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Nasrallah: Israel Benefits from Lebanon Turmoil

Category: News
Created on Monday, 17 February 2014 08:59
Hassan Nasrallah01Israel and the United States are benefitting from the turmoil in Lebanon, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah claimed on Sunday, according to the Lebanese Daily Star.
 
Speaking during a televised speech, Nasrallah declared that Hezbollah would continue fighting in Syria despite the wave of car bombings targeting predominantly Shiite areas in Lebanon controlled by the group.
 
He accused Israel and the U.S. of benefitting from the plots of the takfiri (extremist Sunnis) in the region, reported the Daily Star.
 
“I will not repeat what I explained before about the reason we went to Syria and why we are staying where we should be,” Nasrallah said in the speech, warning that the takfiri pose a threat to the entire region and that all of Lebanon is a target.
 
“Lebanon is a target for the takfiri groups. And what adds to it is the American and Israeli penetration of these groups,” he claimed, according to a transcript provided by Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television.
 
Hezbollah is not threatened by Israel, said Nasrallah.
 
“If it weren't for the resistance, Israeli wouldn't have pulled out of Lebanon, and the threat of its domination and control would have continued,” he claimed, according to Al-Manar, adding, “Israel still considers the resistance a threat on its projects, and on this anniversary, I repeat that this enemy doesn't terrify us or affect our morale, and it must know that we are in full readiness.”
 
The Hezbollah chief warned that if extremists gain control of war-torn Syria, the repercussions would be felt throughout the Middle East.
 
 “If these armed groups win, will there be a future for the Future Movement in Lebanon? Will there be a chance for anyone other than [takfiris] in the country?” he said, vowing his group would emerge victorious in the battle against these groups.
 
“We are convinced that we will win in this battle; it is just a matter of time,” he said, according to the Daily Star.
 
The Hezbollah head also claimed that Palestinian Arab factions are being “exploited” by groups fighting Hezbollah.
 
 “I tell our Palestinian brothers, it is not enough to issue statements condemning bombings because there are some who are trying to exploit the Palestinians to achieve their goals,” he said.
 
Since Hezbollah joined the fighting in neighboring Syria alongside President Bashar Al-Assad’s forces, its strongholds in Lebanon have been the targets of repeated attacks.
 
The most recent attack occurred earlier this month in the Lebanese capital, killing five people.
 
In November of last year Sunni Islamists claimed a high-profile attack on the embassy of Iran, key backers of both Hezbollah and Bashar al-Assad. That attack left 23 people dead, including the cultural attaché of the embassy Ebrahim al-Ansari.
 
Nasrallah has promised that his group will be wherever is needed in Syria. His deputy, Naim Qassem, made similar remarks this week, declaring, "We will continue our work and remain in the field committed to our political stances. We will remain fighting where we are fighting. We are a resistance wherever we are: a resistance against Israel and its agents and a resistance fighting in Syria in defense of the resistance."
 
Nasrallah’s speech on Sunday was made as part of the group’s annual memorial for three of its killed commanders, including Imad Mughniyeh, who was killed in Damascus in 2008.
 
The group, which usually holds a rally every year in mid-February marking the death of the three, announced last week that Nasrallah will give an annual speech but it did not announce the usual public rally that accompanies it.
 
Hezbollah did not give a reason for not announcing the annual rally, but the cancellation appears to be related to the wave of bombings in Hezbollah's strongholds.

'Nusra Front in Lebanon' Claims Beirut Suicide Bombing

Category: News
Created on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 08:23
beirut bombingThe Lebanese branch of the Nusra Front - an Al Qaeda-linked rebel group fighting in Syrian - has claimed responsibility for today's deadly bombing in Beirut.
 
The attack killed four people and left 34 more wounded
 
In a statement posted in Arabic on Twitter, the Nusra Front in Lebanon said the attack on the Haret Hreik district - a Hezbollah stronghold - was a suicide bombing, and confirmed suspicions it was carried out in response to the Iranian-backed terrorist group's involvement in the Syrian civil war in support of the Assad regime.
 
"We were able to respond to the massacres committed by Iran's party [Hezbollah] against the children of Syria and of Arsal with a suicide operation that targeted the heart of its southern suburbs. We call on the Sunni community in all Lebanese areas to unite their ranks to confront the party of the devil," said the statement, as translated by Lebanon's Daily Star.
 
The group attached pictures of dead Syrian children to the statement, illustrating the role Hezbollah has been playing in the brutal civil war which has killed over 130,000 people since March 2011.
 
Meanwhile, a video has emerged showing the moment the explosion took place.
 
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The Nusra Front has pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri and has been blacklisted by the United States and the United Nations as a terrorist group.
 
The group was formed in January of 2012 with the purpose of fighting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s forces and establishing an Islamic Caliphate in Syria.
 
The Nusra Front in Lebanon has claimed several previous attacks in Lebanon, including rocket attacks and another recent car bomb in the Hezbollah-dominated Bekaa Valley. It has also claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack in Beirut at the start of the month which killed four people.
 
Since publicly declaring its active role in fighting Sunni rebels in the Syrian civil war, Hezbollah has seen its interests targeted repeatedly by Sunni Islamist groups, marking a sharp fall from grace for a terrorist organization which once enjoyed broad support from Sunni and Shia Muslims alike for its attacks on Israel.

Iranian General: Hezbollah Can Target All of Israel

Category: News
Created on Thursday, 16 January 2014 08:52
HezbollahHezbollah has dramatically improved its missile capabilities and can pinpoint targets anywhere in Israel, a senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guards threatened on Saturday, according to The Associated Press (AP).
 
General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the head of the Guard's aerospace division, said that Israelis would see the armed group's increased strength should there be war.
 
In comments posted on the Guard's website, he said, "Hezbollah's capability has improved so tremendously in recent years that it can hit and destroy any target in the occupied lands with very little inaccuracy and pinpoint ability."
 
The assertions could not be verified, however, and Iran makes claims technological advances about its own military that cannot not be confirmed either.
 
Hajizadeh also said that the deceased Hezbollah commander Hassan Al Lakiss had played a key role in boosting the group's military strength but added no further details.
 
"He was a great, resourceful and very active Hezbollah commander whose works could be revealed should a Hezbollah-Israel war break out. He created great defense supplies," Hajizadeh said, according to AP.
 
Hezbollah announced on December 4 that Lakiss had been assassinated at his house in the Hadath region, east of Beirut, and was quick to accuse Israel of carrying it out.
 
Israel denied the allegations, calling it a “Pavlovian response from Hezbollah, which makes automatic accusations (against Israel) before even thinking about what's actually happened.”
 
Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon later warned Hezbollah against attacking Israel.
 
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah later warned that his terror group will "punish" Israel for the killing of a top leader earlier this month.
 
"We and the Israelis have accounts that need settling. There are old and new debts between us," he threatened.
 
Israeli experts recently said that Hezbollah has been moving long-range missiles from Syria to Lebanon in light of recent developments between Lebanon and Israel.

Al-Qaeda Group: We Bombed Hezbollah

Category: News
Created on Sunday, 05 January 2014 08:22
al Qaeda flagThe al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on Saturday claimed responsibility for the suicide car bombing last week in the stronghold of Shiite terror militia Hezbollah, reported Al Arabiya..
 
ISIL managed to penetrated the “security system of the Party of Satan (Hezbollah)... and crush its strongholds... in a first small payment from the heavy account that is awaiting those wicked criminals,” Agence France-Presse quoted the al-Qaeda-linked group as saying in a statement posted onto a website page used by Sunni militants.
 
The bombing, which took place Thursday in Beirut’s Haret Hreik district, killed at least five people and wounded 77.
 
The army, meanwhile, said Saturday that the bomber who blew himself up was a young man from northern Lebanon.
 
“The DNA test results on the remains of a suicide attacker found in the car used in the bomb attack... confirm they belong to the youth Qutaiba al-Satem,” said the army.

Anti-Hezbollah Chants at Funeral of Former Lebanese Minister

Category: News
Created on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 11:20
Anti-Hezbollah ChantsAnti-Hezbollah slogans were chanted on Sunday as a former Lebanese minister killed in a car bomb explosion was laid to rest, Reuters reports.
 
Mohammed Shatah, a former minister and an adviser to Future Movement leader Saad Hariri, was assassinated in a car bomb explosion in downtown Beirut on Friday morning. Five other people were killed and at least 15 were wounded in the attack.
 
Friday's attack on Shatah, a Sunni who was a vocal critic of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and his Lebanese ally Hezbollah, has once again stoked sectarian enmities exacerbated by the spillover of Syria's conflict.
 
"There is no God but God and Hezbollah is the enemy of God," mourners chanted as Shatah’s coffin - draped in green and gold cloth - was carried to a central Beirut mosque, reported Reuters.
 
No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Hezbollah has been blamed. The group has denied it was responsible for the assassination, saying it was “heinous” and urging the Lebanese people to be "rational."
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Shatah’s movement and other Sunni groups support the largely Sunni Muslim rebel movement fighting to topple Assad. Hezbollah, backed by Iran, has sent its fighters to help Assad. The group has sustained heavy losses in the Syrian war and has reportedly been paying the families of its fighters killed in Syria to keep quiet about the circumstances surrounding their relatives' deaths.
 
Hezbollah's decision to intervene in Syria has added fuel to the fire of the sectarian tensions in Lebanon, which is bitterly divided over the war. 
 
Hezbollah’s stronghold in the southern suburbs of Beirut was hit by two car bombings this summer, one of which killed 27 people. Bombings in the mainly Sunni northern city of Tripoli in late August also killed 45 people, and ongoing fighting in that city between rival militias supporting different sides in the Syrian civil war have killed scores more.
 
More recently, two suicide bombers killed 25 people in an attack on Iran's Beirut embassy.
 
Addressing the cheering crowd at Shatah’s funeral, former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora made what mourners took to be a reference to a coming political showdown with Hezbollah, pledging peaceful action to "liberate the nation from occupation through weapons."
 
On Friday, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, son of Rafiq Hariri who was himself assassinated in a 2005 car bombing blamed on Hezbollah, hinted that Hezbollah was behind the assassination of his senior aide.
 
"Those who assassinated Mohammed Shatah are the ones who assassinated Rafiq Hariri; they are the ones who want to assassinate Lebanon,” Hariri said.
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"The suspects are those who are running away from international justice and refuse to appear in the Special Tribunal for Lebanon; they are the ones opening the window of evil and chaos to Lebanon and the Lebanese and are drawing regional fires,” he added, referring to the UN-backed body that has named five members of Hezbollah as being behind his father’s death, and whom the terror group has refused to turn over.

It's OK to Blow Yourself Up 'For Allah'

Category: Islam
Created on Saturday, 21 December 2013 20:31
Blow Yourself Up For Allah“Blowing oneself up for the sake of Allah is acceptable,” according to a radical Muslim cleric who recently spoke to a Lebanese television network.
 
The comments by Syrian-born Islamist cleric Omar Bakri were made in an interview which aired on the Lebanese Al-Jadid/New TV on November 26. They were translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
 
In the interview, Bakri was justifying the recent bombings of Hezbollah targets in Lebanon and the Iranian embassy in Beirut.
 
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“When a [martyrdom-seeker] wishes to please Allah, the pinnacle of what he can do is to die for His sake, in a justified battle or confrontation with the enemies of Allah – in order to elevate the word of Allah – and attains either victory for the religion of Allah or martyrdom,” he explained.
 
“Who is a martyr is known to Allah alone. When somebody dies on the battlefield, we say that we consider him a martyr but that he will be judged by Allah, because the Prophet Muhammad forbade us from declaring anyone a martyr ourselves,” said Bakri.
 
He stressed, “Blowing oneself up as part of fighting for the sake of Allah is considered to be in keeping with Islamic law, within certain constraints. The proof is that if someone blew himself up in an Israeli embassy, he would be praised by all. This is evident in history. Many groups – even non-Muslim groups – praise those who die for their ideology.”
 
Bakri went on to say that “blowing oneself up for the sake of Allah is acceptable, so long as the target is legitimate,” meaning that even Muslims are legitimate targets of suicide bombings.
 
“With regard to the two young men [who committed the Beirut suicide attacks], I pray that Allah will accept them as martyrs and absolve their sins, and that He will also accept as martyrs those who were killed there by mistake,” he declared.
 
Bakri, along with infamous British Islamist Anjem Choudary, was the founder of a British Islamist group called ‘Al Muhajiroun’, which was eventually banned in the UK. He currently lives in Lebanon after leaving Britain following terror attacks at the London Underground several years ago.
 
Bakri claimed in 2012 that the suicide bomber who killed five Israeli citizens in the city of Burgas was his disciple. That attack was attributed to Hezbollah.
 
Lebanon has seen sectarian clashes related to the civil war in neighboring Syria. These clashes only intensified when the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror group joined the fighting in Syria.
 
The clashes have escalated in recent months as a series of deadly bombings hit the country.
 
A car bomb hit the southern suburbs of Beirut on July 9, causing no fatalities, and again on August 15, killing 27 people. Eight days later, two car bombs hit the northern city of Tripoli, killing 45 people.
 
Earlier this week, a car bomb exploded near a Hezbollah position in eastern Lebanon, causing a number of casualties.
 
Two suicide bombers attacked the Iranian embassy in the southern Beirut neighborhood of Bir Hasan on November 19, killing 25 people and wounding more than 150.
 
An Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group calling itself the Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the attack, but Hezbollah nevertheless accused Israel of involvement in the bombing.

Hezbollah Preparing for 'Battle for Damascus'

Category: Reports
Created on Friday, 01 November 2013 10:55
HezbollahHezbollah is enlisting 15,000 fighters for what it is calling the “battle for Damascus,” Reshet Bet reports. The report is based on information from sources in the Syrian opposition.
 
Hezbollah has been heavily involved in fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad as he battles opposition groups.
 
Hezbollah recently claimed to have taken the decision to withdraw 1,200 of its troops from Syria and to focus on security in Lebanon, where the group’s strongholds have been targeted in terror attacks.
 
However, this latest reports suggests the purported withdrawal may have been a diversion aimed at lulling the group’s opponents in Syria into a false sense of security, as well as an attempt to offset growing dissent against the group back in Lebanon.
 
Al-Arabiya reports that Hezbollah and other groups fighting with Assad have been tightening the siege on areas south of the Syrian capital. Fierce fighting has been reported in the region, and rebel groups have reported Hezbollah and Iraqi involvement.
 
Assad has turned to various groups of foreign fighters for help in his battle to maintain power, including Hezbollah, Iran, and North Korea. His opponents have had significant help from overseas as well; several thousand Islamist fighters from the Muslim world - and some from Europe, Israel and the United States as well - have reportedly joined the battle against Assad.
 
Foreign diplomats in Lebanon reportedly expressed concern at the news regarding Hezbollah’s latest plans. A United States representative said that if Hezbollah follows through on its plans, it would probably lead to the cancellation of the planned Geneva II conference on ending Syria’s civil war.
 
Russian officials reportedly told Lebanese leaders that Russia is working to prevent a Hezbollah assault in Syria.
 
Lebanon fears that a major campaign in Syria would lead a fresh wave of Syrian citizens to flee across the border. Lebanon is already struggling to provide for the nearly 800,000 Syrians who have sought refuge in within its borders, and who now make up nearly 25% of the population.  

Hezbollah TV: 'Israeli Spy Eagle' Caught in Lebanon

Category: News
Created on Thursday, 17 October 2013 08:43
EagleThe latest “Israeli bird spy” is an eagle, according to Hezbollah.
 
On Wednesday, the Lebanon-based terror group reported on its television station Al-Manar that an eagle that was caught by recreational hunters in the town of Ashqout was planted with a spy transmitter, and a copper piece that was attached to its leg had captions associated with the Tel Aviv University and Israel.
 
The network broadcast an image of the alleged “Israeli spy", claiming that "Israel has used spy birds in the past: in Saudi Arabia in 2010, in Turkey in 2012 and in Egypt, in 2013 and all were found to be used as listening devices.”
 
Arab countries have claimed several times over the past year or so to have caught animals sent by Israel as spies.
 
Turkish authorities announced in May 2012 that they had found a bird used by Israel for espionage purposes. In December, officials in Darfur also announced that they had found an Israeli “spy eagle.”
 
Israeli officials confirmed that the eagle bore a tracking device, but explained that it was for the simple purpose of tracking the bird itself, as part of a study to ensure the safety of the rare species.
 
In the past, an Egyptian official complained that the Mossad released attack sharks into Egyptian waters. Most recently, Egypt claimed that a “Zionist spy duck” had been caught in the Nile River.
 
Palestinian Authority Arabs have made claims regarding attack boars and anti-Arab rats, also allegedly operated by Israel.

Lebanese Army Diffuses Car Bomb in Hezbollah Stronghold

Category: News
Created on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 12:14
Car Bomb in Hezbollah StrongholdThe Lebanese army claims to have thwarted another car bomb attack on a Hezbollah-dominated neighborhood in Beirut on Monday.
 
Bomb disposal experts were summoned after a "suspicious" vehicle was seen in the Maamura area of the capital's southern suburbs.
 
Upon closer inspection the vehicle turned out to be "rigged with explosives," according to an army source, and it became clear that a bombing attack against the Iranian-backed group and its supporters had been narrowly averted.
 
Fighters from both sides of the Sunni-Shia divide in Lebanon have been streaming across the border to fight on opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, threatening the already tense status-quo between different sectarian groups inside Lebanon itself. 
 
Sunni radicals have targeted the Shia terrorist group numerous times over the past year, after it was revealed that Hezbollah was sending fighters to back embattled Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad against the primarily Sunni rebel movement. 
 
Hezbollah has been accused of participating in the slaughter of Syrian civilians, as well as other war crimes. In a recently released video, Hezbollah fighters are seen executing unarmed prisoners after dragging them from a van.
 
At least 20 people were killed on August 15 by a large explosion in the Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut. A month earlier, over 50 people were wounded when a car bomb exploded in the same area.
 
On August 23, more than 45 people were killed after twin car bombs exploded outside Sunni mosques in the Lebanese city of Tripoli.
 
The increased pressure on Hezbollah is seen as a key reason in the group's recent decision to withdraw more than one thousand of its fighters from Syria.
 
The increasingly sectarian civil war in neighboring Syria has threatened the already tense status-quo between different sectarian groups in Lebanon.

Hezbollah Fighters Execute Injured Syrian Civilians

Category: News
Created on Friday, 11 October 2013 12:07
Islamic Fighters v/s Syrian Civilians
 
In one of the most disturbing scenes to emerge from the fighting in Syria, Hezbollah fighters operating under the command of the Syrian army, have been filmed celebrating and rejoicing, as they dragged injured Syrian civilians from a van and executed them.
 
Hezbollah are fighting alongside Bashar Al Assad's men, in their bitter battle against rebels in the country, where over 110,000 people have been killed in the last two years.  
 
The video clip, which somehow fell into the hands of Syrian rebels, and looks to be filmed from a mobile phone of one of the execution squad, clearly documents a war crime perpetrated by the Hizbullah fighters.
 
The clip - which Arutz Sheva has decided not to show due to its disturbing, graphic content - shows the Hezbollah fighters dragging a number of seriously injured civilians wearing blood soaked clothes from a Syrian military vehicle. The civilians are seen being thrown to the ground whereupon Hezbollah fighters shoot them to death at close range.
 
At one stage, one of the injured begs for his life and attempts with his last strength to move. Hezbollah fighters standing over him, one of whom is directing the executions, mock the man quoting a slogan of the Syrian rebels "in the way of Allah," and shortly after shots are seen fired at the injured man who dies on the spot. Hezbollah fighters are then heard celebrating with satisfaction at the executions.
 
Hezbollah were also previously been accused of murdering women and children in early June as they helped Assad's men retake the city of Qusair, near the border with Lebanon, which they did in early June. 
 
