Lebanon Pays Tribute for Slain Soldiers in Official, Popular Funeral

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08-09-2017 | 14:35


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

Lebanon Holds State Funeral in Honor of Martyred Soldiers

September 8, 2017

soldiers funeral

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Al-Manar


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Identities of Slain Soldiers Confirmed: Lebanese Army Commander

September 6, 2017

Army Commander General Joseph Aoun

Lebanese Army Commander, General Joseph Aoun, informed the families of servicemen held hostage by ISIL Takfiri group that the DNA tests confirmed the identities of their sons.

During a closed-door meeting held at the Defense Ministry in Yarze, General Aoun officially announced the results of the DNA tests that proved that the bodies discovered earlier on the border with Syria belonged to their sons.

The announcement had been made in presence of the government commissioner to the military court, Judge Sakr Sakr, and the doctor who supervised the tests, National News Agency reported.

“The funeral will take place on Friday 8 September at the Ministry of Defense in Yarze,” NNA added.

Source: NNA

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Hezbollah Won, But «Israel» Won’t Stop

Andrew Korybko

Expect “Israel” to try and obtain Russian diplomatic support for pressuring Iran to on Hezbollah’s post-war presence in Syria, but don’t necessarily assume that it’ll succeed.

Hezbollah Fighters

Hezbollah swiftly defeated Daesh [Arabic acronym for “ISIS” / “ISIL”] in an effective anti-terrorist campaign coordinated with the Syrian Arab Army along the mountainous Syrian-Lebanese border. Observers were taken aback by how quickly victory was attained, as the terrorist group has hitherto put up fierce resistance elsewhere in the country. This testifies to the growing strength of Hezbollah as one of the world’s most effective anti-terrorist on-the-ground forces, as well as the relative weakening of Daesh as it approaches its dying days.

Hezbollah’s major victory against Daesh also sent strong signals to the three-headed “Cerberus” of “Israel”, the US, and Saudi Arabia that the group is a very capable of defending itself against all threats, and that its battle-hardened skills in Syria can also be used to defend their Lebanese homeland if it ever came under threat once again by those three allied actors. Consequently, this means that their subversive plans against the Resistance Arc will have to be modified since the strategy of expanding Daesh into Lebanon has clearly failed.

Looking forward, it can be expected that Hezbollah will continue to play an ever-growing role in the Mideast, having already become indispensable to Lebanon’s stability and now increasingly to Syria’s own. In response to the dismal failings of their military-terrorist proxy war against the group, Hezbollah’s enemies might attempt to win Russia’s support for their plans in exchange for diplomatic-geopolitical concessions, hoping that Moscow could in turn lean on Iran to compel it to downscale Tehran’s support for Hezbollah in a post-war Syria.

It’s unlikely that this strategy would be successful, both in terms of winning Russia’s full support for this move in the first place and in Moscow’s potential pressuring of Tehran afterwards, but it can’t be discounted that “Israel” will try to leverage its excellent relationship with Russia to these ends, especially bearing in mind that Tel Aviv’s proxy war against Hezbollah has failed and that the only possible alternative for it at this point is to broaden it into taking international diplomatic dimensions.

Source: Oriental Review, Edited by website team

06-09-2017 | 12:46

بعد كلمة السيد نصرالله: ماذا كان يفعل السبهان في لبنان؟

ثامر السبهان من لبنان: الدول لا تحميها إلا مؤسساتها الشرعية

بعد كلمة السيد نصرالله: ماذا كان يفعل السبهان في لبنان؟

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سبتمبر 1, 2017

– صار أكيداً بعد الكلام الواضح للسيد حسن نصرالله عن مضمون المداخلة الأميركية الرسمية لمنع الدولة اللبنانية من تنفيذ عملية فجر الجرود او تأجيلها لعام على الأقل، والتهديد بقطع المساعدات الأميركية عن الجيش اللبناني في حال الامتناع عن الأخذ بالطلب الأميركي، أن الفريق اللبناني المنتمي للحلف الذي تقوده واشنطن عالميا والرياض إقليميا، قد ارتكب بنظر واشنطن خطأين كبيرين متتاليين، الأول اعتقاده بأنه من المسموح له إعلان التأييد لعملية حزب الله في جرود عرسال أو التغاضي عنها أو عدم خوض حرب تشويه ضدها ومناكفة ومساجلة على حلفيتها، وافتراض أن ذلك يمنع حزب الله من الاستئثار بوهج الانتصار. والخطأ الثاني هو الظن بأنه يصحح خطأه الأول بتبني عملية تحرير الجرود اللبنانية في القاع ورأس بعلبك على أيدي الجيش اللبناني لإزاحة الأضواء عن إنجاز حزب الله وفتح منافسة بين الجيش والمقاومة.

