Librated Captive Al-Saleh
Martyred - by shots of
October 16th, 6:13pm (al Manar)
The freed prisoner, Midhat Saleh al-Saleh, embraced
martyrdom, when the Zionist forces targeted him
in occupied Golan.
SANA mentioned that Al-Saleh was martyred as Israeli
enemy’s soldiers opened fire at him, while he was
returning home, in Ein al-Tina town, near the
occupied town of Majdal Shams.
Taliban say special forces
to provide security for
October 16th, 2:55pm (PressTV)
The Taliban say their forces will be tasked with
providing security at Shia mosques in the
southern city of Kandahar, in the wake
of a “brutal attack” on Friday prayers
which killed at least 60 worshippers.
The head of Kandahar’s police, Maulvi Mehmood,
said on Saturday that Shia mosques had so far
been guarded by local volunteer forces, with
special permission to carry weapons. But,
after the Friday attack on the Bibi Fatima
mosque, the Taliban would take charge
of its protection.
“Unfortunately, they could not protect this area and
in future we will assign special security guards for
the protection of mosques and Madrasas,”
Mehmood said. He made the remarks
as hundreds of people gathered on
Saturday, to bury the victims of
the Friday bomb attack.
According to religious authorities, the toll from the
bombing had reached 60. Health officials say the
casualties could rise further, as “some of the
wounded are in a critical condition and we
are trying to transfer them to Kabul.”
The massacre came just a week after another Shia
mosque in Afghanistan’s northern city of Kunduz,
was targeted in a bombing during Friday prayers,
leaving at least 150 people dead and over 200
Both tragedies were claimed by a local affiliate of
the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, which has a
long history of attacking Afghanistan’s
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the
killings as a “despicable attack” and demanded those
using violence to restrict Afghans’ religious freedom
be brought to justice.
The Friday attack was the 4th since the Taliban took
power in mid-August. The Taliban first ruled
Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, when the
United States invaded the country and
toppled the Taliban-run government
on a pretext of fighting terrorism
...after the September 11th
attacks in the US.
The United States, Britain, and Israel are seeking to
create chaos and provoke a sectarian war in
Afghanistan in an attempt to destabilize
the country, says an analyst.
Political commentator, Edward Corrigan, told Press
on Friday... that: “somebody is trying to provoke a
sectarian war between the Shias and the Sunnis.”
“Who is going to benefit from that, is the ultimate
question,” Corrigan asked. “There is evidence
that the British, the US, and the Israelis have
been setting up bombs -- trying to provoke a
conflict between the Shias and the Sunnis.”
He further noted that the US occupation of
Afghanistan, as well as the messy with
-drawal of foreign troops from the
country in August, was clearly a
big part of the problems that
the Afghans are facing now.
Lebanon Arrests 19 People
Involved in Bloody
October 16th, 2:03pm( FNA)
Lebanon has detained 19 people in relation to the recent
gunfire in Beirut, state National News Agency reported.
Security officials said authorities detained 17 Lebanese
and 2 Syrians for questioning over Thursday's firefight.
The officials spoke on condition of
anonymity, in line with regulations.
Lebanon, on Friday, mourned seven people killed in
gunbattles on the streets of Beirut the previous day
--- a confrontation that erupted over a long-running
probe into last year’s massive port blast in the
city --- and raised fears of the country being
drawn into further violence.
Schools, banks and government offices across Lebanon
shut down for a day of mourning Friday, while funerals
were held in several parts of the country.
‘Israel’ Fails to Join the
African Union as an
October 16th, 1:27pm (al Manar)
Algerian Foreign Minister, Ramtane Lamamra, revealed
on Friday evening, that the file of granting ‘Israel’ the
status of an observer member of the African Union
will be 'discussed' during the summit scheduled
to be held next February.
Lamamra made his statements after the end of the
Executive Council of the African Union session...
which was held on the 14th and 15th of October.
On July the 22nd, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs
announced: that its ambassador to Ethiopia, Admasu
Elali, had submitted his credentials as an observer
member to the African Union.
After considering the decision of the EU Commission to
accept ‘Israel’ as “irresponsible”, Lamamra assured
that the African foreign ministers had agreed to
discuss the issue, during the summit of EU
heads of state, next February.
“We hope that the summit will be a correct start
for an Africa worthy of its history,” he added.
On July 25th, the Algerian Foreign Ministry announced,
in a statement, its refusal to accept ‘Israel’ as a new
observer in the A.U. Seven Arab states had also
informed the African Union of their objection
to its decision, to grant ‘Israel’ observer
status in the continental organization,
a position supported by the
Islamic Jihad Prisoners at Israeli Jails
Continue Hunger Strike for the
Fourth Consecutive Day
October 16th, 11:45am (al Manar)
The Islamic Jihad prisoners at Israeli jails continued
their hunger strike for the fourth consecutive day...
in protest at the persecution inflicted upon them
by the prison authorities.
It is worth noting that 6 Palestinian prisoners, 5 of whom
belong to the Islamic Jihad Movement... managed, in
early September, to escape from Gilboa jail, despite
the strict Zionist measures... before they were
recaptured by the enemy.
The Palestinian Prisoner Club confirms that the two
prisoners Mohammad Al-Amoudi and Hosni Issa,
escalated their strike, by refraining from
drinking any water in Raymond Prison:
adding that their health conditions
have deteriorated and that they
were transferred to the
The prisoners who belong to the other Palestinian
Resistance movement will join the hunger strike
--- if the Zionist authorities do not halt their
punitive measures imposed on the
Islamic Jihad prisoners.
Source: Al-Manar English Website
Dozens of Palestinians Injured
in Israel Attack --- on Anti-
October 16th, 9:47am (al Manar)
Israeli occupation troops attacked protest rallies
held south of Nablus, in the West Bank --- to
condemn the Zionist settlement activities,
which are illegal under international law,
--- injuring at least 44 Palestinians.