Earlier this month, a former secretary-general of Hezbollah said that Iran, who sponsors and controls the terrorist organization, had ordered it to participate in the Syrian war.

Lebanon: End to Hezbollah Reign as Army Steps In

Category: News
Created on Sunday, 22 September 2013 14:29
Lebanons Islamist group HezbollahLebanon’s government has announced that it will send the national army to secure Hezbollah-dominated suburbs in the south of the country, including the terrorist movement’s stronghold in the Dahiyeh neighborhood of Beirut.
 
The decision to send soldiers into Lebanese cities comes in the wake of multiple recent bombing attacks. The attacks have left more than 70 people dead and over 1,000 wounded.
 
The attackers appear to have targeted Hezbollah-dominated areas, possibly in revenge for Hezbollah’s heavy involvement in fighting in Syria.
 
Lebanese soldiers will take over checkpoints that Hezbollah set up following the attacks. The checkpoints have been a source of tension in the area as some residents say they have been aggressively questioned and even physically assaulted by the Hezbollah guards.
 
Hezbollah has also increased tensions with recent attempts to expand its telecommunications network into Christian areas. The network is widely believed to be used for wiretapping.
 
Lebanese Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said in a press conference that he believes Hezbollah will welcome the intervention. “Hezbollah cannot wait to have the state deploy in these places, and their members will certainly retreat and allow us to take over,” he declared.
 
Hezbollah has previously accused the government of doing too little to protect residents of the country’s south.
 
While there has been no open opposition to the plan, the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar has reported criticism from retired security personnel. The media outlet quoted retired brigadier-general Rojeh Salem as warning that the army does not have sufficient troops to protect both major cities and the nation’s borders, and insisting, “The army must be deployed on borders only."
 
Lebanese politicians and commentators opposed to Iranian and Syrian influences in their country regularly criticize what they see as the undermining of Lebanese sovereignty through Hezbollah's effective control of entire regions, with some increasingly referring to the Iranian-backed terrorist group's presence as akin to a foreign occupation.

Hezbollah, Iran Would Lead Syrian Counter-Attack

Category: Reports
Created on Sunday, 08 September 2013 11:07
HizbullahAn intelligence report prepared by a European country has found that Syrian President Bashar Assad has handed control of missile installations over to foreign fighters, Lebanon’s A-Nahar reports.
 
Assad has reportedly put control into the hands of Hezbollah and Iranian units.
 
Those two groups would be in charge of leading a counter-attack if the United States or other Western nations attack in Syria in response to recent chemical weapons use within the country.
 
The revelations come a week after reports from Lebanon which indicated that Hezbollah has mobilized many of its veteran fighters, presumably in anticipation of an upcoming US-led strike on Syria.
 
The bloody fighting in Syria has increasingly become an international sectarian affair, with the Shia Hezbollah group sending troops to boost Assad, while thousands of foreign Sunni Muslims – including several Israeli Arabs – have joined the Syrian rebels.
 
According to A-Nahar, parts of the intelligence report have been shared with diplomats from countries supplying troops to the UNIFIL force in southern Lebanon.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have both argued in favor of international intervention in Syria in wake of the chemical attacks, and France has expressed a willingness to act as well. However, both Obama and Cameron have decided to wait for more domestic support before staging an attack.
 
Obama recently began a round of media interviews aimed at boosting support in advance of a vote in Congress on the issue.

Sunni Group Issues Warning to 'Pig Nasrallah'

Category: News
Created on Saturday, 17 August 2013 13:25
Scene of explosion in Beirut ReutersA Sunni Islamist group took credit on Thursday for the car bombing in a Hezbollah stronghold in Beirut which killed at least 20 people.
 
Shortly after news of the attack broke, an online video surfaced showing three masked men, two of them holding rifles, in front of a white flag inscribed with the Islamic profession of faith, reported AFP.
 
"You, the pig Hassan Nasrallah, we send you our second powerful message because you haven't understood yet," said one member of the group, which called itself the Company of Aisha Umm al-Muminin, the Prophet Mohammed's favorite wife.
 
Arab affairs expert Dalit Halevi said that the group also accused the Hezbollah chief of being “an agent of Iran and Israel."
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The group members further stated that they will determine the location and timing of the battle with Hezbollah in Lebanon, and appealed to the public to stay away from places associated with Iran and Hezbollah in order to stay safe from future attacks
 
Thursday's blast comes six weeks after a car bomb attack in the same area wounded more than 50 people.
 
Another little-known Syrian rebel group, the Special Forces 313 Brigade, claimed that attack and said it was in revenge for Hezbollah fighting alongside the Assad regime.
 
The mainstream rebel Free Syrian Army condemned the attack, according to AFP.
 
Lebanese president Michel Sleiman was quick to blame Israel for Thursday’s attack, saying, “This is a criminal act that bears the fingerprints of terrorism and Israel and is aimed to destabilize Lebanon and deal a blow to the resilience of the Lebanese.”
 
Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri also blamed Israel and urged the Lebanese to unite in the face of dangers. “This crime only serves the Israeli enemy that is working on dealing a blow to the components of national unity in Lebanon,” Berri said.

Hezbollah Chief Claims Last Week's Attack on IDF Soldiers

Category: News
Created on Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:30
Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallahthe last few minutes, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has claimed the bombing attack which injured four Israeli soldiers on the border with Lebanon last week, saying his party "will face" any further border violations by the Jewish state.
 
The Lebanese army had claimed that the four soldiers were located 400 meters inside Lebanese territory when the blast occurred.
 
"An explosion took place and the soldiers were wounded, with blood found at the scene. A military committee has opened an investigation in coordination with UNIFIL, " the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, it said.
 
In a defiant statement Wednesday, Nasrallah echoed that sentiment, pledging to "confront any crossing of Israelis into Lebanese territories."
 
"We took the decision to target Israelis in Labbouneh because the border is under the control of the Lebanese army and the state," he said, claiming that "The incidence was an intended operation and did not happen by coincidence."
 
The IDF Spokesman's Unit said that the explosion occurred “in the course of activity that took place tonight on the northern border.” The soldiers were taken to hospital for treatment.
 
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon confirmed the blast, and said the army was "investigating the incident, to see if it was an old bomb, (or) a new bomb… But this operation was of course carried out in a responsible manner."
 
Nasrallah answered that particular question, stating that:
 
"What happened in Labbouneh took place under the sight of the resistances' fighters and we already knew Israelis would cross, which is why we planted explosive devices there. It is a newly planted explosive device and not a remnant of the July 2006 war."

Morsi Threatened to Go on Hunger Strike for His Supporters

Category: News
Created on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 07:26
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi - AFPAl-Mayadeen network reported Tuesday that former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi threatened to go on a hunger strike if his supporters are forcibly removed from squares in Cairo, where they are staging sit-ins.
 
The Hezbollah affiliated Lebanese network said that Morsi made this threat to the guards who have been detaining him. He reportedly added that he is the only one who can put an end to the demonstrations in Cairo's al-Nahda Square and around Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque.
 
Morsi threatened his hunger strike for his loyal supporters, namely the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies, who have set up two huge Cairo protest camps and have held near daily demonstrations for his reinstatement since Morsi’s overthrow by the military on July 3.
 
On Monday, pro-Morsi supporters held a sit-in outside of the Egyptian High Court on Ramsis Street. The relatively brief sit-in followed a march from Fatah mosque in downtown Cairo.
 
During the march, verbal scuffles broke out between the protesters and spectators.  
 
The Egyptian government reportedly planned to disperse two demonstrations on Monday morning. However, the decision was postponed after the plan was leaked to the press.

Hizbullah Paid $100K for Bulgaria Attack

Category: Islam
Created on Friday, 02 August 2013 05:59
Hizbullah Behind Burgas BombingHizbullah’s armed wing wired almost $100,000 (75,000 euros) to two men wanted over a bomb attack that killed five Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last year, a local newspaper reported Friday, according to the AFP news agency.
 
According to the 24 Hours daily, the money was to help organize the blast at Burgas airport on the Black Sea on July 18, 2012, and to carry out reconnaissance in other countries.
 
The attack on the tourist bus also killed the vehicle's Bulgarian driver -- a Muslim -- and left 35 people injured. It was the deadliest attack on Israelis abroad since 2004.
 
Israel immediately blamed Hizbullah for the terror attack but it took until February for Sofia to make the "justified conclusion" that it agreed.
 
This contributed to the European Union's decision on Monday to blacklist the Lebanese Shiite group's so-called “military wing”, while leaving its political arm off the list.
 
The actual bomber died in the attack and has still not been identified.
 
Bulgaria this week named his two suspected accomplices as Australian passport-holder Maliad Farah, 32, and Canadian citizen Hassan El Hajj Hassan, 25, both Lebanese-born.
 
According to 24 Hours, which cited foreign intelligence services and international banks for its report, the money was wired to their Canadian and Australian bank accounts.
 
The local Presa newspaper reported meanwhile that fake U.S. driver's licenses used by the men were made on a printer at Beirut's Lebanese International University, where they studied engineering.
 
The men had undergone military training in Lebanon in late 2010 and early 2011, Presa added, citing investigators.
 
Neither Bulgaria’s interior ministry nor prosecutors would comment on the reports.

Hizbullah Lashes Out at EU

Category: News
Created on Thursday, 25 July 2013 10:01
HizbullahThe European Union's decision to blacklist Hizbullah's armed wing means it would share responsibility for any Israeli attack against Lebanon or the Shiite movement, the group's leader said on Wednesday.
 
"These (European) states have made themselves fully responsible for any Israeli attack on Lebanon or Lebanon's resistance (Hizbullah) or any target of the resistance," Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech.
 
The statement is Nasrallah's first since an EU decision on Monday to blacklist Hizbullah's military wing as a terror group.
 
"These states need to know... that they are giving legal cover to Israel for any attack on Lebanon, because Israel can now claim to be fighting terrorism and to be bombing terrorist targets," he said.
 
The decision to blacklist Hizbullah's armed wing "gives Israel a service for free", Nasrallah added.
 
"This decision does not affect our willingness. Its objective is to make us bow, to force us to step back and to be afraid.
 
"But I tell you (Europeans): all you will get is failure and disappointment," said Nasrallah.

Heavy Losses for Hizbullah in Syria

Category: Reports
Created on Thursday, 25 July 2013 09:50
Hizbullah posterThe Lebanon-based Hizbullah terrorist organization is taking heavy losses in Syria, according to a report released by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC).
 
The assessment, sent to media this week, indicates the terror group’s involvement in the two-year-long savage civil war across Israel’s northern border has cost Hizbullah more than 180 men.
 
In addition, several hundred more of its guerrilla fighters have been wounded in the effort to keep Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in power, ITIC estimates. Many of them will never return to active service.
 
The terror monitoring watchdog based its assessment on having located 82 names of operatives recently killed, in addition to another 96 names of those previously found.
 
Most met their deaths during the campaign for the city of Al Qusair, according to ITIC, the majority in the final battle that began on May 19 and dragged on through June 5. Ultimately, Assad’s forces succeeded in taking control over the city together with Hizbullah.
 
A number of others were killed in other battle sites, among them the Aleppo region in northern Syria.
 
Part of the reason for the high number of casualties has to do with Hizbullah’s unfamiliarity with the local terrain, according to ITIC. Moreover, Hizbullah's fighters encountered fierce resistance from rebel fighters, including the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front)., who are equally dedicated to the concept of jihad and “fighting to the death for the glory of martyrdom.”
 
But the glory felt by fighters on the battlefield is beginning to pall among family members at home, where the large numbers of dead has begun to inspire criticism of the terror organization inside Lebanon. There has been sporadic fighting related to the Syrian civil war inside Lebanon as well.
 
A senior IDF intelligence officer told the Tazpit news agency he estimates Hizbullah has lost more than 250 fighters, and there have been reports the terror organization’s secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah, lost his own brother, Khader Nasrallah, in the fighting as well.

 

Syria: A Bad Week for Islamism

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Created on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 15:35
RebelesSyrian opposition hails EU Hizbullah ban
 
Syria's mainly Sunni opposition is celebrating yesterday's decision by the EU to blacklist the "military wing" of the Shia Islamist group Hizbullah as a terrorist organisation, Lebanon's NOW news agency reported.
 
The Syrian National Coalition declared that the ban was "a step in the right direction and highlights the need for the European Union to take measures to stop [the] militia from intervening in Syria," and called for "Hizbullah officials to be brought to justice for the terrorist crimes they committed on Syrian soil".
 
"The free world must take preventive measures against Hezbollah's leaders, members and supporters, who participated in the spilling of Syrian blood," the statement added. 
Hizbullah - based in Lebanon - is backed by both Iran and the Syrian regime of Bashar el-Assad, and has played an increasingly important role in recapturing rebel-held areas, though at considerable cost to its own manpower. 
 
Israel and other western states, including Great Britain, have long urged sanctions against the group for a long string of terrorist atrocities, but it was apparently the groups intervention in Syria which finally cost it dearly, convincing EU member-states who were previously against a ban to change their minds.
 
The ban may only have gone "halfway" by excluding Hizbullah's "political wing", to quote Avigdor Lieberman, but it will mean significant restrictions on the group's activity in one of its most important pools of fundraising - including denying visas to key individuals and freezing assets across the continent. Hizbullah's Secretary General, Hassan Nasrallah, has himself previously remarked that a European ban would "destroy" the group because 'the sources of our funding will dry up and the sources of moral, political and material support will be destroyed."
 
The Assad regime, meanwhile, condemned the move. 
 
In a statement, the Syrian Foreign Minister declared,
 
"Syria strongly condemns this decision and the powers that are behind it because it targets the present and future of the Arab nation... and serves Israel's plans in the region."
 
Kurdish rebels drive Sunni jihadis from villages
 
Also on Tuesday, AFP reported that Kurdish groups made rapid advances in northern Syria, expelling Sunni jihadists from several villages.
 
Tuesday's fighting hit several villages including Yabseh, Kandal and Jalbeh, which lie in the northern province of Raqa on Syria's border with Turkey and are home to a mixture of ethnic and religious communities, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
 
It also reported that the Kurds expelled the jihadists from Kur Hassu, Atwan, Sarej and Khirbet Alu villages in the same area, which lies near the majority Kurdish town of Cobany.
 
In Hasake to the east, Kurdish-jihadist fighting went into the seventh consecutive day in the Jal Agha area and other villages in the majority Kurdish province, the Observatory added.
 
The latest battles come a week after fighters loyal to the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG) expelled the jihadist Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) from the strategic Kurdish town of Ras al-Ain in Hasake province.
 
Ever since, fighting has spread from Hasakeh in northeastern Syria to several hotspots in Raqa province in the north.
 
At least 70, most of them jihadists, have been killed in eight consecutive days of Kurdish-jihadist fighting, said the Observatory.
 
"What we are seeing is the spreading of fighting between Kurds and jihadists westwards, across areas that are home to both Arab and Kurdish communities," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
 
Though the fighting is between jihadists and organised Kurdish forces, there is "a growing gulf between Kurdish and Arab residents of these areas," Abdel Rahman said.
 
"The battle is morphing from a fight between the YPG and the jihadists to a struggle between Kurds and Arabs as a whole."
 
Prior to the outbreak of the 2011 revolt against President Bashar al-Assad's rule, the Kurds suffered for decades from marginalisation and oppression at the hands of the Syrian Arab regime.
 
When the revolt erupted, one of the first measures taken by Assad was to grant the Syrian nationality to Kurds who had up until then been deprived of this right.
 
Then, starting mid-2012, Assad's forces withdrew from Kurdish regions which now are run by local Kurdish councils.
 
The Kurds, who represent about 15 percent of the Syrian population, have since walked a fine line, trying to avoid antagonising either the regime or the rebels.
 
But as abuses by jihadist groups in areas that have fallen out of Assad's control mounted, the Kurds announced they would seek a temporary autonomous state and establish a constitution.
 
The speedy developments have brought to the surface a deep-seated mistrust that has been heightened by the Syrian opposition's failure to adequately represent Kurdish groups, activists say.
 
"There hasn't been real trust at the political level since the start" of the revolt, Syrian Kurdish activist Havidar told AFP via the Internet.
 
"We (Kurds) all stood by the revolution but unfortunately the Syrian opposition... has played games with the Kurds... and marginalised them," Havidar said.
 
As a consequence, "there is a very obvious divide now" between Kurds and Arabs, he said.
 
The Kurdish people are the largest nation without an independent state in the Middle East. There ancestral homeland is currently occupied by Iran, Turkey, Iraq and Syria, although the Kurdish populations in the latter two states are enjoying increasing levels of autonomy.

The Flames Are Creeping Up on Nasrallah

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Created on Friday, 28 June 2013 14:03
Hassan NasrallahThe graduation ceremony of the IAF's 166th flight course took place on Thursday, and leaders who spoke at the ceremony mentioned the tense situation along Israel’s northern borders, saying that the IDF is ready for any scenario and reminding Israel's enemies that the army has acted and will act in the face of security threats.
 
Particularly blunt was IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz who, in a rare statement about the situation in the north said, “Syria is still bleeding, and in Lebanon, the flames are creeping up on [Hizbullah chief] Nasrallah. In the face of this changing reality we need to be ready and more prepared than ever."
 
Gantz’s remarks come in the wake of an Israeli assessment that the Hizbullah terror group is at one of its lowest points in years. The organization is now fighting on three fronts: against Israel, in Syria, and in Lebanon, where the group has been slammed for its support of President Bashar Al-Assad.Gantz with officers
 
Speaking at the same ceremony, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said, "The Air Force is prepared for any mission, near or far, and those who need to know that we not only talk but also act - know that. Over the past year we worked on many fronts, some visible and some hidden. In all of them, the mission was accomplished by the IAF pilots and navigators.”
 
The prime minister added, "We have defensive capabilities and offensive capabilities and we know to how to combine them. The future of the Jews depends on the Jewish State, and the future of the Jewish State depends primarily on its army and security forces."
 
The commander of the IAF, Major General Amir Eshel, said at the ceremony, “The reality has forced many things on us over the past year, most of them distant and out of sight. The IAF must be ready for any mission. We do not have a second chance.”
 
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon spoke about the situation in Iran and told the young pilots, "You and your friends must be prepared for that moment when you will be required to apply your skills and hurt those who want to disrupt our lives here. Those who work tirelessly to arm themselves, transfer dangerous weapons through air, land and sea or build long-term unconventional capability which threatens our cities and our citizens and undermines the stability of the entire Middle East.”

Lebanon: Six Killed as Military Clashes with Radicals

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Created on Monday, 24 June 2013 07:14
Lebanese Army in TripoliSix Lebanese soldiers were killed on Sunday in a clash with supporters of a radical Sunni Muslim sheikh opposed to the Hizbullah terror group, an army statement quoted by the AFP news agency said.
 
“An armed group loyal to Sheikh Ahmad al-Assir attacked, for no reason, a Lebanese army checkpoint in the village of Abra” on the outskirts of the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, the military said, according to AFP.
 
The clash broke out when Assir’s supporters surrounded an army checkpoint in Abra, where a vehicle transporting other supporters of the Sunni cleric had been stopped, a security source told AFP.
 
“After the armed men attacked (the army) with gunfire” the army fired back, the source added.
 
An AFP journalist reported that explosions were heard two kilometers (more than a mile) away.
 
The correspondent saw civilians fleeing the fighting, both by car and on foot.
 
The controversial Sunni sheikh called on his supporters last week to fire on apartments in Abra that he says house Hizbullah members.
 
Abra is home to a mosque where Assir leads the main weekly prayers on Fridays, reported AFP. The sheikh believes Hizbullah uses the Abra apartments to keep him under surveillance.
 
Two months ago, Sheikh Assir lashed out at Hizbullah for helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces fight the predominately Sunni opposition in the country, announcing the formation of “Free Resistance Brigades” to fight Hizbullah in Syria.
 
