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    Re: A senior commander in Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard killed in Lebanon

    RIP. I am sure appropriate action will be taken against the criminal terrorists.
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    Lebanon blasts hit Iran's embassy in Beirut

    At least 22 people are reported to have been killed in two explosions which hit the Iranian embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut in quick succession.

    The Iranian cultural attache Ebrahim Ansari was among the dead. Officials said the death toll could rise.

    TV images showed burning cars, bodies on the street and damaged buildings.

    Iran is a major backer of the Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah, which has sent fighters to Syria to back the government of Bashar al-Assad.

    The Iranian ambassador to Beirut confirmed Mr Ansari's death to Hezbollah's al-Manar TV, but said it was not clear if he had been in the embassy itself or one of the residential buildings nearby.

    Mr Ansari had only taken up his post a month ago, he said.

    The ambassador blamed Israel for the attack - an accusation Israel swiftly rejected.

    The Syrian conflict has increased sectarian tensions in Lebanon.

    South Beirut, including the area around the Iranian embassy, is considered a Hezbollah stronghold. It has been hit by several attacks in recent months.

    Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati called the attack "a cowardly terrorist act", Lebanese state news agency NNA reported.

    "The aim of the blast is to stir up the situation in Lebanon and use the Lebanese arena to convey messages," he said.

    A BBC correspondent in Beirut says those responsible wanted to send a clear message to Iran and Hezbollah.

    Tehran and the Shia militant group are key backers of the Syrian government, which is currently trying to cut off one of the Syrian rebels' last remaining supply routes across the Lebanese border.

    The main gate to the embassy was blown out and there was damage to the three-storey building, the Associated Press reported.

    AP and al-Manar quoted sources saying that the first blast was caused by a suicide bomber, while the second was a car bomb, which did much more damage.

    However, this has not been officially confirmed.

    On 15 August, 27 people were killed in a car bomb in south Beirut believed to have been targeting a Sunni Muslim cleric opposed to Hezbollah. The cleric was unhurt.

    Hezbollah fighters were instrumental in a strategic victory by Syrian government forces in Qusair, close to the border with Lebanon, in early June.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24997876

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    Re: Lebanon blasts hit Iran's embassy in Beirut

    At least 24 dead. One Iranian diplomat confirmed dead. RIP

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    Hezbollah commander Hassan Lakkis killed in Beirut

    A senior commander of the Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah has been killed near Beirut, the group says.

    Hassan Lakkis was "assassinated" near his home in Hadath - 7km (4.3 miles) south-east of the Lebanese capital, Hezbollah TV channel Al-Manar said.

    Hezbollah blamed Israel for his death but Israel has denied the accusation.

    Little is known publicly about Lakkis, but he was reputedly close to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and an expert in weapons manufacturing.

    The news comes a day after Hassan Nasrallah said Saudi Arabia was behind last month's bombings outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut.

    Iran is a major backer of Hezbollah, which has sent fighters to Syria to back the government of Bashar al-Assad.

    The conflict in Syria has increased sectarian tensions in its smaller neighbour.

    However, the BBC's Jim Muir, in Beirut, says Lakkis might be an unlikely target for Sunni militants angered by Hezbollah's role in Syria.
    Gunmen 'lying in wait'

    A statement issued by Hezbollah on Wednesday said Lakkis was killed as he returned home from work around midnight.

    The group said Israel had tried to kill him several times previously.

    Lebanese security officials said assailants lying in wait had opened fire on Lakkis with an assault rifle while he was in his car, according to the Associated Press news agency.

    He was attacked in the car park of the building where he lived and was taken to a nearby hospital but died early Wednesday, the unnamed officials were quoted as saying.

    But an unnamed source close to Hezbollah told Reuters news agency that Lakkis had been shot in the head with a silenced gun, and described the killing as a professional operation.

    Israel denied any involvement in the death.

    "These automatic accusations are an innate reflex with Hezbollah," Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said. "They don't need evidence, they don't need facts. They just blame anything on Israel."

    Hezbollah - or the Party of God - is a powerful political and military organisation in Lebanon made up mainly of Shia Muslims.

    It emerged with financial backing from Iran in the early 1980s and began a struggle to drive Israeli troops from Lebanon.

    Hezbollah fought a destructive 34-day war with Israel in 2006. The group said that one of Lakkis's sons had been killed in that conflict.

    Dr Ronen Bergman, a writer on military intelligence affairs for Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot, said Lakkis "became known in Hezbollah as the guy in charge of manufacturing sophisticated weaponry, explosives, booby traps, he was a technical guy".

    He added: "Hassan was the leading figure who received Iranian guidance, he studied in Iran the issues of microwarfare, terrorism, counterterrorism, and he brought this knowledge with him to Hezbollah, so he was one of these channels through which the Iranians gave Hezbollah their assistance."

