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Free Syrian Army Claims Killing of Hezbollah’s Samir Kuntar – ‘Not Israel’

Monday, December 21st, 2015

A brigade of the Free Syrian Army has claimed responsibility for Saturday’s assassination of Hezbollah commander Samir Kuntar.

The Lebanese child-killer died in an air strike that targeted a structure on the outskirts of Damascus.

Pundits initially assumed the attack came from Israeli fighter pilots, although the Jerusalem government never confirmed the report. In addition, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist organization announced that Kuntar had been assassinated by Israel.

The FSA vowed Monday in its statement to Arab media that it would also target other Hezbollah fighters in future attacks, the Lebanon-based Daily Star reported.

The group explained in a video that Hezbollah blamed Israel for the strike in order to avoid upsetting fellow terrorists – “the morale of its mercenaries” – according to the Lebanese Naharnet website. Hezbollah would rather have lost a skirmish to Israel than to the FSA, the opposition force said.

Nine others were killed in the attack that eliminated Kuntar. The Lebanese Druze terrorist was age 16 when he murdered an Israeli father in front of his four-year-old daughter before smashing her head with the butt of his rifle, killing her.

Kuntar, at that time a member of the now-defunct Palestine Liberation Front, spent decades behind bars in Israel before his release in a prisoner swap with Hezbollah that brought the return of the bodies of two IDF reservists, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. The two were kidnapped while on patrol and murdered in a cross-border raid launched by the group to ignite the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Upon his release Kuntar became a member of Hezbollah, eventually working his way to become a commander of terrorist operations in the Syrian Golan Heights.

Hezbollah guerrillas have for years been fighting the opposition forces on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, almost since the start of the savage civil war in March 2011.

The terror group is generously funded and equipped by its benefactor, Iran, which has also sent its elite Revolutionary Guard Corps fighters to help fend off the rebel forces. In addition, Russia has also recently added its own forces to the massive shipments of weaponry it had already been sending to Assad.

Despite all the troops and firepower shoring up the Assad regime, little remains of his domain, other than a small area around Damascus. The rest of the country has essentially been carved up between FSA factions, various independent Islamist groups, those associated with Al Qaeda – such as the Jabhat al Nusra (Al Nusra Front) – and Da’esh (ISIS).

Iran: Kuntar Killing ‘Newest Model of State Terrorism’

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

(JNi.media) In a rare feat of pot calling the kettle black, Iran on Sunday condemned Israel’s assassination of Samir Kuntar, the man who in 1979 shot a little girl’s father in the back of his head, drowned him to make sure he died, then smashed the girl’s brain with the butt of his gun.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari denounced Kuntar’s assassination in the wake of the airstrike of the “Zionist regime planes.”

Ansari said the attack is a clear evidence of violation of national sovereignty and territorial integrity of an independent state and member of the United Nations and the newest pattern of state organized terrorism of the Zionist regime. To clarify, the state whose sovereignty the Zionists violated was Syria, which is currently being violated by at least nine different armies, including Iran.

Ansari described Samir Kuntar as “a symbol of resistance against occupation and invasion of the Zionist regime, who after close to three decades of captivity was released a few years ago in an exchange operation of captives with Lebanese Hezbollah.” Actually, Kuntar was released in exchange for the bodies of two IDF reservists, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser.

Jaber Ansari extended his condolences to “Kuntar’s family, his fellow fighters, Lebanese and Palestine resistance as well as Lebanese government and nation.” He added that “such acts of the Zionist regime have turned to a permanent and constant conduct and are the most dangerous form of state terrorism.” He called on international organizations and world governments to “condemn such terrorist acts and to not allow the global community’s intention of campaigning against terrorism be weakened under the influence of the terrorist measures of the Zionist regime.”

On Saturday, Director General of the Dept. of Intelligence, Ram Ben-Barak, a former senior Mossad official, told a weekend forum in Be’er Sheva that Mossad’s arm is longer and deadlier than ever. Ben-Barak said that there is no enemy leader who can afford to sleep quietly at night, immune from waking up to face the barrel of a weapon during the night. Ben-Barak, who was one of the candidate for the leadership of Mossad, noted that Israel has done everything it could in the operational and intelligence areas to stop Iran’s nuclear program.

