Saudi Ambassador Overlooks Continuing Saudi-Led Terrorism To Claim Deep Affection For Lebanon

[Was the Saudi ambassador referring to the deep bonds made by Saudi-run terrorist outfits, like Abdullah Azzam Brigades?  All three Sunni-terrorist outfits in Lebanon, ISIS, al-Nusra and AbAzzam, are led by Saudis.  AbAzzam was founded by Saudi Saleh Al-Qaraawi. Majid al-Majid, another Saudi, who was also affiliated with Fateh Al Islam and Al-Qaeda, led the group next, until his capture and demise.]

Lebanon and Saudi have deep bonds: Asiri

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Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri says the two countries are linked with deep historical bonds, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri says the two countries are linked with deep historical bonds, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: The Saudi Arabian ambassador to Lebanon said Monday that the two countries have profound bonds, condemning the exaggeration of recent events in Lebanon, the National News Agency reported.

“The Lebanese-Saudi links are deep and historical, and what links the kingdom to Lebanon is a human relationship more than a political one,” said Ambassador Ali Awad Asiri, receiving a tourist media delegation of Saudi women at his embassy in Beirut.

He said that recent events must not be exaggerated, according to NNA’s report.

Asiri praised the delegation’s role and efforts, saying that “it reflects the role of Saudi women and their status in Saudi society, as well as their success in education, commerce and media.”

He also urged the delegation to make the most of its trip to Lebanon. “We hope this visit will enhance cultural communication and commercial trade.”

Separately, the delegation visited Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk, who said “the situation in Lebanon is stable and security forces are watchful about maintaining this security.”

Machnouk hailed the Saudi delegation’s decision to stay in Lebanon despite the recent events. “They will project the real image of the stable Lebanese situation,” he said.

The delegation also stopped at the Tourism Ministry, where they met Minister Michel Pharaon. The latter said that the Saudi women “will return to the kingdom as Lebanese ambassadors to tell what they will have seen, especially after an internal consensus was achieved to preserve security in Lebanon.”

Pharaon said that individual terrorism exists all over the world, and that “no tourist has ever been threatened [in Lebanon] for the past 20 years.”

“We miss Saudi citizens and we hope to welcome them this summer,” he added.



Lebanon’s Salafi Terrorists Intimidated By Effective Security Operations–Encouraged By Jihadi Gains In Iraq

A Sunni Muslim gunman fires his weapon expressing his support with a Salafist leader in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, June 23, 2013.  (photo by REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim)

Lebanon’s online Salafists monitor Iraq events

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[Lebanon’s] Salafists are closely following events in Iraq. Some Salafists are waiting to see how the wars between the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) and the Iraqi army will turn out before deciding what to do.

Social media posts indicate that many jihadist Salafists are pleased with ISIS’s progress in some Iraqi cities. They are careful not to openly express their feelings in public or make moves on the ground, lest they be thrown back into the spotlight. Those moves have stopped since the start of the security plan throughout Lebanon. Salafist social media posts suggest they have recovered their spirit and that ISIS’s actions have restored their momentum.

Some said, “The era of defeats is gone forever. The Islamic army, in its various factions, has started liberating the different areas that are not subject to Sunni rule in Iraq. The victories taking place will be reflected as a great strength on all the jihadist Salafist situation in all the Arab countries.”

Some went further and said ISIS actions in Iraq are “a genuine prelude to the declaration of the caliphate state on the land of the Levant, and this will not be too far away.”

There were many sectarian comments. Some said the recent Iraq events are “a natural result of the developments in Iraq,” accusing Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of “acting in an abhorrent sectarian manner with all Sunni components there.”

It could be said there is a war between Salafist groups on social media. Active on social media are not only the jihadist Salafists, but also those who follow “scholarly Salafism.” The latter are against ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, and consider recent events to be a new plot against the Sunnis in the Arab world. The plot involves portraying them as the source of terrorism in the region, with all other political and religious parties acting as representatives of moderation against all terrorist acts. But those acts are are also being committed by those who have been harmed by the rule of Maliki, including Baathists, army officers and clans. However, all those acts are being attributed to ISIS to serve the objectives of the new conspiracy. They believe ISIS’s victories won’t last, and that ISIS will be eliminated once major countries complete their scheme.

Despite the core disagreement between the two Salafist sides, both accuse another category of Salafists of refraining from taking a position on Iraq. The two sides accuse that category of waiting for things to clear up. They want this category to declare its support for an Islamic state.