The clashes occurred on Friday, when Israeli soldiers
attacked anti-settlement rallies, mainly by young
Palestinians, in Beita town and the village of
Beit Dajan, Palestine’s official Wafa news
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, at least 44
Palestinians sustained injuries, after being attacked
by Israeli forces.
It added, that 41 suffered respiratory problems, due to
the inhalation of tear gas, one received wounds from
rubber-coated bullets, and two of the protesters
were injured by falling, while the occupation
forces were chasing the young
The town of Beita, and the village of Beit Dajan, have
been witnessing peaceful anti-settlement rallies on
a daily basis, for months -- to protest against the
planned expansion of an Israeli settlement.
More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements
built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the West
Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.
After former US president Donald Trump took office,
in December 2016, Israel stepped up its settlement
expansion in defiance of United Nations Security
Council Resolution 2334, which pronounces
settlements in the West Bank and
East Jerusalem al-Quds as “a
flagrant violation, under
All Israeli settlements are illegal under
international law, as they are built on
The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s
settlement activities in the occupied territories
in several resolutions.
Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future
independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem
al-Quds as its capital.
Iran, China, Weigh Plans: to
October 16th, 8:50am (al Manar)
The foreign ministers of Iran and China discussed
the latest status of bilateral relations & regional
and international developments... with both
stressing the need for the implementation
of the Iran-China comprehensive
In a Friday 'phone conversation with his Chinese
counterpart, Wang Yi, Iranian Foreign Minister
Hossein Amirabdollahian --- put special
emphasis on the need to implement
the comprehensive 25-year
He praised China’s valuable support in
providing the coronavirus vaccines
needed by Iran.
The Iranian foreign minister also discussed the
latest status of the Joint Comprehensive Plan
of Action, with his Chinese counterpart.
For his part, Wang Yi stressed Beijing’s stance... on
the need for all JCPOA parties to resume honoring
their obligations. He also praised the position of
the Islamic Republic of Iran, in this regard, the
Iranian Foreign Ministry’s website reported.
The top Chinese diplomat, then welcomed the
start of talks between Iran and the European
side... saying he'd instructed his colleagues
to continue 'close consultations', in this
regard, with their counterparts in the
Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Wang expressed Beijing’s readiness to implement
the 25-year cooperation document... highlighting
China’s commitment to continuing cooperation
with Tehran to contain the coronavirus out-
break and providing any volume of the
required vaccine ...for as long as
He also stressed that the leaders of the two countries
are determined to fully expand bilateral relations,
and therefore Beijing, just as in the past, will
continue to cooperate and consult with the
Islamic Republic of Iran at all levels,
including mutual cooperation in
regional and international
Amirabdollahian described relations between the two
countries as strategic, emphasizing Tehran’s serious
efforts to follow up on the agreements reached
between President Xi Jinping and President
Ebrahim Raisi, in a recent telephone
conversation... as well as the full
implementation of the 25-year
On the beginning of talks between Iran and the European
Union... which took place a day before, at the level of
deputy foreign minister & deputy secretary general
and political director of the European External
Action Service, the Iranian foreign minister
explained the framework of the talks and
the definite policy of Iran --- which is the
effective and complete removal of the
unilateral and illegal sanctions
imposed by the US.
Amirabdollahian also criticized the inaction of the three
European countries, saying the talks have started in
a positive and constructive direction... which was
confirmed by both sides at the end of Thursday’s
talks, and, therefore, it was agreed that the
negotiations will continue at the same
level, in Brussels... in the next
Chief of Staff of Iranian
Armed Forces to
October 16th, 7:58am (al Manar)
Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, Major-
General Mohammad Bagheri, will visit Moscow
...heading a high-ranking military delegation
to develop mutual cooperation with the
Commodore Reza Khosravi Moqaddam, the military
attaché of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic
of Iran in the Russian Federation, made the
announcement on Friday... saying that
Major-General Bagheri, will travel to
Moscow at the official invitation of
the Russian Defense Minister,
General Sergei Shoigu,
According to Khosravi Moqaddam, General Baqeri
is scheduled to discuss and exchange views with
the Russian officials... on the development of
cooperation - and joint defense and military
relations - the fight against terrorism, and
investigating regional and international
Source: Iranian Agencies
Sayyed Safieddine: Tayouneh Martyrs’
Blood Will Not Go in Vain, Coward
“Lebanese Forces” Does Not
Dare to Confront Hezbollah
October 15th, 4:08pm (al Manar)
Head of Hezbollah's Executive Council, Sayyed Hashem
Safieddine, stressed, on Friday, that the “Lebanese
Forces” Party itself, committed the massacre
against the civilian peaceful protesters
in Tayouneh area, on Thursday.
Delivering a speech during Hezbollah's funeral of a number
of the Tayouneh martyrs in Beirut’s Dahiyeh... Sayyed
Safieddine indicated that the peaceful protest was
a normal event held to express a certain stance
against the politicization of the Beirut Port
probe, and it could have ended regularly.
However, the massacre which was committed by
the “Lebanese Forces” was planned earlier,
Sayyed Safieddine added.
His eminence explained that Hezbollah had prior
knowledge about the militia's movements in
Tayouneh area and coordinated the protest
with the Lebanese Army, -- noting that the
Army may not have been able to obtain
the necessary data, about the
“Lebanese Forces” decision
to attack the protesters.
“Who committed this unspeakable crime, was the
Lebanese Forces, which will be held responsible
before the martyrs’ blood.”
Sayyed Safieddine indicated that the cowardly
militiamen of the “Lebanese Forces”.. did not
dare to confront those men and women who
have defeated the Israeli enemy and the US
plots in the region, so they attacked the
civilians... to lead Lebanon into a
“Hezbollah Resistance will stay powerful
and nothing can undermine its might.’
The “Lebanese Forces” Party has unveiled its reality
because its may be ordered by its defeated regional
masters to ignite a civil war in Lebanon, according
to Sayyed Safieddine, who added that the
Tayouneh crime is one of the US plots
funded by some Arab states.
Sayyed Safieddine stressed that Hezbollah will not
be dragged into a civil war, but that the martyrs’
blood will never go in vain.
