بين اغتيال الرئيس الحريري وتفجير المرفأ

ناصر قنديل

بالرغم من تباين العناصر المادية بين جريمتي اغتيال الرئيس رفيق الحريري وتفجير مرفأ بيروت، تبدو وجوه التشابه كثيرة في السياقات المرافقة للجريمتين، حيث بدا من اللحظات الأولى لاغتيال الرئيس الحريري أن هناك مشروعاً كبيراً يستثمر على عملية الاغتيال، وجعله خريطة طريق نحو تنفيذ القرار 1559 الذي كان حتى ذلك التاريخ حبراً على ورق، وصولاً لعلاقة الاغتيال بإعادة رسم العلاقات بين الطوائف في المنطقة من العراق الى سورية ولبنان، وهي لا تزال حتى تاريخه ترددات زلازل الفتن المذهبية التي اشتعل فتيلها مع الاتهامات التي رافقت الاغتيال؛ وبصورة غير بعيدة أبداً، بدا تفجير المرفأ منصة فوريّة لتتابع وتزامن أحداث كبرى، بحجم التطبيع الخليجيّ الإسرائيليّ وبدء الحديث عن حلول مرفأ حيفا مكان مرفأ بيروت بالنسبة للتجارة الخليجيّة، وبحجم الحديث عن مشروع تفويض دولي إقليمي لفرنسا بتولي الملف اللبناني تعويضاً عن الخسائر الفرنسية والأوروبية المتلاحقة في بلدان الشرق الأوسط، وانطلاق هذا المسعى من منصة تفجير المرفأ.

كما في اغتيال الرئيس الحريري في تفجير المرفأ، ظهر صوت الاتهام الهادف للتوظيف السياسي أعلى من صوت البحث عن الحقيقة والسعي للعدالة. وفي الحالتين تمّ تطويق التحقيق القضائي وإغراقه بروايات وطلبات وأولويات وأحقاد وخطاب شعبويّ، وفي الحالتين محاولات لا تهدأ لحرف التحقيق المحلي عن السياق وصولا لطرح التحقيق الدولي القابل للتحكم والتوظيف بديلاً وحيداً. وفي الحالتين حجب دولي للمعلومات المفيدة عن التحقيق. وفي الحالتين ابتعاد عن الأسئلة الحقيقيّة حول المستفيد وصاحب المصلحة.

التحقيق التقني حول كيفية التفجير في الحالتين دخلت عليه الاجتهادات المبرمجة والموجهة، فكما صار الكل يومها خبراء متفجرات يتحدثون بالتفجير تحت الأرض وفوق الأرض، نسمع اليوم عن التلحيم مرة وعن تبخّر الكميات التي لم تتفجّر، بينما الجواب العلمي محجوب بضغوط خارجية تسعى لإعادة فتح الباب لتمرير استنتاجات تريد تحقيق أهداف سياسية، وليس من باب الصدفة فتح الباب لتمرير تقارير تشبه بالشكل والمضمون لعبة التسويق والتشويق مع بطل التزوير في التحقيق في لاغتيال الرئيس الحريري زهير الصديق، لروايات عن كيف وصلت النترات ولحساب مَن، بينما الملف القضائي لسفينة ترايدر، التي أوقفتها السلطات اليونانية وثبتت علاقتها بتنظيمات إرهابية معادية لسورية تريد استعمال لبنان كمنصة عبور، يكشف الكثير من الوقائع، التي يراد طمُسها وإغراقها بروايات جيمسبوندية تشبه روايات زهير الصديق، وبأدوات التسويق والتشويق ذاتها.

كما في اغتيال الرئيس الحريري في تفجير المرفأ، لا يزال الاستهداف للمقاومة حاضراً للتوظيف إن لم يكن حاضراً خلف الجريمة الأصلية، وفي الحالتين اللعبة الإعلامية ساحة رئيسية للاعبين، ولا يبدو التمويل المرصود للإعلام معزولاً عن مدى مشاركتها في هذه اللعبة، لكن اللبنانيين زادوا خبرة ولم يعُد ممكناً التلاعب بعقولهم بزعم مصداقية ما بث في قنوات إعلامية مرت باختبارات كشفت خلفياتها وأسقطت أقنعة الموضوعيّة عنها، والتكرار لم يعد ممكناً والناس في حال الذهول ذاته، والفبركات ومحاولات التلاعب، تبدو تحت المجهر هذه المرّة، وتبدو القوى المعنية بالمواجهة متحررة من لعبة الابتزاز التي فعلت فعلها في المرة الأولى.

استعمال الأدوات ذاتها يحقق النتائج ذاتها، وهم كبير. فالتعامل مع العقول تراكمي وما احتاج كشفه لسنوات في المرة الأولى يسقط خلال أيام في المرة الثانية.

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Dr Marwa Osman’s Press TV program, 13 January 2021

More War by Other Means: Sanctioning the Wife of Syria’s President Makes No Sense to Anyone

By Philip Giraldi, Ph.D.
Source: Strategic Culture

January 7, 2021

More sanctions, by all means. More grief and suffering and more people around the world wondering what exactly the United States is doing.

I am a recipient of regular, usual weekly, emails from the Department of the Treasury providing an “Update to OFAC’s list of Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) and Blocked Persons.” OFAC is the Office of Foreign Assets Control, which is tasked with both identifying and managing the financial punishments meted out to those individuals and groups that have been sanctioned by the United States government. A recent update, on November 10th, included “Non-Proliferation Designations; Iran-related Designations.” There were ten items on the list, names of Chinese and Iranian individuals and companies. Those who are “Specially Designated” on the list are subject to having their assets blocked if located in the United States and are also not allowed to engage in any financial transactions that go through U.S. banking channels. As many international banks respect U.S. Treasury “designations” lest they themselves be subjected to secondary sanctions that often means in effect that the individual or group cannot move money in a large part of the global financial marketplace.

The complete SDN list is hundreds of pages long. The Treasury Department defines and justifies OFAC’s mission “As part of its enforcement efforts, OFAC publishes a list of individuals and companies owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, targeted countries. It also lists individuals, groups, and entities, such as terrorists and narcotics traffickers designated under programs that are not country-specific. Collectively, such individuals and companies are called ‘Specially Designated Nationals’ or ‘SDNs.’ Their assets are blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them.”

In reality, of course, OFAC’s sanctions are highly political. They are clearly a form of economic warfare, particularly when entire sectors of a nation’s economy are blocked or a part of a government itself is listed as has been the case with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Force. Wave after wave of “maximum pressure” sanctions on Iran have made it difficult for the country to sell its only major marketable resource, oil, and it has been locked out of most normal financial networks, making it difficult or even impossible to buy food and medicines.

In many cases sanctions have no practical effect but are rather intended to send a message. There have been new sanctions directed against Moscow and Russian government officials have been sanctioned due to their alleged involvement in activities that the United States does not approve of. The sanctions are imposed even though those “specially designated” have no assets in the U.S. and do not engage in any international financial transactions that could be blocked or disrupted. In those cases, the federal government is sending a message to whomever has been sanctioned to warn them that they are being watched and their behavior has become a matter of record. It is basically a form of intimidation.

Whether sanctions actually work is debatable. The example of Cuba, which was sanctioned by the U.S. for nearly sixty years, would suggest not. Some would argue that on the contrary countries with totalitarian regimes would actually improve their behavior if their citizens could travel freely and welcome visitors, providing evidence that foreigners do not pose a threat justifying a police state.

Within the United States government, it is largely accepted that the most powerful advocate of the sanctions regime is Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, who has been the driving force behind recent sanctions directed against both China and Iran. If that is so he might well be challenged on one of the most bizarre and basically pointless applications of sanctions in recent years, targeting Asma the wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as well as her family that lives in London and are British citizens. Per Pompeo’s statement on the new sanctions “The Department of State today is imposing sanctions on Asma al-Assad, the wife of Bashar al-Assad, for impeding efforts to promote a political resolution of the Syrian conflict pursuant to Section 2(a)(i)(D) of Executive Order 13894… Asma al-Assad has spearheaded efforts on behalf of the regime to consolidate economic and political power, including by using her so-called charities and civil society organizations.”

But the real kicker is Pompeo’s condemnation of Asma, of Syrian origin but English born and raised, is how he involves her family. Her father-in-law Fawaz is a renowned cardiologist at Cromwell Hospital in South Kensington who was educated in England and has lived there for decades. “In addition, we are sanctioning several members of Asma al-Assad’s immediate family, including Fawaz Akhras, Sahar Otri Akhras, Firas al Akhras, and Eyad Akhras as per Section 2(a)(ii) of EO 13894. The Assad and Akhras families have accumulated their ill-gotten riches at the expense of the Syrian people through their control over an extensive, illicit network with links in Europe, the Gulf, and elsewhere.”

Inevitably, no evidence is provided to support any of the allegations about Asma al-Assad and her English family. Asma’s charities are for real in her war-torn country and she is highly respected and admired by those who know her and are not influenced by U.S. and Israeli propaganda.

In reality, the United States has been trying hard to overthrow the Syrian government since 2004 when the Syria Accountability Act was passed. Much of the heat in Congress behind the passage of the act was generated by the Israel Lobby, which wanted to weaken the regime and reduce its ability to represent a viable military force possibly capable of regaining the occupied Golan Heights. Be that as it may, the United States has been hostile to the country’s government and has frequently called for regime change. To bring that about, the U.S. supported al-Qaeda linked terrorist groups operating against Damascus and American soldiers continue to occupy Syrian oil fields in the southeast portion of the country. The Syrians have also been subjected to waves of sanctions that have done grave damage to their economy. American and Israeli concerns have sometimes been linked to the presence of Damascus’ allies Hezbollah and Iran, both of whom have military units based inside Syria, but the simple fact is that neither Iranians nor Lebanese in any way threaten the vastly superior American and Israeli forces present in the region.

One has to ask why, given the realpolitik playing out in the Middle East, Washington and Pompeo feel compelled to go after Asma al-Assad and her family, apparently to include absurdly blaming relatives living for many years outside of Syria for fueling the war. More sanctions, by all means. More grief and suffering and more people around the world wondering what exactly the United States is doing.

‘No. of Hezbollah’s precision missiles more than what Israel thinks’: Quds Force

January 7, 2021

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Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi, Deputy Commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, addresses Israeli speculations regarding Hezbollah’s game-changing precision-guided missiles.

Source: Al Mayadeen TV (You Tube)

Date: January 3, 2021(Important Note: Please help us keep producing independent translations for you by contributing as little as $1/month here: https://www.patreon.com/MiddleEastObserver?fan_landing=true)

Transcript:

– The Host:
With regards to a point that the Israeli occupation continuously talks about, and even further, (the Israelis) declare it as a ‘red line’ which that will not allow to be crossed by the other side (i.e. Hezbollah).

Particularly, (we’re referring here) to the precision-guided missiles. (The Israelis) accuse the IRGC, and they accuse the Quds Force, and allow me to say that they accuse you personally for having a role to play in this regard.

Should the Israelis really fear the (military) power of the resistance and its missiles?

– Brigadier General Mohammad Hejazi, the Deputy Commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC):

It would be sufficient (for you) to follow the reports and analyses of the Israeli experts so as to understand the level of the fear that they (the Israelis) have regarding this issue (i.e. Hezbollah’s precision-guided missile arsenal).

They declared (these concerns) time and again. In one (Israeli) analysis they said, “Every 200 precision-guided missiles equal thousands of non-precision missiles.” They made this claim.

And they (the Israelis) continuously declare that they will not allow this to happen, meaning the arrival of precision-guided (missiles) into Hezbollah’s hands. However, you (referring to the host, Ghassan Ben Jeddo) heard directly from Sayed Hassan Nasrallah that (these weapons) have indeed arrived and that they own these missiles (now).

And we know well that Sayed Hassan Nasrallah is an honest man that never speaks (falsely) for the (sake of) media (spectacle).

When he says that it (the precision missiles) is in our hands then this is certain, and its number is greater than what the (Israeli) enemy thinks.

Praise be to God, the resistance today has great capabilities, and if the enemy commits any foolishness, it will surely regret it.

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Sayyed Nasrallah’s Full Speech on 1st Martyrdom Anniversary of Gen. Soleimani & Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis

Sayyed Nasrallah’s Full Speech on 1st Martyrdom Anniversary of Gen. Soleimani & Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis

Trnaslated by Staff, Hezbollah Media Relations

Speech of Hezbollah’s Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on the first martyrdom anniversary of the two great leaders, Hajj Qassem Soleimani and Hajj Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.

I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan. In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Merciful. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, and prayers and peace be upon our Master and Prophet, the Seal of Prophets, Abi al-Qassem Muhammad Bin Abdullah and his good and pure household and his good and chosen companions and all the prophets and messengers.

Peace and Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon you all.

Before I delve into the occasion of the first annual anniversary of the martyrdom of the two dear leaders, Hajj Qassem Soleimani and Hajj Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis [Hajj Jamal Jaafar], and their martyred comrades, I would like to take a few minutes to discuss a few other events.

Firstly, the past few days marked the annual anniversary of the martyrdom of the great and truthful, Lady of the Women of the World, a piece of the Messenger of Allah [may Allah’s prayers and peace be upon him and his family], the wife of God’s guardian, and the Mother of Imams [peace be upon them] Sayyeda Fatima al-Zahraa, the daughter of the Messenger of God. Muslims are unanimous in their veneration, reverence, appreciation, and love for her as well as for her dignity and greatness. This is an occasion to offer condolences to her grandson, Sahib Al-‘asr Wa Al-zaman and all Muslims in the world.

Secondly, in the past few days, we lost a great scholar, a jurist, and a thinker in the fullest sense of the word. This comes at a time when the number of thinkers is declining. He was a great Islamic thinker, a  prominent connoisseur, one of Allah’s righteous friends, an educator and a teacher, a loyal wise man, and a steadfast mujahid on the path of truth and in supporting the causes of the nation in this era. I’m talking about His Eminence, the Grand Ayatollah Sheikh Muhammad Taqi Misbah Al-Yazdi [may God Almighty be pleased with him].

Also on this occasion, we extend our condolences to His Eminence, Imam Khamenei, our honorable religious authorities and Hawzas, and our Islamic nation, especially for members of his honorable and generous family, as well as all his students and loved ones. I ask God Almighty to have mercy on him and grant him a high rank.

In Lebanon, due to the coronavirus scourge, we lost a dear brother from the early generation. He was among the first groups and first founding leaders of Hezbollah’s march, brother Sayyed Abu Ayman Al-Mousawi [Sayyed Muhammad Abbas Al-Mousawi], may God have mercy on him. He was the companion of our martyr and leader, Sayyed Abbas Al-Mousawi [may God Almighty be pleased with him]. He among the forerunners of the Mujahideen believers working and sacrificing in the Beqaa region. He was among the founders of the Imam al-Mahdi [PBUH] Scouts Association in Lebanon. He was its first president or its first general commissioner. I also offer condolences to all his brothers and sisters and companions on this path, especially his honorable and noble family members. I ask God to have mercy on him and grant him a high rank.

We come to our occasion. One year ago, in the early hours of the morning much like this one, around the same time in January, this great and tragic incident took place. It was recorded in history and will remain immortal – its magnitude, greatness, the grievances, the blood that was shed, its repercussions, its effects, and its consequences for the entire region.

Today, I would like to talk about several points related to this occasion and the events that occurred between then and the first anniversary.

The first point is loyalty to the martyred leaders and those who were martyred with them. Of course, when we talk about the martyrs, we must once again at the beginning extend our condolences and congratulate the families of martyr commander Qassem Soleimani and the Iranian martyrs who were martyred with him:

  • Martyr Hussein Jaafari Nia, who for 20 years was one of our brothers, a friend, a beloved person, and a shadow to Hajj Qassem.
  • Martyr brother Shahroud Mozaffari Nia
  • Martyr brother Hadi Tarmi
  • Martyr brother Wahid Zamanian

I also offer condolences and congratulate the family of martyr commander Hajj Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Hajj Jamal Jaafar, and the Iraqi martyrs who were with him:

  • Martyr Muhammad Reda Al-Jabri
  • Martyr Muhammad al-Shaibani
  • Martyr Hassan Abdel-Hadi
  • Martyr Ali Haidar

May God Almighty be pleased with them all.

Loyalty to the martyred leaders.

Loyalty, as we all know, is a human and innate value because man is born with it. It is a moral value that does not need to be inferred. It is a religious value. This is God’s religion.

When a loyal person practices loyalty, it benefits him in this world and the hereafter. Those who you are loyal to may not need your loyalty. The martyrs, who have departed to their great world beside God Almighty, do not need our loyalty. But being loyal to our great people and martyrs, to those who made sacrifices in our nation, to our defenders, to those who were sincere in bearing our responsibility and our causes will benefit us and will benefit our people, our children, and grandchildren in this world and in the hereafter.

Today, loyalty is a duty to these two great leaders, particularly to commander Hajj Qassem Soleimani, for being in many arenas and for what they represent. How do we translate this loyalty?

First, we must not to negate their services and give them credit.

Second, we must acknowledge their services and give them credit. This means we should not be silent because it is possible that a person might not refute their services but does not acknowledge them and remains silent! Loyalty is to acknowledge their services and give them credit.

Third, we must remind them to the people, to the world, to our peoples, to our future generations, and to history. We must point out their sacrifices and their achievements. Being loyal means honoring these martyrs and respecting them, in various forms of honor and respect.

Another form of loyalty is to thank them publicly for what they offered and sacrificed. We must tell them thank you. We must thank Hajj Qassem Soleimani, the martyr commander. We must thank Hajj Abu Mahdi a-Muhandis. We must thank the martyrs. We must thank everyone who represents. We must thank these martyr leaders for the sacrifices they made for our peoples, countries, region, and causes. This gratitude is a duty. Look, God Almighty, who is in no need of us, our worship, and our thanksgiving, asks us to thank Him. He tells us that {If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor].} But if you deny, it’s a different matter.

Being thankful, being thankful for the blessings and for the services has very great effects even in this world. It is true that whoever stands by you is doing his duty. But when you thank him and when he finds you to be loyal to him, sincere with him, and acknowledging his services, his enthusiasm, courage, seriousness, and drive to help you, to support you, to defend you, and to stand beside you will be greater. This is human nature.

Thus, we must have this type of loyalty. Of course, there are other requirements for loyalty that I will not talk about now because there are people who cannot bear them.

From the first hour of this grave historical event, the martyrdom of these great figures, until today, the first annual anniversary, we have witnessed great and important manifestations of loyalty. For example, since the very first hours, there was great and massive public interaction in the Islamic Republic of Iran with the incident. People rushed to the squares in many governorates and cities, especially in the provincial centers. Also, the same took place when the bodies of the martyrs were brought and during the funeral procession. It was a historic funeral procession. A person can say it was the greatest funeral procession in human history. And if he wanted to be on the safe side, he’d say perhaps the greatest. You can examine this if you want.

This is an expression of loyalty. Since day one, Hajj Qassem was being mentioned by the Iranians – young and old, in all areas and provinces, the state, the regime, the officials, of course His Eminence the Leader, the Iranian people, the scholars, the religious authorities.

There were very diverse and various forms of honoring him and showing respect and appreciation, from that time until today. The Islamic Republic and in the words of His Eminence Imam Khamenei declared Hajj Qassem Soleimani a national hero in Iran. This was an official announcement. In Iran, a country with an ancient and prolonged civilization, the title of a national hero means a lot. Some Arab countries might consider it a slogan but not in Iran no. It has a different meaning.

In any case, what we have seen so far is an elevated expression of loyalty, love, affection, gratitude, remembrance, and recognition of merit. During all the interviews in which Iranians were asked, they would say that we do this to recognize what Hajj Qassem Soleimani offered to the Islamic Republic of Iran. That’s it.

Of course, this is a lesson for all of us on how to deal with our martyrs and our martyred leaders, how to honor them, how to respect them, how to praise them, how to glorify them, how to give them credit, and how not to be divided over them.

We have also witnessed this matter in Iraq, where this pure blood was shed and this heinous crime was committed,  in Yemen, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Bahrain, Pakistan, India, Turkey, in many Islamic countries, in many non-Muslim countries, in Venezuela, and in other capital cities in the world.

The main topic of my talk in this section is Lebanon. We have to remember, recognize, thank, and appreciate those who stood with us since the first day of the “Israeli” invasion of Lebanon in 1982. Here, I will respond to some of the atmospheres and climates in Lebanon, and it is useful to mention them. We all remember that stage. “Israel” and the “Israeli” occupation army invaded Lebanese territory. There was a threat to occupy all Lebanese lands and target Damascus. Iran was preoccupied with a war imposed on it by Saddam Hussein’s regime and all the tyrants of the world and the region baking him.

Nevertheless, Imam Khomeini did not leave Lebanon or Syria. If we are to talk about interests, Iran’s interest was for its leaders, soldiers, and weapons to remain on the front to defend it. It was isolated and besieged by the whole world, yet it did not leave Lebanon or Syria.

Imam Khomeini sent a very high-ranking delegation of military commanders from the Guards Corps and the army to Damascus. They met with Syrian officials. After that, he also sent forces. However, it later became clear that “Israeli” advances stopped at the established borders, i.e. the western Beqaa, Mount Lebanon, and the areas it controlled in 1982. The rest of Lebanon was not threatened.

