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  1. News confirmed: Paki Army exporting Armaments and Salafi Shia killers to Syria. Worst part, its going to line the pockets of a few generals and a few political families and would not have any triclle down economic benefit to the cursed land of mass called Pakistan. http://www.dw.de/is-pakistan-aiding-syrian-rebels/a-17528187 http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/islamabad/01-Apr-2014/senate-concerned-over-change-in-policy-on-syria http://www.nation.com.pk/national/31-Mar-2014/arms-supply-to-syrian-rebels-to-damage-pakistan-more-us-expert http://www.brecorder.com/general-news/172/1168385/ There are unconfirmed reports circulating around Islamabad inner circles on almost 100,000 Paki Salafi terrorists being exported to Syria, Iraq, and Yemen to create more destabilization in Shia dominated regions. I wonder when would the payback hit the GCC nations? September 2014 maybe?
  2. Syrian army advancing in battle for rebel town near Lebanese border, field commander says SAHEL, Syria - Syrian government troops are tightening their grip on the last rebel stronghold near the border with Lebanon a day after taking control of a key village in the area, a field commander told reporters on Tuesday. Forces loyal to President Bashar Assad have seized a string of towns and villages in the rugged Qalamoun region along the Lebanese border since launching an offensive there in November. Backed by gunmen from the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group, the army seized the village of Sahel this week and is closing in on Yabroud, the largest town in the mountainous region still in rebel hands. The government operation aims to sever the rebel supply routes from nearby Lebanon and shore up its hold on the main north-south highway that runs through the area. During a government-led tour of the village of Sahel, a Syrian commander told reporters that troops ousted opposition fighters from the village Monday, bringing down the rebels' "first defence line" of Yabroud. The officer did not provide his name, in line with military regulations. Hezbollah guerrillas have played a significant role in the government push. The Lebanese Shiite militant is eager to clear the border area of the overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim rebels trying to topple Assad's government. Hezbollah claims that several cars used in recent bombings targeting predominantly Shiite neighbourhoods of south Beirut have been rigged in Yabroud. Al-Qaida-linked groups have claimed responsibility for several of the attacks in Lebanon, saying they were retaliation for Hezbollah's military support for Assad. Opposition groups said fighting was raging Tuesday on the edge of Yabroud, with government helicopters dropping barrel bombs on the town's outskirts. The makeshift bombs, which the government has used to devastating effect in other parts of Syria, are packed with explosives and fuel and are intended to cause massive damage to urban areas. Rami Abdurrahman, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group, said rebels fighting in Yabroud belong predominantly to hard-line Islamic groups, including the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front and the breakaway group of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Syria's state news agency reported heavy fighting around Yabroud on Tuesday. It said the army destroyed a car fitted with a machinegun, and killed fighters from the Nusra Front and other rebel groups. The Syrian field commander said the army is determined to clear the area by launching a final assault from Sahel. He said "moral was high among the troops as they fulfil their mission" to capture Yabroud. Sahel was deserted on Tuesday as the government troops escorted reporters along. There was damage on several houses and a mosque, apparently from fighting, and telephone and electricity cables were torn from poles and strewn on sidewalks. At least one body could be seen on the ground. "It was a real battle and we didn't give the gunmen any chance to negotiate," the commander said. He did not say if the army or the rebels sustained any casualties, but said the troops detained more than 30 opposition fighters after capturing the village. Many of those captured were Syrians, the commander said, although there were also foreign fighters who had travelled to Syria from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Lebanon to battle Assad's troops. Hezbollah in Action near yabroud http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9Ekr7mHQRE&feature=youtu.be http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yy-Ig3Lx_kE
  3. I was reading all over the news and many new stations say that lebanon wont be able to handle another war fighting Israel and fighting in the rebels in Syria. What do you think? Is that true?
  4. 1. Unchecked growth of Salafism in Syria which exploded into what Syria is today 2. Unchecked Salafism in Lebanon which is causing monthly attack on iranian interests in Lebanon 3. Loss of Iranian embassy in Afghanistan a few years back and rise of Taliban again 4. Iraq which has become literally a play yard for Salafis 5. Various Drug cartels using Iran as a conduit, 6. Routine killing of Iranian border guards at the hands of ragtag Saudi sponsored Baluchi Salafis.... 7. ... And the list goes on and on IRI's pre-emptive security apparatus seems to be utterly incompetent. Even Uganda secures its out of borders interests better than Iran. Somebody needs to look into this kiss-axx culture of IRI's bureaucracy and work on these incompetencies. Is the Wali Faqih watching this or are they even duping him too with the all rosy picture? And now this: http://presstv.com/detail/2014/01/05/343876/saudi-terrorists-death-suspicious/ How could any country allow such a big fish, tantamount of Mulla Umer in Afghanistan, to be so easily slipped away to the grave without having him share some of the secrets.
