Missile ambush by Hezbollah fighters that killed two Israeli soldiers Wednesday brought the Iran-backed Lebanese Shia movement closer to war with Israel. Stakes for Israel and Hezbollah are huge. Exchanges have previously plunged these two enemies into conflagrations, most recently the war of 2006. Danger is high that they could stumble into a significant confrontation.
An anti-tank missile hit an IDF vehicle in the Golan Heights, prompting an exchange of fire between the Israeli army and Hezbollah, which claimed responsibility for the attack. A UN peacekeeper and two IDF soldiers have been killed.
IDF said the attack was in response to four rockets that were fired from Syria into the Golan Heights. “The IDF holds the Syrian Government accountable for all attacks emanating from its land, and will operate by any means necessary.
Assad: US-trained force would be "illegal" and would be treated like any other rebel group. "They are going to be fought like any other illegal militia fighting against the Syrian army." "Bringing 5,000 (fighters) from the outside will make most of them defect and join ISIS (Islamic State) and other groups.
The international US-led coalition against the Islamic State (IS) has launched 26 airstrikes against the militants' positions in Syria and Iraq in one day, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) said Saturday.
One day after Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi announced his resignation amidst the occupation of his government’s central facilities and his private residence by Houthi militants, a chorus of voices from the US political establishment and punditry are calling for expanded US and NATO military operations across the Middle East and Africa.
The Lebanese political parties expressed solidarity with Hezbollah. The Future Movement, which is Hezbollah’s political rival, condemned the attack, stressed that potential retaliatory moves by the resistance group should not be launched from Lebanese territory.
BEIRUT: There was no sign of infiltration of Israel's northern border from Lebanon by gunmen, the Jerusalem Post said Wednesday night, citing Israeli authorities. Report said that all roads in the north have been reopened.
At the time of the attack, General Allahdadi was on an assignment, giving "crucial advice" to the Syrian armed forces, battling extremists.Iranain Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif: the helicopter attack was "an act of terror," and issued a strong condemnation. Hezbollah officials on Monday vowed retaliation after the attack.
The launch of a preliminary investigation into Israeli war crimes against the people of Gaza by the International Criminal Court (ICC) will eventually lead to “Israel’s day of reckoning,” American political commentator Author and radio host Stephen Lendman. Important these initiatives go ahead,” “because one day maybe Israel will be held responsible, accountable, when other nations will see to it that Israel is punished for its crimes.”
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: Should we leave terrorism or weapons of mass destruction to spread in this region, the loss imparted upon the international community would be immeasurable."
Hezbollah’s Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah: Lebanese resistance movement is prepared to respond to Israel’s repeated strikes on targets in Syria. Hezbollah is well-armed and its missiles can hit any Israeli target. Israeli strikes target not only territories in Syria but also the axis of resistance in the entire region.
The barrier combines a fence and a ditch, and is meant to protect the Kingdom from the Islamic State fighters who have seized much of northern Iraq. The wall comprises "40 watchtowers, five layers of fence, sand embankments and radar and camera installations."
“A girl less than two days old passed away Sunday in southern Aleppo because of the extreme cold.” Bitterly cold temperatures caused death of one-year-old girl in southern district of Damascus. More than 200,000 people have died in the Syria conflict; UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The Egyptian army will destroy everything standing across an additional 500 meters from the border area, on top of the 500 meters already cleared several months ago, Egyptian media reported on Sunday. Demolition plan announced by Cairo following attack by unknown gunmen on a checkpoint in the volatile region that killed dozens of soldiers last October.
Level of military exercises unprecedented over past 10 years; Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv quoted unidentified Israeli military sources as saying.“Military exercises on this level definitely have a political message for Palestinians, aimed to show that Israel has the upper hand. Reported Israeli soldiers mistreated Palestinians during the exercises carried out in villages, near civilians’ houses,
Turkish whistleblower Fuat Avni said early on Saturday that the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan initially planned to use Dec. 14 raids against the media to announce the Gülen movement as a terrorist organization, but he had to resort to other ways as the previous plan failed. The whistleblower said Erdoğan approved of the false-flag operation
The US is reviewing the possibility that civilians may have died in coalition air strikes in Iraq and Syria. Central Command is carrying out the investigation and has admitted for the first time that members of the general public could have perished.
Exhibition showcasing paintings of maps without Israel held in Lebanon. Norwegian People’s Aid NGO funded exhibition at the Al-Burj Al-Shamali refugee camp. Maps at the exhibit, titled “This is Palestine,” by Palestinian children living in Lebanon. Exhibition has angered Israeli media and officials.
