LIBYA: ‘ Al-Qaeda Battling Islamic State after one of their leaders are Killed ‘

#AceNewsReport – LIBYA:Post Update:June.10: Al-Qaeda-linked militants are battling an Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) affiliate in eastern Libya after one of their leaders was shot dead, AP reported.

Nasr Akr, an Al-Qaeda-inspired militant, was assassinated along with his aide in the eastern town of Darna. The Shura Council of Darna’s jihadists announced his killing on Wednesday, blaming it on Islamic State militants.

The killing sparked heavy fighting, leaving at least nine IS militants dead, according to witnesses. The so-called Islamic State seized control of Darna last year.

The IS group began as an Al-Qaeda affiliate, but later fell out with the jihadist network.

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LEBANON: ‘ HEZBOLLAH WARN SAUDI ARABIA AGAINST EXECUTING SHIA CLERIC ‘

#AceNewsServices – LEBANON (Beirut)- October 18 – The Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah has warned Saudi authorities against the execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr. 

Free Sheikh Nimr Baqir Al-Nimr

Free Sheikh Nimr Baqir Al-Nimr

In a statement released on Thursday, the Lebanese movement described the sentence handed down to the cleric as unjust and politically motivated.

“This unjust sentence is political par excellence, and reflects the repressive policy adopted by Saudi authorities against a wide segment of citizens. They cannot tolerate free expression and the peaceful struggle of this oppressed segment to achieve their legitimate demands,” the statement read.

Hezbollah also called on Saudi officials to drop the case against Nimr and listen to the legitimate demands of the citizens seeking to obtain the minimum of their rights as recognized by divine religions and the international law.

The Lebanese resistance movement further urged international rights groups to press Riyadh not to kill the top Shiite scholar.

Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr.

Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr.

On Wednesday, Nimr was sentenced to death at the Specialized Criminal Court in the Saudi capital Riyadh. In reaction to the sentence, people took to streets in the city of Qatif in Eastern Province to condemn the move.

Amnesty International has called the death sentence “appalling,” saying the verdict should be quashed, Press TV reported.

Meanwhile, a group of protesters have staged a rally in Bahrain to express solidarity with the dissident Shiite Muslim cleric in Saudi Arabia. The protesters denounced the Saudi government for issuing Nimr’s death sentence.

Nimr has been given the death sentence on charges of disturbing the kingdom’s security and making anti-government speeches.

He is the Imam of al-Awamiyya mosque in Qatif and has spent most of his two-year detention in solitary confinement at the al-Ha’ir prison in Riyadh, according to Amnesty International.

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BEIRUT: ‘ Hezbollah Fighters Claim Responsibility for Detonated Bomb Against Israeli Patrol in Golan Heights ‘

#AceNewsServices – BEIRUT – October 07 –  Hezbollah fighters have claimed responsibility for a blast in southern Lebanon that left three Israeli soldiers wounded, the Al-Manar Lebanese TV channel reported Tuesday.

' Flag of Hezbollah Movement '

‘ Flag of Hezbollah Movement ‘

Members of Hezbollah “detonated a bomb against an Israeli manned patrol” in Shebaa Farms, a strip of disputed land located at the intersection of the Lebanese-Syrian border and Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Al-Manar reported citing a Hezbollah statement.

Earlier on Tuesday, local sources told RIA Novosti that Israel shelled Lebanon’s Kfar Shuba Heights in response to the attack.

On Sunday, Lebanon and Israel forces opened fired at each other’s positions in the same area of the Lebanese-Israeli border, leaving one Lebanese soldier wounded.

Hezbollah is a paramilitary and political organization originating in Lebanon’s Shiite population, fighting for an Islamic state in Lebanon.

It is recognized as a terrorist group by many Western countries, including Israel, the United States and the United Kingdom, but not by Russia.

Hezbollah is one of Israel’s most powerful opponents, but members of the group, which controls most of Lebanon’s southern regions, have been maintaining a ceasefire since the end of the Lebanon War.