  5. A Lebanese family donated an artifact to the Museum of the holy shrine of Imam Hussain dating back to the Phoenician Age. Lebanese experts confirmed that the artifact dated back to five thousand years ago, during the time of the Phoenicians. The relic (40cm long and 20cm wide) is carved in the form of a ship, symbolizing that Hussein is the -Rescue Ship- as reported by Prophet Muhammad and hence the idea of the gift to the Museum of Imam Hussain. Sayyid Dhyai al-Deen, the Director of the Museum, said -Since the opening of the Museum of Imam Hussain, numerous artifacts were gifted from Ahl al-Bayt lovers.- It is mentioned that the museum celebrated with the family who gifted the artifact from the Republic of Lebanon that was provided by Dr. Kaplan Kaplan, Chairman of the Council of the South, responsible for building the infrastructure in southern Lebanon. http://imhussain.com/e_index.php?ac=news&id=37 Note: We are the International Media Unit in the holy shrine of Imam Hussain, Karbala Iraq. Our main aim is to spread the message of Ahlul-Bayt worldwide. Please join our Facebook Group at Hussein Revivalism Follow our Twitter account @ImamHusainMedia Instagram @imamhussainmedia Thank you, may Allah and the Ahlul-Bayt bless you.
  6. Salaam alaikum May Moula(a.s) help everybody who is a believer. Here I post a few stepsthatthe government as well as the public can take towards solving conflicts or any problemsthat arethere. 1). If tax is the problem, migrate to a nation where the law of the nation demands you to pay less tax.Not lesser than you wan't to pay. 2) if hijab and Islamic law is theproblem, migrate accordingly.If you wan't to do morehijab and the government does not allow you,migrate to a place where morehijab is allowed.If youdo not wan't to do hijab, migrate to any country where the government or culturedoes not impose hijab on you.Fighting is disliked and so restrain from fighting.It is not that you should restrain from fighting only in the months of Rajab,Zilhijj and Ramzan, but other months too. No man is free of hisab in the other months.Why do people think that they will have to give hisab on judgement day only forthree months.How can you cheat? What about the other days?Think if you ,a meagre human being would have been the judge,will you restrain mischief and sin only in a few months and allow in the rest? Definitely ,you won't. 3) the government in such nations should rstrain people from buying cars more often like immigrants from any nation or people on work visa should not be allowed to buy more than one car per family.likewise permanent citizens should be allowed only two cars per family where family comprises of parents ,grandparents and children. The government should introduce more of school buses, office buses which are thouroughly checked before departure and on arrival by a detective and a guard. The government should also restrain vehicular traffic by imposing more vehicle tax, increase price of diesel or petrol,intoduce road tax,etc. Citizens as well as immigrants should not be allowed to buy cars more often like nobody should be allowed to buy a car more than once in seven years.This will probably discourage car bombings and the government should be strict in such matters.If anybody forces,then it is better to tell them to migrate by sending them a notice.
  7. This is the tale of a Pakistani mother and a wife who is neither a mother nor a wife anymore due to the Takfiris terrorist attack on a mosque in a systematic genocide committed by the blessing of the Pakistani state. This is a story of ONE Shia pakistani woman out of 50,000, whose husbands, fathers, and sons have been ripped into lifeless human body remains as suicide bombings have become the favorite mode of keeping Shia population of Pakistan in check and under subjugation. http://en.shiapost.com/2013/08/18/my-sacrifice-to-god-by-midhat-zaidi/ P.S. This article did deserve a separate space in SC but so far, I'll have to put it in ''General Politics and Current Issues".... Topic like this deserves a new topic called "Shia Genocide in Pakistan".
  8. Assalamu alaikum. I have been looking for some e book on history of Lebanon in English which I can download for free. Besides, there are some books, e.g. 34 Days: Israel, Hezbollah, and the War in Lebanon by Amos Harel, Avi Issacharoff, Ora Cummings and Moshe Tlamim (May 12, 2009), Hizbullah's Documents: From the 1985 Open Letter to the 2009 Manifesto by Joseph Alagha (Apr 15, 2011), Air Operations in Israel's War Against Hezbollah: Learning from Lebanon and Lebanon and Getting It Right in Gaza... by Benjamin S. Lambeth (Apr 28, 2011), From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas L. Friedman (Dec 11, 2012), Pity the Nation: The Abduction of Lebanon (Nation Books) by Robert Fisk (Oct 24, 2002), Lebanon: A History, 600-2011 (Studies in Middle Eastern History) by William Harris (Jul 11, 2012), Warriors of God: Inside Hezbollah's Thirty-Year Struggle Against Israel by Nicholas Blanford (Oct 25, 2011), Voice of Hezbollah: The Statements of Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah by Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, Nicholas Noe, Ellen Khouri and Nicholas Blanford (Aug 17, 2007), Hezbollah by Hala Jaber (Apr 15, 1997), A History of Modern Lebanon by Fawwaz Traboulsi (Jan 20, 2007). Is there any way, may get some web link or torrent so that I can download them and study. I would also appreciate download link for similar kind of books. Would anyone please help me? Thanks in advance. May Allah help us all.
