From BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24997876
“The Sunni jihadist group Abdullah Azzam Brigades said it was behind the attack.
The head of the al-Qaeda-linked group described the attack as a “double martyrdom operation carried out by two heroes from the heroic Sunnis of Lebanon”.
Meanwhile, inside Syria, the government appears to be winning its attempt to cut off one of the rebels’ last remaining supply routes across the Lebanese border.
The Syrian army has taken control of the town of Qara after three days of fighting.
The rebel group Jabat al-Nusra declared that it and other rebel forces had withdrawn.
The Syrian government now controls the road linking the coast to the capital.
The rebel-held suburbs around Damascus, which are already under siege and bombardment, will now be under even more pressure.”
BEIRUT — Two suicide bombers detonated explosions outside the Iranian Embassy in a mainly Shiite district of the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing 23 people, including the Iranian cultural attaché, apparently in retaliation for the Lebanese group Hezbollah’s support of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The bombings appeared to be another strike in an intensifying proxy battle over Syria’s civil war that is rattling its smaller neighbor Lebanon. An al-Qaida-linked Sunni extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying more would follow unless the Iranian-backed Shiite Hezbollah withdraws fighters that have helped Assad’s military score key victories over Syrian rebels.
The midmorning blasts hit the upscale neighborhood of Janah, a Hezbollah stronghold, leaving bodies and pools of blood on the glass-strewn street amid burning cars. More than 140 people were wounded, officials said.
A Lebanese security official said the first suicide attacker was on a motorcycle that carried two kilograms (4.4 pounds) of explosives. He blew himself up at the large black main gate of the Iranian mission, damaging the three-story facility, the official said.
Less than two minutes later, a second suicide attacker driving a car rigged with 50 kilograms (110 pounds) of explosives struck about 10 meters (yards) away, the official said. He spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.”
These were Sunni Al Qaeda freaks whom the US supports in Syria. The US is aiding, funding, arming, and training these types of people to fight against Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
U.S. To Train Libyan Military Including Islamists
“The U.S. military is preparing to conduct military and special operations training for Libya’s military and the training will risk including Islamist terrorists among the trainees, according to the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command.
Adm. William McRaven, the commander who helped lead the covert raid to kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, said in a brief interview Saturday that the counterterrorism training operation has not begun. “We’re in the early stages,” he told the Free Beacon.
McRaven said a major gun battle erupted in Tripoli last week among opposing militias, a sign of instability in the North African country. The training is needed to stabilize Libya, an oil-rich country beset by mounting terrorism and Islamist militias.
During a panel discussion on the war on terrorism at the Reagan National Defense Forum, McRaven disclosed that the Libyan military training would include both conventional forces training and special operations training and that there will be risks.
“We are going to have to assume some risks,” McRaven said. “Right now we have the authorities to do that training, and I think as a country we have to say there is probably some risk that some of the people we will be training with do not have the most clean records, but at the end of the day it is the best solution we can find to train them to deal with their own problems.”
McRaven disclosed the plans for Libyan training when asked about problems encountered in training foreign special operations forces.” Click link to read full article
Originally posted on KTLA:
At least 23 people were killed and 146 injured Tuesday after twin bombings in front of the Iranian embassy in southern Beirut, the Lebanese health ministry said.
Iran’s cultural attache, Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Ansari, was killed in the attack, the Iranian ambassador to Lebanon told Hezbollah TV.
The dead also included two Iranian civilians who lived in a building close to the Iranian embassy, Lebanon’s National News Agency reported.
Stunned witnesses looked on as a series of massive flames and pillars of black smoke leapt into the the sky. The fires burned out several cars parked on a nearby street.
At least six buildings were damaged, Lebanese Internal Security Forces said.
Iran’s ambassador to Lebanon, Ghazanfar Roknabadi, said he had no doubt the Iranian embassy was the target of the two blasts — but that any effort to thwart Iran’s agendas would be unsuccessful.
“We have no fear when it comes…
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