– الأكيد أيضاً بالوقائع أن المتموضعين تحت الراية التي تظلل الخندق الأميركي السعودي بدّلوا لهجتهم واتخذوا عكس مواقفهم، تجاه عملية حزب الله في القلمون الغربي بالتعاون مع الجيش السوري، علماً أنها تسهّل عملية الجيش اللبناني من دون إحراجه بالتنسيق مع الجيش السوري الذي يرفضونه ويرفضه الأميركيون والسعوديون، وعلماً أنها لا تجري على أرض لبنانية، لكن العملية الجارية على الأرض اللبنانية لا تتمّ بدونها، وعلماً أن كشف مصير العسكريين اللبنانيين المخطوفين لا يتحقق من دون حشر المسلحين الذي يحتلّون الجرود بين نارَي الشرق والغرب، وفكّي كماشتهما، وعلماً أن التفاوض كما قال قائد الجيش العماد جوزف عون كان السبيل الوحيد لكشف مصير العسكريين، ومواصلة الحرب ستعني إبقاء المصير مجهولاً إلى الأبد، وأن كل التفاوض ووقف النار وانسحاب المسلحين كانت خطوات تمّت بشراكة قرار من قيادة الجيش وفقاً لتقدير أهداف العملية؟

– زاد من قيمة هذه الحقائق كلام السيد نصرالله عن الحسابات السورية التي لم تكن أولويتها العسكرية تلك المعركة ولا كان يناسبها القبول بنقل مسلحي داعش. وهي قبلت بطلبات حزب الله ونزلت عند رغبته كحليف، بحضور شخصي من السيد نصرالله للقاء الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد، ترجمة لمطالب لبنانية وضعتها قيادة الجيش وتبنّاها حزب الله، فكيف يستقيم الترحيب بحرب خاضها حزب الله على أرض لبنانية ضد جبهة النصرة تنتهي بترحيل مسلحيها إلى إدلب، ويفترض أنها أخذت من طريق الجيش ما يجب أن يقوم به، مع التنديد بحرب يخوضها حزب الله خارج الأرض اللبنانية لتسهيل حرب يخوضها الجيش اللبناني على أرض لبنانية، ويستثمر تحالفه مع سوريا لإشراكها في الحرب وتحقيق الأهداف التي رسمها الجيش اللبناني، والحرب التي يخوضها الجيش يفترض أنّها طلب هؤلاء منعاً لتصدّر حزب الله لصورة النصر، ونقل المسلّحين هنا من ضمن رؤية قيادة الجيش لكشف مصير العسكريين بينما ليست في حساباته أو لا تعنيه على الأقل هناك، فكيف استقام هذا التناقض؟

– إذا كان التفسير للتبدّل والتناقض يختزن بالموقف الأميركي الذي كشفه السيد نصرالله، لكن الإحراج كان كبيراً لدرجة يصعب فيها التراجع عن منح الجيش التفويض اللازم لخوض معركته. والخشية من أن يخوضها حزب الله وحده،

وأمام إصرار الرئيس ميشال عون وقيادة الجيش على قرار المعركة، فاضطروا للمضي في المعركة محاولين التعويض والتكفير عن الأخطاء التي سجلها الأميركي عليهم، بالحملة العالية الوتيرة ضد حزب الله، فمن هو الصديق الذي أعاد ترتيب التفاهمات وطلب الصفح عن الأخطاء للحلفاء وأعاد تنظيم صفوفهم، وقاد الحملة على حزب الله في لبنان والعراق؟

– السفير السعودي السابق في بغداد ثامر السبهان والمسؤول عن الملف العراقي في فريق ولي العهد محمد بن سلمان زار بيروت بين حربَي الجرود، وحصر لقاءاته بجماعة السعودية، وشهد لبنان والعراق بفضل قيادته مواقف عالية السقوف ضد حزب الله، تقول المعلومات. وتقول إن الاتصال الهاتفي بين الرئيس دونالد ترامب والملك السعودي لم يكن لمناقشة الأزمة القطرية الخليجية، بل كان بطلب من القيادة العسكرية الأميركية من الرئيس ترامب للضغط لتصعيد الحملة لبنانياً وعراقياً على حزب الله وتحديداً لطلب زيادة المخصصات المالية لبعض الأطراف والشخصيات والمؤسسات الإعلامية اللبنانية والعراقية العاملة مع الأميركيين لتزخيم الحملة، كما تقول بعض المعلومات أيضاً.

