Hezbollah Pressures Israel with Drone Assaults, ‘Burkan’ Missiles

Snapshot from a video of a site targeted by Israel, reportedly belonging to Hezbollah (Reuters)
Snapshot from a video of a site targeted by Israel, reportedly belonging to Hezbollah (Reuters)
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Hezbollah Pressures Israel with Drone Assaults, ‘Burkan’ Missiles

Snapshot from a video of a site targeted by Israel, reportedly belonging to Hezbollah (Reuters)
Snapshot from a video of a site targeted by Israel, reportedly belonging to Hezbollah (Reuters)

Hezbollah has targeted Israeli military gatherings west of Kiryat Shmona using attack drones, artillery, and military positions with ‘Burkan’ missiles.
Meanwhile, Israeli airstrikes intensified in southern Lebanon, reaching, for the first time, a church in the district of Bint Jbeil.
The Israeli bombardment did not subside throughout the day.
“The Israeli army hit the Saint George Church in the town of Yaroun, southern Lebanon, near the border,” Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported.
“Several areas in southern Lebanon came under Israeli fire from tanks, fighter jets and helicopters, including an attack on the home of Lebanese lawmaker, Qabalan Qabalan, who is a close ally to Hezbollah, the group that has been trading cross-border attacks with Israel since Hamas’s 7 October attacks on southern Israel,” the NNA added.
Video footage depicted significant damage to the house, indicating it was hit by two shells.
Furthermore, other news agencies highlighted Israeli direct shelling on the town of Markaba and the outskirts of towns around Hula and Horsa, situated between Deir Mimas and Kfar Kila.
In a statement, Hezbollah announced that the number of casualties in the Israeli settlements adjacent to the borders has reached 1,523 since the escalation began on Oct. 8.
The party issued separate statements indicating that its fighters targeted concentration centers and the deployment of Israeli soldiers west of Kiryat Shmona.
They did so through three drone attacks on one occasion and artillery shelling on another, resulting in direct casualties.
Additionally, they targeted an infantry gathering near the Dahiyra site and another assembly point in the Triangle of Tayhat with rockets and artillery, causing injuries.
Furthermore, Hezbollah fighters targeted an Israeli infantry force on the Karnitina hill near the Hadeb Yaron site.
Several military sites became the focus of Hezbollah fighters, some of which were reportedly struck by Burkan missiles.



Allawi to Asharq Al-Awsat Biden Tried to Persuade Me to Abandon Premiership in 2010

Iraq’s former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. (Getty Images)
Iraq’s former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. (Getty Images)
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Allawi to Asharq Al-Awsat Biden Tried to Persuade Me to Abandon Premiership in 2010

Iraq’s former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. (Getty Images)
Iraq’s former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi. (Getty Images)

Iraq’s former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi revealed the details of how he was prevented from assuming the post of PM after winning a majority of seats in the 2010 parliamentary elections.

In a detailed account to Asharq Al-Awsat, he said then US Vice President Joe Biden had requested that he assume the post of president - which is reserved for Sunnis - and to work on persuading the Sunnis to accept this proposal. Biden said he would work on persuading the Kurds.

Allawi was responding to a three-part interview Asharq Al-Awsat held with Iraqi politician Fakhri Karim during which he spoke at length about the political process in Iraq in the post-Saddam Hussein era.

Karim acknowledged that he made a grave error when he opted for Nouri al-Maliki remaining in his position as PM even though Allawi had won the parliamentary majority.

Allawi told Asharq Al-Awsat that Biden proposed to him that he assume the position of president.

“Biden visited me after we won the elections in 2010. He requested that we talk in another room. He was accompanied by Llyod Austin, current Defense Secretary and then commander of the US forces in Iraq, then American Ambassador James Jeffrey and then State Department official Antony Blinken, who is now Secretary of State,” he revealed.

Biden proposed that Allawi become president to which he replied that he would be faced by “two major hurdles”: the Sunnis and the Kurds.

He also cited a third hurdle, the Iraqi people, “who had entrusted me to become head of government.”

Allawi then revealed that prominent Sunni figures, such as former Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, Saleh al-Matlaq and former parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi had agreed to him becoming president.

“They agreed even though Biden informed them [the Sunnis] that they will get nothing in the state. They replied that this doesn’t matter,” recalled Allawi.

Allawi agreed Karim about the circumstances that led to ISIS’ takeover of swathes of Iraq and with his account of events related to attempts to withdraw confidence from former PM Maliki.

Karim had told Asharq Al-Awsat that Maliki did not heed Masoud Barzani’s warnings about the movement of extremists near Mosul city, which eventually led to ISIS’ takeover.