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-25211759

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    Re: Hezbollah commander Hassan Lakkis killed in Beirut

    The Arab-Iran proxy war is heating up in Lebanon now, with the same sectarian overtones as the ones in Syria. Dangerous times for the entire region.

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    Re: Hezbollah commander Hassan Lakkis killed in Beirut

    His death will certainly provoke Hezbollah to up the antics.

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    Lebanon 'arrests head of Abdullah Azzam Brigades'


    Majid al-Majid was named as the Abdullah Azzam Brigades' leader in 2012

    The Lebanese authorities are reported to have arrested the head of a jihadist group that claimed the suicide bomb attack on Iran's embassy in November.

    Defence Minister Fayez Ghosn told the AFP news agency that Majid al-Majid, the Saudi "emir" of the al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades, was being held by army intelligence in Beirut.

    He later denied making any statement, but other sources confirmed the arrest.

    The embassy attack killed 23 people, including the Iranian cultural attache.

    A Salafist cleric close to the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, Sheikh Siraj al-Din Zureiqat, had issued a claim of responsibility in its name.

    He warned attacks would continue in Lebanon until Iranian and Hezbollah forces stopped fighting alongside government forces in Syria, and the Sunni group's prisoners were released in Lebanon.

    Investigators later identified the two suicide bombers as a Lebanese man with ties to hardline Sunni groups and a Palestinian man with ties to the fugitive Sunni Islamist cleric, Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir.

    'Break-out attempt'

    Mr Ghosn did not specify when the arrest of Majid al-Majid took place, according to AFP, which quoted him as saying: "He was wanted by the Lebanese authorities and is currently being interrogated in secret."

    A Lebanese security source told the Reuters news agency that he had been captured with another Saudi militant and had been living in the southern city of Sidon.

    Hezbollah's al-Manar TV cited security sources as saying that two attacks on army checkpoints outside Sidon on 15 December had been attempts to free him.

    A soldier and four gunmen were killed in the ensuing clashes in the suburb of Majdelyoun, for which there was no claim of responsibility.

    Majdelyoun is next to Ahmed al-Assir's stronghold of Abra, which the army captured in June after fierce clashes in which dozens of his supporters were killed.

    Based in both Lebanon and the Arabian Peninsula, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades are named after a Palestinian jihadist ideologue who recruited mujahideen for the fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

    The name was first used to claim a series of attacks against tourists in Egypt in 2004 and 2005, but the US government believes the group - which it has designated a terrorist entity - was not formed until 2009.

    In Lebanon, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades is believed to have attracted hardline Islamist militants who had fought in the Iraqi insurgency and based itself in the Ein el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, near Sidon.

    The group began claiming responsibility for occasional rocket fire against northern Israel from 2009, but is not believed to have carried out any major attacks until the November's Iranian embassy bombings.

    The Abdullah Azzam Brigades were led by Saleh al-Qaraawi, a Saudi veteran of the Iraqi insurgency, until June 2012. He was succeeded by Majid al-Majid, a Saudi who like Qaraawi was named on Saudi Arabia's list of 85 most-wanted terrorists in 2009.

    One Lebanese media report said he left for Syria a month ago, where he allegedly pledged allegiance to the leader of the al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliate seeking to overthrow President Bashar Assad.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-25566784

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    Re: Lebanon 'arrests head of Abdullah Azzam Brigades'

    I hope he gets what he deserves. Death sentence and nothing less.

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    Lebanon security news

    Fresh fighting has erupted between the Lebanese army and foreign-sponsored ISIL Takfiri militants near the Syrian border following a ceasefire collapse.

    According to a Lebanese security source on Wednesday, the clashes in the eastern border town of Arsal, situated 124 kilometers (77 miles) northeast of the capital, Beirut, broke out after an army position there was attacked by the militants.

    Local media also reported that fighting between Lebanese army and Takfiri militants mainly concentrated in the areas of Ras al-Sarej and Wadi al-Rahyan.

    The ceasefire had been announced to allow mediators to investigate the fate of missing Lebanese soldiers and to meet the humanitarian needs of civilians.

    The army announced on Monday that 22 Lebanese soldiers were missing, possibly taken hostage, while a military source said 16 others had been killed in clashes.

    The UN Security Council on Monday “expressed support for the Lebanese Armed Forces and the Internal Security Forces in their fight against terrorism.”

    Violence erupted in eastern Lebanon on Saturday afternoon after soldiers arrested a Syrian man who the army said confessed to belonging to the militant group. Angered by the arrest, the Takfiri militants opened fire on army checkpoints and stormed a police station in a border area.

    The Takfiri militants are said to have infiltrated into Lebanon from Syria’s mountainous al-Qalamoun region.

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    Re: Fighting erupts between Lebanon army, militants

    ISIS is threatening Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey; and has the potential to destroy the whole Middle East. They must have some really powerful backers for all this.