In this regard, Sayyed Safieddine indicated that the
Tayouneh martyrs protected the entire nation from
the “Lebanese Forces” sedition, stressing that
Hezbollah will pursue the case of the
Tayouneh martyrs... until their
rights are restored.
Sayyed Safieddine called on everyone in Lebanon to
express a clear attitude towards the “Lebanese
Forces” plot to lead Lebanon into a civil war
--- to serve the interests of the US and
some Arab regimes.
On Thursday, the Lebanese Forces militia staged a
deadly ambush in Tayouneh, as they opened fire at
peaceful demonstrators who were protesting the
politicization of Beirut Port blast, near the
Justice Palace, leaving seven martyrs
and more than 30 injuries.
Source: Al-Manar English Website
Iran says Shia-Sunni unity
a must: to counter divisive
plots by Muslims' enemies
October 15th, 3:51pm 9PressTV)
Iran has condemned as an anti-human crime a
terrorist attack by Takfiri groups at a Shia
mosque, in Afghanistan’s southern city
of Kandahar.. underlining the need for
unity among Shia and Sunni Muslims
to counter divisive plots by enemies.
In a statement on Friday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry
warned against enemy schemes for the Muslim
world, and called for reinforcing unity and
integrity among Muslims, and avoiding
violence and extremism in the name
More than 60 people were killed in three back-to-back
explosions that hit the Bibi Fatima mosque during
Friday prayers, one of the biggest blasts in
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the
attack. Eyewitnesses described three terrorists, one
of whom blew himself up at the entrance to the
mosque, with the other two detonating their
devices inside the building.
It came just a week after a bomb attack claimed by the
Daesh Takfiri terrorist group killed more than 150
people and left score of others injured at a Shia
mosque in the northeastern city of Kunduz.
Some believe the bombings are aligned with a plot
hatched by the United States to use Daesh to
undermine the Taliban’s newly-established
government in Afghanistan and continue
its long-running campaign... aimed at
ethnically cleansing the minority
Hazara Shia community.
In its statement, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said the
tragic incident and other sad events in the past,
including the attack on worshipers in Kunduz,
further highlight the need to adopt measures
to protect Shia and Sunni religious centres
and other gatherings in Afghanistan.... It
expressed confidence that the Muslim
Afghan people would thwart the
enemies’ plots through
On Friday... Iran’s embassy in Kabul also denounced the
terrorist attack in Kandahar. In a statement, the Iranian
diplomatic mission extended its condolences to the
bereaved... and hoped for firm action by the
Kiev forces violate ceasefire
nine times over past week
October 15th, 3:46pm (DAN)
Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire nine times
over the past week, said DPR People’s Militia
deputy chief-of-staff, Eduard Basurin.
“Ukrainian fighters violated the ceasefire nine times
over the past week using 120 mm, 82 mm mortars,
grenade launchers, and small arms," he said.
The enemy targeted seven townships.
A civilian was injured in Alexandrovka,
and a household sustained damage
The Additional Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire were
signed at the Contact Group meeting, on July 22nd... to
reinforce and control the indefinite ceasefire in effect
since July 21st, 2019, the latest in the series of more
than 20 reconfirmations and announcements of the
“silence regime”. The package came into effect on
July the 27th.
32 Killed, 53 Injured,
In Blast at Mosque In
October 15th, 1:18pm (al Manar)
The blasts that tore through a Shiite mosque in the
southern Afghan city of Kandahar during Friday
prayers, killed at least 32 people and injured
A doctor at the city’s central Mirwais hospital told AFP:
“Thirty-two bodies and 53 wounded people have
been brought to our hospital so far.”
The cause of the explosions was not immediately clear,
but they came a week after a suicide attack on Shiite
worshippers at a mosque in the northern city of
Kunduz, that was claimed by the ISIL
Other medical sources and a provincial official confirmed
a toll of more than 30, and at least 15 ambulances were
rushing to and from the scene.
The mosque’s Facebook account made
an appeal for blood donations.
An eyewitness told AFP he heard three explosions, one
at the main door of the mosque, another at a southern
area, and a third where worshippers wash, before
Another witness also said that three blasts rocked
the mosque in the centre of the town during
Friday prayers, the busiest congregation
of the week.
“We are saddened to learn... that an explosion took place
in a mosque of the Shiite brotherhood in the first district
of Kandahar city in which a number of our compatriots
were martyred and wounded,” tweeted the interior
ministry spokesman, Qari Sayed Khosti, of the
Taliban movement that rules Afghanistan.
“Special forces of the Islamic Emirate have arrived in the
area to determine the nature of the incident and bring
the perpetrators to justice.”
Kiev forces shell
October 15th, 12:33pm (DAN)
Ukrainian armed formations shelled Yasinovataya
with mortar rounds today, the DPR Mission to the
The fire originated from Ukraine-controlled
Avdeyevka at 11.55 a.m., 6 shells exploded.
FM: Saudi Arabia 'serious about'
detente with Iran, talks 'cordial'
October 15th, 11:26am (PressTV)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud
has signaled his country's desire to repair relations
with Iran, saying the kingdom is “serious” about
talks with the Islamic Republic.
The two Middle East heavyweights have held four rounds
of talks since April, including a first meeting last month
with the government of new President Ebrahim Raeisi.
In an interview with the Financial Times published on
Friday, Prince Faisal described the negotiations as
“exploratory” but “cordial”.
“We are serious about the talks,” he said. “For us it’s
not that big a shift. We’ve always said we want to
find a way to stabilize the region.”
Saudi Arabia unilaterally cut diplomatic ties with Iran in
January 2016... after angry protests were held outside
its embassy in Tehran, in reaction to the kingdom's
execution of a senior Shia cleric.
The Financial Times cited an unnamed Saudi official as
saying that Riyadh was considering an Iranian request
for it to open its consulate in Jeddah. Riyadh was
also considering allowing Tehran to reopen its
representative office for the Organization
of Islamic Cooperation, in the port
city, it added.