He said it was “a religious duty” for his Sunni followers to join the fight against Hizbullah and the Syrian regime.
 
It was later reported that Lebanese youth were responding to Assir’s call and were signing up for “armed Jihad in Syria.”
 
Syria-related tensions have soared in Lebanon, deepening sectarian rifts between Sunnis and Shiites.
 
Shiite Hizbullah supports Assad's regime, while the Sunni-dominated opposition backs the rebels fighting it. The Syrian civil war has spilled into Lebanon on more than one occasion.
 
Lebanon's army recently warned it will hit back against any new attacks from Syria, after a helicopter gunship struck an eastern town.
 
During Sunday’s fighting, Assir distributed a video message via mobile phone addressed to his supporters.
 
“We are being attacked by the Lebanese army,” Assir said, according to AFP, describing the military as “sectarian” and accusing it of supporting Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah.
 
“I call on everyone... to cut off roads and to all honorable soldiers, Sunni and non-Sunni, to quit the army immediately,” Assir said in the message.
 
He urged supporters across Lebanon to flock to Abra “to help defend our religion, our honor and our women.”

Hamas and Hizbullah Helped Egypt's Morsi Escape from Prison

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Created on Monday, 24 June 2013 06:53
Mohamed Mursi, is he going back to jial? - Reuters
An Egyptian court said on Sunday that the Hamas rulers of Gaza and Lebanon’s Hizbullah terrorist group helped prisoners, including current President Mohammed Morsi, escape during the 2011 uprising.
 
AFP reported that the head of the court in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya asked the state prosecutor to investigate the circumstances of the January 2011 breakout from the Wadi Natrun prison, northwest of the capital.
 
He said that the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group from which Morsi hails, had organized the escape with members of Hamas and Hizbullah, according to AFP.
 
The court also called on the state prosecutor to ask Interpol to circulate an arrest warrant for Sami Shihab, a Hizbullah official who had been convicted of plotting attacks in Egypt and who was serving a prison sentence at Wadi Natrun before escaping, along with members of Hamas.
 
Morsi said at the time that there had been no need for he and 33 other members of the Brotherhood to escape as the people "opened the doors" for them, noted the report.
 
The Muslim Brotherhood is Hamas’s parent movement. According to some reports, the Brotherhood-led Egyptian government mediated secret talks between Israel and Hamas after the end of the counterterrorism Operation Pillar of Defense.
 
There have been some recent tensions between Hamas the government in Cairo, as Egypt began a crackdown on Gaza's underground tunnel system, which is used to smuggle goods – but also weapons and terrorists – into Gaza.
 
Hamas demanded that if Egypt was going to shut down the tunnels, it should open a commercial border crossing to Gaza on a permanent basis instead.
 
As for Hizbullah, Morsi last week called on the group to leave Syria, where it has been fighting alongside troops loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad.
 
Morsi made the comments as he announced that Egypt has cut diplomatic ties with Damascus and has ordered the Syria's embassy in Cairo to be closed.

EU Fails to Blacklist Hizbullah

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Created on Sunday, 23 June 2013 21:20
Lebanons Islamist group Hezbollah
 
The European Union failed on Thursday to blacklist Hizbullah as a terrorist group, fearing that such a move would lead to instability in Lebanon and the Middle East, Al Arabiya reported.
 
Britain’s drive to reach a unanimous decision to blacklist Lebanon's powerful Shiite group has failed to persuade the 27-nation bloc, diplomatic sources said.
 
AFP reported that Austria and the Czech Republic opposed the move to add Hizbullah to the EU terrorist list, which includes several groups such as Hamas and Colombia's FARC guerrillas, who are subject to an asset freeze.
 
Concerns over Hizbullah began in Europe since an attack last year on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria which Sofia blamed on the group. In March, a Cyprus court sentenced a Hizbullah member to four years behind bars for planning attacks there.
 
The involvement of Hizbullah in the Syrian conflict raised the EU’s concerns after terrorists belonging to the Shiite group were found to be engaging in battles between President Bashar al-Assad's forces and the country’s opposition.
 
However, EU counter-terror specialists met on the issue but failed to reach unanimity on blacklisting the group after objections from several countries.
 
France, Germany and the Netherlands have backed Britain in seeking to blacklist Hizbullah. Despite being backed by the majority of the 27 EU member states, unanimity is needed to support the proposal.
 
Countries rejecting Britain’s move said they feared to destabilize the politically fragile Lebanon, where Hizbullah is in the government.
 
MK Avigdor Lieberman (Likud-Yisrael Beytenu) said last week that the EU is irrelevant when it comes to dealing with the Middle East because of its failure to blacklist Hizbullah as a terrorist organization.
 
Lieberman sent a harshly worded letter to the EU’s Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton, in which he protested the fact that there was no progress during discussions last week to blacklist Hizbullah.
 
“The exclusion of an organization, which incites to and is actively involved in murder and hatred, on the list of terrorist organizations is hypocrisy which cries out to the heavens. It begs the question as to what other requirements, beyond the facts that are well known, are necessary for Hizbullah’s inclusion,” Lieberman wrote Ashton.
 
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who met Ashton on Thursday, said, "I hope that those in Europe who refuse to designate Hizbullah as a terrorist organization will change their mind, and I hope there will be a European consensus on this.”
 
"I mean, it’s hard to see how you cannot have a consensus on Hizbullah as a terrorist organization. If Hizbullah isn’t a terrorist organization, I don’t what is a terrorist organization," he said pointedly.

PM to EU Chief: Iranian Issue Not Spin, It’s Spin of Centrifuges

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Created on Saturday, 22 June 2013 06:02
BB - EU Chief
 
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Jerusalem that recent elections did not change the Iranian nuclear threat to the world.
 
"The elections in Iran will be tested by whether Iran changes its policies and stops all enrichment, takes out the nuclear material and shuts down the illicit nuclear facility in Qom," Netanyahu said at the start of the meeting Thursday between the two leaders.
 
"These are Security Council resolutions. Their feet should be held to the fire," he said.
 
"It’s not a question of style, but substance," he added, clearly referring to Iran’s newly-elected President Hassan Rouhani.
 
"It’s not a question of political spin, but the spinning of centrifuges. That has to stop, and I think that it is important that Europe joins the United States and Israel and all responsible elements of the international community, and demand a cessation of the Iranian nuclear program."
 
The second point in the discussion Netanyahu planned for his meeting with Ashton – one that he said would encompass the issues of "peace and security: – related to the Hizbullah terrorist organization, Iran’s protégé in Lebanon.
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"I hope that those in Europe who refuse to designate Hizbullah as a terrorist organization will change their mind, and I hope there will be a European consensus on this," the prime minister said.
 
"I mean, it’s hard to see how you cannot have a consensus on Hizbullah as a terrorist organization. "If Hizbullah isn’t a terrorist organization, I don’t what is a terrorist organization," he said pointedly.
 
"I mean, they’re butchering people left and right across the world and now in the cities of Syria. They’re murdering civilians without letup, including on European soil, as was discovered in Bulgaria, as they try to do in Cyprus.
 
"So I would say the designation of Iran’s proxy Hizbullah as a terrorist organization is our second hope that Europe would do, and it would do the right thing," Netanyahu said.
 
"And the third is the right thing by peace. Secretary Kerry is undertaking an effort to resume direct negotiations without preconditions between the parties. That’s the right thing to do," he said. "Israel is ready to resume these talks without preconditions today, yesterday and tomorrow."
 
In response, the EU foreign policy chief expressed her "full support" of Kerry’s efforts. "It is, as you rightly indicate, the way forward," Ashton said.
 
She added Israel’s security was "vital" and that it played a "big part in the approach that we take to these efforts that are going forward," but was tight-lipped about details.
 
"Prime Minister, we have much to talk about," Ashton continued. "I know how important it is to have the chance to consult with you about the situation after the elections in Iran," she said. "I’m privileged to lead the negotiations in our twin-track approach.
 
"I also recognize that it’s important that we consult with those who have a deep interest in this and that we have a chance to think about the broader region on the questions that concern us all and I hear what you say, especially on your concerns about what’s happening with Hizbullah.
 
And we will talk about these things," she added.

Free Syrian Army Accuses Hizbullah of Using Chemical Weapons

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Created on Friday, 21 June 2013 08:09
Lebanons Islamist group Hezbollah
 
The opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) reported on Wednesday that chemical weapons had been used in a Damascus town by Hizbullah terrorists and forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad.
 
According to Al Arabiya, the town of Zamalka, outside of Damascus, was targeted by chemical weapons, which caused victims to choke and led to a number of casualties, opposition activists said.
 
Assad’s government has faced accusations from the United States, Britain and France of using banned weapons, including the nerve gas sarin, in attacks that have reportedly killed many.
 
The U.S. government confirmed last week that the Syrian army used chemical weapons against rebel forces on multiple occasions, adding that America will increase the “scope and scale” of its assistance to rebels in Syria in response.
 
France had previously revealed that it had firm evidence sarin had been used by the Syrian regime in at least one case.
 
The Lebanon-based Shiite Hizbullah has been playing a key role in supporting the Syrian government, which is mainly controlled by the minority Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.
 
Initially Hizbullah said it wanted only to defend 13 Syrian villages along the border where Lebanese Shiites live, and the Sayyeda Zeinab shrine near Damascus, which is revered by Shiites around the world.
 
However, its terrorists later encircled Qusayr with regime troops before the launch of a withering assault on the strategic border town.
 
Last week Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah promised that his group will be wherever is needed in Syria.
 
Meanwhile on the ground Wednesday, more cities and towns were bombarded by Syrian regime forces, according to activists who spoke to Al Arabiya.
 
Tanks reportedly deployed at the entrance of the southwestern city of Zabadani shelled its agricultural lands, causing extensive damage.
 
In the province of Idlib, battles between opposition fighters and regime forces killed a number of Syrian army forces.
 
Meanwhile, the FSA said that it managed to take control of a military airport in the area of Deir Al-Zour.

Qaradawi Slams Hizbullah as 'Party of Satan'

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Created on Monday, 10 June 2013 09:05
Hezbollah-FightersInfluential cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, slammed on Sunday the Lebanese Hizbullah terrorist group as the “party of Satan” that seeks to “sow discord” among Muslims.
 
Speaking to Al Arabiya, Sheikh Qaradawi lamented his previous defense of Hizbullah and Iran at a time when major Muslim scholars, notably in Saudi Arabia, had voiced skepticism over the group’s plotting in the region.
 
“When Hizbullah was fighting against Israel, I defended it. I stood against the Muslim scholars in Saudi Arabia, the most renowned scholars who warned us against Hizbullah,” Qaradawi told Al Arabiya.
 
“They warned us against Hizbullah’s plans to sow discord. They warned us against their ideology and intentions. I stood up and defended [Hezbollah],” he added.
 
He described the group as a “party of Satan” that seeks to sow discord in the Muslim land.
 
“Those who are fighting against the Syrian people and call themselves Hizbullah (Party of God) in Arabic are the Party of Satan,” he told Al Arabiya.
 
The prominent Muslim scholar declared that Saudi religious scholars were “more mature and knowledgeable” about Hizbullah and Iran than him.
 
“I believed things were as they seemed to be. I wanted to unite all Muslims; Muslims fighting against Israel, how can I support Israel? But it seems that the scholars –may they rest in peace if they died, and may God bless them if they are still alive – they were smarter than me,” he said.
 
“Those, whom I defended, went and killed their brothers in Syria. We thought that they were our brothers, but apparently they are not,” he added.
 
Qaradawi made similar remarks at a rally in Qatar last week, calling on Sunni Muslims to join the rebels fighting the Syrian regime and carry out “jihad” against the Hizbullah terrorists who are backing him.
 
"Every Muslim trained to fight and capable of doing that [must] make himself available" to support the Syrian rebels, he said.
 
"Iran is pushing forward arms and men [to back the Syrian regime], so why do we stand idle?" Qaradawi added.
 
Initially Hizbullah said it wanted only to defend 13 Syrian villages along the border where Lebanese Shiites live, and the Sayyeda Zeinab shrine near Damascus, which is revered by Shiites around the world.
 
However, its terrorists later encircled Qusayr with regime troops before the launch of a withering assault on the strategic border town that is home to 25,000 people.
 
Qaradawi, who is a citizen of Qatar and close to the Muslim Brotherhood, in the past provided the religious sanction for the suicide bombing campaign against Israel. In January 2009 he claimed that Hitler had put the Jews in their place and that the Holocaust was "divine punishment."
 
He recently headed a delegation to Gaza, where he said that Israel has no right to exist, adding that nobody was allowed to cede "any part of Palestine."
 
The civil war in Syria, meanwhile, has turned into an all-out sectarian religious war which splits the Muslim world between Sunnis and Shiites.

Bulgaria Refuses to Designate Hizbullah 'Terrorist Organization'

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Created on Saturday, 08 June 2013 23:29
Hizbullah Behind Burgas BombingBulgaria’s foreign minister said Wednesday that evidence that Hizbullah was behind a bomb attack last July on its soil that killed five Israelis was "circumstantial" and "not categorical" at this stage.
 
The minister, Kristian Vigenin, said that as a result, Sofia would not back the European Union labeling the Lebanese organization’s military wing a "terrorist" entity without proof from other cases, the AFP news agency reported.
 
"For us it is important that this case is not based only and solely on what happened in Burgas as, in my opinion, the evidence is not categorical," Vigenin told state BNR radio Wednesday.
 
He said that this was the case "even if there are indirect reasons and traces that could lead to the impression that this organization is behind the attack."
 
"There are indications that it is possible (Hezbollah was behind the attack)."
 
"But we cannot take hard decisions with consequences for the politics of the European Union in the region based only on circumstantial evidence," he added, according to AFP.
 
The July 18 attack saw a lone bomber blow himself up near a bus of Israeli tourists at Bulgaria's Black Sea airport of Burgas, killing five Israelis, their Bulgarian bus driver and himself.
 
Israel has maintained that the attack, the deadliest on Israelis abroad since 2004, was perpetrated by Iran and its "terrorist" proxy Hizbullah.
 
It however took over six months for Bulgaria's previous conservative government to come to what it called a "justified conclusion" that two aides of the bomber belonged to the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement.
 
The announcement led to renewed calls for the European Union to join the United States in adding Hizbullah's military wing to its list of "terrorist" groups.
 
Last month the EU opened the door to such a move following a formal British request, but the decision will require unanimous approval from all members of the bloc.
 
"If of course the evidence from other cases is serious enough, then we would not hesitate to support such a decision," Vigenin said, according to AFP.
 
"At this stage the discussions will continue as well as the gathering of information and evidence."
 
He added however that Bulgaria would not go against such a move if there was "common consensus" among other EU nations.

Radical Qaradawi Calls for 'Jihad' Against Syria and Hizbullah

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Created on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 21:55
QaradawiRadical Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi has called on Sunni Muslims to join the rebels fighting the Syrian regime, AFP reported on Saturday.
 
Qaradawi lashed out at the Shiite terror group Hizbullah for sending its men to fight the mostly-Sunni insurgents in Syria.
 
Qaradawi, a controversial figure in the West but who has millions of supporters, mostly from the Muslim Brotherhood, also hit out at Iran for backing the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad, according to AFP.
 
"Every Muslim trained to fight and capable of doing that [must] make himself available" to support the Syrian rebels, he was quoted as having said at a rally in Doha late Friday.
 
"Iran is pushing forward arms and men [to back the Syrian regime], so why do we stand idle?" he said, branding Hizbullah as the "party of Satan".
 
"The leader of the party of the Satan comes to fight the Sunnis... Now we know what the Iranians want... They want continued massacres to kill Sunnis," Qaradawi said, according to AFP.
 
The cleric blamed himself for previously backing Hizbullah and its leader Hassan Nasrallah.
 
"I defended the so-called Nasrallah and his party, the party of tyranny... in front of clerics in Saudi Arabia," said Qaradawi.
 
"It seems that the clerics of Saudi Arabia were more mature than me," he added.
 
Initially Hizbullah said it wanted only to defend 13 Syrian villages along the border where Lebanese Shiites live, and the Sayyeda Zeinab shrine near Damascus, which is revered by Shiites around the world.A Hizbullah supporter
 
However, its terrorists later encircled Qusayr with regime troops before the launch of a withering assault on the strategic border town that is home to 25,000 people.
 
At least 75 Hizbullah members have already been killed fighting alongside Assad’s soldiers, and Hizbullah head Hassan Nasrallah vowed last week to continue the group’s support for Assad.
 
Qaradawi, who is a citizen of Qatar and close to the Muslim Brotherhood, in the past provided the religious sanction for the suicide bombing campaign against Israel. In January 2009 he claimed that Hitler had put the Jews in their place and that the Holocaust was "divine punishment."
 
He recently headed a delegation to Gaza, where he said that Israel has no right to exist, adding that nobody was allowed to cede "any part of Palestine."

Rebels to Hizbullah: Stop Attacking Us Or We'll Hunt You to Hell

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Created on Thursday, 30 May 2013 08:45
HizbullahAn official with the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) warned the Hizbullah terror group on Tuesday to end its involvement in the Syrian conflict and stop backing government troops.
 
Brigadier General Salim Idris, the current chief of Staff of the Supreme Military Council of the FSA, told Al Arabiya, “If the attacks of Hizbullah [on] Syrian territory do not stop within 24 hours, we will take all measures to hunt Hizbullah, even in hell.”
 
“I will no longer be bound by any commitments I made if a decision to stop the attacks... is not taken and implemented,” he warned.
 
Idris said “everyone” should “excuse FSA” for retaliating as “we are being subjected to genocide conducted by Hizbullah.”
 
Qusayr, a town in the central province of Homs, became the flashpoint of confrontation between Hizbullah terrorists and the armed opposition battling President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
 
The Iran-backed Hizbullah sent almost 1,700 fighters to Qusayr more than a week ago to support the regime’s assault on the rebel stronghold.
 
Initially Hizbullah said it wanted only to defend 13 Syrian villages along the border where Lebanese Shiites live, and the Sayyeda Zeinab shrine near Damascus, which is revered by Shiites around the world, noted Al Arabiya.
 
However, its terrorists later encircled Qusayr with regime troops before the launch of a withering assault on the strategic border town that is home to 25,000 people.
 
A draft resolution condemning the Syrian regime’s use of foreign fighters in the rebel-held area will be debated on Wednesday by the UN’s top rights body, AFP reported.
 
The draft resolution, presented on Tuesday, “condemns the intervention of foreign combatants fighting on behalf of the Syrian regime in al-Qusayr,” an implicit reference to the involvement of Hizbullah in the fierce battle for the strategic town.
 
At least 75 Hizbullah members have already been killed fighting alongside Assad’s soldiers, and Hizbullah head Hassan Nasrallah vowed Saturday to continue the group’s support for Assad.
 
Meanwhile, the fighting in Syria has continued to spill into Lebanon. On Monday, cross-border mortar shells from Syria killed one person and wounded another near the eastern Lebanese town of Hermel.
 
The incident came one day after two rockets exploded in southern Beirut on Sunday morning. The rockets hit the Hizbullah-dominated neighborhood of Dahiya, injuring at least four people.

Hizbullah Gives Hamas 'Eviction Papers' from Lebanon

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Created on Thursday, 30 May 2013 07:59
Village in southern LebanonThe head of Hamas in Lebanon, Ali Barakha, was informed by Hizbullah that his people were no longer welcome in the country, and that Hamas members should evacuate the country immediately, Israel Radio reported Thursday. The message raised the possibility that the two Islamist groups could end up fighting each other in Lebanon, as each vies for influence with opposing parties in Syria, analysts said.
 
Syrian rebels have been receiving assistance from the Sunni-oriented Hamas terror group, while the Shi'ite-affiliated Hizbullah terror group has been helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces in the ongoing civil war in Syria.
 
