by Rana Harbi, Al-Akhbar English
Thousands of mourners — overwhelmingly youth — poured into the streets of the southern suburbs of Beirut, known as Dahiyeh, on Monday to bid farewell to their friend, classmate and fellow comrade Jihad Mughniyeh. Jihad is one of six Hezbollah fighters killed in an Israeli airstrike in Syria on Sunday, opening the door to a retaliation by the resistance party and serious repercussions for the whole region.
Mourners beat their chests in unison and sobbing women on balconies threw rose petals at the casket draped in a Hezbollah flag as it was carried by men in full military garb out of the overflowing hall and into streets thronged with a large mass of people. Continue reading Proud and Defiant Youth Partake in Mass Funeral for Slain Hizbullah Fighter
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
by Ali Hashem, Al-Monitor
“The game is over,” Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said. “All hostile attempts to execute plans in Syria and Iraq failed,” he said in the three-hour interview with the pan-Arab news channel Al-Mayadeen on Jan. 15.
Nasrallah’s interview was packed with messages on Israel, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Iran; in rhetoric, it seemed offensive, non-conciliatory and threatening, yet between the lines, there were stances that could be seen as new and promising, mainly on Syria. Continue reading Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah: The game is over in Syria
by Amal Saad-Ghorayeb, Open Democracy
One of the main “lessons learned” from the war of July-August 2006 is that the modern concept of asymmetric warfare, which emerged in the late 1990s in the United States, is already in dire need of revision. Hizbollah’s military performance during the war demonstrates that asymmetric warfare can no longer be identified exclusively with political actors who adopt “non-traditional” methods “that differ significantly from the opponent’s usual mode of operations” (as per the US military’s definition). Continue reading The Hizbullah Project: Last War, Next War
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah stressed Friday that terrorist groups are offending the Messenger of Allah – Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) – by their shameful actions, especially when they “behead thousands of people and kill thousands of people in Yemen for commemorating the Prophet’s birth anniversary.”
“Those offensives are supported by being easily circulated across several geographical locations, starting from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, to the states that facilitated visas for terrorists to travel into our country.” Continue reading Sayyed Nasrallah: Ummah Must Unite to Face Takfiris, Defend Islam
by Arash Karami, Al-Monitor
Iran’s Intelligence Ministry reported Jan. 4, “Enemies who were using the name of Shiites created 17 satellite TV stations, and their offices inside the country were closed.” Domestic intelligence official Mohammad Pourfallah did not specify which offices were targeted, but they were most likely affiliated with the Shiite Shirazi movement. Continue reading Iran closes private TV channels for ‘inciting sectarianism’
A senior militant recently detained by the Lebanese army was involved in the assassination of Minister Mohammed Shatah, the transfer of suicide bombers who killed dozens of people, in addition to several other terror offenses, media reports said on Thursday.
“Mahmoud Ahmed Abu Abbas was arrested in (the Bekaa town of) Majdal Anjar before being immediately transferred to the defense ministry building,” al-Mayadeen television reported.
It said he was involved in the 2013 assassination of Minister Mohammed Shatah in a central Beirut car bombing.
Military sources informed on the investigations told al-Mayadeen that “the car used in Shatah’s assassination came from the Ain el-Hilweh camp,” noting that Abdullah Azzam Brigades leader “Majed al-Majed was arrested four days after the assassination.”
Continue reading Terrorist From Saudi-Controlled Abdullah Azzam Brigades was Involved in Shatah’s Assassination
by Kareem Shaheen, The Daily Star
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah received Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki as their meeting tackled the latest security and political developments in Iraq and Syria.
The meeting also discussed the responsibilities and the roles that must be played by the Muslim and Arab governments as well as peoples in face of the various challenges in the region. Continue reading Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah Receives Maliki: Defeating ISIS “Inevitable”