Under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s stewardship,
Riyadh had aggressively pursued a confrontational policy
vis-a-vis Iran, but Prince Faisal indicated that his
country has changed tack.
“The leadership has a clear policy that the priority is
prosperity, building the country, Vision 2030, and
you can’t deliver those things with a region in
turmoil,” he commented. “So, while we will
vigorously defend our national security
and our sovereignty, we will try to
resolve them through diplomacy
Saudi Arabia has been waging a destructive war on
Lebanon, which has left the kingdom mired in a
quagmire. Its brief detention of Saad Hariri
while he was Lebanon’s prime minister
and the murder of the dissident
journalist, Jamal Khashoggi,
also landed it in hot water.
Prince Faisal cited a “confluence of events, that
made it feel like it was the right moment” to
talk to Iran.
“We were always willing to talk, if they might actually
be serious,” he said. “Various factors came into play.”
Last month, Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz
Al Saud expressed hope that Riyadh's direct dialogue
with Tehran, would lead to confidence building.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh
has said Tehran is pleased with how negotiations have
proceeded with Saudi Arabia, emphasizing that the
two regional players have the capacity to
establish “sustainable” ties.
Multiple casualties reported:
explosion at mosque gates
in Afghanistan’s Kandahar
October 15th, 11:11am (RT)
An explosion at a Shia mosque in Afghanistan’s southern
city of Kandahar, during Friday prayers, has left multiple
casualties, according to witnesses, with victims being
transported to hospital in ambulances and cars.
The explosion hit the Imam Barga mosque while Shia
worshippers were gathering at packed Friday
prayers, leaving local media reporting
multiple casualties, although an
exact number, is not
Footage circulating on social media showed the aftermath
of the blast, with smoke billowing from the area where
the mosque is located, in the centre of the city.
Distressing videos showed bodies, covered by blankets,
as they were surrounded by worshippers who
attempted to help them in the wake of
The cause of the blast has not been confirmed but it is
thought to have been a suicide bombing. If that is the
case, it would mark the second suicide bombing in
Afghanistan in recent weeks, with IS-K having
taken responsibility for an explosion in
Kunduz last week.
Kandahar has been under the Taliban’s control since
August 13th, as the militant group swiftly gained
territory across Afghanistan, ahead of their
ousting of the country’s government.
Uzbekistan rules out
prospect of hosting
October 15th, 10am (PressTV)
Uzbekistan has strongly rejected any possible stationing
of US troops in the Central Asian country to purportedly
combat terrorism in Afghanistan, following the Taliban
takeover of the war-ravaged country.
"This is out of the question"... Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister
Abdulaziz Kamilov said after US-based news outlet Politico
reported Thursday that Pentagon officials intended to visit
Uzbekistan this month... to discuss the possibility of
deploying forces for striking extremist positions
Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, earlier said at
a press briefing in Moscow, that former Soviet states
- including Uzbekistan - stand firm in their
unwillingness to host US forces.
Lavrov's comments came after the Wall Street Journal
- citing unnamed sources - reported on Monday that
Moscow and Washington were, allegedly, in talks
discussing the possible use of Russian military
bases in Central Asia, by US troops.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria
Zakharova, said US Under Secretary of State
Victoria Nuland, who visited Russia this
week, was told that the deployment of
the US, or NATO infrastructure, in
the region... is categorically
unacceptable for Russia.
A Pentagon delegation... is currently in Uzbekistan
discussing with Uzbek authorities the possibility
of deploying its "over the horizon" counter-
terrorism forces - aiming to maintain its
surveillance on Afghanistan and strike
targets in this country, if necessary.
US Ambassador to Kazakhstan, William Moser, said at
a news briefing on Tuesday, that the US military does
not yet have any specific plans for using Russian
military bases in Central Asia, in order to
The latest developments come as United States is now
reportedly going to increase drone surveillance and
strikes in Afghanistan, despite formally pulling out
The Taliban-ruled Afghan government has recently warned
Washington that there would be “bad consequences” if the
US-operated unmanned drones continued the violation of
the country’s airspace.
Taliban warn US against ‘destabilizing’ Afghan government
“We clearly told them that trying to destabilize the
government in Afghanistan, is good for no one,”
said the Taliban’s foreign minister.
The government of Afghanistan rapidly collapsed on August
15th and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country in the face
of the lightning advances of the Taliban that followed US
President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw, in a
The US-led invasion of Afghanistan, in 2001, removed the
Taliban from power, but worsened the security situation
in the country. Two decades later, the Taliban have
returned to power again. After the takeover of
Afghanistan by the Taliban, Russia held
military drills with Tajikistan and
Uzbekistan... which share a
border with Afghanistan.
Lebanon Interior Ministry --- confirms
Geagea militia behind sniper killings
October 15th, 9:58am (PressTV)
A top-level meeting at Lebanon’s Interior Ministry has
concluded that the far-right Lebanese Forces (LF) a
political party led by Samir Geagea, had started
the Thursday shooting in Beirut, that killed
six people on Thursday.
All details of the bloody event were discussed in a meeting
of the Central Security Council, at Lebanon’s Interior
Ministry, in the presence of the leaders of the
security services, who unanimously agreed
that members of the LF had started
At least six people were killed and 60 others injured in
the attack, during which Hezbollah supporters were
shot from rooftops, while they were gathering to
peacefully protest against a judge
investigating last year’s Beirut
Port explosion, as they
accused him of bias.
After the incident, the Lebanese Army issued a statement,
saying: “the protesters, as they headed to the Adliyeh
area, were fired upon in the Tayouneh-Badaro area.”
However, observers noted contradictions between the army
statement and a second statement that was issued after a
meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State for Political
Affairs, Victoria Nuland.
The second army statement said when protesters headed to
the Al-Adliya area for their sit-in, there was a dispute and an
“exchange of fire” took place, which led to the killing of a
number of citizens and the injury of others.
In a statement, Hezbollah and its ally Amal said armed groups
affiliated with Geagea's Lebanese Forces party fired at the
protesters from rooftops, aiming at their heads, in an
attempt to drag Lebanon into new sectarian strife.
