Army Storms Asir's Security Zone, Cleric Disappears after 16 Troops Martyred

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The army on Monday stormed the security zone of Sheikh Ahmed al-Asir's mosque in the Sidon suburb of Abra and arrested a number of gunmen as the Islamist cleric fled to an unknown destination, following clashes that left 16 troops martyred.

Several local TV networks aired live footage showing army troops advancing into Asir's security zone and arresting a number of his gunmen.

Volleys of machinegun fire were being heard in Abra as the army scoured the security zone, while smoke could be seen billowing from some buildings in the area.

"The army has arrested gunmen of Arab nationalities in al-Asir's security zone," al-Manar television reported.

A security source confirmed to OTV that al-Asir was not found in the security zone.

Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3) said al-Asir and his close aide Fadel Shaker "managed to flee the security zone in Abra around 4:00 pm with the help of armed groups."

MTV said al-Asir and Shaker fled the mosque through its backdoor and headed to the Ain el-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, where they have hardline Islamist allies.

"The army is saying that al-Asir is not among the captives, the wounded or the dead," LBCI television reported.

But later on Monday, Free Syrian Army political adviser Bassam al-Dada told LBCI that "al-Asir is in the custody of the FSA and he is now inside Syria."

Earlier, reports said al-Asir was entrenched in the mosque while sources said he managed to escape in an ambulance to an unknown location.

LBCI also said that the Lebanese Red Cross transported more than 20 bodies of gunmen from the security zone in Abra.

As they closed in on al-Asir's complex in Abra in the morning hours, army units came under sniper fire from his gunmen, who sought to push the soldiers back.

Snipers from high-rise buildings helped the fighters in their quest to defend the mosque.

Earlier, scores of employees at Sidon's Serail, that lies near Abra, escaped to safety after the building was hit with gunfire.

Gunmen also blocked the road near Sidon's Sea Castle. But the military later reopened it.

Many people living on high floors came down or fled to safer areas, while others were seen running away from fighting areas carrying children. Others remained locked up in their homes or shops, fearing getting caught in the crossfire. Gray smoke billowed over parts of the city.

The city has come to a standstill as the military continued to evacuate the residents of the buildings near the mosque.

In parts of the city, drivers waved white sheets from their car windows as they moved in a bid to protect themselves from sniper fire.

State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr issued search and investigation warrants against al-Asir and 123 others including his brother and Salafist-turned singer Fadel Shaker.

Earlier, al-Asir appealed to his supporters through his Twitter account in other parts of Lebanon to rise to his help, threatening to widen the scale of clashes.

The military command said the number of troops killed in the fighting that erupted at noon Sunday rose to 16. There were also more than 50 injuries among the ranks of the soldiers.

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati announced a day of mourning on Tuesday, calling in a memo for a work halt from 12:00 pm till 1:00 pm

Meanwhile, the fighting in Taamir near the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh stopped after militants from different nationalities belonging to Jund al-Sham and Fatah al-Islam clashed with the army to ease the pressure on al-Asir's gunmen.

The fighting also reached the city's markets after masked gunmen began appearing there. But the army clamped down on them, preventing the clashes from spiraling out of control.

Abra's clashes erupted when al-Asir's supporters surrounded an army checkpoint in the area, where a vehicle transporting other supporters of the cleric had been stopped.

After the armed men attacked the troops with gunfire, the army fired back.

The military command vowed on Sunday to "strike back with an iron fist anyone who... spills the blood of the army.”

It urged political leaders in Sidon to choose sides and to stand either alongside the army, or with "those who promote strife and the killing of troops."

The clashes in the southern city are one of the most intense bouts of violence in Lebanon linked to the conflict in Syria.

Al-Asir, who is anti-Hizbullah, supports rebels fighting to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Comments 117
Missing greatpierro 24 June 2013, 08:29

It is an occasion for all lebaneseto stand firm with the army to get rid of Asir to start with and gain moral ground against Hizbullah and any armed militia.

Missing antibiotic 24 June 2013, 09:51

Al-Arabiya: Four Hezbollah militants killed, dozens wounded in Sidon clashes,

says it all really

Thumb christianimmigrant 24 June 2013, 10:51

okay so you're saying that lebanese army is not the one actually fighting? why are you guys so dumb?

