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Top intelligence official and 8 people killed in Beirut’s Blast.

The car bomb exploded in Ashrafiyeh district in central Beirut, the same area, nearly the same spot were Bashir Gemayel was assassinated in 1982, was the bomb targeting the Lebanese Christian Phalange movement leader?

8 people killed in Ashrafiyeh district in Beirut by a car bomb.

The car bomb exploded in Ashrafiyeh district in central Beirut, the same area, nearly the same spot were Bashir Gemayel was assassinated in 1982.

Lebanon, Beirut (SaebPress) — At least eight people have been killed and more than 97 wounded by the blast Friday hit the Ashrafiyeh district, 200 yards from the central office of the Lebanese Christian Phalange movement; it was reportedly caused by a car bomb.

The huge car bomb that exploded in Ashrafiyeh district in central Beirut, according to Lebanese fire department and witnesses killed At least eight people and wounded more than 97. Several cars were set on fire by the blast; security forces were deployed in large numbers and sealed the Ashrafiyeh area.

Internal Security Forces brigadier general Wissam al-Hassan was killed in a massive blast Friday, according to multiple media sources.

Al-Hassan is the head of the ISF’s controversial information branch, and had arrived in Beirut from outside Lebanon Thursday night.

He is considered to be a divisive figure in the Lebanese political arena. Backed by the opposition March 14 coalition, he has led a number of raids against people affiliated with March 8, most notably Michel Samaha who was accused of planning terrorist attacks at the behest of the Syrian government.

Earlier this week, Lebanese Al-Diyar said its editor-in-chief Charles Ayoub received death threats after publishing a series of articles criticizing al-Hassan.

The ISF’s information branch was created in the aftermath of former prime minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination in 2005. It was considered a counterweight to Lebanese military intelligence which was seen to have close relations with Damascus. The newly formed security apparatus was largely trained and supplied by US and pro-US Arab intelligence services. This the first time a Lebanese political figure has been assassinated since a string of bombings between 2004 and 2008 killed a number of high-profile military and political figures in Lebanon.

Meanwhile, the government of Syria has issued a statement condemning the terrorist attack as a ‘cowardly’ move. Hezbollah condemns the  attack as well. It is the first major bomb attack in Beirut since 2008. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

It was not immediately clear if the explosion targeted any political figure in Lebanon’s divided community but it occurred at a time of heightened tension between Lebanese factions on opposite sides of the Syria conflict. the blast Friday hit the Ashrafiyeh  was 200 yards away from the central office of the Lebanese Christian Phalange movement;  Bashir Gemayel was assassinated at the same spot of today’s car bomb blast.

Christian Phalange movement acted under direct orders from the then ‘Israeli –Defence’ Minister Ariel Sharon,  Lebanese Forces militia (LF) the military arm of  Phalange movement was accused  and implicated in committing September 16th 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre, Hundreds of Palestinians  were murdered by Phalange Christians forces between September 16 and 18, 1982, while ‘Israel’ occupation’s soldiers were positioned around the camps. They slaughtered over 3,500 women, children and old men of the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee Camps.

Brigadier general Wissam al-Hassan, killed Friday by a large explosion in Beirut’s Achrafieh district, was a top security official and a mysterious, controversial player in the Lebanese political-security arena since 2005. he headed the Internal Security Forces’ (ISF) controversial Information Branch, considered a divisive security apparatus because of the strong backing it enjoys from the opposition March 14 coalition, and a number of raids it conducted against people affiliated with the ruling March 8 coalition. He was in charge of the ongoing investigation against former Lebanese Information Minister Michel Samaha. Samaha was arrested in August over allegations that he was plotting to plant explosives in the northern city of Akkar at the behest of the Syrian government.

The ISF’s information branch was created in the aftermath of former prime minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination in 2005. It was considered a counterweight to Lebanese military intelligence which is seen to have close relations with Damascus. The newly-formed security apparatus was largely trained and supplied by US and pro-US Arab intelligence services, including Saudi Arabia.

Syrian crisis had spilled over into Lebanon

In a visit to the Lebanese capital Beirut on Wednesday  17th Oct , Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN-Arab peace envoy  to Syria warned the Lebanese leadership “you cannot expect the Syrian crisis to remain within Syrian borders; the Syria’s conflict could set the entire region ablaze.” he said.

Sources confirmed to SaebPress the on-going clashes at Syrian Lebanese border have been raging between Syrian army and the’ free Syrian army’ and its Lebanese supporters, the source confirms that the Lebanese supporters lost 17 Lebanese in an ambush on the Lebanese border Friday. The Syrian army actively engaged in patrolling the borders between the two countries in an effort to stop the influx of smuggled arms and terrorists from Lebanon.

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Who is behind the assassination of Iranian Scientists?

“NYT summarizes the “chilling message” that “American officials” want to send to Iranian top nuclear scientists with today’s assassination: “If we can get him, we can get you, too.” Indistinguishable from Mafia talk.”