Hizbullah is aiding Assad as a proxy of Iran, the main backer of the Syrian despot, while Syrian rebels, seeking to unseat Assad, have turned to Sunni Muslim groups in the Middle East for help. Saudi Arabia is Sunni and fears Iran's increased domination.  Assad himself is a member of the Alawite cult, considered heretical by both Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims.
 
Recent reports said that hundreds of Hizbullah terrorists have died in fierce fighting on the Syria-Lebanon border, as units of the Syrian army and terrorists battled Syrian rebels for control of the area. Many of the deaths occurred in the Syria-Lebanon border town of Al-Qusayr, a city of over 40,000, which over the past two years has been turned into a war-torn danger zone. It is not known how many Hamas terrorists fought in those battles, but it is thought to be a substantial number by analysts, as both rebels and the Syria army placed a great deal of importance on the battle.
 
Reports of the Hamas “eviction” by Hizbullah appeared in the Arab press on Thursday, based on information supplied by Syrian rebels, Israel Radio reported, adding that there had been no independent confirmation of the story.
 
In a separate interview Thursday, Barakha denied the story, saying that Hamas and Hizbullah worked together for the benefit of Lebanon.

Hizbullah's Deputy Chief Warns EU Against Blacklist

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Created on Saturday, 25 May 2013 14:28
HezbollahThe deputy chief of the Hizbullah organization warned the European Union on Friday that it would be making a "big mistake" if it labeled the Lebanese Shiite group as a terrorist organization.
 
Sheikh Naim Qassem told the Al Mayadeen television network that such threats "do not concern" or worry the group. He did not elaborate.
 
The EU has so far been reluctant to add Hizbullah to its list of terrorist organizations, but Britain this week filed a formal request to blacklist what is called the “military wing” of the Lebanon-based group.
 
The request will be discussed at closed-door talks June 4 of a committee overseeing the EU list of people and groups subject to its asset freezing regime.
 
France, which has been reluctant until now to declare Hizbullah a terror group, joined the EU initiative this week after Germany also declared its support for Britain’s request.
 
The calls on the EU to add Hizbullah to its list of terrorist organizations grew after Bulgaria announced that the group was behind the July 2012 terrorist attack in Burgas which killed five Israelis.
 
Shortly after the Burgas bombing, the EU decided not to list Hizbullah as a terrorist group.
 
Cypriot Foreign Minister Gujarat Cossack-Marcolis said at the time that "there is no consensus on the issue, because Hizbullah also has an active political arm."
 
During a visit to Brussels in March, Israeli President Shimon Peres urged the EU to put Hizbullah on the terrorist list, saying it was behind a score of attempted attacks in Europe and arguing that its intervention in Syria against rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad was enabling the group to spread its reach.
 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has also called on the EU to follow Washington's lead in a move that will notably lead to a crackdown on the group's fund-raising activities.
 
Currently, Britain and the Netherlands are the only EU nations to have placed Hizbullah on their lists of terrorist groups.
 
Hizbullah has been on a U.S. terror blacklist since 1995 after a series of anti-American attacks, including the bombing of the U.S. embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut in the 1980s.

IAF 'Killed Dozens of Elite Troops'

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Created on Monday, 06 May 2013 20:11
IAF Syria strikeThe Israel Air Force (IAF) struck several critical military facilities in Syria, killing dozens of elite troops stationed near the presidential palace, a high-ranking Syrian military official said in an interview with the New York Times.
 
AFP quoted an Iranian general who said that the arms Israel targeted in Syria were not from Tehran. The news agency also reported Monday that an NGO claimed the strike on Syria killed at least 15 soldiers.
 
Israel refused to confirm it was behind the attack, which was the second in three days. The strikes are widely seen as attempts to prevent the Syrian government from transferring weapons to Hizbullah in neighboring Lebanon.
 
According to the Times, "rebels, opposition activists and residents said the strikes hit bases of the elite Republican Guard and storehouses of long-range missiles, in addition to a military research center that American officials have called the country’s main chemical weapons facility."
 
An unnamed American official also reportedly said that a more limited strike early Friday at Damascus International Airport was also meant to destroy weapons being sent from Iran to Hizbullah.
 
Analysts said that Hizbullah, which is under direct Iranian control, might attack Israel in retaliation, possibly drawing Lebanon into the conflict. However, they noted, both Hizbullah and Syria's Assad are currently "overstretched" as they fight Syrian rebel forces.
 
Israel has deployed two Iron Dome missile-defense batteries to protect its northern zone and the IDF has forbidden internal passenger flights to and from Haifa.
 
Iran’s IRNA news agency said Israel could expect a “crushing” retaliation from Syria or “the resistance,” meaning Hizbullah.

Israeli Strike 'Declaration of War'

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Created on Sunday, 05 May 2013 19:51
F16 Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Feisal al-Mekdad on Sunday called Israel's bombing of a weapons transport in Syria a “declaration of war.” Speaking in an interview on CNN, al-Mekdad said that Israel was siding with “Islamist terrorists” to unseat President Bashar al-Assad, and that Syria would respond “at the time and in the manner that it chooses to.”
 
Israel has not confirmed or denied the claims that it had attacked a convoy in Syria that was transporting Iranian produced missiles to Hizbullah over Syrian territory. “We don't respond to these kinds of reports,” an IDF spokesperson told foreign news media Sunday.
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Also condemning the strike was Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour, demanding that the Arab League take “a decisive stand against Israeli terrorism.” Mansour complained that the League had remained silent “for too long” in the wake of “Israeli hooliganism,” and demanded that the League “immediately condemn the Israeli action against the Assad regime.”
 
British Foreign Secretary William Hague, on the other hand, expressed “understanding” for Israel's need to defend itself from terror groups. “Israel made it clear that it would respond if it suspected that advanced weapons systems were being handed over to Hizbullah,” he said. “Israel will act to defend its security,” and such actions must be “respected,” he added.

Israel Bombed ‘Game-Changing’ Weapons Going to Hizbullah

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Created on Sunday, 05 May 2013 08:41
F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jetIsrael bombed a weapons shipment headed for Hizbullah on Friday, an Israeli source confirmed Saturday. The source spoke after American media outlets reported the strike.
 
Israel has not officially commented on the alleged strike.
 
A diplomatic source in Lebanon told the AFP news agency that the operation destroyed surface-to-air missiles recently delivered by Russia that were being stored at Damascus airport.
 
The Israeli source confirmed that the strike targeted “game-changing” weaponry, but not chemical weapons.
 
Lebanon's army said pairs of Israeli airplanes entered Lebanese airspace three times overnight. The first two entered over the southern city of Sidon at 7:10 PM (1610 GMT), followed three hours later by a second pair that entered over Jounieh north of Beirut, a statement said.
 
The last pair flew in over the capital, the statement said, adding that the warplanes stayed in Lebanese airspace for two to three hours at a time
 
There were unconfirmed reports during the past week that Israeli planes had staged mock strikes in Lebanese air space..
 
US media reported that Washington does not believe Israeli warplanes entered Syrian airspace to conduct the strikes. A senior US official told NBC News that the air strikes were probably tied to delivery systems for chemical weapons.
 
White House and Pentagon officials declined to comment on the air strike reports.
 
But Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, was quoted as telling an audience that Israel had indeed bombed Syria.
 
"Israel bombed Syria tonight," Graham was cited by the Politico news website as saying in passing, without offering any further details.
 
If confirmed, this would be the second Israeli air strike on Syria this year.   Earlier this month, Israel implicitly admitted carrying out a January raid on a weapons convoy in Syria thought to be en route to Hizbullah.

Lebanese Youth Sign Up for 'Jihad' Against Hizbullah

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Created on Thursday, 25 April 2013 08:00
HezbollahLebanese youth from the city of Saida, south of Beirut, began on Wednesday to sign up for “armed Jihad in Syria”, Al Arabiya reported.
 
The youth were responding to a call a day earlier by Sunni cleric Ahmad Assir, who called on Lebanese youth to fight the Hizbullah terrorist group.
 
Individuals in charge of enlisting the youth told Al Arabiya that “hundreds” have signed up so far and that the number is expected to reach thousands.
 
On Tuesday, Sheikh Assir lashed out at Hizbullah for helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces fight the predominately Sunni opposition in the country.
 
Sheikh Assir had announced the formation of “Free Resistance Brigades” to go fight Hizbullah in Syria.
 
In an interview with Al Arabiya, Assir said his call came in response to “Hizbullah’s continued role in the persecution of Sunni Muslims in Syria.”
 
He said it was a “a religious duty” for his Sunni followers to join the fight against Hizbullah and the Syrian regime.
 
Assir slammed the Lebanese government for not being able to prevent Hizbullah from interfering in Syria.
 
Reports in a Saudi daily last week indicated that over 1,000 Hizbullah members had entered Syria over a period of a few days via waterways in the Mediterranean Sea.
 
The daily quoted sources as having said that the regime in Damascus "is resorting to the aid of fighters from Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, which implies that the Syrian recruits' desire to fight alongside the regime is decreasing."
 
Several months ago, Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah publicly offered to place his terrorists at Assad’s disposal.
 
Syria's opposition warned this week that Hizbullah’s role in fighting in Homs province amounts to a "declaration of war," while the terrorist group said it is merely protecting Lebanese people.
 
Analysts told AFP on Wednesday that Hizbullah’s decision to fight openly alongside the Syrian regime will increase Lebanon's involvement in Syria's conflict, despite a policy of neutrality.
 
Despite the inflaming tensions, however, the country is unlikely to face serious instability as a result, because none of its political forces have an interest in such a scenario for now, the analysts added.
 
"Hizbullah’s public involvement is no longer the world's worst-kept secret, and now we are in a crisis where the Lebanese are not only politically divided... but also militarily divided," Ghassan al-Azzi, a professor of political science at the Lebanese University, told AFP.
 
"Hizbullah’s involvement in the Syrian crisis now involves all of Lebanon because we've heard from the other side calls to fight jihad alongside the opposition to the Syrian regime," he added, referring to Lebanon's Sunni community.

Syrian Opposition Denounces Hizbullah's Role in Civil War

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Created on Tuesday, 23 April 2013 07:41
Destruction in Homs - AFPSyria's opposition warned on Monday that Hizbullah’s role in fighting in Homs province amounts to a "declaration of war," while the terrorist group said it is merely protecting Lebanese people, AFP reports.
 
The comments came as a watchdog said the Lebanese Shiite terror group was leading the battle in the Qusayr area of Homs, which Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has reportedly termed "the main battle" his troops are currently fighting.
 
"What is happening in Homs is a declaration of war against the Syrian people and the Arab League should deal with it on this basis," George Sabra, the interim chief of the opposition National Coalition, was quoted by AFP as having said.
 
"The Lebanese president and the Lebanese government should realize the danger that it poses to the lives of Syrians and the future relations between the two peoples and countries," he told a news conference in Istanbul.
 
"We hope that the brotherly Lebanese people will raise their voices against the murder of free Syrians," said Sabra, shortly after his appointment was announced.
 
"We call in particular on our Shiite Lebanese brothers to stop their sons from going to kill Syrians and becoming victims of the conflict as well," he added, according to AFP.
 
Hizbullah, a close ally of the Assad regime, has defended any involvement of its forces in Syria as a bid to protect Lebanese citizens in a string of villages inside the war-torn country.
 
"What Hizbullah is doing with regard to this issue is a national and moral duty in the defense of the Lebanese in border villages," Lebanon's official news agency quoted senior Hizbullah leader Sheikh Nabil Qauk as saying on Monday.
 
"To those who ask us to allow our brothers in these border villages to be victims of murders, kidnaps, massacres and expulsions, I respond to you: 'Can we leave these Lebanese hostage to this situation?" he added.
 
"Hizbullah’s martyrs are the martyrs of the entire nation because they are defending their Lebanese compatriots," he said.
 
Fighting has raged in the Qusayr area of the central province of Homs for days, with regime troops winning control of a series of strategic villages in the area during the weekend.
 
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights watchdog said Hizbullah forces were leading the battle in the area.
 
The area is of strategic importance because it runs along the border with Lebanon and is near the route from Damascus to the coast.
 
Nasrallah publicly offered to place itself at Assad’s disposal.
 
But already several months earlier, a soldier from the Free Syrian Army told The Independent newspaper, published in the UK, that Hizbullah's Shiite Muslim terrorists are full military allies of the Syrian army and that "everyone knows they have fighters there."
 
Reports in a Saudi daily last week indicated that over 1,000 Hizbullah members had entered Syria over a period of a few days via waterways in the Mediterranean Sea.
 
The daily quoted sources as having said that the regime in Damascus "is resorting to the aid of fighters from Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, which implies that the Syrian recruits' desire to fight alongside the regime is decreasing."

More than 1,000 Hizbullah Terrorists Enter Syria to Help Assad

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Created on Monday, 15 April 2013 17:17
HezbollahHizbullah is continuing to assist Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in his fight against the rebels. Over 1,000 members of the Lebanese Shiite terrorist group entered Syria in the past few days via waterways in the Mediterranean Sea, the Saudi daily Al-Watan reported on Sunday.
 
According to the report, around 1,200 fighters arrived at Syria's Tartus port in order to fight alongside regime troops.
 
The armed members who arrived from Lebanon to Syria committed "a hideous crime" in the town of Talkalkh, the daily said, adding that tens of thousands of fighters entered from Iraq to aid the Syrian regime.
 
The daily quoted sources as having said that the regime in Damascus "is resorting to the aid of fighters from Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, which implies that the Syrian recruits' desire to fight alongside the regime is decreasing."
 
The source added that reservists are also not complying with the army command's repeated calls to join the regime troops in their fighting.
 
The regime has also been arresting men in their forties and forcing them to join recruitment camps so they join the fighting between regime troops and the rebels, Al-Watan reported.
 
Last week, twelve members of the Hizbullah terrorist group were killed in an ambush near Damascus.
 
More than 20 other Hizbullah members, part of a military brigade deployed in Syria to defend Assad, were also wounded in the attack, according to sources in the terror group.
 
Last July, as the ongoing civil war in Syria continued, the terror group led by Hassan Nasrallah publicly offered to place itself at Assad’s disposal.
 
But already several months earlier, a soldier from the Free Syrian Army told The Independent newspaper, published in the UK, that Hizbullah's Shiite Muslim terrorists are full military allies of the Syrian army and that "everyone knows they have fighters there."
 
On Tuesday, Bahrain became the first Arab country to blacklist Hizbullah as a terrorist organization.
 
Its alleged backing and training of radical Shiite groups against Bahrain was the main reason given for the decision, the report said.
 
The United States, Canada and Israel have long blacklisted the Shiite group, but in Europe, only the Netherlands lists Hizbullah as a terrorist group, while Britain blacklists its military wing.
 
In recent months, pressure on the European Union to add Hizbullah to the list of recognized terror groups has increased, particularly since Bulgaria named the terror group as being behind the terrorist attack in Burgas last July, in which five Israelis were killed.
 
However, diplomats have indicated that it is unlikely that Europe will name Hizbullah a terrorist organization because of its political strength in Lebanon.

Bahrain Becomes First Arab Country to Blacklist Hizbullah

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Created on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 20:46
King Hamad bin Isa al-KhalifaBahrain on Tuesday became the first Arab country to blacklist Hizbullah as a terrorist organization, the Al Arabiya network reports. The move came a week after the Bahraini parliament voted to label the group a terrorist organization.
 
Its alleged backing and training of radical Shiite groups against Bahrain was the main reason given for the decision, the report said.
 
The Bahraini cabinet has tasked the interior and foreign ministries with implementing the decision.
 
“The measure is to protect Bahrain’s security and stability from Hezbollah’s threats,” Bahraini MP Adil al-Asoumi told Al Arabiya.
 
There is evidence that Hizbulah is instigating violence against the government in Bahrain, Asoumi added.
 
Intelligence has been gathered from defected Syrian soldiers, who had previously “trained Bahraini cells, with Hizbullah backing, to carry out terrorist operations in the country,” Asoumi said.
 
The regime in Damascus has long been backed by its regional allies Hizbullah and Iran, who are both considered enemies of Manama.
 
“When we were in Syrian refugee camps in Turkey, we met with defected Syrian soldiers. They told us that in the past years, the Syrian regime was conspiring against the people of Bahrain” in coordination with Iran and Hizbullah, Abdulhalim Murad, deputy head of Bahrain’s Islamist al-Asala bloc, told Al Arabiya.
 
Hizbullah is not only a threat to Bahrain, but the rest of the Gulf region, so “we call on our Gulf brethren to confront the terrorist organization to secure Gulf security,” said Asoumi.Hezbollah
 
In November, Bahraini police arrested four suspects in connection with bombings that killed two Asian expatriates in the capital Manama and fingered Hizbullah as being behind the attacks.
 
In recent months, pressure on the European Union to add Hizbullah to the list of recognized terror groups has increased, particularly since Bulgaria named the terror group as being behind the terrorist attack in Burgas last July, in which five Israelis were killed.
 
However, diplomats have indicated that it is unlikely that Europe will name Hizbullah a terrorist organization because of its political strength in Lebanon.

Bahrain Labels Hizbullah a Terrorist Entity

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Created on Friday, 29 March 2013 15:05
King Hamad bin Isa al-KhalifaWhile the European Union drags its feet on the issue, the Bahraini parliament voted Tuesday to label the Lebanon-based Hizbullah group a terrorist organization.
 
Hizbullah was accused by Bahrain of seeking to overthrow its government in 2011.  In a report submitted to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the ruling Khalifa family maintained Hizbullah trained special agents in both Lebanon and Iran to topple its regime, according to a report published this week in Ya Libnan.
 
Last November, the official Bahrain News Agency quoted the country’s Information Minister, Samira Ibrahim bin Rajab, as saying a bombing that killed two people in the country bore the hallmarks of Hizbullah. Rajab added that 19 pro-Iran satellite media channels were also inciting their supporters in Bahrain to “subvert the government.”
 
Earlier this month, Arab interior ministers gathered for a security meeting in Riyadh accused Iran of supplying "logistic help to terrorist operations" in Bahrain and Yemen, AFP reported. In a statement, the ministers "strongly denounced logistic aid supplied by Iran to terrorist operations in Bahrain and Yemen," and congratulated security services in both countries for "dismantling cells and uncovering dangerous terror plots."
 
In February, Sunni-ruled Bahrain, whose population is nevertheless comprised of a Shi'ite majority, accused the Islamic Republic across the Gulf of training, arming and financing a "terrorist cell" which the authorities had arrested, an accusation Tehran denied.
 
Last week, a member of Hizbullah was convicted in a Cyprus court room on charges of plotting to murder Israeli tourists on the island. 
 
Barely a month ago, Bulgaria’s interior ministry issued a report documenting that two Hizbullah operatives had participated in the attack on an Israeli tour bus at the Black Sea resort town airport in Burgas.
 
Five Israelis died in the bombing, along with their Bulgarian bus driver, and 32 others were wounded in the attack.

Bulgarian PM: More Evidence Hizbullah Behind Burgas Attack

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Created on Friday, 29 March 2013 14:46
Five Israelis Dead in Burgas BlastBulgaria has more evidence that Hizbullah was behind the terror attack at Burgas last year, and it will soon present that evidence to the world, Bulgarian Prime Minister Marin Raikov said Wednesday. A report by Reuters quoted Raikov as saying that Bulgaria “will continue the investigation. We will continue to work on this very seriously, very actively. We will provide the needed evidence.”
 
Raikov added that one of the purposes of presenting the new evidence would be to convince the European Union to add Hizbullah to its list of terrorist groups. Raikov was speaking at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
 
On February 5, Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said that evidence had been found linking two men who were involved in the July 19, 2012 attack on a tourist bus to Hizbullah. The bus was full of Israeli tourists. Five Israelis were killed in the attack. An EU spokesperson said at the time that Europe would consider blacklisting Hizbullah, although many governments of individual EU countries have been reluctant to do so because, they claim, it would increase “tensions” in the Middle East.
 