According to The Cradle, one of the officers attending the
Interior Ministry meeting produced details about snipers
spread out across the roofs of surrounding buildings, in
advance of events, who then opened fire on protesters
as they passed from the Tayouneh area.
Armed LF assailants had already been deployed in the
internal streets of the adjacent Ain al-Remmaneh
neighbourhood since early morning, to prepare
for the confrontation, a security source told
the investigative media platform.
The unnamed source revealed that as the protesters
were passing on the Old Sidon road, there were
already provocations by a gathering of forces
in Zaroub al-Farr School, who threw stones
at the demonstrators, even before the LF
assailants attacked them.
Military sources also said that no one was arrested
after the army stormed a number of buildings from
which the shooting was directed.
Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah
has accused Judge Tarek Bitar, who is investigating
the Beirut port explosion, of “politically targeting”
officials in his investigation.
Bitar has, for months, tried to question former prime
minister, Hasan Diab, as well as ex-ministers Ali
Hasan Khalil, Ghazi Zeiter, Nouhad Machnouk
and Youssef Finianos. Khalil and Zeiter
belong to the Amal Movement,
closely allied to Hezbollah.
The judge has, also, sought to summon General Security
chief Major General Abbas Ibrahim and State Security
head, Major General Tony Saliba. However, the
Interior Ministry and Higher Defence Council
did not grant him permission to do so.
Iran condemns Beirut shooting
In a statement on Friday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry
spokesman condemned the Beirut shooting,
calling for restraint and calm in Lebanon.
The Islamic Republic “believes that through their cohesion
and unity, the Lebanese people, government and army,
along with the resistance, will emerge victorious as
always against the seditions and conspiracies
rooted in the Zionist regime, and designed
and carried out by the regime’s masters
and agents,” Saeed Khatibzadeh said.
Khatibzadeh offered his condolences to the Lebanese
government and people, particularly the bereaved
families of the victims, and wished a quick
recovery for the injured.
He called on the Lebanese government and resistance to
immediately identify and arrest the perpetrators behind
such crimes against and provocations among, the
Hezbollah also called on the army to intervene quickly
and detain the perpetrators, and called on its
supporters to remain calm and “not be
drawn to malicious discord.”
Geagea's history of sedition
Geagea was tried and convicted in 1994 for ordering four
political assassinations, including the assassination of
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Rashid Karami in 1987, and
the unsuccessful attempted assassination of
Defense Minister Michel Murr, in 1991.
The LF and Geagea are known for their close affiliation to
the West and Saudi Arabia, a country that has sought to
increase its sway in Lebanon, mainly to block the rise
of the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah.
The LF party that now holds 15 out of 64 Christian seats in
the Lebanese parliament, was previously a militia group
that emerged from the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990).
"Perform up to your mandate": DPR
residents demand OSCE to react
to LPR officer kidnapping
Donetsk, 15 October 9:51am (DAN.)
"We are sick and tired of the Ukrainian armed forces,"
"Ukrainian army and security services kill and
capture people," read the signs that
protesters hold in front of the
SMM office in Donetsk.
The crowd of about 100 people streamed to the city centre
Friday morning. to rally against the mission's silence after
the abduction of an LPR officer in the JCCC by an armed
Ukrainian reconnaissance squad, in the "grey zone" of
the Zolotoye settlement.
Demonstrators gathered under the warm sun right at the
entrance to the Park Inn hotel at the Pushkina Blvd,
where the international monitoring mission is
based, to demand that its members assist
in liberating officer Andrey Kosyak.
"He was performing his duties, monitoring the situation,
he was not a threat to anyone, but he was kidnapped
by a Ukrainian DRG," says Michael, using an
abbreviation, that has become a household
phrase in the war-torn region, as it stands
for saboteur and reconnaissance squads
so often used by the Ukrainian army,
to perpetrate attacks in the
"They must react to this act of Kiev and demand Andrey's
liberation. After all, he is their colleague, he is also a
monitor, he was not going to attack anyone, He was
treated so despicably. The OSCE must --- show
courage and condemn Kiev's actions," said
Irina, of Petrovskiy district, in Donetsk.
The mission has not responded so far... some of its
members silently observing the crowd and signs,
calling on them --- to do something.
Russian Military: Israel Carried Out
Syria's Homs Airstrike Under Cover
of Two Civilian Aircraft
October 15th, 9:32am (FNA)
The Russian Ministry of Defense, verified on Thursday,
that the prior day's airstrikes near Palmyra had been
carried out by Israeli strike aircraft.
Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, deputy head of the Russian Centre
for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria, said at
a Thursday briefing, that the airstrikes, which were
launched in the vicinity of At-Tanf near the tri-
border area with Jordan and Iraq, late on
Wednesday night, had been carried out
by four Israeli Air Force F-16 Sufa
strike aircraft, Sputnik reports.
The long-range missiles struck a communications tower
and the surrounding area near the city of Palmyra in
Eastern Homs Governorate, killing one Syrian Arab
Army soldier and wounding three others, Sputnik
reported at the time, citing Syrian state media.
Kulit said, on Thursday, that a phosphate ore
processing plant, had also been hit.
It was reported at the time Syria's air defenses near
Palmyra... had attempted to engage the incoming
projectiles. However, Kulit said that "The Syrian
military leadership decided not to use the air
defense systems, since, at the time of the
Israeli aviation attack, two civilian
passenger aircraft were in the
zone of destruction of the
Israel has pioneered the use of this new 'tactic' during the
Syrian War, using the flights of civilian aircraft over Syria
as a way to get around the Russian-made air defense
systems used by the SAA, which have a very high
rate of intercept when able to properly engage
In February, an Airbus A320 with 172 passengers on board
was forced out of the sky by an Israeli attack, temporarily
making an emergency landing at the Russian-operated
Hmeimim Air Base... before continuing on to
Damascus, after the attack was over.
