by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News
The Syrian Arab Army’s offensive in southern Aleppo (at Al-‘Amariyya) is in full swing after bombarding Islamic Front (Jabhat Al-Islamiyya) positions near the Sheikh Sa’eed District. Earlier today, the SAA, backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF), captured the surrounding farms (Mazra’a Al-‘Amariyya) in northern Al-‘Amariyya, killing scores of Islamic Front fighters and destroying two vehicles loaded with doshkas. The SAA will attempt to capture Al-‘Amariyya in order to open a new supply route to troops entrenched in Aleppo. Continue reading Syrian Army at the Gates of Khan Sheikhoun; Offensive in Al-Amariyya in Full Swing
Iran has successfully subverted a plot to sabotage tanks of heavy water to be used in nuclear reactors, a senior official of Iran’s nuclear department told local Arman daily. A “foreign country” is suspected of being behind the attempt.
“Thanks to the full alertness of our colleagues, we were able to detect and defuse the sabotage attempt,” deputy head of Iran’s nuclear department, Asghar Zarean, told the newspaper. Continue reading Iran prevents sabotage of heavy-water tanks at Arak plant – local press
Lebanese security forces have exchanged fire with al-Qaeda-linked militants in the Bekaa Valley near the border with Syria.
Local sources said the clashes erupted outside the towns of Deir al-Ghazal and Qusaya on Wednesday when al-Nusra Front militants tried to infiltrate into Lebanon from Syria.
The Lebanese army, supported by Syrian soldiers on the other side of the border, halted the terrorists’ advance, with Hezbollah fighters also giving a hand to prevent their infiltration. Continue reading Lebanese military, Hizbullah and Syrian Arab Army Stop Nusra Infiltration
by Qassem Qassem, Youssef Fares and Abdel Rahman Nassar, Al-Akhbar English
Necessity is the mother of invention. The Resistance has recently demonstrated its biggest achievements yet in the fight with Israel. Indeed, it is not an exaggeration to say that Gaza, and behind it Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah, had anticipated the day when the borders and the sea surrounding Gaza would be sealed off. Today, Egypt and Israel are stepping up their coordination to make the sea off limits to the resistance, while in the south, their armies are working to establish a buffer zone and even a water trench, in the hope of putting an end to the smuggling of rockets from the Iranian desert to the Mediterranean. Continue reading Gaza: How the Resistance manufactures its rockets with help from Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah
by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News
The 104th Airborne Brigade of the Syrian Arab Army captured the strategic Feela Al-‘Ameed Checkpoint on Sakr Island (Hajeewa Sakr) in the Deir Ezzor Governorate after violent clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham today. According to a military source, two dozen ISIS militants were killed during the clashes, including a field commander from Morocco. He also added that the 104th Brigade suffered 3 casualties during the operation to capture the checkpoint.
The Syrian Arab Army now controls 90% of Sakr Island and the two imperative suspension bridges that link the island to the mainland. Brigadier General Issam Zahreddine of the 104th Airborne Brigade is leading the operation on Sakr Island and all military activity in the Deir Ezzor Governorate. Continue reading Syrian Arab Army Captures Strategic Checkpoint in Deir Ezzor
(EDITOR’S NOTE: A typically solid report from Radwan Mortada but we at Mouqawamah Music strongly object to the phraseology used here, i.e. the description of the depraved Takfiris as “Jihadis” and/or “Jihadists”. Indeed, we abhor and reject this phraseology generally speaking. Even many within the “resistance camp” and “alternative media” spew these words at will and it is both incorrect and an aberration of their true meaning. Hizbullah, the Qassam Brigades of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, etc., all refer to their disciplined, righteous, Islamic fighters as “Jihadis” and/or “Jihadists” because they are engaged in Jihad against the most shaytanic enemy known to mankind: World Zionism. Translated into English as “struggle”, Jihad is a Qur’anic-Islamic concept that is rooted in walking the path laid out for us by ALLAH (SWT), literally “struggling” in His (SWT) way. Jihad can be understood in perfect dichotomy as Jihad al-Akbar, “the greater struggle”, which is the struggle within one’s self against the ego, and Jihad al-Asghar, “the lesser struggle”, which can manifest itself politically, militarily, poetically, and numerous other ways, depending on the arena in which one is confronting the enemies of Islam. A Jihadi/Jihadist/Mujahid, truly defined, is one who has mastered Jihad al-Akbar, and since he/she has bested his/her ego in combat, he/she can now engage the enemy in Jihad al-Asghar. The Takfiris are too far disconnected from Islam to understand such things, and if they were around in the time of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W.), they would undoubtedly be the ones clinging to the Jahiliyyah and fighting him. With all this said, journalists, analysts and commentators must stop using Jihadi/Jihadist/Mujahid to refer to these demonic creatures doing the bidding of the Jewish gangster regime occupying Palestine and NATO, it’s an insult to real Jihadis like the brave men of Hizbullah. ~ Jonathan Azaziah) Continue reading Takfiri groups in north Lebanon admit to defeat in battle against the army
By next year Russia will be ready to “meet unwelcome guests” coming from any direction, after completing a network of radar stations in the Arctic, the Russian Defense Minister said.
The massive buildup of facilities in Russia’s north is part of the country’s strategy to ensure control of the Arctic. The military is currently rebuilding two northern bases in the Novosibirsk Islands and in the Franz Josef Land archipelago, Sergey Shoigu told the defense ministry’s public council on Tuesday. Military airfields at Tiksi, Naryan-mar, Alykel, Vorkuta, Anadyr and Rogachevo have been scheduled for modernization. Continue reading Russian army beefs up Artic presence over Western threat
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Popular Resistance Committees’ armed wing on Wednesday called for armed resistance from Palestinians and a regional boycott from Arab countries to counter what it called Israeli violations in Jerusalem.
In a press conference held in Gaza City, the al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades called on Arab and Islamic nations to close Israeli embassies and boycott the Israeli economy to pressure Israel to cease restrictions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Continue reading PRC calls for armed resistance, regional boycott
Al-Qaeda-linked militants in Yemen confirm they have retreated from their strongholds in the al-Manasseh area of the southern province of al-Bayda.
In a statement on Monday, al-Qaeda affiliate Ansar al-Sharia said that the Houthi movement’s Ansarullah fighters drove them out after a series of battles.
According to the statement, all of the other local wings of al-Qaeda also withdrew from the region. Continue reading Houthis make Al-Qaeda-linked militants retreat from southern Yemen