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Hassan Nasrallah: Israel is in despair after the defeats of Daesh


Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on 28 August 2017 on the occasion of the Second Liberation, following the complete surrender of the terrorists of Daech and Al-Nosra in Lebanon


[…] We are truly facing a great victory (against Daesh in Lebanon). From there, consider that on May 25, 2000, we expelled the Zionist Occupying (Lebanon) and today we all (the Syrian and Lebanese armies and Islamic Resistance) have expelled the occupying terrorist takfiri. This is one of the fundamental similarities.

On the border, vast and sensitive areas (mountains, hills, strategic positions) were in the hands of the Zionists, and here also, vast expanses, mountains, heights, hills, strategic positions were in the hands of the takfiris. At the border, accross the international border, the Israelis were a permanent threat and that is always the case, and takfiris were a threat at every moment against all of Lebanon, especially against all the Bekaa, not only against Baalbeck-Hermel and border villages.

Lately, everyone knows that they planned there, in the Jurd of Ersal, Daesh was preparing suicide operations and attacks in Zahle and in the surrounding villages, but the intelligence services of the Lebanese army discovered them before the operations were conducted.

Today we face this reality. And maybe it would come to the mind of some to say “ô Sayed [Nasrallah], as regards Israel, it is something very different (from what happens today).” But no, it is a continuation. Day after day, it is shown that these Daesh and takfiri groups have been created by American power and fought to realize the Israeli project. They fought (in the interest of the) Israeli project. And what these takfiri terrorist groups have offered Israel, Israel could never get for decades.

And more dangerously… I do not want to classify these two dangers, because I believe that these terrorist groups are fighting within the American-Israeli project, whether they know it or not. Their leaders know for sure. The fools are the fighters who got fooled by false and superficial slogans. Israel is an occupation and hegemony project. Israel is an occupying project. The United States are a project of hegemony. Daesh and other takfiri groups are an extermination project. The extermination of all that is different (from them): Muslim, Christian, Sabean, Yazdi, everything. That is an extermination project. The extermination of man, of History, of civilization, of society, of all things. And then when our region is destroyed, its armies, its plans, its states, its institutions, its social structure, it will be offered (on a silver platter), primed, cooked to perfection, roasted and stuffed to America and Israel, so that they seize it and impose their conditions on everyone.

And that’s why today, who is shedding tears over the fate of Daesh in Syria, in Qalamoun and in Iraq? Netanyahu and Israeli officials! It is they who mourn (bitterly) and yell sorrowful lamentations! Currently, their problem with the Trump administration is that it committed itself to the eradication of Daesh as a priority, the same administration that recognizes that this is the Obama (and Clinton) administration who created Daesh. This is why no one should come and say that there is a big difference between the Liberation of South(-Lebanon in 2000 against Israel) and this battle (against Daesh) and that the liberation of South ranks first (in importance), and that (the Liberation of our borders) is in 10th place (for example) in any way! (Liberation of southern Lebanon against Israel) is first, (the Liberation of our borders against Daech) comes right away in second place! For it is a continuation of the battle against Israel.

Read Israeli (statements and press). (Unfortunately), the Lebanese and the Arabs do not read much. Read what they say, what they write, especially these days, with the ongoing eradication of Daesh in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, so that you realize clearly that Daesh is a true Israeli project.

We are indeed facing the Second Liberation (of Lebanon). The date of the First Liberation is May 25, 2000. The date of the Second Liberation, for history, is today (28 August 2017). I do not mean the day (to be selected for an annual commemoration of this event). Today we wrote… Last time, today’s date, August 28, 2017, was empty (of any commemoration) in the calendar. But not for 2018. By the will of God, this day and this month are written by the Lebanese Army, the Syrian army and fighters of the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon. This was written today (in the annals of History): August 28, 2017 is the Day of the Second Liberation, which will be recorded as a glorious day in the history of Lebanon and the history of the region.