The conventional warfare stopped. Syria was not the subject of an invasion. So, the next stage was a stage of resistance. Some Iranian forces, specifically belonging to the Guards Corps, stayed behind to help the Lebanese, train and provide them with support to resist the occupation. Since 1982, Iran and Syria were the most important supporter of the resistance in Lebanon.

So when I’m asking the Lebanese people and when we’re talking about loyalty, being grateful, and giving credit to others, I am asking them who has been helping Lebanon liberate its lands since 1982. You tell me certain Arab state provided financial aid and helped rebuild. In recent years, they also provided huge sums of money to some Lebanese, not for Lebanon but for these Lebanese to fight the resistance, conspire against it, and besiege it. This is another research. Who stood by the Lebanese people, protected them, and defended them via diplomacy, politics, in the media, in international forums? Who gave them weapons and capabilities, set up training camps for them, trained them, and financed them until the liberation of the 2000 was achieved? It is very natural for those who were saddened, bothered, and hurt by the 2000 liberation not too feel gratitude. After 2000 and until today, the resistance, within the golden equation, is the one protecting Lebanon against the “Israeli” enemy. The resistance is the one that protects Lebanon. It is the one helping Lebanon to preserve its rights and sovereignty. We must admit this.

Allow me here to say a couple of words since it comes in this context. Yesterday, one of the dear brothers in Iran, Brother Brigadier General Hajj Zadeh, read a statement. The Lebanese media took the statement and distorted it. This is because there are people in Lebanon whose political presence is based on forgery and distortion.

The headline reads: Iranian Revolutionary Guards: Lebanon and Gaza’s missiles are support from us and are our first line in confronting “Israel”.

As for the actual news which was written in Arabic – we have not reached the text in Farsi yet – it reads: All the missile capabilities that Gaza and Lebanon possess are supported provided by Iran, and they are the first line in confronting “Israel”.

Nowhere does it say our first line in confronting “Israel”. There was no mention of Iran’s first line of defense in confronting “Israel”. Iran gave missiles to Gaza and Lebanon to make it possible for the people of Gaza and Lebanon to defend themselves.

But you are a group of weak people who distort news without making sure first and adding to the words of any Iranian official just for the sake of a media scoop.

And one of the graces of God is {perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you.} There are people who have been absent for a long time. We haven’t heard from or made any statements. In the two days, they came out to respond to the aforementioned statement.

In the same statement, [Hajj Zadeh] says that we support and stand by all the people who ae confronting the occupation. This is an order from the Supreme Leader. What is wrong about this talk?

Yes, we also say that the Islamic Republic is the one that supports us with weapons and missiles. We also say that we are a front, and Gaza is a front. Gaza has been a front since 1948. Lebanon has been a front since 1948. But since 1948, Lebanon has been a front that was being killed and insulted. Its sovereignty was being violated. Gendarmes were arrested from their outposts in border villages. Massacres were committed in border villages. Lebanon’s airspace as well as territory and waters were violated. But today, it is a different front.

And I tell these people, if Lebanon is strong today and if there is anyone in the world asking about Lebanon or sees Lebanon on the map, or if anyone in America and Europe are asking about Lebanon, it is thanks to this resistance and these missiles. Full stop.

We all know – God willing, I will talk about this issue at a later time –what the value of Lebanon and the people of Lebanon is to the global and regional countries. I also want to tell them that if there was hope for Lebanon to have some money, it would be from the oil and gas. And if someone gave Lebanon the opportunity to extract gas and oil, especially from the rich blocs in the south, it is thanks to the resistance, its missiles, and its weapons – missiles that Iran and Syria gave to the resistance.

Therefore, I would also like to add and say that all Iranian support for the resistance in Lebanon is unconditional. All the battles that the resistance fought in Lebanon from 1982 until today were for the sake of liberating Lebanon and the Lebanese prisoners and defending Lebanon’s land, waters, and sovereignty. It will remain like so. I can also add that perhaps one of the most important and most independent resistance in the history of mankind in terms of its decisions is this resistance that exists today in Lebanon. So, do not tire yourselves a lot. This will suffice for you.

In any case, when we come to loyalty, it is our duty in Lebanon. That is why it is very natural that we mark this occasion and celebrate it, name some of our streets, squares, natural reserves, and some institutions after Hajj Qassem Soleimani or Hajj Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Some people believe that we are overdoing it. In the past when we wanted to name a street after Hajj Imad Mughniyeh, Sayyed Mustafa Badreddine, or Sayyed Abbas al-Mousawi, some people got sensitive about the topic. Why?

Any people who respect themselves, have a civilization, have a culture, and have values deal with their martyrs this way. This is how they deal with people who served them, who were on their side, and supported them. This is also a form of loyalty – from a moral standpoint, I enter into the political topic. Being loyal is also not equating a friend to an enemy, or at the very least, those who left us behind and abandoned us – that is if we do not want to refer to them as enemies. In other words, there are three types of people. There is the enemy, a conspirator and a partner in shedding our blood, occupying our lands, and violating our sanctities. The second type is not the enemy, but they might leave you behind, abandon you, and not offer a helping hand or even a word. Then, there is the third type. These people help you, support you, stand by your side, defend you, put themselves in harm’s way, and offer martyrs. We must not treat these three types of people equally. Neither reason nor morals nor religion accept that, right? Neither human instinct nor logic accept this as well.

We in Lebanon cannot equate between those who supported us with their position, money, and weapons; were martyred with us; lived the hardship with us; helped us liberate our land and free our captives; and made us into a deterrent force in the face of the enemy and those who conspired against Lebanon in 1982 – all these were revealed in documents – supported the “Israeli” enemy during all the years of the occupation, did not provide any assistance to Lebanon, and urged the “Israelis” to continue the July war until the resistance is crushed, even though “Israel” was exhausted by the war and wanted to stop it.

We cannot consider those who were happy for our victory in the July war equal to those who were saddened by our victory. Today, too, we cannot consider those who stand by Lebanon and the strength of Lebanon to regain its oil and gas, protect its land and sky, and face any future dangers or threats equal to those who conspire against Lebanon, besiege it, and prevent it from getting aid.

Likewise in Palestine. The Palestinian resistance factions and the Palestinian people cannot consider those who are providing them with money, weapons, expertise, technology, and training and those who are standing with them in the media, politically, publicly, and diplomatically at every level and bearing the consequences of this position equal to those who are conspiring with the Americans and the “Israelis” against Palestine, its people, and its sanctities as well as the Palestinian refugees in the world, preventing aid from reaching the Palestinian people, besieging and arresting people who are collect aid or donating money to the Palestinian people, let alone those giving them weapons. It is natural that we find loyalty from the Palestinian resistance factions and the Palestinian people towards Hajj Qassem and the Islamic Republic in Iran.

Syria cannot equate between those who were partners, supporters, and financiers of the global war against it, aimed at crushing, destroying, and dividing it and allowing the takfiris to govern it and those who stood by Syria, supported it with money and weapons, men and martyrs, and spent their youth in its squares and fields, such as Hajj Qassem Soleimani and his brothers.

The Iraqis cannot consider those who occupied their lands, destroyed Iraq, committed grave massacres, caused all these disasters, supported all the takfiri groups, sent thousands of suicide bombers and thousands of car bombs to Iraq, provided money and weapons to Takfiri terrorist organizations for many years equal to those who sacrificed their selves, soul, brothers, money, and weapons to stand by the Iraqis, defend them, help them liberate their land from the occupation, help them get rid of Daesh and the Takfiri groups that were destroying and burning Iraq, looting, killing, and committing massacres and sedition. They cannot equate between them.

This is also the case when we talk about Afghanistan, Yemen, and other countries. Hence, being loyal also requires that we not equate between these types of people, to know our friends from our enemies from our opponents, and to distinguish between who is just and who is negligent. Loyalty is also one of the conditions of victory. God Almighty threatened to take away blessings from those who disbelieve in them. And for those who are grateful, their blessings will be increased. God will increase their blessings. Loyalty is one of the conditions for victory. It is one of the conditions for perseverance, survival, and steadfastness.

Thus, this is the first topic. Still in this topic, I can say today: Yes, our axis, our nation, our peoples, the resistance movements, their parties, the states, and everyone concerned in this battle regionally expressed their sincerity, loyalty, position, gratitude, recognition, glorification, honor and appreciation to these two great martyr leaders in a proportionate and different manner. And we must continue this. This should not end with the end of the first anniversary. Today, Hajj Qassem, Hajj Abu Mahdi, and all the martyrs are torches. They are suns and moons that illuminate the path for us, and this lighting and guidance must continue.

Second point:

The second point that I want to talk about in this commemoration is the impact of this incident from the beginning until today. This incident was strongly present all year long – in the sentiments, emotions, as well as in the political, security, and military equations. As we speak, there is great concern in the region, in the Gulf region and in Iraq and in our region. Yesterday, the “Israelis” announced that they had raised the level of alert and reserve in their army to the highest levels. All this because of the anniversary of the assassination of martyr Hajj Qassem Soleimani and martyr Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. This incident imposed itself. And today, the region is in a state of grave tension. Let us not hide behind our finger. We do not know where any incident might drag the region to. The Americans, at the very least, are in a state of fear and worry and are waiting. This is what they are saying.

The brothers in Iran also assume that Trump may prepare something before his departure on January 20. The entire region is in a state of caution and attention. This is as a result of the impact of this incident. This incident cannot be overlooked. And I tell you, this incident will always have a strong impact. Here, I would also like to refer to a very important point because some people here in Lebanon and abroad think in a wrong way. For example, when it comes to the response to the martyrdom of Hajj Qassem Soleimani, some assume that Iran will depend on its proxies as they call them, on its friends, or on its loved ones.    

Iran does not ask its proxies, its friends, or its loved ones for anything, and it has never asked them for anything. When Iran decides to respond militarily as it did in Ain al-Assad, it will respond militarily. When it responds on the security level, it will be in accordance with the nature of the incident.

The assassination of the great nuclear scientist, martyr Dr. Fakhrizadeh was a security operation. If Iran wanted to respond militarily, it would have done so from the beginning or in the first few days, as it responded at Ain Al-Assad base after the martyrdom of Hajj Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis. If Iran’s friends, who are loyal to the Islamic Republic of Iran and to the martyrs, took the initiative to respond, it is their business and decision. But what I want the enemies, the friends, and the analysts to know so they do not misanalyse is that Iran is not weak. Iran is strong when it wants to respond militarily and at the security level at the appropriate time, place, and manner.

Some people in Lebanon and the region measure Iran in terms of some of its regional friends. Iran is not like that. Here, I am talking to some of the Lebanese as well. When your master, Trump, talks about some of your regional friends, he says they have nothing but money and that “King, we’re protecting you. You might not be there for two weeks without us.” “If we were not defending you, you’d be speaking Farsi in three weeks.”

These are your friends. This is why they need America and others, like the Takfiri groups, and need to finance gangs and mercenaries so that they can defend them, their borders, and even their regimes.

As for Iran, it is strong and does not even need its friends and allies. Let this matter remain clearly present in the minds of everyone who wants to analyze, comment, or approach events of this kind.

Third point:

Also during this commemoration, I want to emphasize that the axis of resistance was able to absorb this big blow. We admit that the blow was very grave and the loss was very great, but the axis was able to absorb it. The Americans, those who helped them, and those who instigated them assumed that when we kill Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the situation in Iraq will turn in their favor and the axis of resistance will collapse. Hajj Qassem represented the wise, courageous, serious, and persevering link, a link that binds the countries, forces, and movements of the axis of resistance. Hence, if we kill this man, the link will be broken.

All this has been addressed and absorbed. Based on our culture, belonging, and history, we know how to turn threats into opportunities. We also know how to transform blood that was unjustly shed into a strong drive to persevere, be steadfast, remain on the path, and be more responsible. They thought that shedding that blood will lead to frustration, despair, carelessness, weakness, withdrawal, or retreat. That is why in the context of this battle, I want the Americans, the “Israelis”, everyone belonging to their axis, and those who kill our leaders and conspire to assassinate our leaders, scholars, elites, or kill our mujahideen, our people, our men and women to know two things very well.

Imam Khomeini used to say, “Kill us; our nation will become more awaken.” Sayyed Abbas used to repeat this phrase: “When you kill us, our people will become more aware.” Look at how Hezbollah in Lebanon was before Sayyed Abbas was martyred. What did it become after his martyrdom? What moral, intellectual, spiritual, and voluntary status and strength did the blood and martyrdom of Sayyed Abbas give to this march? It is the same thing when we talk about the martyrs.

The other thing I wanted to add is when you kill our leaders, we become more adamant, hardened, and more committed to the truth, and our sense of responsibility increases. We’ve lost these great people on this path. How can we abandon it?

Therefore, whoever is betting that murders, assassinations, wars, car bombs, sieges, and sanctions will weaken our will, determination, and resolve is weak. I will later conclude with the sanctions.

Fourth point:

If Iran declared Hajj Qassem Soleimani a national hero in Iran, we are presenting him as a global hero, a global symbol, a world title, and a symbol of sacrifice, redemption, and loyalty that defends the weak and the oppressed, whether they were Muslims or not.

In every battle and in his entire life, Hajj Qassem Soleimani not only defended the Shiites, but he also defended the Sunnis, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Christians, Muslims, the followers of other religions and denominations, Venezuela, and any country or people that could be besieged, weakened, or conspired against. He was present in the squares. These various and great traits that exist in the personality of this leader qualify him to be a global symbol and hero, to be emulated by all the resistance and mujahideen of this world.

There are also great symbols alongside him. In Iraq, there is Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Hajj Imad Mughniyeh and Sayyed Mustafa Badreddine in Lebanon and Syria. There are also martyr leaders in Palestine, Yemen, and other arenas. These are symbols and patriotic and national heroes in their country and their nation. But Hajj Qassem Soleimani leads because he was present in all these squares, present strongly and effectively in all of these squares. That is why he must be rightfully introduced. We are not exaggerating or make a legend out of him or anything. Until this moment, I tell you, what has been revealed about Hajj Qassem Soleimani, about the nature of this figure, about his jihad, his watchfulness and his sacrifices, about his achievements as well as the achievement of all the brothers who worked with him in all arenas, have so far been little. There are things that cannot be revealed since the time to talk about them is not appropriate. But they will be revealed later.

In any case, on the first anniversary, I also call for taking this position, dealing with this name, this scene, this image, and this symbolism at this international and global level.

Fifth point:

The last point that I would like to point to is regarding the future, continuing the path. This incident has repercussions. It has very important implications and effects:

1- Expelling America out of the region: This slogan would not have become a slogan and a declared and serious goal that all the peoples of the region should work if it were not for this historical incident and its magnitude. The Americans created Daesh. Trump talked about Hillary Clinton and Obama, but he did not continue. This means the CIA and the Pentagon, i.e. all the Americans. In other words, the Obama administration created Daesh.

By the way, I remember a funny thing when Daesh appeared. Some Gulf newspapers and this black room in the Gulf worked on a group of magazines and articles published by some media outlets, reporting that a meeting took place on the Iranian-Afghan border with three people attending it – myself, the poor servant, Hajj Qassem Soleimani, and Osama Bin Laden – and made the decision to form Daesh. Take a look at the level of emptiness, stupidity, and shallowness of the media in the other axis.

In any case, when Trump said the Americans created Daesh, they created it for objectives related to Syria, Iraq, and the whole region. A senior American general admitted that they created Daesh. This can be found on social media, and the boys always acquire them. Even Clinton herself admit it. But now, I remember this specifically. He is a retired American major general or lieutenant general – God knows. He was a military commander of NATO. He said we can only fight Hezbollah with Daesh. We created Daesh to fight Hezbollah. Daesh was created so that the American army would return to Iraq and occupation would return to Iraq, but in a different way.

This incident, this assassination pushed the Iraqi people to take to the street. One of the largest demonstrations in the history of the Iraqi people came out following the assassination. It demanded the withdrawal of the American forces. Then, there was the very important decision taken by the Iraqi parliament that is following up on its implementation with the Iraqi government. the talk now is that the Americans will withdraw within a year or two. The Americans promised to withdraw in three years. This is a detail that concerns the Iraqis themselves. But the incident put the US forces on the path out of Iraq, and this is being pursued by the Iraqis themselves with all the means they see fit. So, this is a goal, which is related to the next phase.

2- Just retribution: Imam Khamenei clearly and specifically defined the circle of the killers of martyred commanders Hajj Soleimani and Haji Abu Mahdi – those who ordered and those who carried out the assassination. It is true that, first and foremost, it’s the responsibility of the Iranians to avenge Hajj Qassem and a primary responsibility of the Iraqis to avenge Hajj Abu Mahdi. But I want to repeat what I said a few days ago via Al-Mayadeen. This is also the responsibility of every free, honorable, resistance fighter, and loyal person on the planet to be a partner in enforcing this punishment.

3- To continue to defend the states, peoples, and movements of the resistance against all the threats that may arise. We are witnessing a revival of some of these takfiri groups, in Iraq and Syria. Recently, there were dangerous operations carried out by Daesh.

4- Palestine, Al-Quds, and the holy sites. It is our natural right to continue to stand by this dear and generous people.

This is the path, and this axis will continue on this path and this battle. Of course, every person should follow it in accordance with what is appropriate for his country, taking into account the group of national interests. We did that and we still do. This axis is managed by its leaders in different countries with reason, wisdom, and understanding of the circumstances of each other in an accurate and responsible manner, not as some imagine. Had it not been for this situation in the leadership of the axis, all these victories and achievements would not have been accomplished. The defeats that befell the other anxious and dilapidated projects  would not have been possible. We have a horizon, but the others don’t. It is through logic, evidence, proof, and argument and not through pretense and slogan, and giving empty morale. Absolutely not.

This is all I’m going to talk about regarding the first martyrdom anniversary of the two great martyr commanders. With regard to the Lebanese file, I felt that if I were to speak at length, it will take more time. Since I wanted to conclude before seven o’clock, I will, God willing, speak in a few days. We’ll see maybe Thursday or Friday, so there’s a break between the two speeches. It will be a speech solely on Lebanese issues. There are several topics that I’d like to talk about, including the government, the developments and the investigation regarding the port, the Americans interfering in the issue of the port, judicial developments regarding this matter, the living and social situation. I have something to say about the Al-Qard Al-Hasan Association. According to our data, the Americans paid some television stations hundreds of thousands of dollars to only report on the Al-Qard Al-Hassan Association. Since Al-Qard Al-Hassan Association has become the subject of official, political, and media attention, I’d like to talk about this topic. I will also talk about the banks, the depositors, the sanctions, and the political choices. Now we are hearing about political and economic choices. So, God willing, my next talk will be purely about the Lebanese file. Now the demarcation of the border and the situation with the “Israeli” enemy, the resistance, oil and gas, in any case, we have talked today and we have spoken several days ago. But God willing, I will focus on these topics.

I would like to conclude by advising those who are thinking about imposing a siege and sanctions. I asked the brothers here to give me a list. They provided me with a long list that dates back to last year and the year before. In the past few months, in particular, the Trump administration has been working on luring countries to normalize [ties with “Israel”] and others to place Hezbollah on the terror and sanctions lists. The Americans worked on this. There were even countries that we never heard of or countries that are of no value to us, like Slovenia. I don’t want to underestimate any country. But if you asked the Lebanese people, what is Slovenia? Some might say it’s the name of a ship, an island, a hotel. With all due respect to this state, this is the reality. For example, there are small countries in far away corners of the world that no one has heard of and no one knows anything about declaring that they have placed Hezbollah on the terror list. Of course, how do we know about this? From the Americans.

Pompeo would call them and thank them. Good job. God bless you.  So, what’s the story? They placed Hezbollah on the terror list. Of course, they know this does nothing. Its goal is psychological – to make the Lebanese people or Hezbollah feel besieged, that the world is besieging it and rejecting it, the world is placing it on the terror list. This is part of the subjugation battle.

I want to end on a moral note. In our culture, we believe in God Almighty and that the realm of the heavens and earth and everything is in the hand of God Almighty. And we consider that we are doing our taklif [religious obligation]. As His servants, we worship Him. We worship Him during prayers and in jihad. When we obey Him and worship Him, we become His soldiers. When we become His soldiers, we become among His soldiers in this existence and in this universe.

{And none knows the soldiers of your Lord except Him.}

Even if you besieged us in a small plot of land, we are the ones to feel it. Just for you to know who you are fighting and besieging. We do not feel that we are trapped. We have the land, the mountains, the valleys, the dirt, the rivers, the seas, the oceans, the clouds, the wind, the sun, the moon, the stars, the seven heavens, the angels, and what He has created from what we know and what we do not know all on our side. We feel that you are the ones that are trapped. America and its greatness are trapped. Our enemies are all trapped. We are not besieged. He who believes in God cannot feel surrounded even if all the landscape closed down on him.

You are fighting a failed battle that will not lead to any results. Killing us will only increase our awareness, persistence, and determination.  Besieging us will only increase our confidence, dependence, and connection to the true source of strength that creates victory. {And victory is not but from Allah.}

Peace, and God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.

Gen. Suleimani Had Special Relation with Imad Mughniyeh’s Family: Untold Stories النجوى الأخيرة لآل مغنية: وكأنّي ذاهب إلى مقتلي

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 January 6, 2021

Suleimani Jihad Mughniyeh
Martyrs Gen. Qassem Suleimani and Jihad Mughniyeh (photo by Al-Akhbar news paper).

