Category Archives: Hezbollah

HyperNormalisation by Adam Curtis

Documentary by British filmmaker Adam Curtis released on 16th October 2016 exclusively on BBC iPlayer. (BBC)

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Western Media Reporting on the ISIS Bombing in Beirut: Interview with Rania Masri and Vijay Prashad

Jessica Devereux talks to Rania Masri and Vijay Prashad. They both agree that the western media’s reporting on the ISIS bombing in Lebanon is deeply racist and accepts the ISIS narrative by describing the southern Beirut neighborhood as a “Hezbollah bastion”. (The Real News)

Hezbollah threatens ‘long war’ as Lebanese capital reels from deadliest terror attack in years

Robert Fisk writes for The Independent:

Beirut.jpgA Russian airliner blown out of the sky over Sinai, and now the slaughter of Hezbollah’s Shia Muslims in Beirut – it’s the same war.

Thursday night’s suicide bombings by Isis in Lebanon, causing almost 50 deaths and wounding 250, displayed the same savagery, the same attention to detail, the same target: the enemies of Isis who are supporting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. The Lebanese were waiting for these latest attacks for weeks.

General Abbas Ibrahim, the head of Lebanon’s “General Security” apparatus, has been saying for months that he is “fighting Isis” – which is perfectly true – and his men, along with the Lebanese army, have for the past two weeks been raiding the homes of Sunni Islamists in Tripoli and around Sidon, reportedly finding explosives and at least one suicide vest. The sinister black Isis flag can now be seen in both Tripoli and hanging over the main street of the  Palestinian Ein el-Helwe refugee camp in Sidon.

This does not mean Isis is about to “take over” Lebanon. Nor does it imply a sectarian conflict is about to overwhelm the nation that suffered its own 15-year civil war, which ended a quarter of a century ago. But the Isis struggle against the Russians, Hezbollah, the Iranians, the Syrian regime, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s military rule in Egypt and the Sunni Arab Gulf states will consume the innocent anywhere in the region, and perhaps outside it.

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Dozens Killed in Beirut as Islamic State Continues Attacks on Foes Outside Its Territory: Interview with Rami Khouri

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez talk to Rami Khouri, columnist at the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper, about the Islamic State bombing in a Shia suburb in Beirut, Lebanon and their recent attack on a passenger plane over Egypt’s Sinai region. (Democracy Now!)

Ex-intel officials: Pentagon report proves US complicity in ISIS

Nafeez Ahmed writes for Insurge Intelligence:

As I reported on May 22nd, the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) document obtained by Judicial Watch under Freedom of Information confirms that the US intelligence community foresaw the rise of ISIS three years ago, as a direct consequence of the support to extremist rebels in Syria.

The August 2012 ‘Information Intelligence Report’ (IIR) reveals that the overwhelming core of the Syrian insurgency at that time was dominated by a range of Islamist militant groups, including al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI). It warned that the “supporting powers” to the insurgency — identified in the document as the West, Gulf states, and Turkey — wanted to see the emergence of a “Salafist Principality” in eastern Syria to “isolate” the Assad regime.

The document also provided an extraordinarily prescient prediction that such an Islamist quasi-statelet, backed by the region’s Sunni states, would amplify the risk of the declaration of an “Islamic State” across Iraq and Syria. The DIA report even anticipated the fall of Mosul and Ramadi.’

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Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk writes for The Independent:

[…] It amazes me that all these warriors of the air don’t regularly crash into each other as they go on bombing and bombing. And since Lebanon’s Middle East Airlines is the only international carrier still flying over Syria – but not, thank heavens, over Isis’s Syrian capital of Raqqa – I’m even more amazed that my flights from Beirut to the Gulf have gone untouched by the blitz boys of so many Arab and Western states as they career around the skies of Mesopotamia and the Levant.

The sectarian and theological nature of this war seems perfectly clear to all who live in the Middle East – albeit not to our American chums. The Sunni Saudis are bombing the Shia Yemenis and the Shia Iranians are bombing the Sunni Iraqis. The Sunni Egyptians are bombing Sunni Libyans, it’s true, and the Jordanian Sunnis are bombing Iraqi Sunnis. But the Shia-supported Syrian government forces are bombing their Sunni Syrian enemies and the Lebanese Hezbollah – Shia to a man – are fighting the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Sunni enemies, along with Iranian Revolutionary Guards and an ever-larger number of Afghan Shia men in Syrian uniforms.’

