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Lebanon: Nasrallah warns of impending battle against terrorists

By JEAN AZIZ

BEIRUT — The speech that Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah delivered May 16 not only announced advances made by his fighters in Qalamoun — located between Lebanon and Syria — but also clearly indicated where the next battle against terrorists will take place.  1,233 more words

Syria

Lebanon-Syria: The battle at Qalamoun

Hezbollah and the Syrian rRepublic Army have been fighting US and NATO-Backed terrorists for control of the Qalamoun area near the border. JEAN AZIZ*

BEIRUT (May 11) — Clashes have been raging along the Lebanese-Syrian border since May 6 between Hezbollah militants and the Syrian army, on the one hand, and the militants of the Islamic State (IS) and Jabhat al-Nusra, on the other. 977 more words

Syria

Clashes between Israel and Hezbollah and the ‘Iran-led Resistance Bloc’

By MAHDI DARIUS NAZEMROAYA*

The strategic equation in the Middle East is about to see major changes. It strongly appears that the Iranian-led Resistance Bloc or Axis of Resistance — comprised of Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, and a cross-section of Palestinian and Iraqi groups — is about to become more powerful than ever before. 2,786 more words

United States

"Security Arc" forms amidst Mideast terror

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Many observers are correct in noting that the Middle East is undergoing yet another seismic shift – that the Russian-brokered destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, a US-Iranian rapprochement, the diminished strategic value of Saudi Arabia and Israel, and a US withdrawal from Afghanistan will all contribute to changing regional dynamics considerably. 2,829 more words

Syria

"Pffft" Went the UN Tribunal on Lebanon

By Sharmine Narwani

On Thursday, the UN’s Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), a Security Council backed investigation of the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, delivered its first round of indictments against four suspects. 1,349 more words

Middle East

Did Clinton Just Change US Policy on Hezbollah?

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared to break with US policy on Tuesday when she discussed Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah on the Charlie Rose… 801 more words

US Foreign Policy

Key Lebanese Leader Says Iranian Weapons Can Deter Israeli Aggression

While the US media fixed its sights once again on Bin Laden’s latest platitudes, a far more critical statement of intent was being delivered in Beirut simultaneously. 689 more words

Iran