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The Biden Administration Must Stop Israel Before It Escalates In Lebanon

“If Hezbollah chooses to start an all-out war, then it will single-handedly turn Beirut and South Lebanon, not far from here, into Gaza and Khan Younis.” Those were the blustery words of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, back in December. Since then, Israel and Hezbollah have exchanged fire on a consistent basis, with some minor intensifications of fighting along the way, but have both been careful about escalating the confrontation. Now, however, it seems that a more significant escalation may be at hand. On Tuesday, Israeli Chief of Staff Herzl Halevi made a public statement, saying that “We are approaching the point where a decision will have to be made, and the IDF is prepared and very ready for this decision… we are prepared … to move to an attack in the North.”

The Axis Of Resistance: Like Seeds In The Soil

While many articles written on Al Mayadeen and other platforms have exposed and highlighted the brutality of the Zionist occupiers and their American masters, I want to take this opportunity to expose the humanity and fraternal conduct of members of the Axis of Resistance throughout the history of this network of organizations seeking to liberate West Asia. It came to me to write this as I read Aurelie Daher’s masterful history book: Hezbollah: Mobilisation and Power. In this book, Daher shows that the first steps of resistance in Lebanon were not conducting military operations against the Zionists, but building bonds with the masses.

Southern Lebanon Stands With Resistance Despite Israeli Terrorism

The principles of the people of southern Lebanon remain unchanged since the 90s when it comes to the Resistance, as they stand in the face of Israeli terrorism and declare their unwavering support for the Resistance. Numerous villages in southern Lebanon mourned in early February more than a dozen civilian martyrs who were killed by the Israeli occupation. There was also a large number of casualties, including 14 people who were injured in two Israeli airstrikes that targeted the Ghazieh area (south of Sidon). Three days earlier, the towns of Nabatiyeh and al-Sawaneh buried 10 martyrs in a magnificent procession.

‘Swarming’ The United States In West Asia, Until It Folds

Deterrence in defense is a military strategy where one power uses the threat of reprisal to preclude attack from an adversary, while maintaining at the same time the freedom of action and flexibility to respond to the full spectrum of challenges. In this realm, the Lebanese resistance, Hezbollah, is an outstanding example. Hezbollah’s clarity of purpose in establishing and strictly maintaining ground rules that deter Israeli military aggression has set a high regional bar. Today, its West Asian allies have adopted similar strategies, which have multiplied in the context of the war in Gaza.

Iran Accuses Israel Of Using ‘Blind Terrorism’ To Cover Up Its Failures

Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian accused Israel of using “mindless terrorism” to cover up its losses in its war on Gaza. Abdollahian’s statement on Sunday, January 21, came after five members of its Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) were killed in an Israeli air strike in Damascus a day before. Abdollahian claimed that, “although the Zionist enemy has destroyed Gaza on a large scale and martyred tens of thousands of people, it has not achieved any of its goals, so it is trying to make up for its defeat by resorting to blind terrorism,” Press TV reported. IRGC said in a statement on Saturday that at least five of its “military advisors” were killed when an Israeli air raid hit a building in Damascus’ Mezzeh neighborhood.

‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 95: Fighting Continues To Expand

Israel is planning to fight for the rest of 2024 in the Gaza Strip, according to the military spokesperson, as war has now expanded into the northern front with Lebanon following the assassination of a senior Hezbollah commander, Wisam al-Taweel, on Monday. Al-Taweel is a unit leader in Hezbollah’s elite force, Al-Radwan, who has fought in every major battle against Israel since 1989. He took part in the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers in 2006 near the fence north of occupied Palestine, an event that started a full-blown Israeli war against Lebanon. He is the most senior Hezbollah commander to be killed by Israel since October 8, when the Lebanese resistance movement weighed in on the fighting as Israel carpet-bombed the Gaza Strip.

Yemen: An Indomitable People (Part 1)

In 2015, Yemen, a country unknown to many in the West, started a war in defense of its sovereignty that was being threatened by an interventionist alliance led by Saudi Arabia. The Yemeni people had to pay with the lives of almost 400,000 of their children to maintain their independence. Many people have wondered how a country considered the poorest in Western Asia has been able to resist and defeat a coalition made up of some of the richest countries on the planet. Although the conflict has continued for almost a decade, it appears to have reached a situation that could lead to its possible cessation.

Hezbollah: ‘Historic Opportunity For Criminal Occupiers To Leave’

Since October 8, we have entered into combat with the enemy in the south over a stretch of more than 100 km. The Islamic Resistance executed 494 targetings, including 50 border points targeted more than once. The Islamic Resistance also targeted technical and intelligence equipment along the border, completely destroying them. “Israeli” soldiers fled from the sites towards the settlements, fearing the advancement of the fighters towards the sites and their occupations. A large number of vehicles and tanks were destroyed along the border. The operations were very draining for the enemy, who practiced extreme secrecy on their large losses.