  9. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/06/201369175918244221.html He said something like "even if Muhammad came down from heaven, I would not pay this bill" referring to the price of coffee, (apparently a common Syrian phrase), and this was heard by foreign wahabbi terrorists who mistook it for blasphemy and proceeded to kill the child. tell me more about how these FSA fighters are "fighting for freedom"
  10. Shiites living next to the Syrian war Photo by Nadezhda Kevorkova This village is not part of the news reporting on ‘the Syrian army attacks on the Lebanese territory’ and ‘Hezbollah militants getting into Syria’.The Lebanese village of Al-Qasr bordering the Syrian province of Homs has been hit by bombs and mortars of the Syrian insurgents for nine months. I arrived here on a day of celebration. The locals had two reasons to rejoice: a hostage came back from captivity, and five rockets that hit the area in the morning didn’t kill anyone. It doesn’t feel like war here yet. This is a pleasant area. A huge flock of sheep is dawdling along the road at the entrance to the village. Wherever you look you see fields and gardens. The lake and hills on the horizon are a part of Syria. The border isn’t clearly marked, as the locals have lived here for centuries without any borders. At the moment, most people living in Shia villages on both Syrian and Lebanese sides of the border carry Lebanese passports. The Syrian rebels have been pushing Shiites out. However the near-border settlements have organized public self-defense committees. The propaganda machine around the Syrian war dubbed them as an expansion of the Hezbollah militants. Neighbors lined up to congratulate the family. (Photo by Nadezhda Kevorkova) Can 7-year-old Nasrallah be considered a Hezbollah militant? A lorry driver Hassan Kamel Jaffar is sitting on the lawn under a pine tree. A saline drip if fixed to a branch. About 20 children, old men and women are crowding around him, and as soon as new people arrive – they start telling the newcomers the details of his release from captivity all over again. He has a huge family and they all want to pay tribute to their relative. Hassan is 45. He was released early in the morning. He looks exhausted, the whites of his eyes are bloody, a sign that he was beaten or tortured. One day he was at a quarry on the Lebanese side of the border waiting for his truck to be loaded. As he was about to drive away, he was stopped by two armed men in a Jeep. Later he found out that they were Lebanese Sunnis. Just to be on the safe side, I asked him: “Are you from Hezbollah?” Once you see a Hezbollah fighter, you will never confuse them with anyone else. Hassan gave me a painful smile. No, he’s not a militant, he’s a driver. He’s been a driver for 7 years. If he were a militant, they would have killed him. Truck driver Hussein Kemel Jafar was held captive 24 days. His eyes are red from the beating and torture. His family is proud that they too had captured five hostages, including the FSA militant. On the right - his youngest son, Nasrallah. If the Syrian war comes to Lebanon, people will be killed just because of their name. (Photo by Nadezhda Kevorkova) The kidnappers first asked him whether he was a Sunni or a Shia. He lied that he was a Sunni. They made a phone call and somebody on the line told them that he was a Shia. They started beating him. Then they pushed him into the car and drove for about 90 minutes until they came to a location in Syria. They would take him from house to house and beat him again and again. They said, “We brought a terrorist,” Hassan said, “Then they said that we, Shias, are worth nothing and that they’re allowed to kill us. They said I deserve to die because I’m a Shia and that they will kill me with their knives.” The kidnappers gave him a telephone and told him to call his relatives and tell them to collect $1 million in ransom for him. Twelve days later they came to his cell and told them to call his relatives again to let them know that he was alive. Later a group of militants came and said his relatives must bring money within 4 hours. In the end they began to beat him with a cable. Five thousand people, including elderly women and infants, visited Jafar to congratulate him for escaping. (Photo by Nadezhda Kevorkova) Eventually, they reached an agreement: the kidnappers received a bag of money, made sure that it’s not fake, then gave it to a mediator who brought it from Syria to Lebanon and gave it to the Lebanese army at 4:30 in the morning. Some think that his relatives collected a ransom for him, but some say that a powerful lady from Lebanon, who, by the way, was a Sunni, payed $140,000 for him. Jaffar’s family was wasting no time. They captured five Sunnis, one of them, not only Syrian but also a Free Syrian Army rebel. These people were held hostage in his house, and his mother cooked for them. When everything was over these hostages admitted that they were treated properly. People are talking about these kinds of things as if they are absolutely ordinary. They’re outraged only with the fact that their hostage was treated cruelly. Hassan Jaffar believes that a well-established system of kidnappers and intermediaries has been operating there. While in captivity, he heard of other hostages as well. He thinks he was abducted by Al-Farouq, the same group that captured Anhar Kochneva. However they don’t call each other by real names. They rather use nicknames such as ‘slippers’ or ‘parsley’. He has five children. The oldest daughter is 12. The youngest son was born in 2006. They named him Nasrallah. So if this mutual escalation continues and the 7-year-old gets kidnapped they may as well treat him as a potential Hezbollah militant, for the sake of his name only, which means “Allah’s victory’. Rescue From Freedom Rockets Friends and family are visiting the house of Hajj Nasr Kanaan and greet them on surviving the Syrian rebels rockets. This morning, five rockets were fired at the village, and one of them fell very close to their home. They sit around in plastic chairs drinking coffee, take pictures and then trade places with new visitors. The family’s children accept congratulations along with the adults and demonstrate time and again the rocket flying, its fragments s[Edited Out]ing the house and the garden and leaving the crater, and share their impressions. Car glass blown out by the blast wave. (Photo by Nadezhda Kevorkova) Broken windows of a Mercedes standing in the middle of the front yard is the worst damage of this morning’s attack. Head of the family, 80-year-old Mohammad Hasan Kanaan says he happened to be standing quite close to the spot the rocket hit. Luckily for him, the tree broke the rocket’s fall, and the rocket hit the ground instead of the stone floor. Otherwise the old man would’ve been killed by shrapnel. But in this case, he was blinded by smoke and dust but remained standing on his feet. And now he is absolutely cheerful and high-spirited. 