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Lebanon Terrorists Join Gaza Attacks

Friday, July 11th, 2014

 

Early Friday morning, Lebanese terrorists seemed to be joining the conflict with Israel launched by the Hamas terrorist rulers of Gaza.

IDF Spokesperson Lt.Col. Peter Lerner told journalists it is not clear whether the rocket fire was “symbolic or something more substantial” at this point. However, he said, Israel has suspected for some time that terrorists in Lebanon might open a second front in the conflict with Islamist terrorists Gaza.

At least three rockets have been fired at Israel from Lebanon since midnight, the first having been launched at about 2 am. That one didn’t make it to Israel and apparently landed within Lebanon.

Two more missiles were fired from a southern Lebanon village into Israel at about 6:30 a.m.

One of the missiles exploded in an open area on the outskirts of the northern Israeli city of Metullah, located on the border with Lebanon.

The second missile – reported by Lebanese media but unconfirmed at this point by Israel — apparently malfunctioned and landed inside Lebanese territory.

Forces from UNIFIL (United Nations International Force in Lebanon) and Lebanese security personnel immediately began to search for those who launched the missiles.

Within the hour the IDF responded with its own barrage of artillery fire, aiming at targets across the northern border.

The Islamist Hezbollah terrorist organization in Lebanon is generously funded, equipped and trained by Iran, and in recent years has been actively involved in teaching its skills to the Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror groups in Gaza. Hezbollah terrorist cells have been found in the Sinai Peninsula and in various other locations around the world, particularly in Europe – in many cases where Hamas also has mini-bases and “satellite headquarters.” Likewise, Hamas and PIJ have received much funding and weaponry from Iran over the past several years.

All three groups are also linked to Syria; in the current conflict, Hamas for the first time began firing a new longer-range M302 missile, produced by Syria.

 

Netanyahu: Iran Wants ‘Surrender’ From West

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Prime Minister Netanyahu was interviewed Sunday by media outlets from each of the P5+1 major powers involved in the international negotiations with Iran: US (CNN), Great Britain (Sky), Germany (ARD radio), China (CCTV), France (France 24) and Russia (Channel 1 Russia).

The prime minister stressed that Iran is interested in obtaining a surrender agreement from the West and added that it cannot be allowed to receive such an agreement. The Prime Minister emphasized that the agreement with Iran needs to be similar to that which was reached with Syria – an agreement which includes the dismantling of capabilities and their removal, in contrast to the apparent agreement with Iran that includes leaving capabilities under supervision (supervision which has already been revealed to be ineffective). The Prime Minister added that the ayatollahs’ regime must not be allowed to have a nuclear bomb.

Israeli media noted in response to Netanyahu’s appearances on foreign media that the prime minister has not granted a feature interview to any local news outlet in more than 18 months.

Third Terror Group Says it Kidnapped Israeli Teens

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

A new, previously unmentioned group says it is responsible for kidnapping three Israeli teens on June 12.

Identifying itself as the Hezbollah Brigades, this is the third such group to say it abducted the boys while hitchhiking home from yeshiva in Gush Etzion on June 12.

If in fact the claim is authentic, this cell may be part of the larger global jihad group of the same name that operates in Syria and in Iraq.

The Israeli government continues to insist the Hamas terrorist organization that rules Gaza — and which in recent years has infiltrated Judea and Samaria — is responsible for the abduction.

The so-called Hezbollah Brigades, or “Kata’ib Hezbollah” is a Shi’ite milita group active in Iraq and Syria tied to, but not formally a part of the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist organization.

According to U.S. military sources the group is linked to a cluster of special groups which receive funding, training, logistics and materiel from Iran’s Quds Force, despite official denials from the Iranian government. The Lebanon-based Hezbollah terrorist organization also is backed by Iran, as are the Islamic Jihad and Hamas terrorist organizations that operate in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

The U.S. State Department has also said in the past that the Kata’ib Hezbollah has received weapons and training from Lebanese Hezbollah. Both groups appear on the U.S. State Department List of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.

A message from someone who claims to be a member of this group was posted Thursday on the Arabic-language Gaza-based Sahafa website, linked to Amad Press.

The message, printed in Arabic, was also made available in audio, read by a man.

However, the Hezbollah-controlled Al-Manar broadcast stations in Lebanon did not post anything on the new claim, nor were there any other reports about it in Lebanon media.

This raises questions as to whether in fact the group is truly connected with the kidnapping. Hezbollah secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah has never been shy about claiming responsibility for terrorist attacks, nor has he ever hesitated to comment on the attacks of others associated with his organization.

Nevertheless, it is still possible the attack was carried out by the group. In past years there have been several international terror attacks carried out by Hezbollah cells that were not mentioned by Nasrallah; only later did the connection come to light.

FM Liberman to Meet with US Secy John Kerry in Paris

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman is set to meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday in Paris.

On the agenda, once again, will be the issue of the dead-on-arrival talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Sources close to both sides said Wednesday that relations with Iran are likely to be on the agenda as well, in addition to the matter of the crisis in Iraq.

In addition to the Iran’s continued drive to develop nuclear weapons capabilities, Russia has recently signed a deal to build eight new nuclear power plants in the Islamic Republic.

Iran has refused to slow down on the program, let alone cease its drive to develop nuclear technology, despite sanctions, talks and any other efforts by the international community to persuade Tehran to do so.

However, there is one issue that has begun to concern Iran a great deal – a fear it shares with its neighbors in the region, as well as the United States.

Iran is strengthening its defenses along its border with Iraq against the possibility it may have to fend off an advance from the guerrilla fighters of the Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant (ISIL) terrorist organization.

The group, also known as the Islamic State of al-Shams or Syria (ISIS), has been making its way across Iraq and has seized a wide swathe of territory in both Iraq and Syria over the past months.