Missing greatpierro 24 June 2013, 11:03

one has to be very weary of Al Arabiya report. They are blatantly against hizbullah and lack reporting credibility as they report unverified news.

Missing antibiotic 24 June 2013, 11:16

Shia scum, you will never win, keep trickling everyone, the giant is closing in.

Missing canadianadam 25 June 2013, 06:41

Mowaten. Most of us Sunnis and Christians do not support Asir and we believe in the sanctity of our institutions like the army.

Unfortunately for you, we almost all believe in the sanctity of the Baabda declaration. It seems like you have one ear only. Grow a pair and while you re at it, grow a brain too.

Missing antibiotic 24 June 2013, 10:04

the shooting down of the LAF helicopter killing two Lebanese army officers by hezballat 3 years ago over the bekka.

WAS NOT THAT TREASON?

Thumb christianimmigrant 24 June 2013, 10:53

this was a mistake. but does this justify killing tens of soldiers in Akkar, Triploi, Saida and Beirut? if Hezbollah did whatever they did, why being idiots like them and do the same?

Thumb rare_tiger 24 June 2013, 12:19

Because Qatar is paying money.

Default-user-icon Double Standard (Guest) 24 June 2013, 13:17

FT : you're so full of shit you should be banned for being either an complete imbecile or a propagandist spreading lies and hate.

You cannot blindly accuse others or receiving Saudi Funding and accept Iranian Funding at the same time.

You cannot accept that the army reacts to the death of soldiers (God rest their souls) and do nothing about the murder of a civilian at the hands of Hezbollah.

The moment you start condemning both sides is the moment bullshit will stop flowing through your mouth.

Missing rudy 24 June 2013, 21:58

At least ft keeps the boards active by pushing people to make an account just to call his bs

Missing mohammad_ca 24 June 2013, 15:15

so here's a question...what army in the world puts out a press release minutes after an attack on it specifying which group perpetrated the attack without even holding an investigation. what did Aseer have to gain from this attack? Fakro shwy.

Missing plantmorecedar 25 June 2013, 01:54

Sorry Pierro, this isn't an actual reply to what you said, but I wanted others to take a look and if anyone can confirm some of this.

Some of my sources have made similar claims, putting the numbers at around 150 hizbullah members traveling to these locations.

https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/nownews/army-coordinating-with-resistance-brigades-in-sidon

Missing greatpierro 24 June 2013, 08:33

It is an occasion for all lebaneseto stand firm with the army to get rid of Asir to start with and gain moral ground against Hizbullah and any armed militia.

Missing mohammad_ca 24 June 2013, 13:29

that would be the case but the army has withdrawn and hizbocrap is the one fighting
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Missing mohammad_ca 24 June 2013, 14:58

sho you have to hear it on Dunya to believe it? lol

Thumb benzona 24 June 2013, 08:33

People have been waiting for justice to be served since feb 14 2005..... Followed by July 2006 and 1000+ casualities, billions of $ lost, Lebanon's image took a hit. Then came may 2008.... Hassan Nasrallah and Assad keep humiliating our army and every decent Lebanese. I'm surprised we've had so few Assirs. Now, Nasrallah is slaughtering thousands of Syrians among them poor kids and women... And we're expected to smile at these people when they return to Beirut and bump into them in the street? Hell no!

WE WANT JUSTICE, EQUAL JUSTICE....

No justice = no peace.

It's time to revoke these amnesties given to the warlords and president wannabe of the civil war, they need to be judged. We cannot move on otherwise.

Thumb benzona 24 June 2013, 08:57

Do you know the definition of terrorism? Open a dictionary!!!

In short, if you're too lazy it's Hezbollah, Al Qaïda in 2013..... We have older examples such as PLO or Gaddhafi.

Missing awireless 24 June 2013, 09:27

You can blame HA as much as you want. However, people like ASSIr existed way before. Do you recall the Dinnieh/minieh event in 1999 and Nahr el bared.

Remind who fought tge Irealis? Is it the alqaeda, the assirs, jund elsham or other salfis? No! It was the communists mostly and then HA.