In 2018, Jerusalem was forced to apologize, after using a
Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft for cover during an
attack, causing a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile to
shoot down the Russian aircraft instead. The attack
killed 15 Russian servicemembers, injured 10
others, and also killed two Syrian service-
members. According to Russia's MoD --
the IAF warned them of an impending
strike, just 60 seconds before the
Israeli aircraft lifted off -- giving
them just minutes to prepare.
Palestinian Man Shot Dead by
Occupation Army in Bethlehem
October 15th, 9:31am (FNA)
A Palestinian young man was shot dead on Thursday
night, and another one arrested, by the Israeli
occupation forces during an Israeli raid of
Beit Jala town, in the occupied West
Bank province of Bethlehem,
local sources said.
Witnesses told WAFA that clashes broke out between
local residents and the Israeli occupation forces in
Bir Ouna neighbourhood, on the outskirts of Beit
Jala, during which a Palestinian was shot dead
and another one was arrested by the forces.
The Palestinian killed by the Israeli occupation
forces during the raid, is yet to be identified.
DPR Foreign Ministry warns of
aggravations following JCCC
October 15th, 9:14am (DAN)
Donetsk has protested over the abduction of
an officer of the LPR Mission to the JCCC,
the DPR Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Natalia Nikonorova said.
"A diplomatic note was sent yesterday to the Special
Representatives of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office
in Ukraine and in the Contact Group - where we
have voiced a vehement protest against Kiev's
unacceptable actions. Moreover, we have
attracted the attention of the mediators
to the risk of establishing a dangerous
precedent," she said.
Nikonorova added that, in the absence of any reaction
from international organisations, similar situations
"It would inevitably deteriorate the situation at the
contact line, making it tens, or rather, a hundred
The kidnapping of an LPR representative in the Mission
to the JCCC might affect repair works at the Donbass
critical infrastructure, the DPR Mission to the JCCC
The officer was kidnapped this week by two armed
members of the Ukrainian army in the Zolotoye
area, as he was observing the ceasefire
during the clearance of a road at the
U.S. to keep 'hegemonic ambitions'
says academic Michael Brenner
October 14th, 10:43pm (Prensa Latina)
Michael Brenner, on Thursday, assured that the
United States has no political leadership that
allows it to give up its hegemonic ambitions
and accept global multipolarity.
I´m convinced this will not happen in the
short or medium term, said Brenner.
In a stark assessment of the international politics
of the United States and its allies, the professor
added that there is a failure of political leader
-ship and strategic thinking, in successive
White House administrations.
This is evident in Washington's relentless antagonism
with China, and its inability to talk and reach
agreements with Beijing.... so as to solve
issues of interest to both nations.... and
the world, Brenner said, in an interview
with the Strategic Culture Foundation.
According to Brenner, the United States will need
something similar to Cuba´s 1962 Missile Crisis,
when the U.S. and Soviet Union were on the
brink of a nuclear war.
Only the fear of war will break the comatose
intellectual-political state in which the
United States finds itself,
In the interview, the US analyst explained: that
such crude conduct in international relations,
is counterproductive for the United States
and its Western allies.
Brenner condemned President Joe Biden´s strategic
ambiguity, who, despite repeatedly saying he is not
interested in a cold war with China, takes
provocative steps, to cause a rift
Joe Biden has no coherent strategic design, and the
control over his homeland security team is tenuous,
Brenner explained, and clarified that China is a
lethal threat - for the United States - and
confrontation is its only 'logical
President Aoun Reassures
the Lebanese: Clock
Won’t Be Turned Back
October 14th, 8:42pm (al Manar)
President Michel Aoun reassured, in a televised address
on Thursday, the Lebanese that the clock would not be
turned back and that Lebanon won’t surrender
Tackling the latest security developments in
Tayouneh area, President Aoun rejected
what happened, stressing that the
competent authorities will hold
the culprits accountable.
President Aoun indicated that the street is not the
proper place to express political objections,
highlighting the role of the constitutional
institutions in finding solutions.
Six martyrs and around 30 injured were reported
during the armed attack carried out by the
“Lebanese Forces” gunmen on the
peaceful protestors in
Source: Al-Manar English Website
Army Arrests Group of
“Lebanese Forces” Gun-
men in Mount Lebanon
- Al-Manar Sources
October 14th, 7:40pm
According to Al-Manar sources, the Army units
arrested, late on Thursday, a group of
“Lebanese Forces” gunmen
in Mount Lebanon.
The sources added that the arrested gunmen
were fully prepared and standing by, in wait
for the party’s orders.
The Lebanese army announced, in a statement
on Thursday, that its units arrested 9 culprits
in the attack of the “Lebanese Forces”
gunmen, on the protesters in
According to Al-Manar sources, the “Lebanese
Forces” members and commanders.. who
carried out the attack on the protesters
in Tayouneh area, were George Touma
...and his son, Rodrigue, Nasib Touma,
Rodney Aswad, Najib Hatem, Tawfik
Moawad, Tawfik Simon Moawad,
Elias Michel Nakhle, Shukri
Bou Saab, and Pierre
Jabbour, the security aide of the “Lebanese Forces”
head Samir Geagea had earlier inspected the scene
of the attack... and instigated the gunmen to show
the brutality which appeared during the assault.
Six martyrs and around 30 injured were reported
during the armed attack, carried out by the
“Lebanese Forces” gunmen on the
peaceful protestors in
Source: Al-Manar English Website
Yemeni forces close in on Ma’rib
...as powerful tribe agrees to
October 14th, 7:40pm (PressTV)
Forces with Yemen’s Ansarullah movement, which
controls the country’s government, from the
capital Sana’a, have continued to advance
on the strategic city of Ma’rib, with local
reports saying that some leaders of the
powerful Murad tribe, have agreed to
refrain from fighting the resistance
forces... who seem destined to
take the remaining areas.
The Yemeni Army has, so far, advanced in Ma’rib’s
al-Jubah district and now controls most of it, the
Middle East Eye, quoted residents as saying,
while battles in the remaining areas of al-
Jubah, as well as in al-Abdiya district,
Both districts are home to the Murad tribe, whose
agreement with the government has paved the
way for the smooth capture of al-Jubah.
