بفضل الشهيد سليماني… حَسَمَت «حماس» أمرها!

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الإثنين 4 كانون الثاني 2021

منذ تأسيسها في أواخر ثمانينيات القرن الماضي كحركة مقاومة فلسطينية ضدّ الكيان الصهيوني، عانت «حماس» من عدّة أنواع من التجاذبات الداخلية. أول تلك التجاذبات، أنّها في الوقت ذاته حركة شعبية جماهيرية (مع ما يتطلّبه ذلك من تعاون / تعامل واقعي مع منظمة التحرير الفسلطينية أولاً ثم السلطة الفلسطينية لاحقاً) وحركة كفاح مسلّح أيضاً (بما يقتضيه ذلك من سرية التنظيمات الثورية واعتباراتها الأمنية). التجاذب الثاني، كان بين كونها حركة وطنية (فلسطينية) وحركة إسلامية (انبثقت من رحم «الإخوان المسلمين»). وثالث التجاذبات، كان يتعلّق بالموقف من النظام الرسمي العربي (وبالتحديد أنظمة مصر والأردن والسعودية) في مقابل العلاقة مع إيران.

وفي ضوء تلك التجاذبات والعوامل، سارت «حماس» على مدى أكثر من 25 سنة. وبناءً عليها، يمكن فهم التناقضات والمواقف المتضاربة التي اتخذتها الحركة سواء في الداخل الفلسطيني أو على المستوى الإقليمي. بعد اغتيال الشيخ أحمد ياسين في عام 2004، وظهور خالد مشعل كقائد «رسمي» للحركة، ازداد الميل الحماسي للتعامل الإيجابي مع النظام الرسمي العربي، وخصوصاً مع استقراره في قطر. بذل مشعل جهوداً كبيرة للتقارب مع السعودية، وسعى لإقناعها بجاهزية «حماس» لقبول الرعاية السعودية كبديلٍ للسلطة الفلسطينية، أو على الأقل إلى جانبها. ولكنّ مجهودات مشعل لم تثمر واصطدمت بتعنّت شديد، خصوصاً من طرف الأمير سعود الفيصل وإصرارٍ من السعودية على ضرورة قطع العلاقة مع إيران، أي أنهم وضعوه في خانة إما نحن أو إيران! وكذلك مع مصر، حاول مشعل كثيراً مع نظام حسني مبارك لكي يظهر له حسن النية والجاهزية للتعاطي بإيجابية مع الملاحظات والمطالب المصرية، وذلك بهدف التعامل مع «حماس» كشريك وطرف سياسي مقبول، ولكن جهود مشعل قوبلت بالصد ووصلت إلى حائط مسدود مع إصرار مصر على التعامل مع «حماس» على أساس «أمني»، ووضع ملفّها كاملاً بأيدي المخابرات المصرية، وليس وزارة الخارجية. ومع الأردن أيضاً، فشلت جهود خالد مشعل نظراً إلى حساسية جهاز المخابرات تجاه علاقة «حماس» بـ«الإخوان المسلمين» الأردنيين، وثبات السياسة الأردنية على مبدأ الدعم والشراكة مع السلطة الفلسطينية في عملية السلام (استخدمت الأردن العلاقة مع «حماس» كورقة في علاقتها مع سلطة عباس في رام الله تستعملها إذا اقتضت الحاجة من حين لآخر). باختصار، وجدت «حماس» صدّاً وردّاً ورفضاً من النظام العربي، وشروطاً تعجيزية، رغم كلّ محاولاتها وجهودها لنيل الرضا الرسمي.

وهنا ظهر رجب طيب إردوغان. بحلول عام 2009، شعر إردوغان أنه صار يمتلك من القوة داخل تركيا بما يمكنه من تغيير سياساتها وتحالفاتها الخارجية. وعندما بدأ يطلق سهامه السياسية تجاه إسرائيل ويتكلّم عن القدس وفلسطين، وجدت «حماس» متنفّساً كبيراً لها، خصوصاً مع «سنّية» إردوغان وعلاقاته الإخوانية القديمة. اندفعت قيادة «حماس» نحو إردوغان إلى أقصى مدى، بشكل متهوّر يمكن القول، حتى ارتكبت خطأها الأكبر عندما قرّرت قلب ظهر المجنّ لسوريا والانقلاب على إيران. في الفترة ما بين عامَي 2011 و2013، دخلت «حماس» طرفاً في الأزمة السورية، داعمة للمعارضة الساعية لإسقاط النظام، مدفوعة بجذورها الإخوانية وبموقف إردوغان ومتشجّعة بصعود محمد مرسي في مصر. كان ذلك الموقف طعنة في ظهر سوريا وخيانة لإيران.

قرّر سليماني بتوجيهات من القيادة العليا للجمهورية الإسلامية الإيرانية أن يغضّ النظر عن خطأ قيادة «حماس»


الجناح العسكري في «حماس»، «كتائب القسام»، كانت له دائماً أولوياته واعتباراته التي لا تتطابق بالضرورة مع قيادة خالد مشعل وسياساته العربية ومبادراته ومناوراته. لم تكن الدول العربية في وارد تقديم أيّ دعم عسكري على الإطلاق (بل كانت واقعاً في الخندق الآخر، الإسرائيلي، عندما يتعلّق الأمر بالمقاومة المسلّحة و«كتائب القسام»). وحتى تركيا إردوغان كانت تعرف حدودها، فاكتفت بالكلام السياسي والإعلامي، ولم تقترب أبداً من النواحي العسكرية لدعم القضية الفلسطينية.
الشهيد قاسم سليماني، بتوجيهات من القيادة العليا للجمهورية الإسلامية الإيرانية، قرّر أن يغضّ النظر عن خطأ قيادة «حماس» (أو خطيئتها بالأحرى) ومكتبها السياسي، وأن يستمرّ في البرنامج الاستراتيجي الذي أطلقه من سنين طويلة والهادف إلى تحويل «حماس» في غزّة إلى قوّة عسكرية حقيقية قادرة على مواجهة إسرائيل وتحدّيها، بل والتغلّب عليها، على نموذج حزب الله في لبنان. مبكراً جداً، دخل الشهيد سليماني على خط المقاومة في غزّة، متبنّياً التنظيمات المسلّحة، وأهمّها وأكبرها «كتائب القسام»، وداعماً لها تقنياً وفنياً، بالسلاح والعتاد، ولوجستياً ومادياً. سخّر الحاج قاسم إمكانيات إيران في هذا الاتجاه، فصارت تؤتي أُكلها وبدأت قدرات جديدة ومتطوّرة بالظهور في أيدي المقاومين الفلسطينيين، أنظمة صواريخ يزداد مداها يوماً عن يوم، قنابل وألغام متطوّرة، قدرات بحرية وحتى جوية! والأهم هو التأهيل والتدريب ونقل الخبرات من أجل ضمان الاستمرارية والقدرة على التصنيع والإنتاج. لم يتعامل الحاج قاسم مع «حماس» بمنطق ردّ الفعل، فلم يوقف برنامج الدعم العسكري لـ«كتائب القسام» ولم يطلب من «حماس» شيئاً، ولا ضغط عليها ولا ساومها لأجل تغيير موقفها السياسي من الأزمة في سوريا.

تعامل الشهيد سليماني مع «حماس» بمنتهى الصبر والهدوء، فلم يعاقبها بسبب «خيانتها» في سوريا وتجاهل، بثقة العالم العارف، خالد مشعل ومكتبه السياسي، وكأنّ شيئاً لم يكن. كانت القضية أكبر من الأشخاص عند قاسم سليماني، وفلسطين مسألة مبدأ وأكبر من خالد مشعل بل من «حماس» كلّها. إنها عقيدة الجمهورية الإسلامية غرسها الإمام الخميني في نفوس قاسم سليماني ورفاقه: إسرائيل غدّة سرطانية ولا بدّ أن تزول، وسوف تزول!

سرعان ما أدركت «حماس» خطأها. فمع صمود سوريا وفشل خطط إسقاط النظام فيها، وجدت قيادة «حماس» نفسها في مهبّ الريح، وخصوصاً مع إقرار إردوغان واعترافه بهزيمة مشروعه في سوريا، عام 2016. فلا النظام الرسمي العربي معها، ولا انتصر «الإخوان المسلمون» في مصر أو سوريا، وقد أبعدت نفسها عن إيران وأغضبتها، وكلّ ما حصدته من مغامرتها السورية هو الفشل والخيبة والظهور بمظهر الغادر الناكر للجميل. فكان التغيير الحتمي. توارى خالد مشعل ورموز مكتبه السياسي خلف الأضواء، واضطرّوا لإفساح المجال لصعود القيادة الجديدة في «حماس»، قيادة العمل العسكري و«كتائب القسام»، لتتسلّم زمام الأمور في غزة، ممثّلة بشخص المناضل العتيد والعنيد يحيى السنوار الذي لن يسمح بعد الآن للسياسيين «بالعبث» في إنجازات «حماس» العسكرية التي تحقّقت بفضل إيران وبالذات الشهيد قاسم سليماني. لا يبالي يحيى السنوار بغضب من يغضب ولا يداري، بل قالها علناً وعلى رؤوس الأشهاد: كلّ ما حقّقناه من قدرات عسكرية كان بفضل إيران ودعمها.

سوف يوجد دائماً في صفوف «حماس» وقاعدتها الشعبية من يعادون إيران على أسس مذهبية، وسوف لن تتوقف الأصوات التي تتحدّث عن الشيعة والسنّة، ولكن لن تكون لهم الكلمة بعد اليوم. تعلّمت «حماس» درسها ولن تغادر محور المقاومة بعد الآن، والفضل كلّ الفضل للشهيد قاسم سليماني.

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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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بعد أيام على اغتيال اللواء قاسم سليماني، كان ديوسدادو كابيلّو، أحد أقوى الشخصيات في الحكم في فنزويلا (في العسكر كما بين المدنيين)، يلقي خطاباً في التجمع العالمي المناهض للإمبريالية، فافتتحه بطلب وقوف الحاضرين تحية «للشهيد الكبير الجنرال قاسم سليماني، الذي اغتيل على يد الإرهاب الأميركي الشمالي».

الرجل الذي أنقذ هيوغو شافيز من انقلاب العام 2002 وساهم في إنقاذ بلاده من محاولات انقلابية أخرى لاحقاً، لم يكن يتحدّث عن شهيد محور المقاومة من منطلق «التضامن الثوري» حصراً. هو يرى في إيران داعماً لبلاده أيضاً. توقيت الخطاب سبق بستة أشهر وصول شحنات البنزين الإيراني إلى فنزويلا. لكنه تلا سنوات من التعاون بين طهران وكاراكاس في نواحي شتى، أبرزها الجانب العسكري الذي قلما يُصرّح عنه المسؤولون في البلدين. هناك برنامج عمل، هدفه تعويض النقص الذي تعانيه فنزويلا في قطع غيار الأسلحة والطائرات بسبب الحصار الأميركي، إذ سبق لإيران أن خاضت تجربة مشابهة مع جزء من سلاحها الأميركي الصنع مذ كانت تحت حكم الشاه. لكن الأهم هو مساعدة إيران لكاراكاس على مأسسة «الميليشيات الشعبية» في الدولة اللاتينية، لحماية نظام الحُكم من الانقلابات. طيف قاسم سليماني كان حاضراً في كل هذه الميادين.

لكن كابيلّو كان ينطق بلسان تيار عريض في «الوطن اللاتيني الكبير». هذا التيار اليساري، سواء في الحكم أو خارجه، يرى في إيران الثورة، ومحور المقاومة، حليفاً موضوعياً. ففي تلك البلاد، ومنذ أكثر من 120 عاماً، كانت غالبية التجارب الاستقلالية الحقيقية تصطدم بالسياسات التوسعية للشمال. كان القائد الوطني الكوبي، الشهيد خوسي مارتي، من أوائل الذين تنبّهوا إلى هذه المعضلة، حيث لا تزال أطماع «أميركا الشمالية» هي العائق الأول أمام الاستقلال في أميركا الجنوبية.
يوم أمس، لاقى الرئيس البوليفي السابق وزعيم التحالف اليساري الحاكم في بلاده، إيفو موراليس، كابيلّو، ليصف سليماني بأنه أحد «أبطال القتال ضد الإمبريالية وشهدائه في العالم». كان موراليس أيضاً ينطق باسم التيار نفسه. هذا التيار الذي يرى أن تطوير بلاده وتحسين حياة السكان فيها يمران حتماً بمواجهة العدوانية الإمبريالية الأميركية.

هي الحرب الكبرى التي يجب أن تُخاض، بالصورة نفسها التي خيضت بها بعد عام 1982، انطلاقاً من لبنان


استحضار كابيلّو وموراليس (من بين عشرات الأمثلة في أميركا اللاتينية) لا يهدف إلى «افتعال» بُعد أممي لشخصية سليماني. فهذا البُعد موجود فعلاً. ويندر، في العقود الأخيرة على الأقل، العثور على شخصيات يترك حضورها، كما غيابها، أثراً كبيراً في كل دول الإقليم، وصولاً إلى «أقاصي» العالم، كما هي حال سليماني. على مدى 22 عاماً، كان سليماني يعمل كوزير ثانٍ لخارجية إيران، ورئيساً ثانياً لجهاز استخباراتها الخارجية، وقائداً لقواتها خارج الحدود، وسفيراً فوق العادة لقائدها، وصلة وصل بينها وبين حلفائها، كما بين الحلفاء أنفسهم. وفي جميع الأدوار، لم يكن الحاج قاسم منفذاً لسياسات وحسب، بل صانعاً لها، ومشاركاً في رسمها. يمكن النظر إلى دوره في الحرب السورية، بعد عام 2012، كمثال اعتمده في كل عمله. ابتدع تجربة «الممرات الآمنة»: طرق يصل طول بعضها إلى عشرات الكيلومترات (وأحياناً المئات)، تخترق «أراضي العدو»، لتصل «الأراضي المحررة» بعضها بالبعض الآخر، وتسمح بنقل آمن للمقاتلين والسلاح والمال والغذاء والوقود وما يلزم للحياة، وتغيّر مجرى المعارك. هكذا كان يفعل أيضاً بين الحلفاء، في الإقليم وحول العالم.

يصعب، بعد مرور عام على اغتياله، سدّ الثغرة التي خلّفها غيابه. والمحور الذي كان أحد قادته، مُلزم، بعد مرور 12 شهراً على الجريمة، بالرد على قتله غيلة، مع رفيقه القائد أبو مهدي المهندس. وهذا الرد ليس للثأر حصراً، بل هو، أولاً، لإعادة ميزان حياة المحور إلى ما كان عليه قبل الثالث من كانون الثاني 2020. والرد هنا لا يكون، بإيقاع أكبر قدر ممكن من الخسائر البشرية في صفوف العدو، على المستويات كلها، وحسب. فموازين القوى تَحُول، حتماً، دون التكافؤ في الضربات. الرد، في المقام الأول، هو في توسيع المساحات الآمنة، عسكرياً وأمنياً وسياسياً واقتصادياً، حول «الممرات الآمنة» التي أقامها سليماني ورفاقه، الشهداء منهم والأحياء، في طول الإقليم وعرضه، كما حول العالم. وتوسيع هذه الرقعة يبدأ بإخراج قوات الاحتلال الأميركي من الإقليم. هي الحرب الكبرى التي يجب أن تُخاض، بالصورة نفسها التي خيضت بها بعد عام 1982، انطلاقاً من لبنان. فاستقلال هذه البلاد مستحيل من دون مواجهة العدوانية الإمبريالية الأميركية، وأبرز مظاهرها الاحتلال العسكري المباشر.

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لم تفتحوا شهيتكم لمغانم الدنيا وأموالها لكنكم كنتم الأغنى في البذل والعطاء وهم الأفقر إلى الله…

لم تفكّروا في ملذات الدنيا مطلقاً، لكنها أتت إليكم طواعيّة وما أسرَتْكم …

لم تلينوا لحظة واحدة مع العدو لكنكم كنتم الأكثر ودّاً وليناً مع عيال الله بكلّ صنوفهم…

الإيمان كان يغمرك ويغمرهم الى حدّ الذوبان في الله

والعزم والشجاعة كانا يتحزمانك ويتحزمانهم الى درجة صلابة الجبال…

كنتَ وهم الآن أول من يتقدّم الميدان ويخوض الميدان ثم يطلب من رجال الله اللحاق به الى الصفوف الأماميّة…

لا أنت ولا زملاؤك من القادة الذين ربّيت ولا كوادرك كانوا يوماً من المقاتلين الورقيّين او الافتراضيّين في غرف العمليات النظرية…

بل في الطليعة من الجيوش تتقدّمون الصفوف الأماميّة…

خالصين لله كنتم ومن أصفياء الله كنتم وثقتكم به تفوق الوصف، جاهدتم في الله حق جهاده حتى أتاكم اليقين.

من هنا كانت القيادة تليق بكم وأنتم السادة ورمز الانتصار والشهادة بلا حدود..

عابرون للجغرافيا والمكان والزمان والطوائف والمذاهب، وركنكم الشديد مقاومة حتى النصر أو الشهادة

لقد دخلتم التاريخ أبطالاً قوميين لبلدانكم وأقطاركم

وأبطالاً أمميّين لكلّ البشرية والإنسانية جمعاء…

لذلك كله نقول لكم وأنتم الأعلون… تأكدوا يا اسطورة جغرافيا وتاريخ آخر الزمان واطمئنّوا أنكم ستبقون ذخراً لنا وفخراً نعتز به…

في كلّ حركاتنا وسكناتنا أنتم حاضرون، وبيننا أحياء عند ربكم ترزقون أكثر مما تتصوّرون.