Just two days before his assassination on January 3 last year, Lt Gen. Qassem Suleimani visited Lebanon and spent time with the family of top Hezbollah commander martyr Imad Mughniyeh and Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah.

At dinner, Mughniyeh family told the Iranian general that it had been a long time since his last visit. Gen. Suleimani replied by saying that in the coming period they would go to Iran to meet him due to security concers, Qassem Qassem reports in an article published by Lebanese Daily Al-Akhbar on the first martyrdom anniversary of the Iranian general.

Gen. Suleimani was so calm, all who was present at that unexpected visit described it as strange. “Suleimani was not a normal man to Mughniyeh family, whose house was just like his own house. Throughout long years, Suleimani prayed, ate and wept there. He shared the family’s sorrow and joy,” Qassem says.

Suleimani, Mughniyeh Faced Death Together

The relation between Suleimani and Mughniyeh family started in 1998 when he was tapped to be the commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force. Since that year, Suleimani constantly went to the house f Hezbollah’s military commander Imad Mughniyeh who was assassinated by Israeli Mossad in Damascus on February 12, 2008, according to the Al-Akhbar’s article.

The relation between the two commanders became closer after they repeatedly face death together, Qassem says. One of that incidents took place in July War in 2006. At that night, and due to intensified Israeli bombing of Lebanon, Mughniyeh and Suleimani (along with his associate) moved for another place. While moving, Suleimani pulled Mughniyeh by his shoulder addressing him: “Stay back, I will secure the road. You have to stay alive.”

Qassem narrates another incident when Suleimani and Mughniyeh, known for his nom du guerre (Haj Rudwan), noticed a suspected car on their way from Qom to Tehran.  As they changed their way, Mughniyeh’s facial expressions had never changed, the Beirut-based Palestinian journalist cites a story told by Suleimani himself about that incident.

Just few minutes before Mughniyeh’s martyrdom in 2008, Suleimani was accompanying the Hezbollah commander, Qassem cites a report by Ronen Bergman, Israeli investigative journalist. Following the assassination, Suleimani became a member of Mughniyeh family. He got the nickname of “Amo”, which means uncle, and kept on following up their issues. His house in Iran also became a destination for Mughniyeh family, Qassem says.

Relation with Jihad Mughniyeh

Jihad Mughniyeh, Haj Rudwan’s son, had a special relation with Suleimani, Qassem says. During the Syrian war, Jihad worked among the ranks of the Resistance fighters in the occupied Golan. Few days before his martyrdom by an Israeli strike on Golan’s Quneitra in January 2015, Suleimani and Jihad Mughniyeh attended a meeting for the Resistance in Syria. Qassem quotes one of the meeting attendees as saying that Jihad asked Suleimani to go on a mission to the occupied Golan.

“Unlike previous meetings, Gen Suleimani authorized the mission of Jihad who was extremely charming to the extent that no one could say ‘no’,” Qassem quotes the Resistance fighter who attended that meeting in Syria as saying.

After Jihad’s martyrdom, Suleimani headed for the house of Mughniyeh family. He offered Hajjeh Amina Slameh, Imad Mughniyeh’s mother and Jihad’s grandmother, condolences. The Iranian general spent that night at Jihad’s room weeping and calling Allah to grant him martyrdom just like that of Imad and Jihad Mughniyeh, according to Al-Akhbar’s Qassem.

The Last Visit

Going back to Suleimani’s visit to Mughniyeh family two days before his martyrdom last year, Qassem narrates what happened by saying: “Unlike previous visits, Suleimani did not care for time. It was a special night when he stayed long at the house of Mughniyeh family’s house in Beirut’s southern suburb (Dahiyeh). He told them that he was heading for Iraq. They asked him to refrain from going there. But he replied by saying that he was going by his official capacity and that it was ‘illogical’ that he would be assassinated. However, with the presence of a man like Donald Trump at the White House, there is no place for logic. Then, Suleimani headed to visit Sayyed Nasrallah. After meeting Hezbollah secretary general, Suleimani received a phone call from Fatima Mughniyeh, daughter of Imad and sister of Jihad. During that phone call, Fatima reiterated her call on Suleimani to change his mind and cancel Iraq visit. He replied by saying that the weather was nice and that the moon was shining, using the term: ‘It seems that I’m heading to death’.”

“After midnight on Thursday, January 2, 2020, US fighter jets assassinated Gen. Suleimani near Baghdad International Airport. “Amo” was martyred in the same way as Imad and Jihad Mughniyeh were martyred. The news took Mughniyeh family back to February 12, 2008, the day when the top Hezbollah commander was martyred. Yes, according to that family the loss was the same,” Qassem concludes his article at Al-Akhbar.

Translated and edited by Marwa Haidar

Source: Al-Akhbar Newspaper

 قاسم س. قاسم الإثنين 4 كانون الثاني 2021

قبل اغتياله بـ72 ساعة، كان قائد «قوّة القدس»، الشهيد قاسم سليماني، في لبنان. أمضى وقته في زيارة لعائلة الشهيد عماد مغنية، والأمين العام لـ «حزب الله»، السيد حسن نصرالله. زيارة أتت بعد فترة من الانقطاع افتقدت في خلالها عائلة مغنية حضوره بينها. يوم الثلاثاء، أي قَبل اغتياله بيومين، طُرق باب البيت. كانت المفاجأة أن «عمّو»، كما يناديه أبناء الشهيد عماد، هو الطارق. وكلمة «عمّو»، في الثقافة الشعبية الإيرانية، مقرونة بالروح دائماً، وهي تعني أن الشخص المنادى بها ينوب عن الأب في غيابه.

ترك استشهاد جهاد أثره على الحاج قاسم، فكان يطلب ممَّن يلتقيهم أن يدعوا له بأن يستشهد بالطريقة نفسها (الأخبار)

على العشاء، قيل له إن غيبته طالت هذه المرّة. أجاب العائلة بأنها، في الفترة المقبلة، ستضطرّ للمجيء إلى إيران لرؤيته، ذلك أن وضعه الأمني لم يعد يسمح له بالتحرّك كثيراً، خصوصاً بعد اكتشاف الخلية التي حاولت اغتياله في مدينة كرمان في تشرين الأول/ أكتوبر 2019. كان سليماني هادئاً جداً. مَن حَضَر الزيارة يصفها بالغريبة. مجرّد مجيئه بدا مفاجئاً، إذ لم يكن متوقّعاً قبل رأس السنة. كعادته، أدّى واجب الصلاة، إلّا أن العائلة، وللمرّة الأولى، صلّت خلفه، واحتفظت من بعدها بسجادة صلاته وسجدته وسُبحته، وهو ما لم يحدث سابقاً أيضاً في مئات المرّات التي صلّى فيها الحاج في بيت آل مغنية. بعد استشهاده، وجدت العائلة تفسيراً لهذا كلّه.

لم يكن سليماني رجلاً عادياً في حياة عائلة مغنية. كان البيت بيته. صلّى وأكل وبكى فيه. عاش مع العائلة أفراحها وأتراحها. هذه العلاقة بين العائلتين بدأت قبل التحرير عام 2000، وتحديداً في عام 1998، عندما تسلّم سليماني قيادة «قوّة القدس»، ومغنية القيادة العسكرية لـ«حزب الله» في لبنان. خلال تلك السنوات، تردّد سليماني إلى منزل «الحاج رضوان». وقتها، كانت العائلة تسمع باسمه، لكنّها لم تكن تعرف مَن يكون. ما كان مؤكداً، أنه صديق عماد مغنية. توطّدت العلاقة بينهما، وأصبحا أقرب بعدما واجها الموت مرّات عدّة في خلال حرب تموز. في إحدى ليالي الحرب، اشتدّ القصف الإسرائيلي وانقطعت الكهرباء عن المنطقة حيث البيت الآمن الذي يحتضن مغنية وزوجته الحاجة سعدى بدر الدين وسليماني ومرافقهما. ارتأى الرجلان المغادرة. امتشقا والمرافق رشاشاتهم، ونزلوا على الدرج المعتم. تقدّمهم مغنية وخلفه سليماني والمرافق وراءهما. لدى وصولهم إلى مدخل المبنى، شدّ سليماني مغنية من كتفه، وقال له: «أنا سأؤمّن لك الطريق، عليك أن تبقى حياً».

في إحدى المرّات، يروي سليماني أنه كان في السيارة مع مغنية متجهَين من قمّ إلى طهران. على الطريق، اشتبه الأخير بسيّارة تلاحقهما، وشعرا بأنهما مهدَّدان بالقتل، فاتّجها صوب الصحراء، وقاد الأول لكيلومترات عدّة قبل العودة إلى الطريق الرئيس. يقول سليماني إن مغنية كان هادئاً جداً: «لم تتغيّر ملامحه أبداً، لا عندما اعتقدنا أننا معرّضان للموت، ولا عندما أصبحنا بأمان». في عام 2008، استُشهد مغنية في تفجير بالقرب من سيّارته. بحسب الكاتب الإسرائيلي، رونين بيرغمان، فإن سليماني كان معه قبل استشهاده بدقائق. وبعد استشهاده، تمنّى الحاج قاسم، الذي سيصبح جزءاً من العائلة، أن يحظى بالشهادة نفسها. لم يعد صديق «الحاج رضوان»، بل أصبح «عمّو» وناب عنه. حرص على متابعة شؤون العائلة، وفي إيران أصبحت الأخيرة جزءاً من عائلة سليماني، وبيته أصبح وجهتها.

في تلك الليلة، قبل استشهاده بـ48 ساعة، طلبت عائلة مغنية من سليماني عدم التوجّه إلى العراق


خلال الحرب السورية، عمل الشهيد جهاد عماد مغنية في الجولان السوري المحتلّ. كثر لم يعرفوا طبيعة عمله. قبل استشهاده بأيّام، التقى جهاد بسليماني، وأطلعه على عمله وما أنجزه، واستأذنه للتوجّه إلى هناك. في العادة، كان يرفض طلبه. لكن في تلك الجلسة، وافق وأذِن له بالذهاب. يقول أحد الذين حضروا اللقاء إن «جهاد سَحَر الحاضرين، ولم نتمكّن من أن نقول له لا على شيء». بعد استشهاد جهاد في قصف إسرائيلي استهدف سيّارته في القنيطرة عام 2015، توجّه سليماني إلى منزل جدّة الشهيد في منطقة الغبيري. بمجرّد دخوله البيت، لم يتمالك نفسه، حتّى إنه أمضى ليلته تلك في غرفة جهاد. جلس على أرضها وبكى. ترك استشهاده أثره على الحاج قاسم، فكان يطلب ممَّن يلتقيهم أن يدعوا له بأن يستشهد بالطريقة نفسها التي استُشهد بها عماد وجهاد مغنية، وهو ما نقلته زينب، ابنة القيادي في «حرس الثورة»، الشهيد حسين محرابي، عندما زار سليماني بيتها في مشهد. تروي عن لسانه: «الحاج عماد وجهاد نالا شهادة مميّزة. استشهدا في السيارة، أي أنّ أحداً لم يكن يجرؤ على مواجهتهما… الشهيد جهاد مغنية، أطلقوا صاروخاً على سيّارته واحترق بشكل كامل ولم يبقَ منه شيء كثير. كم كانت شهادته مميّزة، ادعي لي يا زينب أن أستشهد كما استشهدا».

بالعودة إلى ليلة الثلاثاء، قبل 48 ساعة من استشهاده، أمضى الحاج قاسم ليلته في بيت عائلة مغنية. يقول مَن التقاه إنه، للمرّة الأولى، لم يكترث للوقت. أطال في كلّ شيء؛ في صلاته، في جلسته، حتى إنه عندما همّ بالرحيل عاد وجلس لوقت إضافي، وهو ما لم يكن عادياً. في تلك الليلة، طلب الحاضرون من سليماني عدم التوجّه إلى العراق، فقال لهم إنه مضطر للذهاب إلى بغداد وبعدها سيبقى في طهران. حاول طمأنة العائلة، وقال إنه يزور العراق بصفته الرسمية، ولن يكون من المنطقي استهدافه. لكن مع وجود مجنون كالرئيس الأميركي، دونالد ترامب، في البيت الأبيض، فلا مكان للمنطق. بعد زيارته العائلة، تَوجّه سليماني للقاء السيد حسن نصرالله. عند الباب، ودّع الجميع، ثم عاد وودّعهم مرّة ثانية قبل ركوبه السيارة، وهو أمرٌ استغربته العائلة أيضاً واعتبرته إشارةً إلى شيء ما. بعد لقائه نصرالله، اتّصلت فاطمة، ابنة الشهيد عماد مغنية، بسليماني، مستبقةً توجّهه إلى سوريا. كرّرت تمنّيها عليه بعدم التوجّه إلى العراق، قائلةً إنها ليست مطمَئنّة للزيارة. أجابها: «الطقس جميل والليلة مقمرة وكأني ذاهب إلى مقتلي». ليلة الخميس – الجمعة، في الثالث من كانون الثاني/ يناير الماضي، اغتالت طائرات أميركية قائد «قوّة القدس» قرب مطار بغداد. استُشهد «عمّو» بالطريقة نفسها التي اغتيل بها عماد وجهاد مغنية. بعد وصول نبأ اغتياله إلى عائلة مغنية، عاد التاريخ بها إلى 12 شباط/ فبراير عام 2008. فالخسارة، بالنسبة إليها، كانت نفسها.


في الذكرى السنوية العاشرة لاغتيال الحاج عماد مغنية عام 2018، تحدّث سليماني، للمرّة الأولى، عن الشهيد في احتفال أقيم في طهران. خلال كلمته، كشف سليماني عن الجوانب التي لا يعرفها كثيرون عن الحاج رضوان، متطرّقاً إلى شخصيّته ودوره في المقاومة. بعد الاحتفال، توجّهت عائلة مغنية، ومَن يرافقها، إلى مشهد مع سليماني. ولدى سؤال الحاج قاسم عمّا دفعه إلى الظهور والحديث عن الشهيد، قال، وهو ينظر إلى فاطمة، ابنة مغنية، مبتسماً: «ابنتنا طلبت ذلك». حديثه عن مغنية لم يكن سهلاً بالنسبة إليه، إذ دائماً ما كان يبكيه، مثلما حدث أثناء مقابلته مع التلفزيون الإيراني عن يوميات حرب تموز، والذي دفعه إلى تأجيل تصوير الحلقة إلى اليوم التالي.


بعد وفاة الحاج فايز مغنية، والد الشهيد عماد، في عام 2017، لم يتمكّن سليماني من المشاركة في تشييع «أبي عماد»، بسبب المعارك الدائرة في سوريا والعراق. إلّا أنه لم يغب عن تفاصيل الجنازة. ففي عزّ المعارك، تواصَل مع ابنة أبي عماد سائلاً عن مكان الدفن، وعمّا تحتاج إليه العائلة. بعد فترة، حضر هو وأبو مهدي المهندس إلى لبنان لتعزية المرحومة الحاجة آمنة سلامة، «أم عماد». حاولا التخفيف عنها وعرضا عليها زيارة العراق أو إيران. لكنّ أمّ عماد أوصت القائدَين الشهيدين بالانتباه إلى نفسَيهما، بعدما تكرّر ظهورهما على الخطّ الأمامي للمواجهات في العراق. وقالت لهما: «قبل أن توصياني بالانتباه إلى نفسي، عليكما أنتما أن تنتبها».

Soleimani geopolitics, one year on

Soleimani geopolitics, one year on

by Pepe Escobar, posted with permission and first posted at Asia Times

One year ago, the Raging Twenties started with a murder.

The assassination of Maj Gen Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), alongside Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iraq’s Hashd al-Sha’abi militia, by laser-guided Hellfire missiles launched from two MQ-9 Reaper drones, was an act of war.

Not only the drone strike at Baghdad airport, directly ordered by President Trump, was unilateral, unprovoked and illegal: it was engineered as a stark provocation, to detonate an Iranian reaction that would then be countered by American “self-defense”, packaged as “deterrence”. Call it a perverse form of double down, reversed false flag.

The imperial Mighty Wurlitzer spun it as a “targeted killing”, a pre-emptive op squashing Soleimani’s alleged planning of “imminent attacks” against US diplomats and troops.

False. No evidence whatsoever. And then, Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, in front of his Parliament, offered the ultimate context: Soleimani was on a diplomatic mission, on a regular flight between Damascus and Baghdad, involved in complex negotiations between Tehran and Riyadh, with the Iraqi Prime Minister as mediator, at the request of President Trump.

So the imperial machine – in complete mockery of international law – assassinated a de facto diplomatic envoy.

The three top factions who pushed for Soleimani’s assassination were US neo-cons – supremely ignorant of Southwest Asia’s history, culture and politics – and the Israeli and Saudi lobbies, who ardently believe their interests are advanced every time Iran is attacked. Trump could not possibly see The Big Picture and its dire ramifications: only what his major Israeli-firster donor Sheldon Adelson dictates, and what Jared of Arabia Kushner whispered in his ear, remote-controlled by his close pal Muhammad bin Salman (MbS).

The armor of American “prestige”

The measured Iranian response to Soleimani’s assassination was carefully calibrated to not detonate vengeful imperial “deterrence”:

precision missile strikes on the American-controlled Ain al-Assad air base in Iraq. The Pentagon received advance warning.

Predictably, the run-up towards the first anniversary of Soleimani’s assassination had to degenerate into intimations of US-Iran once again on the brink of war.

So it’s enlightening to examine what the Commander of the IRGC Aerospace Division, Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh, https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1399/10/13/2423366/ told Lebanon’s Al Manar network: “The US and the Zionist regime [Israel] have not brought security to any place and if something happens here (in the region) and a war breaks out, we will make no distinction between the US bases and the countries hosting them.”

Hajizadeh, expanding on the precision missile strikes a year ago, added, “We were prepared for the Americans’ response and all our missile power was fully on alert. If they had given a response, we would have hit all of their bases from Jordan to Iraq and the Persian Gulf and even their warships in the Indian Ocean.”

The precision missile strikes on Ain al-Assad, a year ago, represented a middle-rank power, enfeebled by sanctions, and facing a huge economic/financial crisis, responding to an attack by targeting imperial assets that are part of the Empire of Bases. That was a global first – unheard of since the end of WWII. It was clearly interpreted across vast swathes of the Global South as fatally piercing the decades-old hegemonic armor of American” prestige”.

So Tehran was not exactly impressed by two nuclear-capable B-52s recently flying over the Persian Gulf; or the US Navy announcing the arrival of the nuclear-powered, missile loaded USS Georgia in the Persian Gulf last week.

These deployments were spun as a response to an evidence-free claim that Tehran was behind a 21-rocket attack against the sprawling American embassy in Baghdad’s Green Zone.

The (unexploded) 107mm caliber rockets – by the way marked in English, not Farsi – can be easily bought in some underground Baghdad souk by virtually anybody, as I have seen for myself in Iraq since the mid-2000s.

That certainly does not qualify as a casus belli – or “self-defense” merging with “deterrence”. The Centcom justification actually sounds like a Monty Python sketch: an attack “…almost certainly conducted by an Iranian-backed rogue militia group.” Note that “almost certainly” is code for “we have no idea who did it”.

How to fight the – real – war on terror

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif did take the trouble (see attached tweet) to warn Trump he was being set up for a fake casus belli – and blowback would be inevitable. That’s a case of Iranian diplomacy being perfectly aligned with the IRGC: after all, the whole post-Soleimani strategy comes straight from Ayatollah Khamenei.

And that leads to the IRGC’s Hajizadeh once again establishing the Iranian red line in terms of the Islamic Republic’s defense: “We will not negotiate about the missile power with anyone” – pre-empting any move to incorporate missile reduction into a possible Washington return to the JCPOA. Hajizadeh has also emphasized that Tehran has restricted the range of its missiles to 2,000 km.

My friend Elijah Magnier, arguably the top war correspondent across Southwest Asia in the past four decades, has neatly detailed the importance of Soleimani.

Everyone not only along the Axis of Resistance – Tehran, Baghdad, Damascus, Hezbollah – but across vast swathes of the Global South is firmly aware of how Soleimani led the fight against ISIS/Daesh in Iraq from 2014 to 2015, and how he was instrumental in retaking Tikrit in 2015.

Zeinab Soleimani, the impressive General’s daughter, has profiled the man, and the sentiments he inspired. And Hezbollah’s secretary-general Sayed Nasrallah, in an extraordinary interview, stressed Soleimani’s “great humility”, even “with the common people, the simple people.”

