2 Car-Bombs Detonate Near Iranian Embassy In Beirut

1ST CAR-BOMB of the day in Beirut

2nd CAR-BOMB OF THE DAY

[SEE:  Nusra Front sent rigged cars to Lebanon: report]

[A shadowy group which calls itself the Abdullah Azzam Brigades has claimed credit for the car-bombs.  In case anyone forgets, incompetent terrorists, bearing the Abdullah Azzam name, took credit for the dent in the side of Japanese supertanker “M Star” (SEE:  Alleged “Al Qaida” Group Releases Lunatic Statement Taking Credit For M. Star Attack).] 

23 martyrs in two explosions in the vicinity of the Iranian Embassy in Bir Hassan

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From the vicinity of the blasts in the area of ​​Bir Hassan (ANWAR AMRO – AFP)

Beirut
Killed 23 people and wounded more than 146 others were injured today in twin explosions near the headquarters of the Iranian embassy in Beirut’s southern suburbs, one resulting from the explosion of a car is still great uncertainty about the nature of the first explosion.

Ministry of Health announced the Lebanese «killing 23 victims and 146 injured in two explosions in the area of ​​the wing.
The blasts occurred near the Iranian Embassy in Bir Hassan area in the southern suburbs of Beirut, today, as initial reports indicate the fall of 23 martyrs and 146 wounded their injuries ranging from serious and light, according to the Declaration and the Lebanese Ministry of Health, as well as significant damage to property.
Since some time, the news agency Reuters that the «Abdullah Azzam Brigades, linked to al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the double attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut.
The first explosion had happened at about ten in the morning, followed by a few seconds after the explosion of another type of car Renault Rapid. Information is still uncertain about the details of the first explosion and nature.
And proceeded to the security forces imposed a security cordon around the area, while the Lebanese army firing in the air to disperse the people and try to surround the place. The ambulance took the martyrs and the wounded were taken to three hospitals near the area of ​​the explosion, a Beirut Governmental Hospital and the Great Prophet and Zahra.
The director of the channel ‘fields’ Ghassan Ben Jeddo that every the process illustrated bombings and documented outlets will be known accurately.
For his part, the president of the Caretaker Government Najib Mikati Disaster Management Authority to «an emergency meeting at the Grand Serail to follow up on the implications of the blast, which occurred in the vicinity of the Iranian embassy in Beirut’s southern suburbs.
In context, the Iranian embassy confirmed that «Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Ghazanfar Abadi corner of okay, and that the embassy is not targeted in the blast, which occurred in and around the southern suburbs of Beirut.
As diplomatic sources from inside the embassy that «no casualties in the ranks of employees at the Iranian embassy.
Describing the Iranian embassy in Lebanon, the Iranian Cultural Counselor Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Ansari, who was killed when it passes in front of the embassy at the time of the explosion.
Iranian Ambassador through the channel «fields» that «each of the these terrorist acts is a client of the Zionist entity ‘, accusing the’ Zionist entity standing behind this terrorist bombing.
The Corner Abadi feet deepest condolences to the Lebanese people and the families of the martyrs and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.
For his part, Minister of Health arrived in the caretaker government of Ali Hassan Khalil to the area of ​​the explosion in the wing, students from all hospitals in Beirut and suburbs, opening the doors to the injured victims of the terrorist bombing in the wing and provide the best ways to take care of them. He also announced that the Ministry of Health put the maximum potential to provide the highest degree of care to them.
On the other hand, directed the Government Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr to the place of the blasts in the southern suburbs of follow-up investigations.
Well, said member bloc «Development and Liberation» Attorney Hani Al Qubaisi that «the bombing of the southern suburbs of a terrorist act par excellence affects all Lebanese without اسثناء, pointing out that« stability in Lebanon and threatened civil peace as well.
He described member of the bloc «Loyalty to the Resistance MP Ali Ammar explosions in the area of ​​the wing ‘terrorist crime’, saying« Whatever Balgtm in killing us and killing our people, the motto «اقتلونا of the our people Siei more and more».
He pointed out that terrorism is a multinational can not stop the resistance.