80 yo Mohhamed Hasan Kenaan and his family who survived the shelling. (Photo by Nadezhda Kevorkova) ‘Take a look at these people – do they look scared? We’ve been living like this for nine months with these rockets flying over our heads. They keep bombarding our villages’, comments Kanaan Sr. We hear a loud racket. ‘That’s just the quarry workers doing their job!’ He thinks I would be too scared to hear the truth. “Alright, and who’s firing?” “Us. And them.’ Impact marks of the rebel rocket. (Photo by Nadezhda Kevorkova) I asked them whether living on the border was too dangerous and whether they thought it was high time to move. No, they believe this land belongs to them, and since the government doesn’t protect them they have the right for self-defense which is exactly what they’ve been doing. The Lebanese government doesn’t protect anyone, and the Lebanese army is just nominal as they neither carry guns nor intend to fight. However there’s a real media war going on around these public self-defense committees. The media that support the Syrian rebels, say all the Shias are Hezbollah militants. From time to time Sunni leaders in Lebanon and Maronite Catholics call on Hezbollah to disarm. In Lebanon, these calls sound ridiculous, because all communities and most men here have weapons. Not counting the army and police. Mohammad is old, and he has been to Syria many times. A rocket hit his backyard. He says that he was not surprised by this declaration of war on all the Shias. According to Mohammad, there has always been animosity towards the Shias, they were never liked here. “And now they say – you have to die,” Mohammad exclaims. Nobody can explain how this “disliking” transformed into war. All that is left of the shell. (Photo by Nadezhda Kevorkova) He is a farmer, just like his many relatives and neighbours. It is not his responsibility to understand big politics. He lives in a nice 3-storey house with the family of his son, who has 6 children. And he knows that the Almighty, not politics, will save him. To show the rocket is an honorable mission, so the older family members do it. They bring the fragments out of the house and display them on the ground. People have different opinions about the distance this rocket traveled – 5, 8 or 12 kilometers. They think that these are launched from mini MLRSs. That morning they fell near a gas company office, in gardens, at a farm, and near this house. In the evening other rockets broke the roof of the mosque, killed two people, one of whom was a woman, and injured several others. Children and adults receive congratulations. (Photo by Nadezhda Kevorkova) Summer clothes were burnt, too… I run into a married couple with a child near the office of the gas company, located in the area that was hit by the rocket. This family has been accommodated in an office – that is how they call depots here, where refugees are taking shelter side by side with gas cylinders. He is a Sunni, she is a Shia. His name is Hassan, hers – Umm Abdu, and they have five kids who are Sunnis. They all have Lebanese passports. He’s a Sunni, she’s a Shiite, they have 5 children. They were driven out of Syria for their faith, in addition to that they were shot at in the morning. (Photo by Nadezhda Kevorkova) One would definitely like to come to grips with how such marriages can be workable, given that I have just learnt about this hatred of Sunnis towards Shias. But this Sunni is far from loathing his Shia wife, the mother of his children. The thing is that farmers are no theologians and they don’t come to know the particulars of conflicts: they don’t get it how religion can be involved here, when people kill and rob each other in broad daylight. “Let them shove off and get back to their fathers, taking their freedom with them. They are pure bandits” –Hassan’s wife says. Farmers are better at describing their hardships, than depicting religious differences. Their house and land were located between the two villages of Sarja and Zaita. It was a year and a half ago when the shelling, and attacks started. It was followed by armed rebels coming into their house. The family decided not to waste time and wait for the outcome, worrying that the rebels could hurt their kids – especially the girls – so they took the children and moved to Al-Qasr. Later, after they have left, the rebels burnt down their house. Five-year old Taha is outraged: his parents hid him in a haystack, and when those people came into the barn, he could hear them talking about what valuables could be kept there. “They burnt all my winter and summer clothes” – the kid says. Today Allah saved their lives again – the rocket didn’t hit the gas cylinders depot, which serves as their home. That is how they see it. The guerillas have made a short movie of their fighting against the Syrian Army near the Lebanese border. Reportedly they were fighting Hezbollah armed groups. One could see the Syrian tanks on camera, while, as we know, the Hezbollah don’t use tanks at all. Obviously, the video shows an inexperienced group of gunmen and their subversive activities. Nadezhda Kevorkova, Lebanon Full story: http://rt.com/op-edge/shiites-living-next-to-the-syrian-war-266/
  11. Felt like this was good enough to share. He brings up important points about internal Lebanese politics, Syria's effect on the region and its effect on the Palestinian right of return, etc.
