Hezbollah building at least two subterranean facilities to manufacture medium-range rockets, sources tell Intelligence Online magazine
The Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group is constructing at least two underground facilities in Lebanon for manufacturing missiles and other weaponry, according to a report by the French Intelligence Online magazine.
While reports of these subterranean weapons facilities have been published in Arab media outlets before, the Intelligence Online article included two previously unknown pieces of information: the type of weaponry being produced and the approximate locations of two factories.
Sources told the French industry magazine that one of the factories is being built in northern Lebanon, near the town of Hermel in the eastern Bekaa Valley. The second facility is reportedly being constructed along the southern coast, between the towns of Sidon and Tyre.
According to Intelligence Online, the Hermel facility is being used to produce the Fateh 110, a medium-range missile. The southern facility, meanwhile, will be used to make smaller munitions.
The Fateh 110 has a range of approximately 190 miles (300 kilometers) — enough to cover most of the State of Israel — and can carry a half-ton warhead. It is considered fairly accurate, though to what extent is a matter of debate, according to a US Congressional Research Service report.
Israel’s David’s Sling missile defense battery, which went operational in April, is meant to protect the Jewish state against medium-range rockets like the Fateh 110.
The Iranian general was quoted by al-Jarida as saying that the decision to produce rockets indigenously in Lebanon came after Israel bombed weapons factories in Sudan and supply routes for Iranian rockets via Syria.
The latest developments highlight the depth of Iran’s involvement in Syria and Lebanon, something that both Israel and some Arab states have warned against in recent months.
IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot said last week that Israel is in the midst of a major campaign to thwart attempts by Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah to arm themselves with increasingly accurate missiles.
Addressing the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense committee, Eisenkot said that the primary concern for Israel was what he called the “accuracy project” — efforts by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah to equip themselves with accurate missiles.
Regarding the efforts by Hezbollah to obtain advanced rockets through Syria, Eisenkot said, “We are working all the time against the project with a wide variety of tools that it is best to keep quiet about, and with the aim of not causing a deterioration [in the situation].”
This was a week of startling contrasts. The President reasserted (against a decades-long leftist attack on it) the significant achievements of Western civilization and the need to vigorously defend it. His speech prefaced the G20 meeting in Hamburg, where leftists rioted, burned, and looted while the G20 leaders ponced about and wined and dined in style, apparently oblivious to the havoc which their open border policies and multiculturalist mindset had birthed. As Trump worked successfully on trade and defense issues in Europe, his administration was quietly plugging security leaks and maladministration in our own bureaucratic underground.
Western Europe has been blinded by ideological nonsense. On the one hand it has worked assiduously to separate religion and politics. On the other hand, it has welcomed in hordes of Islamists. In contrast, to quote Zoltan Balog, Hungary’s Minister for Human Resources “in the case of Islam it is religion that determines politics.”
Eastern Europe, in particular Poland, was the right place to defend Western culture and values. And Trump did so brilliantly to the great delight of the thousands who flocked to hear him.
Eastern Europe not only shows a greater understanding of Western culture than Western Europe does; these Eastern countries have also been far more generous to NATO, the bulwark of their independence and security. Culture and security go hand-in-hand: if you take your own culture and civilization seriously, you will be ready to defend them.
Add this to news that we are selling Patriot Missiles to Poland to allow them to avoid Russian encroachment, and it’s clear Poland must be breathing a sigh of relief that Obama is finally out of the White House.
The first meeting of Trump and Russian President Putin apparently went well and extended considerably beyond the allotted time set for it. At the end of which a new agreement was reached that promises to reduce civilian bloodshed and the threat of wider war in the Middle East.
It is set to take effect today. Details of the agreement are being worked out and as of this time I have not found anything more definitive than that the parties are working on a plan to deescalate the fighting in Southwest Syria, along the border with Jordan and Israel. How this will be monitored remains to be worked out. For obvious reasons Israel has indicated it will not allow Russian troops to monitor in its area.
The agency targeted by Trump as “fake news” proved it in a series of undercover reports from Project Veritas, the ravings of CNN’s Jim Acosta, and last but not least, its blackmailing of someone who’d produced a gif of Trump flaying CNN in a professional wrestling satire.
That attack by CNN’s sinister enforcer Andrew Kaczynski on Reddit user HanAssholeSolo was an outrageous act of overreach by the increasingly aggressive and hectoring left. It was the liberal media deciding that among its new roles is to police society’s behavior and mores in the manner of the NKVD.
Definitely one good thing to have come out of #CNNBlackmail is that the enemy has shown its true colors. But the far, far better news is that the good guys have fought back.
A major crime wave is ravaging your neighborhood – not only frequent break-ins and burglaries, but armed robberies, assaults and even murders. What do you do?
Do you arm yourself and make sure your doors are locked at night and add a security system? Or … do you intentionally leave your doors unlocked and post a large, brightly lit sign saying, “Welcome criminals and psychopaths, there’s a lot of money in here, the doors are unlocked and we are unarmed”?
In today’s America, one of the two major political parties favors the latter option.