بعدنا طيّبين قولوا الله…

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Sheikh Qaouk: Martyr Soleimani Has Left Behind a Million-man Resistance Army

Sheikh Qaouk: Martyr Soleimani Has Left Behind a Million-man Resistance Army

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Member of Hezbollah Central Council, Sheikh Nabil Qaouk emphasized that “martyr Qassem Soleimani is the pride of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and the pride of the entire nation.”

All of the victories stretching over our region have the fingerprints of martyr Qassem Soleimani on them, Sheik Qaouk added.

The Hezbollah official further underscored in a graduation ceremony for “Martyr Qassem Soleimani Group” in the southern Lebanese village of Maroun al-Rass that “the martyr has left behind a million-man army of well-trained and equipped resistance fighters who long for martyrdom.”

Sheikh Qaouk concluded that “the blood of Hajj Qassem Soleimani will always remain and will never be forgotten.”

General Soleimani’s military acumen in fighting terrorists was ‘unmatched’, says American professor

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January 2, 2021 – 19:51

TEHRAN – Nader Entessar, a professor emeritus of political science from the University of South Alabama, praises General Qassem Soleimani’s shrewdness in devising asymmetrical “warfare strategies” against terrorists, calling his abilities “unmatched”.

“His military acumen, ability to devise asymmetrical anti-terrorism warfare strategies, and bringing together unruly groups to work together were unmatched,” Entessar tells the Tehran Times.

“The United States has now ‘weaponized’ the term (terrorism) in pursuit of its foreign policy goals.  That is, practically any person, institution, or country that actively opposes Washington’s global hegemony is labeled as a “terrorist” thus making it difficult to tackle the problem of terrorism in a meaningful way.”The professor also says Iran has been at the “forefront” of the war against Daesh and other terrorist groups to protect its security.

“In general, Iran has been at the forefront of fighting regional terrorist groups such as Daesh (ISIS) and others that carry terrorist acts against Iran’s security, sovereignty, and territorial integrity,” the American professor notes.   

Following is the full text of the interview:

Q: In 1972, a specialized Committee on Terrorism was set up at the United Nations, and member states made great efforts to provide appropriate definitions of international terrorism, but due to intense political differences, the actual definition of international terrorism and comprehensive conventions in practice was impossible. Security Council Resolution 1373 was the most serious attempt to define terrorism after 9/11, which evolved into UN Security Council Resolution 1535. Despite providing a definition of terrorism, countries approach it differently. What is the reason?

A: The definition of the term “terrorism” provided by the UN is a minimalist one designed to satisfy conflicting views on this topic.  Terrorism is first and foremost a political term that does to easily lend itself to a universally accepted legal definition.  One country’s “terrorist” can be viewed as a “freedom fighter” by another country.  Furthermore, the United States has now “weaponized” the term in pursuit of its foreign policy goals.  That is, practically any person, institution, or country that actively opposes Washington’s global hegemony is labeled as a “terrorist” thus making it difficult to tackle the problem of terrorism in a meaningful way.   

Q: How do you assess the role and position of Iran in the fight against terrorism in the region?

A: In general, Iran has been at the forefront of fighting regional terrorist groups such as Daesh (ISIS) and others that carry terrorist acts against Iran’s security, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.  However, as attacks against major institutions/infrastructures and the assassination of some prominent Iranian officials in recent years have shown, a lot of work needs to be done to thwart similar foreign-assisted and foreign-funded terrorist acts.  It has now become clear that Iran’s enemies have taken advantage of existing vulnerabilities and holes to carry out their terrorist acts against the country.  I am not sure exactly where the problem lies, but Iran needs to seriously re-evaluate its counterterrorism, intelligence, and counterintelligence structures. 

“In general, Iran has been at the forefront of fighting regional terrorist groups such as Daesh (ISIS) and others that carry terrorist acts against Iran’s security, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.”Q: How do you assess the role and position of General Soleimani in the fight against terrorism, particularly ISIS, in the region?

A: General Soleimani’s focus was primarily on fighting anti-Iran terrorism in the region.  This was clearly evident in General Soleimani’s indispensable role in creating the necessary environment and conditions in containing and fighting Daesh (ISIS). General Soleimani’s role as perhaps the single most important person in fighting anti-Iran terrorist groups should be emphasized.  His military acumen, ability to devise asymmetrical anti-terrorism warfare strategies, and bringing together unruly groups to work together were unmatched.  

Q: Given the conflict of interests of different countries, can we see the same action by countries against terrorism? What mechanism can equalize the performance of countries against terrorism?

A: As I alluded in my answer to the first question, getting countries to see eye-to-eye when it comes to combating terrorism is akin to forcing a square peg in a round hole.  Perhaps in a very broad definitional term, countries can agree on fighting terrorism, but in practical terms, it is a herculean task to expect countries to work together on this issue.  Terrorism has already become weaponized, and countries will continue to rely on this weapon to confront and contain each other in today’s polarized world of international relations.

الحوثي في رسالة إلى عائلة سليماني: سيظل خالداً في وجدان الأحرار

الميادين نت

الحوثي: سليماني سيظل خالداً في وجدان الأحرار في كل الأجيال
قائد حركة أنصار الله عبد الملك الحوثي يبعث برسالة لعائلة الشهيد الحاج قاسم سليماني في الذكرى الأولى لاغتياله.

قال قائد حركة أنصار الله عبد الملك الحوثي إن “شهيد الأمة الإسلامية المجاهد الكبير الحاج قاسم سليماني حظي بتوفيق الله ليكون في عداد الرجال المؤمنين الذين عنوان موقفهم هو الصدق مع الله سبحانه”.

وفي رسالة لعائلة الشهيد قاسم سليماني في الذكرى الأولى لاغتياله، أوضح الحوثي أن “سليماني كان ثابتاً في مرحلة “ومنهم من ينتظر”، وكانت تجليات صدقه مع الله في تلك المرحلة عزماً لا يلين، ومثابرة في العمل بكل جد واهتمام كبير وتفان في سبيل الله”.

كما أضاف أن “الحاج قاسم سليماني كان جنديّ الإسلام الحاضر باهتمامه المتميز وإسهامه الكبير في كل ساحات وميادين المواجهة”، مؤكداً أنه “سيظل خالداً في وجدان الأحرار في كل الأجيال الآتية وحاضراً في إنتاجه وآثاره وإسهاماته في كل الساحات”.

وشدد الحوثي على أنه “شهد بمدى تأثير الشهيد سليماني الكبير مستوى انزعاج الطغاة المستكبرين منه، وقد أكرمه الله بكرامة الجهاد”.

يذكر أن قائد قوة القدس الجنرال قاسم سليماني ونائب رئيس هيئة الحشد الشعبي أبو مهدي المهندس استشهدا في 3 كانون الثاني/يناير الماضي بقصف صاروخي أميركي  قرب مطار بغداد الدولي.

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

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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

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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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Al-Ahed Learns about Martyr Soleimani’s Servitude & Loyalty to His Parents

Al-Ahed Learns about Martyr Soleimani’s Servitude & Loyalty to His Parents

By Mokhtar Haddad

Tehran – On the first martyrdom anniversary of the late Lieutenant General Hajj Qassem Soleimani, Al-Ahed News sat down with a man who accompanied him on the path of jihad for more than three decades. Hujjat al-Islam wal Muslimin Sheikh Ali Shirazi is the representative of Imam Khamenei to the Thar Allah HQ and his former representative to the Quds Force.

He told us about his relationship and memories with martyr Soleimani. Below is the transcript of the interview:

– You have a relationship that binds you to the martyred leader. How was the first meeting with him? What were the most prominent features of his personality?

My relationship with the martyr goes back to 1982, before Operation Beit-ol-Moqaddas, and it lasted until the moment of his martyrdom. The most important feature in Major General Soleimani’s personality was that he never thought of himself at any time or place, whether in private or public meetings. I never heard him say that he was the reason for the victory in Iraq, Syria, or Lebanon against terrorism. He never spoke in such a manner. He was a sincere man in every sense of the word.

– We saw a video clip in which you were talking about Hajj Qassem and a book on ethics written by His Eminence Ayatollah Sheikh Mesbah Yazdi. It was remarkable how Your Eminence spoke about the martyr’s service to his parents and its impact. Can you elaborate further?

Providing and caring for one’s father and mother are mentioned in the Holy Qur’an along with the worship of God Almighty, and this indicates the great importance of the father and the mother.

Lieutenant General Soleimani was always striving to implement the teachings of religion in his life, and this involved taking care of his mother and father. Although the martyr was busy, I used to see him return from his mission on Thursday and head on the same night from Tehran to Kerman and from Kerman to his village, Qanat Malak, which is two and a half hours away from Kerman. He’d reach there on Friday morning, serve his parents, and head back to Kerman then to Tehran Friday evening. He’d take advantage of opportunities to serve his parents, and he never said, “I am tired”, especially since he worked day and night and traveled a lot. So, whenever he returned to Iran, he never forgot to tend to his parents and family. He was in their service, kissing their hands and feet. He never said, “I am a commander, a brigadier, and the commander of the Quds Force.” On the contrary, he was a servant to his parents.

I consider that his loyalty and service to his parents was the reason for Hajj Qassem Soleimani’s advancement. When Hajj Qassem’s mother died, he was not in Iran. When he arrived at the airport, Brigadier General Ghaani and I met him. He was not yet informed with the news. When I broke the news of her departure, he told me that he was proud that on his last visit he was able to kiss her feet … He was proud of that. This is how this great leader in the Islamic world behaved towards his parents.

– In many of the clips, Hajj Qassem was always talking about the certainty of goodness. How did you see that in his behavior?

Martyr Soleimani never lost hope. During the stage of the holy defense in the southeast of the country, in Lebanon, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, even on the issue of Palestine, and in all stages, he never said that “the matter is beyond our ability” or “we cannot” or “the enemy is strong” or “we cannot win.” Rather, he always had hope and gave it to others, and that’s an important leadership component. Three months before the defeat of Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group] in Syria, Hajj Qassem clearly announced that the terrorist organization would leave and that within three months the mythical Daesh ‘state’ would withdraw. And this happened. This is due to his divine vision and his dependence on God Almighty.

Those who took Soleimani as a role model should also take his hope, his fight against the enemy, his courage, and his jihadist spirit as a model.

– The young men [fighters] were the pulse of Hajj Qassem, and he used to pay special attention to them. What was his most important advice to them?

Martyr Soleimani loved the youth and had absolute confidence in them. During the period of the sacred defense, he would hand over the leadership to them. In Syria, who received leadership duties? The two martyrs, Sadr Zadeh and Qumi, were among those young men. They were among the leaders of the war against terrorism in Syria and Iraq.

Martyr Soleimani supported them and considered himself one of them. They adored him as well, and he used to follow up on matters related to them and solve their problems.

When Hajj Qassem was martyred, some of these dear young men, especially the sons of the martyrs, contacted me and told me that we did not cry for the loss of our fathers the way we cried and were affected by martyr Soleimani’s martyrdom.

I saw in Tehran and Kerman that young people come from all over the country to participate in the funeral procession of the martyr, and they showed this love in the ceremony. We also saw millions taking part in the funeral ceremonies, which proves his good faith and hope in the youth.

– How did Hajj Qassem impact you personally?

I was not a good student of Hajj Qassem Soleimani. In all stages of his life, the martyr was our mentor, and we sought to make him our role model. We are now trying to follow in his footsteps. The martyr used to constantly visit the families of the martyrs, and if we could do something for the families of the martyrs, especially the martyrs of the sacred defense, then we would be like students in martyr Soleimani’s school.

“Israel’s” Channel 13: The Iranian Capabilities in Yemen Are What Worries ‘Israel’ The Most “القناة 13”: القدرات الإيرانيّة في اليمن أكثر ما يقلق “إسرائيل”

“Israel’s” Channel 13: The Iranian Capabilities in Yemen Are What Worries ‘Israel’ The Most

“Israel’s” Channel 13: The Iranian Capabilities in Yemen Are What Worries ‘Israel’ The Most

 Al-Mayadeen Net

‘Israel’s’ Channel 13 is reporting that Iranian drones, such as those that attacked the Saudi oil company Aramco in the past, could reach ‘Israel’ from Yemen.

‘Israel’s’ Channel 13 touched on the soaring tensions between Iran and ‘Israel’ and their exchanges in the form of “strong action and words.” The broadcaster focused on the alleged deployment of an ‘Israeli’ submarine to the Persian Gulf, the launching of missiles from Gaza last weekend, and the new Iranian threats.

Channel 13 suggested that there were two important events. On the one hand there is “an Iranian desire to avenge the assassination of the nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, and this draws ‘Israeli’ attention to what is happening in Yemen.” On the other hand, there is “the first anniversary of the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani on January 3 which prompted the Americans to offer muscle to face the Iranians in the Gulf.”

These two matters reportedly “pushed the ‘Israeli’ security establishment to advance their preparations,” underscoring their existing “fear of Iran’s attempt to accumulate capabilities in Yemen that could pose a threat to ‘Israel’.”

Channel 13 said, “It may sound strange to most ‘Israelis’ when hearing about Yemen, which has never been on the threat map. But yes, it is Yemen. Iranian drones, like those that attacked the Saudi oil company Aramco a year and a half ago, could reach ‘Israel’ from Yemen.”

Channel 13’s military affairs commentator Alon Ben David said, “When you hear about an ‘Israeli’ submarine in the Red Sea – its target not necessarily being in the Gulf – I say that what worries ‘Israel’ most, and the army spokesman has publicly expressed this, is the Iranian capabilities in Yemen.”

It is noteworthy that ‘Israeli’ media, quoting intelligence sources, said recently that “a military submarine belonging to the ‘Israeli’ navy crossed the Suez Canal above water.”

‘Israel’s’ Kan Channel stated that this step comes “amid a very tense period between ‘Israel’ and Iran,” indicating that this “submarine that crossed the Red Sea will head, according to Arab intelligence officials’ estimates, towards the Gulf.”

“القناة 13”: القدرات الإيرانيّة في اليمن أكثر ما يقلق “إسرائيل”

 الميادين نت

“القناة 13” الإسرائيليّة تتحدث عن أنّ الطائرات المسيّرة الإيرانيّة، كتلك الطائرات التي هاجمت شركة النفط السعوديّة أرامكو سابقاً، يمكن أن تصل من اليمن إلى “إسرائيل”.

تظاهرة لجماعة
تظاهرة لجماعة “أنصار الله” في العاصمة صنعاء عام 2019 (أ.ف.ب)

تحدثت “القناة 13″ الإسرائيليّة عن مستوى التوتر بين إيران و”إسرائيل” وتبادلهما رسائل “شديدة بالأفعال والكلمات”، خاصة بعد زعم إرسال غواصة عسكريّة تابعة للبحريّة الإسرائيليّة إلى الخليج، وإطلاق الصواريخ من غزة نهاية الأسبوع الماضي، والتهديدات الإيرانيّة الجديدة.

القناة الإسرائيليّة أشارت إلى وجود حدثين مهمين، من جهة “رغبة إيرانيّة للانتقام على اغتيال العالم النووي محسن فخري زاده، وهذا يشد الأنظار الإسرائيليّة إلى ما يحصل في اليمن”، ومن جهة أخرى “الذكرى السنويّة الأولى على اغتيال الجنرال قاسم سليماني، في 3 كانون الثاني/يناير المقبل، ما دفع الأميركيين إلى عرض عضلات بشكل كبير مقابل الإيرانيين في الخليج”.

هذان الأمران مجتمعان “دفعا إلى رفع الاستعدادات في المؤسسة الأمنية الإسرائيليّة”، بحسب القناة 13، التي أكدت وجود “خشية من محاولة إيران مراكمة قدرات في اليمن، يمكن أن تشكل تهديداً على إسرائيل”.

وقالت القناة 13: “الأمر قد يبدو غريباً لأغلب الإسرائيليين عند سماع اليمن التي لم تكن في أيّ مرة على خريطة التهديدات، لكن نعم إنها اليمن – الطائرات المسيّرة الإيرانيّة، كتلك الطائرات التي هاجمت شركة النفط السعوديّة أرامكو قبل سنة ونصف، يمكن أن تصل من اليمن إلى إسرائيل”.

كما رأى معلق الشؤون العسكريّة في القناة 13 ألون بن ديفيد، أنّه “عندما تسمع عن غواصة إسرائيليّة تتواجد في البحر الأحمر – وليس بالضرورة هدفها الخليج – أقول إن أكثر ما يقلق إسرائيل، وقد أعرب المتحدث باسم الجيش عن ذلك بشكل علني – القدرات الإيرانيّة في اليمن”. 

يذكر أنّ وسائل إعلام إسرائيلية نقلت عن مصادر استخباراتيّة قولها مؤخراً، إن “غواصة عسكريّة تابعة للبحريّة الإسرائيليّة عبرت قناة السويس علناً من فوق الماء”.

وذكرت قناة “كان” الإسرائيلية أن هذه الخطوة جاءت “في خضم فترة متوترة جداً بين إسرائيل وايران”، مشيرة إلى أن هذه “الغواصة التي عبرت البحر الأحمر، ستتوجه بحسب تقديرات المسؤولين الاستخباراتيين العرب تجاه الخليج”.

A Loving Father to All: Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis

A Loving Father to All: Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis

By Elham Hashemi

On the first anniversary of the martyrdom of Haj Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, al-Ahed news had an exclusive interview with Zahraa; who was taken care of by martyr al-Muhandis after her father had passed away. She is only one of the very many young women and men who he had helped and supported throughout their lives.