(News, National, site Manar)

Putin Accuses Foes of Bringing Radical Islam to Russia

Putin Accuses Foes of Bringing Radical Islam to Russia

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Bulgaria: Putin Accuses Foes of Bringing Radical Islam to Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo by EPA/BGNES

President Vladimir Putin has accused foreign rivals of using radical Islam to weaken Russia.

Putin appealed on Tuesday Muslim clerics to help reduce tensions after a deadly suicide bombing and nationalist riots.

“Some political forces are using Islam, or, to be more precise, its radical movements that have never been popular among Russian Muslims, to weaken our state and to create regions with foreign-managed conflicts on Russian territory,” Putin said at the celebration of the 225th anniversary of the Central Spiritual Administration of Russian Muslims.

“An active and not always positive process of bringing politics into religion, including Islam, is currently going on in the world. In such conditions, the Russian Muslim community is facing new problems and tasks. We can solve them only together,” he added, as cited by Russia Today.

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Bulgaria: Putin Accuses Foes of Bringing Radical Islam to Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo by EPA/BGNES

President Vladimir Putin has accused foreign rivals of using radical Islam to weaken Russia.

Putin appealed on Tuesday Muslim clerics to help reduce tensions after a deadly suicide bombing and nationalist riots.

“Some political forces are using Islam, or, to be more precise, its radical movements that have never been popular among Russian Muslims, to weaken our state and to create regions with foreign-managed conflicts on Russian territory,” Putin said at the celebration of the 225th anniversary of the Central Spiritual Administration of Russian Muslims.

“An active and not always positive process of bringing politics into religion, including Islam, is currently going on in the world. In such conditions, the Russian Muslim community is facing new problems and tasks. We can solve them only together,” he added, as cited by Russia Today.

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Boeing 737 Airliner Makes Unexplained Crash-Dive Into the Kazan, Tartarstan Runway

Shocking video: Boeing’s nosedive in Kazan captured as cause of crash debated

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Shocking security cam footage showing a Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737’s nosedive has been released. The reason for the crash that claimed 50 lives remains unknown, although technical malfunction and pilot error are the leading theories.

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Thefootage shows just how futile any efforts at rectifying the situation must have been in those final moments. The plane is seen to be falling vertically out of the sky before exploding on the runway.

“We will not land”
were the last words that chief pilot Rustem Salikhov told an air traffic controller at the airport.

“The plane simply fell. It went vertically into the ground. After the plane hit the ground there was an explosion,” transport minister Maksim Sokolov said.

As experts examined the crash scene, they reportedly confirmed that the airliner began spinning before hitting the ground. They believe the fuselage is buried four meters underground.

“Practically half of the aircraft was in the ground,” Life News quoted a source as saying.

This complicates the recovery operation, as the bodies of the two pilots and those who traveled in business class are underground, along with half the cabin.

Parts of the fuselage, which is now in tatters, were scattered within a 2.5 kilometer radius. The plane’s back was completely ruined.

Russian Civil Defense and law enforcement personnel work on the crash site of the Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737 on November 18, 2013. (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich)Russian Civil Defense and law enforcement personnel work on the crash site of the Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737 on November 18, 2013. (RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich)

Pilot error, poor fuel quality, technical failure, poorly followed safety regulations, and bad weather have all been blamed – although stories of the Boeing 737-500’s previous performance, its age, and other issues have begun to pop up as well.

It is now up to experts to determine the circumstances and cause of the crash.

The two black boxes – a voice-recording device and a parametric one – have been recovered and have already been sent to Moscow for analysis.

Experts have begun studying the devices, which were both found at the center of the hole created by the plane’s impact with the ground, Tatarstan Airlines officials told ITAR-TASS. An official told Interfax, however, that the recorders are badly damaged.

“The casing of the recovered onboard recorders has been badly damaged…but the black boxes have been passed on for decoding. Regardless of the great damage, I think we’ll be able to extract some information out of them,” the official said.

However, the source told Life News that the black box which records crew members’ conversations has been severely damaged and the cassette has reportedly not been found yet.

