Commander of the Iranian Al-Quds Brigades, Major General Qassem Suleimani paid tribute to Hezbollah martyrs who fell in the Israeli aerial aggression on Syria’s Quneitra. Continue reading Iran’s Suleimani Pays Tribute to Hizbullah’s Quneitra Martyrs
(photo above of the occupied Golan Heights by Mouqawamah Music Managing Editor Assad al-Liftawi)
by Hassan Illeik and Firas Choufi, Al-Akhbar English
The latest battles on the southern front in Syria fall within the context of the escalation with Israel in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights and southern Lebanon. Although coordination between Israel and armed opposition groups preceded the attack in Quneitra, the surge in fighters along the Daraa, Quneitra and Zabadani fronts suggests, according to some, a clear Israeli message — namely, that they are able to engage on more than one front.
Even before the latest snowstorm, most Syrian fronts were relatively calm compared to the situation in recent weeks and months, from Aleppo and Idlib in the north to Daraa and Quneitra in the south, including the Hama, Homs and Damascus countrysides. The only exceptions were ISIS’s battles with Kurdish forces in Kobane (Ain al-Arab), and with the Syrian army in Deir Ezzor. Continue reading Syria: Israeli Hands Meddling On The Southern Front
by Qassem Qassem, Al-Akhbar English
The “beautiful era” is back, the era of qualitative resistance operations against the Israeli enemy. “Abu Ali” could not contain his joy. He distributed cups of juice to pedestrians, as he does every time an operation is carried out in the Palestinian interior. Over the past 10 days, residents of the Shatila Palestinian refugee camp had eagerly waited for Hezbollah’s response to the Quneitra operation. As soon as news about the Shebaa attack started to make the rounds, shots of jubilation were fired into the air. A supporter of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) says: “The body of the resistance is one, from Beirut to Gaza.”
The camp’s alleys are lined with pictures of martyrs from the recent war in Gaza, and others of the perpetrators of the stabbing attacks in Jerusalem. These replaced pictures of Palestinians who were killed in the war in Syria, which indicates a change in the general mood of the camp. Interest in news about Syrian affairs has declined, and the attention has re-shifted to Palestine, most recently the occupied Golan Heights. Continue reading Palestinian Refugee Camps Celebrate Shebaa Retaliation
“Don’t try us,” Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah told Israel in a televised speech Friday broadcast during a memorial ceremony to honor the six Hezbollah fighters and the Iranian general killed in an Israeli airstrike in Syria earlier this month.
On January 18, an Israeli helicopter airstrike on the Syrian city of Quneitra near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights killed six fighters of Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah, including a commander, Mohammed Abu Issa, and the son of assassinated senior commander Imad Mughniyeh, as well as Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Mohammed Ali Allahdadi. Continue reading Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah: The Rules of Engagement with Israel Are Over
“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s position on the Zionist regime is unchangeable, and given the fact that the resistance stream is standing against the Zionists and the terrorist and Takfiri groups, we will make our utmost efforts to support and strengthen Hezbollah and the resistance of the Lebanese people,” Dehqan told reporters in Tehran on Tuesday.
“With the intelligence provided by the terrorist groups and the Takfiri forces to Israeli spy agency, the ground was paved for the martyrdom of Hezbollah forces while on a mission in Quneitra region in Syria by the Zionist regime,” Sanayee Raad told FNA on Sunday.
by Mohamad Bdeir, Al-Akhbar English
Israeli media reported yesterday that Israel asked for Russian mediation to alleviate tensions with Hezbollah, Syria and Iran.
Several media outlets quoted political sources in Tel Aviv as saying Israel assured Russia that it is not interested in a security deterioration with the Resistance, which could lead to a full-scale war. Instead, the Zionist state wants to defuse tensions in order to prevent the situation from becoming worse. Israeli Channel 10 pointed out that choosing Russia to act as intermediary stems from Moscow’s good relationship with the three previously mentioned parties on the other side of the border. Continue reading From Russian Mediation to Military Plans: Cowardly Israel Desperately Seeks to Alleviate Tensions
by Wafiq Qanso, Al-Akhbar English
The Agreement on Disengagement signed by Syria and Israel in 1974 is not worth much anymore, in light of the changes on the ground in southern Syria. However, the assassination of Hezbollah resistance fighters in the Syrian city of Quneitra last Sunday, appears to publicize the resistance’s activities in the Golan Heights. Long strides have been made in preparing the ground, the support base, and a trained and ready force, in the past year. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad announced this decision, and Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah followed suit. The launch of resistance activities in the Golan Heights ends the phase of a confined war and of partial resistance, and ushers in a stage of comprehensive and strategic resistance.
Investigations are still underway to establish if the airstrike that killed six Hezbollah fighters was the result of a military mistake — i.e the martyrs moved in an area visible to Israel — or a topical intelligence operation. Irrespective of the potency of the strike against the resistance, the two most important strategic outcomes of this attack are that it has turned the Golan Heights into a resistance area and united it with South Lebanon in the resistance effort. Continue reading The Resistance Sets its Sights on the Golan Heights
An Israeli airstrike on the Syrian city of Quneitra near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights killed six fighters of Lebanon’s resistance movement Hezbollah, including a commander and the son of assassinated senior commander Imad Mughniyeh, as well as an Iranian general.
“The Israeli enemy’s helicopters fired missiles at a group of Hezbollah fighters who were inspecting the town of Mazraat al-Amal in the Syrian Quneitra region,” a Hezbollah statement, made public on TV channel Al-Manar’s website, read. Continue reading Israeli Airstrike Kills Six Hizbullah Fighters, Iranian General in Syria
by Nour Samaha, Al-Jazeera English
The mood was sombre as mourners gathered in Beirut’s southern suburbs to pay their respects to Jihad Mughniyeh, one of the six Hezbollah fighters killed in an alleged Israeli air strike in Syria.
Thousands of people, including many Hezbollah supporters, marched behind the coffin draped in Hezbollah’s yellow flag on Monday, beating their chests in unison as confetti was showered from the surrounding balconies.
Chants of “Death to Israel!” and “Death to America!” punctuated the air and shots were fired as the coffin was carried through the street. Continue reading Hizbullah Mourns Quneitra Martyrs; Jihad Mughniyeh Mentored by Suleimani