He soon became my father…

I got acquainted to Haj Abu Mahdi when I was around 19 years old. It was in 2008 when we first met at a gathering with common friends and family members. I had lost my father two years before that and life was very tough on me. I was suffering from some issues at university, I had to quit and was exhausted. He noticed I was not okay, and he would always try to make me laugh and give me moral boosts whenever he would see me. Slowly became like a father to me. He would bring hope into my life and help me think positive and supported me in confronting my problems too.

He would always tell me, “You know I have four daughters, and now I have five, you are my fifth daughter.”

I really felt like I was one of his daughters. He supported me like he was my own father in different issues. Even when he was super busy, he would still find time to check up on me and my family members. His wife and daughters are also kind and well-educated women. They would participate in our family gatherings and as time passed we were like one family.

I would sometimes pass by his office with my husband, just to say hello, I knew he had hectic days and was overwhelmed with work.

We would discuss things related to my life, I would seek advice from him. I still remember how he encouraged me to seek my higher education again and focus on psychology as a major, he assured a few times “I really think that we need this major, you can help society a lot.”

A bright future awaits

He was very unique; the way he would speak to people, his generosity, and the positive vibes he spreads wherever he goes. He was a source of tranquility and happiness to me and my husband and I am later on got to know he was that source of delight and serenity for others too. He would always give me and other young men and ladies advice on how important it is to stay up-to-date, to seek good education, to do our best in everything. It was very important for him that young people play an effective role in society. He would tell me and others “You have to do your best always, you must know that the future is waiting and that it can be a bright future if you are successful in your own way and own field.”

He was a loving father to everyone around him, and he would try to personally help people out in their different issues. Of course, young men and women as I said were a main concern to him, and he always cared for them and encouraged them to build a great future.

Caring…

He was so caring, he would also take care of the sons and daughters of many of the martyrs; Iranians and Iraqis alike.

He always said “I feel uneasy to see depressed young people, yes life is tough but we can be tougher and we can win in face of all the challenges in life. Be active in all fields of life, leave your good finger prints wherever you go.”

When my husband and I would pass by to say hello or meet at a dinner or family gathering, he would always joke with my husband and tell him “If you give my lovely daughter a hard time I know how to deal with you,” and we would all laugh. The last time I saw him was around three months before his martyrdom. He asked me a lot if I need anything, he repeated his question several times and told me “my daughter, if you and your husband need anything just let me know, and if I cannot do it myself I will have someone help you out.” 

Abu Mahdi at the war fronts

My husband’s friend was present at the war fronts, when fighting the terrorist group Daesh in Iraq. He was under the supervision of Haj Abu Mahdi. He said that all what mattered to Haj Abu Mahdi was that things go right. It did not matter to him whether he ate or not, it was not important for him to sleep or rest, all what mattered was to achieve victory and protect innocent people and lands from the terrorist and extremist groups who raped, killed, and destroyed wherever they went.

And whenever he felt extremely tired he would eat anything simple, take a short nap even on the asphalt to regain some energy and continue his work.

Bidding him farewell

On that night, one of my best friends sent me a message consoling me on the martyrdom of Haj Abu Mahdi, I was shocked but I told myself this is not true. It was only seconds when my husband came and told me that Abu Mahdi and Haj Qassem Suleimani were assassinated and now are martyrs.

I told myself, it’s probably rumors. I did not want to believe. I was in denial at first, and I was unable to believe he was assassinated. It took me a while to calm down and realize that it’s true. In the morning the first thing I did was go to their house to see his wife and daughters. It was like I lost my father for the second time. His pictures were everywhere. Later on, I went to see him and say good bye but it was only remains of his body that were in the coffin.

 He promised me that he would be my father forever. He promised that he will always there for me. It is true that he was assassinated and no longer could I see him, but his soul is always with me.

Nasrallah in public dialogue: Loyalty to Suleimani and fairness to Assad نصرالله في حوار العام: الوفاء لسليمانيّ وإنصاف الأسد

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نصرالله في حوار العام: الوفاء لسليمانيّ وإنصاف الأسد

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في الحوار الغنيّ والمليء بالمعاني والمعادلات والمعلومات، الذي أجراه الزميل غسان بن جدو مع الأمين العام لحزب الله السيد حسن نصرالله، محاور كثيرة، لبنانيّة وعربيّة وإقليميّة ودوليّة، لكن في الحوار ثوابت ومحاور دار حولها كلام السيد نصرالله في العقل والقلب والمشاعر، أبرزها ما اتصل بالوفاء لقائد فيلق القدس في الحرس الثوري الإيراني الجنرال قاسم سليماني، وما اتصل بإنصاف الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد، فقد مدّ السيّد يده الى جعبته المليئة بالمعلومات ليكشف ما لم يُقَلْ من قبل ولم يكن في التداول، ليقدّم منها ما يكشف عن جوانب مضيئة في سيرة الشخصيتين اللتين تعنيان الكثير للسيد كما كان واضحاً من مسار الحوار.

في الحديث عن الحاج قاسم، كما يُناديه السيد، تناول السيد نصرالله شخصية الحاج قاسم كمثقف ومناضل ومفكّر وقائد عسكري استراتيجي، وكإنسان مرهَف مؤمن ومتواضع وخلوق وصاحب لهفة ونخوة وشهامة وكرم، لكنه خلال استعراضه للأوضاع في المنطقة كشف أدواراً تاريخية للشهيد سليماني، تُعرَف للمرة الأولى، سواء على مستوى التفكير او التخطيط او المتابعة او التنفيذ، فما يعلمه الناس عن دور قياديّ ميدانيّ للحاج قاسم في حربي سورية والعراق بوجه الإرهاب التكفيريّ، ترجمه في الحضور في المواقع الأماميّة للقتال وتحدّي الخطر ليس إلا القليل مما يمكن قوله عن سيرة هذا القائد.

في فلسطين الحاج قاسم صاحب فكرة تزويد المقاومة بصواريخ الكورنيت، وهي الصواريخ التي نالها حزب الله كمساهمة من القيادة السوريّة بقرار من الرئيس بشار الأسد، والتي لعبت دوراً حاسماً في صناعة انتصار المقاومة في حرب تموز 2006، وشكلت بعد وصولها إلى غزة، عنصراً حاسماً في تشكيل عامل الردع الحاسم في وجه مخططات الهجوم البرّي، وفي العراق لم يكن الحاج قاسم قائد المواجهة مع تنظيم داعش وحسب، بل كان العمود الفقري لتشكيلات حركات المقاومة التي فرضت على الأميركيّ الانسحاب عام 2011، وفي سورية تخطى دوره موقعه الميداني ورعايته لمشاركة قوى المقاومة في الدفاع عن سورية، فهو أول من أضاء على القلق من أن تكون سورية في عين الاستهداف من خلال دراسته لظواهر وبواطن الربيع العربي، وبرؤيته الاستباقية ونقاشها مع الرئيس الأسد والقيادة السوريّة وقيادة المقاومة والقيداة الإيرانية أمكن احتواء المراحل الأولى من التحضير للحرب على سورية، وصولاً لنضج المواجهة الميدانيّة كخيار لا بد منه، وفي سورية كان للحاج قاسم دور مؤثر في حسم الرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين قرار المشاركة الميدانية في الحرب على سورية. فالشخصية القيادية السياسية والاستراتيجية للشهيد سليماني التي كشف عنها السيد نصرالله كانت مساهمته في إحياء ذكرى استشهاده.

في الإنصاف الذي يستحقه الرئيس السوري بشار الأسد، بوجه حروب التشويه والإساءة والافتراء، قدّم السيد نصرالله مساهمة راقية وعالية، كشفت عن جوانب من أدوار ومواقف للرئيس الأسد، تسهم في فهمه كقائد تاريخيّ شجاع وملتزم بخيارات حاسمة تجاه مفاهيم الاستقلال والسيادة والمقاومة. فالسيد نصرالله يقول إن الرئيس الأسد لا يقبل أيّ تدخل او وصاية على شؤون سورية من الأعداء ولا من الحلفاء، ويؤكد أنه يتحدّث حديث العارف هنا، وفي منزلة الحديث عن فلسطين يورد السيد نصرالله واقعة أنه عندما سمع من الحاج قاسم سليماني فكرة تزويد المقاومة في فلسطين بصواريخ الكورنيت وتريّث لسؤال الرئيس الأسد صاحب هذه الصواريخ، متوجّهاً للرئيس الأسد بالسؤال، لم يجد لديه أي حسابات كان يمكن انتظارها من رئيس أي دولة في موقعه تجاه نقل سلاح اشتراه الجيش السوري من روسيا الى داخل فلسطين المحتلة، والشهادة اللافتة التي تحدّث عنها السيد نصرالله كانت للميزات الشخصية للرئيس الأسد خصوصاً لجهة سر القوة والثبات والتماسك في أحلك الظروف وأشدّها قسوة وتسبباً بالقلق والخطر.

حوار العام مع السيد نصرالله كان مكرّساً لإعلاء شان محور المقاومة، في الوفاء لرئيس أركان جيوشه الشهيد، وفي إنصاف القائد السياسي والعسكري الذي انتصر على أخطر حرب كونيّة.

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Nasrallah in public dialogue: Loyalty to Suleimani and fairness to Assad

Nasser Kandil

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In the rich dialogue, which is full of meanings, equations and information, which was conducted by colleague Ghassan Ben Jeddou with the Secretary General of Hizbullah many themes, Lebanese, Arab, regional and international, but in the dialogue were constants loyalty to the commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, General Qassem Soleimani, and fairness of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It reveals bright aspects in the biographies of the two characters as was clear from the path of dialogue where Nasrallah revealed what he did not say before and was not in circulation.

In talking about Haj Qassem, as al-Sayyid calls him, Mr. Nasrallah addressed the character of Haj Qassem, as Mr. Nasrallah calls him, as an intellectual, fighter, intellectual and strategic military leader, and as a slender, devious, humble, creative, eager, magnanimous and generous person, , and as a human being delicate, believing, humble, moral, eager, generous, at the level of thinking, planning, follow-up, or implementation, what people know about the field leadership role of Hajj Qassem in the wars in Syria and Iraq in the face of takfiri terrorism, translated into presence in the front sites of the fighting and challenging the danger is nothing but a little of what can be said about the biography of this leader.

In Palestine, Haj Qassem, who had the idea of supplying the resistance with the Kornet missiles, which Hezbollah received as a contribution from the Syrian leadership by the decision of President Bashar al-Assad, which played a crucial role in the manufacture of the victory of the resistance in the July 2006 war, and formed after its arrival in Gaza, a decisive element the decisive deterrence in the face of the Zionist plans of the ground attack, and in Iraq Haj Qassem was not only the leader of the confrontation with ISIS, but was the backbone of the formations of resistance movements that imposed on the American withdrawal in 20111. Haj Qassem through his study of the phenomena and the signs of the “Arab Spring”, is the first to highlight the concern that Syria is in the eye of targeting and his proactive vision and discussion with President Assad and the Syrian leadership and the leadership of the Resistance and Iranian constraints was able to contain the first stages of preparation of the war on Syria, to mature the field confrontation as an option, and in Syria, Haj Qassem had an influential role in resolving President Putin Vladimir’s decision to interfere in the war on Syria. The political and strategic leadership of Shahid Soleimani, revealed by Mr. Nasrallah, was his contribution to the commemoration of his martyrdom.

In the fairness that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad deserves, in the face of wars of distortion, abuse and slander, Mr. Nasrallah has made a high-class contribution, which revealed aspects of the roles and positions of President Al-Assad, which contribute to his understanding as a courageous historical leader committed to decisive choices towards the concepts of independence, sovereignty and resistance. Mr. Nasrallah says that President Al-Assad does not accept any interference or guardianship on the Affairs of Syria from enemies or allies, Mr. Nasrallah mentioned that Haj Qassem Soleimani asked to provide the resistance in Palestine with Cornet missiles purchased by the Syrian army, which was done after getting Assad’s approval being the owner of these missiles

The general dialogue with Mr. Nasrallah was dedicated to promoting the axis of resistance, in loyalty to the chief of staff of his martyr armies, and in the fairness of the political and military leader who triumphed over the most dangerous global war.

Sayyed Nasrallah: Resistance Missiles Multiply in Quantities, Can Reach any Point in Occupied Palestine

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Sara Taha Moughnieh

Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah denied Sunday having any data around Israeli or US intention to perform any operation before the end of Trump’s presidency dubbing the latter a “crazy who is in a state of severe madness”.

“It is not something only concerning Iran, Lebanon or Palestine but even the Republican and Democratic leaderships are worried about what he could do,” he pointed out, stressing that “the resistance axis should be cautious throughout these couple of weeks so it wouldn’t be dragged into an uncalculated confrontation…”

In an interview to Al-Mayadeen TV channel, Sayyed Nasrallah revealed that he, along with other Hezbollah leaders are targets for the US, Israeli and Saudi Arabia, adding that the latter have been instigating to assassinate him since many years, even before the Yemeni war began.

“Saudi King, Mohammad bin Salman proposed this issue in his first visit to the US after the election of Trump, and the latter approved assigning this operation to “Israel”,” his eminence clarified, noting that “Saudi Arabia, specifically in the last few years, has been acting with grudge not mindfulness”.

Sayyed Nasrallah disdained Israeli threats assuring that “when you hear Israelis waging threats on media know that there will be no action… and all the action taking place on the borders with Lebanon only reveal Israel’s concern and alertness”.

As his eminence considered that the military operation that targeted Hajj Qassem Suleimani and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis was a trilateral operation by US-Israel-Saudi Arabia, he remembered Suleimani saying “he had a strong charisma and the power to influence anyone who knows him. He was special on the humanitarian and moral levels. He was a frontline man not a man in the operation room, a man of strategy and tactics and very conscious and well-educated on political and cultural levels.”

“In the last period before his assassination, his role and movement was highlighted a lot in Western media. They usually do that before the assassination of anyone to show their people the significance of the man targeted. I was very concerned about him and I warned him about that,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, adding “I miss him so much, I used to feel that we are one person”.

“As for Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis, he was a great leader and resembled Hajj Qassem so much. He had a major role in both victories against the US and ISIL,” he further stated.

In parallel, Sayyed Nasrallah spoke about the strong relation Hajj Qassem had with all the resistance factions in Palestine and his concern that these factions get all the support they need to resist the occupation, revealing that he was the one behind sending Kornet missiles to the resistance in Gaza Strip.

“President Bashar Al-Assad bought “Kornet” missiles from the Russians, and they are the missiles we used in July war. Hajj Qassem demanded that these missiles be sent to Gaza, and I proposed the issue to President Assad who instantly approved,” his eminence explained, asserting that “I am not surprised with the Arab betrayal to the Palestinians because most of the Arab regimes have only been selling words to Palestine and have only used Iran as an excuse to normalize the relations with Israel. This took place because the Palestinian cause has become a burden on them. There is no excuse for anyone to abandon Palestine.”

As he considered that these countries have long had ties with Israel but were not made public, he assured that this new peace deal is positive because it brought this hypocrisy to public and divided the lines.

“When lines are divided this means a great victory is on its way,” he said.

In this context, Hezbollah SG stated that the relation between Hezbollah and Hamas is based on the legitimacy of the resistance and the Palestinian cause despite the conflict that emerged between Damascus and Hamas due to the Syrian developments.

He further assured that the resistance axis is stronger than before and the Palestinian people have not been influenced by the normalization treaties as they still stand firm and steadfast, praising the joint maneuvers between the resistance factions in Gaza.

While his eminence expressed that the Palestinians of 1948 in the occupied territories want the liberation of Palestine more than anyone else, he stated that “as an Islamist, I find the stance of the Justice and Development Party in Morocco concerning normalization with Israelis more painful than other stances”.

On Hajj Qassem’s role in Iraq, Sayyed Nasrallah revealed that the Iraqi resistance factions who defeated ISIL were the ones who performed most of the operations that urged the US to pull out if Iraq, unlike what media portrayed about Al-Qaeda being behind them.

“I assure to you that the Iraqi resistance groups were the ones performing operations against the occupation under the support of Al-Quds force led by Hajj Qassem Suleimani, and we were in contact with them since then,” his eminence said, indicating that “4 800 suicide attacks were waged in Iraq, while the resistance operations were very accurate and merely against the occupation”.

Moreover, he added that “The US Army had threatened Hajj Qassem and Al-Quds Force to bombard locations in Iran if they continue to support the resistance in Iraq… If it weren’t for the Iraqi resistance, the US embassy would’ve been the one ruling Iraq now”.

Based on that, Hezbollah SG pointed out that “despite the significance of Hajj Qassem and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis and their great roles, what happened with them according to our culture, methodology, history and path is a natural and expected outcome because we are in a state of historical conflict… and these two martyrs fell on the path of victories and defeat of great schemes.”

“Our axis does not rely on individuals, and while the goal behind the assassination of Hajj Qassem and Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis was to erase the name of the resistance, millions of people came out and shouted “we are all resistance… we are all Qassem Suleimani”.”

Hezbollah SG recalled the speech of Imam Khamenei in which he asserted that whoever ordered and implemented the assassination of these two martyrs should be personally punished wherever he is, stating that “this should be the duty of every honorable person in the world, specifically our people in Iraq as Hajj Qassem was their guest and was martyred on their territories.”