  12. The video speaks for itself. So embaressing, and shameful.
  13. Ahmad Taleb has a weekly Q&A fiqh show called ‫ãÓáßíÇÊ on NBN channel. C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 BEIRUT 001483 SIPDIS SIPDIS NSC FOR WERNER/ABRAMS/DORAN/SINGH E.O. 12958: DECL: 05/11/2015 TAGS: KISL KDEM PHUM SOCI SY SUBJECT: MGLE01: SHIA CLERIC TELLS OF HIZBALLAH DOMINANCE, BUT OTHER VOICES Classified By: Jeffrey Feltman, Ambassador. Reason: Section 1.4 (B). ¶1. © Sheikh Ahmed Taleb describes himself as a member of a small group of apolitical Shia clerics. He came to the embassy to "set the record straight' about his relationship with Hizballah and his connection to his father-in-law Sheikh Mohamed Hussein Fadlallah, the doyen of the spiritual and political guides of Hizballah and the radical movements that preceded Hizballah. Sheikh Taleb was neither shy nor apologetic in describing his stand on religion and politics. His story is that of a young man, sent to Iran to study, who returned to Lebanon as the resistance to the Israeli occupation was at its most fierce. He stepped into the shoes of more radical clerics and into a conflict that included, for him, the United States. Now, a seasoned observer of the Lebanese political scene, Sheikh Taleb claims that he sees politics as a betrayal of religion, and the present powers in the Shia as a repressive mob, out for their own power. He is afraid, however to voice his opinion. Even speaking to us in the confines of the embassy, Sheikh Taleb never said the word "Hizballah" referring only to the "power in the Shia community" Sheikh Taleb told us that he has received barely concealed death threats when his own sermons do not fall into line with the Hizballah political truth. ¶2. © "When I was young, I thought America was the enemy and all the Jews should be killed." As a student, Sheikh Taleb traveled to Qom in Iran to prepare himself for the clergy. There he learned a particular version of Islamic history. Returning to Lebanon at age 23, Sheikh Taleb took over a mosque in the village of Jibcheet after agents of Israel kidnapped the previous mullah. As an impressionable young cleric, surrounded by a radicalized congregation and a Hizballah dominated hierarchy, Sheikh Taleb taught a Lebanese Shia version of liberation theology; its rhetoric colored with insults aimed at the U.S. and Israel. Sheikh Taleb never joined Hizballah or any other political movement, preferring to keep his religious credentials unsoiled, but he supported Hizballah with words and by delivering the sermons he was directed to deliver. ¶3. © Sheikh Taleb explained that the Shia establishment is still fostering a mentality of hatred in Lebanon. He sees the Shia religious power structure supporting and encouraging this hatred. But over the years Sheikh Taleb's own views have mellowed, and become more nuanced. The views he was taught as a young man are political, he said. They have no role in religion and he has learned that. Moreover, Sheikh Taleb teaches in his Mosque that hatred is not a part of the religion, and neither is martyrdom. He told us that many in the Shia community are using fallacious examples of martyrdom in the Islamic past to justify terrorism today. He speaks out against these teachings. But Sheikh Taleb says that he is not alone in his opposition to what he condemns as the corruption of religion by politics. In the south of Lebanon, clerics living under Hizballah's thumb meet privately to discuss their own version of an apolitical Shia Islam concentrated on teaching the religion and leaving partisan politics aside. This position is not popular with Hizballah and so has to be discussed secretly. "The others are also afraid to discuss their views openly," Sheikh Taleb said. ¶4. © The progressive sounding views that Sheikh Taleb expressed were helped by a visit to Los Angeles. He was complimentary of the U.S. and its tolerance of differences in faiths. Sheikh Taleb repeated an often-heard phrase here that no Islamic country protects religion as well as America does. Sheikh Taleb had no illusions about the present state of Shia politics. As the son-in-law of Fadlallah, one of the community's more revered, living thinkers, he has to be loyal to the religious ideals of his community as described by the establishment represented by his father-in-law. However, Sheikh Taleb has tried to steer clear of the political system and goals that govern Hizballah. He said that all of his efforts to teach others are made more difficult by the political hold Hizballah has on the Shia population. This hold aggravates the fears among the other confessions in Lebanon. The leaders of all confessions feed these fears to maintain their power. So when someone like Sheikh Taleb speaks out publicly, he has no natural allies. That hasn't stopped Sheikh Taleb from speaking out. He left us with a DVD of a presentation he delivered at UNESCO on the role of Islam that earned him yet another death threat from more conventional Hizballah supporters. Sheikh Taleb has no illusions that he can change the world, or that his outreach to the U.S. will result in any change in Lebanon. But he is hopeful that if he can change some people's views, his BEIRUT 00001483 002 OF 002 continued efforts might make a difference to a few other minds prepared to think differently about religion. ¶5. © Comment: Sheikh Taleb is not the first orthodox, Shia cleric who has come to us to voice opposition to Hizballah. Clerics like Taleb are loyal to the Higher Shia Council and operate in areas in which Hizballah supplies the material needs of their congregations. 