All you are good at is blowing yourself in innocent people in Iraq, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria you cowards.. Go fight Israel instead..

Missing Cyanide 24 June 2013, 10:51

Well said.

Default-user-icon LebaneseArmyRule (Guest) 24 June 2013, 12:03

Who ever attack the Lebanese Army is a terrorist! Assir is the first terrorist that should be hanged and burned! that is justice and equal justice for every Lebanese Army Damaged shoes!
35 years of war in Lebanon because the syrian and no one looked at us it's been happening in syria for about 2 years and you re asking about justice?! look man go search for justice elsewhere than the Lebanese soil and Lebanses Army soul!

Thumb rare_tiger 24 June 2013, 12:22

Hizbullah is killing people in Syria or is helping the Syrian army stop the opposition who is killing people? Go watch the news on channels other than MTV & LBC.

Thumb rare_tiger 24 June 2013, 12:22

This is what I call a comment.

Missing mohammad_ca 24 June 2013, 13:30

and hizbocrap are not terrorists?

Missing abraham 24 June 2013, 13:46

benzona
you forgot Nahr bared
who is going to judge Hariri

Missing canadianadam 25 June 2013, 06:42

Your bikini won't win us over to the fact that you re some hairy guy sitting in a crap hole in Dahye.

Missing greatpierro 24 June 2013, 08:33

It is an occasion for all lebaneseto stand firm with the army to get rid of Asir to start with and gain moral ground against Hizbullah and any armed militia.

Thumb rare_tiger 24 June 2013, 12:26

Hizbullah is armed to defend the country like in July 2006 while Assir's thugs are armed to kill the army & civilians like all we've been witnessing since last year. Israel = Assir vs. Lebanon = Hizbullah. Choose one.

Missing mohammad_ca 24 June 2013, 13:31

no one should have arms except the state and certainly not a particular sect...

Thumb benzona 24 June 2013, 21:26

HA abducts 2 Israeli soldiers in Israel and had our country destroyed. Wasted over a thousand lives.... I don't want a singe weapon in the hands of the Farsi terrorists. There's nothing patriotic in them, NOTHING! They want to represent the Shia in parliament, fine, but nothing else.

Missing thomas... 24 June 2013, 08:40

it is an occasion for all the 14ers to sthu. the army rule and that is that.who doesn't like it start packing.

Thumb geha 24 June 2013, 08:42

we want the army to catch at least one of those who assassinated:
- Samer Hanna
- Hariri
-attempt on boutros harb
- gemayel
-attempt on Geagea
- the demonstrator in front of the Iranian embassy
-.....
at least ONE.

Thumb geha 24 June 2013, 09:18

"Four Hezbollah militants killed, dozens wounded in Sidon clashes"
I believe that confirms hizbushaitan is behind all this.

Default-user-icon NatalieRose (Guest) 24 June 2013, 10:28

How about all the lives Geagea is responsible for? Please.

Thumb geha 24 June 2013, 10:38

what has this to do with that?
why do you obsess on Geagea?
this has to do with hizbushaitan sending (once more) the army to do its dirty work.

Thumb benzona 24 June 2013, 11:09

Seriously Geha, are you for real? 4 hezbollahi!? Where did you read this! It's shocking news.

Thumb geha 24 June 2013, 11:24

benzona
the real picture is starting to unveil:
- pictures of hizbushaitan and amal elements fighting with the army.
- videos have surfaced on youtube showing the same.
this shows clearly that these events are part of a greater scheme to allow full control of Lebanon to hizbushaitan.
and that especially after they lost their political cover after president Suleiman sent the two objection letters against the Syrian regime and various calls from him and others to withdraw from Syria.

Thumb geha 24 June 2013, 11:48

ft
GET OFF IT?
your misinformation is so clear to all!
- samer hanna killer was jailed for a few months and that's it?
- nothing justifies not handing over suspected killers to the international court.
- nothing justifies not handing over of hizbushaitan element convicted attempted killer.
- Salman rashed: wait? wait for what? the army is responsible to letting hizbushaitan kill him and stood by while his blood was pooring on the street while the red cross was unable to take to hospital in the presence of the army.
so what are you talking about?
you think people are blind? yes the army is bias and covering up for hizbushaitan.