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    Deadly blast hits Hezbollah checkpoint in east Lebanon



    A suicide blast has targeted a checkpoint manned by the Shia Hezbollah group in eastern Lebanon, killing three people, state media says.

    The attacker detonated explosives in his vehicle just outside the village of Khraibeh, in the Bekaa Valley.

    It is not clear whether the fatalities were Hezbollah fighters or civilians.

    It comes amid heightened sectarian tensions in Lebanon as a result of the spill over from the three-year conflict in neighbouring Syria.

    It is not yet clear who was behind Saturday's attack, which took place some three miles away from the Syrian border.

    Sunni militants have targeted Hezbollah strongholds in Lebanon in the past over the group's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his battle against mostly Sunni Muslim rebels.

    'Soldier executed'
    A security official quoted by Reuters said "the Hezbollah fighters at the checkpoint were all killed," with several others who were nearby wounded.

    But Hezbollah-run Al-Manar TV has denied that any of its fighters were killed in the blast.



    Earlier on Saturday, the government said that a Lebanese soldier had been "executed" by Nusra Front - an al-Qaeda-linked force fighting Mr Assad's government.

    The soldier was one of a number of soldiers and policemen captured by Islamist militants from Syria who were fighting Lebanese government forces in the town of Arsal, near the Syrian border, in August.

    The group had been demanding the withdrawal of Hezbollah fighters from Syria, as well as the release of Islamist militants from Lebanese prisons.

    Some of the hostages are reportedly being held by Nusra Front and others by Islamic State (IS) militants.

    IS has already beheaded two other Lebanese soldiers in recent weeks after their demands were not met.

    On Saturday, the Lebanese army stepped up its military offensive against Islamists active in Arsal, which is also home to thousands of Syrian refugees.

    It followed the killing of two Lebanese soldiers in the town when their vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade on Friday.

    The fighting in Arsal was the most serious incident along the border with Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in 2011.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29297843

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    Re: Deadly blast hits Hezbollah checkpoint in east Lebanon

    This has become a pure sectarian war that has spiraled out of control. Allegedly, this (Southern, Western Syria) is where al-Nusra group that has its strongholds. Whereas ISIS is trying to expand to Jordan and other countries. This situation is completely out of control.

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    Re: Deadly blast hits Hezbollah checkpoint in east Lebanon

    Quote Originally Posted by kashifraza View Post
    This has become a pure sectarian war that has spiraled out of control. Allegedly, this (Southern, Western Syria) is where al-Nusra group that has its strongholds. Whereas ISIS is trying to expand to Jordan and other countries. This situation is completely out of control.
    And it's only going to get worse. There are sectarian offensives all over the Middle East now. This is why I tell cheerleaders of either side to gain some sensibility and realize it's supporting misery to almost everyone in the region. What is the endgame now? Does anyone really believe a political solution is possible? Sunni's haven't got involved much. So the only way to reach diplomatic solution is for Saudi Arabia/Jordan/Egypt to make deal with Iran/Assad to just split the country. Because all those Arab nations are against Sunni Islamists of most stripes. However, Iran still prefers its interests over regional peace. They still want Iraq/Bahrain/Syria/Lebanon. If Iran doesn't change its approach to the region then this will get a lot a lot worse.

    Keep in mind the 'Sunni axis' as I said, isn't really a 'Sunni' axis. It is royal family/military dictatorship axis. And their rule is the only thing protecting Israel/Iran. I know some people express disdain towards Saudi Arabia but don't realize Saudi Arabia's current state is allowing this status-quo to continue. If that 'axis' disintegrated and the actual 'Sunni' axis was formed then Iran will have one option and that is surrender. So will the West/Israel.

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    Hezbollah strikes Nusra Front positions near Syria border, Iran says

    State media says 23 militants, including militant leader, are killed in strikes that mark the first time the group has used attack drones.

    Hezbollah has attacked positions held by the Al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front in Arsal, a Sunni Muslim town near the Syrian border in northeast Lebanon, the Iranian news agency Fars reported Sunday.

    According to the report, at least 23 militants were killed using attack drones, including Abu Laith al-Shami, a Lebanese national and leading member of the organization, and dozens were wounded. In addition, ground forces reportedly arrested a number of rebels.

    The incident marks the first time Hezbollah has used unmanned drones to target terrorist targets, Fars reported; previously, the Shi'ite group limited drone use to reconnaissance missions. FARS added that the operation in Arsal was in retaliation to a Nusra Front attack on a Hezbollah checkpoint in northeast Lebanon on Saturday that killed three.

    Haaretz's military correspondent Gili Cohen adds that the Israeli defense establishment estimates that Hezbollah has multiple attack drones in its arsenal, saying the number of these UAVs at its disposal is in the double digits.