Nasrallah tells a story that is essential to place Soleimani’s modus operandi in the real – not fictional – war on terror, and deserves to be quoted in full:

“At that time, Hajj Qassem traveled from Baghdad airport to Damascus airport, from where he came (directly) to Beirut, in the southern suburbs. He arrived to me at midnight. I remember very well what he said to me: “At dawn you must have provided me with 120 (Hezbollah) operation commanders.” I replied “But Hajj, it’s midnight, how can I provide you with 120 commanders?” He told me that there was no other solution if we wanted to fight (effectively) against ISIS, to defend the Iraqi people, our holy places [5 of the 12 Imams of Twelver Shi’ism have their mausoleums in Iraq], our Hawzas [Islamic seminars], and everything that existed in Iraq. There was no choice. “I don’t need fighters. I need operational commanders [to supervise the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units, PMU].” This is why in my speech [about Soleimani’s assassination], I said that during the 22 years or so of our relationship with Hajj Qassem Soleimani, he never asked us for anything. He never asked us for anything, not even for Iran. Yes, he only asked us once, and that was for Iraq, when he asked us for these (120) operations commanders. So he stayed with me, and we started contacting our (Hezbollah) brothers one by one. We were able to bring in nearly 60 operational commanders, including some brothers who were on the front lines in Syria, and whom we sent to Damascus airport [to wait for Soleimani], and others who were in Lebanon, and that we woke up from their sleep and brought in [immediately] from their house as the Hajj said he wanted to take them with him on the plane that would bring him back to Damascus after the dawn prayer. And indeed, after praying the dawn prayer together, they flew to Damascus with him, and Hajj Qassem traveled from Damascus to Baghdad with 50 to 60 Lebanese Hezbollah commanders, with whom he went to the front lines in Iraq. He said he didn’t need fighters, because thank God there were plenty of volunteers in Iraq. But he needed [battle-hardened] commanders to lead these fighters, train them, pass on experience and expertise to them, etc. And he didn’t leave until he took my pledge that within two or three days I would have sent him the remaining 60 commanders.”

Orientalism, all over again

A former commander under Soleimani that I met in Iran in 2018 had promised me and my colleague Sebastiano Caputo that he would try to arrange an interview with the Maj Gen – who never spoke to foreign media. We had no reason to doubt our interlocutor – so until the last Baghdad minute we were in this selective waiting list.

As for Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, killed side by side with Soleimani in the Baghdad drone strike, I was part of a small group who spent an afternoon with him in a safe house inside – not outside – Baghdad’s Green Zone in November 2017. My full report is here.

Prof. Mohammad Marandi of the University of Tehran, reflecting on the assassination, told me, “the most important thing is that the Western view on the situation is very Orientalist. They assume that Iran has no real structures and that everything is dependent on individuals. In the West an assassination doesn’t destroy an administration, company, or organization. Ayatollah Khomeini passed away and they said the revolution was finished. But the constitutional process produced a new leader within hours. The rest is history.”

This may go a long way to explain Soleimani geopolitics. He may have been a revolutionary superstar – many across the Global South see him as the Che Guevara of Southwest Asia – but he was most of all a quite articulated cog of a very articulated machine.

The adjunct President of the Iranian Parliament, Hossein Amirabdollahian, told Iranian network Shabake Khabar that Soleimani, two years before the assassination, had already envisaged an inevitable “normalization” between Israel and Persian Gulf monarchies.

At the same time he was also very much aware of the Arab League 2002 position – shared, among others, by Iraq, Syria and Lebanon: a “normalization” cannot even begin to be discussed without an independent – and viable – Palestinian state under 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as capital.

Now everyone knows this dream is dead, if not completely buried. What remains is the usual, dreary slog: the American assassination of Soleimani, the Israeli assassination of top Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the relentless, relatively low-intensity Israeli warfare against Iran fully supported by the Beltway, Washington’s illegal occupation of parts of northeast Syria to grab some oil, the perpetual drive for regime change in Damascus, the non-stop demonization of Hezbollah.

Beyond the Hellfire

Tehran has made it very clear that a return to at least a measure of mutual respect between US-Iran involves Washington rejoining the JCPOA with no preconditions, and the end of illegal, unilateral Trump administration sanctions. These parameters are non-negotiable.

Nasrallah, for his part, in a speech in Beirut on Sunday, stressed,

“one of the main outcomes of the assassination of General Soleimani and al-Muhandis is the calls made for the expulsion of US forces from the region. Such calls had not been made prior to the assassination. The martyrdom of the resistance leaders set US troops on the track of leaving Iraq.”

This may be wishful thinking, because the military-industrial-security complex will never willingly abandon a key hub of the Empire of Bases.

More important is the fact that the post-Soleimani environment transcends Soleimani.

The Axis of Resistance – Tehran-Baghdad-Damascus-Hezbollah – instead of collapsing, will keep getting reinforced.

Internally, and still under “maximum pressure” sanctions, Iran and Russia will be cooperating to produce Covid-19 vaccines, and the Pasteur Institute of Iran will co-produce a vaccine with a Cuban company.

Iran is increasingly solidified as the key node of the New Silk Roads in Southwest Asia: the Iran-China strategic partnership is constantly revitalized by FMs Zarif and Wang Yi, and that includes Beijing turbo-charging its geoeconomic investment in South Pars – the largest gas field on the planet.

Iran, Russia and China will be involved in the reconstruction of Syria – which will also include, eventually, a New Silk Road branch: the Iran-Iraq-Syria-Eastern Mediterranean railway.

All that is an interlinked, ongoing process no Hellfires are able to burn.

حوار العام: توثيق شفوي بامتياز

قاآني لم يملأ فراغ سليماني.. حزب الله قلق بعد رحيله
بثينة شعبان

بثينة شعبان 

المصدر: الميادين نت 4 كانون الثاني

لقد خطّ الأستاذ غسان بن جدو والسيد حسن نصر الله في حوار العام مساراً هاماً للتوثيق الشفوي لا بدّ من متابعته واستكماله ليكون القاسم المشترك بين السياسة والإعلام والتاريخ وثقافة الحاضر والمستقبل.

 لقد خطّ الأستاذ غسان بن جدو والسيد حسن نصر الله في حوار العام مساراً هاماً جداً للتوثيق الشفوي

أن تجلس أمام الشاشة شاخصاً وناصتاً لقرابة أربع ساعات ولا تريد حتى لصوت الرياح أن يزعج خلوتك مع ما يقال، ولا لأحد أن يدب قربك لأي سبب كان؛ فهذا يعني أنك تنصت لما يلامس شغاف قلبك وعصارة عقلك ووجدانك وبأسلوب سلس وهادئ ومريح لا ادعاء فيه ولا محاولة لإبراز حجم مساهمة المتكلم أو المحاور أو تسليط الضوء على ما قد يزيد من مكانة أو مساهمة أي منهما. 

بل كان التركيز والتصويب كله على توثيق حقائق ومعطيات أتت بالكثير من الجديد هدفها الأساس إنصاف الناس قادة كانوا أم شهداء أم جنوداً أم مجموعات مغمورة لم يذكرها أحد، والنتيجة الجميلة كانت توثيقاً شفوياً لذاكرة قائد في الميدان يقارع، ولا يزال، تحالف الشر بين أعداء الأمة وبين المستسلمين الخانعين على مدى سنوات وهو يعمل مع الأصدقاء والإخوة والرفاق عملاً أهمّ ما يميّزه الصدق والغيرية وإنكار الذات ووضع مصير الأوطان والشعوب فوق كلّ اعتبار.

شعرتُ وأنا أحضر هذا الحوار أنني لا أريده أن يصل إلى النهاية أبداً بل أتمنى أن يتطرق إلى كلّ الأوضاع في العالم لأستزيد من خبايا خبرة هذا الذي يحمل اسمه إرث الرسالة والذي يدلي باتصالاته ومعلوماته عن القادة والرفاق وسير العمل على أكثر من صعيد وفي أكثر من بلد في هذه الساحة الإقليمية الصعبة والمعقدة والتي يعصف بها أحياناً عاملون في الطابور الخامس ليذرّوا الرماد في العيون ويمنعوا الحقيقة عن المتسائلين والتوّاقين لمعرفة الحقيقة وجوهرها.

استزدنا من السيد نصرالله عن شخصية فارس من فرسان المقاومة تحلّى بكلّ صفات الفارس النبيلة والأخلاقية والإنسانية الراقية الشفافة؛ فكما كان صلباً وعنيداً في مقارعة الأعداء كان مرهفاً في مقاربة آلام الآخرين ومتواضعاً جداً في تعامله مع الناس وفي نظرته إلى نفسه؛ فجسّد بخلقه وعمله الآية الكريمة “وعباد الرحمن يمشون على الأرض هوناً وإذا خاطبهم الجاهلون قالوا سلاماً”.

وكلما أُفرد ملف عن هذا الفارس اكتشفنا زاوية من شخصيته وعمله وخلقه ونبله لَم نكُن لننفذ إليها من قبل لولا حوار السيد هذا. 

هذا التوثيق في غاية الأهمية لأنه الإرث الذي نتركه للأجيال، والثقافة التي نغذيهم بها وننشئهم عليها؛ فإذا كان الشهيد قاسم سليماني الرجل الذي لا بديل عنه فإن إرثه العسكري والسياسي والأخلاقي والإنساني حكماً لا بديل عنه ويجب أن يعكف الدارسون على توثيقه وتوصيفه ووضعه في متناول الأجيال القادمة كي يساهم في تشكيل وعيها عن الماضي ويساعدها على اجتراح الوسائل المناسبة لمواجهة أعاصير الحاضر واحتمالات المستقبل. هذا الإرث هو السلاح الأمضى كي نقوّض خطوات الأعداء الذين ظنوا أنهم بتنفيذهم هذا العمل الإرهابي المجرم يستطيعون القضاء على هذا المسار النبيل.

الشهيد قاسم سليماني لم يعد رجلاً عادياً بل أصبح مساراً وثقافة وأسلوباً وقدوة، وعلينا ترسيخ هذا النموذج بكلّ الوسائل الممكنة من توثيق وتوضيح وشروحات كي يشكل عضداً لثقافة المقاومة التي هي الضمانة الوحيدة لاستمرار الأجيال على هذا النهج إلى أن يتحقق تحرير الأرض ويتم بناء الأنموذج الذي يضمن حرية الأرض والإنسان وزرع القيم والتي هي أخشى ما يخشاه العدو لأن الصراع الحقيقي هو على القيم والأخلاق والمسار الإنساني الذي تتبناه الشعوب، والصراع هذا هو صراع بالفعل وهو الصراع القديم الحديث بين الحقّ والباطل والخير والشرّ وبين من يقدّس إنسانية الإنسان ومن يسعى لانتهاكها وظلمها كي يراكم ثرواته.

في هذا التوثيق الحصيف الانسيابي الهام جداً تطرّق السيد إلى ما اعترى سوريا وإلى الأشهر الأولى من الحرب الكونية على الشعب السوري فبدّد الأوهام وكذّب السفهاء والمتاجرين بدماء وحيوات شعوبهم؛ إذ ذكر حقيقة في غاية الأهمية وهي أن السيد الرئيس بشار الأسد ومنذ البداية سأل ما هو المطلوب وأنا جاهز للحوار، وأضاف السيد نصرالله أن الأصدقاء في الجمهورية الإسلامية الإيرانية استنفروا للاتصال، كلٌّ بأصدقائه ومعارفه، لكي يبدأ النقاش والحوار حول المطلوب وتعقد الطاولات المستديرة حول المهام المطلوبة لإخماد نار الفتنة وإنقاذ البلاد، ولكن الجواب الذي عاد به الجميع هو أن الطرف المدعي يؤمن أن النظام في طريقه إلى الانهيار وأنهم سوف ينتظرون إلى أن ينهار هذا النظام ولا مصلحة لهم في الدخول في مفاوضات أو نقاشات أو حوار معه الآن. 

هذا يتقاطع، وهذا للتاريخ أيضاً، مع الدور المتواضع الذي كلفني به سيادة الرئيس مع بعض الشخصيات هنا داخل سوريا  لنتحدث مع من يعتبرون أنفسهم ممثلي المعارضة ونرى ما هي طروحاتهم وماذا يريدون أن يبحثوا وما هي في نظرهم النقاط التي ترضي الجميع وتنقذ البلد من أي احتمالات خطرة أو سيناريوهات مغرضة. 

وقد قابلنا كل من كان يقود ما أسموه “حراكاً” في المراحل الأولى، وامتدت اللقاءات لساعات وأيام كانوا يركزون خلالها على سرد تاريخي لأي تجاوزات حصلت منذ عشرات السنين حتى من قبل مسؤولين غادروا البلد ولم يعودوا إليه، ونحن نحاول إعادة البوصلة إلى الوقت الراهن ونقول دعونا من كلّ هذا ونركز على ما يتوجب فعله اليوم كي نتعاون أنتم ونحن في وضع الأمور في نصابها الصحيح ولا نعرّض شعبنا وبلدنا لما قد لا تحمد عقباه. 

ولكن القرار الذي فهمناه من كلّ هؤلاء في ختام كلّ حوار هو أنهم يفضّلون الانتظار وكان واضحاً أنهم كانوا ينتظرون وعداً وعهداً من أعداء سوريا بقلب الطاولة لصالحهم لأن أسيادهم كانوا قد روّجوا عبر وسائل الإعلام أن المسالة مسألة وقت قصير وبذلك شجعوا على الانشقاقات وعلى أن تأخذ هذه المعارضات المواقف المؤدية إلى تدمير مؤسسات البلد ومنشآته أملاً منهم في تحقيق الموعود واعتلائهم سدة الحكم كما وعدهم أسيادهم بذلك وكما جرت الأمور في بلدان أخرى كتونس وليبيا والعراق. 

هذا التوضيح من قبل السيد نصرالله ومن قبل من عمل في الداخل في غاية الأهمية، لأنه يؤرّخ لمرحلة قد تبدو ضبابية لأجيال المستقبل، ويجيب عن أسئلة جوهرية شغلت بال الكثيرين هنا في سوريا: هل كان من الممكن تفادي الكارثة؟ وهل كان إبداء مرونة أكبر سيجبر الآخرين على التراجع عن تحالفهم مع أعداء سوريا وعن مخططاتهم والعمل مع دولتهم وشعبهم على احتواء الحراك في بداياته؟

هذه الأسئلة وغيرها كثير مما يطلقه المغرضون تمت الإجابة عليها وبشكل واضح وصريح من قبل شاهد كان على تماس مباشر مع السيد الرئيس بشار الأسد ومن قبل قائد معنيّ بالمقاومة في لبنان وسوريا والعراق وإيران، ومن قبل إنسان يشهد له العدو قبل الصديق بالصدق المطلق في كلّ ما ينطق به لأنه مسؤول أمام الله قبل أن يكون مسؤولاً أمام البشر. والسؤال: كيف يمكن تطوير وتكثيف هذا النوع من الحوارات التوثيقية مع مسؤولين في المنطقة وخارجها بحيث يتم تسجيل هذا التاريخ من أفواه من صنعوه وقادوه وصاغوه، وبعد ذلك ينشغل الكتاب والباحثون والإعلاميون بترتيب وتصنيف هذه المعلومات لتشكل إضافة نوعية لثقافة المقاومة في المنطقة ولتورث الأجيال القادمة تاريخها الحقيقي وتمكنها من التصدّي لكل حملات التشويه والترويج للأعداء والخصوم؟

هذه الحملات التي تعتمد على اختلاق الأكاذيب والمراهنة على سرعة وتيرة الحياة وعدم صبر الكاتب والمتلقي. لقد خطّ الأستاذ غسان بن جدو والسيد حسن نصر الله في حوار العام مساراً هاماً جداً للتوثيق الشفوي لا بدّ من متابعته ووضع الأطر المنهجية والخارطة الشاملة لاستكماله ليكون القاسم المشترك بين السياسة والإعلام والتاريخ وثقافة الحاضر والمستقبل.

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منذ عام 2016، بدأ العدوّ الإسرائيلي الحديث علناً عن سعيه إلى مواجهة مشروع «الصواريخ الدقيقة» لدى حزب الله. تل أبيب وضعت نصب عينيها منع الحزب من امتلاك صواريخ دقيقة، سواء عبر نقلها إلى لبنان، أو عبر تصنيعها فيه، أو تحويل مخزونه من الصواريخ غير الدقيقة إلى صواريخ دقيقة. المسعى الإسرائيي فشل. فهل من خيارات بديلة لدى العدو؟عودة إلى النقطة الصفر. مساعي «إسرائيل» وجهودها، المعلنة وغير المعلنة، فشلت في إيقاف تزوّد حزب الله بالصواريخ الدقيقة. والفشل هنا ممتدّ بمعنى أنه متواصل وبمستوى وتيرة التطوير والتصنيع اللذين تتحدث عنهما تل أبيب.

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هل يستدعي ذلك أن «يدرس» العدو خياراته من جديد، أو ما تبقى منها، للحؤول دون تواصل الفشل ومراكمة المقاومة منبع قوة إضافية، من شأنها في حال تعاظمها أن تصعّب على «إسرائيل»، وبمستوى عالٍ جداً، المناورة على اختلافها في مواجهة لبنان، وربما أيضاً في الإقليم؟

الانتقال من التعاظم الكمّي الذي بات مُشبَعاً إلى مسار التعاظم النوعي الدقيق، وهو ما تسمّيه «إسرائيل» مشروع «دقة صواريخ حزب الله»، جاء نتيجة مخاض عسير وطويل وشاقّ، تخلّله جهد إسرائيلي في أكثر من اتجاه ومستوى، مع أفعال عدائية مباشرة وغير مباشرة، معلنة وغير معلنة، وكم هائل من التهديدات التي تواصلت وتركزت في العامين الماضيين، ولم يكن ينقصها شيء لرفع مستواها وتظهير جديتها بعد مشاركة الجانب الأميركي فيها وتبنيها بالكامل.
إلا أن المواجهة هي على خطّ تعاظم عسكري نوعي للمقاومة لم ينته. ويتعذّر تصور انتهائه. المعنى المقصود هو أن أسئلة الأمس هي نفسها أسئلة اليوم، وكذلك هي أسئلة المقبل من الأيام: هل تباشر «إسرائيل» حربها على لبنان، وهذه المرة لمنع التطور النوعي لسلاح حزب الله؟

في الأمس، كانت الحرب، والبحث في إمكاناتها، محلاً لأسئلة لا تنتهي: هل تبادر «إسرائيل» إلى شن الحرب في حال تجاوز عدد الصواريخ التي باتت في حوزة حزب الله الأربعين ألفاً؟ ثم تطورت الأسئلة إلى البحث في عتبة الستين ألفاً، فالثمانين، ومن ثم المئة ألف، فالمئة والسبعين ألفاً. لكن الحرب لم تنشب. وتوقفت «إسرائيل» عن العَدّ. والجانبان، انتقلا من معركة العدد والكم إلى معركة المدى والقدرة التدميرية، بين سعي المقاومة إلى مراكمة قوة تدميرية تصل إلى كل نقطة جغرافية في فلسطين المحتلة، وبين سعي مقابل إلى منع هذا التعاظم، الذي عُدّ في حينه تجاوزاً لكل الخطوط الحمر. وتكفي مراجعة التصريحات والتهديدات الإسرائيلية في العقد الأخير وما قبله، للعودة إلى أجواء توثب العدوّ نحو الحرب، وهي كانت لدى البعض وشيكة. فـ«إسرائيل» لا تقوى على التعايش مع تهديد من هذا النوع: قوة تدميرية كبيرة جداً، ووسائل صاروخية لإيصال هذه القوة إلى وسط فلسطين المحتلة وأقصى جنوبها.

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مع ذلك، بلورت «إسرائيل» في حينه نظريات وآراء ومواقف عملياتية، لتبرّر فشلها في صدّ التعاظم النوعي التدميري الطويل المدى لحزب الله، ومن ثم التعايش مع هذا الفشل، عبر نظرية ردع المقاومة عن استخدام الترسانة التدميرية، وإن كانت المواجهة الإسرائيلية في الأساس هي لردع المقاومة عن امتلاك هذه القوة. فهذه القوة قادرة على ردع إسرائيل بمجرد امتلاكها مع الاستعداد لاستخدامها في مستوى دفاعي، (وهذه هي وجهة حزب الله واستراتيجيته في مواجهة العدو).

الا أن الكلام عن المدى والقدرة التدميرية تراجع كثيراً، أمام خيارات بديلة وجدت «إسرائيل» أنها كافية في ذاتها لإنهاء سلاح حزب الله، الكمّي والتدميري، بل أيضاً إنهاء حزب الله بوصفه مقاومة للاحتلال. كانت المسألة في متناول يد «إسرائيل» وكان عليها حصراً أن تنتظر النتائج. لكن مآل الحرب السورية ناقض أمل «إسرائيل» ومساعيها، فعادت المواجهة إلى النقطة الصفر. لكن هذه المرة مع تجاوز وتعايش قسري للكمّ والمدى والقدرة التدميرية، مع «ظهور» معركة أكبر من المعركتين الأوليين وأكثر تهديداً لـ«إسرائيل»: مشروع دقّة الصواريخ، تطويراً وتصنيعاً.

فشل الرهان السوري البديل

شكّلت الحرب على سوريا خياراً بديلاً لـ«إسرائيل»، يقيها مواجهة عسكرية مباشرة ضد المقاومة لصدّ ومنع أو حتى تأخير تعاظمها العسكري، في مستويات ما قبل الدقة. وهو خيار شبيه بخيار الرهان على تطورات الداخل اللبناني المشبع بالخصومة في وجه حزب الله، وتحديداً بعد خروج الجيش السوري من ساحة التأثير عام 2005، وهو الخيار الذي فشل واستتبع من «إسرائيل» والولايات المتحدة تفعيل الخيارات العسكرية عام 2006.