For the first time ISIS also captured a border crossing between Iraq and Jordan, in addition to two crossings into Syria.

The group also took control of four additional towns, continuing its advance into western Iraq and closer to the border with Jordan.

Pentagon Defends Jordan Valley Pullout: No Worries When ISIS Invades Jordan

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Israel maintains that American military training did not help Iraqi forces fend off the Al Qaeda-linked ISIL takeover in the northern and central part of the country.

The take-away lesson: Israel cannot and will not hand over the defense of its nation to a third party in the Jordan Valley – not now, not ever.

The Pentagon is upset by that, because the United States wants to advance a plan formulated by U.S. General John Allen to replace the Israel Defense Forces in the Jordan Valley with an international force.

Allen, an expert on counter-terrorism with experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, contends that Israel faces completely different threats than those in Iraq.

The Pentagon and State Department both insist that Israel should trust American military officials to know what they are doing.

But Israeli officials said bluntly in a report published Monday night – speaking on condition of anonymity – that the Americans are misreading the signals and possibly the map, much as they did in Iraq.

And they don’t want to see a repetition of that disaster here on home ground.

More than 1,000 Iraqis, mostly civilians, have died in mass murders by radical Islamists in the last three weeks, the United Nations reports, calling the figure “very much a minimum.”

Terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant (ISIL) – or as it is called in Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams or Syria (ISIS), seized nearly the entire northern section of Iraq. The group captured the largest city in the north – Mosul – and the hometown of former dictator Sadaam Hussein, Tikrit, among others.

ISIL is now threatening Iraq’s border with Turkey, and earlier this month kidnapped a Turkish Consul and 80 Turkish contractors and workers from an eastern city. Turkey immediately evacuated its staff from the Turkish Consulate in Basra, located in southern Iraq.

The group’s forces are also threatening Iraq’s eastern border with Iran.

In addition, ISIL has captured a wide area in Iraq’s central region and is rapidly advancing to the west, having already captured one border crossing into Jordan, in addition to two border crossings with Syria. The group’s forces are beginning to move south towards Baghdad.

The group’s goal is to create an Islamic state, a Caliphate, run entirely by Shari’a (Islamic) law.

At present, ISIL has managed to blur the border between Iraq and Syria – with members of the group on both sides of the boundary – and is presenting a real and present danger to Jordan.

It is this threat to another American ally that Israel is pointedly referring to in its discussions with the United States, which blithely assured the Iraqi government it would “help push back this aggression” even as it pulled its forces out of Iraq two and a half years ago. Despite the infusion of billions of U.S. dollars, Iraqi security forces were inadequately trained and completely unable to meet the challenge of fending off the ISIL guerrilla fighters.

Even Iran Fears ISIS, Adds Surveillance Along Border

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Apparently, even Iran fears the Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams, also knowns as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant (ISIL).

The Islamic Republic has stepped up its surveillance along its border with Iraq, according to Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli.

The minister told the official Iranian IRNA news agency, “Due to the unique situation in Iraq and its proximity to our western regions we have taken due precautions to shore up control, watches and fortifications along the border. But presently we have no worries.”

Over the weekend, ISIS captured three border crossings with Syria and Jordan, as well as four towns along the Iraqi-Syrian border.

ISIS Seizes Key Syrian, Jordanian Border Crossings

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Al Qaeda-linked Sunni militants from the Islamic State of Iraq in Syria captured key two border crossings on Sunday — including one that leads from Iraq directly into Jordan. The other is a crossing into Syria.

Jordanian officials have been dreading this possibility for weeks and monitoring the situation across the border for some time.

The terrorist group has also seized four more towns, further broadening the wide swathe of territory already under its control. That band of ISIS-controlled land now spreads from nearly all of northern Iraq, to the eastern part of the country, and beginning to bleed down to the south, and into the west – where Jordan lies.

Beyond Jordan, ISIS hopes to eventually reach the Sinai Peninsula, Gaza and then finally Israel. Less than a month ago, terrorists from the group kidnapped a Turkish consul in Tikrit and 80 Turkish citizens. Many are still being held hostage.

The terrorist group’s dream of carving out an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or an Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant (ISIL) as it is called in Iraq, is rapidly advancing.

A top military intelligence official in Iraq told CBC News on condition of anonymity that the militants’ objective is Baghdad, “where we are working frantically to bolster our defenses.” But the Iraqi military is badly outgunned, he admitted. “I will be honest with you,” he said. “Even that is not up to the level of what is needed. Morale is low.”

Jihadists from neighboring Arab nations – as well as from European countries and even from as far away as the United States – are being drawn to the battle as flies to honey and are traveling to join the conflict, as in the past they traveled to fight in Syria.

Those who have already acquired their objectives in Iraq are now supplying their fellow jihadists in Syria with weaponry won in recent battles to fight in the civil war across the border – or at least, until there is no border.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who has served in office since 2006, has not given any indication he intends to step down. But as he did in Cairo, U.S. President Barack Obama has sent signals he no longer supports the Iraqi leader during the crisis, although he agreed t osend 300 military advisers to retrain Iraqi troops. Obama also said he might consider air strikes to support the Iraqi military, but did not make any commitments.

With Iran opposing American involvement, it seems likely Obama will drag his heels as much as possible, fearing to intervene and offend Iranian sensibilities.

The new Iraqi parliament, set to meet by the end of this month, is expected to elect a speaker and a new president. The president-elect will then ask the leader who wins a simple majority of the 328-member parliament to form the new government.

During the most recent election, al-Maliki’s ‘State of the Law’ party won the most mandates – 92 – but it is not enough to pull a majority for a new coalition government, especially in light of the current crisis.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/isis-seizes-key-syrian-jordanian-border-crossings/2014/06/23/

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