him and dissolved his body in acid. After his disappearance, supporters of the Irish army suspected that he might be either detained or killed… Few months later, his family started receiving money orders from Canada under his name. The goal of the British was to show the supporters of the cause that the “revolutionary leader” escaped with the money of the army, and they wanted to cut off the funding the army was receiving from the sympathizers with their cause in the United States throughout discrediting the integrity of the Republican Irish people, and damaging their trust in them. The British succeeded also in convincing the Irish army that the revolutionary escaped with the money, they caused chaos among the army troops, and the story remained hidden until it was uncovered by media reports that were published later.”

It is said that the character assassination banishes the need to the physical one. But this is not applied to the case of Mustafa Badreddine, because “Israel” won’t rest before assassinating him. He’s at all times the precious and wanted catch.

A specialist in speech analysis explains that this method “uses the general moral titles in an immoral way against a public figure that is wanted to be socially overthrown. Religion, morality, terrorism and national betrayal are here used against political opponents to defame the moral value of the person in public among his people or the public opinion.”

The specialist adds that what he describes as “political assassination” is drawn by intelligence apparatuses, executed by media outlets and institutions that hide their agendas behind some shiny slogans…” He adds, “in the case of Mustafa Badreddine, it is clear that the moral assassination is a strategy used by the enemies of Hezbollah to socially overthrow them regarding the model image the Hezbollah people view them with.”

Character Assassination is Evidence of “Fiasco”

Mr. Naqqash clarifies that character assassination comes to hide the failure in achieving a physical assassination. “Israel” recognizes that it is unable to execute “Badreddine,” that’s why pumping such defamatory reports is meant to say that the survival of a man “with such characteristics is way better than killing him.”

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has mentioned in the speech he delivered in the graduation ceremony of the sons of martyrs:

“Those who haven’t been reached yet by physical assassination, they are working to assassinate them on the moral level. There are specialized Israeli websites and intelligence systems that focus on our brothers, leaders and fighters, in which they accuse them of convictions on the personal, moral, financial and behavioral levels. This comes as part of the moral assassination of some leaders whose history in the resistance work, sacrifices and achievements are distinguished, after they failed to assassinate them physically.”

The Coordinator of Al-AMAN Network for Strategic Studies sums up:

“Perhaps the media propaganda and daily pumping of information have influenced the subconscious of the follower, but what is important is that such pumping has no influence on the youth people of the resistance. What we are witnessing of achievements and sacrifices on a daily basis prove how much this group trusts its leadership. Even on the popular level, there is awareness that what is going on is a moral targeting and that it is a different method of war launched against the resistance. We can sense the strong presence of resistance among the popular conscience, which makes us feel content that we are at our best.”


To read the Arabic version click here
Translated by: Zeinab Abdallah


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Hezbollah Jihadi Commander:
“I’m Either Martyr or Holder of Victory Flag”

Al-Akhbar Newspaper
Translated by Mohamed Salami

Mustafa BadreddineThe continuation of the open-silent war between Hezbollah and the enemy is no longer limited to a consultation among the central states, like Israel, the US and some Western countries. It gradually became a practical cooperation which includes Arab states and services as well, and unfortunately some of the Lebanese.

In this issue, the matter is not restricted to one side, which is describing the jihadi commanders as terrorists, but extends to be a broadened pressure program that aims at destorting the images of those who are alive and the martyrs and at subjecting their close social environment or the slightly wider to behave in a different way regarding what is said or circulated about them, especially that this campaign reflects the role of professional parties that possess huge capabilities, but they conceal what is more dangerous than hostility: It is hatred which leads to blind fanaticism.

In this context were the speech of Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah last Saturday and his long elaboration on what was recently released, including the US resolution or the new list which targets a number of Hezbollah jihadi commanders, imposing financial sanctions against them and confiscating their funds. They have also been circulating lies since several years that are related to commanders, personalities, cadres and officials from Hezbollah as it seems that whom they failed to assassinate physically, they work on assassinating them morally. Besides, there are specialized Israeli and intelligence websites that concentrate on Hezbollah mujahidin and commanders and throw personal, moral, financial and behavioral accusations at them. This comes in the context of the moral assassination of the leaders who have a history of jihad, sacrifices and major achievements after they failed to kill them physically.

