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Hezbollah leader denounces Arab League for labelling terrorist

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Hassan Nasrallah admits sending arms to Gaza and Syria

Amid heightened tension in the Middle East between Saudi led Arab nations and Iran along with its regional allies, Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah has denounced Arab League for describing Hezbollah as a “terrorist organization” and denied of his group’s involvement in sending ballistic missiles to Houthis in Yemen.

In a live telecast on his group’s mouthpiece Al-Manar TV, from Beirut, on Monday evening, Hezbollah leader called the Arab League allegations during their Sunday meeting in Cairo as “ridiculous, absurd, silly and completely baseless”.

The statement issued at the end of an emergency Arab League foreign ministers’ meeting held in Egyptian capital Cairo on Sunday called by Saudi Arabia had claimed that Hezbollah sent ballistic missile to Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah. They alleged that Hezbollah was also responsible for the missile that was recently launched by Yemen’s Ansarallah targeting on Riyadh airport.

Earlier Saudi Arabia called the attempted missile attack on Riyadh’s airport as an act of war” by Iran and vowed to retaliate.

Saudi Arabia claimed the missile was shot down before reaching its target while Ansarallah claimed that the missile hit the target successfully.

Hassan Nasrallah’s rare “address to the nation” came at a time when Lebanese PM Saad Hariri is currently visiting France after his sudden resignation on November 4 while in Saudi Arabia. Hariri’s two children were left behind in Riyadh.  

Hariri’s Future Movement Party sources had revealed that PM may travel to other European and Arab countries before returning to Beirut.

Hassan Nasrallah, who looked humorous and composed during his speech, said “I categorically deny any role of any member of Hezbollah in launching this missile or even a pistol” to Yemen, Bahrain, or Kuwait. “We have never transferred long-range missiles to any Arab state, but we did transfer arms to the forces of resistance in Gaza Strip and to fighters in Syria,” he acknowledged.

U.S., Israel and Saudi led Arab nations call Hassan Nasrallah and his Hizbollah group as terrorists while people on Arab streets see Hezbollah as a successful resistance force against Israel. Hezbollah had forced Israeli forces to withdraw from south Lebanon in year 2000 and faught against Israeli forces for 34 days in 2006.

Hezbollah leader denounced Arab League for failing to condemn or call for an end to the war in Yemen.  He said, “Ask Saudi Arabia to stop the crushing of children’s bones and its massacres. Press for a political solution, this blatant and suspicious silence in the Islamic world is unacceptable.”

Saudi Arabia led regional alliance with US and Israeli support has been pounding Yemen since March 2015 in an attempt to crush Houthi Ansarullah movement and reinstate its ally former President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. He is presently given shelter in Riyadh to lead Yemen’s government in exile. More than 12,000 people have been killed.

Since Ansarullah’s recent missile attack on Riyadh airport Saudi Arabia has blockaded all supply air, land and sea routes to Yemen threatening millions of lives.

World Food Program head Stephen Anderson, has on Monday, described the situation s “heartbreaking” saying that of a population of 26 million, 17 million do not know where their next meal is coming from and seven million are totally dependent on food aid.

Hezbollah leader called Muslim nations and their governments saying, “You can listen to Israeli comments on coordination between them and some Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia.” “It’s enough to quote the criminal former Israeli Defense Minister Yaalon who said ‘It is not by accident that Al-Jubeir says in Arabic what we say in Hebrew’,” he recalled.

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He cautioned Palestinians about the recent developments saying, “There are Arab countries that want to forge ties with Israel – namely Saudi Arabia. The interview by [the head of the Israeli army Gadi] Eizenkot to the Saudi website Elaph is a dangerous development for the Palestinians.”

Referring to US President Donald Trump’s ‘peace’ initiative he said, “There is pressure on Palestinian to accept dictates that will kill the Palestinian issue under what some are calling the ‘deal of the century’”.

He mocked the Arab League foreign ministers by saying: What have you contributed to the victory against Daesh (IS)? “While Hezbollah was liberating Bou Kamal province (in Syria) from IS, which is labeled as terrorist by the entire world, these people were calling Hezbollah terrorist!”

However, Hezbollah leader revealed that US air force secured an aerial coverage for IS terrorists, saying they were moving openly and the American Air Force even prevented Russia from attacking the terrorists in Syria.

Referring to Iraq’s achievement against Daesh terrorists, Nasrallah said that Iraqi government has, last week, announced the liberation of the last Iraqi city from IS control. “ISIL as an organization and a military structure has ended in Iraq and the Iraqi forces have reached the Syrian border. Hezbollah’s mission in Iraq has been accomplished with the Islamic State group’s defeat.”

He disussed about Hezbollah’s presence in Iraq’s war  theatre  saying, “We had sent a large number of military advisers to Iraq. These brothers will return from Iraq when Iraq announces the eradication of the ISIL group. We will mull our presence in Iraq with the coordination of the Iraqi forces, if there’s no more need for our presence there our forces will withdraw to other areas where they are needed.”

While discussing PM Saad Hariri’s recent resignation from Saudi Arabia, the Hezbollah leader said that they were awaiting his return and do not consider him as resigned until he returns.