Now whether the Lebanese government (led by the pro-Saudi Saad Hariri and his March 14 coalition, facing the movement of March 8, with Hezbollah and its allies) recognizes it or not, that’s their problem, just like what happened on May 25, 2000. The situation was somewhat different at the time, that date was declared a national holiday, then was removed from the calendar at the time of a previous Prime Minister. But then, thanks to God, a head of government redid the occasion of May 25 a day of remembrance.

We now have an opportunity to commemorate: August 28, 2017. I speak only of the historical event that took place on August 28, I do not write the history (and national holidays) myself. But today there is no longer any daeshiste, takfiri, (member of) Al-Nusra Front or (any other terrorist) on the least grain of sand, any mountain or any Lebanese hill. It was on that date (this event occurred). After that, if the government wants to keep that date, or choose August 27, August 25, August 31 or September 3 (for the commemoration), I have no problem. I do not precede anyone, I speak only of the historical event.

On this basis, I wish to conclude with this call (to celebrate this event this Thursday 31st, the day of Arafat, on the eve of Eid-al-Adha): you remember that on May 25, 2000, it is all Lebanon who won, and Lebanon was happy with the victory (against Israel), with the exception of those who had placed their hopes in the Israeli occupation, and there were (a number) in the country, and those who had placed their hopes in the army of Antoine Lahd. So on that day, there was a majority (of Lebanese) happy, and (a minority) of people whose faces were darkened (with bitterness) because their plans had collapsed.

Today… But (in 2000), the happiest people, despite the fact that it was a national day, celebration and victory, were southerners, residents of southern Lebanon and Jabal Amel who were the happiest of all with this victory and this Liberation. The reason is simple: it is because the occupation took place on their mountains, their hills, their cities, it is their sons and daughters who were imprisoned, their peasants and farmer were fired at, and a daily threat was hanging over them. We remember the bombing against Sidon and Nabatiye and children and schoolchildren’s heads torn in the streets. It is quite normal that the people of the South, who are those who have suffered most and have the most sacrificed,were (more) happy on May 25, 2000.

Today, all of Lebanon won, and logically, the vast majority (of the population) is pleased, with the exception of those who have placed their hopes on the Al-Nusra Front, on Daesh and the regional states and world powers that stand behind them. It is understandable that they are angry, saddened and dismayed, and they offer their condolences, it is normal. And a few days ago, 2 or 3 weeks, they have insulted, reviled and slandered us, but let them act as they please. We understand their sadness and pain.

But with certainty, the vast majority of Lebanese are happy because without these (victorious) confrontations for several years to date, Daesh, the Al-Nusra Front and their like could have seized the Bekaa, the North and reached other places in Lebanon and we would have experienced a disaster. See what happened in the country and the societies around us (Syria, Iraq, Libya).

But it is also natural that the happiest people in the Second Liberation are our noble people of the Bekaa. They are the ones whose mountains, Jurds and fields, were attacked with car bombs and suicide bombers, against Hermel, Bekaa and Ras Baalbek, and the whole area was threatened upto all Zahle and the Bekaa, and now that this nightmare disappeared from their mountains, their hills, their Jurds, their homes and their lands, they sure are going to be the happiest of all. For they have suffered more than all, and in this battle, it is among them that there was the most sacrificed (martyrs).

It is true that our brothers, our families and the officers and soldiers of the Lebanese Army came from all regions of Lebanon and fought on this front, but there is no doubt that today in the Bekaa, there are no villages, especially in Baalbek-Hermel, in which are not found one, two or three martyrs, and one, two or three wounded. The Bekaa residents have also shaped this victory by the blood of their loved ones and their children, the apple of their eyes, the best elements among their young men. Not to mention the wounded who are still in the homes and in hospitals. Therefore it is normal that they are happy, congratulate themselves and take pride in this victory which is a national victory in general,but especially a victory for the Bekaa. […]

Translation: http://sayed7asan.blogspot.fr

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الثلاثيّ الذهبيّ: عون وبري ونصرالله