What may be new is talking about the issue directly and about the most prominent of the targeted by this operation who is Hezbollah jihadi commander Mustafa Badreddine that has been playing his central role in the open confrontation of the Israeli Mossad and the US intelligence since 1982. The enemy has tried, without stopping, to reach “Zulfikar”. After he went out by force from the Kuwaiti government’s jail, he resumed his jihadi work by leading the most sensitive security and military apparatus of the Resistance. Moreover, the Americans and the Israelis continued chasing him with the intention of assassinating and getting rid of him.

After the martyrdom of Hajj Imad Moughnieh, the enemy, including all its Hebrew, Arab and Western sections, went out to announce that it is facing a new problem and that its existing goal is who has been the target all the time. The direct campaign on Badreddine has been renewed and invigorated since several years after the enemy accused him of being behind the hugest security campaign launched by the Resistance against the US-Israeli spy networks in Lebanon, Syria and other places, as entire networks were destroyed and dozens of traitors were arrested.

Since the eruption of the crisis in Syria, a new stage of the confrontation started, based on the role of Badreddine in leading the Resistance groups which fight alongside with the Syrian army in several areas in Syria and in commanding a military and security feat which aims at not only frustrating the plans of the traditional enemies of Syria and the Resistance, but blowing direct strikes to the takfiri groups.

They accused him of assassinating the former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri as a campaign was launched to turn him to be a criminal chased officially all over the world. They also tried to harm him through well-known false witnesses and others who are thought by the International Tribunal to be confidential witnesses as well as those who think that they are anonymous. Those (witnesses) submitted testimonies and stories which not only serve the context of accusing him of murdering Hariri but also present him as an immoral or outlawed man.

In this period, the Israeli-US intelligence worked on that helped unfortunately by a Lebanese team that some of its members occupy official and political posts. All those attempted to reach him either to assassinate or to kidnap him, but they failed. They also idly tried to uncover his work’s mechanisms and the networks he leads against the Mossad agents and the trakfiri groups in Lebanon, Syria and farther.

Their campaign does not aim only at deforming the image of Badreddine before the public opinion but also at pushing him to react wrongly and under tension. However, Badreddine does not react to their reactions but just laughs at all what they circulate as the case of all Hezbollah Jihadi commanders.

Although Badreddine is absolutely away from the media and statements, those who work with him reiterate what he says, “My duty is to confront all their schemes, and I will not abandon my work neither in Lebanon, Syria nor in any other place except as a martyr or holding the flag of victory.”

Disclaimer:
Al-Manar is not responsible for the content of the article. All opinions expressed are those of the writer’s not Al-Manar’s or its staff.


SOURCES: 1) By Israa Al-Fass, Al-Manar 2) Al-Manar from Al-Akhbar Newspaper Submitted by Cem Ertür War Press Info Network at : https://syrianfreepress.wordpress.com/2016/05/15/israeli-fiasco/ ~

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Resisting President LAHOUD: We Must Defend Lebanon Whenever Being under Attack

Lahoud: We Must Defend Lebanon Whenever Being under Attack

Local EditorLebanon: Former President Emile Lahoud

Former Lebanese President Emile Lahoud stressed on Monday that “Lebanon did not abandon the Arab consensus, but Arabs abandoned it as they are working to reach consensus on Israel,” attributing the reason of Saudi escalating policies towards Lebanon to the losses of Kingdom in the Syrian battlefield.

During an interview with Al-Manar TV channel, President Lahoud pointed out that Saudis wanted to deliver a message to the Lebanese people that the existence of their country depends on its sponsorship, stating that whenever there is an attack on Lebanon, the Lebanese people must defend themselves and not distance themselves.

Lahoud expressed beliefs that the root problem of the region is ‘Israel’, which is plotting conspiracies sponsored by the United States within the Persian Gulf states, and implemented by the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) takfiri group.

The outline is made by Israel and the executioners are some regional states with the help of Washington, whose foreign policy is influenced by the Zionist lobby,” the ex-President said, adding that the United States wanted to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as a punishment for his stand with the resistance against Israel.

“His [Assad’s] stance rescued Lebanon, especially Christians who are being exterminated in the region at the hands of ISIL and other terrorist groups,” he said.

He noted that the first loser in Syria will be ‘Israel’, which is trying to compensate for its defeat by provoking sedition in Lebanon.

“If the Saudi claims about fighting ISIL were true, so why they would have stopped the aid to the army that is fighting terrorist groups?” Lahoud asked in reference to halting the Saudi ‘grant’ promised for Lebanon, stressing that those terrorist groups are being supported by the countries that halted aid to the Lebanese army.