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Hezbollah acknowledges battling the Islamic State in Iraq

Liz Sly and Suzan Haidamous report for The Washington Post:

‘The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement acknowledged for the first time Monday that the Shiite militia has sent fighters to Iraq, and he urged Arab states throughout the region to set aside sectarian rivalries to confront the threat posed by the Islamic State.

In a videotaped speech delivered to followers in Beirut’s southern suburbs, Hasan Nasrallah called on the region’s traditional American allies to abandon their reliance on the United States and instead align with Hezbollah — and by implication with its sponsor Iran — to defeat the Sunni extremists.

“He who relies on the Americans relies on an illusion. You rely on someone who is stealing from you and conniving against you,” he said.’

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Gen. Wesley Clark: “ISIS got started through funding from our friends and allies to destroy Hezbollah”

Is Hezbollah a Terrorist Organization or a Legitimate Political Party? Interview with Dr. Naseer al-Omari

Abby Martin interviews political commentator, Dr. Naseer al-Omari, on the recent exchange of fire between Israel and Hezbollah in the contested Golan Heights region, as well as on the historic roots of this decades old conflict.’ (Breaking the Set)

Hezbollah sees Islamic State insurgents as threat to Gulf states

Tom Perry reports for Reuters:

‘The Hezbollah leader described the radical Islamist movement that has seized large areas of Iraq and Syria as a growing “monster” that could threaten Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other Gulf states, according to an interview printed on Friday.

In a separate speech, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Islamic State also posed an existential threat to his own nation, Lebanon, the target of an incursion by Islamist insurgents from Syria this month. He said his heavily armed Shi’ite Muslim group was ready to fight the threat in Lebanon – if required.

The Iranian-backed Hezbollah has been helping Syrian President Bashar al-Assad fight a Sunni Islamist-dominated insurgency that spilled into the Lebanese border town of Arsal on Aug. 2, triggering five days of battles between the Lebanese army and militants including members of Islamic State.’

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Hamid Dabashi: Saudi Arabia and Iran Share A Common Goal in Syria

Israeli Air Force to Target Residential Areas in Next Lebanon War

From Antiwar:

From the perspective of Israel’s military leadership, the nation is never really not at war with any of its neighbors, and at best is just in-between major invasions of those nations

So when top Israeli military brass like IAF chief Major General Amir Eshel talk about what they’ll target in the next Lebanon War, it is important to keep in mind that those officials envision such a conflict kicking off at literally any moment.

Maj. Gen. Eshel made clear today that Israel’s intention is to launch mass attack on residential areas and that the nation will inflict high civilian casualties while doing so.

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Israel Denies Involvement In Assassination Of Hezbollah Commander In Lebanon

Al Qaeda affiliate claims credit for double suicide bombings on Iranian embassy in Beirut

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Undermining Lebanon: Bombings are part of US-Israeli strategy to sow civil war

From Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya:

Tensions have been building in Lebanon as a result of the events in Syria. External actors now seek to capitalize on these internal tensions in Lebanese society by igniting a new civil war of some sort.

Their specific objectives are to manipulate the Muslims of Lebanon into a fight between Shiites and Sunnis with the hope of destroying Hezbollah.

The terrorist attacks in Lebanon started with the bombing of Beirut’s southern suburb of Dahiyeh. The first attack took place in the neighborhood of Bir Al-Abed on July 9, 2013. The second twin attacks took place in the neighborhood of Al-Rouweiss on August 15, 2013. Then the Lebanese port city of Tripoli faced twin attacks outside two mosques on August 23, 2013.

Here we can see how the mainstream media is used to (mis)lead the public into seeing things in a way that buttresses foreign policy objectives. Like a united orchestra, the mainstream media in NATO countries, like the US and UK, and GCC countries, like Saudi Arabia and Qatar, all provided the same by-lines and almost the exact same talking points. Their reporting has actually strived to legitimize the terrorist attacks in subtle and indirect ways. Referring to bombings as “blasts” and civilian neighbors as “Hezbollah strongholds,” these media outlets have attempted to casually distort and reframe the events in Lebanon. The word “terrorism” is even omitted from a lot of their reporting.

