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    Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is expected to give a speech on Sunday following the death of six party members in an Israeli strike in Syria as the movement investigated whether the attack was a result of a major security breach.
    As Safir daily said Tuesday that Nasrallah had been scheduled to address his supporters on the seventh assassination anniversary of military commander Imad Mughniyeh on February 16.
    But he is now likely to appear during a ceremony next Sunday, a week after the Hizbullah members, including Mughniyeh's son Jihad, were killed in the Israeli air strike in the area of Mazraat al-Amal on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.
    Hizbullah officials have said the Hizbullah members came under rocket shelling from Israeli helicopters. But U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said Monday that peacekeepers serving in the Golan saw drones flying before the attack.
    "The incident is a violation of the 1974 agreement on disengagement" between Israel and Syria, he said.
    However, Hizbullah's main focus in the investigation is likely the person who was targeted in the attack and whether Israeli agents had informed Tel Aviv about the convoy.
    Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards confirmed on Monday the death of one of their generals in a statement on their website.
    "General Mohammad Ali Allahdadi and a number of fighters and Islamic Resistance (Hizbullah) forces were attacked by the Zionist regime's helicopters," it said.
    A source close to Hizbullah said six Iranians had also been killed in the attack.
    The director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdel Rahman told pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat on Tuesday that the Hizbullah members and the Iranians were preparing for a “security act” in the Golan against Israeli targets before they were targeted in the strike.
    But Loyalty to the Resistance bloc MP Walid Sukkarieh said the party is still investigating whether Israel was aware that the targeted members were from Hizbullah or whether it thought it was attacking a unit from Syrian President Bashar Assad's troops.
    A Syrian activist, who uses the name Abu Omar, said Hizbullah was widely rumored to be training pro-Assad militiamen and Syrian government forces near the area of the strikes. The party has sent its forces to Syria to help the president against the rebellion.
    In remarks to al-Joumhouria daily, Sukkarieh accused Israel of seeking to normalize relations with opposition forces in the Golan, mainly the al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front.
    Another Hizbullah official Mahmoud Qmati expressed similar remarks, telling the newspaper that “Israel clearly stands by terrorist takfiri organizations” in Syria.
    “This aggression sets a dangerous precedent in the history of the conflict,” he said.
    “The Israeli enemy will not rest and will not be safe,” Qmati said.
    He vowed a Hizbullah response. “Our right for a retaliation is clear and we will not give it up,” he added.

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    SINS OF THE FATHER

    01.19.15
    Israel Kills Iran’s Favorite (Terrorist) Son

    Jihad Mughniyeh’s father was infamous in the 1980s, and blown away by an assassin’s bomb seven years ago. Then Quds Force leader Qasem Suleimani all but adopted him.
    By Reza HaghighatNejad

    He was the dauphin of terror, the son of the most infamous organizer of bombings and kidnappings in the amply notorious ranks of Lebanese Hezbollah. But he was more than that. He was a friend, and reportedly almost like a son to Qasem Suleimani, the powerful commander of the Quds Force, Iran’s special forces created to project its power by training, army and directing militias in strategies of combat and covert action.
    But, twice-blessed or not, Jihad Mughniyeh died Sunday when an Israeli helicopter opened up on him over the town of Mazraeh-ol-aml in the Syrian territory of the Golan Heights. Hezbollah reported that, altogether, six of its people were killed by that Israeli military operation, and Arab media claimed six Iranian commanders also died in the incident, although their deaths have not been confirmed.
    The Mashregh News website, which is closely linked to the Iranian military, also reported that commanders were among those who died, while many of the “martyred Hezbollah members had gone to Syria to train popular forces,” it said, referring to fighters supporting the regime in Damascus of Bashar al Assad. Many reports did not specifically name Mughniyeh, but that may have been out of deference to his close friend Suleimani, who is one of the most powerful people in Iran.
    The Baztab website, affiliated with Mohsen Rezai, the former commander in chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, also reported that Iranian commanders had been killed. Baztab quoted Israeli sources, who said that many of those killed had been tasked with setting up missile-launching platforms in Syria. The site also published a video of two speeches by Mughniya. In one of them, the young officer is dressed in military uniform and addresses the crowd in the manner of a senior commander.
    The locally focused Yazdi News site reported that General Allahdadi, former commander of the Revolutionary Guards brigade in Yazd province, was among those who died.
    Jihad Mughniyeh, one of assassinated Hezbollah top commander Imad Mughniyeh's sons, sits during a memorial service for his father in his hometown of Tair Debba, south Lebanon, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008. Decades of eluding U.S. and Israeli intelligence won Imad Mughniyeh a mythic stature in his home village, where even his family knew little of what the secretive Hezbollah commander was doing. After his death, his poster hangs on every lamppost and building corner here. (Tara Todras-Whitehill/AP, Tara Todras-Whitehill)
    Suleimani has lost several close friends serving with Iran’s military in Syria and Iraq in recent months. In early January, he traveled to Ahwaz to attend the funeral ceremony of one of Iran’s highest military commanders, killed on the Iraqi battlefield by a sniper from the so-called Islamic State.
    “The relationship between Jihad and Hajj Qasem went beyond a simple relationship of a young man with his father’s friend.”