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LEBANON: ‘ Families of Lebanese Captive Families Block the Road ‘

#AceNewsServices – LEBANON – Families of the Lebanese soldiers and security officers kidnapped by Takfiri terrorists in Syria have blocked roads in Lebanon, urging the government to do more to release their loved ones.

Relatives of captive Lebanese soldier, Ibrahim Mogheit, cut off the highway in Qalamoun, north Lebanon, on October 6, 2014.

Relatives of captive Lebanese soldier, Ibrahim Mogheit, cut off the highway in Qalamoun, north Lebanon, on October 6, 2014.

On Monday, protesters erected high sand mounds across Dahr al-Baidar highway in the capital, Beirut, blocking all access, including a narrow passageway that had been kept open for ambulances and emergency cases.

Security sources said the road blockage was meant to express the families’ growing frustration with regard to what happened to their loved ones.

In northern Lebanon, relatives of captive soldier, Ibrahim Mogheit, also cut off a highway in Qalamoun region, severing access to the city of Tripoli.

Traffic had to be redirected to a narrow road, causing long trails of stranded cars.

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` Syrian Rebel Rocket Fire Kills Fifty People Just as Thousands Plan to Return to their Homes '

#AceNewsServices – BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian rebel rocket fire on government-controlled areas of Aleppo killed 50 people over the weekend, a monitoring group said on Monday, the eve of an election in which rebels have warned they will step up attacks on state targets.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll from the attacks by the Islamist rebels included nine children.

Another 13 people were killed overnight when President Bashar al-Assad’s forces dropped four barrel bombs – crude explosives which cause widespread damage – from helicopters into rebel-held districts of the city, the UK-based Observatory said.

Fighting in Aleppo, which was Syria’s commercial hub before the three-year conflict erupted, has escalated in recent weeks after Assad’s forces consolidated their control in central Syria and the last rebels retreated from the centre of the city of Homs.

(SOHR) – Thousands of Syrians have returned to war-battered parts of the central city of Homs, many making plans to move back as opposition activists expressed bitterness over the oppositions’ surrender of their strongholds to pro-government forces and vowed they will return.

The homecoming came as rival jihadi factions fought deadly battles to the east in an oil-rich region bordering Iraq, the latest clashes between groups trying to overthrow the central government in Damascus.

Residents from Homs’ smashed ancient quarters scavenged what they could from their homes, mostly clothes, dusty mattresses and some burned gas canisters, carrying them away in plastic bags and trolleys.

“My house was completely destroyed and burnt, but I found some photos,” said Sarmad Mousa, 49, a resident of the old Hamidiyeh district. “They will remain a memory for me of the beautiful days we had here.”

Some accused oppositions of looting and burning their homes.

Smaller crowds made the journey Friday.

Reuters – Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

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` Rebel Forces Prevent Aid Convoy from Preventing from Entering Villages of Nubi and Zahraa in Aleppo ‘

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT – May 07 – Exhausted and worn out from a year-long siege, hundreds of Syrian rebels on Wednesday left their last remaining bastions in the heart of the central city of Homs under a cease-fire deal with government forces.

The exit of some 1,200 fighters and civilians will mark a de facto end of the rebellion in the battered city, which was one of the first places to rise up against President Bashar Assad’s rule, earning it the nickname of “capital of the revolution.”

Gaining full control of Syria’s third largest city is a major win for Assad on multiple levels. Militarily, it solidifies the government hold on a swath of territory in central Syria, linking the capital Damascus with government strongholds along the coast and giving a staging ground to advance against rebel territory further north.

It cited Al-Jadeed television as saying that an aid convoy was prevented from entering the villages of Nubl and Zahraa in Aleppo. The two Shia villages are besieged by rebel forces, and the deal to evacuate the rebels in Homs was contingent on aid being allowed into the villages.

The convoy had been stopped by an Islamist brigade, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Politically, gains on the ground boost Assad’s hold on power as he seeks to add a further claim of legitimacy in presidential elections set for June 3.