Raikov, who is acting Prime Minister of Bulgaria until elections in May, said that his government would not initiate proceedings to blacklist Bulgaria. All EU member countries may initiate such proceedings, but none have.

Syrian Cleric Supported Blowing Up American and Israeli Targets

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Created on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 17:35
Mohamed al-BoutiA Syrian Sunni cleric who was killed last week in a suicide bomb attack on a central Damascus mosque has in the past expressed support for Hizbullah and advocated for bombing American and Israeli targets around the world.
 
The cleric, Mohamed al-Bouti, was one of 42 people who were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque last Thursday. Bouti was the most senior pro-regime Sunni cleric in Syria.
 
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) posted to YouTube two clips in which Bouti is seen supporting terrorists.
 
In the first clip, which aired on the Hizbullah terrorist group’s Al-Manar TV in August 2006, during the Second Lebanon War, Bouti said, “The enemy in this war appears to be Israel, but, as everyone knows, the fighting enemy is actually America. Israel is merely the claw of America in this war.”
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He then stated, “I hold that people who cannot stand with the Islamic resistance, but can carry out, in their countries and in other places actions that would in some way paralyze this enemy -  they should indeed paralyze the enemies’ interests and destroy their facilities wherever they may be.”
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In a second clip which aired on Al-Azhari TV in 2010, Bouti said, “Many Western European societies – and the American leadership, in particular – characterizes Jihad that was ordained by Allah as terroristic. They link terrorism to crime. They have instilled within the word ‘terrorism’ the meaning of crime, extremism, and deviation from humanity, and so on.”
 
He added, “We discovered that there is a form of terrorism that is legitimate – a terrorism that is necessary and may even be described as sacred. Indeed.
 
“We have examined cases of the terrorism practiced by America, which purports to be fighting terrorism. In contrast to the first type of terrorism, which is acknowledged by the legal and educational principles, and which we have termed ‘sacred terrorism,’ the [American] terrorism is undoubtedly filthy and impure,” said Bouti.

Hizbullah Slams Obama for Calling it a 'Terrorist Organization'

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Created on Sunday, 24 March 2013 19:11
HezbollahThe Hizbullah terrorist group on Friday slammed U.S. President Barack Obama's demand that nations list it as a terrorist organization, AFP reported.
 
The group said Obama spoke like "an employee of the Zionist entity."
 
"He speaks like an employee of the Zionist entity (Israel) and not the highest-ranking official in the administration of the independent state that is the United States," the group said in a statement issued overnight, according to AFP.
 
"Obama wants the Arabs to accept the enemy entity as a Jewish state in the region and begin complete normalization with it while he fails to mention any of the just demands of the Palestinians," it added.
 
"In addition, to please the enemy entity, he is calling on the world to consider Hizbullah, one of the main parts of the resistance, as a terrorist group. This confirms the folly of counting on negotiations and proves that the choice of resistance is correct," said the Lebanon-based organization.
 
The statement came a day after Obama, speaking during his speech to Jerusalem, urged foreign governments to blacklist the group as a "terrorist organization."
 
"Every country that values justice should call Hizbullah what it truly is -- a terrorist organization," he said, in remarks apparently aimed at the European Union, which has declined to put the group on a list of terrorist movements.
 
Hizbullah has been on a U.S. terror blacklist since 1995, after a series of anti-American attacks including the bombing of the embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut in the 1980s.
 
Pressure on the EU to add Hizbullah to the list of recognized terror groups has increased since Bulgaria named the terror group as being behind the attack in Burgas last July, in which five Israelis were killed.
 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged the EU to follow Washington's lead by designating Hizbullah as terrorists in a move that will notably lead to a crackdown on its fund-raising activities.
 
However, diplomats have indicated that it is unlikely that Europe will name Hizbullah a terrorist organization because of its political strength in Lebanon.
 
Shortly after the Burgas bombing, the EU decided not to list Hizbullah as a terrorist group.
 
On Thursday, a Cypriot court convicted a self-confessed Hizbullah operative who had been accused of involvement in a plot to attack Israeli interests on the Mediterranean island.
 
Hossam Taleb Yaacoub, a dual Lebanese and Swedish citizen arrested in the port of Limassol in July last year, was found guilty on five counts -- including participating in a criminal organization, taking part in a criminal act and money laundering.

MI: Assad Will Use WMDs While Hizbullah, Iran Plan New Army

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Created on Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:45
Maj.-Gen. KochaviIDF Military Intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi had sobering news for policy makers at the Herzliya Conference, predicting chemical warfare and a post-Assad Iranian-Hizbullah military force.
 
Kochavi told the audience at Thursday’s annual convention the Lebanon-based terrorist organization has teamed up with Iran to form a full-scale army, knowing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s days in office are numbered.
 
Hizbullah, which like Iran is comprised by Shi’ite Muslims, has long been generously funded, equipped and trained by the Islamic Republic, as has Assad, who has been protected by the terrorist forces and the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards to this point.
 
The two have so far created a militia of 50,000 fighters to support the regime, he said.
 
“Hizbullah and Iran know Assad is finished, and are establishing an army in preparation for the post-Assad era,” warned Kochavi in his address to policy makers. 
 
Hizbullah now has more than 60,000 rockets and missiles at its disposal, according to outgoing Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who said in his final testimony to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, “The Middle East today is far less stable becaue the forces leading much of it are Islamist. In the short to long-term, we can redefine the Arab Spring as an ‘Islamic Winter,’ as we see radicals leading it to social and national extremes.”
 
In his assessment Thursday, Kochavi commented that Assad himself “plans to escalate preparations to use chemical weapons but has yet to give the orders to deploy them.”
 
There are at least five known separate sites in the country where chemical weapons arsenals are stored, each containing lethal agents that have long been maintained under strictly controlled conditions.
 
Israel has been monitoring the situation for signs that the chemical agents might be moved due to concerns that Assad was losing control over the sites.
 
The international community, as well as Israel, has expressed fears the chemical weapons could fall into the hands of terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda, which is known to be operating in the country.
 
If Syria’s chemical weapons fall into such hands, the world may begin to experience terrorist attacks using such agents, researcher Yiftah Shapir of the Institute for National Security Studies warned in an interview with Arutz Sheva earlier this month. 
 
Shapir said Hizbullah probably already possesses most of the chemical weapons and other unconventional means of attack that it could have acquired from Syria, since the two are allies in the axis with Iran, but is unlikely to use them.

Hizbullah Man Tracked Israeli Flights in Cyrpus

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Created on Friday, 22 February 2013 17:50
El Al jetsA Hizbullah terrorist working in Europe was told to track passenger flights from Israel to Cyprus, the New York Times reports based on testimony the man gave Thursday evening during his trial.
 
Suspect Hossam Taleb Yaacoub reportedly contradicted earlier testimony and admitted that his handler had told him to track landing times for an Arkia Israel flight between Tel Aviv and Larnaca. He had previously explained multiple trips to the airport as the result of a faulty rental car that had to be returned.
 
Yaacoub also admitted to being “an active member of Hizbullah,” and said the group had paid him $600 a month since 2010.
 
He told the court that he had a code name, explaining, “In general, the party is based on secrecy between members. We don’t know the real names of our fellow members.”
 
Yaacoub, 24, has claimed that he was not knowingly involved in planning an attack. Prosecutors say he was aware that his handlers were planning to kill Israeli citizens in Cyprus.
 
Last summer Israeli citizens were targeted in a bus bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria that investigators have since linked to Hizbullah. Five Israeli citizens and one Bulgarian man were murdered in the attack.
 
Yaacoub admitted to writing down the license plates of two buses used to transport Israeli tourists in Cyprus.
 
President Shimon Peres called again Thursday for the European Union to recognize Hizbullah as a terrorist group. The EU has previously rejected calls to label Hizbullah a terrorist group, arguing that the group’s “active political arm” makes the “terrorist” label inappropriate.
 
Israel’s Home Front Commander, Avi Dichter, derided the EU’s reluctance to condemn Hizbullah as “almost a joke.”

Bulgaria's Foreign Minister Urges EU Action Against Hizbullah

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Created on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 07:22
Hizbullah Behind Burgas BombingEU Foreign Ministers on Monday heard a statement by Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov on the results of his country’s probe into the bus bombing in Burgas, which killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian driver in July.
 
However, reported the European Jewish Press (EJP), despite the fact that the Bulgarian probe links the terrorist attack to Hizbullah, the ministers didn’t take any decision to add the group to the EU list of terror organizations.
 
The Bulgarian Foreign Minister had “asked to make a statement about the ongoing situation” regarding Hizbullah, EU foreign Minister Catherine Ashton said upon her arrival at the EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting Monday morning.
 
EJP quoted Ashton as having added that she was  committed to looking “very carefully at what he says and what the issues now are.”
 
"The EU ministers will probably analyze the Bulgarian report before taking any decision, which can take some time," a diplomatic source told EJP.
 
Any decision to blacklist the terror group needs the unanimity of the 27 member states, noted the report.
 
“We believe the attack that happened in Burgas last year was organized by people connected to the military wing of Hizbullah,” Mladenov was quoted as having said during the meeting.
 
The Bulgarian minister told his colleagues that the investigation was “ongoing” and that his country’s was in contact with the Lebanese, Canadian and Australian authorities, as well as with Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency.
 
Although the identities of the three perpetrators have not been confirmed, it was reported that the three were Lebanese natives in possession of foreign passports - two of them hailing from Canada and one Australian.
 
Key incriminating factors are thought to include a computer printout in Beirut, DNA traces on a used SIM card and several suspicious telephone calls, reported EJP.
 
Mladenov told reporters Europe should take “collective measures” in coordination with all 27 EU member states against Hizbullah.
 
Asked whether that meant the EU should blacklist the movement, he replied, according to EJP, "Given the fact that we've already made quite firm statements about where we believe the responsibility for that attack lies, I think the answer is quite obvious.”
 
“We in Europe need to take collective measures to make sure that such attacks will never happen again on EU soil, that we are protected as the EU,” he said.
 
“We must send a strong message to the rest of the world that activities like this are unacceptable, no matter where they are planned or executed,” he added.
 
Only two EU countries currently label Hizbullah a terrorist organization—the UK and the Netherlands. The UK blacklists only what is known as the military wing of the organization.
 
France appeared to have softened its traditionally staunch opposition to blacklisting Hizbullah, saying "all options" were on the table, provided the evidence is strong.
 
Bulgaria's announcement that Hizbullah was being the attack in Burgas has led to renewed calls from Washington and Israel on the 27-nation EU to designate the group a "terrorist" organization.
 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged the EU to follow Washington's lead by designating Hizbullah as terrorists in a move that will notably lead to a crackdown on its fund-raising activities.
 
Bulgaria’s Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov reiterated on Friday his belief that two of the attackers in the bombing are part of Hizbullah, noting that naming the group as being behind the attack was not done under pressure.
 
Sources in the EU indicated over the weekend that if the necessary evidence to prove that Hizbullah was involved in the Burgas attack is presented, the tendency would be to slap sanctions specifically on those involved in the attack, but not to declare that Hizbullah as a whole is a terrorist organization.
 
Shortly after the Burgas bombing, the EU decided not to list Hizbullah as a terrorist group.
 
Cypriot Foreign Minister Gujarat Cossack-Marcolis said at the time that "there is no consensus on the issue, because Hizbullah also has an active political arm."
 
She added that the matter is open for reconsideration if "tangible evidence" that Hizbullah is involved in terrorist activity can be brought.
 
European Jewish Congress President Dr. Moshe Kantor expressed deep concern about the issue, saying “It is deeply disappointing and inexplicable that the EU Foreign Affairs Council is continuing to prevaricate over a decision proscribing Hizbullah, particularly since the Bulgarian government confirmed evidence proving Hizbullah was behind the murderous terror attacks which took place in Burgas during July last year. It is very hard to find any reason other than the fact that this issue has been inexcusably politicized.”
 
“A terrorist attack took place on European soil and the brazen perpetrators are being ignored...it once again casts doubt on the important role of the European Union in the Middle East peace process.".

It's Time to Stand Up to Hizbullah

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Created on Wednesday, 06 February 2013 07:57
Binyamin NetanyahuPrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu released a statement Tuesday after Bulgaria officially blamed Hizbullah for a terrorist bombing in the country that killed five Israelis and one Bulgarian last year.
 
Netanyahu called on the international community to recognize Hizbullah as a terrorist organization.
 
The Bulgarian government said Tuesday that two people with Canadian and Australian passports linked to Hizbullah were behind the July bus bombing.
 
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Canada “takes the reported involvement of a dual national living in Lebanon very seriously and is working with Bulgarian authorities.”
 
Both Canada and the United States urged the European Union to take a harsher approach to Hizbullah. Shortly after the Burgas bombing, the EU decided not to list Hizbullah as a terrorist group.
 
“We urge the European Union and all partners who have not already done so to list Hizbullah as a terrorist entity and prosecute terrorist acts committed by this inhuman organization to the fullest possible extent,” Baird said, according to AFP.
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United States counter-terror advisor John Brennan said the attack exposed Hizbullah as “a terrorist group that is willing to recklessly attack innocent men, women and children, and that poses a real and growing threat not only to Europe, but to the rest of the world.”
 
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton appeared to agree, saying that there is “a need for reflection over the outcome of the investigation.”
 
“The implications of the investigation need to be assessed seriously as they relate to a terrorist attack on EU soil, which resulted in the killing and injury of innocent civilians,” she said.
 
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Tuesday that his country is willing to cooperate in an investigation. “Lebanon trusts that the Bulgarian authorities will undertake a serious evaluation of the results of the investigation,” he said.

Hizbullah Already Has Syrian Chemical Weapons

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Created on Saturday, 02 February 2013 15:20
Hizbullah preparing to stage chemical attackAs reports and analyses of what was said to be an Israeli attack on advanced Russian missiles dispatched from Syria to Hizbullah terrorist bases along the border with Lebanon, Syrian rebels said that Hizbullah had already received numerous advanced weapons from Syria – including chemical weapons. A report in a Saudi newspaper quoted Syrian rebel groups as saying that Syria had already last year transferred chemical weapons to Hizbullah.
 
Israel has said that transfer of such weapons would be a “red line” which Jerusalem could not ignore, essentially a declaration of war by Syria and Hizbullah against Israel.
 
The report in the Al-Wattan newspaper quoted a rebel spokesperson as saying that the transfer took place over a 40 day period in February and March 2012. The shipment included at least two tons of mustard gas, along long range missiles that could reach within 300 kilometers into Israel that were capable of carrying chemical weapons.
 
On Wednesday, western media reported that Israel had attacked a convoy carrying Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles from Syria to Hizbullah terrorist bases along the border with Lebanon. The US later said that Israel had confirmed this. But in a statement, Syria denied that Israel had struck the missiles, but that it had hit a military research center in a Damascus suburb. Israel has yet to make a public statement on either allegation.
 
Reports in the American media said that the convoy that was targeted by Israel carried conventional weapons, not chemical weapons. The Washington Post quoted an unnamed American government official as saying that there was “no connection” between Israel's declared intolerance of Syrian chemical weapons and Wednesday's attack.

Hizbullah: Israeli Attack Aimed at Syria

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Created on Saturday, 02 February 2013 14:59
Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missilesBoth Hizbullah and Russia condemned Israel a day after the attack on a convoy carrying Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles from Syria to Hizbullah terrorist bases along the border with Lebanon. In a statement, the Lebanese terror group said that the attack was “barbaric,” and “openly reveals [Israel’s] motives toward [unrest] in Syria over the past two years and the criminal thinking aimed at destroying Syria and its army.”
 
The “barbaric aggression” requires “a massive, widespread condemnation campaign by the international community and all Arab and Islamic countries,” the statement said.
 
The real target of the attack, Hizbullah said, was “eliminating Syria's pivotal resistance and rejectionist role to pave the way for unfolding the chapters of a major conspiracy against [Syria] and against our Arab and Muslim peoples.”
 
On Saturday, Iran said that any attack on Syria would be considered an attack on Iran. “Syria plays a very key role in supporting or, God forbid, destabilizing the resistance front," Ali Akbar Velayati, a top aide to Iran's supreme leader 
 
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted by Iran's semiofficial Mehr news agency as saying. "For this same reason, (an) attack on Syria is considered (an) attack on Iran and Iran's allies."
 
Russia, meanwhile, expressed “concern” over reports of the Israeli attack. "If this information is confirmed, then we are dealing with unprovoked attacks on targets on the territory of a sovereign country, which blatantly violates the UN Charter and is unacceptable, no matter the motives to justify it,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
 
On Thursday, Syria said that it was raising its security level on all its borders. Earlier, according to reports published in The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, American officials said overnight Wednesday that Jerusalem had informed Washington about the attack. According to the reports, Israel told U.S. officials it had launched an air strike on a convoy carrying Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles from Syria to Hizbullah terrorist bases along the border with Lebanon.
 
Israel has not yet made any officials statement on the matter.

Beirut Car Explosion May Have Targeted Hizbullah Member

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Created on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 18:25
Security policemen inspect a damaged car in the suburbs of Beirut - ReutersA bomb exploded under a car in the south Beirut suburb of Hay al-Selloum late Monday night, the Now Lebanon website reported.
 
There were no casualties and gunfire was heard in the area after the explosion, the report said.
 
LBC television reported that the explosion targeted a Honda belonging to a man identified as Abbas Mazloum, adding he was not affiliated with any Lebanese political party. Earlier reports said that Mazloum was a member of the Lebanon-based Hizbullah terror group.
 
LBC also reported said that Hizbullah security was deployed to the site of the explosion along with army units.
 
Hay al-Selloum is a predominantly Shiite neighborhood within the Hezbollah stronghold of Dahiyeh.
 
Hizbullah’s Al-Manar TV reported that a small explosion hit the area and did not cause any injuries. 
 
Meanwhile, an anonymous security source told AFP that that “a bomb exploded under a car in Hay al-Selloum, causing only material damage.”
 
Al-Jadeed TV, another Lebanese television network, reported that the bomb was small in size and only resulted in material damage, but it detonated in a crowded area.
 
Such explosions occur from time to time in Lebanon, usually targeting Hizbullah bases or weapons depots.
 
Last month, a huge explosion hit a Hizbullah weapons depot near the border with Israel. Hizbullah immediately accused Israel of carrying out an aerial bombing.
 
In October, explosions at a Hizbullah weapons cache in the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon killed nine people, among them members of the terror group.

Hizbullah Behind Burgas Bombing

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Created on Saturday, 19 January 2013 17:50
   Hizbullah Behind Burgas BombingBulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov paid an unannounced visit to Israel on Thursday. Mladenov updated Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres on Bulgaria’s progress in investigating the terrorist attack in Burgas last year in which five Israelis and one Bulgarian were murdered.
 
According to Channel 2, the report found the Hizbullah was behind the fatal bombing.
 
Bulgaria’s Interior Minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, is updating European leaders regarding Bulgaria’s findings. The new information means the EU may vote to recognize Hizbullah as a terrorist organization.
 
The report also found that Europol, the EU’s agency for criminal intelligence, successfully identified three of the four suspects in the bombing. All apparently entered Bulgaria two and a half weeks before the attack, using fake identity cards.
 
The full report will be published in another five days.
 
The Israeli victims of the Burgas attack were Yitzchak Kolangi, 28, Amir Menashe, 28, Maor Makhluf-Harush, 25, Elior Preis, and Kochava Shriki, 44.

Iran Spying on Israel from Syria

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Created on Monday, 14 January 2013 07:31
View from the GolanIran has been establishing signals intelligence stations in several parts of the Middle East, including the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the U.S.-based World Tribune reports.
 
