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Thursday, 28 May 2015

‘A Danger Unprecedented in History’

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This speech by Hassan Nasrallah marks the 15th anniversary of Israel’s retreat from southern Lebanon. The Hezbollah leader discusses the historic Israeli occupation of Lebanon as well as the challenges faced today, including that posed by ISIS–“a danger unprecedented in history,” as he describes it.

‘No One Can Bury Heads in the Sand:’ Hezbollah Leader Calls for Help Fighting ISIS

Calling it a global existential threat, Lebanon’s Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, has urged supporters to join the fight against the Islamic State, confirming that his Shiite militant group has been fighting the Sunni extremists all across Syria.

“Today we are facing a kind of danger that is unprecedented in history, which targets humanity itself,”Nasrallah said Sunday during a televised broadcast referring to Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL).

“This is not just a threat to the resistance in Lebanon or to the regime in Syria or the government in Iraq or a group in Yemen,” the Shiite movement’s head continued. “This is a danger to everyone. No one should bury their heads in the sand.”

He called on volunteers to stand up against IS extremist fighters: “We invite everyone in Lebanon and the region to take responsibility and confront this danger and end their silence and hesitation and neutrality.”

Nasrallah’s comments were made ahead of Monday’s anniversary of the retreat of Israeli troops from Lebanon in 2000.

The leader has confirmed for the very first time that Hezbollah members are fighting Islamic State together with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces in various parts of Syria and not just around the border regions.

“We are fighting alongside our Syrian brothers, alongside the army and the people and the popular resistance in Damascus and Aleppo and Deir Ezzor and Qusayr and Hasakeh and Idlib,” he said. “We are present today in many places and we will be present in all the places in Syria that this battle requires.”

Nasrallah also expressed disappointment with the US-led coalition against Islamic State, saying it was not effective and had not stopped jihadists from moving around freely.

At the same time, he addressed the opposition, stressing that any support for the anti-Assad movement within Syria would only lead to more power in the hands of jihadists.

Sunni forces in Lebanon have been critical of Hezbollah’s role in Syria, as the group has not supported uprisings against Assad.

Lebanon is heavily affected by the Syrian conflict, as the majority of the refugees seeking shelter there are from the bordering war-torn state, with their number currently estimated at over 1.2 million.
The civil war in Syria started four years ago, when the Western-backed opposition began an armed rebellion against Assad’s government. By 2013, large portions of eastern Syria and western Iraq had fallen under control of militants from the Islamic State, which emerged amid the turmoil of the conflict, along with other extremist groups fighting against both Assad and the opposition. The conflict in Syria has claimed over 200,000 lives so far.


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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Muslim scholars at Beirut summit vow to confront Israel

The photo shows Muslim scholars attending a conference in the Lebanese capital Beirut on May 27, 2015.
The photo shows Muslim scholars attending a conference in the Lebanese capital Beirut on May 27, 2015.

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Wed May 27, 2015 4:27PM
Islamic scholars from around the globe participating in a conference in Lebanon’s capital Beirut have underlined the need for the Muslim world to unite against Israel, saying the Zionist regime has launched an open war on Muslims. 
Participants, both Sunnis and Shias, at the International Union of Resistance conference in Beirut on Wednesday discussed ways to promote unity and solidarity in the Muslim world and focus on the problems facing the Islamic world. They highlighted the cultural and religious commonalities among Muslim countries and stressed the need for them to set aside their differences.
The organizer of the event, the International Union of Resistance, was formed in the Lebanese capital last year to create a unified front in the face of the Israeli threat in the strategically important region of the Middle East.
In their speeches and messages, the Muslim academics said that confronting the Tel Aviv regime has always been the top priority of Islamic resistance movements. 
The Muslim intellectuals at the conference also expressed their strong will and determination to counter the Israeli threat despite the risks involved.
The scholars pointed out that Israel is on the verge of collapse due to its brutal policies and vowed to continue the resistance against the entity until its fall. 
The academics described Israel as a root cause of economic, political and cultural problems facing Muslim nations in recent decades.
On January 8, 2015, the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas called on all Islamic states to stand by the Palestinian nation in its struggles against Israeli atrocities.
Speaking on the sidelines of the 28th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran, Khaled al-Qaddumi, the representative of Hamas in Iran, described resistance as the only way for Palestinians to end the Israeli regime’s occupation of their lands, urging the Islamic states to throw their weight behind the Palestinian nation.
Palestinians are seeking to create an independent state on the territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds (Jerusalem), and the besieged Gaza Strip and are demanding that Israel withdraw from the occupied Palestinian territories.
Israel, however, has refused to return to the 1967 borders and is unwilling to discuss the issue of al-Quds.
The developments come as Israel has also launched three wars on Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip since 2008.