Through the lenses of their reporting, the bombings in Beirut do not give the impression of being terrorist attacks against poor neighborhoods or unarmed civilians, but as legitimate military “strikes” on Hezbollah garrisons. The goal is to (mis)lead the public into believing that the terrorist attacks are a legitimate retaliation against Hezbollah’s involvement in Syria or just another event that is part of the mythical Shia-Sunni war that the media is working so hard to construct.

In contrast to their reports on Lebanon, these media outlets sensationalize and exaggerate the events in Syria to the benefit of the regime change agenda against Damascus. These same outlets instead, over and over again, opt to entertain dubious claims about the Syrian government using chemical weapons instead of looking at news like the discovery of the mass graves of people murdered in Latakia by the US/NATO/GCC-sponsored anti-government thugs rampaging in Syria.

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Reprisals threatened for Beirut bombing in resurgently violent Lebanon

From McClatchy:

The family of a man who was killed this week in the deadliest car bombing to hit Lebanon’s capital in decades said Friday that it would wait for orders from Hezbollah’s leadership before seeking revenge on Syrian rebels.

In turn, Hezbollah’s top leader responded to the developments with an eye-for-an-eye speech that suggested more cross-border involvement in the bloodshed that’s overwhelmed Syria.

It was a bracing sign that Thursday’s attack threatens to return Beirut and other parts of Lebanon to the violent chaos that ripped the country apart from the mid-1970s through the 1980s, stoked now by sectarian vengeance leaking across the border from the protracted Syrian civil war.

Hamad Maqdad, a Hezbollah fighter who ran a well-digging company, died Thursday when a car exploded across from his house. The blast, which killed at least 23 other people and wounded hundreds, harked back to the Lebanese civil war that ended in 1990.

A previously little-known group, the Brigades of Aisha, took responsibility for the blast. The outfit claimed that the attack was in retaliation for Hezbollah’s support for the regime in Syria as it battles primarily Sunni Muslim rebels in the neighboring country’s civil war.

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New Iran president backs Syria’s Assad, Hezbollah

חיזבאללה טובח בסוריה. לרוחאני, זה לא מפריע (צילום: EPA)From The Associated Press:

Iran’s president-elect has sent messages to Syria’s Bashar Assad and Lebanon’s terrorist Hezbollah group, reaffirming support for the two allies.

The official IRNA news agency on Tuesday cited Hassan Rohani as saying close Iranian-Syrian ties will be able to confront “enemies in the region, especially the Zionist regime,” aka Israel.  Rohani also said that Syria will “overcome its current crisis.”

The note was in response to Assad’s congratulatory message on Rohani’s June election. Tehran has sided with Assad’s regime in Syria’s civil war.

Rohani also wrote to Hezbollah leader, Hassan Nasrallah, saying Iran backs the “steadfast nation” of Lebanon and the Palestinians, a reference to the terrorist Hamas group.

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Hezbollah Unlikely to Feel Sanctions After EU Terror Listing

"מי שחושב שההחלטה תכניע אותנו, שוגה באשליות". נסראללה (צילום: AFP)From Spiegel:

The fact that outsiders are unable to discern where Hezbollah’s civilian wing ends and the militant one begins is likely to mean that the organization will escape the EU’s measures unscathed, say Western diplomats in Beirut. The decision in Brussels was purely symbolic, serving only to appease the United States, which declared Hezbollah a terrorist organization in 1995 after two devastating attacks against the Israeli embassy and a Jewish organization in the Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires. Since then, the US has been pressuring its allies to follow suit.

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Israel behind recent strike on Syria missile depot, U.S. officials say ~ Haaretz

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth confirmed Israeli attack on Syria in the past six months, even though Israel hasn’t officially commented on any of them.

SEE ALSO: Israel Shores Up Golan Force With Eye on Hezbollah (Antiwar)

A Yakhont missile. Haaretz

Several blasts that took place on July 5 at a critical Syrian port was the result of airstrikes by Israeli fighter jets, multiple U.S. officials told CNN.

Friday’s CNN report cited three unnamed U.S. officials as saying that the airstrikes targeted Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship missiles.

No one had officially claimed responsibility for the explosions at Latakia, in Syria‘s north.

Israel’s government has also declined to comment on the allegations.

FULL ARTICLE @ HAARETZ

Massive Car Bomb Explodes In Heart Of Beirut Lebanon ~ BBC