Thumb rare_tiger 24 June 2013, 12:29

First, if you look at the pictures, it's the army. Second, the army are fighting Assir because he attacked them for no reason, so you know that? Third. IF Hizbullah are fighting, well at least they're helping the army defend their country from criminals like these.

Thumb christianimmigrant 24 June 2013, 10:57

can we deal with one thing at a time? are you saying killikng hariri justifies killing the army? why are you so driven by this idiotic rationale? its our country for God's sake! we are losing ground and if we dont stop them, lebanon is quickly transforming into another Iraq, Syria or Palestine! wake up from your hatred and support you army idiot!

Thumb benzona 24 June 2013, 11:13

You're right, but no justice for Hariri, Gemayel, Kassir, Tueni & cie means we cannot move on.

Look at the Arab spring.... It's all because of injustice.... Nobody can stop the will of the people, not the political factions, not the armies, nobody. ,

Thumb geha 24 June 2013, 11:30

No killing all those you mentioned does not justify attacking the army.
but the army is one sided after it demonstrated so many times that it is backing hizbushitan in all the murders they are doing, and at times even some elements of the army intelligence have been executing the dirty job of hizbushaitan by doing the executions themselves.

Missing greatpierro 24 June 2013, 12:53

Sure but the army lost ground as it was not allowed to stop armed militias affiliated to hizbullah : the resistance brigade, Tawhid, and the gangs in the bekaa. It could not go after the Sunni gangs and militias as people are crying foul against the bias of the army. It is for this very reason why a phenomenon like Asir took place and grew out if control.

Thumb christianimmigrant 24 June 2013, 13:08

ok Pierro so you are suggesting we leave Assir and return back in history and attackwhoever you named? Can we be a little bit reasonable on here? I feel I am talking to kids...

Thumb geha 24 June 2013, 11:28

ado
I did not justify the murder of the LAF.
but if the chief of the army decided to execute the orders of hizbushaitan as it is becoming more and more apparent, just to take over the control of Lebanon by force in favor of hizbushaitan.
I am just following the information coming in minute by minute from military agencies, and it is more than apparent that hizbushaitan has decided to take control of Lebanon.
this is going to break the army and engulf us into a civil war.
and please stop insults, at least until we all know exactly what we are up against.

Thumb geha 24 June 2013, 15:36

I agree totally that those responsible for the deaths of army elements should be judged.
but why wait to get hizbushaitan elements so long?
why haven't the army done nothing so fa against them, and worse why is it helping them to cover up their murders?
as far as hizbushaitan assisting the army: well that confirms that the army is operating under the orders of hizbushaitan.

Thumb geha 24 June 2013, 15:41

winning this battle is easy but where you are deeply wrong is being blind to the already starting repercussions all across Lebanon.
THIS has started the civil war.
the army will break up sooner than you expect especially with all the details that are now being uncovered and those sunni extremists now have their martyr.
how many explosions will happen in the name of their martyr al asir?
if this is what you want, enjoy it.
I would have rather avoided a new civil war by reigning in hizbushaitan first, consolidating the state, and bringing those murderers to justice.
a strong state is what is needed and not a militia forcing its will on the country which leads to others arming themselves for protection (as they say).
you open Pandora's box, this is what happens.

Default-user-icon Horus (Guest) 24 June 2013, 08:48

Time to start disarming all militias, from Asir to Nasralla.

Thumb rare_tiger 24 June 2013, 12:41

Assir is a criminal, Nasralla loves his country.
And Hizbullah didn't kill Hariri, it was USA. USA kills whoever tries to develop Lebanon. Remember last time Nasralla was showing a possibility of how Hariri was killed? Yeah.

Missing mohammad_ca 24 June 2013, 13:34

using outdated google maps?

Thumb geha 24 June 2013, 15:41

nasrallah is the biggest criminal Lebanon ever had.

Missing tourettes 24 June 2013, 08:48

I am deeply saddened to hear this sickening attack on the army and I offer my prayers to there families colleagues and friends.hope the leb government crush all kind of extremism from assir to hizbalah.

