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Hizbullah, other Iran groups now handling most fighting in Syria

NICOSIA — Iran’s proxies have take over most of the fighting against Sunni rebels in Syria. Western diplomatic sources said Hizbullah and other Iranian proxies were assigned virtually all of the infantry operations against Sunni rebel strongholds. They said the Syrian military has been restricted to air and artillery strikes to support the Hizbullah advance, […]

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Beirut assassination highlights extent of Lebanese involvement in anti-Syrian fighting

Beirut assassination highlights extent of Lebanese involvement in anti-Syrian fighting

Global Information System The precisely-target bombing assassination on Oct. 19, 2012, in the Christian Ashrafia area of Beirut of Brig.-Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, the Internal Security Force Information Branch Chief, and six other officials, highlighted an area neglected by external analysts and policy officials. We refer to the extent to which Lebanese security forces were actively […]

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An echo of 1930s Spain in Syria today

By Sol W. Sanders Some old dead white man said: “All historical analogies are odious”. He meant they stink because time, place and dramatis personae of any historical event are so particularistic, drawing similarities with another event defies logic. Yet, yet … we amateur historians play at the game and often. And perhaps there is […]

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Insurgency-sponsor Iran gets a taste of its own medicine and doesn't like it

Insurgency-sponsor Iran gets a taste of its own medicine and doesn't like it

By Fariborz Saremi Iran, which has often employed proxies such as Hizbullah in Lebanon and the Asaib A Haq (League of Righteous) in Iraq to expand its sphere of influence, now finds itself the victim of this form of warfare. Tehran is being forced to fight several low-level insurgencies in its border regions which, Tehran claims, […]

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Hizbullah said to stage coup rehearsals in Beirut

WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Iran-sponsored Hizbullah organization, which recently collapsed the Lebanon coalition government by withdrawing, is said to have simulated a coup in Beirut. Lebanese sources said Hizbullah staged a massive exercise on Jan. 18 in which thousands of fighters appeared on the streets of Beirut. They said the exercise was meant to simulate […]

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First indictment filed in Lebanon's Hariri killing

First indictment filed in Lebanon's Hariri killing

BEIRUT – A U.N. tribunal filed the first indictment Monday in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, touching off a process many fear could ignite new bloodshed nearly six years after the massive truck bombing along Beirut’s waterfront. The contents of the draft indictment were not revealed and may not become public […]

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Hizbullah, backed by Iran, pushes Lebanon to the brink

Hizbullah, backed by Iran, pushes Lebanon to the brink

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — Political winter has returned to Lebanon, the tiny but cosmopolitan country on the crossroads of the Middle East. The long shadow of Syria and Islamic Iran has again fallen over bustling Beirut and brought the Lebanese to the brink, as the militant Hizbullah movement has deliberately engineered a collapse […]

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Congress ends freeze on military aid to Lebanon after classified briefing

WorldTribune.com   WASHINGTON — Congress has lifted its hold on U.S. military aid to Lebanon, ending a three-month suspension. The House Foreign Affairs Committee, in a decision opposed by the ranking Republican, has released $100 million in military aid to Lebanon amid the threat of a Hizbullah coup in Beirut. The aid, supported by President […]

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Hillary Clinton warns Hizbullah it can't stop UN tribunal

A Shiite woman carries a picture of Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah during a rally on Nov. 11. / AP/Bilal Hussein BEIRUT – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodhman Clinton warned Hezbollah against resorting to violence, saying the militant group cannot stop a U.N. court investigating the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister. Clinton’s remarks […]

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Crowd attacks UN investigators of Hariri assassination in Beirut

Crowd attacks UN investigators of Hariri assassination in Beirut

BEIRUT – A crowd “violently attacked” a team of U.N. investigators gathering evidence Wednesday in the death of a former Lebanese prime minister and stole several items from them, authorities said. The two investigators and an interpreter received medical attention, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The […]