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ÇäÇ áÇ ÇØÇáÈ ÇáÏÝÇÚ ãä ÇÍÏ¡ Èá Çä Çááå íÏÇÝÚ. http://www.arrouwadnewspaper.net/news/2011-01-17-21-12-19/49-2011-01-05-00-30-47/36534----qq-------.html
  14. Samaha says of bomb plots, ‘This is what Assad wants’: August 10, 2012 10:34 AM (Last updated: August 10, 2012 09:44 PM) Members of Police's Information Branch storm the apartment building where former Information Minister Michel Samaha lives in Ashrafieh, Lebanon on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir) BEIRUT: Police surveillance of recently detained former Cabinet Minister Michel Samaha, including incriminating video footage, was key to unveiling the pro-Assad figure’s alleged involvement in a plot to carry out attacks in Lebanon, security sources said Friday. “This is what Bashar wants,” security sources quoted Samaha as saying of Syrian President Bashar Assad, in a video shot by a Lebanese undercover agent for the Internal Security Forces Information Branch. He was referring to bomb attacks meant to be carried out in north Lebanon. They also said that, in the video, Samaha can be seen and heard saying that Syrian Maj. Gen. Ali Mamlouk had handed him the bombs in addition to cash to be distributed to would-be perpetrators of the attacks in Lebanon. Samaha was detained Thursday during a raid on his house in the Metn area of Khanshara-Juwar. When interrogators screened the video in his presence, Samaha promptly admitted to being the man on film, the sources said. The man who shot the video, a member of the Kfouri family, was flown out of the country just before Samaha’s arrest over fears for his safety, the sources added. Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said in comments to several media outlets Friday that Samaha admitted to his involvement in a “specific security case, but the issue remains undisclosed.” Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi agreed that the probe is top secret and that "no one knows what is inside." Nevertheless, he warned Friday that authorities will open an investigation to find out who was behind the "leaks." Security sources Thursday told The Daily Star that Samaha admitted he was involved in the plot to carry out bomb attacks and that he had personally transferred a number of explosives from Syria to Lebanon. The sources added that “highly effective” bombs ready to explode by remote control had earlier been found in various areas of Lebanon. The same sources told The Daily Star Friday that after police collected evidence for the case and just before the bombs were set to explode, Acting State Prosecutor Samir Hammoud issued the order to detain Samaha. The ISF Information Branch seized $170,000 from Samaha’s residence, added the sources. They said security was beefed up around Hammoud's house in Moseitbeh, Beirut, following Samaha's arrest, as was his official escort. Further information about the would-be attacks indicated that the planting and the timing of the bombs were designed to coincide with a visit to the northern region of Akkar by Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai. When asked to comment by The Daily Star, Rai declined, but Bkirki issued a statement Friday saying that the patriarch's visit to Tripoli and Akkar would last from Aug. 13 until Aug. 16. Hammoud briefed Prime Minister Najib Mikati Friday on the outcome of the preliminary investigation of Samaha. Mikati urged Hammoud to carry on with the probe “to uncover the truth behind this case and to achieve justice.” Also Friday, Future Movement MP Ghazi Youssef hit back at head of the Hezbollah parliamenatary bloc Mohammad Raad, who accused members of the judiciary Thursday of collaborating with “suspicious” security forces against Samaha. In Hezbollah’s first response to Samaha’s arrest, Raad said Thursday: “We have long experienced such security fabrications; some judges are connected to suspicious security services.” Youssef told a local radio station Friday: “The facts of the investigation will reveal that Samaha’s arrest is not based on security fabrications.” He also asked rhetorically why Hezbollah had not accused the ISF's Information Branch of fabricating evidence "when it arrested many Israeli spies, including those who belong to Hezbollah?” Meanwhile, reactions were divided over the Samaha affair. Controversial Sidon preacher Ahmad Assir said, “The ISF has offered us a precious gift in the last two days, one that makes us hold our heads high.” Catholic religious figures expressed disapproval of the way Samaha, a fellow Catholic, was taken into custody. Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III Lahham denounced the “abusive way in which Samaha was arrested and the lack of respect for the sanctity of the home and the dignity of the family.” In a telephone call to President Michel Sleiman at his summer residence in Beiteddine, Lahham also said the way Samaha was arrested “tarnishes the reputation of the security institution, which acted in an uncivilized manner." Zahle’s Catholic bishop Issam Darwish also condemned the manner in which police apprehended Samaha. “I’m not against any security measures in accordance with the norms of the Lebanese state, but I'm against the way in which [samaha] was detained, regardless of the outcome of the ongoing probe,” Darwish said in a statement. Others were stronger in their condemnation of the security forces' behavior. Brig. Gen. Mustafa Hamdan, a pro-Assad general detained by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and later released, described Samaha’s detention as a “kidnapping operation.” “The kidnapping of the 11 Lebanese in Syria was carried out by Abu Ibrahim,” he said. “Those in Lebanon are carried out by Abu Mazen [information Branch chief Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan].” Hamdan's comments came following a meeting with head of the Free Patriotic Movement Michel Aoun at the latter's residence in Rabieh, north of Beirut. Read more: http://www.dailystar...x#ixzz23BPE3eOx (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)
  15. Sayyed Abass Al-Musawi, the former Secretary General of Hezbollah, explains how peace must not be begged for from America or anyone else, and that peace usually cannot be achieved from others in this way.
  16. Hezbollah members getting in position right before a match starts. It’s almost like they’ve done this before or something. We figured they’d cheat; they were Hezbollah, after all. But none of us—a team of four Western journalists—thought we’d be dodging military-grade flash bangs when we initiated this “friendly” paintball match. The battle takes place underground in a grungy, bunker-like basement underneath a Beirut strip mall. When the grenades go off it’s like being caught out in a ferocious thunderstorm: blinding flashes of hot white light, blasts of sound that reverberate deep inside my ears. As my eyesight returns and readjusts to the dim arena light, I poke out from my position behind a low cinder-block wall. Two large men in green jumpsuits are bearing down on me. I have them right in my sights, but they seem unfazed—even as I open fire from close range, peppering each with several clear, obvious hits. I expect them to freeze, maybe even acknowledge that this softie American journalist handily overcame their flash-bang trickery and knocked them out of the game. Perhaps they’ll even smile and pat me on the back as they walk off the playing field in a display of good sportsmanship (after cheating, of course). Instead, they shoot me three times, point-blank, right in the groin. From this distance (well within the 15-foot “safety zone”), paintballs feel like bee stings. I raise my hands in pain and confusion, signaling to the referee that I’m leaving the game. But the bigger one—a tall, muscular farm boy from the deep south of Lebanon who tonight is going by the name Khodor—isn’t finished with me yet: He wraps his giant hands around my body and tries to throw me over his shoulder with the kind of deftness that only comes from practice. I’m quick enough to break free and flee, but my teammate Ben isn’t so lucky. Khodor and his partner move past me in perfect military formation, plunging deeper into our defenses. Soon they apprehend Ben, pushing him ahead of them, human shield-style. To read the rest of the 6 pages... http://www.vice.com/read/paintballing-with-hezbollah-0000151-v19n3?Contentpage=1
  17. A Pakistani dentist whom works in Lebanon, wants to marry my cousin. He got permission from his mother, but his father wants him to marry a Pakistani girl in Kashmir. The dentist, his father, and even his brother got into a huge fight and there was injury involved! His own brother chopped off his pinky! My cousin loves him very much, but now she is very afraid for his life. She doesn't want to leave him as he sacrificed his finger for her, but at the same time she fears if she does marry him, his family will kill him. What should she do? Her brothers said they will defend him as they have guns and back him up. But why are Pakistani fathers so set on marrying their sons off to Pakistani girls only?
