Video: AQ bomb attack on Iranian embassy in Lebanon kills 23

posted at 10:01 am on November 19, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

I just returned from a two-week pilgrimage to the Holy Land with members of my parish, but we didn’t go into Lebanon. The Syrian civil war arrived there today with a vengeance, as al-Qaeda took responsibility for a terrorist attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut that killed 23 people as of the latest count.  The two suicide bombs destroyed part of the building and injured more than 140 people:

Two suicide blasts struck Tuesday near the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, killing at least 23 people.

The Lebanese health minister said 146 more people were injured in the blasts.

Iranian Ambassador Ghazanfar Roknabadi said cultural attache Sheikh Ibrahim Ansari was among the dead. Speaking to Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV, he said Ansari took his post in Lebanon a month ago and was overseeing all regional cultural activities.

The blasts in south Beirut’s neighborhood of Janah also caused extensive damage on the nearby buildings and the Iranian mission. The area is a stronghold of the militant Hezbollah group, which is a main ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the civil war next door. It’s not clear if the blasts are related to Syria’s civil war.

The two bombers arrived on a motorcycle and a car within minutes of each other:

A Lebanese security official said the first suicide attacker was on the motorcycle, which carried 4.4 pounds of explosives. He blew himself up at the large black main gate of the Iranian mission, damaging the three-story facility, the official said.

Less than two minutes later, a second suicide attacker driving a car rigged with 110 pounds of explosives struck about 10 yards away, the official said. He spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

That’s the MO of al-Qaeda, and one of its affiliates in Syria claimed responsibility for the attack:

The Abdullah Azzam brigades, a Lebanon-based al Qaeda affiliate, said it was behind a double suicide attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut on Tuesday, according to the Twitter page of a cleric linked to the group.

“The Abdullah Azzam brigades – the Hussein bin Ali cells – may they please God – are behind the attack on the Iranian embassy in Beirut,” Sheikh Sirajeddine Zuraiqat, the group’s religious guide, posted on Twitter.

The conflict in Syria is a proxy war of sorts between Sunnis and Shi’ites that has been ongoing for 1400 years.  In a more practical context, it’s a battle between who will retain dominance in the Islamic nations of the Middle East, Persian Iran or the Sunni Arab nations.  Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab nations want Iran contained, and want the West to actively support the rebellion against Iranian ally Bashar al-Assad in Syria as a means of reducing Iran’s influence.  While there might be some value in that for the West, this attack demonstrates that there isn’t much difference between a Syrian state controlled by Iranian terrorist proxy networks like Hezbollah or Sunni terrorist networks like al-Qaeda.  The best outcome would be to get everyone out of Syria except the Syrians and let them fight it out themselves.

Unfortunately, this attack in Lebanon will put a big dent in any containment strategy for the civil war.  More importantly, it may create an even larger refugee crisis in Jordan and Turkey, with the potential for destabilization increasing in both nations.


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Couldn’t happen to a nicer group of people.

Grunt on November 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM

The conflict in Syria is a proxy war of sorts between Sunnis and Shi’ites that has been ongoing for 1400 years.

Interesting times indeed…

“In one of the most unusual alliances in recent memory, Israel is allying with Saudi Arabia to prepare the way for a military strike against Iran. Without American tactical support, Israel would need Saudi aid.

According to the Sunday Times in England, Saudi Arabia has consented to Israel using its airspace for an attack on Iran and also the use of its rescue helicopters, tanker planes and drones…”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/11/16/Israel-Saudi-Arabia-Ally-for-Attack-on-Iran

workingclass artist on November 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM

The conflict in Syria is a proxy war of sorts between Sunnis and Shi’ites that has been ongoing for 1400 years.

Not in Lebanon it hasn’t.

mankai on November 19, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Kerry will straighten this out, as soon as he docks his yacht…

right2bright on November 19, 2013 at 10:06 AM

And my kid comes home from a formerly safe NC public school and informs me that she was told that “Evangelicals” (which I’m) are “extremists”.

I’m sure her teacher will somehow link this violence back to the Hillsong concert at the Greensboro Coliseum last night.

Connect the dots, people!

mankai on November 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Lu-lu-lu-lu-lu-lu-lu-lu-lu … BOOM!
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So, what else is new?

M240H on November 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Boob One will send in Traitor One and all will be well.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 19, 2013 at 10:11 AM

The conflict in Syria is a proxy war of sorts between Sunnis and Shi’ites that has been ongoing for 1400 years

You know, this kind of statement is getting tiresome…it’s a lazy way to excuse barbaric actions.

