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Nasrallah vows to eradicate terrorists on Lebanon border

By Hussein Dakroub for The Daily Star — BEIRUT: The battle with ISIS in the Qalamoun region and on the Lebanese-Syrian frontier has kicked off, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Wednesday, pledging to uproot terrorist and takfiri groups based in areas near Lebanon’s border. As Nasrallah spoke, Hezbollah and …

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Hezbollah Is ‘Stronger Than Ever’

BY NOUR SAMAHA – Source: FOREIGN POLICY — QALAMOUN MOUNTAINS, Syria — Along the vast mountain range that marks the Lebanon-Syria border, Hezbollah fighters point out recently captured al-Nusra Front training sites and military positions, and describe how they’ve been able to clear the area of the jihadis. They pick …

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Hezbollah backs Aoun on security appointments: report

Source: The Daily Star — Hezbollah will support “any decision” Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun makes on key security appointments, local newspaper As-Safir said Monday. According to the report, Hezbollah’s stance has been conveyed to Lebanese political officials. Information Minister Ramzi Joreige said efforts were underway to ease tensions …

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Hezbollah strike Qalamoun jihadis with help of drone

The Daily Star– A Hezbollah missile annihilated a group of at least three Islamist militants in Syria’s Qalamoun region along the border with Lebanon Wednesday after being spotted by a drone, Al-Manar reported. “All members of a group of Nusra takfiri [militants] were killed in an ambush by the resistance” …

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Senior Hezbollah official speaks out

Al-Monitor interviewed Mohammad Raad, one of the founders of Hezbollah and the leader of the group’s parliamentary bloc in Lebanon. Raad, who has a degree in philosophy from the Lebanese University, played a role in developing Hezbollah’s internal constitution as well as its 1985 “Open Letter to the World,” a …

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The Shias in Lebanon: A Short History

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE – By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — The Shias of Lebanon gained global reputation in the early 1980s of the 20th century with the emergence of Hezbollah and its military operations against the Israeli occupation in Lebanon. Hence; their destiny came to be synonymous with that of …

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EDGE OF EVIL

 Story by Justin Salhani Published on Jan 16, 2015 Source: latterlymagazine.com — RAS BAALBEK, Lebanon –Tucked away in the rocky hills that divide Lebanon and Syria, a gunman ordered Makhoul Mrad out of his truck.Despite his age — getting up toward 70 — and his infirm heart, Mrad was a quarry worker and regularly made …

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Syrian army captures area on Lebanon border: Hezbollah

Reuters- – The Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters captured a mountainous area on Syria’s border with Lebanon on Thursday and killed dozens of insurgents including from al Qaeda’s Nusra Front wing, a Hezbollah official told Reuters. The area, Assal al-Ward, is a strategic position that overlooks Lebanese border towns where …

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The Islamic State Hostages The World Mostly Ignored

BY JUSTIN SALHANI FOR THINKPROGRESS.ORG — Ten months ago, the Islamic State and the al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front kidnapped around 30 Lebanese police and military men. Since then eight men have been released and four have been executed – either beheaded or with a gunshot to the back of the head. …

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Qalamoun …The Boundaries of Worry

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE — By Safwan Dawood*- Translated by Hadi Nehme — Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah announced that his party will be in Syria “wherever it ought to be”, and a number of the party’s officials have repeatedly reiterated that Hezbollah militants have taken part in battles in Qalamoun. …

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Lebanese army targets gunmen in Ras Baalbek

  Source: LBCI – The Lebanese Army targeted locations of gunmen in the mountainous region of Ras Baalbek with heavy artillery, the state-run National News Agency said on Friday, adding that the sound of missiles and shells were heard across the towns of northern Bekaa. Friday’s operation is a continuation …

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US imposes sanctions on alleged Africa-based Hezbollah members

    Source: The Daily Star – The U.S. Treasury Department has imposed sanctions on an alleged Africa-based Hezbollah support network, a statement released Thursday said. It said the Treasury targeted Mustapha Fawaz, Fouzi Fawaz and Abdallah Tahini, all of whom are Lebanese-born men based in Nigeria, with sanctions designations. …

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Army to remain on the offensive: Lebanon general

Source: The Daily Star – The Lebanese Army’s posture will not remain defensive in its war against terrorism, Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi pledged Friday. “The Army will not simply remain a deterrent Army, but will go [on the offensive] with a cutting sword,” Kahwagi told local daily As-Safir. His …