The Salafist commotion, albeit via social media this time, takes place after the full retreat of Salafist clerics and armed groups since the start of the security plan in Tripoli. Salafists have kept quiet and made no media appearances. They have been advised to make no wrong security moves because their political and religious cover has been removed.

In addition, the utility of the northern Lebanese-Syrian border has faded after the Krak des Chevaliers crusader fortress [Qalaat al-Hosn] and the surrounding villages were captured by the Syrian army. The power balance within Syria has changed in the regime’s favor, and opposition Islamist groups are liquidating each other. Lines of funding from the Gulf states, particularly those related to security work, have stopped. The Future Movement has entered as a key partner with Hezbollah in the government of “national interest” headed by Tammam Salam. The Future Movement’s hawks received prominent ministries in the government, and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri declared a war on terrorism and extremism. Moreover, there is growing talk that Saudi-Iranian negotiations are making progress and that a comprehensive settlement is near.

These developments have convinced the Salafists that the trajectory of current events is not compatible with their former popular surge. So, they decided to retreat and coexist with the developments taking place. Some groups that orbited the Salafists, or benefited from them, have left. Salafist figures stopped appearing on TV. The Salafists returned to their normal size, as it was during days of peace.

Other Salafist currents resorted to Plan B, abandoning the street and returning to the mosques to take care of their institutes and schools, or returning to the trading business thanks to recent financial gains made by some.

The Salafist retreat in Tripoli and in the north extended to all of Lebanon. The development was apparent with the appointment of moderate cleric Sheikh Malek al-Jadida as president of the Association of Muslim Scholars, and when the arrest of Sheikh Omar Bakri didn’t trigger protests. Many clerics consider Bakri the primary instigator of the youth against the state, its institutions and the recent security plans.

But will Iraqi events return Lebanese Salafists to the Lebanese arena, as happened at the beginning of the Syrian crisis with the growing presence of Jabhat al-Nusra? Will Salafist sheikhs stick to Plan B? Or have some returned to Plan A by preparing for a Salafist revival thanks to the advance of ISIS in Iraq? Or will the movements remain confined to social media? How will the security services deal with these movements if they happen? And how can these challenges be met in light of the political divide and the presidential vacuum?

One Salafist told As-Safir, “The Salafists must abandon political and security work as well as street actions, return to the mosques and the institutes, and take their role in the call to God. [They should] also give up the artificial roles given to them, which some political currents tried to use in the face of their opponents before abandoning them, as happened in earlier stages, especially since everyone today supports fighting terrorism, a charge that is falsely pinned on Salafists during political or security battles.”

He asserted that Salafists have come close to paying the price for their media-generated exaggeration of their role. He called on Salafists to learn from their bitter experience, avoid a new one and strive to prevent any Iraqi repercussions on Lebanon.

Putin Reversing Resolution On Use of Russian Forces In Ukraine

Putin asks Federation Council to cancel resolution on use of Russian forces in Ukraine

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The president’s decision is connected to the start of three-party talks on the settlement of the situation in south-eastern Ukraine
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Vladimir Putin

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MOSCOW, June 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked the Federation Council (upper house of parliament) to cancel its resolution that allows to use Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday.

“Over the start of three-party talks on this issue (settlement of the situation in east Ukraine), the president asked the Federation Council to cancel its resolution of March 1, 2014 on use of Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine,” Peskov said.

(overlooked post)–Another Dead Saudi Trouble-Maker—SITE Intelligence Claimed He Headed Abdullah Azzam Brigades

[This man was never the head of a terrorist outfit called the “Abdullah Azzam Brigades,” nor was he connected to any of the various “one-shot wonder” who have sullied the name of former American agent.

He was in no way connected to the outfit’s original incarnation in 2004, which was supposedly run by Azzam’s Jordanian brother, Hussein Azzam, after his release from Guantanamo Bay.  A Palestinian militant, (who was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) living in Beirut took credit for the bombing of Rafik Hariri in Feb. 2005, calling his group “Victory and Jihad in the Levant” (“al Nusra wal Jihad fi Bilad al Sham”).  He was recently cleared from the damning video that he sent to al-Jazeera, immediately after the bombing, by investigations on his claim contained in the UN report on the assassination.   A group calling itself Abdullah Azzam Brigades was one of several terror outfits that claimed to have carried out the July 2005 bombings in Sharm al Sheikh, Egypt.