إلا أن الفشل الإسرائيلي في التصدي للتعاظم في مستوى (ونوع) تسلّحي ما، يستدعي بالضرورة تعاظم ثمن المقاربات المتطرفة للعدوّ إنْ قرر خوض المواجهة العسكرية من جديد مع فشل الخيارات البديلة. فإن كان الفشل ــــ الذي منيت به إسرائيل بعدما راهنت على الاشتباك الداخلي في لبنان لإضعاف حزب الله ــــ استدعى منها حرباً مع أول فرصة بانت لها عام 2006، إلا أن فشل الرهان على الخيار البديل الآخر لإضعاف حزب الله واجتثاثه عبر الحرب السورية، لم يستدع من إسرائيل مباشرة حرب في أعقاب الفشل الجديد. تكلفة الحرب باتت بمستوى أعلى وأكثر إيذاءً. وما كان يمكن الرهان عليه عسكرياً عام 2006، لم يعد بالإمكان الرهان عليه، باطمئنان، في أعقاب عام 2015، عندما تلمست إسرائيل فشل رهانها على الساحة السورية وانقلابها على محور المقاومة.

لكن ما بين الفشل والفشل، تعاظمٌ إضافيّ لقدرات حزب الله، يرفع من جديد تكلفة الحروب الإسرائيلية إن بادر العدو إليها. فكان الخيار الذي واجهت به تل أبيب حزبَ الله هو خليط مما تبقى من أشلاء خيارات سابقة، كان الهدف منها إشغال حزب الله بانتظار خيار بديل، هذه المرة وصل إلى طهران نفسها، والرهان كان على أن سقوط النظام الإسلامي في إيران يُسقط حزب الله، بل وكل قوس التهديدات القائمة في وجه «إسرائيل».

صاحَبَ الرهانَ على إسقاط إيران و/ أو إخضاعها عبر الحليف الأميركي وحصاره لها، تطورٌ هائل وبمستويات غير مسبوقة في سياق المواجهة بين الجانبين، ويتمثل في «مشروع الدقة» الذي بدأت إسرائيل تصرخ وتتحدث عنه علناً منذ عام 2016. وتهديد «الدقة» يصغر معه أي تهديد آخر على أهميته، مهما كان حجمه ومستوياته. و«يكفي أن يكون لديك عشرون صاروخاً دقيقاً لتغيّر وجه المعركة»، بحسب ما ورد على لسان أحد قادة العدو العسكريين، قائد المنطقة الشمالية السابق في جيش الاحتلال، اللواء يؤال سترايك.

سقوط الخيارات البديلة من المبادرة العسكرية الإسرائيلية لمواجهة تعاظم حزب الله، مع الوافد الجديد على هذا التعاظم وهو دقة الصواريخ ووسائل قتالية أخرى مكشوفة وغير مكشوفة، يستدعي من «إسرائيل» ــــ أو بتعبير أدق: استدعى منها ــــ دراسة خياراتها، ومن بينها بطبيعة الحال الخيار العسكري الموسع. فإلى أين وصلت هذه «الدراسة»؟

ثمن الحرب الإسرائيلية على لبنان لا يُقارن مطلقاً بالثمن الذي دفعته عام 2006


من الواضح أن «إسرائيل» ما كانت لتتبع أي خيار بديل من الحروب ما لم تكن تكلفتها أعظم من فائدتها، وهو في الأساس ما دفعها إلى السعي والرهان على الخيارات البديلة للحرب في مواجهة حزب الله، طالما أن الرهان معقول ومقدّر له النجاح في تحقيق نتيجة الحرب نفسها، بلا تكلفة. لكن مع كل مرة تفشل فيها البدائل، تتعاظم ــــ مع تعاظم السلاح ــــ تكلفة الحروب، فتندفع «إسرائيل» أكثر الى البدائل. فهل ينطبق ذلك على مشروع الدقة؟ السؤال كبير جداً ومتشابك في ذاته، ويمكن أن تستتبعه إجابات في أكثر من اتجاه.

المؤكد أن «إسرائيل» الآن ــــ كما منذ أشهر ــــ مدركة وفق تقديراتها أن الخيار البديل في إسقاط إيران أو إخضاعها عبر الأميركيين، وصل أيضاً إلى الفشل، وأن دراسة الخيارات ومن بينها الخيارات العسكرية وُضعت طويلاً على طاولة القرار. فهل ارتدّت هذه الخيارات إلى الخلف؟ هل البحث جارٍ عن خيارات أخرى بديلة غير عسكرية؟ أم أن المعركة مقبلة وتوقيتها مؤجل؟

المؤكد أن ثمن الحروب الإسرائيلية في مواجهة لبنان لم يعد كما كان عليه في الماضي، وهو ثمن لا يُقارن مطلقاً بالثمن الذي دفعته عام 2006. وهذا الثمن هو، حصراً، ما يدفع العدو إلى التراجع عن أي توثب للمبادرة إلى المواجهات العسكرية ضد الساحة اللبنانية تحديداً. ولا يغيّر من هذه المعادلة أنّ بإمكان «إسرائيل» أن تلحق ضرراً بلبنان أكثر بكثير مما يمكن للمقاومة إلحاقه بها.

في سياق تحذيرات سترايك أيضاً، يجب التنويه بالترسانة الصاروخية وغير الصاروخية، بمستوياتها التقليدية، الموجودة في حوزة حزب الله، التي من شأنها أن تسلّط الضوء على جزء من عوامل التأثير في وجه أي قرار إسرائيلي بالاعتداء على لبنان. كتبت صحيفة «جيروزاليم بوست» (15 كانون الأول 2020)، وقبلها وسائل إعلامية عبرية مختلفة، عن قدرة حزب الله العسكريّة في أي حرب مقبلة، لتؤكد نقلاً عن مصادر عسكرية أن بإمكانه إطلاق ما يصل إلى 4000 صاروخ وقذيفة في اليوم، مقارنة بإجمالي أقل من 4000 صاروخ أطلقت خلال حرب تموز 2006. وللحديث صلة…

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Gen. Soleimani led Russia-Syria-Iran-Iraq-Hezbollah coalition against terrorism: Venezuelan ambassad

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January 4, 2021 – 17:50

TEHRAN – The Venezuelan ambassador to Tehran describes the coalition created by Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq, which also includes the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement, as one of the most capable alliances in the war against terrorists groups in Syria and Iraq. 

Carlos Antonio Alcala Cordones says this coalition was led by Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated in a U.S. drone strike near Baghdad’s international airport on January 3, 2020. 

“One of the most important coalitions, led by Martyr Qassem Soleimani, was the Russia-Syria-Iran-Iraq (RSII) coalition, which was later renamed as 4+1 due to the joining of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance group. The military coalition was formed to deal with the conflicts in Syria and Iraq,” Ambassador Antonio Alcala Cordones tells the Tehran Times as Iran is marking the martyrdom anniversary of General Soleimani. 

The ambassador also says the United States and its allies have launched a “hybrid war” against Iran which includes both economic sanctions and acts of terrorism.

 “We should mention the hybrid war waged by the United States and its allies through economic sanctions and terrorist attacks against Iran,” the top Venezuelan diplomat to Iran notes.

In the newest act of state terrorism against the Islamic Republic, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a top Iranian nuclear expert, was assassinated in a road outside Tehran on November 27. Iran has said Israel is directly responsible for the terrorist act. 

Analysts believe the assassination was a joint project by Israel and the United States. Professor Hossein Askari, who teaches international business at George Washington University, says he is “almost sure” that the assassination of Fakhrizadeh was a joint project carried out by the Israeli prime minister the U.S. president. 

Following is the text of interview with the Venezuelan ambassador: 

Q: Given the specific geopolitical situation in West Asia and the crises that have intensified in the region in recent years, how do you assess Iran’s role in the fight against terrorism in the region?

A: The regional situation regarding the fight against terrorism and the participation of the Islamic Republic of Iran in it is undoubtedly a very complex issue, and in the analysis that we can do, it is important to consider the geopolitical, religious and ideological issues.

In my view, there are various elements that the Islamic Republic of Iran has strongly defended in its foreign policy, which influence its strategies with allied countries and countries with which it is in conflict. First, its effort to achieve the economic development and growth of its nation. Second, defending its territorial integrity as enshrined in the country’s constitution and Islamic principles. Third, defending its religious and ideological beliefs reflected in the confrontation with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United States, whose scenario is one of the constant dangers. And finally, the implementation of a strong internal structure that has allowed it to introduce itself as the main hero and guarantor of regional order. All of these elements, in addition to its constant anti-imperialist approach toward the international system, have led Iran to engage with actors associated with its ideology, such as its relationship with Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Shiite groups, and strengthen its influence in the region, through traditional actors such as Syria and Russia.

Support for other strategic actors for which religious tendencies prevail over ideological beliefs, such as Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, are other elements that should be considered in the analysis. It is important to note that Iran has increased its political weight in the region since the Iraq war and is now seen as a direct threat by its enemies, turning this classic hostility through supporting actors in various conflicts in the region into an indirect confrontation.

To this analysis is added the historic struggle for supremacy in a conflict-ridden region whose heroes are precisely Iran and Saudi Arabia. As noted, the Arab Spring changed the regional context by reconfiguring the geopolitical map. The two countries have a clear internal cohesion because their religious populations, mainly Shiites and Sunnis, are also found in other regional countries and have significant military, ideological, cultural and economic capabilities, in a way that both countries have acted in countries with domestic divisions such as Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Lebanon and Yemen through actors; and in the case of Iran, this has led to a ground gain in the region.

“It (Iran) supports the struggle of the oppressed against the oppressors everywhere in the world. This acts as a basis for the Islamic Republic of Iran’s fight against terrorism.”On the other hand, Saudi Arabia also plays an important role, as its foreign policy towards the region is more focused on its neighbors in the Persian Gulf and with a horizontal axis, especially in the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC), with the aim of isolating Iran and prevent its growing influence in the region.

Another important element that has reshaped the geopolitical chessboard and should be considered is the revitalization of Iran through the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was signed on July 14, 2015 in Vienna, under which it was agreed that Iran’s nuclear program be limited for a decade in exchange for the lifting of international economic sanctions. This allowed Iran to maintain its position in the Middle East (West Asia) and seek to secure the role of discourse while expanding its territory in strategic areas. But that fact is changing, as on May 8, 2018, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the JCPOA and reinstate U.S. nuclear sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran and once again put Iran in a very difficult position.

These points represent two opposing models domestically and internationally: a revolutionary, anti-imperialist model represented by Iran versus a conservative, pro-Western model represented by Saudi Arabia.

On the other hand, the competition between Iran and Saudi Arabia in the geo-strategic field of energy is expanding. Therefore, it is a valuable point to control the exploitation of resources, maritime traffic and international oil trade via the Strait of Hormuz, through which 17 million barrels cross each day. The Saudi crude oil reserves are located in an eastern province, which has the largest Shiite population. Saudi Arabia has the money to build oil and gas pipelines from the east coast to the west, which will facilitate its outflow from the Red Sea, which is seen as a way to expand its trade to the Mediterranean. Similarly, from the Red Sea, Saudi Arabia supplies oil to Asian countries, its main customers in the region (China and Japan). This is a longer way to go, but it prevents a confrontation with Iran in the Strait of Hormuz, which is a strategic passage in international maritime navigation, because Iran has the longest coastline in the Persian Gulf, and enjoys the opportunity to penetrate these waters in the above-mentioned strait.

It is noteworthy that since the Islamic Republic of Iran’s declaration of existence in 1979, the Iranian government has been accused by the United States of financing terrorists, and providing them with equipment, weapons, training, and shelter, and Iran has been described as a “sponsor of terrorism”. They have described the country as the most important threat to the security of the Middle East (West Asia) and one of the most hostile countries in the international system and they have sought to isolate it.

Recall that the U.S. State Department currently identifies 60 groups as international terrorist organizations, including al-Qaeda, the Islamic State, Hamas, Al-Fatah, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Hezbollah. And last April, Trump labeled the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a “foreign terrorist organization” and this is the first time the United States has taken action against another country’s military. According to an old saying, “One person’s terrorist is another person’s freedom fighter.”

It should be noted that in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers, the United States implemented the Patriot Act which was a response by Congress against terrorism and international organized crime. This is an extraterritorial law that includes international powers and is based on international treaties and bilateral agreements, but we all know that the United States systematically fights and acts with the aim of stigmatizing and harassing, under the name of “fighting terrorists” against Islam and to the detriment of various Muslim organizations, which are characterized by anti-terrorism and have connections with the popular, patriotic and social struggles.

But if we ask ourselves why there is violence in the region, we can quote some of the remarks made by Foreign Minister Dr. Zarif, in which he notes that “the increase in violence in the Middle East is rooted in the constant presence of foreign forces, and also in their interference in the internal affairs of regional countries to reshape the structure of the region.” And this is what the interventionist policy of the North American empire constantly states. Likewise, we should mention the hybrid war waged by the United States and its allies through economic sanctions and terrorist attacks against Iran.

The phenomenon of terrorism and its consequences must be discussed and identified on the basis of the reasons that led to its development, or through the intensification and exploitation of religious dogmatism, as in the case of the Islamic State and its intention to incite sectarian tensions with the goal of unifying all the majority Muslim countries under one state and by one caliphate and through jihad, which is still a concern of the international community.

Finally, terrorism has directly or indirectly affected a large portion of humans, because the emergence of terrorism, in addition to increasing drug use and drug trafficking and organized crime networks, intensifies human rights violations, fatal migrations, and also famine.

Q: Iran has been the victim of large and small terrorist acts since the victory of the Islamic Revolution. As a country that has suffered greatly from this ominous phenomenon and has gained valuable experience in the fight against terrorism at the national and regional levels, how do you assess Iran’s efforts to build a consensus among regional countries to fight terrorism?

A: The Islamic Republic of Iran has suffered severe blows since the beginning of the Islamic Revolution, including the assassination of four Iranian nuclear scientists between 2010 and 2012, and the recent terrorist attack on nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. In addition to an in-depth look at security systems, this incident has created a scenario of confrontation and tension, given that technological advances have changed the ways in which conflicts have escalated and changed the nature of threats.

“It is also important not to politicize campaign against terrorism, and all countries should unite in this battle, regardless of political or diplomatic relations among them.”Today, the use of artificial intelligence intensifies cyber, physical, and biological attacks, making them more selective and at the same time more anonymous, facilitating these attacks by reducing or even eliminating the need for the physical involvement of humans. This scenario is no longer a concern for human beings. Let us recall the terrorist attack in Iraq against the great martyr, Qassem Soleimani, the hero of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, whose absence is irreparable for the Islamic Republic of Iran.

It is difficult to reach a consensus on this issue with several countries in the region, but Iran’s efforts to advance strategies that help combat terrorism are significant, such as the success in reducing the global terrorism index in the governments that it works in, especially because Iran is a country that has the power to challenge the interests of the great powers and has an excellent political, scientific, technological and military platform that supports its foreign policy.

It is also important not to politicize campaign against terrorism, and all countries should unite in this battle, regardless of political or diplomatic relations among them.

Q: In recent years, under the pretext of fighting terrorism, coalitions have been formed with the participation of countries outside the region (and even outside Asia). Alliances whose main goal, according to many political and military experts, is the political and economic exploitation of the current crises in West Asia. Some experts even believe that these countries themselves are the cause of such tensions. Do you think such coalitions can help resolve crises or defeat terrorism?

A: Undoubtedly, the formation of coalitions creates a very complex scenario because different elements are interconnected according to the potential of their constituent countries. As I mentioned earlier, we are currently talking about cooperation in the fields of science, technology, and military, in addition to the political and diplomatic relations between each of the countries.

One of the most important coalitions, led by Martyr Qassem Soleimani, was the Russia-Syria-Iran-Iraq (RSII) coalition, which was later renamed as 4+1 due to the joining of the Lebanese Hezbollah military group. The military coalition was formed to deal with the conflicts in Syria and Iraq in the Middle East and currently supports Lebanon’s Hassan Nasrallah.

The coalition consists of the Russian Armed Forces and the Axis of Resistance (the IRGC, Syrian Armed Forces, Iraqi Armed Forces, and Hezbollah forces). The importance of this coalition is that it was created as a counterweight to the U.S.-led international coalition against ISIL, although the RSII’s military objectives are not limited to destroying the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also dismantling other jihadist groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra and al-Qaeda, as well as closing the Iraqi-Syrian borders, which are used as strategic corridors for the entry and exit of militants.

Coalitions should serve to resolve crises, not to promote terrorism, but the situation is not always favorable and has a history of unexpected turns that upset the balance of the intended goal.

Q: Given the need to form a coalition of countries in West Asia to fight terrorism in the region, what role can Iran play in creating such a coalition?

A: In the international context, the unity that countries can create is very important and one of the precise principles of Iran’s foreign policy is the promotion of these alliances, of course through respect and non-interference in the internal affairs of other nations and as stated in Chapter 10, Article 154 of the Constitution, it supports the struggle of the oppressed against the oppressors everywhere in the world. These elements act as a basis for the Islamic Republic of Iran’s fight against terrorism.

Undoubtedly, Iran has played an important unifying role, and this has earned the respect of the countries of the region for it. Therefore, it is expected that a great unity will be created in the future, whose common interests are the fight against the plague of terrorism in all its forms.

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Sayyed Nasrallah: Assassinating Soleimani, Al-Muhandis Set the US Troops on the Track of Being Expelled from the Region

Sayyed Nasrallah: Assassinating Soleimani, Al-Muhandis Set the US Troops on the Track of Being Expelled from the Region

By Zeinab Abdallah

Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivered a speech on Sunday marking the first martyrdom anniversary of the Islamic Revolution Guard [IRG] Quds Force Commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units [PMU] second-in-command Hajj Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and their companions.

The martyrs were assassinated in a US drone strike ordered by outgoing President Donald Trump a year ago near Baghdad International Airport while martyr Soleimani was on an official visit to the country on January 3rd, 2020.

At the beginning of his speech, Sayyed Nasrallah condoled with the demise of Ayatollah Sheikh Mohammad Taqi Mesbah Yazdi, a prominent Iranian scholar and philosopher.

His Eminence further extended condolences to the families of the commemorated martyrs, emphasizing that the painful tragedy will be commemorated in history minding its size and the blood that was shed during it, in addition to its repercussions on the entire region.

“We mustn’t deny the grace and the kindness of those leaders, and we admit this and talk about it to the people and the world,” Sayyed Nasrallah added, underscoring that “when we are loyal to our great martyrs who were faithful in shouldering the responsibility, it will come back to us in the worldly life and the afterlife.”

“One of the main factors of victory is loyalty, and loyalty requires us to thank all those who have backed us,” Sayyed Nasrallah noted.

His Eminence further highlighted the necessity of thanking Hajj Qassem Soleimani and Hajj Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis for all what they offered, in addition to all those who represent the martyrs for the sacrifices they offered.

Hailing martyr Soleimani as a hero and a global symbol of sacrifice, loyalty, and defending the oppressed, Sayyed Nasrallah noted that “What has been uncovered about the achievements Hajj Qassem has made is still little [in comparison with what is still unknown].”

“We’ve witnessed great and remarkable shows of loyalty to the blood of the martyr leaders since their martyrdom until today,” Sayyed Nasrallah said in reference to Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Turkey and many Muslim and non-Muslim nations, pointing that “we in Lebanon are also concerned with showing this loyalty to those leaders.”

Since the year 2000 until this day, the Resistance was the side that is protecting and defending Lebanon, the Hezbollah leader noted, stressing that Lebanon’s main source of pride is the Resistance which was unconditionally backed by Iran.

“Iran’s support to the Resistance in Lebanon and Palestine has been unconditional,” Sayyed Nasrallah made clear.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Resistance leader slammed certain Lebanese media outlets that tended on Saturday to fabricate a statement made by the IRG Aerospace Division Commander Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizdeh: “There are in Lebanon certain sides that take fabrication and falsification as a profession.”

“It is true that we in Lebanon are a frontline, also is Gaza, but Hajizadeh didn’t say that we are a frontline for Iran, but a frontline to confront the ‘Israeli’ occupation,” Sayyed Nasrallah underscored.

“The resistance is the only side capable of protecting Lebanon’s oil resources thanks to its weapons, in addition to the Iranian and Syrian support,” His Eminence noted, reiterating that “The resistance in Lebanon is among the most independent resistance movements in history.”

Lebanon and Gaza are naturally the frontlines of the Muslim Nation due to their geographical position near the Zionist entity, and tensions have been high in the region and the Zionist entity is on alert on the first martyrdom anniversary of Soleimani and Al-Muhandis, Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say.

“We in Lebanon cannot equalize between those who backed us with their stance, money, weapons, and were martyred by our side, and between those who conspired against us and supported the ‘Israeli’ enemy, Sayyed Nasrallah said, setting a similar equation for the regional countries such as Palestine, Syria, and Iraq.

“The Palestinian resistance factions couldn’t equalize between those who support it and those who conspire against the Palestinian people and their sanctities. Syria couldn’t equalize between those who conspired against it and supported the Takfiri groups, and between those who defended it and supported it. The Iraqis couldn’t equalize between those who sent them Takfir suicide-bombers and between those who helped them liberate their lands.”

The Hezbollah leader then hailed the Axis of Resistance, nation, peoples, the resistance movements and their political parties, and the regional countries that have shown loyalty and appreciation to the martyrs Soleimani and al-Muhandis.