France Demands Details From IAEA On Iranian Nuclear Activities

Monday, November 30th, 2015

France has demanded the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency do its job, and provide all the information in its possession – with the “necessary detail” – on whether Iran has carried out work on nuclear weapons of mass destruction in the past.

According to a statement Monday by the French Foreign Ministry, Paris is especially concerned that the issue of Iran’s past nuclear activities will not be addressed properly.

“France with interest will become aware of this report this week,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Romain Nadal in a news briefing.

“We are expecting that the IAEA provides with the necessary detail all the information it possesses.”

A final assessment by IAEA director-general Yukiya Amano “on all past and present outstanding issues described in [his] November 2011 report” is expected sometime this week.

Amano told the UN’s nuclear monitoring agency at the meeting of its board of governors the IAEA could not “provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran” and and it was not possible to “conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”

The report is likely to tip the balance toward either lifting international economic sanctions – as provided in the nuclear deal negotiated in Vienna this summer – or retracting that agreement if any of the parties, France included, are dissatisfied with evidence of work on atomic weapons.

ISIS and Iran: A New Era Ignites in Israel, America and the World

Monday, November 30th, 2015

This month’s massacre in Paris was horrific — it stole the lives of 130 people and wounded more than 350 others — but may be only the beginning of a new era.

Da’esh (ISIS) has from the start made no secret of its intent to build a worldwide caliphate through brutality, violence and genocide. The group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is also clear about the organization’s perfect willingness to simply eliminate those standing in its way.

If al-Baghdadi is neutralized, there is no guarantee whatsoever that the organization will disband. In fact, it is highly likely that it will not: Al Qaeda has simply mushroomed and metastasized since the death of Osama bin Laden, probably as he intended and designed it to do.

The battle begun by Da’esh was likewise never intended to be limited to the Middle East, nor has it been: Da’esh attacks have been recorded throughout the Middle East – in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Israel, and Iraq, but also in Africa, southeast Asia, Europe, Australia and North America.

More than a third of Iraqi territory now belongs to Da’esh, stitched to the swathe of what formerly was known as Syria. President Bashar al-Assad has barely hung on to the province around the capital, Damascus — and even that only with the assistance of Russia, and Iran with its elite Revolutionary Guard troops and its Lebanese proxy, the Hezbollah guerrilla terrorist fighters.

Likewise, Da’esh has been clear from the outset that Israel is far from being an exception to the targets: it dreams of seizing the Holy Land for the crown jewel among its territorial conquests.

To that end, the terror group recently launched a cyber jihad fundraising campaign to provide arms to help Palestinian Authority Arabs in their attacks on Israeli Jews in this latest wave of terror.

Plus, in recent video threats Da’esh promised a Paris-style massacre “coming soon” to Washington DC, along with renewed attacks on Paris for good measure.

As all this Sunni-based radical Islamist activity takes place, however, Shi’a Iran is now becoming eligible to receive new uranium enrichment hardware from Russia, and economic sanctions that were slowing down its nuclear technology race towards an atomic weapon are now being relaxed as well.

But the Islamic Republic of Iran has yet to keep up its end of the nuclear deal agreed upon by the six world powers in Vienna this summer. The uranium enrichment centrifuges already in its possession have not been powered down in the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran, according to international inspectors who monitor the plant. And there are other issues as well.

So it would seem that while Sunni extremists are on a rampage, Shi’a scientists are hard at work making sure their own proxies will have the proper equipment to finish the job.

The Iranians so far have fought Da’esh on behalf of Assad, and frankly, in fear that their own country would be swallowed.

Israel has fought them both.

But in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, the Iranian-backed Hamas terror group — spawned by the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood — has strongly supported Da’esh, providing arms and technical support. This has taken place even though the two are bitter enemies in Gaza, where the Shi’ite Iranians still generously support Hamas against the increasing strength of the radical Islamist Da’esh, which insists that Hamas does not represent “true Islam.”

And it is here — in this dichotomy — that the seeds of a new Axis of Evil are beginning to sprout.

Sunni and Shi’ite Muslim terror factions normally at war with each other are perfectly willing to set aside their differences when presented with a common enemy. In Egypt, in the Sinai Peninsula, they are fighting together to rout what they perceive as “secular” government forces from the region, who ousted former Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi from office.

Under the same banner, they are already beginning to unite in Judea, Samaria and elsewhere in Israel to share resources toward a common goal: annihilating Israel.

In the future, they will eventually do the same when aiming at America.