Missing tourettes 24 June 2013, 09:17

I am not mixing mate, I am talking in general that leb is better off without all kind of extremism

Default-user-icon Gertrush Biskandyo (Guest) 24 June 2013, 08:50

Thank you very, very, very much March 14 and al-Mustaqbal al-Ta3ees for bringing onto Lebanon its 21st century version of the Pales-Syrian problem. "lebnen elna aw al kharab" is what we were told was Syrias' threat to their best Rafic! Little did we know that it is what al-Mustaqbal al-Ta3ees and their echo slaves of March 14 are telling all of Lebanon! YA FRIGGIN 3AYN. 7orriyeh la yekherbo al balad. siyedeh, wa al jaysh 3am yendaba7! esteghlel, deyman wa akid!

Thumb rare_tiger 24 June 2013, 12:43

Beddak yefhamo, mtarrsin.

Missing greatpierro 24 June 2013, 12:59

You cannot really accuse m14 because they have always said that they are against weapons outside the official institutions. They could have explicitly condemned Asir and the like but we have no evidence whatsoever that m14 backed Asir. We can blame however hizbullah as it has sponsored armed gangs in tripoli and Saida. It refused that Palestinian faction outside the camps deposit their weapons as agreed in the reconciliation conferences.

Missing neil419 25 June 2013, 02:10

Hehe the great pierro! Stop trying to be smart

Missing shibas 24 June 2013, 09:17

Clown boy why cant you admit that the solution passes by every one giving up their weapons? If u trust the military as much as ure posts lead us to believe Is it so wrong to ask the military to be the final judge in every cenario ?

Thumb rare_tiger 24 June 2013, 12:45

Why take the weapons of a group defending Lebanon? Assir is destroying Lebanon. Come on, live in July 2006 without Hizbullah.

Default-user-icon Doomed Country (Guest) 25 June 2013, 00:25

I wish I could do that... because we wouldn't have had a war...

Missing --karim_m1 24 June 2013, 10:02

God bless the Lebanese army! Show no restraint in crushing those filthy terrorists!

Default-user-icon dddd (Guest) 24 June 2013, 10:10

u see now why faraya and the surroundings didnt want assir to come pay a visit? simple and clear isnt it? the army opened the road to him, now he is killing them! Clerics are the cancer of Lebanon!

Thumb rare_tiger 24 June 2013, 12:53

He even came with all his followers in buses.
And clerics are the cancer of the whole Middle East, not just Lebanon. Like what happened in Egypt, everything is forbidden.
At least I can say NOSRALLAH IS NOT A CLERIC!

Thumb rare_tiger 24 June 2013, 12:53

He even came with all his followers in buses.
And clerics are the cancer of the whole Middle East, not just Lebanon. Like what happened in Egypt, everything is forbidden.
At least I can say NOSRALLAH IS NOT A CLERIC!

Missing alpha1 24 June 2013, 10:35

As part of HA inner circle , we have declared war on all Sunni "Fanatics" ! Regardless if it is Assir or his associates ! It is an official statement due to the current circumstances of thugs that has attacked our LAF. May Allah protect the righteous !

Missing --karim_m1 24 June 2013, 10:45

"After the armed men attacked the troops with gunfire, the army fired back."

You Al Qaeda sympathizers really need to learn how to read.

Default-user-icon Michel (Guest) 24 June 2013, 10:49

Truth is that islamists and extremists need to be exterminated. For people who are accusing Hezbollah of causing all this chaos, you guys are blind and driven by hatred. Stop being so racist against chiaas and you'll start accepting Hezbollah who has tolerated a hit after another from Assir, Tripoli clerks, Ersal and others who provoke him day in and day out. True Hezbollah is fighting in Syria but this is what some Sunnis are doing too right? I am neither Aounist nor a Hezbollah fan, I acknowledge that Hezbollah needs to find a solution to his weaponry but until then, we should avoid another costly civil war. Sunnis should wake up and realize that Syrians and Palestinians are not going to be so nice to them when they overturn Assad's regime. They will kick all Lebanese out including Lebanese Sunnis themselves. Stop being driven by hatred and religion and accept that we have a beautiful country that only immigrants like us know. Embrace your country while you can!

Thumb rare_tiger 24 June 2013, 13:03

Very well said.