Daily Star – Syrian Observatory of Human Rights – Al-Jadeed TV – AP

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` Preparation for 1200 Armed Opposition Fighters Withdrawal has Started in Ancient Districts of Hom’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT – May 7 – The preparation for 1200 armed opposition fighters withdrawal has started in the ancient districts of Homs. Buses for rebels moved into the historic centre early morning May 7, television channel al- Mayadin reported.

These buses were captured by militants two years ago (itar-tass)

Governor Talal al- Barrazi said that militants who refused to lay down their arms head out for safe corridor at Dar el-Kabir. It is a town 20 kilometers north of Homs, which is controlled by the armed opposition.

The column will be accompanied by staff of the UN mission in Syria and Iranian diplomats played a mediating role.

The wounded will be evacuated by the Syrian Red Crescent.

Under the deal, along with the operation in Homs in northern Syria a humanitarian corridor to besieged city Shiite militants Nobul and Zahra (30 km from Aleppo) will be open.

There also will be an exchange of prisoners between the so-called Islamic Front and the Syrian army.

In the case of a favourable outcome, Homs will be fully come under the control of the government army. The release from rebel groups the third largest city in the country would be an important achievement on the eve of the presidential elections to be held on June 3.

Al-MayadinTV – Reuters – Tass – Syria News

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` Court Set-up to Investigate Assassination of Rafiki Hariri Summons Al-Akhbar Editor over Obstruction of Justice ‘

#AceNewsServices – BEIRUT – April 24 – An international court set up to investigate the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minsiter Rafik Hariri has summoned Al-Akhbar’s editor-in-chief and a journalist for Al-Jadeed Television over two counts of Obstruction of Justice, the body announced Thursday.

The Hague-based Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) said there are “sufficient grounds to proceed against” Ibrahim al-Amin of Al-Akhbar and Al-Jadeed’s Karma al-Khayat “for the publication of names asserted to be those of alleged confidential witnesses in the Tribunal’s proceedings,” a statement said.

The charges against Amin relate to the decision of Al-Akhbar in January 2013 to publish the names of 32 witnesses belonging to the STL’s prosecution.

The summon against Khayat, Deputy Head of News and Political Programs, involves material broadcast on Al-Jadeed in August 2012.

“There is prima facie evidence that the publication of information relating to the identity of alleged confidential witnesses entailed knowing and wilful interference with the administration of justice” in breach of court rules, the statement, authored by contempt judge David Baragwanath, said.

The summons were issues on January 31, but only publicized Thursday.

The court set May 13, 2014 as the date for Amin and Khayat to appear before it, either in person of via video link.

(Al-Akhbar)

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` Trial of `Muammar Gaddafi's ' Son's and Three Dozen Officials will Open on Monday over War Crimes '

#AceWorldNews – TRIPOLI – LIBYA – April 13 – (ALJ) – The trial for which Libyans have waited three years opens in Tripoli on Monday, when two of Muammar Gaddafi’s sons and three dozen former officials go to court over a litany of alleged war crimes committed during the 2011 uprising that toppled the former Libyan president.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, his younger brother, Saadi, and former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi are among key figures of the former regime facing charges ranging from murder to plundering state coffers. Also among the 38 defendants are former Prime Ministers al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi and Bouzid Dorda.

For prosecutors, it is a chance to finally call to account key members of the Gaddafi regime for alleged crimes committed during the uprising and the decades of dictatorship that preceded it.

Security is expected to be tight at Tripoli’s Hadba prison, which has been turned into a fortress protected by barbed wire, armoured cars and machine-gun nests.

Prosecutors say more than 200 witnesses have been interviewed and more than 40,000 pages of evidence assembled, along with video and audio evidence that allegedly shows the defendants giving instructions to security units to open fire on protesters.

(Beirut) – Libya has failed to grant basic due process rights to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and other detained former officials of the Gaddafi government.