The reasons of “war” from 1400 years ago is completely different than now, it’s just that these countries have been around for that long.

Every “border” country has been basically at war for as long as it has existed, that is just the way history goes…but not always for the same reason, the same leadership, the same goals…well the same goals, to expand and control.

We have been fighting our southern border since conception…but now it’s totally different from 200 years ago.

Illegal immigration, drugs, crime…that was not the case at the “Alamo”.

right2bright on November 19, 2013 at 10:11 AM

The battle as to who gets to be the King of Crazy Town continues.

DarthBrooks on November 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM

If Boob One nor Traitor One can not handle the truth, then OFA will send in the Just Say No crowd.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 19, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Connect the dots, people!

mankai on November 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Didn’t NC beat up a Virginia’s quarterback or the other way around the other week? And having them cancel the playoffs?

Were those “evangelicals”?

right2bright on November 19, 2013 at 10:13 AM

Or William Ayers can write a book on how these two fixed the deal.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on November 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Religion of Pieces

Bitter Clinger on November 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM

ght2bright on November 19, 2013 at 10:13 AM

The institutions and any details involving the players involved is not for public consumption… but rest assured, if something did happen, it was because they were anticipating the Hillsong concert at the Greensboro Coliseum.

mankai on November 19, 2013 at 10:18 AM

The Iranians of course are blaming the bombing on the JOOOOOOS, because everyone knows that they use suicide and car bombs are an Israeli tactic.

simkeith on November 19, 2013 at 10:18 AM

The conflict in Syria is a proxy war of sorts between Sunnis and Shi’ites that has been ongoing for 1400 years.

There was no Israel for over 1300 of those years… but it’s still their fault.

mankai on November 19, 2013 at 10:20 AM

… as soon as he docks his yacht somewhere with low tax rates.

WitchDoctor on November 19, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Good thing we got them on the run….

Axeman on November 19, 2013 at 10:22 AM

You know, this kind of statement is getting tiresome…it’s a lazy way to excuse barbaric actions.

It is a tenet of Islam that all Muslim factions will fight one another until only the pure Islam is left.

The reasons of “war” from 1400 years ago is completely different than now, it’s just that these countries have been around for that long. right2bright on November 19, 2013 at 10:11 AM

The parties involved here are Al Qaeda and Iran. Only one is a country.

Akzed on November 19, 2013 at 10:23 AM

The Middle East will never change until the 2nd Coming or many, many big nukes.

docflash on November 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

But, but, but…I thought “Al Qaeda’s on the run.

BirdEye on November 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

A Lebanese security official said the first suicide attacker was on the motorcycle, which carried 4.4 pounds of explosives.

How in the heck does he know they were carrying exactly 4.4 pounds? That’s a pretty specific number.

xblade on November 19, 2013 at 10:25 AM

The best outcome would be to get everyone out of Syria except the Syrians and let them fight it out themselves.

Yup. Let Allah sort it out.

talkingpoints on November 19, 2013 at 10:28 AM

How in the heck does he know they were carrying exactly 4.4 pounds? That’s a pretty specific number.

xblade on November 19, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Exactly my thoughts. Specifically 4.4 and 110 lbs of explosives? I used to work with demo, and even I couldn’t be that specific.

Patriot Vet on November 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM

The Cairo Speech must have been missed in this part of Beirut.

Bishop on November 19, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Iranians will blame Israel….

albill on November 19, 2013 at 10:33 AM

The Cairo Speech must have been missed in this part of Beirut.

Bishop on November 19, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Seems it got missed in parts of Cairo, too.

Bitter Clinger on November 19, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Boo freaking hoo. My idea of a good time is watching sunni and shia fighters kill each other. I hope both sides lose. Just another byproduct of O’s stellar foreign policy. The smart power at play is completely underwhelming.

ratherbskiing on November 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Exactly my thoughts. Specifically 4.4 and 110 lbs of explosives? I used to work with demo, and even I couldn’t be that specific.

Patriot Vet on November 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM

That jumped out at me also. Even if he was part of it how would he know exactly how much was used? I think he was just trying to impress with his knowledge and expertise. In other words a BS artist.

Dr. Frank Enstine on November 19, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Exactly my thoughts. Specifically 4.4 and 110 lbs of explosives? I used to work with demo, and even I couldn’t be that specific.