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US officials say Zionist entity “Israel” was behind the assassination: New York Times “One American official — along with two other intelligence officials — said that “Israel” was behind the attack on the scientist,” The New York Times reported on Friday.

Fakhrizadeh’s name was mentioned multiple times in a presentation in 2018 by Zionist entity “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, during which he repeated baseless claims about the Iranian nuclear program. Netanyahu described the scientist as the director of Iran’s nuclear program and threatened, “Remember that name, Fakhrizadeh.”

The Tel Aviv regime has made several attempts over the past years to throw a wrench in Tehran’s peaceful nuclear work. The regime has been behind the assassination of several Iranian nuclear scientists. It has also conduced cyberattacks on Iranian nuclear sites.

Dmitry Polyanskiy @Dpol_un “That’s a telling analysis from @nytimes reflecting readiness of US establishment to give green light to political extra territorial assasinations. Not a thing to boast for a democratic country! #Iran #Fakhrizadeh”.

“NYT summarizes the “chilling message” that “American officials” want to send to Iranian top nuclear scientists with today’s assassination: “If we can get him, we can get you, too.” Indistinguishable from Mafia talk.” @aaronjmate .

The senior Iranian defense official was assassinated near the capital Tehran in a terrorist attack. In a statement, the Defense ministry said the vehicle of the head of the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was targeted by terrorists.

The Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif said the act of cowardice shows the desperate warmongering of its perpetrators adding that there are serious indications of an Israeli role in the assassination. Zarif also urged the international community, especially the EU, to end QUOTE “their shameful double standards and condemn the Iranian defense official’s assassination.

Between 2010 and 2012, four other Iranian nuclear scientists were assassinated. Tehran and western intelligence agencies have long put the blame on Zionist entity “Israel”, an accusation that was never rejected by officials of the Israeli regime.

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Trump finally conceding he lost the US election

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Donald Trump said Monday he no longer opposes government aid for Joe Biden’s transition team in his closest statement yet to finally conceding he lost the US election.

Trump’s tweet that the General Services Administration should “do what needs to be done” came after the agency’s head Emily Murphy said she was releasing the long-delayed assistance.

Biden hailed the step as allowing for a ‘smooth and peaceful transfer of power’.

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US president-elect Joe Biden and the Middle East

If Joe Biden rejoins the Iran nuclear ‎agreement ‎ and adopts Obama’s approach to the two-state ‎solution, with Palestine issue, which I believe he might do, since the ‎compromises made in the democratic party ‎between the Progressives ‎and the liberals during the ‎selection of the presidential candidate , indicated ‎that might be happening soon

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Interview with Saeb Shaath, Author and Middle East affairs expert and David Yaghoubian, Prof. of History, CSU San Bernardino.

Iran FM advises US president-elect to abandon Trump’s ‘disastrous lawless bullying’.

Shaath Said: “Zionist entity Prime Minister Benjamin ‎Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince ‎Mohammed bin Salman have kept silent since ‎American media projected Biden’s will win.‎ We can recall the Netanyahu-Kushner plan ‎which believed in and relied on Trump’s victory ‎for the second term, that would be followed by ‎Netanyahu’s victory in the elections, aiming to ‎implement their deal of the century and the ‎normalization of Arab countries ties with the ‎Zionist’ entity,‎”

Shaath went to say :” it did not accrue to the planners that ‎Trump would become the only American ‎president in three decades not be elected to ‎serve a 2nd term in office.‎”

Shaath added “what might do away with their planes …I think Biden ‎will revive the nuclear agreement with Iran, ‎since it was an Obama- Biden’s admiration ‎achievement …he will do it in a way that avoids ‎any clash with Zionist entity.”

Shaathe went on t o say “‎ If Joe Biden rejoins the Iran nuclear ‎agreement ‎ and adopts Obama’s approach to the two-state ‎solution, with Palestine issue, which I believe he might do, since the ‎compromises made in the democratic party ‎between the Progressives ‎and the liberals during the ‎selection of the presidential candidate , indicated ‎that might be happening soon.‎”

Shaath added “That means everything that Netanyahu and ‎Kushnaier, dreamed about in making the ‎Zionist entity the pivotal state in the ‎Middle East with the Gulf States and the rest of ‎the Arabic countries as their satellite States ‎such dream is over. ‎ Since its clear that Biden needs to pay attention ‎and to focuses US resources on fighting covid-19 and ‎to Jump Startg the US economy”. ‎

‎ Shaath concluded “Since the Netanyahu – Kushner’s Deal of the ‎Century and Arab normalisation relation with ‎Zionist entity geared up to create a military ‎alliance to face Iran… Joe Biden with reviving the US commitment to the Iran nuclear agreement does not need such alliance…as well Joe does not have a Dime to waist on Netanyahu’s dreams. ..This is the new way we going to see it happening in the region.”

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