    But the death of Jihad Mughniyeh, who was the son of Imad Mughniyeh, blown up by an assassin’s bomb in Damascus in 2008, will be a particularly hard blow for the Quds commander. Young Mughniyeh, thought to be about 25 years old, was said to travel to Iran often. Exactly a year ago, Iranian media made much of the presence of Mughniyeh at Suleimaini’s mother’s funeral. Then the last published photograph of him showed him, once again, with Suleimani:
    “There was a good-looking young man among the guests,” Fars News Agency reported. The wire service, which is affiliated with the Revolutionary Guards, described the relationship between Mughniyeh and Suleimani as “intimate.”
    “Every few minutes they whispered to one another,” the agency said. “Hajj Qasem asked him to stand next to him, introducing him to several commanders. A smile immediately broke out on the face of whomever he was introduced to.” Fars reported that each of the commanders embraced the young Mughniyeh after the introduction.
    In September 2013, Fars reported that “the relationship between Jihad and Hajj Qasem went beyond a simple relationship of a young man with his father’s friend. They are often mistaken for father and son.”
    On Sunday, January 18, just before he was killed, Iranian media published photographs of Jihad Mughniyeh with the sons of several Iranian commanders who had been killed in the Iran-Iraq war.
    Lebanese Hezbollah has officially confirmed the names of most of those who died in Sunday’s attack, but has issued no further statements about it.
    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized Israel following the raid. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “has been banging doors to prevent the success of nuclear negotiations for a long time now,” he said, referring to talks between Iran and the P5+1 countries. His comment suggests that the political fallout from Sunday’s military operations is already underway.
    This article is adapted from one by Reza HaghighatNejad that originally appeared on IranWire.

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    What is really sad is that everything that has happened since 2003 until now has been in Israel's benefit. From the war in Iraq, to 2006 war, to the Syrian war, everything the Jarabs are still fighting one another. Israel is sitting and watching while we are fighting one another and have religion as the opium of the people.

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    Israel is on high alert for possible attacks from Hizbullah following an airstrike on its members in Syria, Israeli defense officials said Tuesday, as the Jewish State boosted deployment of its "Iron Dome" anti-missile aerial defense system along its northern frontier.
    Israel has also increased surveillance activities in the area which borders Lebanon and Syria, the officials said.
    Israel's Security Cabinet is scheduled to meet to discuss a potential escalation in violence, they said.
    Hizbullah claims Israel carried out Sunday's strike on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, which killed a prominent Hizbullah fighter, a senior Iranian general, and five other party members.
    Israel has neither confirmed nor denied its role in the strike.
    Although he did not mention Lebanon or Syria specifically, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that "Israel is adamant that it will have the right to defend itself against all those who wish to propagate terror and other attacks against its citizens, against its territory."
    The prominent fighter killed, Jihad Mughniyeh, was the son of Imad Mughniyeh — a top Hizbullah operative widely considered to have built the movement's military operations infrastructure and the second most revered figure inside Hizbullah.
    He was assassinated in 2008 in a Damascus car bombing that Hizbullah says was carried out by Israel's Mossad spy agency.

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    War is not an option for the Party of God Hezbollah has few choices after the Golan Heights attack






    “Death to Israel! Death to America!” chanted thousands of people gathered yesterday in Beirut’s southern suburbs as they mourned 25-year-old Jihad Moughnieh, son of assassinated Hezbollah military commander Imad Moughnieh. The young Moughnieh was killed on Sunday in an Israeli Air Force raid in the Syrian Golan Heights.

    Sunday’s strike came just a few days after Hezbollah’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah said that Hezbollah was capable of occupying Galilee and confirmed rumors that his group possessed Iranian-made Fateh-110 missiles. Besides Moughnien, the raid killed two other members of Hezbollah's top command in the Golan, as well as an Iranian Quds Force general. It was carried out by two Israeli unmanned drones, according to the UN peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights.

    But regardless of what its supporters might be chanting, both politicians and analysts in Beirut say that a renewed clash with Israel is not a realistic short-term option for Hezbollah. Politically, Hezbollah is between a rock and a hard place. Theoretically, the Party cannot ignore the voice of its supporters who ask for vengeance. Jihad Moughnieh was too young to be an important member of Hezbollah’s military command, but he was Imad Moughnieh’s son and to Hezbollah supporters he was an icon. “Hezbollah does not have the option of not retaliating. The question is: how will they retaliate?” Lebanese commentator Ali al-Amine told NOW.