Case in point: High-profile Democrat Rahm Emanuel is currently mayor of Chicago, where more than 4,000 people were shot last year, 762 of them murdered. The former Obama White House chief of staff is proud that Chicago has some of the nation’s most stringent gun-control laws, even though decades of research proves more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens reliably results in less crime. Worse, the mayor defiantly boasts of his determination to keep Chicago a “sanctuary city” – meaning the city’s police are prohibited from cooperating with federal law enforcement in getting criminal illegal aliens off the city’s streets by deporting them. Indeed, the “sanctuary city” designation serves as a “Welcome” sign to violent criminal illegals, assuring them that Chicago, like hundreds of other sanctuary cities, is a “safe space” for them.
Unfortunately, it’s not just with regard to immigration and gun control that the left piously champions policies that utterly defy common sense. It’s the same in virtually every area of life.
This is the focus of the unusual and insightful July issue of WND’s monthly Whistleblower magazine, titled “THE LEFT’S WAR ON COMMON SENSE.”
Issue highlights include:
- “The left’s war on common sense” by David Kupelian. From men in dresses to welcome signs for criminals, the meltdown continues
- “7 examples of mainstream leftism devoid of common sense” by David Limbaugh. Not attracted to transgenders? You’re ‘deeply transphobic.’ Oh, and Trump labeling ISIS ‘losers’ will increase terrorism. Any questions?
- “Why no one shouts ‘Jesus is great’ when they kill” by Joseph Farah, on how many defenders of Islam “live in the realm of make-believe, denial and non-acceptance of reality”
- “If a Trump supporter had shot a Democratic congressman” by Dennis Prager, who explains, “Hysteria is to the left as oxygen is to biological life”
- “Female athletes crushed by ‘women who were once men'” by Chelsea Schilling. An astonishing, in-depth look at how transgenders today dominate in weightlifting, track, wrestling, football, basketball, mixed martial arts and other women’s sports
- “Trigger warning! Schools go ballistic over non-existent guns” by Bob Unruh. From pens to Pop-Tarts, 15 cases of administrators going nuts over harmless words or images
- “Sanctuary cities ‘violate common sense'”
- “Magic words: Political correctness is ‘an insidious frontal attack on common sense and freedom through language manipulation'” by David Kupelian
- “Of chimps, persons and human-ness” by Rita Dunaway, who explains why “Today’s judiciary often invents complex, counterintuitive answers to such fundamental questions as who is a person?”
- “Is today’s far left ‘possessed’?” by John Zmirak. “We’re not just dealing with bad ideas, but evil spirits.”
“This fascinating issue of Whistleblower,” says WND Managing Editor David Kupelian, “explores how what we cryptically call ‘the left’ is at war with all that America once most cherished – freedom, the Christian faith, morality, law and order, equality under the law, limited government and unlimited opportunity – and that the primary battle in that war is its ongoing frontal attack on common sense. For common sense is truly the gateway to the rest of our nation’s virtues.”
Americans will be holding silent vigils across the nation July 10, marking the one-year anniversary of the murder of Seth Rich, the Democratic National Committee voter-expansion data director whom some suspect handed over thousands of DNC emails to WikiLeaks during the 2016 election.
All Americans should be concerned about the investigation of Rich’s murder, a woman who has been at the forefront of organizing the vigil in Washington, D.C., told WND, because “Seth Rich is Russia.”
“The ‘Russia-Trump [election] rigging’ story was a complete lie and fabricated – probably to deflect in part from the murder of Seth Rich,” she said, insisting Rich was the DNC email leaker, not Russia.
“The whole Russian narrative was created to deflect,” she said. “Any time any of the Democratic Party’s crimes are uncovered, within 15 minutes a story pops up in the media to deflect from it.”
Candlelight vigils are planned for Monday in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, St. Louis, Miami, Louisville, Detroit, San Diego, Cleveland and Washington, D.C. Organizers are asking attendees to dress in patriotic colors in memory of Rich.
“We believe it’s going to be a nice event for the ‘spirit of justice’ in Washington, D.C.,” Kelly said. “We are seeking the support and feedback of the general population. We are not having speakers, so this isn’t about people grandstanding. There is no political agenda. It’s about a young man whose life was taken.”
As WND has reported, Rich, 27, had accepted a position with Hillary Clinton’s campaign just before his death. He was murdered in Washington, D.C., near his apartment in an affluent neighborhood. Rich was shot twice in the back with a handgun, and his wallet, credit cards, watch and phone were left in his possession. The Metropolitan Police Department has described the murder as a “botched robbery.”
Private investigators have claimed there is evidence Rich was the source WikiLeaks used to obtain thousands of DNC emails released on the eve of the party’s presidential nominating convention last July. The emails, indicating the party was manipulating the primary race in favor of Hillary Clinton, led to the resignation of former DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. On July 22, just 12 days after Rich’s death and days before the Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia, WikiLeaks released 20,000 DNC emails.
“The case of Seth Rich crosses party lines. It’s about a young man who by all accounts was a great patriot who loved America,” she said. “The vigil is a gathering of people to stand for this young man, this patriot, who appears to have uncovered some pretty serious information about crime that was being committed. He did what was the right thing to bring that forth, and now he’s gone. Truth should never cost anything. It especially should not cost your life.”
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