“There are major concerns among the Gulf countries, and ‘Israel’ has raised alertness ahead of the martyrdom anniversary of leaders Soleimani and al-Muhandis,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, explaining that “Tension is high in the region and we don’t know where would any incident end up; some assume that Iran would depend on its friends to respond, but when Iran wants to respond it will do it by itself had it been via a security or a military response.”

His Eminence further made clear that “The friends of Iran are the ones who decide if they wanted to respond to this crime, and Iran is not weak, it is strong and it decides how and when it responds.” He also admitted that the Axis of Resistance was able to contain the big strike of assassinating martyr Soleimani.

“The US supposed that by assassinating Hajj Qassem it would weaken Iran and the Axis of Resistance, but we are the ones who know how to turn this threat into an opportunity,” Sayyed Nasrallah outlined before addressing the US, ‘Israel’ and all those conspiring against the resistance: “When you kill our leaders, we will be more stubborn, solid and adherent to our rights.”

His Eminence also warned those betting on weakening us through killing, wars, and booby-trapped cars, telling them that they are delusional.

While noting that the slogan of expelling the US from the region wouldn’t have been applicable before the assassination of Hajj Qassem Soleimani, Sayyed Nasrallah stressed that the martyrdom of leaders Soleimani and al-Muhandis has set the US troops on the track of leaving Iraq and the region.

US President Donald Trump said that the US has found Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group], and this is true because there are reasons behind the existence of Daesh, Sayyed Nasrallah added.

Regarding the recent clampdown targeting Hezbollah’s financial institutions, Sayyed Nasrallah uncovered the party’s information that “the US has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for media outlets to produce reports about the al-Qard al-Hassan Association.”

While referring to blacklisting Hezbollah as a psychological goal to frighten the Lebanese people, Sayyed Nasrallah addressed those behind it in much confident tone: “Even if you besieged us in the land, we have the mountains, the sky, the seas, the angels, and all of Allah’s creatures that we know and don’t know. We have Allah by our side, and whatever you did you will fail, it is because those who depend on Allah will emerge victorious. Victory is not but from Allah.”

His Eminence said before finishing his speech that he will appear in the coming days to tackle several important Lebanese issues he wanted to give sufficient time.

Sayyed Nasrallah: When You Kill Our Leaders We Become More Determined, Firm And Unswerving To The Right

Sayyed Nasrallah: When You Kill Our Leaders We Become More Determined, Firm And Unswerving To The Right

Translated and Subtitled by Staff

Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah reiterated Imam Khomeini’s words: “Kill us! For indeed our nation will become more and more aware.”

His Eminence made the remarks in the occasion marking the first martyrdom anniversary of resistance leaders Hajj Qassem Soleimani, Hajj Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and their companions.

Nasrallah about Qassem Soleimani and his victory against ISIS in Iraq


Date: 3 January 2021

Author: lecridespeuples

Interview with Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah devoted to Hajj Qassem Soleimani, Commander of the al-Quds Force (whose ultimate goal is the Liberation of Jerusalem) of the Revolutionary Guards, on the occasion of the 40th day after his death, February 13, 2020.

January 3, 2021 commemorates the 1st anniversary of the assassinations of Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. On this occasion, we are translating a few excerpts from this 2-hours long interview.

Source: https://video.moqawama.org/details.php?cid=1&linkid=2099

Translation: resistancenews.org

Transcript:

Journalist: […] You mentioned on several occasions the concept “School of Hajj Qassem Soleimani”. His Eminence the Guide (Khamenei) also referred to it. What meaning do you give to this concept? Can you explain it to us? What does the concept “School of Hajj Qassem” mean?

Hassan Nasrallah: Of course, this concept originated from the Way of Imam Khomeini, may God be pleased with him, from the School of Imam Khomeini. But we can say that in practice and in the field, in all the responsibilities that Hajj Qassem has assumed and everything he has endured, we can speak of a Way, in the sense —and it may be something deliberate— of a certain thought, of a set of thoughts, of a particular culture, of a specific way of doing things… I will give you some examples. Of course, we are talking about an issue that deserves (in-depth) thought and study, but I will give a few quick illustrations.

For example, Hajj Qassem is the leader of a force of the (Revolutionary) Guards [he says it in Persian]. He could stay in Iran, in Tehran, and tell others (Resistance Axis forces) to come to him regularly for a meeting, so that he can listen to them, and follow their affairs (from a distance) in a simple and routinely fashion. Or, if he visited them, whether in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq or elsewhere, he could for example (only do it) once every 6 months or once a year, he could just visit them once in a while to find out and inquire. In general, this is the way some (high-ranking) leaders act.

The Path of Hajj Qassem is to go to the field of action, to the battlefield, to (constantly) go himself to others. Since 1998 (year in which Soleimani became the leader of the Al-Quds Forces), since our knowledge and our relationship with Hajj Qassem began, that is to say for twenty years, 21 or 22 years, the number of times we have been to him (in Iran) is very limited. But for his part, he always came to us, very often. Of course, the very fact of coming to the field, to the battlefield, to meet the (Hezbollah) brothers here, to meet them all, to go directly to the field, to hear (directly) from the fighters and Mujahedeen, this has enormous benefits and advantages in terms of leadership and administration.

Date: 3 January 2021Author: lecridespeuples0 Comments

Interview with Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah devoted to Hajj Qassem Soleimani, Commander of the al-Quds Force (whose ultimate goal is the Liberation of Jerusalem) of the Revolutionary Guards, on the occasion of the 40th day after his death, February 13, 2020.

January 3, 2021 commemorates the 1st anniversary of the assassinations of Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. On this occasion, we are translating a few excerpts from this 2-hours long interview.

Source: https://video.moqawama.org/details.php?cid=1&linkid=2099

Translation: resistancenews.org

Transcript:

Journalist: […] You mentioned on several occasions the concept “School of Hajj Qassem Soleimani”. His Eminence the Guide (Khamenei) also referred to it. What meaning do you give to this concept? Can you explain it to us? What does the concept “School of Hajj Qassem” mean?

Hassan Nasrallah: Of course, this concept originated from the Way of Imam Khomeini, may God be pleased with him, from the School of Imam Khomeini. But we can say that in practice and in the field, in all the responsibilities that Hajj Qassem has assumed and everything he has endured, we can speak of a Way, in the sense —and it may be something deliberate— of a certain thought, of a set of thoughts, of a particular culture, of a specific way of doing things… I will give you some examples. Of course, we are talking about an issue that deserves (in-depth) thought and study, but I will give a few quick illustrations.

For example, Hajj Qassem is the leader of a force of the (Revolutionary) Guards [he says it in Persian]. He could stay in Iran, in Tehran, and tell others (Resistance Axis forces) to come to him regularly for a meeting, so that he can listen to them, and follow their affairs (from a distance) in a simple and routinely fashion. Or, if he visited them, whether in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq or elsewhere, he could for example (only do it) once every 6 months or once a year, he could just visit them once in a while to find out and inquire. In general, this is the way some (high-ranking) leaders act.

The Path of Hajj Qassem is to go to the field of action, to the battlefield, to (constantly) go himself to others. Since 1998 (year in which Soleimani became the leader of the Al-Quds Forces), since our knowledge and our relationship with Hajj Qassem began, that is to say for twenty years, 21 or 22 years, the number of times we have been to him (in Iran) is very limited. But for his part, he always came to us, very often. Of course, the very fact of coming to the field, to the battlefield, to meet the (Hezbollah) brothers here, to meet them all, to go directly to the field, to hear (directly) from the fighters and Mujahedeen, this has enormous benefits and advantages in terms of leadership and administration.

First, it strengthens these fighters (by giving them morale), and expresses the respect and affection he has for them. “It is I who always come to you, I am at your service. Do not bother to come to me in Iran, it is I who come to you.” For those in charge (of Hezbollah or other Resistance movements) on the ground (and for the fighters), (this attitude) has (huge) ethical and moral consequences. Second, it allows him to hear all opinions, all points of view (directly), not just the opinion of the people who would come to him (in Iran) to express their (own) point of view. This helps him to have a clearer, more global and fairer idea (of the reality on the ground). Third, it helps him to access all (hierarchical) levels, right down to the front line fighters, and to hear them talk about their problems, their shortcomings, their needs, their remarks, etc. Fourth, it gives him a deeper, more comprehensive, and broader idea of ​​(all) the battlefileds for which he is responsible. He does not rely (only) on reading the reports written by the (various high-level) officials, no! He goes into the field in person to see with his own eyes, to listen (to first hand information), and to discuss and debate with all levels. This is one of the meanings of the Way of Hajj Qassem. This is an unusual way of doing things, especially with a military general (among the highest ranking in Iran). Certainly, perhaps at the frontlines of the Iran-Iraq war, the great (Iranian) commanders came down to the ground, to the fighters, but it is something specific to Iran that is not done outside of Iran. But this is one aspect (of the Way of Hajj Qassem).

Another aspect is the absence of fatigue and lassitude. (In Iran), you say [Nasrallah cites a phrase in Persian]. He never gets tired. We are all prone to fatigue. Sometimes we feel that things are weighing very heavily on us, we are under great pressure (bordering on the unbearable), but the Hajj would work (tirelessly) for long hours, even when he must have been exhausted. I remember that during one of his visits (to Lebanon) he suffered from a very bad toothache, and (it is well known) that such pain is unbearable. We suggested to bring in a dentist, but he replied, “Not now, after our meeting.” That is, after 6 hours of going through the pain, while leading and attending the meeting, making (crucial) decisions, and only at the very end he would go to the dentist. The capacity for endurance and patience of Hajj Qassem in the face of fatigue and the most severe difficulties is quite exceptional. I have never known anyone, and I am by no means exaggerating, who can endure so much fatigue, straining, lack of sleep, etc., as much as Hajj Qassem.

Another important aspect of his personality is his thoroughness. He was extremely thorough and diligent. He was constantly following (the different files) [Nasrallah illustrates this point with an expression in Persian]. For example, someone can agree (on something) with someone else, then after a week, two or three, inquire about the issue or not, check it or not, but not the Hajj Qassem. From the second or third day, he would inquire about its progress, he would follow (all matters) precisely and insistently. And of course, he didn’t do it in a rushed (and sloppy) way, but in a precise, detailed and responsive way. This is one aspect of the Way of Hajj Qassem.

Journalist: Looks like he always kept the energy of a young man.

Hassan Nasrallah: Maybe another person would think that he will have plenty of time to follow up or inquire about this or that during the coming months, but not Hajj Qassem, (who followed the issues almost day to day). It was very important for him not to waste time. For example, what could be done in five years (for others) had to be completed in one or two years (with him), thanks to his insistence and his diligent follow-up of all matters.

Another aspect of his personality is his great humility. He was extremely humble. And his humility had a great influence. You know that in general soldiers, when in combat, feel strong and powerful, and can show arrogance, haughtiness, pride, etc. Hajj Qassem was a very humble person, even with the common people, the simple people. This is one aspect of his Way. Of course, we must all be humble, but the fact that this commander, with his position and this (enormous responsibility that weighs on him), is so humble with everyone, is something very important.

The Way of Hajj Qassem is that of facing dangers. He always went into the lion’s den, to the front lines, braving death. I didn’t agree with him on this point. I always insisted that he stay in the background, making arrangements for that. But we were all unable to stop him from going to the front lines. He is the man who is always present in the (most) difficult times, the (most) dark days, always putting himself in harm’s way. For example, during the July 2006 war, the 33-day war, he traveled from Tehran to Damascus, then contacted us to tell us that he wanted to come to us, in the southern suburbs of Beirut (Hezbollah stronghold). We replied (incredulously): “How? It’s impossible!” Bridges had been destroyed, roads cut, Israeli warplanes were hitting all targets (real or suspected) and so on. It was a situation of all-out war! It (seemed) impossible to bring him to us, in the southern suburbs of Beirut. But he insisted a lot, telling us that if we didn’t send him a car, he would come on his own. He insisted, and he came to us. And he stayed with us for the whole duration of the war.

See Qassem Soleimani’s Revelations on the 2006 war

Likewise for the events in Syria and Iraq, in the fight against ISIS, our Iraqi brothers also told us that he was always on the front line, walking on the front line. It’s something exceptional. Normally, generals stand back and lead armies or brigades (from the rear), at least in regular armies, with the exception of the Iran-Iraq war which is a special experience.

Anyway, in truth, all that can be said about the Way of Hajj Qassem comes from Imam Khomeini and his school, and from the indications of His Eminence the Guide (Khamenei), may God preserve him, and the experience of the Iran-Iraq war. It was a grandiose experience in terms of its ideological, cultural, spiritual and military consequences. We found this awe-inspiring experience embodied in the personality of Hajj Qassem.

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I could say a lot more about the Way of Hajj Qassem Soleimani, but I will content myself with these elements and answer your (other) questions. […]

Journalist: Can you tell us about common memories with him concerning the crisis in Iraq and Syria? What help has he asked from you?

Hassan Nasrallah: So we’re not talking about the latest developments in Iraq, (but) about the emergence of ISIS. When ISIS first appeared in Iraq, and this organization began to take over a number of Iraqi provinces, it turned out that the situation was critical. The Iraqi military was unable to cope with the situation, due (to its dismantling by the American occupier and) to the collapses that occurred. I have heard from several Iraqi officials that many weapons warehouses were empty of ammunition and shells. The moral and psychological situation (was catastrophic).

Hajj Qassem therefore visited Baghdad in person, accompanied by a group of Revolutionary Guard commanders. He made contact with the Iraqi brothers and with the factions of the Resistance with whom he had been in constant contact for a long time. He was the one who went on the field to (launch) the first counterattacks, he went ahead. And the well-known event on the Baghdad-Samarra road took place, in which Hajj Qassem Soleimani and other brothers present with them were nearly killed. A few days after this incident, or at the same time, Grand Ayatollah Sayed Sistani, may God preserve him, issued his famous and historic fatwa (enjoining Iraqis to wage jihad against ISIS), declaring a state of alert and urging the Iraqi people & warring factions to go massively to the front lines. But all this needed organization.

سردار سرلشکر قاسم سلیمانی به‌همراه ابومهدی المهندس در عراق به شهادت رسید/  حمله آمریکا به کاروان الحشد الشعبی در بغداد- اخبار نظامی | دف - اخبار سیاسی  تسنیم - Tasnim

At that time, Hajj Qassem traveled from Baghdad airport to Damascus airport, from where he came (directly) to Beirut, in the southern suburbs. He arrived to me at midnight. I remember very well what he said to me: “At dawn you must have provided me with 120 (Hezbollah) operation commanders.” I replied “But Hajj, it’s midnight, how can I provide you with 120 commanders?” He told me that there was no other solution if we wanted to fight (effectively) against ISIS, to defend the Iraqi people, our holy places (5 of the 12 Imams of Twelver Shiism have their mausoleums in Iraq), our Hawzas (Islamic seminars), and everything that existed in Iraq. There was no choice. “I don’t need fighters. I need operational commanders (to supervise the Iraqi popular forces).” This is why in my speech (commemorating Soleimani’s assassination), I said that during the 22 years or so of our relationship with Hajj Qassem Soleimani, he never asked us for anything. He never asked us for anything, not even for Iran. Yes, he only asked us once, and that was for Iraq, when he asked us for these (120) operations commanders. So he stayed with me, and we started contacting our (Hezbollah) brothers one by one. We were able to bring in nearly 60 operational commanders, including some brothers who were on the front lines in Syria, and whom we sent to Damascus airport (to wait for Soleimani), and others who were in Lebanon, and that we woke up from their sleep and brought in (immediately) from their house as the Hajj said he wanted to take them with him on the plane that would bring him back to Damascus after the dawn prayer. And indeed, after praying the dawn prayer together, they flew to Damascus with him, and Hajj Qassem traveled from Damascus to Baghdad with 50 to 60 Lebanese Hezbollah commanders, with whom he went to the front lines in Iraq. He said he didn’t need fighters, because thank God there were plenty of volunteers in Iraq. But he needed (battle-hardened) commanders to lead these fighters, train them, pass on experience and expertise to them, etc. And he didn’t leave until he took my pledge that within two or three days I would have sent him the remaining 60 commanders.

Of course, that night I felt that in Hajj Qassem’s eyes the whole world was Iraq and the battle that was going on there. In truth, he was completely immersed in this battle, and he regarded it as decisive for the fate of the region. It was not allowed to be neglected. He was ready to be killed there. I told him, “Hajj, the brothers informed me that on the road from Baghdad to Samarra, you were in the convoy (which was attacked), and it is very dangerous.” He replied that he had no other choice, and that he had to move forward for others to move forward as well. “Time is running out, and we only have a tiny window to step in,” he told me. Now was not the time for caution and balance, but we had to give everything we had (in this battle). He was very moved by what was going on in Iraq and ready to be killed there 1000 times in order to save the Iraqi people, the holy mausoleums, the Hawzas, and to remove this danger from Iraq, the Islamic Republic and all the region. We all know that if ISIS had succeeded in seizing Iraq, it would have threatened Iran and the whole region. But those who would have paid the greatest price for the ISIS project are the Iraqis, the Iraqi people in the first place.

Journalist: When did you meet Hajj Abu Mahdi (al-Muhandis, assassinated with Soleimani)? When did you first meet him? Can you recall any memories of this meeting?

Hassan Nasrallah: I got to know Hajj Abu Mahdi in the early 1990s, around 1991-1992. I did not know him before that date, as he was then in Kuwait. Then I got to know him, and the first time I met him was in Tehran. He was one of the main commanders of the Badr Brigades [Iraqi troops who fought against Saddam in the war against Iran], which later became the Badr Organization. Quickly, a relationship of affection, friendship and respect developed between us. He also had good relations with our brothers in Lebanon, with Brother (Sayed Badreddine) Zulfiqar in particular (Hezbollah commander killed in Syria in 2016), with Hajj Imad Moghniyeh and the other brothers. And subsequently, this relationship developed after Hajj Qassem became the commander of the al-Quds Forces. From his position (of responsibility) in Iraq, Abu Mahdi’s relationship with Hajj Qassem (developed), as well as ours in Lebanon, which increased the ties we had with Abu Mahdi.

But our relationship with Abu Mahdi has truly strengthened in recent years, due to the events in Iraq and the fight against ISIS which has seen many Hezbollah members travel to Iraq to help the Hachd al-Cha’bi (Popular Mobilization Units) and Resistance factions. Our brothers were in constant contact with Hajj Abu Mahdi, who came to Lebanon several times to meet me. Only 3 months before his martyrdom, he was here in Lebanon. Once he even came with his family. During our last meeting several months ago, we talked for hours, discussing the situation in Iraq, assessing the security and military issues, how to strengthen Hachd al-Cha’bi as a genuine defender of the Iraqi people, etc. And because of the strength of our brotherhood, he said to me: “Militarily, ISIS is defeated, and there remains only a few isolated cells that will be (quickly) eliminated with the grace of God. But I fear to be still alive when the battle against ISIS is (truly) over.” And he put his hand on his beard, saying, “My beard is gray, and so is my hair, and after all these long years (of struggle), I really fear dying in my bed. I therefore urge you to pray to God the Most High and Exalted to grant me martyrdom.”

Naturally, in accordance with the edicts of His Eminence the Guide (Khamenei), may God preserve him, when someone asks the Guide to pray for him to obtain martyrdom, he is not asking God to hasten his martyrdom, but asks Him to grant him to ultimately die as a martyr. And he sometimes jokes, “I hope you’re over 80 (when God grants you martyrdom)!” The important thing is that we die a martyr, (but as late as possible). This is what I replied to Abu Mahdi, namely that I would not invoke God to hasten his martyrdom, but for his death to be that of a martyr, and I asked him to pray to God so that He grants us the same fate (martyrdom) as well. This happened during our last meeting.

I also want to say that our (intimate) knowledge of Abu Mahdi allows us to say that he was a very sincere, very loyal, very pious man. He had a high sense of responsibility, and he was a Mujaheed in the truest sense of the word. And glory to God, he has many points in common with Hajj Qassem Soleimani. And that is one of the reasons for the exceptional relationship between them.

واکنش حشد شعبی به عکس با عنوان «جاسوسی» که مسیر حاج قاسم را لو داد+ عکس |  خبرگزاری بین المللی شفقنا

Journalist: The war in Iraq forced Hajj Qassem to be more present on the battlefield. In truth, he was going to all the sensitive places on the front lines. And we’ve seen him a number of times during (dangerous) reconnaissance and other operations. Weren’t these conditions a great risk for his life? He would appear by surprise in the midst of the fighting. Why?

Hassan Nasrallah: He was always in danger, in great danger. On the front lines and on the battlefields he visited in Iraq and also in Syria, he was in constant danger. And he refused to be present only in the rear. He was going to the front line, and wanted to see things with his own eyes to assess the situation directly and first hand, and interact with the fighters on the front line. He wanted to meet them and be among them. That was his way. Of course, we blamed him constantly for that.