On January 23, 2014, Human Rights Watch interviewed Gaddafi in an office at a base in the town of Zintan. The base is under the control of a guard force that is detaining Gaddafi at an undisclosed location, and says it operates under Defence Ministry authority.
Human Rights Watch also visited the former military intelligence chief Abdullah Sanussi and former Prime Ministers al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi and Abuzaid Dorda, in Al-Hadba Corrections Facility in Tripoli on January 23.

Libyan Judicial Police are, at least formally, in charge of administering the prison. The General Prosecutor authorized the visits, the Libyan Government facilitated the visit at Al-Hadba, and the Zintan Local Council facilitated the visit to Gaddafi. http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/02/13/libya-gaddafi-son-ex-officials-held-without-due-process

HRW – ALJ – Libyan News

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` Poisoned Gas was Used an Attack in ` Central Province of Hama ' Injuring Scores of People '

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT April 12 – (AP) – Syrian government media and rebel forces said Saturday that poison gas had been used in a central village, injuring scores of people, while blaming each other for the attack.

The main Western-backed opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, said the poison gas attack Friday hurt dozens of people in the village of Kfar Zeita in the central province of Hama.

Syrian government has blamed the rebel forces of using poisonous gas in an attack on the village of Kfar Zeita in the central province of Hama on Friday.

RT – State-run Syrian television blamed members of the Al-Qaeda linked Nusra Front for using chlorine gas, killing two people and injuring more than 100.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that dozens were injured, while people suffered from suffocation and breathing problems as heavy smoke rose in the area after the attack.

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` Refugees now Fleeing `War-Torn Syria ‘ into the Neighbouring City of `Lebanon ‘ have Surpassed 1 Million Today ‘

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT- Lebanon – April 3 (UNHCR) – Report – The number of refugees fleeing from Syria into neighbouring Lebanon passed the 1 million mark today, a bleak milestone exacerbated by rapidly depleting resources and a host community stretched to breaking point.

Just over three years after Syria’s conflict began, Lebanon has become the country with the highest per capita concentration of refugees worldwide, struggling to keep pace with a crisis that shows no signs of slowing.

Refugees from Syria now equal almost a quarter of the resident population.

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` Sheikh Omar Bakri Fustoq was on the ` Run ‘ after his ` House ‘ in Tripoli is Raided by Lebanese Security ‘

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT – April 01 – Outspoken Sheikh Omar Bakri Fustoq was on the run Tuesday, Lebanese security sources said, after his house was raided as part of the security plan for the northern city of Tripoli (DailyStar)

The Lebanese army and security forces have deployed heavily around the city, and conducted a series of raids in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Fustoq is among around 200 individuals wanted by the authorities in Tripoli, a list issued by the military prosecutor, for their alleged role in the ongoing clashes in the city, as well as car bombs and the targeting of civilians and army members (DS)

Security forces have detained 21 suspects thus far.

Fustoq is thought to be close to Al-Qaeda, and recently called for the group’s black flag to be flown over Baabda presidential palace.

Born in Syria, Fustoq lived in Britain for many years, where he helped found the Hizb ut-Tahrir party.

Upon arriving to Lebanon in 2005 he was informed by the British government that he could not return.

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` Parliament Approve `Draft Law ‘ Aimed at ` Protecting Women ‘ from ` Domestic Violence ‘ Activists Disapprove Text ‘

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT- April 01 – Parliament approved Tuesday a draft law aimed at protecting women from domestic violence, but the move is unlikely to please activists who disapprove of several amendments made to the text (DailyStar)

Dozens of protesters from the rights organization KAFA rallied under the banner “Vote for us so we vote for you” in the Gibran Khalil Gibran Garden near Parliament to call for the adoption of the law in its original form.

The draft law to protect women from domestic violence was first submitted to the Parliament in 2010, and a parliamentary subcommittee began studying it in May 2011 and finalized its amendments in August 2012.

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` Syrian Forces have Regained Control over Highlands on the Border of Turkey’

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT – March 27 – The Syrian forces have regained control over highlands on the border with Turkey.