Yemeni journalist Mohammed Ali said the recent
advances by the Sana’a government forces in
Ma’rib, reflect how tribal leaders feel let
down by the Saudi-led coalition.
“It would be impossible for the Houthis (Ansarullah
movement) to capture any area in the city without
the support of locals,” he told the MEE.
Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a devastating
military campaign against Yemen, in 2015... to
reinstall Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi in Sana’a,
but the war has failed to achieve its goal,
and instead, killed hundreds of
thousands of Yemeni people.
In recent months, the war coalition’s forces have
been striving in vain to stop the Yemeni Army’s
advances towards Ma’rib city.
‘Ansarullah can capture Ma’rib in one day’
“The battles now are very close to the city, and the
Houthis took over some areas, for the first time,”
Khaldoon, a resident of Ma’rib, told the MEE.
He confirmed that many leaders of the Murab tribe
helped the Sana’a government seize some areas
by not fighting. “Many people, including tribal
leaders, have lost trust in the [overthrown]
government and the president.”
Mohammed, a pro-Ansarullah resident of Sana’a
who is originally from Ma’rib, said forces of the
resistance movement respect civilians and
“they want to take over Ma’rib, with the
least loss among them.”
He said if Ansarullah didn't care about civilians,
they could take over Ma’rib city, in one day.
"But the battle has taken a long time because the
Houthis don’t want to harm civilians,” he said,
noting that the main reason behind the
recent advances by the Yemeni Army
is that people from Ma’rib have
been joining and supporting
them to liberate their areas.
Ever since some regions in the strategic province
of Ma’rib, which sits at a crossroads between the
southern and northern regions, were liberated
by the Yemeni forces, recently, Saudi Arabia
and its allies have significantly stepped
up their military aggression.
The spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces said
the operations to fully liberate areas currently
under enemy control in the central Yemeni
province, will continue.
Far-right nationalists march under
‘White Lives Matter’ banner in Kiev
as Ukrainians celebrate ‘Defenders
and Defendresses Day’
by Jonny Tickle
October 14th, 6:17pm (RT)
Thousands of far-right Ukrainian nationalists have taken
to the streets in Kiev, on the country’s Defenders and
Defendresses Day, a public holiday, under the flags
of the Azov and Right Sector extremist
organizations, among others.
The march, which began in the city’s centre, started at
noon on Thursday... and saw the participants walk
through Kiev to Maidan, the capital’s main square.
The holiday, founded in 2015... is celebrated every year on
October 14th. A regular fixture of the festivities has been
a march of Nazis through the centre of Kiev. The date
was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the
founding of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, a Nazi
collaboration group that fought against the
Soviet Union during World War II.
In recent years the group has been revered, despite
its collaboration with occupying German forces and
its involvement in the Holocaust & ethnic cleansing.
The Ukrainian Insurgent Army was the paramilitary
arm of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists,
led by ultra-nationalist collaborator and anti-
semite, Stepan Bandera.
Last year, the march saw banners decrying the
country’s “occupation and robbery” by a
Groups involved in the annual march... include Svoboda,
an ultranationalist political party, and National Corps,
a group founded by veterans of the neo-Nazi Azov
Battalion. The extremist group, Right Sector,
was also represented.
On Maidan square, the nationalists burned a clown
effigy, resembling Volodymyr Zelensky, the
Ukrainian president, who is Jewish.
Nazi marches are not uncommon in Ukraine. Earlier
this year, far-right nationalists staged a march in
the centre of the city, to mark the 77th
anniversary of WWII Nazi military
division, SS Galicia.
Created in Lvov in 1943, SS Galicia was made up
predominantly, of Ukrainian volunteers who
wanted to take up arms for Nazi Germany
against the Soviet Union and mainly
fought against local partisans.
The unit was almost wiped out in the 1944 Battle of Lvov–
Sandomierz and later saw action in Slovakia and Austria.
In 1945, it rebranded as the Ukrainian National Army,
and lasted until the end of the war, in May that year.
Chinese Think Tank Triangulates
Spot Where US Sub Likely Collided
With Mystery Object
October 14th, 5:50pm (Sputnik)
Last Thursday, the US Pacific Fleet reported that 11 Navy
seamen received minor to moderate injuries after their
nuclear attack sub struck an unknown object while
submerged and operating in international waters
in the Indo-Pacific region on October 2nd. US
media later clarified that the incident took
place in the highly sensitive South
A Beijing-based think tank believes it’s honed in on the
approximate area where the USS Connecticut bumped
into a mystery object during operations in the South
China Sea earlier this month.
Speaking to the Chinese language edition of the Global
Times newspaper, Hu Bo, director of the South China
Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative (SCSPI),
said the think tank used satellite data to
determine that the sub was likely to
have had its accident southeast of
China’s Hainan Island and north
of the Paracel/Xisha Islands in
“This is an area of major activity by the US military
in the South China Sea,” Hu explained.
The director pointed out that on the morning of October 4th,
two days after the sub bump incident, a US carrier group
- led by the USS Carl Vinson - passed through the Bashi
Channel. Hu pointed out that it is standard procedure
for US submarines to scout ahead of carriers at
distances between 300 and 500 km, to help
assure their safety.
“If the submarine was part of the carrier group, then
it was certainly in the triangle we indicated,” the
Hu indicated that, based on US naval strategy against
the Soviet Union during the Cold War, US attack subs
are typically deployed near ports where enemy
nuclear subs are stationed. If that was the
mission of the USS Connecticut, that too,
could help to explain its presumed
location at the time of the
accident, he said.
If the SCSPI’s estimates are correct, that would put the
errant US sub well within the so-called nine-dash line
demarcation of the People’s Republic’s claims in the
South China Sea. In addition to China, Vietnam
also stakes a claim to the waters.
Chinese Military Culture Society director and military
strategist Du Wenlong told Global Times that if the
accident led to any leak of radiation from its
onboard nuclear reactor, it could prove
catastrophic for the entire planet.