Majed Mohammed Abdullah al-Majed was not associated with the alleged Ab/Azzam offshoot of the practically flat-lining, Al-Qaeda In Iraq, which was itself alleged to have been created by Jordanian terrorist, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, even though he was reportedly martyred in Chechnya, according to fellow Jordanian/Saudi terrorist legend Ibn Khattab.
.  This Arab group was blamed for the 2009 Pearl Continental hotel bombing, but it took credit for the big fizzle suicide-attack upon Japanese supertanker M Star in the Persian Gulf.

None of those groups was associated with this particular Saudi.  We have only the report by Mossad source, SITE Intel which linked him to the group.  By naming this extremely ill Saudi (allegedly a former Fatah al-Islam player, according to Saudi intel, i.e., Bandar) as figurehead leader, SITE made it possible for someone to continue to claim credit for Saudi/Israeli attacks.  Bandar’s boys have merely co-opted the name Abdullah Azzam, since he is considered to be the “Father of Global Jihad.”

The original Abdullah Azzam was murdered by a suicide-bomber when he argued with Ayman al-Zawahiri over the central philosophy of the “mujahedeen” alliance.   Azzam insisted that they liberate Palestine first (the “near enemy” Zionists), while Zawahiri wanted to fight the West everywhere, all at once, the so-called “far enemy,” i.e., ANYONE BUT ISRAEL.  This should have caused any real “holy warriors,” who were loyal to Azzam’s teachings, to turn against Zawahiri’s EIJ (Egyptian Islamic Jihad).  The fact that all of the Arab-Afghans were nearly all mercenaries enabled bin Laden’s money to hold the murderer’s conspiracy together.

Majed Mohammed Abdullah al-Majed, released very few messages to his loyal fans.  The following statement was one of his last…Sure doesn’t sound like a guy who would have detonated car-bombs in Beirut:

“Avoid detonating booby-trapped vehicles, explosive belts and so forth inside the cities, even if the targets are important, because preserving the popularity of the revolution is more important and constant for the work,”

The current incarnation of Ab/Azzam, which has allegedly been led by Majed al-Majed, is a product of the Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian encampment.  The remnants of Azzam’s previously decimated predecessors, Fatah al-Islam, merged with the Al-Nusra Front, to produce today’s Ab/Azzam, the one credited with striking near the Iranian Embassy in Beirut.
the Army of the Mujahideen=Islamist front

Al-Qaeda detainee dies in Lebanon hospital

Majid al-Majid Saudi Min. Inter. 85 Most Wanted

BEIRUT: Majid al-Majid, the head of an Al-Qaeda offshoot which claimed responsibility for the double suicide bombing outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, died Saturday in Lebanon’s military hospital, a security source told The Daily Star.

Wanted by Riyadh, Washington and Beirut, the Lebanese Army arrested Majid on Dec. 26 in the Mount Lebanon area of Hazmieh. He had arrived to Lebanon to undergo kidney dialysis.

Majid was receiving treatment at the military hospital in Badaro when he passed away, the source said, adding that his health had been in sharp deterioration.

Military Prosecutor Judge tasked a coroner to carry out an autopsy on Majid’s body.

A security source said Thursday that Majid’s arrest came as a result of intercepting information both inside and outside the country and that interrogation had been delayed due to Majid’s bad health.

The detainee was on Riyadh’s list of its 85 most-wanted for links to Al-Qaeda whilst officials and private experts in Washington said Majid raised funds in the Gulf for militants fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Majid was the head of the Abdallah Azzam Brigades, an Al-Qaeda offshoot, which claimed responsibility for the Nov. 19 double suicide bombing outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut. The attack killed 30 people including an Iranian diplomat.

In its claim, the group warned of further attacks in Lebanon unless Hezbollah withdraws its fighters from Syria.

A security source told The Daily Star Thursday that the Army will take unprecedented, strict security measures, fearing reprisals by the Abdallah Azzam Brigades over the reported arrest of Majid.

Majid was charged in absentia in Lebanon over involvement in the Nahr al-Bared battle when the Army launched an offensive to root out Islamists in the north Lebanon Palestinian refugee camp in 2007. Over 100 soldiers and 220 militants were killed in the clashes.

The Abdallah Azzam Brigades have also been accused of carrying out bombings in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen and several Western countries, including the U.S., and have claimed responsibility for rockets launched from Lebanon into Israel.