Missing alpha1 24 June 2013, 10:49

As part of the inner circle of HA , we officially have declared war on all "Sunni Fanatics" that have attacked our LAF .

Default-user-icon freebird (Guest) 24 June 2013, 10:57

This is an iranian army on lebanese ground it is fully supporting Assad and his gang and Nasrethalem, a lot of people have been killed inside Lebanon and the army was and is still watching. In most cases the army is participant in killing innocent people but most of you will not admit it because you eith agree with it or you are not involved, if you are not involved now it is a question of time. Most of the politicians are paid enough to support the criminals or they are cowards.

Thumb rare_tiger 24 June 2013, 13:05

We should make a country for 14 March & let them live with Assir & Israel & let them be happy living in crimes & getting killed.

Thumb rare_tiger 24 June 2013, 13:06

What does it matter with you if the army follows Iran? Did you lose anything? Did anything happen to you? Let Israel & Assir kill the army who protects you. You sound like a 5-year-old. Think before you post.

Thumb christianimmigrant 24 June 2013, 11:07

i dont see any double standards what the hell are you talking about?! when HA attacked the army in 2008, they were brought to justice and there were 20 killed in Chiyah alone. Rarely did HA refuse to handover a culprit the way Assir and his supporters are doing. Regardless and even if it were true, one mistake DOESNT justify another, if you believe in the concept of a state!

Thumb benzona 24 June 2013, 11:14

I'm not overseer, but allow me to intervene. Hezbollah isn't about ONE MISTAKE. They've killed and keep killing until today thousdands since the 80s.

Missing awireless 24 June 2013, 11:25

christianimmigrant! In addition, the protesters threw stones and did not use snipers to shoot and kill the soldiers. Did HA attack the army to revenge those killed, NOT!

I was just on the phone with mom (a sunni), we talked how when we were kids, my uncle and cousins (a7bash) used to insult both Shiite and christians as kofara, mol7deen and heretics..My mom attest, never she heard a shiite says such a thing against Sunnis nor Christians...

This hatred has been going on for a while and nothing new..

Missing trueleb 24 June 2013, 11:14

God bless the army ,storm that mosque get Asir & after blow it up.

Thumb geha 24 June 2013, 11:49

agree, but let us do the same for hizbushaitan too.

Missing Cloudhopper 24 June 2013, 20:21

Spoken like a true Lebanese Christian .

Thumb christianimmigrant 24 June 2013, 12:18

try to be pro Assir in your posts, they will come through.

Missing formerlebaniz 24 June 2013, 12:19

Who are these guys? Special Forces? HAHAHAHHAHAHA 3ANJAD MASKHARA SARIT EL OSSA.

http://i39.tinypic.com/j80382.jpg

Thumb christianimmigrant 24 June 2013, 12:33

this is clear evidence that future movement and hariri are behind Assir and whatever Palestinians have been doing since 2005! thanks for sharing

Missing formerlebaniz 24 June 2013, 12:43

PLEASE explain to me how did you come up with this conclusion!

Default-user-icon Kucina (Guest) 24 June 2013, 12:27

Nobody gives a damn about this backwards country, particularly its own citizens if u can call them that based on the comments. People will keep dying calling them martyrs or wtv stupidity, and nothing will ever change because the populace is ignorant and always will be.Still living in medieval and tribal times in their puny little minds and hanging onto things primitive concepts such as religion, being led by one old crook after the next all working for their own agendas and the illiterate dying for them. As Pathetic as a country can be.

Thumb Senescence 24 June 2013, 22:59

The illiterates will subside in number as they die for said crook. Did your penetrative mind not consider this when it conceived such an empty post ? Your condescension and lack of adequate foresight is a testament to your own ignorance; enough irony for all of us.

Thumb christianimmigrant 24 June 2013, 12:42

Kanaan, when was the last time HA resisted the army or attacked it in the first place? I seriously don't recall unless you are confusing the attack against electricity bills' collecters in which case your comment doesnt stand. HA NEVER puuled a weapon and hit an army officer. NEVER!

Missing formerlebaniz 24 June 2013, 12:44

Kucina, religion is the main reason behind all humanity's problems... FACT.