On another level, Sayyed Nasrallah stated that “one day after the toppling of former Egyptian
President Hosni Mubarak, Hajj Qassem was in the Southern Suburb of Beirut and expressed discomfort telling us that the Americans will take advantage of the “Arab Spring” to change regimes in the region for their benefit and topple governments that support the resistance specifically in Syria.

“We took his words into consideration and warned the Syrian president who chose to embrace any public movement that takes place. However, funded groups refused any political solution and started using force.”

“We don’t exaggerate when we say it was a global war on Syria. They wanted to replace the regime with another one that supports US policies, submits to Turkey and Qatar, and improves relations with Israel,” his eminence added, noting that “the war on Syria was not only because of its stance from the Palestinian cause but also for its oil and gas and for occupying it and controlling it strategically “.

“President Assad chose to stand firm and never left Syria, and his decision urged us to support him”.

Furthermore, Sayyed Nasrallah revealed that Hajj Qassem went to Moscow and met with President Putin for two hours, playing a major role in convincing him to interfere militarily in Syria.

“After its role in Syria and the regional changes, Russia regained its role in the world through the Syrian gate,” Sayyed Nasrallah assured.

On the Lebanese level, Hezbollah SG stressed that the Israelis have been in a state if alertness for months now expecting a retaliatory attack for the martyrdom of one of Hezbollah members in Syria.

“All the drills and measures the Israeli is taking on the borders are because he is aware that we will respond. The Israeli is in a state of confusion and recognizes that the resistance missiles can reach accurate goals in any place inside the occupied territories, he said, assuring that “the resistance according to the people in South Lebanon is a shield not a burden”.

Answering a question about the influence of Iran-US negotiations on some files in the region, his eminence assured that “Iran, unlike other states, does not buy and sell files in the region. It does not negotiate with the Americans about countries’ affairs on behalf of these countries. It had informed the Europeans that it will not discuss the Yemeni affairs on behalf of the Yemenis and had refused to discuss Iraqi affairs with Washington without the presence of an Iraqi delegation.”

Source: Al-Manar

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Sayyed Nasrallah Vows Punishment for Every Crime: Hezbollah’s Guided Missiles More than Doubled

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By Zeinab Abdallah

Beirut – Hezbollah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah appeared on al-Mayadeen TV with Ghassan Bin Jeddo in a special episode named ‘Dialogue of the Year’. The four-hour long interview touched upon almost all regional issues that happened this year, although the pivotal segment was about martyr General Qassem Soleimani and Hajj Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis less than a week ahead of their first martyrdom anniversary.

Starting with the possible options that would take place during US President Donald Trump’s few days in office, Sayyed Nasrallah indicated that there is not accurate information that Trump or the ‘Israeli’ enemy will take an action. “There are just certain analyses,” His Eminence noted, adding that everybody is anticipating and expecting what Trump might do in the coming days.

“The Axis of Resistance is dealing cautiously, accurately and attentively so that no post of this axis would be lured towards any confrontation that suits the enemies’ timing, but when the enemy creates massive media noise, this means that it won’t do anything, and that it is rather waging a psychological warfare,” Sayyed Nasrallah stressed noting that “this doesn’t mean that we mustn’t remain cautious.”

Regarding the news about a possible ‘Israeli’ landing that has taken place along Lebanon’s Jiyeh coastline, the Hezbollah leader made clear that the party’s information doesn’t provide that any ‘Israeli’ landing has taken place as it was reported in media.”

Saudi attempts to assassinate Sayyed Nasrallah

Moving to the issue of assassination, the crime by which a US drone killed the Islamic Revolution Guard’s Quds Force Commander, and Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units’ Second-in-command, Sayyed Nasrallah explained that many sides have warned him about plots to target him especially after the martyrdom of Hajj Qassem Soleimani. “This is something normal and well known,” His Eminence commented.

“I’ve been warned about assassinating me ahead of the US Presidential Elections, and that any targeting might be ‘Israeli’ or American,” the resistance leader explained, going further to uncover that targeting Hezbollah leaders is an American-‘Israeli’-Saudi goal: “I have information that Saudi Arabia has been stirring to assassinate me since the beginning of its war on Yemen, and private sources have informed me that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman requested my assassination in person during his first visit to Washington and his first meeting with Trump.”

Sayyed Nasrallah cited the same sources as saying that Saudi Arabia took it upon itself that in case a war erupts after his assassination, it was ready to pay all the financial costs for this war.

“The Americans have agreed on a Saudi request to assassinate me, and that ‘Israel’ would execute this assassination. Saudi Arabia doesn’t act rationally, it has been acting maliciously especially in the recent years,” His Eminence went on to say, then he accused the US, ‘Israel’, and Saudi Arabia of partnership in the crime of assassinating leaders Soleimani and al-Muhandis.

“The crime of assassinating Hajj Qassem was a clear one, uncovered, and similar to the assassination of Sayyed Abbas al-Moussawi.”

Soleimani, the Sayyed’s own self

When talking about martyr Soleimani, Sayyed Nasrallah couldn’t have enough listing his manners and characteristics. He described the martyr as a very special person on the level of ethics. He also referred to him as a charismatic person who had the ability to influence all those who had to know him.

“On the military level, martyr Soleimani was a strategic and tactical leader at the same time,” His Eminence noted.

Describing the time that preceded the martyrdom, Sayyed Nasrallah said that he was very worried about him and he has warned him repeatedly.

“I miss Hajj Qassem very much… We have worked together and faced challenges together. I used to feel that Hajj Qassem and I were one person.”

Hajj Abu Mahdi, the main partner in Iraq’s victories

When talking about martyr Hajj Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Sayyed Nasrallah recommended that his identity should be more defined to the people, referring to him as a great person.

“Hajj Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis is very much like Hajj Qassem, and this is why they met in the battlefield, and Allah has concluded their lives with this martyrdom.”

His Eminence explained that Hajj Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was suggested to assume [governmental] responsibilities in Iraq, but he preferred to work in the battlefield.

“Martyr Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was a main partner in making the two victories against Daesh [the Arabic acronym for terrorist ‘ISIS/ISIL’ group] and the US occupation of Iraq,” Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say.

“He was one of the leaders of the Axis of Resistance that surpasses Iraq and reaches all regional causes.”

Hajj Qassem, the transnational resistance commander

When tackling the issue of the US presence in Iraq, Sayyed Nasrallah underscored that the Americans have left Iraq by force, humiliated and defeated thanks to the strikes of the resistance.

“The Americans fled Iraq under fire because they begged martyr Soleimani to stop the Iraqi resistance operations against them.”

As for Palestine, the Sayyed added that martyr Soleimani developed ties with all Palestinian resistance factions: “There were not any redlines for martyr Soleimani on the level of supporting Palestinian resistance factions,” uncovering that the ‘Kornet’ missiles reached the Palestinian resistance in Gaza thanks to martyr Soleimani.

“The efforts made by Hajj Qassem Soleimani and the Quds Force in supporting the Palestinian resistance factions were ongoing behind the scenes.”

Additionally, the resistance leader uncovered that the Russian-made ‘Kornet’ missiles Hezbollah used in the July 2006 war were purchased by Syria from Russia, and then Hezbollah took them.

Additionally, Sayyed Nasrallah made clear that Syrian President Bashar Assad agreed that the ‘Kornet’ missiles purchased by Damascus from Moscow reach ‘Hamas’ and the ‘Islamic Jihad’ resistance movements in Gaza.

Sayyed Nasrallah hailed martyr Soleimani and his team’s dedication to present all what could be offered to Palestine on all levels. His Eminence also praised Assad’s willingness to support the Palestinian resistance.

Normalization only took the masks off

On the level of Arab normalization with the ‘Israeli’ enemy, Sayyed Nasrallah noted that it is something that didn’t surprise him, adding that this is because most of the Arab regimes were only telling the Palestinians mere lies.

“We view the normalization deals from the perspective that masks have been taken off, and that those Arab regimes’ submissive realities appeared clearly.”

Iran is just a pretext the Arab regimes use to justify their normalization deals because they find the Palestinian cause as a burden for them, Sayyed Nasrallah added, stressing that there isn’t any reason that justifies the abandoning of Palestine.

Sayyed Nasrallah also lamented Morocco’s Justice and Development Party’s stance which he considered was more painful and more dangerous than that of the regimes’ normalization with ‘Israel’.

The ever-growing Axis of Resistance

In terms of power and numbers, the resistance leader emphasized that the might of the Axis of Resistance has multiplied many more times than its level several years ago, stressing that the most important thing is having a strong will.

“We are an axis in a state of legitimate self-defense, to defend our countries, sanctities, peoples, wealth. The Axis of Resistance has made major and great achievements,” His Eminence underscored.

“Without any exaggeration, the Axis of Resistance is stronger than any time before. The Axis was able to contain the strike of Hajj Qassem Soleimani’s martyrdom although it was very hard,” Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out.

Regarding the Ain al-Assad strike, Sayyed Nasrallah referred to it as an important response that shows how a leadership of a state in the world deals a blow to the United States: “The Ain al-Assad strike was a historical slap because the equation in confronting the Americans is not about killing, and Washington thought that by assassinating leaders it would put an end to the Axis of Resistance, while in fact this axis is not based upon a person by himself.”

His Eminence then vowed that punishing the killers of martyrs Soleimani and al-Muhandis is a goal for every honorable person, warning those who ordered and executed that they will be punished wherever they were.

“What the world should learn is that the blood of the leaders won’t be in vain, and the killers of Hajj Qassem and Abu Mahdi must be punished sooner or later,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

His Eminence praised the joint drills held between the Palestinian resistance factions in Gaza as a very important step and a development that shows their strength and frightens the enemy at the same time.

Martyr Soleimani’s role in Iraq

Sayyed Nasrallah explained that martyr Soleimani’s appearance in media started with the battles against Daesh in Iraq, adding that it was not an intended issue.

“Hajj Qassem Soleimani didn’t seek being mentioned in a news, being in the spotlight or even hailed by anybody, and his relationship with the religious leadership in Iraq was good, especially on the level of main issues.”

Explaining that the vast majority of military operations against the US occupation in Iraq was carried out by the resistance factions, Sayyed Nasrallah said that groups of young Iraqis started the armed resistance against the US troops in Iraq without a political cover.

“Arab satellite channels refused to broadcast the videos that document the Iraqi resistance operations against the American occupation. Meanwhile, resistance in Iraq received real support from al-Quds Force and Hajj Qassem Soleimani.”

Sayyed Nasrallah contrasted al-Qaeda’s 4800 suicide attacks that were carried out against civilians on Iraqi soil, showing the difference when it came to the Iraqi resistance operations that were precisely meant to pressure the occupation and were very keen and accurate to avoid harming any civilian.

That’s why, Sayyed Nasrallah explained, the US Army threatened Hajj Qassem and al-Quds Force to strike their posts in Iran if they continued to support the Iraqi resistance: “The US Army then sent a message to Hajj Qassem to help them withdraw from Iraq without being hit by fire.”

Hadn’t been to the Iraqi resistance, Sayyed Nasrallah said that the US embassy would have been in control of Iraq.

However, Donald Trump keeps his troops in Iraq and Syria to steal their resources and oil, the Hezbollah leader added.

Forecasting the scheme against Syria

Sayyed Nasrallah narrated how martyr Soleimani was concerned about the American attempts to ride the tide of the peoples’ uprisings to target some regimes after America allowed toppling its man in Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak.

“Martyr Soleimani was the first to forecast the risks heading to Syria under the pretext of the ‘Arab Spring’, because the country supports the resistance.”

And while the parties that really backed, funded, and led opposition the groups in Syria rushed for an armed confrontation, Iran contacted opposition groups in accordance with President Assad to reach a political solution, but all of them insisted that we are not in a state of political solution and there won’t be negotiations with the regime, which they predicted will collapse within days, Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say.

“There was a very big international and regional decision in the war on Syria to prevent any political solution for the Syrian crisis.”

Foreign forces supported the Syrian opposition as they believed that the regime would be toppled within two months. They wanted to weaken the regime in Syria and in need of making a settlement with ‘Israel’ and recognize it, the Hezbollah leader recalled.

“We had only two options, either to surrender and let the region collapse, or to resist; and we chose resistance,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, hailing Syria’s independence of decision, braveness of leadership, and neither submitting to the enemies nor to the allies.

“Syria was not only targeted for supporting Palestine and the resistance, but also to be occupied and to allow stealing its oil and gas.”

President Assad’s decision to remain steadfast was the main motivator for his allies in supporting Damascus and engaging in the confrontation next to him.

“Assad didn’t leave Damascus at all over the course of the battles, and in the most difficult times of the war he was strong and solid,” Sayyed Nasrallah added.

Soleimani in Moscow

On the level of the Russian military intervention in Syria, Sayyed Nasrallah labelled it as very influential.

His Eminence recalled that Russian President Vladimir Putin was hesitant in the beginning of the war to enter Syria; then Hajj Qassem went to Moscow and explained, with maps, the field situation. At the time, Putin told Hajj Qassem that he was convinced with entering Syria.

“With his charismatic persona, strong logic, and strategic explanation, Hajj Qassem contributed to convincing Putin with entering Syria based on logic and facts.”

Soleimani in the July 2006 War

About memories from the July 2006 war, Sayyed Nasrallah recalled how martyr Soleimani didn’t leave the Southern Suburb of Beirut [Dahiyeh] but for 48 hours to submit his report on the situation and contact the brothers in Syria and Iran.

“All of the ‘Israeli’ aerial bombing during the July 2006 war couldn’t stop the logistic support from reaching the resistance in Lebanon,” His Eminence added.

After the end of the war, martyr Soleimani played a role and shouldered the responsibility of following the project of sheltering the displaced people. “The one who formed the Iranian Committee to Reconstruct Lebanon was Hajj Qassem and martyr Engineer Hossam Khoshnavis.”

Sayyed Nasrallah lamented that he could never forget that there are sides within the Lebanese political authorities who were planning to keep people homeless for the longest possible period of time after the July 2006 war to incite them against the resistance.

Commenting on martyr Soleimani’s successor, Hajj Esmail Ghaani, Sayyed Nasrallah said that he used to meet him repeatedly when he was Hajj Qassem’s deputy: “He was informed with all files. And Hajj Qassem used to say that Hajj Ghaani is to succeed him.”

The void ‘Israeli’ threats

In a strong and confident comment about the Lebanese resistance group, Sayyed Nasrallah underscored that Hezbollah is at it is: “Its strength, morale, and will are the same, or even much powerful.”

All the threats you hear from the enemy are because it knows that we will retaliate for its killing of our martyr in Syria. We are keeping our promise to respond to the ‘Israeli’ enemy’s killing of martyr Ali Mohsen, His Eminence made clear.

“The major alertness of the resistance was on all levels and in front of the ‘Israelis’’ sight. The ‘Israeli’ drones’ movement in the air is very confused as it anticipates the resistance’s response. The ‘Israeli’ knows that we have used the appropriate weapon towards its drones without making this public.”

The Hezbollah leader further announced that the precision-guided missiles owned by the resistance have doubled from the number it had a year ago.

“The resistance today is in a very good condition, and at the best of its capabilities. We believe in the future and trust that we are approaching victory.

The concerned party is the ‘Israeli’ and not the resistance especially as Trump is leaving and Washington might return to the nuclear deal with Iran.

A certain level of Hezbollah’s aerial defense has been exposed to the enemy, but whether there are higher levels or not is a matter that we don’t reveal, Sayyed Nasrallah said, noting that “we are keen to keep the ‘Israeli’ unaware of a lot about what the resistance has.”

“There are many issues that the ‘Israeli’ knows nothing about.”

Our Axis is on the top and it is ‘Israel’ which is in trouble, His Eminence underscored, adding that the resistance’s decision is to carry out an appropriate response that strengthens its deterrence; this won’t be achieved without targeting the enemy’s soldiers, he said.

“We don’t need a demonstrative action along the border that targets dummies. We want an actual response.”

Lebanon’s maritime borders, Gov’t issue

In a question about Lebanon’s indirect negotiations with the ‘Israeli’ regime regarding the demarcation of the maritime borders, Sayyed Nasrallah was confident to say that the negotiations under the current US administration will reach a dead end.

“Our right to prevent any ‘Israeli’ stealing of our waters is natural, and our ability to do this is non-negotiable,” His Eminence underscored.

Elsewhere in the interview, Sayyed Nasrallah said there is a positive atmosphere and cooperation between the Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and Hezbollah.

However, he noted that there is a problem of trust that delays the formation of a Lebanese government, which is mainly between President Michel Aoun and the PM-designate.

The environment embracing resistance

On the level of discussing the resistance’s weapon within its own people, Sayyed Nasrallah said that the people of South Lebanon don’t see resistance as a burden, they rather view it as their shield.

“We support the threatened and targeted environment of resistance which is paying prices for this support, His Eminence said in reference to the sanctions targeting the entire country, “We try and we seek to present aid to the Lebanese people and to our environment with all possible means.”

Sayyed Nasrallah noted, however, that the problem in Lebanon is a problem of choices, and the evidence is that nobody dared to head eastward to find economic solutions.

“There is a misevaluation in linking solving some issues for some countries with the foreign factor.”

From this point, Sayyed Nasrallah went on to explain that Iran is a great regional power and a main axis in the region but it doesn’t negotiate instead of any of its allies in the region.

Iran, a non-interventionist superpower

“Iran doesn’t buy, sell, or negotiate with the Americans instead of the peoples of the region,” the resistance leader noted, adding that the Islamic Republic of Iran informed the Europeans that it is not concerned with negotiating on behalf of the Yemenis or others.

“Washington insisted to negotiate the Iraqi issue with Tehran; Iran, however, insisted that the Iraqis be present and that the negotiations be held in public.”