Transport Minister Maksim Sokolov, speaking to the Voice of Russia radio station, said earlier that “until the Investigative Committee has finished its work, all [five] theories may be valid.” He added that the possibility of a terrorist act is out of the question.

Meanwhile, the investigators are preparing a list of questions for officials on the ground.

People lay flowers near a fence of Kazan airport, where a Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737 crashed, November 18, 2013 (Reuters / Maxim Shemetov)People lay flowers near a fence of Kazan airport, where a Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737 crashed, November 18, 2013 (Reuters / Maxim Shemetov)

Although the pilots, both in their late 40s, were reportedly very experienced at their jobs, Russia’s Investigative Committee seems set on the view that the fault lies with them. It was initially alleged that a mistake was made when carrying out a repeat circle before landing.

“The plane attempted to land several times. One of the [fuel] tanks detonated while the plane was landing,” said Emergencies Ministry spokeswoman Irina Rossius.

It was subsequently discovered that one of the pilots had informed the control tower that making a second circle around the airport would be necessary, but then failed to follow the guidelines dictated back to him, according to Kirill Kornishin, one of the ground crew.

“[The pilot] told me he would attempt to perform another circle and I dictated the numbers to him – all according to procedure – and that was that. He confirmed the instructions, but didn’t deviate from his path. [The crash] happened mere seconds later,” Kornishin told Russia 24 TV, as quoted by RIA Novosti.

The exchange started with the pilots reporting issues with the configuration of the landing gear.

Some attribute the fatal crash to the plane’s condition. It was over 20 years old and Tatarstan Airlines had planned to take it out of service a year ago. However, the airline claims there were no known technical problems with the aircraft before it took off on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, however, the same plane had flown from Kazan to Moscow, and passengers reported huge vibrations during landing.

One witness told RT earlier that she was “on board that same Tatarstan airplane from Kazan to Moscow earlier on Sunday afternoon. The flight itself went quite smoothly but, just before the landing, the plane started vibrating fiercely. Initially I thought it was the weather – but when we got out of the plane, it turned out the weather was quite nice. The plane was shaking; it was dragged from side to side. We landed on our first attempt, but it was a really bad landing and I felt like the plane was going to roll off the runway.”

Investigators and Russian Emergencies Ministry members work at the site of a Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737 crash at Kazan airport November 18, 2013 (Reuters / Maxim Shemetov)Investigators and Russian Emergencies Ministry members work at the site of a Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737 crash at Kazan airport November 18, 2013 (Reuters / Maxim Shemetov)

Despite all this, the latest checkup – two days before departure – had found nothing wrong.

Another theory concerns questionable fuel quality. The aircraft had refueled before taking off for Kazan and authorities are currently analyzing fuel samples.

No headway can be made until a team of experts has examined and decoded the information stored on the black boxes.

Chief investigator Vladimir Markin told RIA Novosti that a number of other investigative measures are being carried out. These include plans for a detailed probe into how the airline handled its own safety regulations, and whether authorities tasked with supervising the airline had themselves been adequate in performing their duties.

Furthermore, a little after 8:30am Moscow time, Markin also reported the discovery of a video detailing the moment of impact.

“A video was found and a detailed examination of the fatal trajectory of the plane is being carried out,” he said.

Supporting the view that all five factors discussed could have caused the fatal crash – pilot error, weather conditions, poor fuel, badly observed safety measures, and the plane’s disrepair – Michael Weiss told RT that in the majority of cases, it is always a combination of factors.

“All of these factors are going to be looked at…there are going to be so many things looked at, keeping in mind that accidents generally don’t happen from a single event,” he said.

Saudi’s Official Liar Hides Zionist Connections from Lunatics In “Islamic Army”

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Saudi denies contact with Israel on Iran

Riyadh dismisses possible cooperation with Israel to stop Iran from developing a nuclear warhead.

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Saudi Arabia has ruled out any contact with Israel, with which it has no diplomatic ties, after a British newspaper reported that the two countries could coordinate efforts against Iran.