The Defense Department has indicated that one of the intelligence stations was established in the Golan Heights, close to Syria's border with Israel, the report said.
 
The Pentagon’s counter-terrorist support office said the stations were established by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps together with Tehran’s leading ally, Syria, according to the World Tribune.
 
“Two Iranian-Syrian [signals intelligence] stations funded by the IRGC reportedly have been active since 2006, one in the Al Jazirah region in northern Syria and the other on the Golan Heights,” said the report, entitled “Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security: A Profile.”
 
The report, issued last month and prepared by the Library of Congress, said IRGC was planning to establish additional listening stations for northern Syria. The stations were meant to supply information on Israel to Hizbullah, Iran’s leading terror proxy.
 
The ongoing civil war in Syria has spilled over several times into Israel from the Golan Heights. The incidents have included mortar shells landing in the religious Zionist town of Alonei Habashan, which is less than a kilometer from the border, as well as IDF vehicles being hit by bullets fired from Syrian territory into Israel during the fighting between the sides.
 
The IDF changed the rules of engagement along the Syrian border after the fighting in Syria spilled over into Israel more than once.
 
The new orders instruct soldiers to respond if fire from Syria is dangerous and persistent.
 
Israel has also been monitoring Syria's chemical weapons arsenal. Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, which dates back to the 1970s, is the biggest in the Middle East, but its precise scope remains unclear, according to analysts.
 
The country has hundreds of tons of various chemical agents, including sarin and VX nerve agents, as well as older blistering agents such as mustard gas, dispersed in dozens of manufacturing and storage sites, experts say.
 
U.S. officials recently said there was evidence that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's troops had not only moved deadly sarin gas that might be used against rebels, but also that its binary components, usually stored separately, had been combined and placed into bombs for use.
 
Doctors have said that Assad’s forces are probably also using “Agent 15,” which causes paralysis.
 
The United States and its allies, including Israel, have repeatedly expressed concern that Syria's stockpile, believed to be one of the biggest in the world, could be stolen and fall into extremist hands or be transferred to the Hizbullah terror group by a crumbling Syrian regime.

Iran's Ability to Hit Back at Israel Limited

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Created on Friday, 04 January 2013 11:28
Iranian Sajjil-2Iran's ability to attack Israel has been compromised significantly in the past year, Israeli diplomats meeting in Jerusalem were told by Defense Ministry intelligence officials. According to the study by the officials, Iran's attempts to prop up Bashar al-Assad and the weakness of Hizbullah has taken a great toll in manpower and funds from the Islamic Republic.
 
The officials, quoted in Maariv, said that neither Syria nor Hizbullah are in any position to not only start a war with Israel, but would also be largely unable to respond on behalf of Iran in the event of an Israeli strike at Iran's nuclear facilities. Syria is too badly divided at this point to respond, and without the material support in men and weapons from Damascus, Hizbullah would be too feeble to respond effectively.
 
Only if Iran were to directly aid Hizbullah could the Lebanese terrorist group fight Israel as it did in 2006, the officials said, but Iran was likely not to do so, because violating Lebanon's sovereignty was likely to bring the U.S. and Europe directly into the conflict.
 
Hizbullah realizes its weakened position, the officials said, and was unlikely to provoke Israel into a massive invasion of Lebanon, which would put Hizbullah into a much more vulnerable position than it has been in the past.
 
The officials also discussed Egypt, and said that after Operation Pillar of Defense, Israel was in a better position, because Cairo was taking active steps to prevent Gaza terrorists from attacking Israel. Egypt fears that it would be dragged into a Hamas conflict with Israel, and since it is practically broke, cannot afford to alienate foreign governments and banks on which it is relying for helping achieve economic recovery, they said.

Egypt to Pursue a Relationship with Hizbullah

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Created on Sunday, 30 December 2012 10:14
HezbollahEgypt will pursue a relationship with the Hizbullah terror group as a “real political and military force” on the ground in Lebanon, the Egyptian ambassador to Lebanon told the Lebanese newspaper Daily Star on Saturday.
 
Speaking after Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-backed new constitution was signed in to law, Ambassador Ashraf Hamdy said Egypt would keep contacts “tight,” even with its enemies.
 
“We are stretching our hand out in the proper, balanced way to all regional powers, but of course, we will continue to develop our foreign policy according to our interests,” he said.
 
“You cannot discuss politics in Lebanon without having a relationship with Hizbullah. It is a real force on the ground. It has a big political and military influence in Lebanon,” the ambassador told The Daily tar.
 
Hamdy denied reports that a Hizbullah delegation had visited Egypt but said he had met with members of the group's "political bureau" in an effort “to understand each other better.”
 
“In discussions we said we want Hizbullah to remain as a political force in Lebanon acting in the interests of the Lebanese first and not others,” Hamdy continued.
 
“Resistance in the sense of defending Lebanese territory ... That’s their primary role. We ... think that as a resistance movement they have done a good job to keep on defending Lebanese territory and trying to regain land occupied by Israel is legal and legitimate,” he added.
 
Hizbullah has been designated as a terror organization by the U.S. State Department since 1997. The U.S. has imposed sanctions on the organization's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, and other officials.
 
The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution calling on European countries to designate Hizbullah as a terrorist organization as well.
 
The group is openly backed by the Iranian regime and, while there have been no diplomatic ties between Egypt and Iran since 1979, the country's current president Mohammed Morsi appeared to be getting closer to the Islamic Republic.
 
Morsi, who is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, visited Iran in August, where he met President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. However, Morsi's spokesman later said the meeting did not address the issues of bilateral relations or raising the level of diplomatic representation between the two countries.
 
The Iranian website PressTV reported that Ahmadinejad and Morsi described the two countries as “strategic allies” during the meeting.

Bahrain Fingers Hizbullah in Terror Attacks Which Killed Two

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Created on Thursday, 08 November 2012 07:54
Bahraini police inspect the site of an explosion in the capital ManamaBahraini police on Tuesday arrested four suspects in connection with bombings that killed two Asian expatriates in the capital Manama and fingered the Hizbullah terror group as being behind the attacks.
 
The official BNA news agency reported about the arrests but did not elaborate on when or how they were made.
 
"An investigation is under way to uncover the circumstances surrounding these terrorist crimes and identify the rest of the criminals and arrest them," BNA quoted public security chief Major-General Tariq al-Hassan as saying, according to AFP.
 
The report came hours after King Hamad ordered "the swift arrest of the terrorists who carried out the recent terrorist acts in Bahrain."
 
The king appealed to the public for help to "bring them to justice so they receive their punishment over this appalling act."
 
Five bomb blasts in the capital's Gudaibiya and Adliya districts killed two Asian expatriates and wounded a third on Monday, police said, according to AFP.
 
The bombings came amid persistent tensions between the kingdom's Shiite majority and its Sunni rulers since the bloody crushing of month-long pro-democracy protests in March of last year.
 
Meanwhile, Kol Yisrael radio reported on Tuesday, Bahrain placed the blame for the bomb attacks on the Lebanon-based Hizbullah terror group.
 
The report quoted Bahrain’s Public Diplomacy Minister, Samira Ibrahim bin-Rajab, as having said that the attacks were reminiscent of Hizbullah attacks. She added that the terrorists who carried out the attacks were trained in other countries, including Lebanon, following a directive by the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
 
Bahrain has accused Tehran several times in the past of encouraging the opposition in Manama. Iran and Hizbullah have denied any involvement in the protests in Bahrain.
 
The United Nations on Tuesday condemned the bombings. "These violent acts cannot be justified by any cause. We call on all concerned to exercise maximum restraint and to refrain from any provocations," said UN spokesman Martin Nesirky, according to AFP.
 
"We urge all Bahrainis to come together in a spirit of national unity and to resolve differences peacefully through dialogue and reconciliation," he said.

Iran Boasts: Drone Transmitted Live Data

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Created on Monday, 29 October 2012 14:35
Drone Transmitted Live DataIran is in possession of data transmitted by an unmanned Hizbullah drone that overflew "restricted" sites and bases in Israel this month, an Iranian defense official said.
 
The drone "transmitted live data, photographing sensitive Israeli bases," the chair of the Iranian parliament's defense commission, Esmaeel Kosari, told Iran's Arabic-language Al-Alam television.
 
"The photos of restricted areas are in Iran's possession," he said in an interview broadcast on Sunday night and quoted by AFP.
 
Israel's air force shot down the unarmed drone on October 6 over the Negev desert after it entered the country's airspace from the Mediterranean Sea.
 
Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah boasted several days later that his organization sent the drone over Israel, saying the device was "Iranian built and assembled in Lebanon." 
 
"It overflew sensitive and important installations for dozens of kilometers until the enemy spotted it near (the nuclear site) Dimona," Nasrallah said without identifying the installations.
 
Iran confirmed Nasrallah's claim, and scoffed at Israel's air defenses.  
 
"Zionists must expect hundreds of other drones in 25 different models with new flying systems that they won't know how to confront them," said the Commander of the Basij Forces Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi.
 
Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said the drone flight "shattered everything that was said about the Iron Dome system" -- Israel's air defense shield.
 
Speaking to Al-Alam on Sunday, Kosari also echoed a claim by Vahidi earlier in the day that Iran had more advanced drone than the one Hizbullah used.
 
"Iran currently possesses unmanned aircraft which have more advanced technology than the drone that Hizbullah forces recently flew over the Zionist regime's airspace," Vahidi told reporters on Sunday.
 
"Unfair Western sanctions have no effect on boosting the defense and deterrent prowess of the armed forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran," he added.

Iran Has More Advanced UAVs, Claims its Defense Minister

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Created on Monday, 29 October 2012 08:45
UAV downed - IDFIranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi said on Sunday that the drone that recently penetrated into the Israeli airspace was not Iran’s most advanced unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).
 
“The Islamic Republic of Iran currently has unmanned aerial vehicles with a technology by far more advanced than [that of] the drone recently flown by the resistance movement of Hizbullah in the Zionist regime’s airspace,” Vahidi said on Sunday, according to a report in PressTV.
 
The technology of Hizbullah’s Iranian-made drone was not definitely “Iran’s latest technology,” he said.
 
Vahizi also claimed that Hizbullah success in flying the drone over Israel “shattered the delusional power of the Israeli regime and dealt a heavy blow to it.”
 
The Israeli air force shot down the drone on October 6, after it entered the country's airspace from the Mediterranean Sea.
 
Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah later boasted that his group sent the unmanned drone over Israel. The group’s Al-Manar television network also broadcast a video which the network claimed simulates the route made by the unmanned drone.
 
Two weeks ago, Vahidi confirmed that Iran had provided Hizbullah with the drone, claiming his country’s “capabilities are very high and are at the disposal and service of Islamic nations.”
 
An Iranian military official later warned Israel that it should expect more unmanned drones to enter its airspace.
 
The official claimed his country has “drones in 25 different models with new flying systems” that Israel “won't know how to confront.”

Netanyahu Warns of Syria Attack Over Chemical Weapons

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Created on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 21:31
Chemical WeaponsPrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned on Tuesday that Israel would not hesitate to launch a military operation in Syria if it feels that there is a threat that the country’s stockpile of chemical weapons will end up in the hands of terrorist organizations such as Hizbullah.
 
“Israel will consider a military operation if it feels there is a fear that chemical weapons will leak to terrorist groups like Hizbullah," Netanyahu said during his meeting with European Union diplomats in Jerusalem.
 
He added that “Hizbullah is actively engaged in the massacre of the Syrian people." Netanyahu also referred to the support that President Bashar Al-Assad's regime receives from Iran, saying that “without Iran - Assad would survive.”
 
Syria has admitted it has chemical weapons and has threatened to use them if attacked by external forces. It claimed it will not use these weapons on rebels fighting to oust Assad.
 
Recent reports from Syria indicated that Assad has transferred a battery of advanced missiles to the al-Masna border crossing, which is the central route used to transfer equipment and weapons to Hizbullah. Members of the Syrian opposition said that one of two major chemical arsenals of the Syrian regime is located near that border crossing.
 
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently indicated that the Syrian regime has moved some chemical weapons to safeguard the material as it wages war against rebel forces but the main storage sites for its arsenal remain secure.
 
French President Francois Hollande recently warned that the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime would provide a legitimate cause for a foreign intervention.
 
In his meeting with EU representatives, Netanyahu referred to the peace agreement with Egypt and expressed his opposition to any future change in the wording of the agreement.
 
"Any change may lead to the cancellation of the peace treaty," said the prime minister and expressed the hope that the new regime in Egypt will work harder to prevent terrorist attacks in the Sinai Peninsula.

Time to Take Measures Against Hizbullah

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Created on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 08:03
Ambassador Ron ProsorIsrael's ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, called the Security Council on Monday to take strong measures against the Hizbullah terror group, after it launched a drone into Israel.
 
“Some countries that are sitting around the Council’s table continue to provide free rein to Hizbullah to raise money as if it were the Red Cross, not a terrorist group which threatens to plunge the region into bloodshed,” said Prosor, according to Army Radio.
 
He added that by providing Hizbullah with sophisticated arms, Iran is turning Lebanon into an “outpost for terror.”
 
The unmanned drone that infiltrated into Israel was eventually shot down by the Israeli Air Force.
 
Hizbullah’s television network later aired a video simulation of the drone’s path, which clearly showed that the drone had a camera which photographed the targets over which it flew.
 
The video said that the drone took off from Lebanon and flew over the Mediterranean Sea, along the Israeli coastline. It claimed that the drone managed to avoid all Israeli radars as it advanced towards the southern Israeli coastline. The video also said that the aircraft flew over Israel's oil rigs that are located deep in the Mediterranean.
 
Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah boasted that his group had sent the unmanned drone over Israel, saying the device was built by Iran.
 
On Sunday, Iran jeered at Israel's air defenses while confirming that Tehran had provided Hizbullah with the drone.
 
Iran's "capabilities are very high and are at the disposal and service of Islamic nations," said Defense Minister General Ahmad Vahidi when asked about the origins of the unmanned aerial craft.
 
"It is natural to use whatever we have at our disposal at the necessary time to defend the lands of the Islamic world…This move shows that Hizbullah is fully prepared ... and will respond to the Zionist regime," he said.
 
Prosor on Monday also warned UN members against recognizing the Palestinian Authority as an observer state, something PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has announced he plans to pursue.
 
“With this magic solution you will be responsible for legitimizing an entity that does not meet the basic conditions of a state," said Prosor and added, "The PA dedicates six percent of its budget to salaries for terrorists, and less than one percent to fund higher education."

'Drone Infiltration Amounts to Declaration of War’

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Created on Monday, 15 October 2012 08:23
missilesThe Hizbullah drone infiltration into Israel “amounts to a declaration of war,” worried former Lebanese Prime Minister Siniora has warned. Former Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri also said he fears the drone incident could drag Lebanon into a war with Israel, the Beirut Daily Star reported.
 
The unusually harsh criticism of the Iranian-backed terrorist party and network opened up wounds of years of dissent between nationalists and pro-Syrian and pro-Iran factions. Lebanon suffered from a devastating 15-year civil war until 1990 and has been wracked by political instability ever since.
 
Siniora, who now heads Hariri’s heads Future bloc, said that Hizbullah’s “action shows that it was an Iranian decision ... No doubt this action needs techniques that are available only in Iran. It was an Iranian action that implicated Lebanon in regional and international struggles and consequently, made us in Lebanon a platform for the exchange of messages.”
 
Siniora did not spare praise for Hizbullah’s “military and technical achievement against the Israeli enemy” but added, “This action in my belief constituted a provocation against Israel because as Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah indicated, the drone flew over waters overlooking the coasts of the occupied territories and over land, south of the occupied territories in Israel.
 
“Therefore, there are some who point to an issue relating to the gas and oil installations on the occupied territories’ coasts and also the Israeli atomic reactors in Dimona. This in itself amounts to a declaration of war.”
 
He criticized Nasrallah for not consulting with the Lebanese government, which is dominated by the terrorist organization and pro-Syrian parties.
 
“We find that Hizbullah is not only implicating Lebanon in the conflict in Syria, but also in the midst of regional and international struggles concerning Iran and Iran’s nuclear program and in its [Hizbullah’s] role in the developments in Syria.”
 
Siniora's concerns reflect the fragile nature of the government, which has been in continual crisis during a creeping domination of Hizbullah over Lebanon’s affairs.
 
Israel leaders have defined Hizbullah as being a “state within a state,” and IDF officers have noted that there often is no distinction between the Lebanese army and Hizbullah forces.
 
Both Israel and anti-Syrian parties in Lebanon are concerned that Syrian President Bashar Assad will turn to Hizbullah to escalate attacks against Israel to divert attention from the Syria civil war.

Nasrallah Admits Hizbullah Behind Drone Incident

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Created on Thursday, 11 October 2012 18:27
Hassan NasrallahThe head of the Hizbullah terror group, Hassan Nasrallah boasted on Thursday that his group sent a sophisticated unmanned drone over Israel last week, saying the device was built by Iran, AFP reported.
 
The Israeli Air Force shot down the drone on Saturday morning after it entered the country's airspace from the Mediterranean Sea.
 
"A sophisticated reconnaissance aircraft was sent from Lebanese territory ... and travelled hundreds of kilometers over the sea before crossing enemy lines and into occupied Palestine," Nasrallah said on Hizbullah’s television station Al-Manar.
 
"It overflew sensitive and important installations for dozens of kilometers until the enemy spotted it near (the nuclear site) Dimona," he added. He did not identify the installations.
 
Nasrallah insisted that "possession of such an aerial capacity is a first in the history of any resistance movement in Lebanon and the region."
 
"It's not the first time (that a drone was sent) and it will not be the last. We can reach all the zones" of Israel, said Nasrallah, referring to a less sophisticated drone sent by Hizbullah during the Second Lebanon War in 2006.
 
He said the latest drone was "Iranian built and assembled in Lebanon."
 
Nasrallah's acknowledgement of the drone came shortly after Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pointed the finger at Hizbullah as being behind the incident and vowed to defend his country against further "threats."
 
An Israeli official questioned by AFP said he was not surprised that the drone was made in Iran. "The fact that Hizbullah weapons come from Iran does not surprise anyone," the official said on condition of anonymity.

Hizbullah Sent Downed UAV

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Created on Thursday, 11 October 2012 14:19
UAV downed - IDFPrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that the drone aircraft which flew some 35 miles (55 km) last weekend into Israeli territory before being shot down by the IDF was sent by the Lebanese militia Hizbullah, an Iranian proxy force.
 
Hizbullah boss Hassan Nasrallah was quoted a short time later as saying that his organization had indeed launched the drone, AFP reported.
 
"A sophisticated reconnaissance aircraft was sent from Lebanese territory... and travelled hundreds of kilometers (miles) over the sea before crossing enemy lines and into occupied Palestine," Hassan Nasrallah said on television.
 
Netanyahu said Israel would "act with determination to defend its borders", just as "we thwarted over the weekend Hizbullah's attempt" to penetrate Israeli airspace. "We shall continue to act aggressively against all threats," he said.
 
The drone, which was allegedly under Israeli surveillance before it entered Israel, was shot down on Saturday over a forest near Judea.
 
The IDF released a 10-second video clip of Saturday's incident, showing a small, unidentified aircraft moments before being destroyed by a missile fired from an IAF fighter jet.

Patriot Anti-Missile Battery Deployed Near Haifa on Mt. Carmel

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Created on Monday, 08 October 2012 18:02
Patriot Missile BatteryA Patriot anti-missile battery has been installed in the north, atop Mt. Carmel near Haifa. However, according to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, deployment of a Patriot battery “is not an unusual thing.”
 
The system, operated by the IDF Air Defense Command, is capable of intercepting flying objects (balllistic missiles, aircraft and other threats) at ranges between 60 to 160 kilometers ( 37 to 99 miles). The Patriot system was used during the Gulf War to intercept missiles fired at Israel from Iraq.
 