(It must be understood) that he was not doing this only because he longed for martyrdom. Some said that Hajj Qassem (only) sought martyrdom and sought the opportunity to be killed, and that this explained his presence on the front lines. This is not true, or at least it is not precise. For he also knew that he had a religious obligation, and that he had no right to expose himself to death unnecessarily. No! Hajj Qassem had a vision, which was true to a great extent: he said that this battle in Iraq and Syria required great endurance, great courage, perseverance on the battlefield. This could not be achieved by management from the rear, far from the front lines. The presence of a commander of a level like Hajj Qassem Soleimani’s on the front lines was of utmost importance to ensure this steadfastness of morale, souls and hearts. His very presence on such a front was enough to give enormous strength & morale to the combatants, helping them to stay, to persevere, to endure, despite all the dangers and all the difficulties they faced. Not to mention all the other benefits a commander can get from being as close as possible to field data.

But I consider, and this is what I heard him say when I debated this issue with him, that the moral, psychological and emotional aspect was of the utmost importance to him. And it’s the truth! You can see from the (countless) videos how he behaved with the young (fighters) on the front lines, in the trenches, (and how they reacted) when Hajj Qassem came to them. They embrace him, kiss his hand, cry, hug him, reproach him for coming to them (thus exposing himself to death), etc. This emotional influence is very important. This is why a (real) relationship of love, affection, passion was born and shaped between the fighters and Hajj Qassem Soleimani. This would never have happened if he was managing operations from behind. The cause of this great love for him is his direct & constant presence on the front lines.

Also, when all these videos and photos started showing up in the media and on social media, I told him about it, saying, “O Hajj, this is something very dangerous!” But he wasn’t doing it on purpose. When he went to the front line, he didn’t have cameras with him, but it was the (fighters) present there who filmed him, because as you know, they all have smartphones with which they photographed or filmed the Hajj and posted the images on social media. (When I reproached him for this), he replied “But these young (combatants) are on the front line, ready to sacrifice themselves, risking their lives at every moment. I dare not tell them to put these phones away or forbid them to film me because it puts me in danger.” That’s why he just let them do it. And in truth, the first images and videos of Hajj Qassem to be released were not broadcast by him or by the Al-Quds (Jerusalem) forces, but by the frontline fighters who filmed and photographed his visits and his presence among them and then put the images online. And that’s how these images spread on social media. There was no other choice. Because he would have felt ashamed to forbid these young fighters from filming him on the pretext that it would put him in danger, when they themselves were the most exposed to death. This is the real reason for Hajj Qassem’s presence in the media in recent years, which was by no means a deliberate act.

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Journalist: After the defeat of the Daeshi and Takfiri project in Iraq and Syria, did you meet Hajj Qassem and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis together?

Hassan Nasrallah: Yes, the three of us met. This photo [cf. above] was taken in Lebanon in the southern suburbs of Beirut. The brothers made a montage (including all the martyrs killed alongside Soleimani and al-Muhandis), but in the original photo they are sitting on a couch in my office.

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We were together. And there are also pictures of the three of us together, me, Hajj Qassem and Hajj Abu Mahdi.

نصرالله: هذا ما طلبه مني سليماني بعد سقوط الموصل وهكذا تأكدت من اغتياله مع  المهندس

We had a long meeting whose objective was to assess the latest events in Iraq, what we (Hezbollah) could do to help it in the next step, and on the other hand, in case a Israeli war against Lebanon or against the region would be triggered, we discussed what our Iraqi brothers could do to help us fight this war.

Hassan Nasrallah: I consider that one of the greatest blessings that God has bestowed upon me in my life, and His blessings for me were many and great, has been my relation and closeness with Hajj Qassem Soleimani, and this (very strong) friendship and brotherhood between us. What was between us was as strong as if we were really two brothers (from the same mother), whether it was the affection, love, feelings and friendship that bound us.

Likewise, we had the same way of thinking. We thought and saw things the same way, 98% of the time, if not 100%. But even for the 2% of topics where we might have different points of view, one of us could easily convince the other, due to the tremendous trust and love that there was between us.

Of course, on a personal level, the presence of Hajj Qassem was a huge support for me, as I am here on one of the battlefields and confrontations. I always longed for his company, and so did he. And I can tell you and the viewers that for the last 20 years, and especially the last 10 years and more, he’s been one of my closest brothers. If I want to mention a friend who is dear and precious to me, whom I love very much, who occupies a very important place in my heart and whose company I earnestly wish, in whom I have the greatest confidence, and whose presence gives me the most pleasure, I will immediately think of Hajj Qassem Soleimani.

In every person’s life, there are usually two or three people who are considered the closest friends. And as far as I’m concerned, one of them was Hajj Qassem Soleimani. May God have mercy on him.

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And personally, he knows (what he means to me). One day, I told him. I was always ready to sacrifice my life for him. One day, while we were praying together, after prayer, during invocations (following prayers), the following idea occurred to me: I imagined (this is only a hypothesis) that The Angel of Death came to me, and told me that he was going to Iran to take the soul of Qassem Soleimani. But God had made an exception this time. The Angel of Death told me that God had asked him to come see me first, and offer me an alternative (to the death of Qassem Soleimani). Instead, the Angel could take my soul. (I could die instead and save Soleimani). I wondered what I would have answered to this hypothetical proposition from the Angel of Death. Without any hesitation, I would tell him to take my life, and leave Hajj Qassem Soleimani (alive).

See the Testament of Martyr Major-General Qasem Soleimani

Later, I mentioned this to some (Hezbollah) brothers when we were debating. Because sometimes, due to the overload of work and responsibilities, some arguments can arise between us, and I told them that so that they understand what Hajj Qassem meant in my eyes.

Le baiser de la mort: photos inédites de Soleimani et Nasrallah | Coolamnews

One of the brothers was indignant, asking me how I could think of such a thing (sacrificing myself for Qassem Soleimani). I told him that this was due to two things: first, the immense love and affection I had for him, and the brotherhood that bound us; and second, the fact that I consider his existence to be much more useful to us, to Islam, Muslims, the (Arab-Muslim) Nation and Resistance (Axis) than mine. It is not just affection, but my highest consideration for the importance of this man and his blessed presence.

That’s what he meant to me personally.

Journalist: We thank you very much (for your time). We wish you all the best. With the Grace of God, we will witness the Liberation of Al-Quds (Jerusalem) soon, thanks to your leadership and that of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution (Khamenei). We wish you and all Resistance fighters health and salvation.

Hassan Nasrallah: May God grant you His blessings. May God preserve you and grant you His blessings. Anyway, I publicly declared and told his family that what happened to Hajj Qassem is the best thing that could have happened to him, and his greatest hope, has happened to him, namely this grandiose martyrdom.

May God have mercy on him.

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January 02, 2021

By Aram Mirzaei for the Saker blog

A year has passed since US President Donald Trump, like the coward he is, ordered the murder of General Qassem Soleimani and PMU second in command Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The Islamic Republic and the US were on the brink of all-out war as a result of the savage actions of the US President. Immediately after the act of terror, western journalists, think tanks and analysts started to speculate on whether the Islamic Republic was finished in the region.

“Soleimani’s death is a major blow to Iran” they said. Some even speculated or rather hoped that with Soleimani gone, the entire Islamic resistance would collapse as it now apparently looked leaderless.
The Americans and the Israelis made the same arrogant calculations, thinking that Soleimani was irreplaceable and that the Resistance Axis had been dealt a severe blow. Little do they understand how the Islamic Resistance works and why it exists.

Martyr Soleimani acted as the coordinator between Iran and its allies among the Islamic resistance in Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan. The man commanded a lot of respect and was admired not just in the region but worldwide, which makes it easy to understand why he had to die. This terrorist act was consistent with US foreign policy since Trump assumed power as Washington has sought to humiliate, punish and bully Iran into submission through terrorism, siege warfare and threats.

This policy of humiliation was very apparent when Trump, the imbecile openly bragged about the murder and claimed that Soleimani was “saying bad things about our country” before the strike, which led to his decision to authorize his killing. (I use the word imbecile to describe him because that is how the rest of the world sees him and I don’t care how much MAGA fans thinks he is a “genius” at home. To the world, the man is a vile and disgusting terrorist. So please, if you’re going to comment on this piece, know that I am no Democrat, I am not American and I couldn’t care less about how he is viewed over there)

So what exactly did Trump achieve with this act of terror?

One of Washington’s long-term goals has been committed to “isolating” Iran, thus weakening the Islamic Republic’s resolve. What they call “Iranian proxies” across the region have become a real headache for Washington and Tel Aviv. It is therefore no surprise that Iran’s allies are being targeted everywhere. The Islamic resistance has gained a lot of strength over the years. The Lebanese Hezbollah has become the strongest ally of Iran, the best armed and trained group in the Middle East, a fact that the Zionist entity is clearly worried over. In the words of IRGC General Mohammad-Reza Falahzadeh “the ability of the resistance front is today at its peak throughout the region and has defeated America, the Zionists and the Wahhabis.”

It is for this exact reason that Washington and Tel Aviv are so violent and hateful against Iran and its allies. “How dare these savage Muslims stand up against ‘the greatest and most freedom loving country’ in the history of mankind?”

Not only did the murder not manage to break up the Resistance Axis, but it actually made them stronger. The Islamic Resistance’s resolve is stronger than ever today, and the battles against the forces of evil have continued with success for the anti-imperial forces. I’m not surprised that Western journalists, think tanks and American/Israeli intelligence couldn’t make the correct calculations of what Soleimani’s murder would mean. How could they ever understand? The other side believes in nothing, they are godless, morally depraved and would even sell out their own people for profit. They have nothing to fight for except to satisfy their lust and greed. Of course they will in their arrogance think that everyone else in the world thinks and acts like they do.

They are incapable of understanding that resistance is an ideology- an idea of a free and independent Middle East. It is not dependent on one man like Ayatollah Khamenei or a group of Generals in Iraq. Killing Iranians or Iraqis will not kill an ideology and a religion that has existed for more than 1400 years, it will only make new martyrs and strengthen the faith. Martyrdom is the core of the Shiite faith ever since the martyrdom of Imam Hussein in 680 AD. The tyrant Yazid couldn’t destroy the ideology back then when he slaughtered Imam Hussein and his followers savagely, what makes Washington believe that they can do it now? Of course, being a racist bigot like Trump or Netanyahu, makes it rather difficult to understand most things about their enemies.

This is why they still cannot understand how Martyrs Soleimani and Al-Muhandis did more damage to Washington in their death than they ever could in life. The region responded with hatred. The assassination united the Iranian and Iraqi peoples under the banner of Resistance. From Pakistan to Lebanon, and from Yemen to even parts of Europe, millions of people came out in solidarity with the martyrs and showed their absolute disgust with the Trump and Washington altogether. The martyrs’ funeral procession across Iran and Iraq were among the largest ever seen.

The Iraqi parliament immediately voted to expel the US occupation troops and Iran responded by striking US bases in Iraq despite the White House imbecile’s crude threats to annihilate Iran’s cultural heritage.
The Islamic Republic’s retaliation on January 8th, was not only defiant in nature, but it was also unprecedented. It was a long time ago that another country, especially a smaller country with fewer resources and considerably less military strength, dared to directly attack US forces. I argue, just like the Saker that this was the day that the Empire truly lost.
Washington didn’t respond, despite Trump’s threats to commit crimes against humanity if Iran dared to retaliate. The emperor was shown to be naked behind those pathetic Twitter threats, Washington had nothing to respond with. I believe the reason for Washington’s non-response was due to what happened on the night of January 8th. Immediately after Iran’s retaliation, Iran’s allies Hezbollah, the Houthis and Hashd Al-Shaabi of Iraq threatened to start an all-out regional war if the US dared to attack Iranian soil. I believe that message was received loud and clear by Washington.

So instead, Trump responded with more sanctions, a policy he has continued over the past year. Doubling down on failed policies seems to be Washington’s top priority. The maximum pressure campaign didn’t force Iran to the negotiations table, yet the imbecile still bragged that after his supposed election victory in November “The first call I get will be from Iran, they are dying to make a deal”.

This shows that Trump has no idea what he is dealing with. He has no understanding of the region, how some countries actually care about their independence and how his pathetic Twitter rants have only garnered the collective hate of Muslims in the region.

The Zionists know this. They know that his policies have only emboldened the Resistance front. This is why they are hoping to pressure Trump to attack Iran with less than three weeks remaining of his presidency (again I don’t care if MAGA fans think he will get his second term). Hoping to provoke and all-out war with Iran, they are making the mistake again to think that the Islamic Republic will stand alone, which it will not. I’ve said before that a war with Iran means a regional war, and possibly one where Russia would have to get involved as well. It is therefore troubling to read reports on how Mossad agents have travelled to Iraq with the aim of staging a false flag attack on US interests and pinning it on Iran. It is no coincidence that Washington has been flexing muscles and building up troops in the region, as a “deterrent” against “Iran’s revenge” on the eve of the 1st year anniversary of the murders of Soleimani and Al-Muhandis.

Whether the imbecile will start a war on behalf of his Zionist masters or not, we will see in the coming days. In any case, the Resistance Front stands ready to face any threat.

أن تدرك متأخّراً خير من العيش بالوهم

سعاده مصطفى أرشيد

إطلالتان إعلاميّتان في بضعة أيام، تجمع بينهما خيوط دقيقة ومتينة، مقابلة قناة فضائية مع أمين عام حزب الله، شيّقة برغم طولها، ومهمة لما ورد فيها من معلومات وما أطلقت من رسائل، ثم مقالة لرئيس تحرير صحيفة محسوبة على المقاومة، تحدثت عن زيارة رئيس مكتب حماس السياسيّ لبيروت الأخيرة، وما قاله لجلسائه في أكثر من لقاء، مرسلاً الرسائل ومحدّداً مواقف حركة حماس. مقابلة السيد حسن، أعلن فيها وبشكل صريح عن قطع العلاقة مع السعودية، التي اتهمها بالسعي لاغتياله جسدياً، بالتعاون مع أميركا و»إسرائيل»، محمّلاً إياها مسؤولية أيّ عمل ينال منه شخصياً بالمستقبل، لكن هل سيقطع هذه العلاقة أيضاً مع جماعة السعودية في لبنان؟ أم أنه يفصل ما بين الوضع اللبناني والوضع الإقليمي؟ وهل ستضع السعودية قيوداً ومحدّدات على جماعتها في لبنان بخصوص التعامل مع حزب الله، الأمر الذي سيعيق تشكيل حكومة ترث حكومة حسان دياب. أكد السيد حسن أنّ حرب اليمن ستتواصل إلى أن تحقق أهدافها في هزيمة السعودية، وهو أمر حيوي وبالغ الأهمية. فهذه الحرب ستشغل السعودية وتستنزفها مالياً وسياسياً ودينياً وأخلاقياً، ثم أنّ محمد بن سلمان الذي لا يملك إلا الحقد والمال وطاعة سيده الأميركي، ستُفقده الحرب مشروعيّته وتستنزفها في أن يصبح ملكاً.

تحدّث عن المقاومة اللبنانية، وقدراتها المتعاظمة، في البر والبحر والمجال الصاروخي، وأكد امتلاكها أضعاف ما كان بحوزتها في العدد والمدى والدقة، وانتقل إلى المقاومة في المحور على امتداده من العراق إلى غزة وما بينهما، ثم تحدث بالتفصيل عن دور سورية والرئيس الأسد في دعم المقاومة عموماً والمقاومة في غزة خصوصاً. فالرئيس الأسد هنا يفرّق ما بين المقاومة في غزة وحركة حماس والإخوان المسلمين.

في الإطلالة الإعلامية الثانية، تناولت الأخبار ما تحدّث به الشيخ هنية في أكثر من مناسبة جمعته بأطياف لبنانية مقاومة، ومثلت بالسياسة تكاملاً مع المقابلة التلفزيونية مع السيد حسن، فقد أكد أنّ حركة حماس ليست جزءاً من التنظيم الدولي للإخوان المسلمين، وهي حركة فلسطينية في الهمّ والاهتمام على حدّ سواء، ثم أنّ أية مسألة سياسية إقليمية تحدّد حركة حماس موقفها منها بنظرة فلسطينيّة، وبمعزل عن حركة الإخوان المسلمين، هكذا تكلم الشيخ هنية، ولم يصدر عن الشيخ هنية أو حركة حماس ما ينفي ذلك. يمكن قراءة هذه التصريحات، بأنها إشارة لمحاور عدة ومنها المحوران المصري والسوري، فحماس تدرك أنّ مصر تبقى قوة إقليمية برغم ضعفها وهوانها في الفترة الحالية، وهي على علاقة بالغة السوء بالإخوان، وصلت بدائرة الإفتاء المصرية العريقة أن تسير على خطى العلماء السعوديين باعتبار الإخوان المسلمين حركة إرهابية، لا شأن لها بالإسلام، وإنما تتبع مبادئ مخالفة لهدي الدين الحنيف، ومع ذلك فحركة حماس تدرك أنّ مصر هي الرئة الوحيدة التي تستطيع غزة التقاط أنفاسها من خلال وجودها في مجالها الحيوي، وأنها لا تستطيع الصمود والبقاء من دون هذا المجال الجيو – بوليتيكي (الجغرا – سياسي) الضاغط. من هنا ستحافظ حماس على علاقتها بمصر، بكلّ حال من الأحوال، وهي أمام صراع البقاء لن تلقي بالاً، أو تصبح طرفاً في الصراع الدائر بين مصر السيسي والإخوان المسلمين. المحور السوري كان أكثر أهمية واستفاضة في ما هجس به الشيخ هنية، فقد أكد لجلسائه على ضرورة طي صفحة الخلاف مع دمشق وتجاوز الأخطاء التي ارتكبتها حماس بحق سورية.. فموقف سورية أصيل، حسب قوله، في الالتزام بدعم فلسطين والمقاومة الفلسطينية سابقاً وحاضراً، ويستذكر أنّ ما حصلت عليه حماس خصوصاً والمقاومة الفلسطينية عموماً من دعم وإسناد سوري، لم تحصل على مثله من أية دولة عربية أو إسلامية، في سائر المجالات من تدريب وتمويل وتطوير ودعم سياسي ومعنوي وتوفير أجواء آمنة من دون ضغط أو إملاء أو تقييد. فالنظام حسب قوله لم يعكس مشاكله مع الإخوان المسلمين على حماس، فيما باقي العرب والمسلمين – والقول لا زال لهنية – يضيّقون علينا، واختتم بأن سورية لو كانت لا تعاني من حربها الطاحنة، لما تجرأ المطبّعون على الذهاب إلى العلانية في تطبيعهم. ما يجري على أرض الواقع من تطبيع عربي، وتوجس من ضربات ترامب الراحل، وتقدير بين متفائل ومتسائل عما ستقوم به إدارة بايدن القادمة، يعشش القرار الرسمي في حالة كمون وانتظار، ولكن مع متغيّرين أخذا في الظهور والإعلان عن نفسيهما: المتغيّر الأول أنّ جهات إسلامية عديدة ومنها حركة حماس قد أخذت بإجراء مراجعات تقود باتجاه استقلالها عن حركة الإخوان المسلمين الأمّ، وذلك لأكثر من سبب، منها ضغوط وضرورات الجغرافية السياسية، ومنها مواقف بعض الأحزاب الشقيقة والمنضوية تحت العباءة الاخوانية، التي تشارك وتبارك تطبيع حكامها كما في الحالة المغربيّة، أو الحالة التونسيّة حيث يقف الشيخ راشد الغنوشي في حالة وسطية، أو في اليمن عندما يقف حزب الإصلاح داعماً العدوان السعوديّ على أهله وشعبه. المتغيّر الثاني الموقف المعلن لحماس وغيرها من الأحزاب والحركات التي ظنّت انّ «النظام السوريّ» سيسقط سريعاً، وأنّ الرئيس والقيادة السورية يحضران حقائبهما للرحيل، بات هؤلاء يدركون خطأهم وسوء تقديرهم، فالنظام باق برغم تلك الحرب الكونية والتي شاركت بها أكثر من ثمانين دولة، عدا عن الجماعات الإرهابية، وشركات المرتزقة، ومع ذلك فسورية لم تفقد البوصلة، وبقيت برغم انشغالها لاعباً إقليمياً، قادراً على مقارعة الخصم من خلال دعم حركة حماس وتزويدها بمقدرات استراتيجية، هذا ما أدركته حركة حماس مؤخراً كما يتضح مما قاله الشيخ هنية لندمائه في بيروت.. المهمّ أن تدرك ولو متأخرة، خير من أن لا تدرك أبداً.

*سياسي فلسطيني مقيم في جنين – فلسطين المحتلة

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Nasrallah wishes a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Christians & Muslims

Source

Annual interview with Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on December 27, 2020, by the Lebanese pan-Arab channel Al-Mayadeen. This interview lasted almost 4 hours. We will translate extracts from it shortly.

Video: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7yfebv

Transcript:

In the Name of God, the Beneficient, the Merciful.

I begin by welcoming you and all viewers.And I address myself to all Christians and Muslims in the world, and in particular in our country, Lebanon,to congratulate them and wish them Merry Christmas on the occasion of the anniversary of the birth of our Master the Messiah, peace be upon him, and with the grace of God a Happy New Year for the (imminent) beginning of 2021, which we hope will be a different year than the ones before it, God willing. […]

Video: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7yfebv

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Putin’s New Year Address to the Nation

Source: http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/64852

Transcript:

Citizens of Russia, friends,

The year 2020 will be over in just a few minutes.

As we were welcoming it a year ago today, just like people around the world, we thought and dreamed of changes for the better. No one could have imagined back then what kind of trials would come our way.