"An American being held in Israel on weapons charges has told investigators he was considering attacking Muslim holy sites, Israeli police say. Adam Everett Livix, a Christian wanted in the US on drugs charges, was arrested last month after an undercover agent discovered the alleged plot. Weapons and ammunition stolen from the Israeli army were found at his home.
Army study, released earlier in December 2014, concludes that extensive US military involvement “may prove essential in managing possible future conflict” in case of “an eruption of natural resource conflict in the East Mediterranean,” due to huge gas discoveries in recent years.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: Palestinian Authority should fear being “in a unity government with Hamas, ”accused the resistance group of “war crimes,” likened to those perpetrated byISIL Takfiri group in Iraq and Syria; reiterated claims about Israeli forces being most moral army in the world."
HarperCollins, one of the world’s largest publishing companies, has officially apologized for excluding Israel from its Collins Middle East Atlas because of “local preferences”. The publisher was accused of harming peace efforts in the region.
Russian Foreign Ministry is calling on all states that have not yet done that to follow the example of Russia - put ISIL and Jabhat al-Nusra on national terrorist lists and ban their activity, as envisioned by relevant decisions of the UN Security Council.”
US and coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria have killed nearly 1,200 people ‒ including 52 civilians ‒ and wounded at least 800 others at a cost of more than $1 billion since the bombings began in September.
Eight people were killed yesterday in two drone strikes in North Waziristan, a remote and impoverished area along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.
3,100 such vehicles have been sent to Kuwait, where the US is massing them for use in the ever-escalating war against ISIS. The bulk of the vehicles are MRAPs, used by ground troops to resist IEDs in travel, and that points to the buildup being done with an eye on an eventual US ground war in Iraq and Syria.
Jerusalem City Council has approved the construction of almost 400 new settlements in two districts of the city and its southern part, including annexed areas situated beyond the Green Line.
Militants from the so-called Islamic State (IS) have captured a Jordanian jet pilot, whose warplane was reportedly shot down over the jihadists’ stronghold in the eastern Syrian province of Raqqa.
170 countries voted in favor of the resolution. Israeli warplanes attacked Lebanon’s oil storage tanks during the 2006 war on Lebanon which led to oil spill, extensive pollution that covered the entire Lebanese coastline. Israel launched wars on Lebanon in 2000 and 2006. Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah defeated the Israeli military.
American forces were involved in their first ground battle with Islamic State fighters, according to Kurdish media outlet Shafaq News, near the Ain Al-Assad base in the Anbar province of Iraq early Sunday. The report could not be independently verified.
Israel is pushing for the European Union (EU) to approve construction of a pipeline running from the Middle Eastern country to supply Cyprus, Greece and Italy with natural gas. The proposed EastMed pipeline will carry gas from Tamar and Leviathan gas fields located in the Mediterranean Sea, to Southern Europe.
Former CIA contractor, Steven D. Kelley, says that the ISIL terrorist group is a completely fabricated enemy created and funded by the United States and its allies and only now it has become inconvenient for us to attack this group as a legitimate enemy.
U.S. State Department announced this week that the first major contingent of Syrian refugees, 9,000 of them, have been hand-selected by the United Nations for resettlement into communities across the United States, just the beginning of an extended program to accept more Syrians.
A senior Iranian official says the recent Israeli airstrikes on Syria were conducted in support of foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists operating against the Syrian government.
Israeli airstrikes have hit targets near Damascus International Airport and in the town of Dimas near the Lebanon border, Syrian state TV reports. Israeli Air Force have conducted airstrikes on an arms depot, which caused huge blasts near the [Damascus] International Airport.
The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved in a 161-5 vote an Arab-backed resolution calling on Israel to renounce possession of nuclear weapons and put its nuclear facilities under international oversight. calls on Israel to "accede to treaty without delay, not to develop, produce, test or acquire nuclear weapons,
Egyptian police in Cairo used water cannon and tear gas against hundreds of demonstrators protesting against the acquittal of former president Hosni Mubarak of conspiring to kill hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising. At least two people reportedly died and nine were injured in clashes.
The United States will arm Israel, a key ally in the Middle East, with 3,000 smart bombs as part of Washington’s military aid to Tel Aviv. The United States provides Israel with some $8.5 million in military aid per day.
The United States continues to escalate its aerial campaign against ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria, shifting more attack and surveillance aircraft from Afghanistan to a base in Kuwait.
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