Thumb rare_tiger 24 June 2013, 12:50

Yeah killing 12 soldiers is nothing when you're sitting in your house lying on your sofa.

Missing formerlebaniz 24 June 2013, 12:51

I wonder if they actually realize there is no such thing as "heaven" would they continue in killing each other?

Thumb rare_tiger 24 June 2013, 12:55

Christians have to enter Saida with caution because of Assir while everyone can enter Dahia in Beirut. Conclude.

Thumb rare_tiger 24 June 2013, 12:58

The worst comment ever... You don't look like you live in Lebanon.
We live here, near Iran, Syria, & Russia, not near USA who put Israel in here to destroy us, & Salafis follow them. 14 March is completely off-road. Did you know they are the opposition of the law?

Thumb rare_tiger 24 June 2013, 13:02

At least in Dahieh they aren't criminals like in Saida. They aren't Salafists. They don't shoot the army but they help it. They are against Israel which wants to destroy Lebanon. I always have all my reasons, so shut up.

Thumb rare_tiger 24 June 2013, 13:09

I'm watching the news right now, Assir's followers are Syrian. Those are probably the ones who lost in Syria. They get paid by Assir, & Assir gets paid by Qatar & Israel, which gets paid by USA, which wants to destroy the Middle East to conquer it. That's all. You can see how countries in Europe also hate themselves. Why? Because of America! You're just disliking your country whoever goes in the political opinion which is against Hizbullah!

Thumb rare_tiger 24 June 2013, 13:10

My bad, I meant the countries in Europe hate each other.

Missing formerlebaniz 24 June 2013, 13:15

Oh you didn't know America than gets paid by the alien overlords. You have the IQ of a rock dude I'm surprised you can type.

Missing Cloudhopper 24 June 2013, 20:26

Rare tiger, you are officially a Rare_idiot.

Missing formerlebaniz 24 June 2013, 13:20

Zombies like rare_tiger makes you wonder how far can their leaders go and they would continue to believe them? Like if I was Nast Allah and I told him aliens are the true controllers of the world would he believe it ? If I tell him I heard from god of today that for a limited 24 hours only if you go to Syria and get martyred within the next 24 hours you get 148 virgins instead of 72!

Missing allouchi 24 June 2013, 14:46

Humm...shouldn't our glorious army attack ALL illegal militias such as Hizb, Amal etc...not only Sunnis??? Remember that a very big majority of our army's Rank and file are Sunnis...Why some idiots don’t see the danger in alienating the Sunnis?? Answer: blind hate…

Thumb eli-g 24 June 2013, 14:57

killing army personal is unacceptable. hit them with iron fist. Assir or hisballah or whomever it is.

Thumb benzona 24 June 2013, 15:37

Allahû Akbar! 1.OOO.OOO%

Thumb benzona 24 June 2013, 15:35

Hahahahaha good one.

Thumb LebCynic 24 June 2013, 15:42

Tic Toc it draws closer - the extermination of the salafi filth that is assir and his mut3a lover fadel shaker.

Deepest condolences to the brave soldiers families that have lost thier brave men fighting this takfiri and his KSA supported militia. Your blood has honored the soil that it has spilled on. Jani ilak ya shahid.

Thumb christianimmigrant 24 June 2013, 16:18

canno agree more. well said

Default-user-icon Ralph Haglund (Guest) 24 June 2013, 17:34

At least Hizballs have EU on their side.

Thumb beiruti 24 June 2013, 17:43

Here you see the problem in clear relief. The LAF in surrounding the hiding place of Asir in order to bring him to justice is the LAF performing exactly its proper task, along with the ISF to maintain order in the country.

On the other hand, on June 9, just 2 weeks ago, at the sit members of the Lebanese Option Gathering, at the Iranian Embassy, Hashem Salman was murdered in cold blood and in broad daylight in front of elements of the Lebanese Internal and Security Forces and the killer was not stopped.