Palestinian men work amid the rubble of houses destroyed during the 50-day Israeli war in the summer of 2014, in the Gaza City's Shujaiya neighborhood, on May 23, 2015. (AFP photo)

During the latest war against the Gaza Strip in summer 2014, Israel used advanced US-made arms and warplanes to kill over 2,000 Palestinians. According to the UN, over 80 percent of the Palestinian fatalities were civilians, including more than 500 children.
Israel has also repeatedly attacked Lebanon over the past decades. About 1,200 people, mostly civilians, were killed in the Israeli regime’s war on Lebanon in 2006.
Secretary General of Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance movement, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, has frequently said Hezbollah had both the capability and courage to defend Lebanon and that the movement's missiles were ready to strike certain targets inside Israel in self-defense if Tel Aviv launches an attack on Lebanon.
The Israeli regime has also carried out several airstrikes inside Syria since the unrest began there in 2011.

Sheikh Qassem: Qalamoun Achievements Pure Victory

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Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General, Sheikh Naim Qassem said on Wednesday that the victory achieved in the barrens of Syria’s Qalamoun can be considered a turning point, stressing that the resistance is ready to face all challenges.

Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim QassemDuring a conference for International Union of Resistance Scholars in Beirut, Sheikh Qassem praised the achievements secured by the Syrian army and the resistance fighters in Qalamoun barrens as a pure victory.

“It’s not an ordinary victory. It’s a turning point that crushed the militants’ last hope to establish their Takfiri Emirate,” Sheikh Qassem addressed the conference.

“We are before a pure success which will be followed by others, God willing,” his eminence added.

Meanwhile, Hezbollah Deputy S.G. dismissed those who attack the resistance in Lebanon, stressing that such position serves the Israeli scheme.

“The resistance had expelled Israel out of Lebanon. What they have achieved?”

Source: Al Manar TV
27-05-2015 - 12:27 Last updated 27-05-2015 - 2:27

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Operation to Liberate Iraq’s Ramadi Kicks Off: Joint Command

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The Iraqi Joint Forces Command declared on Tuesday the start of the operation to liberate the province of Ramadi.

The command’s media office issued a statement, saying: “The Iraqi Joint Forces Command declares the start of operations to Liberate Anbar.”

The move comes as the Iraqi forces are going on with cleansing areas surrounding Baiji city, the statement added, according to Iraqi TV, al-Sumaria.

Earlier on Tuesday, al-Anbar council member Adhal Obeid al-Fahdawi, said that the Iraqi forces had cut supply lines for ISIL south of Ramadi, noting that the forces were readying for the awaited operation.

For its part, AFP news agency reported that the Iraqi forces, backed by Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) launched an operation in desert areas northeast of Ramadi Tuesday in a bid to cut off the Takfiri militants.

The agency quoted Ahmed al-Assadi, spokesman for the Hashed al-Shaabi as saying that the operation will see a mix of security forces and paramilitaries move south from Salaheddin province.
"The operation's goal is to liberate those regions between Salaheddin and Anbar and try to isolate the province of Anbar," Assadi told AFP.

He said it had been dubbed "Operation Labaik ya Hussein" (at your service O Imam Hussein).
The PMF is known as “al-Hashd al-Shaabi” in Arabic. These forces are made up of local militants who volunteered to fight beside the Iraqi army following ISIL’s takeover of several areas across the country last summer.

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Iraqi army make further gains in fight against ISIL in Salahuddin province

Reports say volunteer fighters have managed to retake control of Hajjaj district, north of Tikrit. 

The Iraqi army, reinforced by volunteer forces, has been pushing its way towards areas which are still under the control of the terrorists. In March, they successfully drove out the ISIL from the strategic city of Tikrit. The terror group swept through a large part of northern Iraq after starting its campaign of terror in early June 2014. The army backed by Shia and Sunni volunteer forces, has succeeded in flushing the terrorists out of several areas in recent months. They’re now preparing to launch a major offensive to retake the city of Ramadi in the western Anbar province.