Now, it appears that the outgoing year has taken in the burden of many years. It was a difficult year for all of us, with worries and serious financial difficulties, bitter experiences and, for some, loss of the loved ones.

However, the outgoing year was also filled with hope that we will overcome adversity and with pride for those who showed their best human and professional qualities. It made us appreciate dependable, sincere and genuine relationships between people, as well as friendship and trust.

We walked through this year together with dignity, as befits a single nation which honours the traditions of its ancestors. These values – courage, compassion and graciousness – are in our hearts and blood and show in our deeds.

We look up to our dear veterans – the valiant generation that defeated the scourge of Nazism. Against all odds, we have fulfilled our sacred filial duty and marked the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory with gratitude and appreciation.

Indeed, the dangerous new virus has changed and even turned upside down our usual way of life, work and study, and forced us to reconsider and adjust many of our plans. But that is how things are, and trials are an unavoidable part of life.

They encourage us to take a closer look at what life is all about, listen to our conscience, discard all things that are petty and vain and appreciate what is truly important. This is the gift of human life, our families, mothers and fathers, grandfathers and grandmothers, our children, be they babies or mature adults, our friends and colleagues. This is also selfless help and the general energy of good deeds, both ambitious nationwide efforts and small local projects which are no less important.

Trials and troubles come and go. It has always been that way. The main things that make us noble and strong, such as love, mutual understanding, trust and support, stay with us.

I would like to wish that the hardships of the outgoing year quickly sink into oblivion while everything that we have gained and all the best that has come forward in each person stays with us forever.

Today, it is important to believe in ourselves, not to back off in the face of challenges and to value our unity. This is the foundation of our shared future successes.

I am convinced that together we will overcome the challenges facing us, restore normal life and continue to work to achieve Russia’s goals in the forthcoming third decade of the 21st century with renewed vigour.

Friends,

Not everyone is sitting around the New Year’s table now. Many people remain in the hospitals, and I am sure they all feel the support of their families and friends. With all my heart, I wish you, my dear friends, to get well soon and to go home as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, the epidemic has not yet completely come to an end. The fight against it does not stop for a minute. Doctors and nurses, as well as ambulance crews, continue to work courageously. Many of them are on duty tonight.

The first responders, our servicemen in hot spots outside Russia, peacekeepers and Army and Navy combat crews are also tirelessly and responsibly performing their challenging missions.

Thanks to all those people who carry out their duties day and night under any circumstances, the citizens of Russia can safely gather today in their homes with their loved ones, see in the New Year with plans for the future and hopes for the better, and make their New Year wishes.

Friends,

Let us use these precious moments to dream about the best things in life, peace and prosperity, happiness and joy for everyone who is near and dear to us, and our entire country.

I want to thank every one of you, because we are together. When we stand next to each other, shoulder to shoulder, Russia becomes one big family.

I wish you all good health, faith, hope and love, as people who are close and dear to me. I wish you happiness in the upcoming 2021!

Happy New Year, friends!

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Hezbollah on Suleimani’s 1st Martyrdom Anniversary: We’ll Raise Resistance Flag in Al-Quds

أنبكيك؟ وهل نحن إلا أنت؟ - haramoon.com
طريق القدس

January 1, 2021

On the first martyrdom anniversary of Suleimani and Al-Muhandis, Sayyed Safieddine said the Axis of Resistance became after the assassination of the two top commanders more determined to liberate the region form the US occupation.

“The Resistance is more determined to take the path of Jihad and confronting the US schemes,” the prominent Hezbollah official addressed the attendees at Tehran University.

“We will liberate the region from all these devils. We will raise the Resistance flag in Al-Quds.”

Sayyed Safieddine lashed out at US president Donald Trump by saying: “We will take revenge from the US. Trump, who imagine that he would undermine the Axis of Resistance by assassinating martyr Suleimani will meet a destiny like that met by Saddam Hussein.”

“When ISIL appeared, with its flagrant atrocities, the entire world was astonished and helpless. Only commanders Suleimani and Al-Muhandis stood firm against the terrorist group and save the nation.”

Source: Al-Manar English Website

غزة تحي ذكرى الشهيد القائد قاسم سليماني (شهيد القدس) - صور | وكالة أنباء  التقريب (TNA)

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تحت مظلة سليماني.. كيف عبر السلاح إلى فلسطين المحتلة؟

 الميادين نت

لا مستحيل أمام الشهيد سليماني عندما يتعلق الأمر بإيصال السلاح إلى فلسطين المحتلة وامتلاك المقاومة تقنية تصنيع الصواريخ، فأي نتائج استراتيجية لهذا المشهد التاريخي في ترابط محور المقاومة؟

الصواريخ أرسلت إلى غزة بعد التدرب عليها في ضواحي دمشق بقرار من الرئيس الأسد
الصواريخ أرسلت إلى غزة بعد التدرب عليها في ضواحي دمشق بقرار من الرئيس الأسد

خطوط عريضة ومعلومة في التعاون، هذا في الإطار والمسار العام، لكن في تفاصيلها ربما قيل بعض من كثير، وكشِف عن جوانب مجهولة كثيرة ومتعددة, هي باختصار خطى الشهيد قاسم سليماني على درب إيصال السلاح إلى فلسطين المحتلة.

الأمين العام لحركة الجهاد الإسلامي زياد النخالة كشف للميادين أن كل الأسلحة الكلاسيكية والصواريخ البعيدة المدى وصلت إلى غزة عن طريق سليماني، وأن حماس راغبة في إعادة العلاقة مع دمشق.

وكشف أن مخططات تصنيع الصواريخ أرسلت الى غزة بعد التدرب عليها في ضواحي دمشق بقرار من الرئيس الأسد وأن سليماني أرسل عشر سفن من السلاح إلى القطاع.

مشهد يكتمل في حوار العام بألا خطوط حمراً أمام سليماني لإيصال السلاح الى فلسطين وامتلاك المقاومة تقنية تصنيع الصواريخ كما يؤكد الامين العام لحزب الله.. فأي نتائج استراتيجية لهذا المشهد التاريخي في ترابط محور المقاومة؟

وكان الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصر الله قد فصل في حوار العام على شاشة الميادين دور الشهيد سليماني في دعم المقاومة الفلسطينية، من صواريخ الكورنيت وكيف طلب الشهيد سليماني أن يجري ايصالها إلى المقاومة الفلسطينية في غزة إلى الحديث، عنْ موافقة الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد على ذلك، وكيف سخّر الشهيد سليماني كل قدراته وعلاقاته منْ أجل ايصال السلاح إلى غزة، مشيراً إلى أن مخازن الأسلحة في السودان التي استهدفها الاسرائيليون دليلٌ على كلامه.

السيد نصر الله أضاف أنه في موضوع السلاح والصواريخ والإمكانات والذخائر لم تكنْ هناك خطوطٌ حمرٌ فكل ما يمكن إيصاله إلى المقاومة الفلسطينية لم يكن هناك من تحفظ عليه.

أبو أحمد فؤاد للميادين: فصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية تدربت في إيران وسوريا ولدى حزب الله

من دمشق، قال نائب الأمين العام للجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين اللواء أبو أحمد فؤاد للميادين إن سليماني أكّد لهم أن الخيار الوحيد للتحرير هو الكفاح المسلح، مضيفاً أن الشهيد سليماني أبدى استعداده لدعمهم بشكل مطلق ونقل تجربة تطوير وتصنيع الصواريخ إلى غزة.

ووفق فؤاد فإن فصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية المختلفة تدربت في إيران وسوريا ولدى حزب الله.

وأكّد فؤاد أن سوريا حاضنة للمقاومة تاريخياً وهذا أمر لا يمكن لأحد التشكيك به، مشدداً على أن سوريا مفتوحة للثورة الفلسطينية وكل فصائل المقاومة.

وبحسب فؤاد “يجب أن نبذل جهداً لكي تكون علاقة كل فصائل المقاومة ممتازة مع دمشق التي هي في خندق واحد معنا”، مؤكداً أن “معظم فصائل المقاومة الفلسطينية لديها معسكرات تدريب في سوريا”.

وقال أبو أحمد فؤاد إن مدير جهاز المخابرات المصرية الأسبق، الراحل عمر سليمان “كان يغض الطرف عن المجموعات التي كانت تخرج من غزة للتدرب في ايران وسوريا”.

النقاش للميادين:  الصواريخ التي ضربت حيفا عام 2006 هي سورية

أما منسق شبكة أمان للبحوث والدراسات الاستراتيجية أنيس النقاش، قال للميادين إن “هناك جريمة وتحالف شيطاني بين بعض الدول العربية وإسرائيل لتزوير الواقع”، مشيراً إلى أن “الصواريخ التي ضربت حيفا عام 2006 هي سورية”.

ولفت النقاش إلى أن “الشهيدين سليماني ومغنية أشرفا شخصياً على تحميل سفينة (كارين ايه) بالسلاح لدعم الراحل ياسر عرفات”، مضيفاً أن “إسرائيل” باتت تحسب ألف حساب لفصائل المقاومة “بعد المناورة المشتركة لها في غزة”.

وتابع النقاش “عندما كان يطلب بعض الشباب المقاوم من الرئيس عرفات الدعم وهو محاصر كان يوجههم نحو حزب الله”، وأن “جزءاً كبيراً من الحرس الجمهوري السوري تكفل بنقل الصواريخ إلى لبنان وكان جزءاً من حرب 2006”.

ووفق النقاش فإن واشنطن أرسلت إلى طهران عبر قطر أنها لا تريد مهاجمتها وسحبت حاملة الطائرات لتأكيد ذلك، مشيراً إلى أن الرسالة الأميركية إلى إيران عبر قطر تؤكد قلق الولايات المتحدة.

عطوان: الرئيس الراحل ياسر عرفات كان يعطي السلاح إلى حماس

ومن لندن قال رئيس تحرير جريدة رأي اليوم الإلكترونية عبد الباري عطوان إن واشنطن تحشد كل هذا الحشد العسكري لانها تعلم أن الانتقام للشهيد سليماني سيكون كبيراً جداً، لافتاً إلى أن محور المقاومة كان متماسكاً والمناورات المشتركة أكّدت وصول تقنية تصنيع الصواريخ إلى غزة.

كما كشف عطوان أن “الرئيس الراحل ياسر عرفات كان يعطي السلاح إلى حماس وكل حركات المقاومة”، مؤكداً أن اللواء الراحل فتحي البحرية “كان ضابط الاتصال بين حزب الله وياسر عرفات وكان يأتي إلى الضاحية الجنوبية”.

كذلك أوضح أن سوريا حاربت 5 حروب ضد “إسرائيل” ولا تتوقف عند التفاصيل عندما يتعلق الأمر بالقضية الفلسطينية، مشدداً على أن “حركة حماس كانت عبارة عن دولة داخل العاصمة السورية”.

لافي: تل أبيب قلقة جداً من عودة العلاقات بين حماس ودمشق

ومن غزة، قال الكاتب والباحث في الشؤون الإسرائيلية حسن لافي للميادين “الآن يعاد كتابة تاريخ محور المقاومة في ظل الانقسام الحاصل في المنطقة مع محور الشر والتطبيع”.

وأضاف لافي أن “مناورات الركن الشديد في قطاع غزة هي تتويج حقيقي لمحور المقاومة، ولا بد من إيضاح دور الشهيد قاسم سليماني الذي كان يخطط للحظة تصنيع المقاومة الفلسطينية للصواريخ”.

كما لفت لافي إلى أن “المقاومة وصلت في معادلة الردع إلى مرحلة إصابة أي نقطة في فلسطين المحتلة بصواريخ مدمرة”.

وأوضح أن “تل أبيب تحدثت عن طريق نقل السلاح من إيران إلى اليمن إلى السودان ثم سيناء فعبر الأنفاق إلى غزة”، مضيفاً أنه “بالتأكيد كان هناك دور مصري وإن لم يكن رسمياً في تسهيل تمرير السلاح من سيناء إلى غزة”.

وتابع لافي “إيران تريد محوراً قوياً ولا تسعى لاستغلال سياسي في عملها ونهجها”.

ووفق لافي فإن “تل أبيب قلقة جداً من عودة العلاقات بين حماس ودمشق والتقارب بينهما”، مشدداً على أن “حماس تمضي بخطوات ايجابية نحو تحسين العلاقات مع دمشق وطي صفحة الخلافات”.

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Sayyed Nasrallah: ’Israelis’ Know They Didn’t, Couldn’t Dismantle Hezbollah’s Precision Guided Missiles P

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Translated and Subtitled by Al-Ahed

الكلام اللبنانيّ لنصرالله خيارات وباب الأمل

ناصر قنديل

– نظراً لدسامة المواد التي تضمّنها كلام الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله في الملفات الإقليميّة من جهة، ولمحدوديّة الوقت الذي تحدّث فيه بإيجاز عن الوضع اللبناني من جهة مقابلة، لم ينل هذا الجانب من حديث السيد نصرالله الاهتمام الذي يستحق، لكن المعنيين بالشأن اللبناني في الداخل والخارج بعدما هضموا خلال يومين المواقف اللافتة التي صدرت عن نصرالله في الشؤون الإقليميّة وتقييم المعلومات التي كشف عنها والسقوف التي عالج من خلالها قضايا المنطقة، عادوا لتفحص ما قاله نصرالله لبنانياً فتوقفوا عند حجمها المحدود من جهة، كتعبير عن المكانة والأولوية اللتين تحتلهما القضايا الإقليميّة بحكم طبيعة المنبر الذي تمثله قناة الميادين التي أطلّ من خلالها نصرالله لمخاطبة جمهور أوسع من الجمهور اللبناني، الذي يمكن مخاطبته عبر قناة المنار كما جرت العادة بعدما حرمت المنار من فرصة الانتشار العربي والعالمي بحظرها عن بث الأقمار الصناعيّة، وربما أيضاً لأن اللحظة السياسية تضع الملفات الإقليميّة في الواجهة، سواء بسبب الفترة الانتقالية الرئاسية الأميركية وما تفرضه من تحديات، أو بسبب حرص السيد على منح الوقت والتركيز على قضية اغتيال قائد فيلق القدس الجنرال قاسم سليماني في سياق إحياء ذكرى اغتياله.

– رغم محدوديّة الوقت الذي خصصه نصرالله للشأن اللبناني فهو كشف عن أمرين لافتين، الأول يتصل بالحلول المفترضة للأزمة الاقتصادية، والثاني يتصل بالشأن الحكوميّ، وفي الشأن الاقتصاديّ تولّى تقديم إيضاح هام لتفسير عدم السير بالخيار الذي سبق ودعا للسير به، تحت عنوان التوجه شرقاً، خصوصاً بعدما تمّ الترويج لتفسير تعثر هذا المسار بعقبات تتصل بعدم واقعيّته، حيث تصدّى خصوم هذا الخيار للأمر من باب الترويج لتقارير ومعلومات تتحدّث عن عدم جهوزية الصين للتجاوب مع دعوات التوجه شرقاً، ولعدم قدرة إيران على تلبية متطلبات ما يترتّب على السير اللبناني بهذا التوجّه، لكن نصرالله أعاد طرح التحدي بالتأكيد على جدية الاستجابة خصوصاً من الصين وإيران، مفسّراً سبب الإحجام عن السير بخيار الشرق الى عدم نضج الموقف اللبناني الداخلي متحدثاً عن أن المسألة مسألة خيارات في لبنان، موحياً بأن القضية لم تنضج لدى الأطراف اللبنانية خصوصاً بين حلفاء حزب الله لترجمة هذا الخيار، بحيث إنه سيبقى خياراً مطروحاً على الطاولة حتى يختبر الجميع الخيارات الأخرى، فإن أفلحت عندها لا مشكلة لدى حزب الله في السير بها، لكن في حال تعثرت أو ظهرت كلفتها المرتفعة سياسياً أو اقتصادياً فعندها سيكون الطرح بالدعوة مجدداً لاختبار فرضية التوجه شرقاً جاهزاً. وكلام السيد نصرالله عن مسألة الخيارات يؤكد أن التحالفات التي يقيمها لا تعني التطابق في الرؤى، خصوصاً في الشق الاقتصادي حيث الخيار الغربي لا يزال هو المفضل عند الحلفاء الوازنين في معادلة الحكم، وكان لافتاً كلام السيد نصرالله عن عدم التجاوب مع عرضين إيرانيين واحد لتأمين المشتقات النفطية التي تمثل ثلثي مطلوبات العملات الصعبة في لبنان، مقابل سداد قيمتها بالعملة اللبنانيّة، والثاني لتأمين مستلزمات إعادة إعمار ما دمّره تفجير المرفأ من إسمنت وزجاج وألمنيوم وسواها من مكوّنات العمران، وعدم التجاوب هنا لا يقصد به حكماً الخصوم الذين لم يكونوا مع تقديم هذه العروض وليسوا اليوم، في السلطة المقرّرة.

– في الشأن الحكومي كان لافتاً حصر السيد نصرالله للعقد التي تعترض طريق تشكيل الحكومة بالشق الداخلي، بعد شبه إجماع للمتابعين والمحللين في الداخل والخارج لربط الحكومة بانتقال السلطة الرئاسيّة الأميركيّة الى الرئيس المنتخب جو بايدن، سواء مَن يقول ذلك متهماً الرئيس المكلف سعد الحريري بعدم القدرة على تشكيل حكومة يتمثل فيها حزب الله ولو بطريقة غير مباشرة عبر اختصاصيين يسمّيهم، وتراجعه عن تعهده لحزب الله بقبول تسميته لوزيرين من وزراء الطائفة الشيعيّة، بسبب التزامه بفيتو أميركي وسعودي واضح وصارم على أي توزير لحزب الله، ورفض أميركي سعودي للتعامل مع أي حكومة فيها شبهة هذا التمثيل. واعتبار التجاذب القائم بين الحريري ورئيس الجمهورية ذريعة حريريّة للتهرّب من تشكيل الحكومة بانتظار زوال مرتجى لهذا الفيتو مع تسلم بايدن للرئاسة واتجاهه لإعادة العمل بالتفاهم النووي مع إيران، وبالمقابل مَن يقول إن حزب الله يقف وراء تشدد رئيس الجمهورية لتعطيل ولادة الحكومة خدمة لربط تشكيل الحكومة بتفاوض إيراني أميركي بعد تسلم بايدن للرئاسة، وفيما يقف حلفاء حزب الله وراء التفسير الأول وقف خصومه وعلى رأسهم النائب السابق وليد جنبلاط وراء التفسير الثاني، وجاء كلام المبعوث الأممي يان كوبيتش عن انتظار السياسيين اللبنانيين لتسلم بايدن لفتح طريق ولادة الحكومة ساخراً، ليمنح المصداقية لهذا الربط، فجاء كلام السيد نصرالله كالماء البارد على رؤوس الجميع، فهو لم يقدّم التغطية لمطالب رئيس الجمهورية الحليف العماد ميشال عون، كي يضحك جنبلاط في سرّه ويغمز مؤشراً الى الربط التفاوضي، ولا هو اتهم الحريريّ بالربط أو حمّله المسؤولية، كي يضحك الحلفاء ويصفقون، فقال السيد نصرالله إن الأسباب داخلية وتتصل بالثقة المفقودة بين الرئيسين عون والحريري كاشفاً عن تواصل إيجابي مريح مع الحريري، ما يعني ثقة بأن لا مشكلة بتمثيل حزب الله حكومياً لدى الحريري، وثقة حريرية بأن حزب الله يقف في الوسط في قضايا الخلاف الحكومي وربما يكون وسيطاً أكثر مما هو طرف.

– كلام السيد نصرالله في الشأنين المتصلين بالداخل اللبناني فيهما إيضاحات لا تملك مصداقيتها إلا بصدورها عن شخص بمكانة ومسؤولية وحجم اطلاع السيد نصرالله، وتمنحان الأمل سواء لجهة بقاء الخيار الشرقي بديلاً ممكناً على الصعيد الاقتصادي ينتظر قناعة المسؤولين في الداخل لا أكثر ولا أقل، أو لجهة إمكانية تجاوز الأزمة الحكومية ببدائل وحلول داخلية لا علاقة لها بما يجري على الساحتين الإقليمية والدولية، وربما تتيح ولادة الحكومة قبل تولي بايدن مقاليد الرئاسة الأميركية، وبمسعى من السيد نصرالله.

Israel’s JPost Fabricates Alleged Hezbollah Involvement in ISIL Captagon Ship Seized in Italy, Arab & Lebanese Media Outlets Endorse Slander

December 26, 2020

The Zionist newspaper, Jpost, fabricated a report which alleged that Hezbollah was behind the captagon ship seized in Italy last July, knowing that the Italian authorities confirmed that drugs were made to fund the takfiri group.

JPost’s fabricated report was not confirmed by the Italian authorities which did not even comment on the rumors, according to Al-Manar correspondent in Italy.

The correspondent stressed that even the Italian media outlets disregarded JPost’s fabricated report , except a modest agency called “Agenzia Nova” which republished it so that the anti-Hezbollah media outlets in Lebanon and the Arab countries can endorse it.

Indeed, the anti-Hezbollah propaganda in Lebanon and the Arab countries waged a war of accusations against Hezbollah, knowing that the fabricated report has not been conformed by any Italian official.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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