The kingdom “has no relations or contacts with Israel of any kind or at any level,” said a foreign ministry spokesman, quoted by state news agency SPA on Monday.

Under the headline “Two old foes unite against Tehran,” Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper said Israel and Saudi Arabia were working together on “contingency plans for a possible attack on Iran if its nuclear programme is not significantly curbed.”

“As part of the growing cooperation, Riyadh is understood already to have given the go-ahead for Israeli planes to use its airspace in the event of an attack on Iran,” it said.

The Saudi spokesman said the report was “completely unfounded”.

The Israeli and Saudi governments are convinced that the international talks to place limits on Tehran’s military nuclear development will do little to slow its development of a nuclear warhead.

Widely believed to have a formidable nuclear arsenal itself, Israel has refused to rule out bombing Iran’s facilities, as it reportedly did with an Iraqi reactor in 1981 and a Syrian facility in 2007.

US Demands On “Night Raids” and Immunity Pushing Afghans Too Far

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Just three days before the Loya Jirga begins discussing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), Afghan and U.S. officials told The New York Times the negotiations are in a deadlock over the issue of American unilateral military operations in Afghanistan post-2014.

Afghan officials reported last week that nearly all of the security pact, which outlines U.S. military involvement in the years Afghanistan after the NATO combat mission ends in 2014, had been settled between negotiators. However, this week, differences over the right of U.S. forces to conduct raids and searches in Afghan residences proved unresolved.

The terms of U.S. unilateral operations, along with criminal jurisdiction over U.S. troops and the definition of foreign “aggression,” were said to be the most contentious issues during negotiations over the accord. Although the aggression issue was put to rest last week, and the U.S. has expressed its uncompromising stance on having jurisdiction over its troops, the unilateral operations issue remains up-in-the-air.

Previously, it was thought that it was agreed between the two nations that the U.S. would ask permission before launching unilateral operations, primarily relying on Afghan forces instead.

But New York Times’ source inside the Afghan government reportedly said that U.S. officials have maintained their forces will need to have authority to search the homes of Afghans in certain cases. But President Hamid Karzai called than an invasion of privacy and refused to budge on the point.

In a Saturday meeting with U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham and the head of U.S. troops in Afghanistan General Joseph Dunford, the Afghan president said he would not change his stance before the Loya Jirga on Thursday.

Afghan government officials refused to comment on the matter when asked by TOLOnews.

Ambassador Cunningham and Gen. Dunford reportedly said on Saturday they would go back to Washington to confer with U.S. officials about Karzai’s demands. Negotiations between officials continued on Monday.

It is unclear whether or not things will be settled satisfactorily before the Jirga proceedings begin at the end of the week.

Either way, the gathering will have four days to review the security pact and provide a recommendation to the National Assembly on whether to approve it or reject it. President Karzai would then ultimately have to sign what Parliament sends to him in order for it to be finalized.

Analysts have cautioned that being too inflexible in negotiations over the BSA could harm Afghanistan’s national interests.

“I think more bargaining could be damaging, because it tires the opposing side,” Afghan political expert Idris Rahmani told TOLOnews. “I think that bargaining wouldn’t pose any harm to the U.S., but it could be really catastrophic to the future of the Afghan people.”

Many have emphasized the uneven footing of Afghanistan and the U.S. when it comes to the security pact, despite Afghan officials attempts to play hardball in negotiations. They highlight the fact that in the U.S. many are hesitant to devote any further resources to Afghanistan after 12 years of war, and that America would be relatively unaffected if it was to sever ties completely. In contrast, the vulnerability of Afghanistan to internal and foreign threats makes continued support from the U.S. and its NATO allies critical.

On the other hand, the U.S.’ persistence in having the right to launch unilateral operations involving the searching of Afghan private residences is likely to add fodder to the arguments of opponents of the BSA. The Taliban and Hezb-e-Islami, both classified as anti-government groups, have condemned the security pact and the Loya Jirga for even putting it on the table as a viable option. They called consenting to a continued role of the U.S. in Afghan affairs, let alone a troop presence post-2014, would be a crime against Afghanistan.