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May 10, 2015 2:10 pm

Denying Reports of Heavy Losses, Hezbollah Claims Seizure of Syria Border Zone

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Hezbollah’s media arm claimed on Saturday that the group along with Syrian troops had pushed out rebel fighters from a critical buffer near the Syrian-Lebanese border, but the reported repulse appears to have come at a high cost for the Lebanese terror group.

Opposition fighters in Syria said that Marwan Mughniyeh, a senior commander whose cousin Imad Mughniyeh was reportedly killed by Israel in 2008, was killed in fierce clashes between Hezbollah and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and Syrian opposition groups.

While Hezbollah neither confirmed nor denied Mughniyeh’s death, the group refuted rebel claims that it had sustained major losses — some reports said up to 60 fighters. It said only three of its fighters had been killed.

Reports of Mughniyeh’s death came amid an extended campaign in the Qalamoun mountain region, just northeast of Lebanon in Syria, by Hezbollah and Assad’s troops to drive opposition forces from the area.

Rebels also claimed to have killed dozens of Assad’s officers in the battle for the strategic range as well.

Hezbollah’s media arm, Al Manar, meanwhile claimed a successful operation, saying it had secured three hilltops in the area, in addition to five others seized since the campaign began on Tuesday.

Hezbollah said it had taken the largest base of Syrian opposition group Al-Nusra Front in the area, according to Al Manar.

The group said that Syrian troops and its fighters targeted a car-rigging factory in the region, and detonated three cars with Lebanese license plates rigged with explosives, according to the report.

If accurate, Mughniyeh’s death came on the heels of another high-ranking Hezbollah casualty, that of Qalamoun regional commander Ali Khalil Alia, whose death was reported by Arab media last Tuesday.

Hezbollah had reportedly been planning to launch an offensive in the area, but was ambushed by rebel fighters early last week, prompting the military response.

The Qalamoun mountain range serves as an important strategic pass between Syria and northeastern Lebanon, and was an anti-Assad rebel stronghold until battles this week.

The most recent U.N. figures estimated that at least 220,000 people have died since fighting erupted in Syria four years ago.

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    Many nations and people are questioning Israel’s control of its liberated territory.
    No one is mentioning that the Arab countries had ejected about a million Jewish people and their children from their countries, confiscated their assets, businesses, homes and Real estate. Many of the Jews ejected from Arab countries died while their forced departure from Arab countries, due to hardship, famine and starvation. 650,00 Jewish people and their children of these expelled Jewish people and their children were resettled in Greater Israel. The Land the Arab countries confiscated from the Jewish people 120,440 sq. km. or 75,000 sq. miles, which is over 5-6 times the size of Israel, and its value today is the trillions of dollars.
    The Jewish people and their children during the over 2,000 years living in Arab countries have suffered Pogroms, Libel claims, beheadings, beatings, false imprisonment and extreme hardship as a second class citizens. They had their businesses and homes pillaged, their wives and daughters raped, sold them as slaves, their houses of worship pillaged and burned, forced conversion to Islam.

    Today over half of Israel’s population are Jews expelled from Arab countries and their children and grandchildren.

    The Audacity of the Arab countries in demanding territory from the Jewish people in Palestine after they ejected over a million Jewish people and their children who have lived in Arab land for over 2,000 years and after they confiscated all their assets and Real estate 5-6 times the size of Israel (120,440 sq. km. – 75,000 sq. mi.), valued in the trillions of dollars.
    Now the Arab nations are demanding more land and more compensation.
    The Arab countries have chased the million Jews and their children and now the want to chase them away again, from their own historical land.

    Israel must respond with extreme force to any violent demonstration and terror. Israel’s population must have peace and tranquility without intimidation by anyone.
    The Jewish people have suffered enough in the Diaspora for the past 2,500 years. It is time for the Jewish people to live as free people in their own land without violence and terror.
    It is time to consider that the only alternative is a population transfer of the Arab-Palestinians to the territories the Arab countries confiscated from the Jewish people and settle this dispute once and for all. Many Arab leaders had suggested these solutions over the years.
    YJ Draiman

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  • arne normann

    ..the nazi salut is back. give theose bastards what they deserve. Seem to me that 3.WW is going more and more global. This time strugle between sunni and shia? camuflaged as something else.. or?

  • Rick

    On and on it goes a continuum of destruction – stay strong Israel – the Lord that keeps you neither slumbers nor sleeps.

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    Let them kill each other!