Lebanese Army Arrests 11 Persons Smuggling Weapons to Syria

BEIRUT,(ST)_ Lebanese army units deployed in Arsal area on Thursday evening and Friday morning detained 11 persons including  four Syrians  and seized with them large amounts of weapons, ammunition and military materiel in the steppe leading to the Lebanese border with Syria

 A statement by the Directorate of Guidance  in the Lebanese Army Command  said that units of the Lebanese army continues its security procedures and breaking in operations to arrest persons  wanted to justice and fights against acts of infiltration and smuggling of weapons and contraband.

The statement added that detainees were handed over with seizures to the competent authorities while  military forces continue to pursue others.

 These measures come after the attack, against one  unit  the Lebanese army resulted in  killing an army  officer and his assistant.

In a report the Lebanese Al-Manar TV said that the arrests of the Lebanese Army Intelligence on Thursday night in  Arsal  mountainous area of the  Lebanese Bekaa affected persons while trying to smuggle and transport arms and ammunition to inside Syria.

The channel , added that  preliminary security information reported that intelligence detained  five people at night : three Syrians and two Lebanese from Arsal trying to smuggle assault rifles ,  night binoculars and grenades,  adding that Lebanese army units were able to arrest these people near the main entrance of Arsal and handed  them over to the army intelligence for investigation  and then to bring  them before the  military justice. 


US,EU send Terrorists To Syria,says Khatami

"The US and the European Union have been exporting terrorists to Syria for two years; however, Syrian-Syrian talks are the only solution to the Syrian problem,"said  Tehran's provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami

Earlier this month, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad underlined that the Syrian people are the only ones who have the right to determine their own fate,according to FNA.

"Our efforts are aimed at making the Syrian groups close and harbingering compromise among them, holding free and fair elections, so that that the nation would decide about its fate all by itself," Ahmadinejad said an interview with Egypt's Nile TV.

"The prevailing conditions in Syria bother us, because regardless of who gets killed, they are all Syrian people," he added.

" Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.

Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.

The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.


Iranian Speaker: Era of US Hegemony Over

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani underlined that the era of the US hegemony is over and the world nations will no more allow others to interfere in their internal affairs.

"There was a time when America wanted to be sole power but this is over," Larijani said in Pakistan.

He said that invasions against Iraq and Afghanistan were the main mistakes committed by the US.

Larijani added that today the world Muslims are standing on the threshold of great changes. He said that United States and the Zionist regime have run out of their tricks to weaken the Muslim world.

In relevant remarks in May 2012, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that developments in the West display that the world's arrogant powers are definitely on the verge of collapse.

"The front of oppression, arrogance and bullying is weakening and on the verge of demise despite its apparent hue and cry," Ayatollah Khamenei said, addressing a number of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) cadets in Tehran at the time.


Teenage protester shot dead amid clashes on Bahrain uprising anniversary

A teenage protester was killed in a village near the Bahraini capital Manama on Thursday, as demonstrators clashed with police during a rally marking the second anniversary of the country’s uprising.

According to the website of main Bahraini opposition group Wefaq, 16-year-old Ali Ahmed Ibrahim al-Jazeeri died in the village of Diya from what it alleged were internationally banned exploding bullets. The country’s interior ministry confirmed the death on its Twitter account, but did not release the identity of the deceased, AFP reported.

Protests started early in the morning in a few villages, as demonstrators marked the second anniversary of the beginning of the popular uprising in the country. According to the International Federation for Human Rights, at least 80 people have died in the violence over the past two years.

The latest rally also turned violent, with security forces firing shotguns and tear gas to disperse the protesters. Demonstrators retaliated by throwing petrol bombs at officers, witnesses said.

Nationwide protests are set to take place across Bahrain on Thursday and Friday following calls by opposition activists.

On Wednesday, Bahraini police fired tear gas and stun grenades in a crackdown on hundreds of protesters in the capital Manama. Demonstrators attempted to march to Pearl Square, which was occupied two years ago when the protest against the country’s ruling monarchy first began.

Peace in Bahrain can only be reached “through a dialogue, and the regime has to realize that,” Bahraini activist Dominic Kavakeb told RT.

“Realistically we are looking at two years, in which we’ve seen no reforms, we’ve seen nothing changed since the start of the uprising two years ago,” he added. “This really shows the lack of reforms, the continuous human right abuses, the continuous repressions taking place in the streets of Bahrain.”


Iran can help calm the situation in Syria: Larijani

Iranian Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has said that the Islamic Republic and Turkey can help restore peace in Syria, according to MNA.

Larijani made the remarks during a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Cemil Cicek on the sidelines of the first conference of parliamentary assembly of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) countries in Islamabad on Monday. 

Iran and Turkey can help calm the situation in Syria “particularly at the current atmosphere that the Zionist regime (of Israel) is exploiting the situation,” Larijani said. 

He also said that Tehran supports political reforms in Syria and believes that democracy cannot be established through “guns".

Larijani put emphasis on consultation between Iran and Turkey to help resolve the crisis in Syria.