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Hezbollah Holds Massive Funeral for ٍٍSamir Kuntar

Hezbollah held on Monday a massive funeral for the Dean of the Liberated detainees in Israeli prisons martyr Samir Kuntar who embraced martyrdom in the Israeli air raid on Syria’s city of Jaramana, in the southern suburb of Beirut. The head of Hezbollah Executive Council, Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, led the …

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Lebanon: Questions About Trash Export Deal

THE LEVANT NEWS — BY Philip Issa for The Daily Star –BEIRUT: The Free Patriotic Movement has promised to raise sharp questions about exporting trash at Monday’s Cabinet session, where the 5-month-old trash crisis will be the only item on the agenda. Ministers will consider a decision to authorize exports, …

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Hezbollah vows to avenge Kuntar

THE LEVANT NEWS — BY Hussein Dakroub for The Daily Star –The killing of Hezbollah commander Samir Kuntar in an Israeli airstrike near Damascus will likely trigger a Hezbollah retaliation against the Jewish state, security sources said Sunday, in a tit-for-tat development that could ignite hostilities in the volatile border …

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Lebanese condemn deadly Israeli raid

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Lebanon Political leaders and parties Sunday condemned an Israeli air raid on a residential building in Syria that killed a former Lebanese prisoner who was released as part of a 2008 swap deal between Israel and Hezbollah. Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television channel said Samir Kuntar was …

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Lebanese fighting with ISIS killed in Syria

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: A Lebanese national fighting alongside ISIS in Syria was said to be killed in the neighboring country, media reports said Saturday. “Louay Al-Rifai, from the neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh in the northern city of Tripoli, was killed in battles in Syria,” reported Facebook page Bab …

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Lebanon: Questioning Yaacoub for his “involvement” in Hannibal Gadhafi kidnapping

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: The Internal Security Forces’ Information Branch Saturday referred former Lebanese MP Hasan Yaacoub to Mount Lebanon’s First Investigative Judge Jean Fernini for his alleged involvement in last week’s Hannibal Gadhafi kidnapping, the state-run National News Agency reported Saturday. The security agency wrapped up investigations with …

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ISIS ’emir’ for north Lebanon arrested

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Lebanese General Security said Saturday that it has arrested two members of ISIS, one of whom confessed to being the extremist group’s official “emir” for the north Lebanon district of Akkar. The two, identified as B.F. and Aa.M., were arrested on charges of “forming a …

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Hizbullah and Al-Qaeda: Friends or foes?

NOTE: THIS IS ARTICLE HAS BEEN WRITTEN IN AUG 20, 2014 AND PUBLISHED IN THE DAILY STAR BUT THE SYRIAN WAR HAS PROVEN ITS APPROACH. http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Opinion/Commentary/2004/Aug-20/93887-hizbullah-and-al-qaeda-friends-or-foes.ashx THE LEVANT NEWS — By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem – The final report of the Sept. 11 Commission in the US argued that Al-Qaeda had …

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Al-Ahbash: Their Ideology and Evolution

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE — By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem – Al-Ahbash or the Association of Islamic Charitable Projects (jam’iyyat al-mashari’ al-khayriyya al-islamiyya) is a Sufi religious movement which was founded in Lebanon in the mid-1980s. Al-Ahbash is a name attributed to the founder of the group, Sheikh Abdullah al-Harari, known …

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Lebanon: Garbage crisis no closer to solution

THE LEVANT NEWS — By Philip Issa for The Daily Star — With four months having passed since authorities closed the country’s largest landfill, in Naameh, officials are barely any closer to resolving the trash crisis than they were in July. Prime Minister Tammam Salam’s office is considering three serious …

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9 detained in Lebanon over twin bombings

The Levant News– Lebanese Interior Minister Nuhad Mashnouq says security forces have detained nine people in connection with the recent deadly twin bombings in the country’s capital, Beirut. Mashnouq said during a televised conference on Sunday that the detainees included two suspects who had planned Thursday’s bombings. He added that the entire …

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Beirut attack increases will to fight ISIS: Nasrallah

THE LEVANT NEWS–BEIRUT: The double suicide attack that targeted a southern Beirut suburb earlier this week only increases Hezbollah’s determination to fight ISIS in Syria, party chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Saturday. “If they (ISIS) assume that killing our men and women and children and burning our markets could weaken …

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Blasts hit Beirut suburb, 23 killed, 105 wounded

The Levant News — At least 23 people have reportedly been killed and 105 wounded after two large explosions rocked a street of al-hussaynieh in the Borj al-Barajaneh area in a southern suburb of Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, a Lebanese Interior Ministry source says. The Lebanese al-Manar television cited some media …

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Iranian deputy foreign minister meets Nasrallah in Beirut

THE LEVANT NEWS — A senior Iranian diplomat has met with the head of Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian called on Nasrallah to discuss the latest developments in the region. Amir-Abdollahian, who is on a regional tour, arrived …

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Hezbollah wants case against Al-Mayadeen dropped

THE LEVANT NEWS — Hezbollah Wednesday urged Information Minister Ramzi Joreige to drop a libel case brought forward by Arabsat satellite communications operator against the pan-Arab Al-Mayadeen television channel. “Al-Mayadeen channel did not violate any legal terms of the contract signed between them and the Lebanese government,” Hezbollah MP Hasan …

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FPM, Future to attend legislative session

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT –Free Patriotic Movement and Future Movement lawmakers will attend Thursday’s legislative session after an apparent deal had been reached between them regarding a contentious nationality draft law on the agenda. FPM’s participation was announced by the head of the party’s Change and Reform Bloc Michel …

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Iran renews push for Lebanon presidential election

THE LEVANT NEWS– Iran Wednesday reiterated its support for the election of a new president as hope faded for Lebanon after 18 months of a power vacuum. “We strongly support the continuation of the political process and the election of a president,” Iran’s deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian told …

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Will Lebanon face a further downgrade?

The Levant News — By Osama Habib for The Daily Star — BEIRUT: Lack of reforms, political instability and slow economic growth is leaving the embattled government with very few options to finance its current expenditure needs, economists and bankers said Wednesday. One of these options, if not the only …

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Lebanon army raids nightclub, 8 killed

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: An exchange of fire Monday between the Lebanese Army and drug dealers at a north Lebanon nightclub left two soldiers and six others dead, the military and a security source said. A sergeant-major, a soldier, four suspects and two women were killed during the early …

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