  18. Good to know things are becoming clear for everyone with proof and these uprisings are clearly a Zionist/NWO BS.
  19. Question: Isn't it a good idea for the Houthi movement's social branch to setup donation collecting centers in countries like Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait and even EU to support the poor people in North Yemen? Most Shias might be willing to donate and help them, especially after years of poverty and multiple wars that were imposed on them by Saudi and their own puppet government. Now that they are free and in control of many areas in the North, they should use all resources to help people socially and economically to build themselves reputations amongst people. Abdulmalik Al Houthi From Wiki, Sheikh Sayyid Abdul-Malik al-Houthi (born 1982) is a leader of the Zaidiyyah in Sa'dah Governorate, Yemen. His brothers Yahia Badreddin al Houthi and Abdul-Karim Al-Houthi are also leaders of the movement, as was his late brother Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi. He was claimed to have been heavily injured during an air raid in December 2009, a claim denied by Houthi spokesmen. On 26 December 2009 it was claimed that Abdul-Malik has been killed after 2 days from a heavy air strike from the Royal Saudi Air Force. The claim however was refuted by the Houthis which then released video evidence proving he was alive. The al Houthi movement in Yemen traces its roots back to a political and paramilitary group called the Believing Youth established in the mid-1990s by Hussein Badr al Din al Houthi. In 2001, Hussein al Houthi increasingly spoke out against the state, and the group held mass anti-government and anti-American demonstrations. The government issued a reward for the capture of Hussein and security forces killed him in September 2004 during an attempt to arrest him. His death ignited an uprising by his followers, who became known as the al Houthis. The al Houthi movement draws its supporters from the Zaydi Shiite population in northern Yemen and is primarily active in Sa'ada and Amran provinces. The al Houthis' grievances include economic and social marginalization, corruption in the government, close alignment of the state with the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, and excessive Wahhabi influence on state policy and schools. Al Houthi leaders, however, are quick to deny accusations that the goal of the al Houthi movement is to re-establish a Shiite imamate in the north of Yemen – an accusation the government often repeats. The al Houthi movement claims to seek autonomy from the Yemeni state for the Zaydi Shiite population in order to redress its other stated grievances. Abdul Malik's Ashura speech (Arabic)
  20. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6Bb-jTv5xw&feature=share
  21. Okay, im just wondering, not trying to be offensive, but why are so many of the Arab countries keep the names of the British colonial mandates? a little back ground on history, most of the modern Arab states, like Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan..etc. were created when Britain and France drew lines in the sand after dismantling the Ottoman Caliphate. Arabs didnt really have much of a say in this even though the British had promised them independence if they back stabbed the Turks and sided with them. Instead the British and French just cut up the states. They gave them names based on what they felt it should be, like Jordan and Palestine: these names were put into place by the British and had no historical meaning in Arabic! Some others, kept their old names, like Syria for example. Im not sure about Lebanon and Iraq though, i think Lebanon might be a French name. seems like a pretty pointless issue, but im just wondering, how could a proud people like the Arabs accept names and borders given to them by a foreign occupier?
  22. (CNN) -- The outlook for the underequipped members of the Syrian opposition appeared to brighten Thursday on the eve of a Friends of Syria meeting in Tunisia. Diplomatic sources told CNN that a number of Arab nations are supplying arms to the Syrian opposition. The sources wouldn't identify which countries. In London, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton predicted the opposition will find willing sources to supply them with munitions..... "There will be increasingly capable opposition forces," she said Thursday. "They will find somewhere, somehow the means to defend themselves, as well as begin offensive measures and the pressure will build on Russia and China. World opinion is not going to stand idly by." ------------------------------------------- Time for Assad to bring down 100s of terrorists daily and do not even give them a chance to breathe.. The terrorist states such as Saudi and Qatar, and Clinton should not succeed in creating a civil war in Syria. Syrians need to save their county from satanic forces.
  23. Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah says the United States, Israel, and some Arab states, as well as al-Qaeda, seek to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Press TV reports. “There is an Arab, Western, American, and Israeli insistence that there is no solution in Syria except toppling the Syrian government,” Nasrallah said in a televised address in Beirut on Thursday marking the fourth anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah Head of Security Imad Mughniyah. “Any alternative in Syria is better for Israel as the opposition is being sponsored by the US and the Arabs whose history is well-known… Israel believes that any new regime is better than Bashar al-Assad’s government,” he added. He noted that Syrian officials know that reforms are needed and that they are taking steps towards major changes. He also accused the US of “seeking destruction in Syria while ridiculing the reforms launched by President Assad.” Slamming some Arab states for their hostile stance against Damascus, he said “When we tell the Arab governments to negotiate with Syria on a political solution they answer that there is no time. How do you accept negotiation with Israel while you do not accept to negotiate with an Arab state?” Nasrallah also accused Lebanon’s March 14 alliance of instigating violence in Syria, denouncing the alliance for "sending weapons to Syria.” Hezbollah leader also noted that the Syrian president has never bowed to the demands of the US and Israel. Turning to Israel’s role in the region he said “We should observe Israel’s stance on what is going on today in the region, especially on what is happening in Egypt, Syria, Palestine and Lebanon.” The Lebanese leader stressed Hezbollah's strategic ties with Damascus and expressed optimism that Syria will take major steps toward significant reforms in the face of Western media propaganda and foreign-funded unrest in the country. http://youtu.be/s82Q0YF_8XQ
  24. Arbaeen Night http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GSUiatx8_s The Day Of Arbaeen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2q3T9OapG8
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