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Beirut Bombs Strike at Iran as Assadís Ally
New York Times ^ | November 19, 2013 | By ANNE BARNARD, THOMAS ERDBRINK and RICK GLADSTONE

Posted on 11/19/2013 11:39:00 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A double bombing struck the Iranian Embassy compound in Beirut on Tuesday, in the deadliest assault on Iran’s interests since it emerged as the most forceful backer of the Syrian government against an armed insurgency. The frontal attack struck a symbol of the country’s powerful influence in Lebanon and neighboring Syria.

The Abdullah Azzam Brigades, an offshoot of Al Qaeda that operates in Lebanon, claimed responsibility for the bombings, which killed at least 23 people, including an Iranian diplomat. Syria, Iran and Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant organization, pointed fingers at Israel and Saudi Arabia, and officials said it was unclear who had carried out the attack. Regardless, it was quickly seen as retaliation against Iran and Hezbollah, Iran’s ally, for supporting the Syrian government.

The double bombing highlighted the risks and costs that Iran faces over Syria, which some analysts have called Iran’s Vietnam. Others say Iran has successfully turned its support for Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, into a powerful international trump card that strengthens its hand in negotiations over its disputed nuclear program.

The morning attack occurred at a complex time for Iran. While the country’s support for Mr. Assad drains its popularity in much of the Arab world, a new, relatively moderate Iranian government seeks to transform its long-strained relations with the West. Iran is seeking to end crippling economic sanctions and reach an international deal on its nuclear program, which the United States and Israel say is aimed at making a nuclear bomb and which Iran says is for peaceful purposes. . .

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TOPICS: Extended News; Israel; Russia; Syria; US: New York
KEYWORDS: israel; lebanon; newyork; newyorkcity; newyorkslimes; newyorktimes; russia; syria

1 posted on 11/19/2013 11:39:00 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee
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To: Brad from Tennessee

So, is Iran saying the nuclear bomb is for peaceful purposes?


2 posted on 11/20/2013 12:30:50 AM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
A double bombing struck the Iranian Embassy compound in Beirut on Tuesday... killed at least 23 people, including an Iranian diplomat. Syria, Iran and Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant organization, pointed fingers at Israel and Saudi Arabia, and officials said it was unclear who had carried out the attack. Regardless, it was quickly seen as retaliation against Iran and Hezbollah, Iran’s ally, for supporting the Syrian government.
Notice the deliberate avoidance of mentioning that the Hezbollah are Iran's proxy in, illegal occupier of, and de facto gov't of much of Lebanon? Thanks Brad from Tennessee.


3 posted on 11/20/2013 3:21:04 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv; Cap Huff

I will bet everyone had a hand in this one.


4 posted on 11/20/2013 3:24:51 AM PST by Dog (Founding member of the Osama Bin Laden was alive the whole time club..)
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To: Dog

Yes, it is a curious situation, and I am curious about the deeper background (but unlikely to ever learn of it). It is in the heart of the M.E. with many factions coming together in the same place, therefore it is most likely that it is not entirely what it seems.


5 posted on 11/20/2013 3:34:11 AM PST by Cap Huff
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To: Brad from Tennessee

This brings back memories of another embassy bombing from 30 years ago; only the Iranians were the perps, not the targets:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1983_United_States_embassy_bombing


6 posted on 11/20/2013 4:39:12 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

sauce for the gander.


7 posted on 11/20/2013 4:57:43 AM PST by Daveinyork (IER)
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To: Dog
"I will bet everyone had a hand in this one."

"Everyone" that is except the Iranian loving, muslim brotherhood supporting (and I'll bet member), Israeli hating antichrist barack O bamah. If he has a hand in it it's the one pointing the finger at Israel.

JMHO

8 posted on 11/20/2013 5:41:57 AM PST by Whats-wrong-with-the-truth
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To: Brad from Tennessee

These Sunni and Shia Muzzies can’t kill each other fast enough for me.


9 posted on 11/20/2013 8:21:17 AM PST by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: Advancing indentured constituency for 225 years.)
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To: Dog

Our main role in the Middle East is to make sure the muzzies keep killing each other and don’t run out of ammo.


10 posted on 11/20/2013 4:04:04 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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