Lebanon Articles


Congress Observed Moment of Silence for Hezbollah and Its Supporters

1:34 PM, Nov 19, 2015

Yesterday, members of Congress observed a moment of silence to commemorate casualties suffered by a community aligned with Bashar al-Assad in his exterminationist war against Syria’s Sunni Arab population.

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Lebanon's Garbage Politics

5:12 PM, Aug 25, 2015

Over the weekend, thousands of Lebanese took to the streets to protest against their country’s corrupt political culture.

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Report: Israel Airstrikes in Syria

Killing Samir Kuntar.
7:04 PM, Jul 29, 2015

Israeli media is reporting that an IAF strike on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights border

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The Enemy of My Enemy Is … What?

1:31 PM, Apr 20, 2015

Bill Roggio and Caleb Weiss, at longwarjournal.com, write that:

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Hard Times for Hezbollah

Is Iran’s Lebanese client losing its grip?
Feb 02, 2015

Beirut
Last week Hezbollah buried one of its princes, Jihad Mughniyeh, the 22-year-old son of the late Imad Mughniyeh, a legendary Hezbollah commander implicated in such infamous operations as the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut. The assassination 

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Podcast: Iran's Goals Meet Hezbollah Resistance, but Where Is the West?

Hosted by Michael Graham.
4:30 PM, Jan 26, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior editor Lee Smith on his feature story "Hard Times for Hezbollah."

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Fouad Ajami, 1945-2014

5:15 AM, Jun 23, 2014

The death of Fouad Ajami this weekend, at the age of 68, deprived this country and the world of a uniquely powerful voice – one that is at the same time both Arab and American – that could have helped guide us, as he has in the past, through the hazards and complications of his native Middle East.  

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The Lebanonization of the Palestinians

10:22 AM, Jun 02, 2014

Today the Palestinian Authority announced a joint interim government uniting Fatah and Hamas. West Bankers and Gazans cheer the move because the division between the two most powerful Palestinian factions has been a black eye for the Palestinian nationalist movement. Their rival religious and political visions, dating back to the creation of Hamas in 1987, have divided the Palestinians ideologically. Moreover, the territorial divisions resulting from the 2007 civil war in Gaza had made the creation of a unified, viable Palestinian entity all but impossible, until now.

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Imad Mughniyeh’s Legacy Six Years On

Why Hezbollah is fighting alongside Bashar al-Assad—and almost didn’t.
3:58 PM, Feb 12, 2014

Remember a few years ago when Iranian officials had to intervene to prevent Hezbollah gunmen from turning on their Syrian patrons? Few people do. Today, the "axis of resistance" is as strong as ever, with Iran and Hezbollah fully committed to fighting for the survival of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, despite battlefield losses and the political costs of siding with a brutal dictator who gasses and bombs his own people.

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Saad Hariri’s ‘Moderate Awakening’

An exclusive interview with Lebanon’s former prime minister on the eve of the trial against the four Hezbollah members who murdered his father.
12:20 PM, Jan 17, 2014

The Hague, Netherlands

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Lebanon Succumbs to the Regional Civil War

Bombing in Hezbollah stronghold.
2:18 PM, Jan 02, 2014

A car bomb detonated today in the southern suburbs of Beirut, a Hezbollah stronghold. So far, four are reported dead and over 50 have been injured. With rumors spreading that the bombing may have been the work of the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, a Sunni jihadist group with ties to al Qaeda, it seems that this was the latest in a series of moves indicating that the regional conflict with Syria as its red-hot center is growing ever wider, now encompassing all the Levant, from Baghdad to Beirut. In the Lebanese capital alone, within a one-week span a former Sunni minister was assassinated, Saudi Arabia bought a $3 billion share of a national army heavily infiltrated by Hezbollah, and then today the Party of God was targeted on its home turf.

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Kerry Says 'No Daylight'

But interim deal with Iran puts the White House and its traditional Middle East allies in opposing camps.
2:52 PM, Nov 25, 2013

In the wake of the interim deal that the White House signed with Iran Saturday, Secretary of State John Kerry said on the Sunday talk shows that nothing has changed, not with the American position in the Middle East, or with the U.S. alliance system in the region. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is screaming his head off, but Israel has nothing to worry about says Kerry.

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Kerry Condemns 'Terrorist Bombings' of Iranian Embassy

1:44 PM, Nov 19, 2013

John Kerry is calling the attacks against the Iranian embassy in Lebanon today "terrorist bombings." And the U.S. secretary of state is condeming the action.

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The Great Game

4:04 PM, Nov 15, 2013

The cartoon above is from the Great Game era in Central Asia, when the British and Russians were in a contest for places like Afghanistan and Iran. It's strongly (perhaps perversely) suggestive given current events.

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Local Syrian Proxies, Hezbollah Stooges

12:24 PM, Aug 26, 2013

Lebanese authorities have arrested two suspects affiliated with a pro-Syrian regime group in the bombing of two Sunni mosques in Tripoli on Friday. Forty-seven people were killed in the attack in the northern Lebanese city, likely retaliation for a bombing the previous week in the southern suburbs of Beirut, a Hezbollah stronghold, that killed another 27.

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Lebanon, Syria—and the CIA

8:48 AM, Aug 19, 2013

Even with all eyes turned toward Egypt and the increasingly violent rifts pulling that society apart, the region’s active civil war in Syria burns on. Last Thursday, the two-and-a half-year-long conflict touched neighboring Lebanon, again, when a bomb detonated in the Hezbollah-held southern suburbs of Beirut killing 27 people and wounding hundreds.