Patriot Vet on November 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Just an artifact from the metric conversion using 2.2 pounds per kilogram.

The original estimates would have been “2 kilo’s” and “50 kilo’s”, which sound more like, well…, “estimates”.

bofh on November 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Who do you think will get more respect going forward from Iran – Al Qaeda or Emperor Barry the UnReady???

Tom Servo on November 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Hillary: Did you see that horrible Lebanese video on You Tube smearing Mohammed’s son-in-law? That’s why they did it!!!

Steve Z on November 19, 2013 at 10:51 AM

AQ fighting Hezbollah and Iran. I didn’t see this one coming.

Old Fritz on November 19, 2013 at 10:54 AM

I see this as a positive development. Rinse and repeat…as often as neccessary!

Kenz on November 19, 2013 at 11:01 AM

xblade on November 19, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Great catch.

Cleombrotus on November 19, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Finally some good news. We should be helping both sides kill each other.

Golden Boy on November 19, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Exactly my thoughts. Specifically 4.4 and 110 lbs of explosives? I used to work with demo, and even I couldn’t be that specific.

Patriot Vet on November 19, 2013 at 10:31 AM

If I’m not mistaken, those translate into approx. 2 kilos and 50 kilos. Those are nice round numbers that might be estimated by the size of the blasts.

freedomfirst on November 19, 2013 at 11:03 AM

And my kid comes home from a formerly safe NC public school and informs me that she was told that “Evangelicals” (which I’m) are “extremists”.
I’m sure her teacher will somehow link this violence back to the Hillsong concert at the Greensboro Coliseum last night.
Connect the dots, people!
mankai on November 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM

A friend of mine’s kids came home from college and informed their parents, both Evangelicals, that they’re “homophobic.”

Connect the dots indeed.

Cleombrotus on November 19, 2013 at 11:05 AM

It’s not clear if the blasts are related to Syria’s civil war.

American leadership aren’t even sure if Muslims were involved. They are sure that Islam isn’t involved. And certainly, no Muslims who line American pockets were involved.

BL@KBIRD on November 19, 2013 at 11:13 AM

If Muslims didn’t have any enemies they will turn on each other. Now what’d I say?

jake49 on November 19, 2013 at 11:14 AM

A friend of mine’s kids came home from college and informed their parents, both Evangelicals, that they’re “homophobic.”

Connect the dots indeed.

Cleombrotus on November 19, 2013 at 11:05 AM

If my kid said that to me my retort would be: “I’m also tuitionaphobic. You might want to think of alternatives for paying your college bills.”

Bishop on November 19, 2013 at 11:18 AM

If I’m not mistaken, those translate into approx. 2 kilos and 50 kilos. Those are nice round numbers that might be estimated by the size of the blasts.

freedomfirst on November 19, 2013 at 11:03 AM

They probably are. I just think that numbers shouldn’t be thrown around so early into something like this.

I will just say that it is very hard to ‘estimate’ something like this. If there were any other contributing factors to the blast because of fuel, the bomb size that they estimated would be off. All that really needs to be known is that bombs went off, IMHO.

Patriot Vet on November 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Bishop on November 19, 2013 at 11:18 AM

I’m somewhat concerned that he wasn’t able to raise them to be a bit more discerning, actually. A lot of Evangelicals are actually clueless. Sad to say. And their offspring get “taken away from them”.

Cleombrotus on November 19, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Maybe Israel can let al Qaeda know the fat little pig Nasrulluh’s location so they can do the World a favor and blow him up too.

Strange World.

slickwillie2001 on November 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

So, do you suppose there’s a celestial video booth, you know, like at the exit of rollercoasters, connected to two banks of cameras-one that captures the surprised look on the bombers face when the explosion goes off, and the other that captures the even greater surprise when the bomber finds out his “reward” ain’t quite what he was promised?

questionmark on November 19, 2013 at 12:26 PM

The conflict in Syria is a proxy war of sorts between Sunnis and Shi’ites that has been ongoing for 1400 years.

There was no Israel for over 1300 of those years… but it’s still their fault.

mankai on November 19, 2013 at 10:20 AM

This.

The religion of pieces won’t change until the good people of the world speak up or get slaughtered.

KMC1 on November 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Actually….slaughtered will only make the religion of pieces not changes at all….we all knew that when we read what I wrote…..

KMC1 on November 19, 2013 at 12:33 PM

The chaotic battle for Restored Sunni Caliphate versus the Coming Shi’ite Imam-ate.

