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U.S. intel tracks key Iranians in arms flow to Hizbullah, Syria

WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has identified leading players in the international arms flow to Syria. Officials said the intelligence community has identified Iranians and Lebanese responsible for the weapons that helped President Bashar Assad reverse rebel gains in Syria. They said Iran has sent senior commanders to direct operations by the Islamic Revolutionary […]

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U.S. IDs Hizbullah agents directing Iran’s wars in Yemen, Syria

U.S. IDs Hizbullah agents directing Iran’s wars in Yemen, Syria

WASHINGTON — The United States has identified Hizbullah’s leading foreign operatives. The Treasury Department has identified and sanctioned four Lebanese nationals said to lead Hizbullah operations throughout the Middle East. Treasury said the members were part of the Hizbullah leadership and financed and directed operations in Cyprus, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and […]

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Despite sanctions, UK still issues export licenses for Iran, Syria

LONDON — Britain continues to export arms to Iran, disregarding international sanctions. Parliament has determined that Britain continued limited arms trade with Iran in 2012. The House of Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls said the government of Prime Minister David Cameron also issued export licenses to Iran’s leading ally, Syria. SUBSCRIBE  l  LOGIN

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On-tap for Sec. of State Kerry: A Mideast policy disaster and a belligerent China

On-tap for Sec. of State Kerry: A Mideast policy disaster and a belligerent China

By Sol W. Sanders The customary accolades from fellow solons notwithstanding, Sen. John F. Kerry’s nomination as secretary of state is fraught with complications. Following the debacle of Ambassador Susan E. Rice’s withdrawal from consideration for the post under the cloud of the Benghazi attack (which also dogs outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton), […]

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Named but not shamed: UN Rights Committee cites abuses in Syria, Iran and N. Korea

Named but not shamed: UN Rights Committee cites abuses in Syria, Iran and N. Korea

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Tis’ the season in the General Assembly for  some serious if generally overlooked work and reports.  An Assembly committee has soundly condemned the continuing human and political rights abuses in three global transgressors; Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the quaintly titled Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, […]

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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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How China is boosting Egypt in the Mideast, amid fading U.S. influence

How China is boosting Egypt in the Mideast, amid fading U.S. influence

By Fariborz Saremi The Middle East with its vast energy resources and vital geopolitical position is of crucial importance for all the major powers, both east and west. It is also the site of strong anti-American sentiment and therefore might prove to be an excellent location for China to challenge America’s pre-eminent global role. The […]

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Another 'leading-from-behind-triumph': Syria's 'nationalist' disaster makes way for something worse

Another 'leading-from-behind-triumph': Syria's 'nationalist' disaster makes way for something worse

By Sol W. Sanders Whatever develops out of the bloody, chaotic mess Syria has become, it is unlikely that the short-term outcome will be good or the long-term prospects much brighter. One has only to recall the dozens of post-World War II coups that preceded the arrival of the Assad/Alawite/Baathist dictatorship in 1970, a dictatorship […]

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High stakes at the 5+1 Iran talks: The threat of a 'big war' that could involve Russia

High stakes at the 5+1  Iran talks: The threat of a 'big war' that could involve Russia

By Sheda Vasseghi On April 14, 2012, representatives from the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany (“5+1”) met with officials from the Islamic Republic of Iran in Istanbul to discuss its nuclear ambitions.  Discussions were preliminary and introductory, and expectations for the parties to come to any agreement were low. According to UK representative […]

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Kofi Annan's Syria deal spares Assad and is backed by China, Russia and Iran

Kofi Annan's Syria deal spares Assad and is backed by China, Russia and Iran

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Kofi Annan seems to have clinched a diplomatic deal in Damascus which may stop or at least decompress the debilitating year-long conflict in Syria which has taken 9,000 lives, mostly civilians.  The former UN Secretary General in a bout of shuttle diplomacy has received approval from the Bashar […]

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