    An Israel Air Force officer who spoke with reporters on the subject last month said that Iran is involved in transferring UAV technology and operational know-how to Hezbollah, to Israel's north, and Hamas, to Israel's south, whether through Syria or directly.
    http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.617145
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    Re: Hezbollah strikes Nusra Front positions near Syria border, Iran says

    Hezbollah drones wreak havoc on Syrian rebel bases

    For the first time in its history, Shiite terror group Hezbollah carried out a successful unmanned aircraft strike, targeting al-Qaeda-linked Syrian rebel bases near the northeastern Lebanese town of Arsal early Sunday, according to the Iranian Fars News Agency

    Until Sunday’s battle with the Syrian rebels, Hezbollah had used unmanned aircraft primarily for reconnaissance missions, including an alleged operation across the Israeli border in April 2013, during which the Israel Defense Forces managed to down a suspected Hezbollah drone only 10 kilometers west of Haifa. At the time, the Shiite group’s leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, denied that the drone belonged to the organization.


    The group’s unprecedented drone attack was reported to have killed at least 23 fighters from the extremist al-Nusra Front.

    Hezbollah ground troops continued the offensive on the rebel bases, and several al-Nusra operatives were held captive by the Lebanese militia, the semi-official Iranian news agency reported. Abu Leith al-Shami, a Lebanese national, and a high ranking al-Nusra official, was also said to have been killed in battle with Hezbollah.

    Hezbollah’s push-back against the al-Nusra Front comes a day after a suicide bomber killed a number of people at a checkpoint near Lebanon’s border with Syria, only hours after the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda had reportedly executed a Lebanese soldier.

    Lebanon has long been on edge over the three-and-a-half-year civil war in Syria. Violence frequently spills over into the country and troops have been battling jihadists in eastern Lebanon sporadically since August.

    Hezbollah’s fighters have been supporting the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad in a war against a multitude of mostly Sunni Muslim rebel groups.

    The drone strikes by Hezbollah highlight the group’s advanced military capabilities and signify a worrying development for Israel, which has been closely monitoring hostilities across the border.

    Earlier Sunday, a Hezbollah official asserted that it could capture a chunk of the Galilee, including some border communities, in a future conflict with Israel, the Walla news site reported. A senior Israeli army official made a similar assessment last week.

    The senior IDF official warned that while Hezbollah has no immediate plan to attack Israel, a minor security incident could erupt into a full-fledged war on Israel’s northern front.

    In the event of a confrontation with Hezbollah, the fighting would likely last some four months, would have the IDF face some 30,000 troops, would incur extensive civilian casualties on the Lebanese side, and may see infiltration into northern Israeli towns to carry out attacks, the official predicted.

    On Friday, the Lebanese National News Agency reported that the IDF had begun fortifying positions along the border with Lebanon, apparently in an attempt to conceal troop movement. The report also stated that Israel had stationed tanks and armored personnel carriers along Shebaa Farms and the Golan Heights overlooking the road leading from Syria and Lebanon.

    In July and August, a dozen rockets were fired from southern Lebanon into Israel in what Lebanese officials said was an act of solidarity with the Gaza-based extremist group Hamas. In a coordinated effort to stop the sporadic rocket attacks, the Lebanese army, together with UNIFIL peacekeepers, increased border patrols and arrested several terrorists in connection with the attacks.

    Israel regularly monitors movements between Syria and Lebanon and in February reportedly carried out a strike on a weapons shipment from Syria said to be headed to Hezbollah’s arsenals in southern Lebanon.

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/hezboll...n-rebel-bases/
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    Re: Hezbollah strikes Nusra Front positions near Syria border, Iran says

    Al-Nusra needs to stop kidnapping and killing Lebanese soldiers, or trying to infiltrate in Lebanon.

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    Re: Hezbollah strikes Nusra Front positions near Syria border, Iran says

    Are you following events in Lebanon? [MENTION=8610]Falcon29[/MENTION]

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    Re: Hezbollah strikes Nusra Front positions near Syria border, Iran says

    Quote Originally Posted by alihamza View Post
    Are you following events in Lebanon? [MENTION=8610]Falcon29[/MENTION]
    No I am not, most of Lebanon should be fine. There isn't an urge for interference in Lebanon's affairs on a large scale. Lebanon is basically Lebanese population with minority sectarian people who cause clashes in neighborhoods here and there. Then Palestinian refugee camps which are all under control of Fatah/Hamas and won't see any civil turmoil. Then some Syrian refugee camps, most just want to breathe some air although some rebel fighters amongst them.

    I am currently following Iraq/Syria/Palestine. Palestine has many small scale incidents on a daily basis which go unreported. Once the PA starts making a real push for a two state solution, Israel/US may get upset and prevent them from collecting taxes/getting funds meaning their security employees will not find any paychecks for a while and it would mean the end of PA and maybe an uprising.

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