“Saudi Arabia is confused today, therefore it is behaving this illogic in Lebanon, while the Lebanese politicians who are walking the Saudi path receive monthly salaries from the Kingdom, while the Saudi aid for Lebanon is being allocated for the leaders and not for the impoverished people in the North, Akkar and other poor regions.

Ex-president Lahoud stressed that we were able to liberate the land because our dignity is very dear, where as the biggest threat is coming from the refugees whom are being used as a card to put pressure on Lebanon and to blow up the situation.

Moreover, putting pressure on the Resistance by threatening the Lebanese abroad with their livelihood, will be in vain, Lahoud stressed, noting that our dignity comes in the first place before our livelihood,” reassuring that the economic situation is stable and strong amid the presence of Governor of the Bank of Lebanon Riyad Salameh.

Regarding the apology demanded by Saudi Arabia from Lebanon’s cabinet, Lahoud said that the Lebanese people didn’t commit any mistake and they are not slaves for anyone.

Lahoud highlighted that the Resistance in Lebanon has defeated ‘Israel’, and today “we are stronger than before by our army and resistance, and we can defeat the countries that are conspiring against Lebanon and Syria.”

Source: Al Manar TV

01-03-2016 – 15:24 Last updated 01-03-2016 – 15:25

 

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Syrian Army Advances in Latakia and Aleppo, Nears Turkey Border

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Syrian army and alliesThe Syrian Army and allies continued on Monday their remarkable battlefield progress in all the provinces, deploying troops near the Turkish border after controlling Kafeen village in Aleppo northern countryside.

Daraa

An army unit carried out accurate operations against the gatherings and movements of terrorist organizations in al-Siba neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad area in Daraa city, according to military source.

The source said that 20 terrorists were killed, 28 others were injured, and 2 of their vehicles, one of which was equipped with machinegun, were destroyed during the operations.

Also in Daraa al-Balad, the army destroyed 4 vehicles near the meteorology building on al-Sadd road, while 5 fortified positions for terrorists were destroyed and a number of terrorists were killed and injured in al-Karak neighborhood.

The source added that members of a terrorist group were killed and 3 of their vehicles, one of which equipped with a machinegun, were destroyed during concentrated strikes against terrorists’ movements in al-Abasyia neighborhood.

To the northwest of Daraa city, an army unit targeted a terrorist group while it was moving on the road leading to Tafas city and destroyed one of its vehicles.

Another army unit destroyed a vehicle and a machinegun nest in the area surrounding Khrbit Ghazala town to the northeast of Daraa city.

Sources on the ground told SANA’s reporter that army unit targeted with concentrated strikes terrorists’ gatherings in al-Naima town to the east of Daraa city, destroying an ammunition cache and killing number of terrorists.

Aleppo

Units of the army and the armed forces, in cooperation with the backup forces, continued to advance in the northern countryside of Aleppo province, restoring security and stability to Kafeen village after eliminating the last terrorist positions in it.

SANA reporter in Aleppo said that a unit of the army, in cooperation with the backup forces, carried out a military operation over the past hours against the last positions of al-Nusra Front (Qaeda branch in the Levant) and other Takfiri organizations in Kafeen village in the northern countryside of the province.

The reporter added that the operation resulted in restoring stability and security to Kafeen village, 23 km from the Turkish borders, indicating that units of the army dismantled the landmines and explosive devices planted by terrorist organizations before most of their members were killed while others fled leaving their arms and ammunition.

Meanwhile, the military source told SANA that units of the army bombarded positions and vehicles belonging to the ISIL terrorists in the villages of Talet al-Shwayia, Rasm al-Alam, al-Tayba and Sarjet al-Kabira in the northeastern countryside of the province.

In Aleppo City, gatherings and military equipment belonging to terrorist organizations were destroyed in operations carried out by the army in the neighborhoods of al-Rashidin 4, al-Lyaramoun and Bani Zaid.

Homs

A number of al-Nusra terrorists were killed by the army and the armed forces in the surroundings of al-Mukharram town, 43 km to the east of Homs City.

A field source confirmed to SANA that a unit of the army, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, ambushed a terrorist group that infiltrated from Ezz Eddin village into Talomari village, killing most of its members and injuring others.

The source added that arms and varied ammunition belonging to the terrorist group were seized and a number of its vehicles were destroyed.

Latakia

Army units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, restored stability and security to the villages of al-Hoor, al-Rweisat and al-Sweidia and al-Wadi al-Azrak to the northeast of Lattakia city in the coastal province of Latakia.

Source: Agencies

08-02-2016 – 20:24 Last updated 08-02-2016 – 20:24

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