Air forces and artillery delivered strikes to the rebels’ positions on the outskirts of Kasab, north of Latakia, the al-Watan daily reported on Thursday.Al-Watan daily reported that militants’ bases are located in highland areas around Kasab and Salma, to the east of Latakia.

Army units, supported by national defence forces, managed to hold their positions near the villages of Qastal Maaf and Nabaain, which have been attacked by militants.

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Activists have said Islamists have Blown up the Revered ` Shiite Shrine ‘ in Eastern Syria ‘

#AceWorldNews – BEIRUT – March 26 – Activists said the Islamist fighter of Al-Qaeda splinter group blew up a major Shiite shrine in the city of Raqqa eastern Syria on Wednesday – Reuters.

The mosque was Ammar Ibn Yasser Al-Qami Uys and at one time a popular destination for Pilgrim’s from Iran , Lebanon and Iraq, before that it was controlled by opponents fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

The attacks have raised fears of those groups in neighbouring Turkey will be the next target.

Ace News Services

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`Militants of Syrian Armed Opposition have Attacked with ` Mortars Border ‘ areas in Eastern Lebanon ‘

AceWorldNews – BEIRUT – Militants of Syrian armed opposition have attacked with mortars the border areas in eastern Lebanon on Monday.

Lebanon-based TV channel Al Mayadeen reported that four rocket projectiles launched from the Syrian territory fell in Shiite settlements of Nabi Osman and al-Labweh.

There were no reports about victims or the extent of destruction.

Sunday night, two people were killed and 6 were wounded as a result of a terrorist attack in Nabi Osman. Al- Manar Television channel reported that a suicide bomber set off a car bomb. Ahrar al-Sunnah militant group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Nabi Osman and al-Labweh are situated in a mostly Shiite region in Beqaa valley.

Local experts link the terrorist act with developments in Yabroud, where the Syrian army eliminated units of armed opposition on past weekend.

The militants stepped back to the area of Lebanese border town of Ersal, where their rear bases are located.

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#AceWorldNews latest on the Beirut car bombing is…

#AceWorldNews – latest on the Beirut car-bombing is that 7 people were killed and 128 wounded in the twin blasts in Beirut’s Bir Hasan neighbourhood on Wednesday morning, the Daily Star newspaper reports, citing Lebanese security sources.

Seven people are in “critical condition,” the country’s Red Cross said. Twin suicide car bombings targeted the Iranian Cultural Centre in a busy Beirut suburb Wednesday.

The Al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility, saying the attacks were carried out in retaliation to Hezbollah’s and Iran’s roles in the Syrian war.

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#Beirut ; ” Two people are killed and six wounded by a car-bomb that hits `Bir Hasan’ during Rush Hour”

#AceWorldNews says at least two people were killed by a car bomb that hit the Beirut neighbourhood of Bir Hasan during the morning rush hour on Wednesday, local media say.

The explosion occurred in a predominantly Shiite area near the Iranian cultural centre and the Kuwaiti Embassy, according to the Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV.

Six people were reportedly wounded.

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“Al-Qaeda – linked `Abdullah Azzam Brigades’ claim responsibility for the `Twin Suicide Bombings’ in Beirut”

#AceWorldNew says that the Al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility on Wednesday for the twin suicide bombings that struck the Beirut neighborhood of Bir Hasan, the Daily Star newspaper reports.

Two car bombs were behind the blasts that killed five and wounded 80 others, police said.

The group, on its Twitter feed, also claimed responsibility for the November-19 twin suicide attack targeting the Iranian Embassy that killed dozens, including an Iranian official.

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#AcePictureNews -`4 Dead as Suicide Blast Rocks Beirut’ – 23 January 2014 –

#AceNewsDesk says they say that every `Picture Tells A Story’ well this one certainly does  

“Suicide Blast Rocks Beirut

2014

Courtesy of AFP/Photo

Lebanon 2014

 

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