Thumb beiruti 24 June 2013, 17:48

Why the double standard? Is it because Hezbollah is stronger than the official Lebanese Forces and so the official forces do not take on Hezbollah? Is it because Hezbollah controls the political decision of the official Lebanese Forces? Maybe a combination.
But the perception is created that the Official Lebanese Forces enforce the law against the Sunni, while looking the other way when Hezbollah commits crimes in broad daylight and within eye sight of elements of the official forces. It appears that one group is granted rights and privileges that others are denied. The Sunni preachers are picking up on this and using it as fodder to incite sedition against the Government.
@josh-bustany. Your statement is literally true. However, the violence done by Hezbollah to the Lebanese Army, and its ability to perform its mission, is much more profound than what is happening in Sidon.

Default-user-icon Southern Cal (Guest) 24 June 2013, 19:47

As an outsider looking in, this is very sad for the Lebanese people. I have visited your amazing country 10 times in the past 4 years and each time I leave I can't help but to think that Lebanon should be one of the best places to live or visit in the entire world. Unfortunately, the reality is there exists a small minority that dampers an otherwise magnificent place and the future of it's citizens. I will be praying for peace....regardless of religious beliefs.

Thumb lebnanfirst 24 June 2013, 21:47

@the1phoenix
I always hold your views in high esteem because you always appear to present a balanced perspectives. That said, in two of your recent comments since this debacle began you alluded to KSA being the one that gave orders for Assir to make a move. In the interest of fairness, especially since you hold others to presenting facts not conjecture, one is compelled to point your that insinuation about KSA having ordered Assir is pure conjecture and personal opinion not fact. Please either own up to this or present incontrovertible evidence to support your views.

Thumb lebnanfirst 24 June 2013, 21:56

@the1phoenix
Before my views get misconstrued, their can be no other outcome to this confrontation but the army prevailing over Assir's misguided and extreme followers. HA being outlaws can not and does not justify any other outcome.
That said, the Sunnis of Lebanon are under extreme stress. HA's actions in Syria are only adding to this stress thereby hastening the explosion point.
After dealing with Assir et. al., it behooves the army to then handle the presence of arms and armed elements in those apartments as claimed by Assir or at least prove otherwise by clearly showing those apartments to the public.

Missing mansour 24 June 2013, 22:23

Palestinian grubs fighting against lebanese no i dont believe!!time for army to level the palestinians and send em into exil like the dogs they are!
Long Live The Syrian Civil War!

Thumb Senescence 24 June 2013, 22:51

These monsters have found shelter in our sense of justice and humanitarianism. No longer must the case be as such.

Default-user-icon Proudlebanese (Guest) 25 June 2013, 00:32

All Sunnis go to HELL! you are all demons...Sunnis = Sinners
I have never in my life met a good sunni...Kil koun kafreen..I don't expect you to know Allah....May you all rot in Hell! Party at my house when Asir and Fadel Shaker are killed!

Lebpatriot, you are the only one making sense on this page!

ALLAH, HIZBOLLAH AND HASSAN NASRALLAH! WA BAS!

Thumb christianimmigrant 25 June 2013, 11:04

you are another fanatic that must be chased down till death. what a disgrace.

Default-user-icon Bandicoot (Guest) 25 June 2013, 02:28

Bahia Hariri is conspiring against the Army by pretending as if she is concerned that Asir has escaped when the fact remains Asir is still in Sidon. Hariri is an accomplice and will be caught. She is aiding and abetting a terrorist against the army and she will rot in her head scarf. Army Intelligence cannot be played with ya Bahia. Yalla Jeyi dawrik.

Missing dcnzogh 25 June 2013, 04:54

The Army should check the sewers. Isn't that where vermin like Asir usually hide?

Thumb LebCynic 25 June 2013, 05:12

Here we go again, another extremist hiding out in a refugee camp and surrounding himself by Islamic fanatics that will wage war on our army. This mode of operation isn’t acceptable. The army should simply flatten where ever this low life and his goons are hiding out, anything less means the blood of our brave soldiers was spilled in vain. Once he is captured/killed full investigation should take place to root out who was funding this terrorist and his group and providing him with political cover. His backers and harbourers are as guilty as he is and they must also be made to answer for their actions no matter who they are backed by (i.e future backed by KSA). Fanatical Muslims must be dealt with once and for all, enough is enough.. Every decade or two they mount a rise against Christians and other minority groups in Lebanon and they always seem to be backed by the KSA.

Thumb christianimmigrant 25 June 2013, 11:03

are you on drugs or something?

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