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Lebanon is under attack from the FSA (Foreign Salafists Army) from Syria after Hezbollah declares allegiance to Al-Assad

Who do I hate more? I am well aware that although Shiite/Shia countries are ruled under Islamic theocracies, they are far more stable than Sunni countries. In this conflict, I’d rather have Al-Assad win. If the FSA (Obama/Saudi backed Al-Qaeda terrorists) win, then we will see the toppling of a stable state and see the birth of another Islamic Hellhole governed under strict Sharia Law.

 

Medics transport an injured Lebanese soldier, after clashes between followers of a radical Sunni cleric Sheik Ahmad al-Assir and Shiite gunmen, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Sunday, June 23, 2013

AP Photo / Mohammed ZaatariMedics transport an injured Lebanese soldier, after clashes between followers of a radical Sunni cleric Sheik Ahmad al-Assir and Shiite gunmen, in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Sunday, June 23, 2013

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The southern Lebanese port city of Sidon has been turned into a combat zone as soldiers battle the followers of a hard-line Sunni Muslim cleric Sheikh Ahmad Al-Assir in fights that have left almost 50 dead.

The two days of clashes are the latest bout of violence in Lebanon linked to the conflict in neighbouring Syria and the bloodiest yet involving the army — 17 soldiers were reported killed, including two officers.

Lebanese media has depicted the clashes as a test for the state in containing armed groups that have taken up the cause of the warring sides in Syria, whose sectarian makeup mirrors that of its smaller neighbour.

“Attacking the army crosses a line — it is provocative and not something we want to see,” said Sami Atallah, director of the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, a Beirut-based think tank. “I hope it doesn’t escalate. The situation is tense but is not yet out of control.”

The Lebanese army has traditionally been multi-sectarian, with a Christian serving as chief-of-staff and as head of intelligence, while about half of the officers are Christians and half are Muslims. While the Muslims are divided between Shiites and Sunnis, according to Ferid Chedid of The Lebanon Wire, a Beirut-based news service. However, many Christians have stopped volunteering for the army and the ranks are now mostly Muslim.

“The army is determined to end the Assir situation because otherwise it will lose all of its prestige and will become paralyzed,” said Mr. Chedid. “This is very important for Lebanon as a state. The army is the last barrier before a Sunni-Shiite war in Lebanon.”

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The two days of fighting between troops and armed supporters of Sheikh Assir has transformed Sidon, 40 kilometres south of Beirut, into a combat zone.

Skirmishes reportedly began when Sheikh Assir’s supporters surrounded an army checkpoint in Abra, on the outskirts of the city, after soldiers had stopped a vehicle carrying their comrades. Media reports said 17 Lebanese soldiers and at least 30 of Sheikh Assir’s men were killed in the fighting that ensued. The army took control of Sheikh Assir’s mosque in Abra, but the fighting continued for a second day.

Sheikh Assir opposes the Shiite organization Hezbollah and its involvement in Syria’s civil war where its members are fighting side-by-side with President Bashar al-Assad’s forces against the rebels.

Protests quickly spread to other parts of Lebanon, including Tripoli and the Bekaa Valley. They came as sectarian tensions in Lebanon are worsening and some one million Syrian refugees threaten to overcome the small country.

Sheikh Assir, who was raised in a Christian town, belongs to the extremist Salafist movement, said Mr. Chedid. The cleric has sharply attacked Hezbollah’s growing efforts to support the Assad regime in Syria.

Lebanon is no stranger to civil war. A bloody conflict between 1975 and 1990 left at least 120,000 Lebanese dead in the country of just over four million people. Analysts say various parties use the sectarian card to get what they want, and warn it could be dangerous.

“It’s like a pyramid – people at the stop use sectarianism to mobilize their constituency,” said Mr. Atallah. “It is simply a convenient tool to use for other ends.”

Some in Lebanon have charged that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are supporting Sheikh Assir in order to undermine the delicate balance between Sunnis and Shiites in the country.

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Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Lebanon

 

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Obama-backed Al-Qaeda terrorists conduct suicide attacks; kill at least 8 in Syrian capital, 3 soldiers killed in Lebanon

More daily offerings brought to you by the Religion of Peace. All you need to know is that this is a war between Iran (Syria and Lebannon) versus Saudi Arabia (and all Sunni-backed Muslim Terrorists).

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians investigate a damaged vehicle after two suicide bombings hit security compounds in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, June 23, 2013.

AP Photo/SANAIn this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians investigate a damaged vehicle after two suicide bombings hit security compounds in Damascus, Syria, Wednesday, June 23, 2013.

DAMASCUS, Syria — Suicide bombers targeted security compounds in Damascus and a car bomb exploded in a pro-regime district there Sunday, killing at least eight people, the latest in a surge of civil war violence in the capital.