“Highly enriched uranium used in nuclear submarine
reactors is different from industrial-grade enriched
uranium used in nuclear power plants. If a nuclear
submarine with a displacement of over 9,000
tonnes suffers a nuclear leak under water,
the consequences would be very
serious,” Du said.
The expert stressed that this kind of leak would not only
poison the local environment and contaminate water,
marine animals, and plant life but get spread around
the oceans by sea currents, resulting in a
catastrophe on a global scale.
In its statement last week, the US Navy emphasised that the
USS Connecticut’s nuclear propulsion plant was “not
affected” by the bumping accident, and remained
fully operational, with the sub limping back to
port in Guam, independently.
The USS Connecticut is a Seawolf-class submarine, one of
the most advanced, but also the most expensive, kinds of
attack subs in the US Navy’s arsenal. The boat is one of
three Seawolf-class subs in service. Thanks to their
nuclear reactor, the vessels’ endurance is limited
only by the need to stock up on supplies for its
crew, and they are equipped with an arsenal
of anti-ship, anti-sub & land-attack arms.
Last week, retired Russian Admiral Vladimir Valuyev said he
couldn’t imagine that a sub decked out with such advanced
onboard navigation systems... could simply collide with an
underwater reef or rock formation. He suggested that the
most likely explanation was that the sub struck a
“recently built or still under construction oil-
drilling installation” which the Pentagon
was not aware of on its maps.
Beijing has urged the United States and any other country or
countries involved in the incident to provide relevant details,
“including the exact location of the incident, the purpose of
this trip, and details of what the submarine encountered.”
On Monday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Zhao
Lijian, accused the US... of failing to provide the relevant
information, & suggested that: “such [an] irresponsible
& secretive approach has raised even more suspicion
among the international community, about the USA’s
intentions and the details of the accident.”
The South China Sea, is one of the most sensitive bodies
of water in the world. Along with China, parts of the sea
are claimed by Brunei, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia,
the Philippines, and Vietnam. The sea is not only
a crucial artery for global shipping, but is also
rich in fish and untapped energy resources.
Despite laying no claims of its own to the body of water, the
United States characterises the South China Sea as a
“matter of strategic interest” for Washington. Since
2010, the US has sought to establish or shore up
regional alliances with claimants other than
China, and has carried out drills and so-
called "freedom of navigation"
patrols in the area.
Beijing has blasted these efforts, and called on the US
to butt out of regional affairs. In the early 2000s...
the People’s Republic & the members of ASEAN
(Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia,
Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand
and Vietnam) began talks on establishing a
"code of conduct" in the South China Sea
meant to resolve territorial and other
disputes, without the involvement
of outside powers.
Washington has done all in its power to
hamper or torpedo, these negotiations.
US Army Has Conducted
Missile Test Exceeding
October 14th, 5:34pm (Sputnik)
The US Army conducted a test flight of a new long-range
precision missile that exceeds the maximum threshold,
Lockheed Martin said on Thursday.
"Lockheed Martin’s Precision Strike Missile... completed its
longest flight to date, exceeding maximum threshold, with
the US Army yesterday at Vandenberg Space Force Base,
California," Lockheed Martin said, in a press release.
"This marks the fifth consecutive successful flight
test for the missile."
Another test flight for the weapon is scheduled to take place
before the end of this year, the release said, adding that the
goal is to have early operating capability by 2023. The
missile was launched from a high Mobility Artillery
Rocket Systems launcher and flew over the
Pacific Ocean, the release said.
A Politico reporter earlier broke the news on Twitter, saying
that the range exceeded what had been agreed to by the US
and Russia in the now-suspended Intermediate-Range
Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
According to Defense News, "the original intent was to reach
a maximum of 499 kilometres," but Washington's 2019
pullout from the INF Treaty "has allowed the US Army
to develop the missile to reach ranges much farther."
The 1987 agreement between the US and the then Soviet
Union banned land-based missiles with ranges between
500 and 5,500 kilometres, in a bid to ease tensions:
created by quick-strike missiles capable of
delivering a nuclear attack, in between
six and eight minutes.
Army Commander Updates
President Aoun... on the
by “Lebanese Forces”
in Tayouneh Area
October 14th, 4:42pm (al Manar)
President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, met Army
Commander, General Joseph Aoun, this afternoon, at the
The Army Commander briefed the President on the details
of the security events that took place today in Tayouneh,
and the measures taken by the Army to cease fire and
restore security and stability to the region.
General Aoun also briefed President Aoun on the ongoing
investigations to reveal the reasons for what happened
and the parties behind it.
Six martyrs and around 30 injured were reported during
the armed attack carried out by the “Lebanese Forces”
gunmen on the peaceful protestors in Tayouneh area.
Source: Al-Manar English Website and NNA
Hezbollah, Amal Movement:
“Lebanese Forces” Snipers
Deliberately Opened Fire
at Protesters, Claiming
Martyrs and Injured
October 14th, 2:12pm (al Manar)
Hezbollah and the Amal Movement issued, on Thursday, a
joint statement, which indicated that “Lebanese Forces”
party’s armed groups, deployed in Tayouneh area,
opened fire, deliberately killing and injuring
that large number of protesters.
The statement clarified that the “Lebanese Forces”
snipers resorted to the roofs of the buildings and
the close neighbourhoods to carry out their
attacks on the protestors, who were
peacefully demonstrating off the
Justice Palace, against the
politicization... of the
Beirut blast probe.
Hezbollah and Amal Movement called on the Army and
security forces - to assume their responsibilities...
by arresting the culprits, whose identities,
The statement also called for arresting the instigators
who administered the operation from their dark
chambers... and inflicting the severest
penalties on them.
Hezbollah and Amal Movement hailed the protestors for
participating in the peaceful demonstration, offering
deep condolences to the families of the martyrs
and vowing to pursue their case, until
justice is served.
Six martyrs and around 30 injured were reported
during the armed attack carried out by the
“Lebanese Forces” gunmen on the
peaceful protestors in
Source: Al-Manar English Website