The Hezbollah-Hamas relations

Hezbollah leader said that he met with Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, brother Ismail Haniyeh several times during his last visit to Lebanon and discussed with him different regional issues that included bilateral relations and the relations with Syria.

“Relations between Hamas and Syria must be rearranged; there is a positive atmosphere even if it takes time. Logically, I believe that Hamas is tending to rearrange its ties with Damascus,” Sayyed Nasrallah said, noting that he talked with Haniyeh that Hamas should help in redirecting tendencies in the region, which include the Islah [Reform] Party’s fighting in Yemen against the Ansarullah movement.

Sayyed Nasrallah also greeted the Palestinians of the 1948 lands whom he described as “our brother and our people, and they are the ones who mostly desire the liberation of Palestine from the river to the sea.”

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Soleimani The Leader and The Role Model

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Soleimani The Leader and The Role Model

In the name of Allah the Merciful the Most Gracious

Images of his face were circulated all over the world, his name filled the horizons of the globe, and his star cast a shade over the Mujahideen. He was dedicated to obeying the guardian, the Imam and the Leader Khamenei. He journeyed the squares as a Mujahid, carrying his blood in his hand. Every moment of his life was counted as Jihad, for everything in it and everything he owned was for the sake of Allah. He was Lieutenant General Hajj Qassem Soleimani (may God Almighty be pleased with him), the martyr of the Ummah and Palestine and the leader of the martyrs of the axis of resistance.

All that is in him and what he has is for God and for the sake of God. He is Lieutenant General Hajj Qassem Soleimani (may God Almighty be pleased with him), the martyr of the Ummah and Palestine, and the leader of the martyrs of the axis of resistance.

Martyr Soleimani: A leader and role model

He was the expert leader in the fields of jihad and battle. He mastered his plans, succeeded in his operations against the enemies, he was well-versed in politics, understood international, regional, and local equations, and approached matters using his clear and insightful vision. He was loyal and devoted to the love of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his pure family (PBUT). He knew exactly the limits of Sharia law and the history of Muslims. He realized what was most important for the path of Islam and Muslims. It was he who set his sights on the liberation of Al-Quds and Palestine, heeding the call of Imam Khomeini, the Imam of the Ummah, the revolution, and the path – “‘Israel’ is a cancerous gland that must be eradicated from existence.” He was aware of the path of salvation by following the orders and approach of the nation’s leadership represented by the wali al-faqih Imam Khamenei. He was the leader who knew the features of the road with inclusiveness, awareness, and jihad. He is the leader of the martyrs of the axis of resistance.

He was the role model who lived with the Mujahideen in the heart of the battles and guided them through what he was doing. He was the security link between them and the leadership.

In 2013, the New Yorker wrote: “Soleimani indeed believes in Islam, and he is more polite compared to others. Perhaps the naming of Lieutenant General Soleimani as Haji or Hajj Qassem instead of his military titles in Iraq, Syria, and the Gulf states in general, is an indication of the predominance of his religious character in his behavior and dealings.”

Martyr Soleimani was distinguished by the charisma of the popular leadership, and he was the one who led the mujahideen in prayer before setting off to battle. He received blessings from the martyrs and delivered enthusiastic words full of faith and divine adoration before and after the military operations. [These words] were mixed with weeping and supplication, asking for forgiveness from the martyrs because he did not die like them. Before each attack, he embraced all of his fighters, one by one, tearfully bidding them farewell.

His life was modest, and he rarely met with his family because he spent most of his time on the battlefields of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Afghanistan. From there, he looked over Palestine and Yemen and visited other countries for political and practical purposes.

With Hezbollah

Since martyr Soleimani assumed the leadership of the Quds Force in 1998, we in Hezbollah noticed an exceptional interest in our movement, in terms of equipment, armaments, training, and overall capabilities. He was part of setting up the main plans that developed the party’s work. He was part of the liberation in 2000, and was in the operation room crafting plans to repel the “Israeli” aggression in July 2006. He was the field commander who enabled the collapse of ISIS, from Iraq to Syria and until their project was uprooted in Lebanon that resulted in the second liberation – this time against the Takfiris in 2017 in the Battle of Jaroud.

The martyr would meet with the leaders of the Hezbollah Mujahideen from time to time and inform them of his view regarding developments and battlefield plans to confront “Israel” and the enemies. We were eager to hear his analyses, vision, and information and the data he possessed at the regional level.

During presentations, he was a lover of the party. He had a special relationship with His Eminence the Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (may God preserve him). They had many meetings, and absolute trust in one another. The martyr also had a special relationship with the great jihadist leader Hajj Imad Mughniyeh (may God be pleased with him) with respect to minute details that translated into successful confrontations and achieving victories. The same goes for his relationship with jihadist leader Sayyed Mustafa Badr al-Din (may God be pleased with him) when he assumed his duties, especially in Syria.

Martyr Soleimani was a direct field commander in Hezbollah, and he was never far away, neither geographically, nor in terms of politics. Rather, he was at the center of Hezbollah’s march, successes, jihad, developments, and prestige.

America is defeated

Had martyr Soleimani not caused the most pain to America and its aggressive, arrogant project in this world, Trump would not have decided to assassinate him in such a clear and deliberate manner. And if he had not achieved successes and many victories for the resistance axis, he would not have held such a special place in the hearts of the people.

The modern-day world has never before seen the million-man funeral procession in Iran and several other countries that they saw with Imam Khomeini and after him martyr Soleimani. The masses that gathered spontaneously and passionately in squares only validate the role, status, and importance of this commander in the eyes of the Ummah – {Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah; and those with him are forceful against the disbelievers, merciful among themselves. You see them bowing and prostrating [in prayer].}

He faced America and “Israel” in his life and achieved victories in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Lebanon, Yemen and Afghanistan, and in all the known and unknown battlefields where he operated. He also confronted the US in his martyrdom: the response at the Ain al-Assad base, the decision of the Iraqi parliament to expel the American forces that was achieved through his martyrdom and the that of dear and beloved brother Hajj Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in addition to the decision to expel America from the entire region and the rallying of the supporters of the resistance axis, especially in beloved Palestine, around the cause of liberation and determination to prioritize Al-Quds And Palestine.

We lost him in our lives, but he won the martyrdom that he wished for. {And those who have believed in Allah and His messengers – those are [in the ranks of] the supporters of truth and the martyrs, with their Lord. For them is their reward and their light.}

We benefited from the achievements of his work and what he planted during his jihad career. America has accumulated many defeats in our region despite the aggression it sponsored through “Israel” against Palestine and Lebanon, through Saudi Arabia and the Emirates against Yemen, through the Takfiris and Daesh against Iraq and Syria, directly attacking Afghanistan and Iraq, and through sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran and the axis of resistance. America today did not achieve its goals, and its stepdaughter, “Israel”, did not attain the assertion of its borders.

Even though the results of the U.S. elections do not concern us, we consider the fall of the tyrant, Trump, a lesson for the oppressors. As for Biden’s presidency, he follows his policies. Let him know that we adhere to our land and independence, and we will carry on as a resistance movement regardless of the sacrifices. Those who stood firm and defeated “Israel”, faced sanctions, and did not change their positions under the most difficult circumstances will never squander their achievements and the blood of the martyrs. Hezbollah will be strong and ready in terms of its jihadist position, preparing all its deterrence capabilities in defense against “Israel” and the annexes of its occupation.

The presence of the axis of resistance, its steadfastness, and the balance of deterrence that it created are strong. Through a quick and comprehensive reading of what the axis of resistance is, and despite the aggression, pressures, and threats, we will find that it owes a lot of its strength that enables more victories to the leader of the Quds Force, martyr Soleimani. The people and Mujahideen of this region are determined to continue the march of martyr Soleimani and confront America and “Israel” to achieve liberation and independence from subordination. {And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose.}

                                                                                                                                             12/21/2020

                                                                                                                      Deputy Secretary General of Hezbollah

                                                                                                                                     Sheikh Naim Qassem

قاسم سليماني أيقونة الثورة الإسلامية

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البحث في شخصية القائد الشهيد قاسم سليماني والمكانة التي احتلها في المقاومة التي خاضتها شعوب ودول المنطقة في مواجهة مشروع الهيمنة الأميركية من فلسطين الى لبنان وسورية والعراق واليمن وباكستان وأفغانتسان، لا بد أن يوصلنا إلى اكتشاف حقيقة أولى تتصل بكونه قد نجح دون تكليف رسمي أو قرار سياسي في الانتقال داخل وجدان حركات المقاومة من قائد إيراني يتولى تنسيق العلاقة بين قوى المقاومة والجمهورية الإسلامية في إيران، ويرعى حاجات هذه المقاومات المختلفة ويتابع معاركها كحليف صادق وصديق، إلى أن يصبح بالنسبة لكل من هذه الحركات والحكومات المعنية بمواجهة الهيمنة الأميركية، كأخ كبير ينتمي لكل من هذه الحركات والحكومات على حدة، بداية بصفة المستشار الخبير والحريص ولاحقا بصفته شريكا في القيادة التي تحمّل فيها خلال المعارك الميدانية مسؤوليات جسامًا وتعرض فيها لمخاطر كبيرة، سواء حيث تجسدت هذه الهيمنة بنسختها العدوانية التي يمثلها كيان الاحتلال، أو بنسختها التي يمثلها الاستبداد الخليجي، أو بنسختها التي تمثلها قوى الإرهاب التكفيري، أو بما جسده الاحتلال الأميركي المباشر.

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مع هذا التسلسل الزمني والخط البياني الذي رسمته مسيرة القائد سليماني، صار التنسيق بين حركات وقوى المقاومة متجسدا عمليا بوجود رئيس أركان لجيوش وقوى المقاومة مجمع عليه دون تكليف أو تعيين أو قرار، فقد صار سليماني العارف بظروف ومقدرات كل جبهة وخصوصياتها هو المؤهل ضمنا وبصورة فريدة وسلسة لتولي مهمة لم تنل صفة أو توصيفا، لكنها كانت عمليا رئاسة أركان جيوش وحركات تمسك بالكثير من نقاط القوة في المنطقة، وشكلت هذه الوضعية التمهيد الطبيعي لوجود محور مقاومة يتكامل ويتساند في الميدان قبل تظهيره كمحور، كان معلوما ان القائد سليماني هو رئيس أركان قواته .

لم يكن القائد سليماني بحاجة لصياغة نظرية عن أن القتال ضد الاحتلال في فلسطين وجنوب لبنان والتصدي للعدوان الرجعي الخليجي على اليمن ومواجهة المشروع التكفيري الإرهابي في العراق وسورية ولبنان والنضال لإزالة الاحتلال الأميركي عن أرض العراق وسورية، هي مجموعة معارك في حرب واحدة، وأن الرابط الأعمق بين الذين يقاتلون على كل هذه الجبهات يجب أن يكون إيمانهم بمكانة فلسطين والقدس في قلب مشروعهم الإستراتيجي، كي يستقيم قتالهم نحو الهدف المباشر الذي يتولون السعي إليه، لأن كل شيء يجري في المنطقة يرتبط عضويا بمصير هذا الكيان الغاصب لفلسطين، والقتال لإنهاء هذا الكيان هو ما يجد فيه القائد سليماني ترجمة مهنية عسكرية لتسمية القوة التي يقودها بفيلق القدس في الحرس الثوري الإسلامي.

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تاريخيا تبلغ الثورات مراحل نضجها التاريخي، وتثبت أهليتها للاستمرار كقوة دفع تاريخية، بعد أن يتثبت مركزها الجغرافي في قلب صناعة الأحداث، وتمتلك مشروعا تاريخيا وقيادة تاريخية، بأن تصنع رموزها الذين ترسم سيرتهم للشعوب والحركات النضالية مثالا وقدوة، ويتحولون الى ايقونات تجمع النظرية والممارسة، وتترجم بأعلى حالات التضحية مفهوم الثورة، فالإسلام كمحرك ثوري كرس رمزيته الثورية المستمرة بنموذج الإمام الحسين عليه السلام، وقبله وجدت المسيحية نموذجها النضالي المضحي في السيد المسيح عليه السلام. ومن يقرأ تاريخ الحركات التي استوحت من المسيحية والإسلام منهاجها الثوري سيجد لتجربة كل من السيد المسيح والإمام الحسين عليهما السلام مكانة خاصة، وسيجد لظروف عذاباتهما وتضحياتهما وبطولاتهما مكانة أشد خصوصية.

في تجربة اليسار العالمي يتميز اسم تشي غيفارا ويسطع كرمز للثورية والتضحية والنضال، خصوصا للبعد العابر للقوميات والوطنيات الذي جسده غيفارا ولظروف استشهاده على يد العدو الذي يختزن مشروع الاستعمار العالمي الذي تمثله أميركا، ومضمون ما مثله بأدائه الشخصي كجواب على قضية الدولة والثورة.

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في المسار الذي رسمه الإمام الخميني (قدس سره) للثورة الإسلامية في إيران، وجسده من بعده الإمام السيد علي الخامنئي، ثمة مفهوم ودور لبناء الدولة في الحفاظ على مفهوم الثورة، وكانت فلسطين تقع في قلب المشروع التاريخي للثورة الإسلامية، وكان بناء جيش من المؤمنين المتعبدين الطالبين للشهادة الهادف لتحرير فلسطين وحماية القدس، يشكل جوهر هذه الإستراتيجية، وكان هذا يستدعي نهضة إسلامية في الدول وبين الشعوب تحت عنوان فلسطين والقدس. ومنذ البدايات كان واضحا أن الثورة الإسلامية قد تعلمت الكثير من قراءة تجارب الثورات العالمية وتاريخ الحركات العابرة للوطنيات والقوميات، ولذلك سعت لتفادي تكرار تجربة الأحزاب الشيوعية، ووضعت الأمانة لفكرة المقاومة وفلسطين معيارا وليس الولاء للجمهورية الإسلامية والتبعية لها. وهكذا تشكّلَ خليط من التحالفات يضم حركات المقاومة في فلسطين على تنوعها وعدم تطابق مفاهميها الفكرية وتباين عدد من الاتجاهات الإسلامية بينها مع نظرة الجمهورية الإسلامية للإسلام، ويضم المقاومة الإسلامية في لبنان، والدولة السورية التي يقودها حزب قومي عربي علماني ، وحركات عراقية إسلامية ومثلها في باكستان وأفغانستان واليمن، لا تتطابق فيما بينها في الكثير من وجوه النظرة العقائدية والسياسية، لكنها تجمع بلا تردد او شبهة على مكانة قضية فلسطين ومشروع المقاومة. واذا كانت المقاومة الإسلامية في لبنان هي النموذج الأشد قربا بينها من الجمهورية الإسلامية فهما ودورا وموقفا، فإن هذه المقاومة بقيادة سماحة السيد حسن نصر الله، نجحت في تجسيد مفهوم محور المقاومة حتى شكلت مع القائد سليماني القاسم المشترك بين جميع هذه الجبهات.

في التجسيد الفكري ورمزية الدور كان القائد سليماني قد قطع نصف المسافة نحو ترجمة مفهوم الثورة الإسلامية، المتخذ من قضية المواجهة مع مشروع الهمينة الأميركية عنوانا له، وحيث لفلسطين مكانة الروح من الجسد، لكن القيادة في هذا المشروع تحتاج رجلا تكاملت فيه خصال الأولياء والشهداء والقديسين، بدرجة الإيمان والتشبع بأخلاق الأنبياء والأئمة، ليرمز للثورة كثورة إسلامية، بأبهى عناوين الحضور وتفاصيلها النابعة من عاطفة صادقة متدفقة نحو النبي والأئمة وأهل بيت الرسول (ص)، وبشجاعة وعلم حرب يقدمان نموذجا لا يضاهى بين قادة الجيوش مستوحيا من تجربة الإمام علي عليه السلام الكثير، واستعداد مفتوح لبذل الدم وصولا لطلب مستديم للشهادة على طريق الإمام الحسين عليه السلام، وصولا لسيرة عملية جمعت الانتصارات التي بلغ بعضها حد الإعجاز العسكري، كمواجهات الأيام الأولى مع تنظيم داعش الإرهابي حول بغداد، الى نماذج شديدة التعقيد في التخطيط والقيادة كانت في قلبها المعركة التاريخية لتحرير حلب التي أشرف على تفاصيلها وقادها في الميدان، وانتهاء بالاستشهاد غيلة على يد الأميركيين، لينتج للثورة الإسلامية أيقونتها التي تعمدت بها تجربة هذه الثورة كمسار تاريخي يقود الطريق نحو فلسطين.

اذا كانت سيرة القائد سليماني ورمزية قيادته لفيلق القدس منحت المصداقية لمشروع الثورة الإسلامية، فإن شهادته أكملت عدتها التاريخية نحو فلسطين.غرد النص عبر تويتر
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The Story of the Legend – From Kerman to Palestine

Al-Ahed EXCLUSIVE
 
Qassem Soleimani carried his heart from Kerman to Palestine, spreading the scent of victory. He liked fighting while bullets were raining down and falling asleep under walls that were shattered by war. On the way to Al-Quds, he became habituated with the Iraqi desert, the fragrance of the Levant, and the olives of the south. With mercy and compassion, he the patted the heads of orphans and bowed with humility, kissing the hands of the Mujahideen.

 
With love and longing, he cried for Imad before leaving. With pride and courage he challenged the arrogance of the criminal US administration. He was its rival in the field – a man who faced off with states, intelligence apparatuses, and armies.
 
His creed read: “‘Israel’ is an absolute evil”. His goal was “to eradicate it from existence.” On this path, the servant of the nation was a fatal arrow directed at all the projects of global arrogance.
 
Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and Palestine were battlefields Hajj Qasem knew how to utilize, turning them into a lava that spewed its flame towards the Zionist-American occupier and all that branched out from them.
 
Soleimani wasn’t only the master of the military arena, but prevailed in the arenas of strategic thinking and diplomacy. Wherever he went, he was the bearer of the banner of truth and victory. He never felt disappointment despite the weight of the tasks, nor was he despondent, nor did he know surrender.
 
Honor, mercy, courage, loyalty, sincerity, modesty, and sophistication, all grouped in an immortal icon, making Qasem Soleimani a legend. The name alone is pride.
 
The Beginning of the Story: From Lebanon
 
In 1998, Qasem Soleimani was appointed commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force. Around the same time, a scheduled three-month maneuver that was set to take place in the Islamic Republic to train young men belonging to Lebanon’s Islamic Resistance was approaching.
 
Preparations were nearing completion, and a few days prior, the Hezbollah commander in charge of the maneuver asked those concerned for a first meeting with Soleimani. On the same day, he got what he asked for.
 
The magic of the first meeting

Less than a month had passed since Soleimani assumed his new post. The first meeting with the jihadist leader from Lebanon lasted nearly a quarter of an hour, during which they agreed that a broader meeting take place the next day.
 
At ten the next morning, the jihadist leader entered the meeting room to find Soleimani present with his entire staff – approximately nine of them concerned with this file.
 
During the meeting, the leader unveiled a unique point of view regarding tactics and methods associated with models of missiles that had a range of about 45 kilometers. That particular theory did not go along with the military theories adopted at that time, but Soleimani was listening attentively.
 
Then he resolved the issue with serious words, addressing his team: “Starting today, regarding this mission, this man (pointing to the jihadist leader) is your superior. None of you will continue with the rest of your work until he finishes his.”
 
The jihadist leader who then accompanied Soleimani until his martyrdom recalls: “The psychological pressure on me was tremendous. He gave me what I could not dream of.”
 
Soleimani at the maneuver and the call: “O’ Abbas”
 
After three days of continuous preparations following the meeting and an agreement to try out the new method, the jihadist leader and his team head to the location of the exercise. The platforms were set up, and the time of the maneuver was arranged.
 
It was zero hour on the fourth day, and Hajj Qasem was attending in person as he arrived by plane. The jihadist leader receives him and they ride together in a military jeep visiting the young men.
 
Then, they give the order with the following Quranic verse: {In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Permission [to fight] has been given to those who are being fought, because they were wronged. And indeed, Allah is competent to give them victory.}
 
With “O Abbas” – the name of the master of the martyrs of the Islamic Resistance Sayyed Abbas Al-Mousawi – the maneuver begins during which all the required experiments were carried out. It was a success.
 
The jihadist leader tells Al-Ahed News, “It was as if a heavy load was lifted from my shoulders.”
 
This was the first step on the field that Hajj Qasem took with the resistance in Lebanon. It was characterized by enthusiasm, understanding, a speedy achievement, and determination without hesitation or delay. It was clear how practical he was, with a surprising and daring strategic thought.
 
From the experience of that first meeting, the first and main outlines of Hajj Qasem’s style and amazing offers were revealed. The meeting was a prototype of the future relationship between Lebanon’s resistance and this great man.
 
Subsequently, he moved to Lebanon and got acquainted with the entire leaderships and familiarized himself with every detail related to the Islamic movement before and after the launch of the resistance. He contacted and met everyone the resistance could benefit from. In the successive stages, all activities were characterized by the same gravity and effectiveness as that first step as well as relentless follow-ups. They remained that way in the years that followed. He asked about every small and big thing.
 
The jihadi leader summarizes the experience of the first meeting with Commander Soleimani with brief remarks:
 
–       His quick understanding of the topic and its value. His boldness and his willingness to take risks immediately, without any delay, even if he violated some of the principles and was criticized by some of the people with experience.
 
–       The depth of his strategic thinking. He had envisioned from the first meeting that success there would bring about a fundamental shift in the level of conflict – from small groups of modest organization and ability in limited confrontations to a completely different situation. He saw the future and lived it. Before the first meeting, the missile capability did not exceed 20km. After it, we moved to a different position that he knew and believed in as if he saw it – from a limited number of missiles not exceeding 20km to missiles with a range that reached Eilat.
 
From 2000 to 2006: reversing the image
 
A few years passed between that first meeting and 2006, when Hajj Qasem shaped an extraordinary development in building the capabilities of the resistance in terms of size, durability, and strength to counter the “Israeli” military. He reversed the prevailing image that spanned the many decades between1948 until 2006.
 
Prior to the year 2000 and after it, Hajj Qasem was able to transform Hezbollah into a force that was as hazardous as conventional armies during the July 2006 war. Despite developing its army’s capabilities – 33 years (from 1973 until 2006) of relentless pursuit supported by most global powers, led by America – “Israel” was defeated within 33 days and failed to achieve its objectives.

Within a few years, the Islamic Resistance became a capable force thanks to Hajj Qasem’s efforts, boldness, and strategic vision, as well as the opportunities and services that he provided in terms of training and quality weapons such as the Kornet (one of the most important weapons that helped change the course of the war). The resistance would not have acquired this weapon had it not been for Hajj Soleimani – and the surface-to-surface missiles that hit Sa’ar and others and weakened the “Israeli” naval force.
 
Hajj Qasem believed in these accomplishments before they were even achieved. He saw it with his enlightened strategic thinking and his reliance on God.
 
The jihadist leader evokes some of Hajj Qasem’s style of work: “He had an exceptional personality and worked in a unique way; he moved as if he were a group of people, like copies working, and each copy moved with unparalleled diligence and perseverance. Hajj Qasem was a group of effective figures.”
 
While he worked with the resistance in Lebanon, his heart was with Palestine and Al-Quds. It was his secret, and he was the commander of its brigade.

The heart’s compass is pointing towards Palestine
 
Before the “Israeli” withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 2000 and while the “Israeli” army was pondering the closure of the Lebanon front believing that it would stop the bleeding of this wound, Hajj Qasem was thinking about activating work in Palestine. Thus, he began to open another wound.
 
The jihadist leader tells Al-Ahed about some of Hajj Qasem’s creativity on the Palestinian arena.

“Work inside Palestine existed on a certain level, and then we started with Hajj Qasem to look for suitable figures, regardless of their experience, age, and affiliation, for anyone with the readiness and willingness to fight and carry out any activity against the usurper entity in the Palestinian arena. Without paying attention to any political, religious, or regional description or formation, the search was focused solely on preparedness, and we opened up to all the existing factions, even to small groups.”
 
Hajj Qasem dealt with everyone. He saw no difference between extremist Islamic organizations, secular organizations, atheist organizations, and even small and medium groups. There was only one rule: hostility towards the occupation forces and America.
 
This was the start. Hajj Qasem’s course of action focused on several avenues. The first was to secure the human factor. The second was to advance the level of training and pass on the Lebanese experience. The third was to improve armament. For the sake of Al-Quds, Hajj was so generous. He crossed all paths in order to deliver weapons of any value to occupied Palestine. Hajj spared nothing for this purpose, even resorting to the sea route. He hauled large quantities of weapons across the sea on buoys to reach Gaza by gauging the direction of the wind and sea currents, despite knowing that a sizable portion of the weapons wouldn’t make it to the final destination.
 
Since 2000, work began on the production of hand-made missiles in the occupied territories that could be utilized in Palestine. The missile range inside the Palestinian territories did not need to be the same as that of the resistance in Lebanon. In Palestine, short-range missiles are sufficient and effective. In the West Bank, for example, you only need hundreds of meters to reach the occupied depth.
 
According to the jihadist leader, “In addition to financial support, work on all these levels was parallel and gradual. There was no faction that did not support all these lines, even the factions with low activity. Hajj Soleimani went to everyone and energized the weak factions, and he deliberately developed the strong factions and supported them with all capabilities. There was no Palestinian force that he did not go to. He tried repeatedly with everyone without despair or boredom, without exception, and with what he had available despite the difficulties in delivering financial support. As for securing weapons, it was very difficult.”
 
A special scientific team was formed to design easy-to-manufacture missiles to suit the Palestinian resistance, and factories were supported in the occupied territories, including Gaza and the West Bank, to manufacture these missiles. All the experience of the Islamic Resistance in Lebanon in the manufacturing of explosive devices and combat tactics were also shared.
 
Hajj Qasem supervised the production of more than 70 films on training, ambushes, the use of heavy and light weapons, the manufacturing of explosives, and military plans. They contained all the minute details as well as anything that comes to a fighter’s mind, down to the manufacturing of remote detonation devices, explosive devices, and methods of detonation that were studied by competent specialists.
 
Hajj Qasem did not care about fatigue, effort, and costs. He only asked about the results. His sole concern was the end result. These efforts shook “Israel” and put it under the pressure of operations, the killings, the injuries, and the confusion. The entity admitted that losses inflicted by the Palestinian resistance exceeded 1700 dead “Israeli” soldiers and more than 7500 wounded.
 
The “Israelis” wanted, through its withdrawal from Gaza, to get rid of the losses and the attrition. Yet, it became the occupation’s most complex problem. “Israel” later launched the 2008 war to eliminate the resistance, which went on for 42 days without achieving any of the objectives. Then, it launched the second and third wars on Gaza in 2012 and 2014, but it could not achieve its objectives of breaking the resistance or weakening its capabilities. Rather, the capabilities of the resistance in Gaza continued to flourish and expand until it was able to manufacture missiles with a range exceeding 120 km. Gaza that has an area of 376 km bombed Tel Aviv three times in one year, and in three wars, it managed to defeat the invincible army.
 
Hajj Qasem Soleimani followed up on all the details, both small and large, continuously and carefully. He even used to meet with small groups, go to training camps, visit resistance officials in their homes, and invite those who could to visit Iran. Many of the trainees and officials went to Iran.
 
The jihadist leader summarizes Hajj Qasem’s approach in Palestine: “The most obvious characteristic of Hajj Qasem was the comprehensiveness of his enmity, his circle of enmity included all those who were hostile to ‘Israel’ and America, everyone who believed in the injustice that befell Al-Quds, without paying attention to anything else. Only Palestine and Al-Quds are the criteria and the center.”
 
Iraq: Between the military and politics
 
The Iraqi battlefield was not transient in Soleimani’s calculations, especially since it shared a border and historical links with the Islamic Republic of Iran. With the American occupation of Iraq, Hajj Qasem activated his activities with a number of Iraqis in Iran. Then, with the same momentum, method, and thrust that he had when working with the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine, he communicated with any front that could work against the American occupation.
 
Commander Soleimani created a communication network in all the Iraqi provinces with figures and leaders, in addition existing factions at the time. He dealt with them and others, and his activities extended and branched out to reach every believer in resisting the American occupation.
 
Since the first week of the US occupation and before the fall of Baghdad, training as well as both financial and military aid began overlapping and increasing. He was supportive of the Iraqi resistance in the face of the occupier in various fields, until the American occupation wished for a withdrawal with minimal losses. With the help of Hajj Qasem, the Iraqi resistance developed extensive capabilities even in manufacturing missiles. Despite the difficult circumstances during the US occupation, he would send cadres and trainers from outside Iraq to pass on expertise and experience. These cadres would stay there to follow up, help, take part as much as possible, and spread throughout different areas and among groups until the Americans left defeated. Then, the Takfiri attack took place, and the militants took control of large parts of Iraqi lands all at once.
 
Direct presence in the battlefield
 
The jihadist leader that always accompanied Hajj Qasem tells Al-Ahed that “as soon as the capture of some Iraqi provinces in the Takfiri invasion was announced, Hajj Qasem was on the ground, just as he did with the resistance in Lebanon and Palestine. He did not only request reports, communications, or waited for developments. From the start, he went to Iraq on his own and with the cadres he knew began searching for people who were ready. He drove in his car from one governorate to another and formed the first groups and cells. Then, the religious authority issued the fatwa, broadening the work and creating the need to redouble efforts.”
 
Sleeping under demolished walls
 
Soleimani was on all the battlefields and fronts, on the ground, among the fighters, arming them and planning for a very large number of factions. He was even at the frontline during the implementation. He scouted the dangerous areas himself.
 
The jihadist leader says, “if he gave an order to implement something and tell the workers I want it tomorrow, he would not be satisfied with only asking. From the time he gave the order until the next day, he’d repeatedly call to confirm the progress and insist on it, even if he had information that the work will be done. Even though Hajj Qasem was already appearing in the media and the center of his activity, its importance, and the danger surrounding him was known, he risked it all to be close to the front and accompany the many fighters. He, for example, would be among four or five thousand fighters with all their heavy and light weapons for hours on end. Everyone approached him with their weapons to take pictures. He would chat with everyone, young and old, open up social topics, advise them, ask about the wellbeing of those around him, joke with them, and sit with them on the dirt.”

Commander Soleimani would spend time humbly among thousands of armed men, without detailed information about them or a serious background check. The battlefields bore witness to the Quds Force commander sleeping in tents on the fronts or in rooms destroyed by war, under crumbling walls, in an area vulnerable to bombing. During major attacks, he’d be with operatives carrying his walkie-talkie, calling: ‘Where are you? Why are you late? What did you do? What do you need? Is there a problem? When you’re done, continue in this direction! Coordinate with so-and-so and go with so-and-so to such-and-such place.’ All the while, he’d be surrounded by voices an noise, with some interrupting him asking for vehicles, ammunition, weapons, money and others objecting to their location or equipment. Hajj Qasem followed up on all these closely without neglecting a single detail or a request, be it big or small.

Between war and politics

In addition to the military role, Hajj Qasem also had a political role. He followed up on figures and their parties, officials, leaders, deputies, and ministers. He moved from one place to another by car. He was in any area that needed Hajj Qasem. He was in any area that was facing a problem. If there were two areas that required his presence at the same time, he would be in the first area while following up on what was happening in the second via walkie-talkie. He was quick when moving from one place to another along the line of contact, without any reservation or protection. Figures used to go to Hajj Qasem in terrifying convoys, with dozens of cars and a huge number of armed guards, while he’d be in his car and another driving his assistants. He would often be outside the car without protection.

The Takfiri war ended and the fronts cooled down, but Hajj Qasem continued to pursue this arduous political process, which, according to the jihadist leader, may have been one of Hajj Qasem’s biggest challenges.

It was “more difficult than the battlefield due to its danger. His continuously pursued political consensus, reunification, calm, reconciliation, meeting efforts, and resolving outstanding disputes between political parties and figures. In addition, he followed up on people’s social needs, helped to overcome poverty and destitution, and solved people’s life problems as much as he could.”
 
In a single night, Hajj Qasem would travel along the axes, from Iraq to Syria and Lebanon and vice versa. He even held some of his meetings on the plane or in the airport to save time.
 
Military action and cultural work
 
Hajj Qasem was not only a pioneer in military action, but also in cultural and intellectual work. He was one of the pioneers of unity, absolutely and decisively rejecting all talk about sectarianism or ideological affiliation. His rhetoric was all about the awakening of the people and their resistance to the arrogant hegemony. He gathered all efforts and capabilities for this common denominator.
 
During the years of the so-called Arab Spring, Hajj Qasem formed committees from all countries of the Arab world, in relations that extended, intertwined, and expanded to include all lovers and workers in the resistance. He held awakening conferences and followed up on their details, and most of the invitees were chosen by the commander of the Quds Force.
 
Hundreds of delegations that were formed from across the Arab and Islamic worlds flocked to Tehran. Hajj Qasem touched base with them on a regular basis, as well as all the liberation movements, regardless of affiliation and identity.
 
Regarding the media, Soleimani was also active. He helped the liberation forces maintain their satellite and electronic media outlets. For this, he founded more than 150 media institutions. He formed international human rights committees and associations despite the difficulties and without being pro-Western or pro-America.
 
He also worked on the humanitarian level – providing social support, helping the oppressed classes, and providing social assistance. In terms of healthcare, he also helped establish health centers and took many wounded people from all places of conflict to Iran. This humanitarian leader would visit them, check up on them in hospitals, and follow up on their health situation.
 
Hajj Qassem excelled in creating a new school, in which he relied on the movement of people. He posed new threats to the enemies, raising the level of hostility, and broadening the challenges, and the conflict with the Americans.
 
The Final Scene
 
His military exceptionalism and planning also extend to a spiritual dimension. A jihadi companion of his says that the spirituality of Hajj Qasem is very close to that of the martyr Sayyed Abbas Al-Mousawi, as both of them are not from “the people of the earth, but from the people of heaven.”
 
“May your horror reign” was a phrase that preceded Hajj Qasem whenever he appeared on the battlefield, causing fear in the hearts of the enemies. This dread soon changed into intense mercy and friendliness when dealing with the mujahideen. When the martyrs were mentioned, tears gushed from his eyes. Hajj Qasem was very attached to Imam Hussain (PBUH). In his spare time, he’d ask a scholar to tell him about the Imam (PBUH) or to recite a verse of solace. His spiritual program, despite the many concerns, was full of supplications between prayers and recitation of the Qur’an. He also had a special Tasbih. For example, he regularly recited Surat al-Tawhid 250 times a day.
 
The legend who lived through danger and became familiar with it, did not pay any attention to it or fear it. In his final days, specifically on the Saturday that preceded the sinful assassination, Hajj Qasem was so tired that those close to him tried to persuade him to go to the hospital or accept to see a doctor, but he refused. With regretful words, he said: “It seems that Imam Hussain’s (PBUH) table spread is completed, and we missed our chance.”
 