Iraqi army captures 200 foreign terrorists in Anbar province

The Iraqi army has captured 2-hundred foreign terrorists in the western province of Anbar ahead of a major operation there. That was announced by Commander of Anbar operation Major General Ghasim al-Mohammadi.

The general also said they are gearing up for a major push to retake the city of Ramadi in the province from the ISIL terrorists. Shia volunteers and the army are encircling Ramadi from three directions. The army has set up one of its operation bases to train the volunteers in the city of Karbala, south of Ramadi. The joint forces have recently made important gains against the Takfiri terrorists. In their latest offensive, they managed to take over Hajjaj district in Salahuddin province from the terrorists. The area is located near the strategic city of Tikrit, which was successfully liberated in March.

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US-Saudi Aggression on Yemen Claims Dozens of Civilians

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The Saudi warplanes committed a new massacre against the Yemenis, killing 30 civilians and wounding scores of others in the area of Hidda in Sanaa.

In Hijja province, the Saudi air raids claimed 39 civilians and wounded dozens of others as they targeted the residential areas.

Yemen has been since March 26 under brutal aggression by Saudi-US coalition. Thousands have been martyred and injured in the attack, with the vast majority of them are civilians.

Source: Al-Manar Website
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Resistance Fighters Ambush Nusra Militants in Arsal Barrens

Fighters of the Lebanese resistance ambushed a Takfiri group in Arsal barrens on Wednesday, killing all members of a Takfiri group operating there.

Security sources told al-Manar that the group belongs to “al-Ghurabaa” Brigade of Nusra Front, noting that the ambush was perfect and that the militants were observed through surveillance drone.

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The Takfiris were planning a terrorist attack in Arsal barrens near the barrens of the Lebanese town of Nahle, the sources added.

Among the killed militants was a commander, the sources said, addding that the terrorists' vehicle as well as a room used by them were totally destroyed.

The Syrian army and the resistance fighters have been for weeks engaged in a wide-scale operation to secure the barrens of Qalamoun. This area lies on the border between Syria and Lebanon and is considered as stronghold for the Syria-based Takfiri militants.

Controlling this area is of mush significance since it secures the Lebanese towns in Bekaa from the Terrorists’ attacks.

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Israeli Soldier Jailed for Slamming IOF Treatment of Palestinians: Report

An Israeli soldier has been sentenced to one week’s incarceration after he criticized the army's treatment of Palestinians in a TV debate in Jerusalem, a report said on Tuesday.

Cpl. Shachar Berrin, 19, who serves as a combat soldier in the Jordan Valley, made the comments in a Q&A session of Deutsche Welle’s “The New Arab Debates” series, chaired by the former BBC HardTalk presenter Tim Sebastian, The Telegraph reported.

Israeli Soldier Jailed for Slamming IOF Treatment of Palestinians
In the show that was broadcast last week,
Berrin commented in favor of the tabled motion that 'The occupation is destroying Israel'.

“I personally serve in the Jordan Valley, and we can see it every day how soldiers talk about what they’re doing, how they act, how they look at these people not as other human beings, not as someone who is equal, but as someone who is less than them”, said the Israeli soldier.
When asked to give a personal example, Berrin cited the comments of a colleague.

“Just the other week, when some border police soldiers were rough with some Christian tourists, another soldier of mine, a colleague, said she couldn’t believe what they were doing: 'Come on, they are people, not Palestinians.'

And that, I think, resonates throughout much of the soldiers in the occupied territories.”
Berrin warned that these attitudes affect Israeli society, citing the recent scandal over a policeman caught on camera beating up an Ethiopian Israeli soldier in uniform - an event which caused violent mass riots in Tel Aviv only a few weeks ago.

“I think that once you are conditioned to think something, you bring it back with you and that it deeply affects Israeli society and causes it, as our president says, to be more racist”, said Berrin.
Less than 12 hours after he made the statement, Berrin was summoned back to his military base, where he faced a military trial and conviction - even before the program went on air, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

The Israeli occupation Forces said that “the soldier was tried for expressing himself in the media without authority or permission, as called for by army orders.”

Source: Newspapers
27-05-2015 - 13:52 Last updated 27-05-2015 -13:52 

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