الثلاثيّ الذهبيّ: عون وبري ونصرالله

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أغسطس 31, 2017

– في كلّ معضلة حطّت على لبنان وكانت خطة إسقاطه محققة منذ اغتيال الرئيس رفيق الحريري، وبعدها حرب تموز 2006، يظهر الثلاثي الذي يشكله الرئيس العماد ميشال عون والرئيس نبيه بري والسيد حسن نصرالله كبوليصة تأمين وطنية بوجه مخططات التخريب والإضعاف والتهوين والفتن، والتباينات أو التمايزات وحتى الخلافات بين الرئيسين عون وبري في محطات مختلفة من عمر السنوات العشر الماضية لم تستطع أن تجعلهما يبتعدان عن سلوك الخيارات الوطنية الكبرى ذاتها في اللحظات الصعبة والحرجة كلّها التي واجهها لبنان والمخاطر التي تعرّض لها.

– في حرب تموز كان حزب الله في خطوط القتال، والسيد حسن نصرالله يقود الحرب، وكان الرئيسان عون وبري جبهة الحماية السياسية والشعبية لظهر المقاومة، وكان بري لسان حالها في التفاوض، بينما كان عون محاميها الأول. وفي النصر الذي حققته المقاومة كان شريكا النصر، شريكين في صيغة التحالفات ما بعده، فكان الاعتصام الشعبي الممتدّ لعام ونصف العام تقريباً طلباً لحكومة وحدة وطنية يحميها الثلث الضامن، وصولاً لاتفاق الدوحة.

– في الاستحقاق الرئاسي ورغم ما باعدته الحسابات ظاهراً وشكلاً بقي الموقفان حتى الخواتيم السعيدة يحفظان التباينات تحت سقف الموقف الواحد، فلا يرد عند الرئيس بري خذلان حزب الله بالانفراد بخيار، ولا يرد في حساب حزب الله خيار رئاسي عنوان الإجماع الوطني في تظهيره، ولا في حساب العماد عون رئاسة تبدأ عهدها بالتصادم مع زعامة شعبية وسياسية وموقع دستوري، بمثل ما يمثل الرئيس بري.

– في العلاقة بسورية وقف أركان الثلاثي الذهبي متمسكاً بالدفاع عن دولتها المدنية الحامية للعيش المتعدّد، ومع رئيسها المتمسك بخيار الاستقلال الوطني وحماية المقاومة، وجيشها المواجه لخطر الإرهاب. وإذا كان حزب الله قد ترجم هذه المواقف بقتال وتضحيات كلفت نهراً جارياً من الشهداء، فإنّ كلاً من الرئيسين عون وبري بقيا ثابتين على الموقف نفسه في أحلك الظروف وأشدّها قسوة على سورية وصمدا بوجه الترهيب والترغيب اللذين استهدفا دفعهما لتغيير المواقف وتعديلها، وعلى ثباتهما سقطت أوهام كذبة النأي بالنفس المشؤومة، وحفظت معادلة الجيش والشعب والمقاومة.

– في الحرب على الإرهاب عندما دقّ باب لبنان، قدّم عون وبري الغطاء الشعبي والسياسي لمشاركة حزب الله في الحرب في سورية، وقدّماه كدفاع استباقي عن لبنان، وواصلا ذلك بقوة أشدّ عندما صار القتال في الأراضي اللبنانية، وفي الفصل الأخير من الحرب من جرود عرسال إلى جرود القاع ورأس بعلبك وصولاً للقلمون، كانا صوت المقاومة الصادح ودرعها الواقي بوجه حملات التشكيك ومحاولات الطعن.

– اليوم سيلتقي جمهور الثلاثيّ الذهبيّ في مهرجان النصر الذي دعا إليه السيد نصرالله، ومعهم جماهير حزب الله والمقاومة والأحزاب الحليفة والشريكة في خيار المقاومة، وسيكون هذا الاحتفال محطة تاريخية في حياة لبنان بحجم الحشود والتي سيشهدها وتنوّعها وتنوّع بيئاتها الاجتماعية والثقافية مقدّماً صورة عن لبنان المقاوم رغماً عن أنوف مدّعي تمثيل الإرادة اللبنانية، ومن خلفهم الخارج الذي سيرى بالعيون المفتوحة حجم الحشود، والذين سيُدهشهم جميعاً الحضور ويقفون بذهول أمام حجم التمثيل الذي يفتحون معركتهم السياسية معه.

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