According to Times of Israel, Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman had, on October 11, said the next war in Israel will see the Israel Defense forces fighting against a coordinated Syrian-Lebanese front as well on the southern front with Hamas controlled Gaza. He was quoted saying, “The Lebanese army has become an integral part of the Hezbollah apparatus under its command.”

However, a Lebanese military source denied the allegation while talking to Beirut based Al Joumhouria, said that Liberman’s statements were “totally contrary to the reality” and “hold contradictions upto a degree that they cannot be taken seriously.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Bear takes 400 selfies with a sensory camera in USA’s Colorado, Twitter user amused

According to reports, the OSMP authorities had installed nine cameras to cover and click images of the wildlife land which is situated and spread out across 46,000 acres.

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The notion of clicking selfies has transgressed and gone beyond species as an amusing story has come to light from USA’s Colorado’s Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) where a bear hijacked a sensory camera and took 400 selfies. According to reports, the officials of Space and Mountain parks in Colorado had installed a camera in order to shoot the wildlife activities.

It was reported that when the officials took out the snaps that the sensory camera had clicked, they learnt that 580 images were clicked and out of the 580 images, the 400 of the images were selfies taken by a bear.

According to reports, the OSMP authorities had installed nine cameras to cover and click images of the wildlife land which is situated and spread out across 46,000 acres. The sensory cameras work on motion sensing and when an animal steps in the frame, the camera automatically captures the pictures of the subject that is in front of it.

The cameras also have features of taking pictures at night by using infrared light which cause less disruption to the animals who can get irritated by the flash.

The Tweet shows the images of the bear posing from all angles as it, for a moment, seems to be a model that is accustomed to pose for pictures.

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After the tweet showing the selfies of the bear surfaced, many users came forward to add their take on the incident as one user wrote and said this pose by the bear looks to be inspired from the film Lolita.

One user wrote and praised the posing skills of the bear as the user wrote and said that the bear looks good and could be a professional model. Another user also amusingly added and wrote that they used to be as handsome as the bear a while ago. The user also wrote and said that nature is the champ.

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US intervention prevented India-Pakistan nuclear war post 2019 Balakot strike: Mike Pompeo

A timely intervention by the Trump administration prevented a potential nuclear war between India and Pakistan after the 2019 airstrikes, former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has claimed in his new book.

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A timely intervention by the Trump administration prevented a potential nuclear war between India and Pakistan after the 2019 airstrikes, former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has claimed in his new book.

In his book, “Never Give an Inch”, a memoir of his time as a top diplomat in Donald Trump regime and earlier as the CIA chief, Pompeo writes that the world doesn’t properly know how close the India-Pakistan rivalry came to spilling over into a nuclear war in February 2019.

The Indian Air Force on February 26, 2019 launched targeted airstrikes inside Pakistan targeting terrorist training camps of terror outfit of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in Balakot region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

India’s response came after 41 CRPF men were killed in a suicide bombing in Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14, 2019.

India shot down an F-16 during an aerial combat in which an Indian warplane was shot down by Pakistan and the pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, was captured.

Pompeo, seen by many as a potential future presidential contender, reveals that he was in Hanoi for a summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, when he woke up to an urgent call from a senior Indian official.

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The official told Pompeo that he believed that Pakistan was prepping their nuclear weapons for a strike and India was preparing its own response.

Pompeo says he told the official to give the US time to sort things out and eventually US diplomats managed to convince the arch rivals that neither of them was going for the nuclear option, thus deescalating the situation.

The former Trump diplomat in his book says he believes that Pakistan “probably enabled” the Kashmir attack. Pompeo says he spoke to the Pakistan’s “actual leader” then army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, alluding to the weakness of civilian governments in the country.

Pompeo says that no other nation could have done what the US did that night to avoid “a horrible outcome.”

Pompeo had publicly defended India’s right to act during his stint as US secretary of state.

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India invites Pak foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto to SCO meet

India has reportedly invited Pakistan foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Umar Ata Bandial, to attend in the foreign ministers’ and chief justices’ meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

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India has reportedly invited Pakistan foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Umar Ata Bandial, to attend in the foreign ministers’ and chief justices’ meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

As per reports, India, who was appointed to chair the regional grouping in September 2022, has sent the invitations to Bhutto and Bandial through the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

The invites come as a surprise to many as bilateral ties between the two subcontinental neighbors are going through a rough patch in recent times.

India is set to host key ministerial meeting summit in Goa in the first week of May of the nine-member Asian grouping which also consists of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and its new member Iran, which will attend its first SCO meeting as a full member.

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The last meeting of the SCO was held in Samarkand in Uzbekistan.

Pakistan has yet to respond to the invite and if Bilawal Bhutto accepts, it will be the first such visit from a Pakistani foreign minister in nearly a decade since Hina Rabbani Khar paid a visit to India in 2011.

India-Pakistan ties have been at an all-time low since 2019 when the Centre abolished Article 370 which formerly bestowed special status upon the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. Islamabad is seeking its restoration and considers the Kashmir issue, a burning point between the two nations.

Making matters worse, last month, Bilawal Bhutto sparked a row when he called PM Modi the “butcher of Gujarat”.

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