    Between a rock and a hard place
    Al-Amine says Hezbollah doesn't have the means to engage Israel directly. “Despite Hezbollah’s capabilities, they don’t seem to have the ability to withstand the consequences of an open war with Israel. Yes, Israel could suffer from a strike by Hezbollah," he said. "However, if Lebanon launches war on Israel, we do not know the scope of Israel’s retaliation, which could lead to considerable destruction in Lebanon."
    An immediate retaliation and an open war with Israel would also leave Hezbollah without political support at home. Most Lebanese politicians have declared their opposition to such action. Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt stressed that Lebanon cannot endure an “adventure.” Likewise, Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi stated: “There is no need for Lebanon to shoulder the burden of what happened," referring to the Israeli attack.

    Both Azzi and Jumblatt believe that retaliation from Syria would absolve Lebanon from bearing the consequences, but MP Atef Majdalaani warned that it will make no difference if retaliation comes from Syria or Lebanon: Hezbollah’s presence in Lebanon will make the country vulnerable should an open war break out.

    On the other hand, Al-Amine pointed out that a Syria-based retaliation could also be carried out with help from an allied organization. In time, he says, Hezbollah could even form a new group in Syria capable of perpetrating attacks against Israel without being overtly connected to the Party.


    Bombing Israeli interests abroad?
    A third option for Hezbollah would be to target Israeli interests and/or citizens abroad. Lebanese political analyst Mustapha Fahs believes this will be the most likely outcome. “I believe Hezbollah will consider an intelligence operation rather than call for an open war,” he told NOW. “[The Party] will not consider an open war with Israel, so they will not respond any time soon. If Hezbollah responds from South Lebanon it will mean that Israel will strike Lebanon. Also, if it responds from the Golan, then Israel may strike in Syria, tilting the balance. Neither outcome serves Hezbollah’s interests or those of its sponsor, Iran,” he added. An attack abroad, however, would not serve Hezbollah’s interests abroad, but rather risk yet more countries listing it as a terrorist organization.

    Hezbollah has not taken an official position, although the Party has signaled an intention to be prudently restrained. Hezbollah Baalbek MP Kamal Rifai said yesterday that there will be a "harsh" response from Hezbollah for the Golan attack, but that the Party would take its time in choosing a target. Hassan Nasrallah is scheduled to address his supporters on Sunday.

    Israeli military analysts also seem to recognize the difficult position Hezbollah is in and do not foresee anything like the July 2006 War. “The IDF has raised the alert on the Syrian border, but Nasrallah's response to the assassination of some of his senior commanders might lead to attacks against Israeli targets outside of Israel's borders,” wrote Ron Ben-Yishai on Ynet News, adding that “Hezbollah's massive arsenal of missiles and rockets will stay in the organization's bunkers until the day Israel strikes Iran's nuclear facilities.

    “The circumstances on both the domestic Lebanese and international levels work in Israel’s favor right now,” Al-Amine said. And in addition to Hezbollah‘s lack of political support at home, its forces have been stretched thin by the fight against Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq.

    Fahs says that a decision to retaliate is not even entirely in Hezbollah’s hands. “The real call on whether and when Hezbollah will strike back is in Iran’s hands,” he said. “I believe Iran will be careful on how makes its next move, and that is why I believe any response from Iran’s side will be limited or may even be postponed.”

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    Iran and Hezbollah are planning 'imminent' joint invasion of Israel's northern Galilee region according to 'high level intelligence'

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    Quote Originally Posted by lebanese1984 View Post
    Iran and Hezbollah are planning 'imminent' joint invasion of Israel's northern Galilee region according to 'high level intelligence'

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz3POmWOV1O
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    Hezbollah plays under iranian book, so they are no passionate in their reactions as most arabs, specially palestinians are! They will target israeli/jewish institutions as AMIA in argentina as a revange attack!! By the way... stupid move by Israel! Put then on the same level of arab armies "intelligence"
    Constructio Cognitio Omnia Vincit

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    I think it was a very smart by Israel. Placed more pressure on HA and they know that there will be no attack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lebanese1984 View Post
    I think it was a very smart by Israel. Placed more pressure on HA and they know that there will be no attack.
    I concur, HA and the Pasdaran have been thoroughly humiliated, all they can do is talk... Heck, they can barely handle a bunch of jarabs who wear fluorescent t-shirts in the heat of battle, and yet they want to invade Israel? Bring it on!

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    Good move indeed, lesson to aspiring terrorist father......don't name your kid Jihad and expect a happy ending, call him Bob, Steve even Chaz lol but definitely not Jihad.
    Great to bitch slap HA and Iran....these idiots have been photo bombing face book for months with "Hey y'all here are come and get us picts" well they got their wish.
    Now I doubt we will see that unwashed fatman show his fat carcarcass anytime till next spring like the groundhog he is.
    He looks like he shares the same personal hygine schedule as the unwashed Michael Moore....
    Who would claim to be that, who was not.

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