Encouraged by the weak horse Barack.

profitsbeard on November 19, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Kerry will straighten this out, as soon as he docks his yacht…

right2bright on November 19, 2013 at 10:06 AM

…and gets back from windsurfing.

Kafir on November 19, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Dog bites man.

AllahsNippleHair on November 19, 2013 at 2:23 PM

The parties involved here are Al Qaeda and Iran. Only one is a country.

Akzed on November 19, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Also, national boundaries and identities count for little in what is still fundamentally a tribalist culture.

In an article in the April Atlantic, King Abdullah of Jordan stated that his biggest problem in reforming Jordan’s corrupt bureaucracy and legislature is such tribalism. Put simply, everybody votes for whoever their local tribal “hetman” decrees will be the representative. His attempts to create a national legislature (rather like the British model) have largely been ineffectual because of this.

Also, when confronted with modern situations, the locals invariably defer to their tribal elders, who demand a return to “traditional” ways. Recently, when the King sent representatives around to discuss new employment opportunities in new industries, the elders all demanded that the King re-establish the force of “monitors” with sticks who acted as watchmen in all towns and villages, that being the “proper job” for the young men.

The “monitors” were in fact a religious police goon squad who used their lashes and clubs to beat anyone they defined as violating Sharia law. Notably young women who dressed “immodestly”, or were just out in public without a duly-authorized male “caretaker”.

Such “monitors” attempted to “correct” U.S. servicewomen in Saudi Arabia in 1990-91. Several narrowly escaped being shot. (Running up to a U.S. soldier who is in uniform, on duty, and armed with an M9 pistol, while screaming in Arabic and waving a club, is generally not conducive to continued good health.)

The problem in the MidEast is Islamist tribalism. Period.

“National identities” are so secondary to that that they barely exist in the terms we understand. Which probably explains why our intellectual “elite’”, who are self-styled internationalst “citizens of the world” who equate nationalism with “National Socialism”, do not recognize this tribalism for the problem it really is.

And it’s a lot older than 1400 years. The peoples of that culture were tribalist and xenophobic long before Islam came along.

Mohammed simply told them that Allah approved of their tribalism and xenophobia, that’s all.

clear ether

eon

eon on November 19, 2013 at 3:03 PM

al-Qaeda and the Iranians are killing each other?

http://www.reactiongifs.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/bundys_popcorn.gif

alchemist19 on November 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM

al-Qaeda and the Iranians are killing each other?

http://www.reactiongifs.us/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/bundys_popcorn.gif

alchemist19 on November 19, 2013 at 3:40 PM

An all-out Shia-Sunni war is the best we can hope for.

slickwillie2001 on November 19, 2013 at 3:42 PM

AQ hitting the Iranians.

Cool!
I’ll start the popcorn a pop’n!
Someone order a few pizzas while I ice down beverages and turn on the 80 inch flat screen.

We’ll drone whomever wins . . .

Bubba Redneck on November 19, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Maybe Israel can let al Qaeda know the fat little pig Nasrulluh’s location so they can do the World a favor and blow him up too.

Strange World.

slickwillie2001 on November 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Heh, play both sides and your neighborhood gets a lot safer.
Funny how the muzzies have no qualms about dealing with Israel if it means killing other muzzies they disagree with.
But it is the region of peace . . .
‘Course Israel knows this . . . . .

Bubba Redneck on November 19, 2013 at 3:51 PM

A friend of mine’s kids came home from college and informed their parents, both Evangelicals, that they’re “homophobic.”

Connect the dots indeed.

Cleombrotus on November 19, 2013 at 11:05 AM

If my kid said that to me my retort would be: “I’m also tuitionaphobic. You might want to think of alternatives for paying your college bills.”

Bishop on November 19, 2013 at 11:18 AM

And people are amazed at the growth of private Christian universities.
Having taught at secular, Catholic and “Protestant” (nonCatholic Christian) universities I can honestly say the the class of students at the latter two are much better than the former on so many levels. Particularly if part of the acceptance requirement involves a statement of faith by the students.

Bubba Redneck on November 19, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Half of Syria’s missile and rocket arsenal has been diminished, and Hizballa’s best forces are being diminished, including their home turf.

This big snake is eating itself. Israelis couldn’t be any happier about this. They do feel sad about the human loss in all this, and I count myself among that group too, but in terms of the diminishing danger to Israeli lives, and who’s doing the diminishing, we’re friggen ecstatic.

AlexB on November 19, 2013 at 11:43 PM