How will Europe, Russia and the United States respond on the day that Da’esh and Iran formally put aside their differences and unite their forces to attack?

IAEA Chief Warns No Guarantee All of Iran’s Nuclear Material is for Peaceful Activities

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

The head of the United Nations agency monitoring the Islam Republic’s compliance with the deal signed with world powers in July warned in prepared remarks on Thursday that he cannot guarantee that “all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”

Yukiya Amano, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told the November meeting of the agency’s 35-member board of governors in Vienna in his introductory statement that he was “not in a position to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.” (Italics are Amano’s)

“The Agency has continued its monitoring and verification activities in relation to the Joint Plan of Action,” he continued.

“October 18th was Adoption Day for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which was agreed between Iran and six countries and the EU in July this year. On the same day, Iran informed the Agency that, effective on Implementation Day, it will provisionally apply its Additional Protocol and fully implement the modified Code 3.1.

“The Agency is conducting preparatory activities related to the verification and monitoring of Iran’s nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA, including verification and monitoring of the steps Iran has begun taking towards the implementation of those commitments.

“The activities set out in the Road-map between Iran and the Agency for the period to October 15th were completed on schedule. A wrap-up technical meeting took place between Iran and the Agency on November 24th.

“Next week, I expect to provide my final assessment on all past and present outstanding issues, as set out in my report of November 2011, for action by the Board.”

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States and the other five world powers involved in negotiations with Iran over the nuclear deal from the outset that the terms being considered — and which were eventually agreed upon — left inspectors no way to assure Iran’s compliance with the agreement.

The deal was allegedly intended to prevent Iran from completing its race to achieve an atomic weapon of mass destruction, and from gifting or selling the technology or the weaponry itself to other enemy entities, such as radical Islamist terrorist organizations like Hamas, whose charter includes a declared intent to annihilate the State of Israel.

In other ways, however, it was more likely intended to get ‘business as usual’ back on track with the Islamic Republic, which has since seen European nations politely rushing to invite Tehran to gradually renew economic and diplomatic ties.

Iran Sentences US-Iranian Washington Post Journalist to Prison as ‘Spy’

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian was sentenced to an unspecified prison term by the Iranian judiciary, according to a report broadcast Sunday by Iranian state television.

Rezaian, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen raised in Marin County, California, had traveled to the country with his wife Yeganeh Salehi and two photojournalists. He was detained in Iran with them all on July 22, 2014.

All were released except the reporter, who was tried and convicted on charges of espionage, and other undisclosed charges as well. Iran does not recognize dual nationality status and labeled Rezaian an “American spy.”

Washington Post foreign editor Douglas Jehl vigorously denied the accusations: “We’re aware of the reports in the Iranian media, but have no further information at this time,” he said in a statement. “Every day that Jason is in prison is an injustice. He has done nothing wrong. Even after keeping Jason in prison 488 days so far, Iran has produced no evidence of wrongdoing. His trial and sentence are a sham, and he should be released immediately.”

Rezaian’s attorney, Leila Ahsan, told The Associated Press that she had not even been informed of the verdict, let alone details of the sentence. “I have no information about details of the verdict,” she said. “We were expecting the verdict some three months ago.”

The case was tried in hearings at Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, where cases are heard on national security.

The journalist was incarcerated and tried on the charges – and convicted – even as the United States and other world powers negotiated and closed a deal with Iran for a 10-year nuclear technology limitations agreement in exchange for international sanctions relief.

At the end, United States negotiators abandoned its citizens who remained trapped in Iran.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who led the negotiations on the Iranian deal which was vehemently opposed by Israel, is now in the region for a three-day visit with top government officials in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, as well as meetings in Ramallah and Abu Dhabi.

Ya’alon: Israel Has ‘Eyes on ISIS’

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Israel has its “eyes on ISIS,” according to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who spoke in an interview with government-run Israel Radio early Monday morning.

Israel is successfully deterring ISIS (Da’esh) from attacking the Jewish State from across the northern border, he said.

Supporters of the terror organization in Judea, Samaria and Gaza are being tracked by Israel, Ya’alon added. In addition, the group’s activities in Syria are under IDF surveillance as well.

Likewise, Iran has already for some time has had similar intentions of attacking the Jewish State, he noted.

“The Iranians have tried to open a front against Syria, but the initiative failed, Ya’alon said.

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