In northern Syria, a car bomb killed 12 soldiers in Aleppo, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists in Syria for information. It had no other details, and the government did not comment.

The state-run news agency SANA said three suicide bombers blew themselves up while trying to break into the Rukneddine police station in northern Damascus, killing five people and wounding several others. SANA said three would-be suicide bombers also tried to break into the Criminal Security Branch in the southern Bab Mousalla area but were caught by security forces before they could detonate their explosives.

Activists confirmed the death toll.

SANA said a car bomb exploded in Mazzeh 86 district in the capital, killing three people, including a 3-year-old boy. Residents of the district are mostly Alawites, an offshoot Shiite sect that President Bashar Assad’s family belongs to. The opposition forces fighting against Assad’s regime are mostly Sunni Muslims.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the Damascus explosions, but they bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida-linked groups that have joined forces with rebels fighting to oust Assad.

The attacks in Syria’s two largest cities came as government forces pressed an offensive on the outskirts of the capital.

SANA carried a statement by the Interior Ministry saying that the Damascus attacks were a “new escalation by terrorist groups,” a term used by the government to refer to the rebels.

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DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty ImagesSyrians sit resting as a man carries a child in front of buildings left in ruins on June 13, 2013 in the southern Syrian town of Maaret al-Numan in the Idlib province.

More than 93,000 people have been killed in Syrian conflict that started in March 2011 as peaceful protest against Assad’s rule. In the past year, the war has taken on sectarian overtones.

The conflict has increasingly spilled across Syria’s borders.

In neighbouring Lebanon, clashes erupted between Lebanese military and supporters of hard-line Sunni cleric Sheik Ahmad al-Assar, a security official said. Three Lebanese soldiers were killed, he said speaking anonymously in line with regulations.

The fighting broke out in the predominantly Sunni southern port city of Sidon after al-Assir’s supporters opened fire on an army checkpoint.

The military issued a statement confirming that three soldiers died in the shooting, including two officers. It said the shooting was unprovoked.

Heavy fighting with machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades caused panic in the city, which until recently had been largely spared the violence hitting other areas. Many people who were spending the day on the beach hurried home, while others living on high floors came down or fled to safer areas. Gray smoke billowed over parts of the city.

The clashes centred on the Bilal bin Rabbah Mosque, where al-Assir preaches. The cleric, a virulent critic of the Shiite militant Hezbollah group, is believed to have hundreds of armed supporters in Sidon. Dozens of al-Assir’s gunmen also partially shut down the main highway linking south Lebanon with Beirut.

By Sunday evening, the army appeared poised to move against al-Assir and his supporters, who have been agitating for months. Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency said the army have surrounded the mosque, sealing off access to it from all directions and neutralized hostile fire from neighbouring buildings.

The NNA report said Assir was believed to be hiding inside the mosque with several of his followers.

The cleric and his followers support Sunni rebels in the Syria conflict, and he has threatened to clear apartments in Sidon where Hezbollah supporters live.Sunday’s clashes in Sidon deepened tensions in Lebanon. on edge since the Syrian conflict began more than two years ago.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman called an emergency meeting of the security cabinet for Monday. NNA also reported sporadic shooting in the volatile city of Tripoli in the north, and the army announced additional force deployments in around Beirut.

The violence came a day after an 11-nation group that includes the U.S. met in the Qatari capital of Doha to co-ordinate military aid and other forms of assistance to the rebels.

Syria’s al-Thawra newspaper, the mouthpiece of the government, assailed the Friends of Syria meeting.

“It’s clear that the enemies of Syria are rushing to arm the terrorists to kill the chances for holding the Geneva conference,” the newspaper said, referring to a U.S.-Russia initiative for bringing Assad’s government and rebels together to negotiate an end to the crisis.

The Syrian paper pledged that the army would “continue the showdown to eliminate terrorism and restore security and stability.”

Suicide attacks, car bomb kill at least 8 in Syrian capital; 3 soldiers killed in Lebanon | World | News | National Post.

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2013 in Lebanon, Syria

 

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The Arab Spring, the Syrian civil war what they mean for the conflict in Gaza

The Arab Spring, the Syrian civil war what they mean for the conflict in Gaza | Israel & Middle East | World | News | National Post.

 

Iran is transforming Lebanon ‘into an outpost for terror’

Nothing really new here. Lebanon has always been a playtoy for Iran. It is simply a proxy state which Iran uses to continually harass Israel. Just last week, they sent a drone into Israel to “test its defensive systems”.

 

Iran is transforming Lebanon ‘into an outpost for terror’: Israel | Israel & Middle East | World | News | National Post.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2012 in Lebanon