In his letter to his daughter Fatima, Qasem Soleimani addresses his death as a lover exhausted by passion, “My dear, my beauty, where are you? I miss you.”
 
Then, he goes on to describe his last absence as if he was writing the scenario of the scene. “When I am being blown up, my existence is completely removed. My presence is turned into smoke and burns. How beautiful this scene is! How I love this moment! Sacrificing one’s soul for the sake of love is so beautiful.”
 
It is the path of love that Hajj Qasem walked on, leaving millions of people with an image that causes heartache and heartbreak – his severed hand on Iraqi soil summarizes the story of the legend from Kerman … to Palestine.

حكاية الأسطورة.. من كرمان الى فلسطين

حكاية الأسطورة.. من كرمان الى فلسطين

من كرمان الى فلسطين، حمل قاسم سليماني قلبه ناثرًا شذى النصر. بين زخات الرصاص طاب له النزال، وتحت جدران هشمتها الحرب لطالما غفا. في الطريق الى القدس، أًلِف صحراء العراق، وعبق الشام، وزيتون الجنوب.. رحمةً وعطفًا مسح على رؤوس الأطفال من الأيتام.. تواضعًا انحنى مقبلًا أيدي المجاهدين.. حبًا وشوقًا بكى العماد قبل الرحيل.. إباءً وشجاعًة تحدّى استكبار الادارة الأميركية المجرمة، فكان لها نِدًّا في الميدان والسياسة: رجلٌ مقابل دول واستخبارات وجيوش.

عقيدته “اسرائيل شر مطلق”، والهدف “إزالتها من الوجود”، وفي هذا السبيل كان “خادمُ الأمّة” سهمًا قاتلًا مصوّبًا نحو كل مشاريع الاستكبار العالمي. ايران، العراق، أفغانستان، سوريا، لبنان، اليمن وفلسطين، ميادين خَبِر الحاج قاسم مفاتيحها جيدًا، فحولها حممًا تقذف لهيبها نحو المحتل الصهيوني – الأميركي وكل ما تفرّع عنهما.

لم يكن سليماني سيّد الميدان العسكري حصرًا، بل تسيّد ساحة الفكر الاستراتيجي وخبايا الدبلوماسية، وحيثما حلّ، كان حاملًا لراية الحق ورافعًا لواء النصر.. لم تصبه خيبة رغم ثقل المهام، ولا أعياه يأس ولا عرف الاستسلام طريقًا الى قلبه.. اباء ورحمة، شجاعة واقدام، اخلاص وصدق، تواضع وحنكة.. اجتمعت في شخص الأيقونة الخالدة، ليكون قاسم سليماني هو الأسطورة.. وكفى بالاسم فخرًا.

* بداية الحكاية.. من لبنان

عام 1998 عُين قاسم سليماني قائدًا لقوة القدس في الحرس الثوري. في تلك الفترة، كان موعد المناورة التي يُحضَّر لها لمدة 3 أشهر لشباب من المقاومة الاسلامية اللبنانية في الجمهورية الاسلامية قد دنا. قاربت التحضيرات على الاكتمال، وقبل بضعة أيام، يطلب القائد في حزب الله المسؤول عن المناورة من المعنيين موعدًا هو الأول مع سليماني. في اليوم نفسه، يكون له ما أراد..

* سحر اللقاء الأوّل

لم يكن قد مضى بعد شهر على تسلم سليماني موقعه الجديد. استمرّ اللقاء الأول مع القائد الجهادي من لبنان قرابة الربع ساعة، واتُفِق خلاله على اجتماع أوسع في اليوم التالي.. عند العاشرة من صباح اليوم التالي، يدخل القائد الجهادي الى اللقاء ليجد سليماني حاضرًا مع كل أركانه، كانوا قرابة التسعة من المسؤولين في هذا الملف. خلال الجلسة، عرض القائد لوجهة نظر خاصة حول تكتيكات وطرق وأساليب ترتبط بنماذج لتطوير مديات صواريخ، ولم تكن تلك النظرية الخاصة تتوافق مع النظريات العسكرية المعتمدة في ذلك الوقت، لكن سليماني كان مستمعًا باهتمام.. واذ به يحسم الموضوع بكلمات جادة موجهًا الكلام لفريقه: “ابتداء من اليوم ضمن هذه المهمة، هذا الرجل (وأشار الى القائد الجهادي) هو مسؤولكم جميعًا، لن يذهب أحدكم الى باقي أعماله قبل أن ينتهي هو”.

يروي القائد الجهادي الذي رافق بعد ذلك سليماني حتى شهادته: “كان الضغط النفسي شديدًا عليّ، لقد أعطاني ما لم أكن أحلم به”.

* سليماني حاضر في المناورة.. والنداء: “يا عباس”

ثلاثة أيام مضت على التحضيرات المتواصلة عقب اللقاء والاتفاق على تجربة الأسلوب الجديد، ينتقل على اثرها القائد الجهادي وفريقه الى مكان المناورة، ويتم تجهيز منصات الإطلاق ويُحدَد موعد البدء بالمناورة.

في اليوم الرابع حانت ساعة الصفر، وإذ بالحاج قاسم يحضر شخصيًا بالطائرة. يستقبله القائد الجهادي ثم يجولان سويًا في جيب عسكري على الشباب، ويصدران الأمر بالآية القرآنية: “بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم، أذن للذين يقاتلون بأنهم ظلموا وأن الله على نصرهم لقدير”، وبنداء “يا عباس”، تيمنًا بسيد شهداء المقاومة الاسلامية السيد عباس الموسوي تبدأ المناورة.. نُفِذت خلالها كل التجارب المطلوبة، وكان التوفيق عنوان نجاحها.. يبوح القائد الجهادي لـ”العهد”: “كأن حملًا ثقيلًا نزل عن ظهري”.

تلك كانت الخطوة الميدانية الأولى التي خطاها الحاج قاسم مع المقاومة في لبنان، تميزت بالحماس والتفهم وسرعة الانجاز والحسم بلا تردد أو ابطاء. كان واضحًا كم هو رجل عملي، جريء في فكر استراتيجي ملفت ومدهش. على تجربة اللقاء الأول ذاك، تُقرأ الخطوط الأولى والرئيسية في أسلوب الحاج قاسم وحجم عطائه المذهل، هذا اللقاء كان نموذجًا أوليًا ألقى بظله على مستقبل علاقة المقاومة في لبنان مع هذا الرجل العظيم.

على الاثر، انتقل الى لبنان وتعرف على كل القيادات واطلع على كل تفصيل يتعلق بالحركة الاسلامية قبل انطلاقة المقاومة وبعدها، واتصل والتقى بكل من تستطيع المقاومة الاستفادة منه. في المراحل المتتالية، اتسمت كل الأنشطة بما امتازت به الخطوة الأولى من الجدية والفاعلية، والمتابعة الحثيثة، واستمرت كذلك في السنوات التي تلت.. كان الحاج قاسم يستفسر عن الصغيرة والكبيرة في كل المواضيع.

يختصر القائد الجهادي تجربة اللقاء الأول مع القائد سليماني بملاحظات سريعة:

* “الحرارة العالية جدًا، والتفهم السريع للموضوع وقيمته، والجرأة والاستعداد للمغامرة فورًا وبلا ابطاء أو تأجيل حتى وإن خالف بعض الأصول وانتُقِد من بعض أصحاب أهل الخبرة.

* العمق في فكره الاستراتيجي، اذ تَصوّرَ منذ اللقاء الأول أن النجاح هناك سيحقق تحولًا جذريًا في مستوى الصراع، من مجموعات صغيرة متواضعة التنظيم والقدرة في مواجهات محدودة، الى وضع مختلف تمامًا. كان يشاهد المستقبل ويراه ويعيشه. قبل اللقاء الأوّل كانت القدرة الصاروخية لا تتجاوز العشرين كلم، وبعده تم الانتقال الى موقع مختلف كان يعرفه هو، ويؤمن به كأنه يراه، من صواريخ محدودة العدد لا يتجاوز مداها 20 كلم الى صواريخ يصل مداها الى إيلات”.

حكاية الأسطورة.. من كرمان الى فلسطين

* من 2000 الى 2006: انقلاب الصورة

سنوات مرّت بين اللقاء الاول وعام 2006، صنع خلالها الحاج قاسم تطورًا غير عادي في بناء قدرات المقاومة لناحية الحجم والمتانة، والقوة لمواجهة القدرة العسكرية الاسرائيلية، وقلب الصورة السائدة طوال السنوات الممتدة من 1948 الى 2006.

على مشارف العام 2000 وبعده، حوّل الحاج قاسم تنظيم حزب الله الى قوة تشكل في حرب تموز 2006 خطرًا يعادل خطر جيوش الدول. ورغم تطوير الجيش الاسرائيلي لقدراته، على مدى 33 عامًا (من عام 1973 الى 2006) في سعي دؤوب ومدعوم من أغلب قوى العالم وعلى رأسها أمريكا، وقف مهزومًا في 33 يومًا عن تحقيق أهدافه.

خلال سنوات أصبحت المقاومة الاسلامية قوةً قادرة، بجهد وجرأة ورؤية الحاج قاسم الاستراتيجية، وحجم الفرص التي فتحت والخدمات التي قدمها من تدريب، ونوعية سلاح كالكورنيت (من أهم الأسلحة التي ساعدت في تغيير وجه الحرب) الذي ما كانت المقاومة لتمتلكه لولا الحاج سليماني، وصواريخ بر ـ بحر التي أسقطت ساعر وغيرها، وأوهنت القوة البحرية الاسرائيلية.

كل هذه الانجازات آمن الحاج قاسم بها قبل أن تتحقق، شاهدها بفكره الاستراتيجي النيّر واتكاله على الله. يستحضر القائد الجهادي بعضًا من أسلوب عمل الحاج قاسم: “كان بشخصيته الاستثنائية يعمل بطريقة فريدة، يتحرك وكأنه عدد من الأشخاص، كنسخ تعمل وكل نسخة تتحرك بجد ومثابرة لا مثيل لها.. عددٌ من الشخصيات الفعالة هو الحاج قاسم”.

وفي الوقت الذي كان يجهد بتلك الفعالية مع المقاومة في لبنان، كانت بوصلة قلبه تشير الى فلسطين وقدسها.. فهي سره المكنون وهو قائد لوائها.

* بوصلة القلب: فلسطين

قبل الانسحاب الاسرائيلي من الجنوب اللبناني عام 2000، ولمّا كان الجيش الاسرائيلي يفكر بإغلاق جبهة لبنان ظنًا منه أنه ختم نزف هذا الجرح، كان تفكير الحاج قاسم يتجه نحو تفعيل العمل الفلسطيني.. مبادرًا الى فتح جرح آخر.

حكاية الأسطورة.. من كرمان الى فلسطين

يروي القائد الجهادي لموقع “العهد” بعضًا من ابداع الحاج قاسم على الساحة الفلسطينية: “كان العمل داخل فلسطين قبل ذلك موجودًا على مستوى معين، ثم بدأنا مع الحاج قاسم نبحث عن شخصيات مناسبة بغض النظر عن تجربتهم وأعمارهم وانتمائهم، عن أي شخص لديه الجهوزية والاستعداد للقتال والقيام بأي نشاط في الساحة الفلسطينية ضد الكيان الغاصب، دون الاهتمام بأي تسميات أو تشكيلات سياسية أو دينية أو مناطقية، البحث كان مركزًا على الاستعداد والجهوزية فقط.. وانفتحنا على كل الفصائل الموجودة، حتى على المجموعات الصغيرة والتي لا تتجاوز عدد أصابع اليد”.

تعامل الحاج قاسم مع الجميع، لا فرق لديه بين التنظيمات الاسلامية المتشددة، والتنظيمات العلمانية وما بينها، وكذلك المجموعات الصغيرة والمتوسطة، كانت القاعدة واحدة: العداء لقوات الاحتلال وأمريكا.

هكذا كانت الانطلاقة.. مسار عمل الحاج قاسم تركّز على عدة خطوط: الخط الأول هو تأمين العنصر البشري، والثاني هو رفع مستوى التديب، ونقل التجربة اللبنانية، والخط الثالث هو رفع مستوى التسليح. وكرمى للقدس، كان الحاج كريمًا إلى أبعد حدود.. عَبَرَ كل الدروب وشق الكثير منها أيضًا حتى يوصل أي سلاح مهما كانت قيمته الى فلسطين المحتلة. لم يُعدم الحاج وسيلة حتى ركوب طريق البحر لأجل ذلك، فكان يلقي كميات كبيرة في البحر على عوامات لتصل الى غزة عبر محتسباً حركة الهواء واتجاه الموج، رغم ادراكه أن قسمًا كبيرًا من هذا السلاح قد لا يصل.

ابتداء من سنة 2000 بدأ العمل على الصناعات الصاروخية اليدوية في الأراضي المحتلة التي يمكن الاستفادة منها في فلسطين، فالمدى الصاروخي داخل الاراضي الفلسطينية لا يحتاج الى المستوى الذي كانت تحتاجه المقاومة في لبنان، هناك، الصواريخ القصيرة المدى مفيدة وفعالة في الداخل.. الضفة الغربية مثلًا لا تحتاج الًا لمئات الأمتار لتصل الى العمق المحتل.

حكاية الأسطورة.. من كرمان الى فلسطين

بحسب القائد الجهادي: “كان العمل على كل هذه الأصعدة بشكل متواز وتدريجي، اضافة الى الدعم المادي. لم يكن هناك فصيل لم يدعم بهذه الخطوط جميعها، حتى الفصائل الضعيفة النشاط، قصد الجميع الحاج سليماني ونشّط الفصائل الضعيفة، وعمد الى تنمية الفصائل القوية ودعمها بكل الامكانات.. لا توجد قوة فلسطينية لم يتوجه اليها، حاول مع الجميع مرارًا بلا يأس أو ملل، مع الكل بلا استثناء وبما توفر لديه رغم الصعوبات في ايصال الدعم المالي، أما طريق تأمين السلاح فكانت في غاية الصعوبة”.

تشكل فريق علمي خاص ليصمم صواريخ سهلة التصنيع يدويًا لتناسب المقاومة الفلسطينية وتم دعم مشاغل في الداخل المحتل، في غزة، والضفة، لتصنيع هذه الصواريخ، ونقل كل تجربة المقاومة الاسلامية في لبنان في صناعة العبوات وتكتيكات القتال.

أشرف الحاج قاسم على انتاج أكثر من سبعين فيلمًا عن التدريب، والكمائن، واستخدام الأسلحة الثقيلة، والخفيفة، وصناعة العبوات، والخطط العسكرية. فيها كل التفاصيل الدقيقة، وكل ما يخطر على بال مقاتل، وصولًا الى صناعة أجهزة التفجير عن بعد وتصنيع، العبوات بكل أنواعها، والمواد المتفجرة، وطرق التفجير بالتفصيل الدقيق المدروس من قبل اختصاصيين أكفاء.

لم يكن يسأل الحاج قاسم عن التعب والجهد والتكاليف، كان يسأل فقط عن النتائج، في عينه وباله النتائج فقط. كل هذا الجهد أثمر اهتزازاً في الكيان بكل أركانه تحت ضغط العمليات قتلا وجرحا وارباكًاُ واعترافا بأن خسائره بسبب المقاومة الفلسطينية فاقت الـ 1700 قتيل اسرائيلي وأكثر من 7500 جريح.

أراد العدو الاسرائيلي من خلال انسحابه من غزة التخلص مما تسببه من خسائر واستنزاف، واذ بها تتحول أعقد مشكلة للاحتلال،. ولاحقًا استمرت الحرب عام 2008 التي أراد الاحتلال منها القضاء على المقاومة 42 يومًا دون أن يحقق أيًا من أهدافه. وبعدها قامت الحرب الثانية والثالثة على غزة 2012 و2014 ولم يستطع كيان العدو تحقيق أهدافه في كسر المقاومة أو اضعاف قدراتها، بل إن قدرات المقاومة في غزة استمرت في النمو والتعاظم حتى أصبحت قادرة على تصنيع الصواريخ لمدى تجاوز الـ 120 كلم. غزة التي تبلغ مساحتها 376 كلم، قصفت “تل أبيب” ثلاث مرات في عام واحد، واستطاعت في ثلاثة حروب أن تهزم الجيش الذي لا يقهر.

كان الحاج قاسم سليماني يتابع كل التفاصيل، كل صغيرة وكبيرة، متابعة دقيقة مستمرة، حتى أنه كان يلتقي بمجموعات صغيرة، ويذهب الى معسكرات التدريب، والى المسؤولين في المقاومة في منازلهم ويدعو من يستطيع منهم لزيارة ايران، وقد ذهب العديد من المتدربين والمسؤولين الى ايران. يلخص القائد الجهادي نهج الحاج قاسم في فلسطين بالقول “أكثر ميزات الحاج قاسم وضوحًا هي شمولية عدائه، دائرة عدائه التي شملت كل المعادين لـ”اسرائيل” وأمريكا، كل من آمن بمظلومية القدس دون التفات لأي شيء آخر، فلسطين وقدسها فقط هي المعيار وهي المركز”.

* العراق.. بين العسكر والسياسية

لم يكن الميدان العراقي عابرًا في حسابات سليماني، لا سيّما مع ارتباطه الحدودي والتاريخي مع الجمهورية الاسلامية الايرانية. ومع الاحتلال الأميركي للعراق، فعّل الحاج قاسم نشاطه مع عدد من العراقيين في ايران، ثم بدأ التواصل مع أي جبهة يمكنها العمل ضد الاحتلال الأمريكي، بنفس الزخم والطريقة والاندفاع الذي كان مع المقاومة في لبنان وفلسطين.