Installation of the battery in the north came after the IDF shot down a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) that flew nearly the entire length of the country, albeit most of the way via the Mediterranean.
 
The small drone was shot down Saturday morning over an uninhabited area in the northern Negev Desert. Two Israeli F-16 fighter jets “escorted” the aircraft on its journey down the coast before destroying the aircraft.
 
It is widely assumed that the drone was transmitting photographs, and if it had continued on its easterly course from Gaza, it would have flown near, or directly over the Dimona nuclear reactor. Israeli officials have been concerned for some time that the facility could be vulnerable to an attack from Iran.
 
According to a report on the Beirut-based pan-Arab television station Al-Mayadeen, with links to the Hizbullah terrorist organization, Hizbullah was responsible for the drone's flagrant violation of Israeli air space. In a brief statement, the station said the drone managed “to penetrate 100 kilometers and raise tension in Israel.” However, Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah has not made an official comment on the incident.

Route of Drone Hints It May Have Been Aimed at Nuclear Reactor

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Created on Sunday, 07 October 2012 15:31
UAV downed by IAFThe enemy drone downed by the Air Force, Saturday, took a strange route that did not cover strategic sites, indicating Israel may have diverted it from a route over the nuclear reactor in Dimona, located due east of Gaza.
 
The UAV entered Israeli air space from the Mediterranean Sea along the Gaza Coast and then made a U-turn, flying over the southern Hevron Hills before an F-16 plane destroyed it over a non-populated area.
 
The route raises questions because there are no army or air force bases or any other strategic sites along the route.
 
Officials estimate that it was guided by a pre-programmed GPS inside the drone and not from a control center at its origin, apparently Hizbullah-dominated southern Lebanon, DEBKA File reported. Israel may have carried out a cyber attack to scramble the GPS and change its route.
 
It is widely assumed that the drone was transmitting pictures. If the drone had continued on its eastern course from Gaza, it would have flown near or directly over the nuclear reactor. Israeli officials have been concerned since earlier this year that the nuclear facility would be vulnerable to an attack from Iran.
 
If the drone was not headed for Dimona, its strange route could mean the enemy simply was testing Israel’s response system.
 
The IDF said it scrambled several F-16 jets within minutes after the UAV was detected, and the IDF said, "This drone was spotted over the Mediterranean in a sector near Gaza, before entering Israeli airspace, where the air force followed it."
 
The fact that Israel allowed the UAV to fly over Israel for more than 20 minutes also indicates that the IAF may have diverted its route until it could safely bring it down a relatively unpopulated area. Otherwise, there would be no reason to allow an enemy craft to presumably transmit pictures.

Hizbullah Threatens to 'Conquer the Galilee'

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Created on Wednesday, 03 October 2012 05:33
A Hizbullah supporterA new Hizbullah video highlights the terrorist organization's latest campaign - “liberating the Galilee.” On the agenda is Hizbullah's conquering of key sites and cities like tourist centers, refineries, and the Haifa port.
 
The video was posted on a Hizbullah site Monday, the same day that Israeli Arab politicians led a protest commemorating the deaths of 12 Arabs in 2000, as they rioted and attempted to spread the intifada to northern Israel. The video shows the chief “Zionist settlements” - meaning Jewish towns and cities - in northern Israel, such as Afikim, Ma'alot, and Nahariya. The video also mentions “the principal Palestinian cities in northern Palestine,” including Tzefat, Akko, Tiberias, Haifa, and Nazareth.
 
Last year, Hizbullah head Hassan Nasrallah threatened that his organization would try to conquer the Galilee. Nasrallah emerged from hiding for several hours to attend a ceremony in Beirut, where he warned “[Defense Minister Ehud[ Barak, [former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi] Ashkenazi, and [current IDF Chief of Staff] Benny Gantz, that now you must get used to the idea. If you impose a war on Lebanon, our fighters will conquer the Galilee.”

More Hizbullah Fighters Dying in Syria

Category: Reports
Created on Friday, 28 September 2012 08:35
HezbollahHizbullah has increased the size and scope of its assistance to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as he fights to retain his position as leader of Syria in the face of a wide-ranging rebellion. According to a report in Thursday's Washington Post, Hizbullah has sent special advisors to Syria in order to assist Assad in beating back rebel forces.
 
Official sources in the Lebanese government said that the assistance Hizbullah is providing Assad was increased after a major attack on Assad's forces on July 18. Several high ranking Syrian military officials were killed in that attack, among them Assad's brother-in-law, Assef Shawkat.
The sources said that Hizbullah has been offering not only advice, but also taking active part in the fighting against rebels. The sources added that more and more of the casualties on the Syrian side consist of Hizbullah recruits. There has been a marked increase in the number of funerals of young men in Hizbullah-controlled areas in southern Lebanon, they added, with families refusing to reveal the reasons for their death. That is because, they said, Hizbullah has demanded that the families keep the reasons for their death secret.
There have also been reports of Iranian soldiers and advisors in Syria as well, but it is not clear if they are taking part in the actual fighting.

Hizbullah Holds 'Unprecedented' Maneuver

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Created on Thursday, 23 August 2012 19:45
missilesTerror-guerrilla organization and Iranian proxy Hizbullah held a three-day-long exercise this week, according to Lebanese newspaper Al Joumhouria.
 
The drill included over 10,000 men and was unprecedented in its scope, the newspaper reported. The organization's director Hassan Nasrallah reportedly supervised part of the drill, flanked by several officers from the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
 
Hizbullah's new elite units rehearsed fighting against tanks and helicopters in the exercise, according to the report. A senior Hizbullah terrorist said the forces rehearsed defense against an Israeli invasion as well as an offensive move to conquer parts of the Galilee.  
 
The senior Iranian officers who viewed the exercise reportedly took 2,000 of the men to Iran with them for additional training. 

Hizbullah Claims Rockets Can Reach All of Israel

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Created on Tuesday, 14 August 2012 10:20
missilesThe Hizbullah terror leadership claimed Monday that its missiles can now reach all of Israeli territory.
 
Speaking at a ceremony in southern Lebanon, Nabil Ka'uk announced from the podium that “Hizbullah rockets can reach all Israeli settlements,” referring to Israeli towns and cities. The reference by Ka'uk, who is deputy director for Hizbullah's terror activities, included all territory, including that liberated in the 1967 Six Day War, and those that preceded it.
 
Ka'uk's leader, Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah, also continues to threaten Israel with annihilation, but does so only from the safety of a hideout whose location is known to very few of his closest advisers. Last month Nasrallah addressed massive halls of supporters, separated by gender, who listened as he spoke to the families of those who were killed during the 2006 Second Lebanon War with Israel. His address was heard, as usual, via a video link, in the "Shahid" Hall in Haret Hreik, Beirut.
 
IDF military intelligence experts have estimated that Hizbullah has stockpiled tens of thousands of missiles in varying ranges, all of which are pointed at various locations within the Jewish State.
 
This week the Home Front Command is testing Israel's new nationwide text message alert system, designed to warn citizens about an impending missile attack.
 
Each day, residents living in various cities within a new area of the country receive a text message alerting them that Home Front Command is testing the new system, together with a numeric code. The messages are sent between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., and are transmitted in Hebrew, English, Arabic and Russian.

Israeli-Arab Hizbullah Cell had Bombs, Guns

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Created on Thursday, 09 August 2012 07:11
Hizbullah posterPolice and the Shin Bet have nabbed an Israeli-Arab terrorist cell affiliated with Hizbullah. The cell was holding many weapons, including powerful bombs and M-16 rifles.
 
The bombs were smuggled into Israel from Lebanon, and were intended for use in terrorist attacks within Israel.
 
A total of 12 people were arrested in connection to the affair, and eight have been indicted. The case was initially under a gag order.
 
Most of the suspects are drug smugglers from the town of Ghajar in the north and terrorists from the Nazareth area in the Galilee. Some of the suspects from Ghajar apparently believed that the weapons they were transporting were drugs.
 
The detainee accused of bringing the bombs from Lebanon to Israel is a 17-year-old drug dealer from Ghajar. He has admitted to meeting four Lebanese drug smugglers, receiving packages from them, and bringing them to Israel, but has denied intentional involvement in terrorism.
 
All in all, drug dealers in Ghajar brought in 20 kilograms of C4 explosives.
 
An older suspect from Ghajar, 37-year-old Shaban Mohammed Hatib, is suspected of knowing that the packages were sent by Hizbullah. Hatib was in contact with Lebanese man George Nimer, a known Hizbullah member, regarding the transfer of the packages out of Ghajar.
 
The man suspected of transporting the bombs out of Ghajar is school bus driver Moussa Azzam Kassem Hatib, 35. He is believed to have delivered the bombs to Arafat Biyumi of Nazareth on June 11 of this year. Biyumi, 22, then delivered the bombs to Faraj Zoabi, 27, of Nazareth.
 
“This affair demonstrates, yet again, the tight times between Hizbullah and Lebanese drug dealers,” Shin Bet commanders said. It also shows that Hizbullah “acts like a crime organization,” they added.

Iran, Hizbullah, Al-Qaeda Should Pay $6b for 9/11, Judge Rules

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Created on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 18:33
Muslims attack in WT NYCA federal magistrate judge has ruled that al Qaeda, the Taliban, Iran and Hizbullah should pay more than $6 billion in damages to the families of victims killed on September 11, 2001, CNN reported. 
 
The recommendation is largely symbolic as it would be nearly impossible to collect any damages.
 
Federal Magistrate Judge Frank Maas made the ruling Monday, after federal Judge George Daniels decided last year that the terrorist groups and the Iranian regime were liable because of their support for the attacks,.
 
The initial filing made in 2003 had identified Iraq for its purported role in supporting the attacks, though attorneys withdrew it as a defendant when authorities later considered those claims unfounded.
 
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has denied any Iranian connection in the attacks, just as he denies the regime’s aspirations in acquiring nuclear weapons.
 
The 9/11 Commission Report mentions contact between al Qaeda and Iran-supported Hizbullah terrorists, which are based largely in southern Lebanon.
 
The report also pointed to Iranian border inspectors who were told not to stamp the passports of al Qaeda members and who had facilitated the travel of the would-be hijackers, CNN reported.
 
However, the report also stated that "we have found no evidence that Iran or Hizbullah was aware of the planning for what later became the 9/11 attack."
 
In October, 2011, Judge Maas determined that al Qaeda should face $9.3 billion in penalties for the businesses and properties destroyed and damaged in the 2001 attacks.

 

Identity of Bulgaria Terrorist Remains a Mystery

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Created on Sunday, 29 July 2012 07:31
suspected Burgas bomber  (Ruteres)The identity of the terrorist who blew himself up near a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last week, killing five Israelis, remains a mystery as a Bulgarian news website published photos of his body on Friday.
 
The website, Bivol, reported that the terrorist was unaware that he was going to explode and that the organizers of the terror attack blew up the terrorist using a remote control.
 
While this report has not been confirmed, the British Daily Mail reported on Saturday that British agents are examining the DNA of the suicide bomber to determine if he came from the UK.
 
The report said that security service officials travelled to Bulgaria and took samples and dental records from the terrorist’s body.
 
According to the Daily Mail, officials are now playing down CCTV footage released after the attack which showed the suspected bomber as a white man dressed in Bermuda shorts, T-shirt and cap.
 
Suggestions that it was an Algerian-Swedish Islamist who spent two years in Guantanamo Bay have also been dismissed, said the report.
 
CCTV footage initially released of the suspected bomber pictured moments before the explosion showed a casually dressed tall, white man carrying a large black backpack.
 
However, the Daily Mail reported, Dr. Kosyo Yankov who took part in the autopsy of the attacker said the body parts suggested a heavy man who “has nothing to do with the slim man caught by the security cameras at the Burgas airport.”
 
Israel has fingered Hizbullah and its supporter Iran as being behind the terror attack in Bulgaria. Hizbullah and Iran have both denied involvement, with Iran turning the tables on Israel and blaming the Jewish State for orchestrating a terror attack against its own citizens.

Iran Says Israel is Behind Bulgaria Terror Attack

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Created on Thursday, 26 July 2012 09:11
Five Israelis Dead in Burgas BlastIran's UN envoy accused Israel on Wednesday of plotting and carrying out last week’s suicide bomb attack on a bus in Bulgaria in which five Israeli tourists were killed.
 
Five Israelis were killed when a terrorist blew himself up near a bus that was carrying Israeli tourists in Burgas. Israel accused Iran and Hizbullah of the attack, but Iran has denied the accusations.
 
“It's amazing that just a few minutes after the terrorist attack, Israeli officials announced that Iran was behind it,” Reuters quoted Iran's UN Ambassador, Mohammad Khazaee, as having told a UN Security Council debate on the Middle East. “We have never and will not engage in such a despicable attempt on ... innocent people.”
 
Khazaee added, “Such terrorist operation could only be planned and carried out by the same regime whose short history is full of state terrorism operations and assassinations aimed implicating others for narrow political gains. I could provide ... many examples showing that this regime killed its own citizens and innocent Jewish people during the last couple of decades.”
 
Earlier this week Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu repeated his assertion that Iran and its terrorist proxy Hizbullah are behind the terror attack in Burgas.
 
Netanyahu said his assertion that Hizbullah is behind the attack is based on “rock solid” intelligence and on its resemblance to other recent attempted attacks across the world, included one in Cyprus last week.
 
“It’s the same modus operandi,” he said on Fox News. “It’s them and we know it.”
 
Investigators from the Bulgarian government have reached the same conclusion as Israel. The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry has said that government officials believe the lethal bombing was carried out by Hizbullah, despite the group's denial of involvement in the attack.
 
Israel's deputy UN Ambassador Haim Waxman said on Wednesday that Iran's fingerprints were all over the bomb attack in Bulgaria, as well as dozens of other plots in recent months around the world.
 
“These comments are appalling, but not surprising from the same government that says the 9/11 attack was a conspiracy theory and denies the Holocaust,” Waxman said in a statement quoted by Reuters, responding to the Iranian envoy’s comments.
 
“The time has come for the world to put an end to this campaign of terror, once and for all,” Waxman said. 

Hizbullah Not a Terror Organization

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Created on Tuesday, 24 July 2012 20:24
Hizbullah posterThe European Union on Tuesday rejected Israel's request that it categorize Hizbullah as a terrorist organization.
Cypriot Foreign Minister Gujarat Cossack-Marcolis, who presently holds the EU's rotating presidency, said "there is no consensus on the issue, because Hizbullah also has an active political arm."
 
She added that the matter is open for reconsideration if "tangible evidence" that Hizbullah is involved in terrorist activity can be brought.
 
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman had requested the EU classify Hizbullah as a terrorist organization after last week's deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria that killed five Israelis and wounded scores more.
 
"It's time to declare Hizbullah as a terrorist organization," Lieberman told the EU. "It will signal to the Israeli public that the international community stands for what is right."
 
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu immediately charged Iran and its proxy Hizbullah were behind the attack.
 
"This has great significance and demonstrates that Iran and Hizbullah are responsible for a wave of terror operations on this continent (Europe)," he said.
 
This "wave of Iranian terrorism by Hizbullah we are encountering will bring about determined action," Netanyahu warned.
 
Mossad chief Tamir Pardo and and Shin Bet head Yoram Cohen briefed the cabinet earlier this week, saying they were ramping up intelligence operations against Iran and Hizbullah around the world.
 
They noted that Iran and Hizbullah had targeted Israelis in more than 20 countries around the world the past two years, though the vast majority of attempts had failed, or been thwarted. 
 
Also this week, IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense c'tee that Israel had thwarted at least fifteen attacks targeting Israelis abroad prior to last week's bombing.
 
Some observers, given Hizbullah's history, what constitutes "tangible proof" for European officials.
 
While Hizbullah claims it does not carry out terror attacks, Western and Israeli officials have long blamed Hizbullah for direct involvement in, or orchestrating by proxy:
 
The 1982–1983 Tyre headquarters bombings.
The April 1983 U.S. Embassy bombing.
The 1983 barracks bombing that killed 241 US marines, 58 French paratroopers and 6 civilians at the US and French barracks in Beirut.
The Hijacking of TWA Flight 847 in 1985.
The Lebanon hostage crisis from 1982 to 1992, including the kidnapping and torture-murder of CIA Beirut station chief William Buckley.
The 1992 Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires, killing 29, in Argentina.
The 1994 AMIA bombing of a Jewish cultural centre, killing 85, in Argentina.
The 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, which killed 19 Saudi citizens, and 1 American.
The 2000 cross-border kidnapping and murder of IDF soldiers Adi Avitan, Benyamin Avraham, and Omar Sawaidwere.
In 2002, Singapore accused Hizbullah of recruiting Singaporeans in a failed 1990s plot to attack US and Israeli ships in the Singapore Straits.
The 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri for which 4 Hizbullah members were indicted by the Hague.
The 2006 kidnapping and murder of IDF soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, which precipitated the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War.
Indiscriminately targeting Israeli civilians with rocket fire during the ensuing 34 day conflict.
The January 15, 2008, bombing of a U.S. Embassy vehicle in Beirut.
In 2009, a Hizbullah plot in Egypt was uncovered, where Egyptian authorities arrested 49 men for planning attacks against Israeli and Egyptian targets in the Sinai Peninsula.
A failed 2011 bombing in Istanbul targeting the Israeli consul, which left eight dead.
A spate of bombings targeting Israeli diplomats in India, Georgia, and Thailand in early 2012.

Iran and Hizbullah Tried to Attack in 20 Different Countries

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Created on Monday, 23 July 2012 08:41
HezbollahIran and Hizbullah have tried to carry out terrorist attacks in over 20 countries around the world over the past two years, Mossad Director Tamir Pardo and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) Director Yoram Cohen said on Sunday.
 
Pardo and Cohen made the remarks during a meeting with the Israeli Cabinet, during which they briefed its members on the intelligence agencies' actions against Iranian and Hizbullah terrorism around the world.Tamir Pardo
 
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu praised the exposure of those behind the attacks, saying, “There is great significance in the ability to prove to the world that Iran and Hizbullah are responsible for terrorist attacks that cross continents.”
 
Netanyahu also sought to thank the Mossad and Shin Bet personnel for the hidden actions they take throughout the world in order to defend the citizens of the State.
 
“The wave of Iranian terrorism that is also perpetrated through Hezbollah has met with, and will yet meet with, determined actions,” he said.
 
In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Netanyahu repeated his assertion that Iran and Hizbullah are behind the terror attack in Burgas, Bulgaria, last week.
 
Netanyahu said his assertion that Hizbullah is behind the attack last week that killed five Israeli tourists is based on “rock solid” intelligence and on its resemblance to other recent attempted attacks across the world, including one in Cyprus last week.
 
“It’s the same modus operandi,” he said. “It’s them and we know it.”
 
Bulgarian authorities said on Sunday they have reached the same conclusions as Netanyahu, denying claims of responsibility for the suicide attack by a small Muslim terrorist group.
 
The group, which calls itself Qa'adat el-Jihad, claims to be linked to the international Al-Qaeda terrorist organization.
 
Bulgarian media reported on Sunday that it is believed the suicide bomber received assistance from a man who was seen in the resort city of Varna in the country.

Hizbullah Denies Involvement in Bourgas Bombing

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Created on Friday, 20 July 2012 15:10
Hizbullah chief Hassan NasrallahThe Hizbullah terror organization on Thursday denied involvement in this week's bombing of a tourist bus in Bulgaria that left at least five Israelis dead and dozens more wounded.
 
Israeli officials have vowed to the avenge their dead saying they plan to "settle the account," while Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pointedly accused Iran and Hizbullah of perpetrating Wednesday's attack.
“For over a year, Iran, along with its protégé Hizbullah, has been waging an international terror campaign,” Netanyahu said on Thursday. He called Iran “the world’s No. 1 exporter of terror” and Hizbullah its “long arm".
 
