by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News
The Al-Nusra Front (Jabhat Al-Nusra) has launched an offensive in the isolated villages of Al-Zahra and Nubl, with the intention of taking control of this Syrian Government stronghold located in the Aleppo Governorate. Al-Zahra and Nubl are two of Syria’s most densely populated Shi’i Muslim villages that are located in the northern part of the country – they have been under siege by the Islamic Front (Jabhat Al-Islamiyya) and the Al-Nusra Front on numerous occasions since the inception of the armed conflict in Aleppo.
Over 80 mortar shells have been indiscriminately fired by the Al-Nusra Front on the villages of Al-Zahra and Nubl in the last 2 days, creating multiple civilian casualties as a result. Unable to infiltrate into the 2 villages, Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen – an Al-Nusra Front ally – withdrew their forces from east Al-Zahra after sustaining heavy losses from their attack yesterday. Many of the mortar shells were fired by Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen; however, since their absence from the battlefield, the number of mortar shells has dissipated. Continue reading Full Report from Al-Zahra and Nubl: Jabhat Al-Nusra Unable to Infiltrate
by Yahya Dabouq, Al-Akhbar English
Tehran’s announcement that it provided Hezbollah with the most advanced model of the Fateh-110 surface-to-surface missile adds to the “nightmare of the Israeli army,” as Israeli daily Yediot Ahronoth wrote on Saturday. What kind of missile is it, and what does it mean for the Israeli theory of “breaking the balance?”
The most advanced model of the Fateh-110 is a fourth generation missile of this system (Fateh-110-D1) unveiled in 2012. The model is characterized by high speed and accuracy. It has a 300-kilometer range and is equipped with a 500-kilogram warhead with the possibility of increasing the range if the weight of the warhead is decreased. The missile is also equipped with a new guidance system and is able to strike with 100 percent precision. Continue reading Iranian missiles give Hizbullah advantage in war of deterrence with Israel
Iran says the Israeli regime, through its impudent actions, has caused the groundwork for the Third Palestinian Intifada (uprising) to be laid.
“The Zionist regime [of Israel]’s impudent actions of continuing settlement construction in Palestinian lands and Judaization of the al-Aqsa Mosque have caused the groundwork for the third Intifada to be laid,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Tuesday.
“What is going on in this region is the reaction of the people of Palestine to the Zionist regime’s daily encroachments,” he noted.
A total of 6,200 Palestinians died during the First Intifada between 1987 and 1993 and the second one in 2000s, both fiercely confronted by Israel. Continue reading Iran: Groundwork being laid for the Third Intifada
“Millions of Basijis (volunteer forces) are ready in Iran to be dispatched to Syria and Gaza and they have come to us (for registration),” Naqdi said in a press conference in Tehran on Monday.
He had also earlier stated the same, but underlined that “there is no need to dispatch troops to Gaza” as Palestinian youth are enough to battle the Israelis.
“The missile production plants in Syria have been built by Iran and the missiles designed by Iran are being produced there,” Hajizadeh said in an interview on Tuesday.
He also said that even the resistance front in Palestine and Lebanon has received missile-production trainings from Iran.
“The Lebanese Hezbollah and the Palestinian resistance have grown highly powerful in this field (missile production) now,” Hajizadeh said.
A senior Iranian diplomat has praised the resistance of Palestinians in the face of the Israeli occupation, saying the occupied West Bank will soon emerge as an anti-Zionist hub.
The Israeli-occupied West Bank will soon turn into a center for resistance against the Zionist regime, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in an interview with Lebanon’s Al-Ahed news website on Wednesday. Continue reading West Bank to become anti-Zionist hub: Iran diplomat
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