صنع القائد سليماني شبكة اتصالات في كل المحافظات العراقية مع شخصيات وقادة، إضافة الى الفصائل الموجودة وقتها، وتعامل مع هؤلاء وسواهم، وامتد نشاطه وتشعب ليصل الى كل مؤمن بمقاومة الاحتلال الامريكي.

منذ الأسبوع الأول للاحتلال الأميركي، وقبل سقوط بغداد بدأ المد والعون في التدريب والسلاح والمال يتفاعل ويزداد، كان داعمًا للمقاومة العراقية في وجه المحتل في شتى المجالات، حتى وصل الأمر بالمحتل الأمريكي الى تمني الانسحاب بأقل الخسائر. بمساعدة الحاج قاسم وصلت المقاومة العراقية الى قدرات عالية حتى في تصنيع الصواريخ، ورغم كل الظروف الصعبة أيام الاحتلال الأمريكي، كان يرسل كوادر ومدربين من خارج العراق لنقل الخبرة والتجربة، وهذه الكوادر كانت تبقى هناك لتتابع وتساعد وتشارك بالقدر الممكن، وتتوزع على المناطق والمجموعات حتى اندحر الاحتلال الأمريكي مهزومًا، ثم أتى الهجوم التكفيري، وسيطر على أجزاء كبيرة من الاراضي العراقية فجأة ودفعة واحدة.

* حضور مباشر في الميدان

يروي القائد الجهادي المرافق دومًا للحاج قاسم لـ”العهد” أنه “بمجرد اعلان سقوط بعض المحافظات العراقية أمام الغزو التكفيري، حضر الحاج قاسم بنفسه مباشرة، تمامًا كعادته وكما كان يفعل مع المقاومة في لبنان وفلسطين، حيث لا يكتفي بطلب تقارير أو اتصالات أو انتظار مستجدات، منذ البداية ذهب الى العراق بمفرده وبدأ بنفسه مع من يعرفهم من كوادر، ويبحث معهم عمن هو في جهوزية، أو مستعد ليكون في جهوزية، يدور بسيارته من محافظة الى أخرى وشكل المجموعات والخلايا الأولى، ثم جاءت فتوى المرجعية ليصبح العمل ضخمًا واسعًا يحتاج الى أضعاف مضاعفة من الجهود”.

* مبيت تحت الجدران المهدمة

كان سليماني كما في كل الميادين، حاضرًا في الجبهة، على الأرض وبين المقاتلين، وفي التسليح والتخطيط لعدد كبير جدًا من الفصائل، وحاضر كذلك في التنفيذ حتى على الخط الاول في الجبهة، حاضر في الاستطلاع عند المناطق الخطرة بنفسه. يقول القائد الجهادي “كان يطلب تنفيذ أمر، ويقول للعاملين أريده غدًا، لكنه لا يكتفي بالطلب، بل من وقتها حتى اليوم التالي يتصل مرارًا ليتأكد من سير العمل المطلوب والحث عليه، حتى وان كانت لديه معلومات بأن العمل سيتم، ورغم أن الحاج قاسم وقتها قد بدأ يبرز في الاعلام المصور، وأصبح معروفًا، ومعروفًا مركز نشاطه وأهميته والخطر يحيط به من كل اتجاه، الا أنه كان مجازفًا الى حد بعيد، في الاقتراب والمشاركة في الجبهة أو في حضوره مع الأعداد الضخمة وانخراطه معهم، يتواجد مثلًا ضمن أربعة أو خمسة آلاف مقاتل بكل أسلحتهم الثقيلة والخفيفة ساعات متواصلة، ويقترب الجميع منه بأسلحتهم ليأخذوا صورًا، يتحدث مع الجميع صغيرًا وكبيرًا، كان يفتح معهم أحاديث اجتماعية ونصائح، ويسأل عن أحوال من حوله ويمازحهم ويجلس معهم على التراب”.

آلاف الرجال كان القائد سليماني يتواجد بينهم بتواضعه الملفت وهم مسلحون بالذخيرة، دون معلومات تفصيلية أو بحث جاد عن وضعهم وخلفياتهم. يشهد الميدان على مبيت قائد قوة القدس في الخيام على الجبهات أو في غرف دمرتها الحرب، تحت الجدران المتداعية، في منطقة معرضة للقصف، في الهجومات الكبيرة يتواجد مع العناصر حاملًا جهازه، مناديًا “أين أصبحت؟ لماذا تأخرت؟ ماذا فعلت؟ ماذا تحتاج؟ ما هي مشكلتك؟ عندما تنتهي اكمل في هذا الاتجاه! نسق مع فلان واذهب مع فلان الى المكان الفلاني”. وعشرات الأصوات والضجيج بقربه، يقاطعه من حوله، فهذا يريد آليات وذاك يسعى وراء ذخائر، وآخر يحتاج الى سلاح، وغيره الى مال، وبعضٌ يعترض على موقعه وآخر على عديده.. كل هذه التفاصيل كان الحاج قاسم يتابعها بدقة دون اهمال تفصيل أو طلب كبيراً كان أو صغيرًا.

* بين الحرب.. والسياسة

الى جانب الدور العسكري، كان للحاج قاسم حركته السياسية أيضًا، فتابع الشخصيات وأحزابها والمسؤولين رؤساء ونوابًا ووزراء. كان ينتقل بالسيارة من مكان الى آخر.. أي منطقة تحتاج الحاج قاسم كان يتواجد فيها.. أي منطقة تواجه مشكلة كان الحاج قاسم يحضر اليها، وما أسرع ما كان ينتقل من مكان الى آخر، على خط التماس، دون أي تحفظ أو حماية خاصة به. كانت الشخصيات تأتي الحاج قاسم بمواكب مرعبة بعشرات السيارات مع عدد ضخم من الحماية المسلحة، أما هو فكان يحضر بسيارته وسيارة أخرى فيها مساعدوه، وغالبًا ما يكون خارج السيارة وبلا حماية.

انتهت الحرب التكفيرية، وبردت الجبهات، وبقي الحاج قاسم يتابع تلك العملية السياسية الشاقة التي قد تكون من أصعب ما تابعه الحاج قاسم بحسب القائد الجهادي، فهي “أصعب من الميدان على خطورته، كان سعيه الحثيث المتواصل من أجل التوافق السياسي ولم الشمل والتهدئة، والمصالحات وجمع الجهود، وحل المشاكل العالقة بين الأحزاب والأطراف والشخصيات السياسية، وكان اضافة الى ذلك، يتابع بكل ما يستطيع حاجات الناس الاجتماعية.. يساعد على تخطي الفقر والعوز وحل مشاكل الناس الحياتية ما استطاع الى ذلك سبيلاً”.

حكاية الأسطورة.. من كرمان الى فلسطين

كان الحاج قاسم يتنقل في ليلة واحدة على أجنحة المحور، من العراق والى سوريا ولبنان فالعكس. لم يكن يهدأ، حتى أن بعض اجتماعاته كان يعقدها في الطائرة، أو المطار توفيرًا للوقت.

* بين العمل المسلح والعمل الثقافي

في العمل المسلح كان الحاج قاسم رائدًا، وفي العمل الثقافي والفكري كذلك. كان جامعًا ورائدًا من رواد الوحدة، يرفض بشكل مطلق وحاسم كل حديث عن المذهبية أو الانتماء الفكري، اطار حديثه الوحيد هو صحوة الشعوب، ومقاومتها للهيمنة الاستكبارية، وحول هذا القاسم المشترك جمع كل الجهود والامكانات. وخلال سنوات ما سمي بـ”الربيع العربي”، شكل الحاج قاسم لجانًا من كل دول العالم العربي، في علاقات امتدت وتشابكت وتوسعت لتشمل كل المحبين والعاملين في المقاومة، وعقد مؤتمرات الصحوة وتابع تفاصيلها، وكان أغلب المدعوين هم من الشخصيات التي اختارها لواء القدس.

وتقاطرت مئات الوفود التي تشكلت من العالمين العربي والاسلامي الى طهران، ليتابعها الحاج قاسم بشكل دائم كما يتابع كل حركات التحرر بغض النظر عن الانتماء والهوية.

وفي مجال الاعلام، كان سليماني ناشطًا أيضًا، فعمل على مساعدة قوى التحرر ليكون لها اعلامها الفضائي والالكتروني وأسس لذلك أكثر من 150 مؤسسة إعلامية، وشكل لجانًا وجمعيات على مستوى عالمي لأجل حقوق الانسان رغم صعوبة هذا الأمر، دون أن تكون موالية للغرب وأمريكا. وعمل على المستوى الانساني، في الدعم الاجتماعي، ومساعدة الطبقات المسحوقة، وتقديم مساعدات عينية واجتماعية. كما ساعد من الناحية الصحية في انشاء مراكز صحية وأخذ العديد من الجرحى من كل أماكن الصراع الى ايران، وهناك، كان القائد الانساني يزورهم ويتفقدهم في المستشفيات ويتابع حالتهم الصحية.

أبدع الحاج قاسم في استحداث مدرسة جديدة، اعتمد فيها على حركة الشعوب، وأثار في وجه الأعداء محاور تهديد جديدة، فرفع مستوى العداء والتحدي والصراع مع الأميركيين.

* المشهد الأخير..

الاستثناء في العسكر والتخطيط ينسحب كذلك على البعد الروحاني. يقول رفيق جهاده إن روحيّة الحاج قاسم قريبة جدًّا من روحية الشهيد السيد عباس الموسوي، فكلاهما بالنسبة اليه ليسا من “أهل الأرض.. بل من أهل السماء”.

“دام رعبك” عبارة كانت تسبق الحاج قاسم حيث يحضر في الميدان لتطال قلوب الأعداء فتتصدّع خوفًا، هذه الهيبة سرعان ما كانت تتبدل الى رحمة وود شديدين في التعامل مع المجاهدين، وعند ذكر الشهداء، كانت الدموع تتسابق الى عينيه. كان الحاج قاسم شديد التعلق بالامام الحسين(ع)، وفي أوقات الفراغ يطلب الى أحد العلماء أن يحدثه عن الإمام(ع) أو أن يقرأ بيتًا من العزاء. برنامجه الايماني كان رغم المشاغل الجمّة مليئًا بالأدعية بين الصلوات وتلاوة القرآن، وكانت له تسبيحات خاصة، كأن يواظب مثلًا على قراءة سورة “التوحيد” 250 مرّة في اليوم.

الأسطورة الذي عايش الخطر وتآلف معه، لم يكن يلتفت اليه ولا يهابه. في آخر أيامه، تحديدًا نهار السبت الذي سبق الاغتيال الآثم، كان التعب الشديد باديًا على الحاج قاسم، لدرجة أن مقربين منه حاولوا اقناعه بالذهاب الى المستشفى أو القبول باحضار طبيب، لكنه امتتنع عن ذلك. وبكلمات ملؤها الحسرة، قال: “يبدو أن مائدة الامام الحسين(ع) قد اكتملت.. وما إلنا نصيب”.

في رسالته الى ابنته فاطمة، يحاكي قاسم سليماني موته كعاشق أرهقه الهوى: “يا عزيزي، يا جميلي، أين أنت، فأنا مشتاق للقائك”، ثم ينتقل لوصف غيابه الأخير وكأنه يكتب سيناريو المشهد “عندما يتمّ تفجيري، يتمّ إزالة وجودي بشكل كامل، يتحوّل وجودي إلى دخان ويحترق.. كم هو جميل هذا المشهد! كم أحب هذه اللحظة! فبذل الروح في سبيل الحب جميل جداً”. هو طريق الحب اذًا، مشى عليه الحاج قاسم ووصل، وترك لملايين الوالهين خلفه صورة توغل في القلب حرقة وحسرة.. فكفّه المقطوعة في أرض العراق تختصر حكاية الأسطورة من كرمان.. الى فلسطين.

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التعليق السياسي

يحتفل العراق بالذكرى الثالثة للانتصار على تنظيم داعش وفيما يشارك في الاحتفال قادة سياسيون وعسكريون عراقيون من موقع مسؤوليتهم الوظيفية في الدولة كمنتصر أول ويشارك الأميركيون بصفتهم قوة دعم للجيش العراقي يغيب عن المشهد الصناع الحقيقيّون لهذا النصر.

في الأيام الأولى التي أعقبت سيطرة داعش على ست محافظات عراقية واقتراب التنظيم من ابواب العاصمة بغداد وانتشار حال الهلع في صفوف العراقيين أمام تفكك الجيش والقوى الأمنية وظهور مؤشرات الانهيار في صفوفها، وفي ظل كلام أميركي عن حرب ستمتد لعقود من الزمن قبل ان يتسنى القضاء على التنظيم هبّ الى الخطوط الأمامية مئات من المقاتلين الذين قام بتعبئتهم كل من قائد فيلق القدس في الحرس الثوري الإيراني الجنرال قاسم سليماني والقائد العراقي أبي مهدي المهندس الذي صار زعيم الحشد الشعبي وقواته قبل أن تنطلق مسيرة تشكيل الحشد الشعبي، وتولى هذا الثنائي مهمة التصدي البطولي الاستشهادي مع هذه المئات من الاستشهاديين ومن بينهم عشرات من قادة حزب الله ومقاومته كان على رأسهم القائد مصطفى بدر الدين.

تُجمع كل الروايات والوثائق العسكرية على ان امتصاص الصدمة الأخطر التي مثلها توسع داعش كان على عاتق هذا الصف الأمامي الذي نجح خلال شهر بتشكيل سد حماية أوقف زحف داعش منح من خلاله الفرصة لنشوء وبدء تنظيم الحشد الشعبي بعدما صدرت فتوى المرجعية الشهيرة بإطلاق تشكيلاته والدعوة للانضمام الى صفوفه التي تولى سليماني والمهندس وبدر الدين تنظيم صفوفها لتصبح لاحقاً القوة الأساسية في عملية التحرير التي منحت الجيش العراقي فرصة النهوض مجدداً ودخول ساحة الحرب، فيما كان الأميركيون منشغلين بوضع العراقيل امام الحشد لمنعه من الحسم السريع للمعركة، ويشهد القادة الأكراد أن مناطقهم نفسها كانت قد بدأت تتهاوى أمام داعش وميليشياتهم تنهار بضغط تقدم التنظيم لولا الحضور المباشر لسليماني والمهندس في معارك حماية كردستان.

ليس من باب المبالغة القول إن الاحتفال بالنصر جاء باهتاً بغياب صنّاعه، ولا من المبالغة أيضاً القول إن هذا الغياب بالاغتيال جاء عقاباً على دور هؤلاء في قطع الطريق على المهمة التي رسمها الأميركي لداعش ودوره وآلية اللعب معه بالتناوب بين النمو والإضعاف للإمساك بالعراق وسورية عبر هذه الثنائية التي قطع مسارها محور المقاومة ممثلاً بالجيش السوريّ وحلفائه من جهة وفي طليعتهم سليماني وحزب الله وبالحشد الشعبي بقيادة المهندس من جهة أخرى وبدعم سليماني وحزب الله.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION FIGHTS IRAN IN MIDDLE EAST AS QODS FORCE EXPANDS IN U.S. BACKYARD

South Front

The United States and Israel are preparing for even more military action against Iran following the assassination of prominent nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, in the countryside of Tehran last week.

The Israeli Defense Forces and the United States have already stepped up coordination mechanisms to react to what Israeli media likes to call  ‘non-motivated aggression’ by Iran. The accepted measures reportedly include procedures for joint detection of missile or rocket fire at Israeli or American targets. Israeli sources claim that Iran will respond to the attack, which took place near Tehran, most likely in some asymmetrical way, by the end of December.

In another sign of the coming escalation, the White House is partially withdrawing staff from the embassy in Baghdad and other diplomatic facilities in Iraq. Dozens of diplomats and specialists have already left Iraq, according to US media. It should be noted that on January 3, 2020, when a US drone strike assassinated Iranian General Qassem Soleimani at the Baghdad International Airport, US military bases in Iraq became targets of an Iranian ballistic missile strike. Taking into account the tendency of the Iranian leadership and the Axis of Resistance in general towards a symbolic move, Iranian-led forces may opt to align their retaliation moves with the anniversary of the killing of Soleimani.

At the same time, the administration of US President Donald Trump is trying to do whatever possible, as long as Trump in the White House, to rescue Saudi Arabia, the key ally of the US-Israeli bloc, from a total defeat in the Yemeni war.

On December 2, the State Department approved a possible $350 million deal to continue providing security support services to Saudi Arabia. The ‘technical and advisory’ assistance mission in the Kingdom under this deal requires the permanent assignment of approximately 330 service members and specialists. A previous deal of this kind was reached in 2016 but this did not help the Kingdom to deal with its failing military adventure in Yemen. Instead, the situation only deteriorated and the Houthis are now regularly launching drones and missiles at key Saudi military and infrastructure objects. Therefore, it is unlikely that the $350 million mission would be able to advise the Kingdom how to reverse this trend.

Another frontline of the restless US efforts against Iran is Venezuela, which Washington calls its own backyard. According to recent claims by the Pentagon, Iran is now actively sending weapons and deploying personnel of the elite Quds Force to the country. The year 2020 is slowly coming to its end, but it seems that there is enough time for President Trump to launch a ‘little victorious war’ with Iran before leaving the White House. The only potential problem is the price that the US nation would have to pay for Mr. Trump’s goal of gaining new fans in Israel.

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