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Hezbollah's Heavy Losses

After a week's worth of fighting in Syria, the Islamic resistance licks its wounds.
2:16 PM, May 24, 2013

For over a week now, the Syrian town of Qusayr in Homs Province has seen some of the heaviest fighting in the two-year conflict. The struggle for Qusayr, says besieged President Bashar al-Assad, “is the main battle” in all of Syria.

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Report: Israeli Airstrikes on Syria

6:50 PM, May 03, 2013

CNN reports this evening that there have been Israeli airstrikes on Syria:

"Two U.S. officials are telling CNN that the U.S. believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria," CNN reports. "Western intelligence agencies are reviewing classified data and they say they believe Israel conducted the strike today or late yesterday."

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Anniversary of Hariri’s Murder

5:01 PM, Feb 14, 2013

Eight years ago today, February 14, 2005, former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri was assassinated, along with 22 others, when a massive explosive detonated as his motorcade drove past Beirut’s St. George Hotel.

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Blaming Terrorists for Terrorism

1:29 PM, Feb 06, 2013

Yesterday the Bulgarian government announced the results of its investigation into the July 18, 2012 bus bombing that killed 5 Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver in the city of Burgas. At least two members of what appears to have been a three-man team belong to Hezbollah. More specifically, explained Bulgaria’s interior minister, Tsvetan Tsvetanov, they were part of Hezbollah’s “military wing”—a peculiar turn of phrase that hints at the political implications of the Bulgarian investigation, which may have a major impact on European Union foreign policy as well as Hezbollah’s ability to operate on the continent. And yet the most serious repercussions may be felt inside Lebanon, where Hezbollah is already feeling the pressure.

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What’s Hassan Nasrallah Reading?

Hezbollah leader responds to a TWS report on the terrorist group's degraded arsenal.
5:04 PM, Jan 03, 2013

Last week THE WEEKLY STANDARD published my article, “Smugglers Galore: How Iran Arms its Proxies.” It seems that part of it may have found its way onto the reading list of Hezbollah general secretary Hassan Nasrallah.

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Richard Engel’s Abduction

Is Hezbollah up to its old tricks again in kidnapping Western journalists?
2:01 PM, Dec 19, 2012

NBC’s Middle East correspondent Richard Engel was released yesterday after being held for five days in Syria. When his kidnappers came to a rebel checkpoint, they were engaged in a firefight with a Free Syrian Army unit that allowed Engel and his colleagues to go free. NBC’s statement said he was taken by an “unknown group,” but Engel himself said he has a “very good idea” that the kidnappers are members of the shabbiha.

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Only at the New Yorker

State Department designates Seymour Hersh’s Lebanese source and friend a terrorist.
5:18 PM, Dec 17, 2012

This morning, the State Department designated former Lebanese parliament member, and longtime ally of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, Michel Samaha as a specially designated global terrorist. Treasury also designated Samaha for “undermining Lebanon’s democratic processes or institutions, contributing to the breakdown of the rule of law in Lebanon, supporting the reassertion of Syrian control or otherwise contributing to Syrian interference in Lebanon, or infringing upon or undermining Lebanese sovereignty.”

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A Conversation with Michael Totten

1:35 PM, Dec 06, 2012

Soon after 9/11, Michael Totten abandoned a profitable career as a technical writer and started a blog that took him throughout the Middle East, including Iraq which he visited seven times from 2006 to 2009. He also lived in Lebanon in parts of 2005 and 2006 in the middle of the Cedar Revolution, where I first met him.

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Hezbollah Under Pressure

2:56 PM, Oct 23, 2012

To many Lebanese, the massive car bomb attack in Beirut on Friday that killed the Sunni Muslim head of internal security Wissam al Hassan and seven others evoked the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafik Hariri.

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An Assassination in Beirut

Leading from the front against Assad, Hezbollah, and Iran, Wissam al-Hassan was an American ally.
3:32 PM, Oct 20, 2012

Yesterday a car bomb in Beirut killed a senior Lebanese security chief along with seven others, while wounding hundreds in Ashrafiyeh, a busy neighborhood in Christian-majority East Beirut. The target, Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, was close to former prime minister Saad Hariri and his late father, Rafik Hariri. Yesterday evening, Hariri supporters, mostly Sunnis, closed down roads and burned tires in protest against the assassins, almost certainly tied to the Syrian regime and their Lebanese ally Hezbollah.

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House Foreign Affairs Chair Calls on EU to Ban Hezbollah

4:20 PM, Aug 17, 2012

Berlin
On the eve of al Quds day, when supporters of the Iranian-led resistance bloc plan to march throughout European cities, U.S. representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has written a letter to José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, urging the EU to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

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Time Is Running Out for Hezbollah

8:46 AM, Aug 15, 2012

Last week the Treasury Department leveled sanctions against Hezbollah for providing support to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in his efforts to put down the 17-month-old rebellion meant to topple his regime.

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Hezbollah’s Karma in Syria

What goes around.
6:34 AM, Aug 10, 2012

Earlier this month, 48 Iranian Shiite “pilgrims” were abducted in Damascus. The Free Syrian Army claims they were members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, who have been dispatched to Syria to protect one of Tehran’s vital interests, Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

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Hezbollah’s Prisoner of Conscience

As the trial of Sheikh Hassan Mchaymech continues, his support grows.
11:14 AM, May 18, 2012

Last Friday, a Lebanese military tribunal met for the fifth time in the trial of Sheikh Hassan Mchaymech, the Hezbollah dissident.

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