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Assir trial adjourned to April

THE LEVANT NEWS — The Lebanese military court Tuesday postponed to April 24 the trial of notorious Salafist preacher Ahmad Assir to give his lawyers time to prepare a defense. A judicial source told The Daily Star that Military Court chief Brig. Gen. Khalil Ibrahim announced the trial delay after …

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Hezbollah claims responsibility for Shebaa Farms attack

THE LEVANT NEWS — A large explosion has reportedly targeted Israeli forces in the Shebaa Farms near the southern Lebanese borders. Hezbollah issued a statement claiming its responsibility for the attack. According to Lebanon’s al-Manar television, a resistance group called Samir Qantar has claimed responsibility for the blast in the …

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3 tons of Egypt-bound drugs discovered in Beirut port

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Customs officials Tuesday discovered three tons of Captagon pills and hash at the Beirut port destined for Egypt, Lebanon’s finance minister said. In a televised news conference from the port, Ali Hasan Khalil praised the Customs Department over the massive bust, without saying if anyone …

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Hezbollah says ‘ethically’ committed to Aoun

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Hezbollah is ethically committed to supporting the presidential bid of its ally MP Michel Aoun, a top party official said Tuesday after talks with Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai in Bkirki. “Politics is about ethics, not lying… We cannot give up on our commitment of supporting …

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Lebanese General Security Arrests 4 ISIS Operatives

THE LEVANT NEWS – BEIRUT: General Security detained four Lebanese for forming a cell that works for the Takfiri group, ISIS (The Islamic State). In a communique released by. on Thursday, the Directorate General of G.S said that the four individuals, (A.R.), (M.K.), (Y.B.), and (A.Gh.), were arrested upon a …

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Libyan delegation in Lebanon to discuss Gadhafi case: report

THE LEVANT NEWS –BEIRUT: A judicial Libyan delegation will arrive in Beirut Friday to discuss the case of the son of former Libyan leader Moammer Gadhafi with Lebanon’s Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi, Al-AKhbar newspaper reported. Judicial sources told the local daily that the delegation is expected to request for the …

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Lebanon: Hostage families warn of escalation

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Families of the nine Lebanese soldiers still being held captive by ISIS have warned of escalatory measures in order to pressure the government into negotiating for their release, a relative of one of the soldiers said Wednesday. “Our aim is to see the return of …

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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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