West Scrambles To Deter Israel From War On Lebanon

Israeli leaders are escalating their threats to start a full-fledged war against Hezbollah in Lebanon following Israel’s assassination of top Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri in Beirut last week, a major terror attack in Iran, and a Hezbollah missile attack on a strategically crucial Israeli border surveillance base in response. “We prefer the path of an agreed-upon diplomatic settlement,” Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said Friday, “but we are getting close to the point where the hourglass will turn over,” The Washington Post reported on 7 January. The Post added that “US officials are concerned that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may see an expanded fight in Lebanon as key to his political survival amid domestic criticism of his government’s failure to prevent Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack.”

‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 89: Hamas And Hezbollah Pledge To Punish Israel Following Aruri Killing

Saleh Al-Aruri, 57, the deputy political leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), was killed in a drone airstrike in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday evening. Aruri is the most senior Hamas leader to be killed since the October 7 Palestinian cross-fence attack, which shocked Israel’s security and intelligence establishment. Aruri was one of the masterminds of The Al-Aqsa Flood operation. He talked about it openly in an interview with Al-Mayadeen channel in August. On Tuesday evening, he was killed in the movement’s office in Al-Dahiya, the southern Beirut suburb and the stronghold of Hezbollah movement.

US Launches Airstrikes Against Kataib Hezbollah In Iraq, Injuring Civilians

The Pentagon said it launched airstrikes in Iraq on Monday night, targeting three facilities used by the Shia militia Kataib Hezbollah and its affiliates after a drone attack on a US base wounded three American troops, leaving one in critical condition. The Iraqi government strongly condemned the US airstrikes as “an unacceptable violation of Iraqi sovereignty” and said one security serviceman was killed and 18 other people were injured, including civilians. Iraqi sources told Reuters that one Kataib Hezbollah fighter was killed in the strike. Kataib Hezbollah is part of the Popular Mobilization Forces, a state-sponsored coalition of mostly Shia Iraqi militias that was formed in 2014 to fight ISIS.

Regional Resistance To War On Gaza Continues

The Israeli war in Gaza has continued to invite strong responses from resistance forces all across the West Asian region. Militias in the region have targeted both Israel and its strongest backer, the US. On Wednesday, December 6, the Ansar Allah (Houthi)-backed government in Yemen claimed that its army fired missiles targeting Israel’s southern Umm al-Rashrash (Eilat) city and said it would continue its operations until the Israeli war on Gaza is stopped. Media reports confirmed that sirens went off across Eilat city following the Houthi attacks on Wednesday. However, it claimed that using its Arrow air defense, the Israeli military was able to intercept the missile before it could enter the country’s air space.

Hezbollah Not Part Of Gaza-Israel Truce

Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah confirmed on 22 November that it will not be involved in the truce agreement announced earlier in the day between Israel and the Gaza resistance. “The party was not part of the negotiations related to the truce agreement and prisoner exchange between Hamas and Israel,” a Hezbollah official told Al-Jazeera on Wednesday. “Any Israeli escalation in southern Lebanon or Gaza during the truce would be met with a response from Hezbollah,” the source added. Israeli newspaper Maariv had earlier claimed Hezbollah would be "part of the ceasefire as long as Israel abides by it,” attributing the quote to a “senior Hezbollah official” who spoke with Al-Jazeera. 

‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 28: Warning To Avoid Regional War

Israel continues to mercilessly pummel the Gaza Strip, with WAFA news agency reporting deadly airstrikes in several neighborhoods of Gaza City, as well as Deir al-Balah, and the al-Bureij and Nuseirat refugee camps, killing at least 198 people overnight according to the Gaza Ministry of Health. A strike reportedly hit a cemetery in Beit Lahiya, killing a number of graveyard workers, while an entire neighborhood in al-Bureij was razed by airstrikes, killing at least 15 people. Among the scores killed overnight was Palestine TV correspondent Mohammad Abu Hatab, who died along with his wife, son, brother, and eight other relatives in Khan Younis – a city in southern Gaza where Israeli authorities had told civilians to evacuate.

‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 17: Deadliest Round Of Israeli Bombing

In the last 24 hours, Israel’s army hit the Gaza Strip with the deadliest round of relentless bombardment since it began 17 days ago, killing at least 400 Palestinians. Wafa reported at least 25 Israeli air attacks on residential areas, many of them hitting civilian homes with no warnings. According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, 70 of those killed happened overnight on Sunday as Israel carpet bombed the densely populated Jabalia refugee camp near two hospitals in Gaza City, Al-Shifa and Al-Quds. Israeli airstrikes were recorded near Al-Quds Hospital by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, causing fear and panic among internally displaced civilians and medical staff.
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