“We will not seek revenge over the death of Imad Mughniyah by harming tourists,” a Hizbullah spokesman told Lebanese media channels last night. 
Mughniyah, once Hizbullah’s top military commander, was assassinated in a car-bomb explosion in Damascus in February 2008. Hizbullah blamed Israel for Mughniyah’s killing and vowed to take revenge.
 
Still, Israel’s accusations are based on a series of foiled or bungled bomb and assassination plots over the past two years that have spanned the globe, from India to Turkey, Azerbaijan, Thailand, Georgia, Kenya, and Cyprus. 
Some of the perpetrators who planned those bungled attacks have been linked to Iran and to Hizbullah, called the "A-Team of terrorism" by some US officials. 
 
Israel and Iran are currently at dagger points over Iran's controversial nuclear program, which Jerusalem says is dedicated to developing nuclear weapons that would pose an existential threat to the Jewish state.
Several Iranian scientists involved with Iran’s nuclear program have been murdered in the past two years, and computers at Iranian nuclear facilities have been struck by highly sophisticated viruses. 
 
Iran has accused Israel of the assassinations and cyber attacks, leading analysts to suggest Tehran is seeking to effect a form of deterrence through covert attacks of its own against vulnerable Israeli targets.
It is widely believed Hizbullah, which has an international reach and provides a layer of deniability to Iran, is a part of that effort. 
 
From Hizbullah’s perspective, avenging Mughniyah requires selecting a target with reciprocal value, such as a high-profile political or military figure in Israel. However, the terror group has yet to do so.
One reason is the likelihood that such a move would spark another highly destructive war between Hizbullah and Israel, which would cost the terror organization dearly in the polls.
 
Beirut's current government is dominated by Hizbullah, but there is sharp and mounting criticism in Lebanon that its unilateral foreign policy vis-a-vis Israel is a danger to the country and its economy.
But most observers say Hizbullah is merely biding its time. A month after Israeli helicopter gunships killed Hizbullah leader Sheikh Abbas Mussawi in February 1992, the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was blown up, killing 29 people. 
 
Two years later, a Jewish center also in Buenos Aires was destroyed in a bomb blast that left 85 people dead. The bombing came six weeks after Israeli jets and helicopters killed more than 40 Hizbullah recruits at a training camp in eastern Lebanon.
Several senior members of Iran's foreign covert operations Quds force, which has long-established ties to Hizbullah, were implicated in that attack.
 
Previously, in the 1980s, Hizbullah carried out massive bomb attacks against US Marines in Lebanon and twice against the American embassy in Beirut. Those attacks collectively left more than 300 people dead.

We'll Continue to Fight the Terrorists

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Created on Friday, 20 July 2012 13:22
Netanyahu 00Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu addressed the media on Thursday, condemning Wednesday’s terror attack against Israelis in Bulgaria, and once again blaming Hizbullah and Iran for the attack.

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“Yesterday's attack in Bulgaria was perpetrated by Hizbullah, Iran's leading terrorist proxy,” said Netanyahu. “This attack was part of a global campaign of terror carried out by Iran and Hizbullah. This terror campaign has reached a dozen countries on five continents. The world's leading powers should make it clear that Iran is the country that stands behind this terror campaign.”
 
He added, “Iran must be exposed by the international community as the premier terrorist-supporting state that it is. And everything should be done to prevent Iran, the world's most dangerous regime, from developing the world's most dangerous weapons.” 
 
“Israel is a strong country and the people of Israel are a strong people,” said Netanyahu. “We'll continue to fight against the terrorists and to exact a heavy price from those who support them.”
 
Iran denied responsibility for the terrorist attack earlier on Thursday, claiming that “the unfounded statements by different statement of the Zionist regime in connection with the accusations against Iran about its possible participation in the incident with the blown-up bus with Israeli tourists in Burgas is a familiar method of the Zionist regime, with a political aim, and is a sign of the weakness … of the accusers.”
 
Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah did not mention the attack in a speech he gave on Wednesday evening, but Channel 10 News quoted an official with Hizbullah as having denied any involvement in the attack.
 
“The claim that we hit tourists is ridiculous,” said the official.

‘Arab Internal Disputes Fuel Anti-Israel Terror’

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Created on Sunday, 15 July 2012 08:32
scene of terrorist attack near the Sinai borderA growing terrorist state in Sinai and disputes among Arabs in Lebanon increase the likelihood of more missile attacks on Israel, says a defense analyst.
 
Dr. Norman A. Bailey, Ph.D., is a lecturer at The Israeli National Defense College and an assistant professor at the Washington-based Institute of World Politics, wrote in Globes that the Middle East will become even more volatile if Iran loses its key ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad.
 
He noted that Israel recently has been under missile and rocket attacks from two fronts in the south –  Gaza and the Sinai. Dr. Bailey added that it is probable that Hamas can no longer control Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza, while the Egyptian government has lost control of the Sinai Peninsula, which borders Israel from south of Gaza and to the east.
 
Al Qaeda apparently has fired rockets on Israel from the Sinai Dr, Bailey wrote. He left unanswered the question of why the attacks are taking place.
 
“Were they contracted by someone?” he asked. “Did they simply decide on their own to traverse all of Egypt in order to fire missiles, perhaps looted from Libyan arsenals, at Israel? Are they under any central discipline, or are they simply using the Al Qaeda label, as is becoming common in Africa and elsewhere? Who is paying and supplying them?”
 
The situation in southern Lebanon, controlled by Hizbullah, is less complicated but more precarious than ever, according to Dr. Bailey.
 
He wrote, “Various incidents have indicated growing hostility between Hizbullah, which is Shia, and the Syrian rebels, who are Sunni.
 
“Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hizbullah support the besieged Alawite government of Bashar al-Assad. If it falls, Iran will have lost a most valuable ally, indeed its only ally in the Sunni/Arab world, and Hizbullah will have lost a protector. What then?
 
What is clear…is a resurgence of virulent sectarianism, which will represent both an opportunity and a threat to Israel. Playing factions off against each other is becoming a real possibility.
 
As Muslim governments and terrorist organizations try to divert attention from their internal problems, Dr. Bailey concludes, “Stay tuned to Radio Beirut.”

Democracy Allows 'Thieves' to Plunder Iraq

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Created on Monday, 11 June 2012 08:09
HezbollahDemocracy has allowed “thieves” to plunder and pillage Iraq, the secretary of Hizbullah said in an interview on Saturday, Al-Arabiya news reported.
 
“The drawback of a democratic system is that it allows thieves to pillage what they want,” Wathiq al-Battat was quoted by the Cairo-based Al-Sharqiya News as saying.
 
“We have yet to see a successful system governing Iraq,” he said, adding that only an Islamic system of governance, based on the Sharia, could successfully lead Iraq.
 
“People of other religions can have their representatives in this system,” he said. 
 
Battat proposed holding a referendum in which Iraqis could be asked whether they wanted the Sharia to be implemented or preferred the continuance of a “fake democracy.”
 
He described the latter as a “hotbed” for “thieves”, run by those who sold Iraq. 
 
However, he opposed the current campaign to unseat the country’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki who is increasingly being described as “dictator,” and said that a no-confidence vote would bring Iraq back to “square one.” 
 
He added that only citizens would bear the burden of such a campaign. 
 
“In the past, political disputes would focus on quotas but now it’s personal differences,” he said, describing “the real weakness in the current Iraqi regime is that parties who have authority are weak and not strong.”

Nasrallah Urges Kidnappers to Address Grievances With Him

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Created on Saturday, 02 June 2012 10:38
Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that the abductors of the Lebanese pilgrims in Syria should address their grievances directly with him, and not through kidnapping innocent people.A Hizbullah supporter
 
“If your problem is with me, there are lots of ways to resolve it. We can resolve it any way you want, whether through war or through love and peace,” Nasrallah was quoted by NOW Lebanon as having said during speech televised in commemoration of late Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini.
 
“Using the innocent pilgrims as hostages to resolve the problem is a great injustice,” he added.
 
A previously unknown armed group calling itself the “Syrian Revolutionaries -- Aleppo Province” said on Thursday that it is holding the Shiite pilgrims, who went missing last week.
 
“The kidnapped Lebanese are being looked after by us and are in good health,” the group said in a statement received by the Al-Jazeera news network. “Negotiations for their release are possible as soon as Nasrallah apologizes.”
 
“Our problem is not with any particular community but with those who assist in the suppression of the uprising,” the group added.
 
The dozen or so returning pilgrims went missing on May 22 in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo. Last week it was reported that the pilgrims were freed and had arrived in Turkey, but those reports were later denied.
 
Beirut said last week that it had asked Turkey to help free the kidnapped pilgrims.

Hizbullah Wants to Move Far-Reaching Scuds from Syria

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Created on Friday, 01 June 2012 08:39
The Hizbullah terror group wants to move Scud D-type missiles and modern anti-aircraft equipment from Syria to Lebanon, Channel 2 News reported on Thursday.Scud missile reportedly in Hizbullah arsenal
 
According to the report, the group fears the weapons may come into the hands of the rebels against Syrian President Bashar Assad.
 
The report said that Hizbullah has recently been considering moving to Lebanon the modern weapons it already owns but which are being kept in the group’s bases in Damascus. Channel 2 noted that the Scud D missiles are considered quite sophisticated and have the ability to reach as far as the city of Eilat.
 
Hizbullah is reportedly concerned over a possible attack by the armed rebel forces in Syria on its weapons arsenal in Damascus. The group fears that the rebel Free Syrian Army may loot the weapons stockpile.
 
A Jordanian news site reported in early May that western spy satellites have recently spotted movements of Syrian heavy missile launchers northward and southward, toward Syria's borders with Turkey and Israel.
 
The site said hundreds of high-caliber launchers are being moved, and that these could only be long range Scud missile launchers.
 
Syria has threatened in the past that in the event of foreign military intervention on its soil, it will not hesitate to fire missiles at Israel and Turkey in order to ignite a large scale regional war.
 
The IDF’s Northern District Commander Yair Golan warned on Wednesday that the battle being waged in Syria between opponents of the Assad regime and Assad loyalists may have an effect on what is happening in Israel.
 
“Al-Qaeda related factors that are active there now and working against the regime may operate against us over time,” Golan said. “The Syrian threat to Israel requires attention. It will not happen tomorrow morning, but it can occur within a few months.”
 
Golan added, “Syria has weapons of mass destruction along with a very heavy arsenal of weapons, including surface-to-ground missiles and chemical weapons. The fact that Syria is a storehouse of weapons which fuels terrorists in the region is very unsettling.”
 
Hizbullah leader Hasan Nasrallah recently threatened to strike multiple targets in Israel, including Tel Aviv.
 
“We are capable of not only hitting specific targets in Tel Aviv but also any place in occupied Palestine,” he said.
 
“The era has come when we survive while they will be doomed to extinction,” Nasrallah added. “For every building that is destroyed in the southern suburbs, several buildings will be destroyed in Tel Aviv in return.”
 
The German broadcaster ZDF reported Wednesday that Iran is using commercial aircrafts to smuggle weapons and explosives to Syria and Hizbullah in Lebanon.
 
Citing Western security sources, ZDF said that Iran Air and Yas Air have repeatedly used aircrafts designated as passenger planes to transport weapons to the Assad regime and Hizbullah.

IDF Commander Warns Against Possible Conflict with Syria

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Created on Thursday, 31 May 2012 06:18
The IDF’s Northern District Commander Yair Golan said on Wednesday that Israel is in a constant battle with Iran in various channels, Channel 2 News reported.Syrian police attack protesters
 
In a speech he gave at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, Golan said, “Iran is here. We are conducting an indirect war against it every day, as we do against Hamas in Gaza and against Hizbullah in Lebanon. Iran's negative influence is very significant to our region and its involvement is seen both here and in Syria.”
 
Golan warned that the battle being waged in Syria between opponents of the Assad regime and Assad loyalists may have an effect on what is happening in Israel.
 
“Al-Qaeda related factors that are active there now and working against the regime may operate against us over time,” he said, according to the Channel 2 report. “The Syrian threat to Israel requires attention. It will not happen tomorrow morning, but it can occur within a few months.”
 
Golan added, “Syria has weapons of mass destruction along with a very heavy arsenal of weapons, including surface-to-ground missiles and chemical weapons. The fact that Syria is a storehouse of weapons which fuels terrorists in the region is very unsettling.”
 
He noted that, should the need arise for the IDF to launch a military operation in Syria, “The IDF has the power to take over the rocket launching areas that threaten the homefront in a relatively short period of time and bring about the defeat of Hizbullah in each such area.”
 
A senior Israeli military officer said recently that the ongoing conflict in Syria has made it easier for Hizbullah to smuggle weapons into Lebanon. He added that there is concern that some of the Assad regime's stockpile of chemical weapons could end up in the group's hands.
 
Defense Minister Ehud Barak has warned that sophisticated weapons could be transferred from Syria to Lebanon and to Hizbullah should Assad fall.

Iran Behind Plots to Kill US Officials and Jews

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Created on Tuesday, 29 May 2012 10:37
Iran, with Hizbullah compliance, is behind plots to kill U.S. officials and Jews with sniper fire and bombs, The Washington Post reported Monday in its lead article.Remains of car in bomb attack in India - Reuters
 
The information on the plots is another thread in the growing web of apparent international terrorism backed by Iran against Americans and Jews and which so far has produced attempted assassinations and several reported plots. “There is not yet a smoking gun, but the pattern is clear, and each day the volume of evidence grows,” said a Western diplomat, quoted by the Washington Post.
 
India has determined that Iran was behind an assassination attempt on the wife of an Israeli embassy official several months ago, and plots in Baku as well as a bomb blast in Bangkok have been traced to Iran.
 
The Washington Post stated that U.S. intelligence officials knew in November that Iran was behind plans for snipers to use silencer-rifles and a car bomb to kill American embassy employees in Azerbaijan
 
Shortly afterwards, Azerbaijan arrested more than 20 suspects, but the newspaper added, “U.S. and Middle Eastern officials now see the attempts as part of a broader campaign by Iran-linked operatives to kill foreign diplomats in at least seven countries over a span of 13 months.”
 
Half a dozen Israelis, as well as two officials from Saudi Arabia, were among those who were on the terrorists’ hit list.
 
Recent information implicates Hizbullah, heavily financed by Iran, in the plots, but there is no conclusive evidence.
 
As Iran engages the international community in talks over its nuclear program, the threats have taken a lower profile, but a Western diplomat told the Washington newspaper, “What happens if the talks fail — that’s anyone’s guess.”
 
Azerbaijan and its neighbor Iran are on difficult terms, with Iran accusing its neighbor of being an ally of Israel, which allegedly has struck an agreement allowing Israel to use its air space, and possible its territory, to stage an attack on Iranian nuclear installations.
 
Azerbaijan revealed several months ago that 10 Iranians were involved in plots for smuggling weapons and explosives into the country to kill Jews in  Baku.
 
Other terrorist plots include the foiled assassination of Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Washington earlier this year and plots to kill diplomats in several Asian countries, including Turkey and Pakistan.

Fences Won't Ensure Israel's Existence

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Created on Sunday, 27 May 2012 21:46
Hassan NasrallahHizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened Israel on Friday, saying the Jewish State is hiding behind walls and fences and that these cannot ensure its future existence.
 
Nasrallah made the comments during a video speech which was broadcast during a rally in the Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil, marking 12 years since Israel withdrew its troops from Lebanon.
 
“The Israelis withdrew from southern Lebanon, began to build a fence in the West Bank, and now they are talking about building a fence along the border with Egypt or building a fence along the border with Jordan,” Channel 2 News quoted Nasrallah as having said in the speech, which was recorded from his hiding place.
 
“If so, the vision of the full land of Israel has come to an end,” he added. The vision of a state stretching from the Nile to the Euphrates has come to an end.”
 
“They found refuge by enclosing themselves within fences. But the fences will never be able to protect them, and will never ensure their existence,” Nasrallah threatened.Fence along southern border
 
Just two weeks ago, Nasrallah threatened to strike multiple targets in Israel, including Tel Aviv.
 
“We are capable of not only hitting specific targets in Tel Aviv but also any place in occupied Palestine,” he said. “The era has come when we survive while they will be doomed to extinction. For every building that is destroyed in the southern suburbs, several buildings will be destroyed in Tel Aviv in return.”
 
He said that “The era when our homes get destroyed and theirs remain [intact] is over.”
 
Recently uploaded satellite images to Google Earth reveal what appears to be a Hizbullah terror training ground constructed after the 2006 Lebanon War.
 
According to military analysts, the facility near Janta in the Bekaa Vaalley includes a suspected driver training course, a 100-meter firing range, and a possible urban terrain assault course.
 
The Google Earth images also reveal considerable overt construction activity in sealed-off Hizbullah security pockets in southern Lebanon, particularly in the hills south of Jezzine.
 
Reports in the Lebanese media a few weeks ago said Israeli war planes staged mocked raids over Lebanon, following concerns Hizbullah might attack Israel if asked by Iran. Israel has not commented.

Terror in NYC Comparable to 9/11?

Category: News
Created on Friday, 18 May 2012 22:53

police fatah nazi saluteIn March, House Homeland Security Committee chief Peter King voiced the belief that there may be hundreds, if not thousands, of Hizbullah operatives inside the United States, capable of launching a major attack on US soil.
 
Now, warnings from lawmakers on Capitol Hill suggest that Iran and its terror proxy, Hizbullah, may have the ability of staging an attack on New York City comparable to the terror that was unleashed on the World Trade Centers on 9/11.
 
According to one NYPD official, there have been at least five other instances of what he called "hostile reconnaissance" against New York City by Iranian agents.
 
"They see that attacking New York or threatening the facilities in New York will destabilize the financial markets and automatically harm the U.S. economy," former CIA agent Reza Kahlili told CBN News.
 
"Many cells are present here. And they have their eyes set on our power plants, water supply, food distribution, bridges, tunnels -- anything that could create fear and also disrupt the daily life of Americans," he warned.
 
A Iranian naval commander said that if there is an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities, agents in the US would be capable of moving within three miles of New York City to retaliate.
 
"They believe that an attack on Syria or Iran would be sufficient to trigger a response, which would be terrorist attacks on the world stage against U.S. and Israeli interests, an attack on Israel and attacks on U.S. soil," Kahlili said.
 
Iran shocked many analysts with last year's plot to attack foreign diplomats in Washington, D.C. A nuclear-armed Iranian regime would likely become even bolder.
 
"You can tell that Iran gets more aggressive the closer they get toward a nuclear weapon," Ryan Mauro, a national security analyst for RadicalIslam.org told CBN News.
 
"Rather than international pressure making them restrain themselves, it's actually making them act more and more aggressively," he said.
 
According to reports, Iran and Hizbullah already have an extensive network in Latin America, which they could use to strike at the United States. Furthermore, Kahlili claims that Iranian agents also have a presence in a number of American mosques, standing guard, waiting for the appropriate time to stage an attack. 

Israel Stages Mock Raids after Hizbullah Threat

Category: News
Created on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 21:16
F16 Israeli war planes staged mocked raids over Lebanon following concerns Hizbullah might attack Israel if asked by Iran, according to Lebanon’s Beirut Daily Star. Israel has not commented.
 
The planes reportedly crossed the border late Wednesday morning, diving low several times. The Beirut newspaper said the planes flew over four cities, including Sidon and Tyre.
 
An additional cause for concern over a confrontation with Lebanon has been the spillover into the country of the revolution against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Thousands of refugees and deserters from the Syrian army have fled into Lebanon, which is dominated by an alliance of pro-Syrian parties and Hizbullah.
 
If Assad falls, as Israeli leaders predict, Israel could be facing Al Qaeda-linked groups stirring up trouble near the border at the Golan Heights.

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