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ISIS, Nusra Front gearing up for major Lebanon push

By Hussein Dakroub for The Daily Star BEIRUT: Syria-based jihadi groups are gearing up for a major offensive deep into Lebanese territory along the eastern border with Syria to achieve two main goals: securing new supply routes and establishing a foothold as a prelude to setting up an Islamic emirate in Lebanon, …

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Lebanon removes political banners, a legacy of the civil war

Reuters – Lebanon has begun removing political posters and party banners from neighborhoods of the capital in a move to unify a country still divided from a civil war, following an agreement between the militant and political group Hezbollah and its rivals. Beirut is fragmented into fiefdoms where political banners …

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Qasem Soleimani visited Lebanon to honor Qunaitra victims

Source: The Daily Star – BEIRUT: A senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard quietly paid tribute earlier this month to six Hezbollah fighters who were killed during a Jan. 18 Israeli airstrike on a party convoy in Syria’s Golan Heights, according to a report. Major General Qasem Soleimani, a senior commander …

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Hezbollah-Future dialogue tackles Resistance Brigades

Source: The Daily Star – BEIRUT: Talks between Hezbollah and the Future Movement have begun touching on the issue of the Hezbollah-linked Resistance Brigades, former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said Friday. Siniora, who is also head of the Future parliamentary bloc, complained that Hezbollah’s Resistance Brigades allows them to “overpower” …

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Nasrallah to Israel: ‘Don’t try us again’

    Source: The Daily Star – Beirut – Hezbollah is ready to respond to Israel at any time and in any place, party chief Hasan Nasrallah underlined in a fiery speech Friday, two days after its troops ambushed an Israeli military convoy, killing two soldiers. “Don’t try us again,” …

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Hezbollah answers Israeli attack

By Ali Hashem for Al-monitor – The situation in south Lebanon was calm, but with a touch of nervousness in the air the morning of Jan. 28, when six missiles broke the silence. Everyone had been waiting for this moment to arrive. Ten days of waiting had come to an …

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Lebanon: Killing of policeman ‘professional’

The Daily Star – Lebanon: Preliminary investigations into the case of a 47-year-old police officer who was shot dead in his car outside his home in a northern Zghorta village suggest that the killing was a targeted assassination carried out by professionals. First Sgt. Maj. Ghassan Ajjaj, father of four and …

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Ras Baalbek stands united against ISIS

Source: The Daily Star – Lebanon: The streets of Ras Baalbek, in northeast Lebanon, were eerily calm, intercepted at times by the sounds of the Lebanese Army’s military vehicles cruising by, the four-by-fours of Hezbollah’s Resistance Brigades not far behind. Most residents had opted to stay indoors while clashes ensued …

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Islamist fugitive allegedly leaves Ain al-Hilweh

Source: The Daily Star – The majority of Palestinian factions in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp(Sidon – Lebanon) Sunday claimed that one of Lebanon’s most wanted Islamist fugitives had left the south Lebanon camp over the weekend. According to security sources in the camp, the calm presiding over the suspected …

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Hezbollah’s three options on Israel

By Ali Hashem for Al-monitor – Changing the rules of the game along Lebanon’s southern border was the main challenge Hezbollah faced after the 2006 war with Israel. In the years since, the group has been touting deterrence as the main accomplishment of the war. Tit-for-tat strategies made the equation …

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Bahraini FM described Hezbollah Chief as a ‘terrorist spy’

Source: The Daily Star- Lebanon is controlled by a “terrorist agent,” Bahrain’s Foreign Minister said Friday in reference to Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah, while criticizing the country’s “fake unity.” “Lebanon is a great country that was ruled by respectful men and sheikhs such as Bechara al-Khoury, Camille Chammoun, Saeb Salam …

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Lebanon: Protesters denounce new Charlie Hebdo’s cartoon

Source: The Daily Star – Hundreds of Muslim worshippers protested in Lebanon’s north, south and Beirut’s suburbs Friday against the most recent cartoon published by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo showing the Prophet Mohammad on its cover. In the southern Beirut suburb of Mreijeh, about 100 people gathered to denounce …

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Hezbollah Slams Charlie Hebdo’s Insult to Prophet Muhammad

Source: Al-Manar TV website – Commenting on the what was published by the French magazine “Charlie Hebdo”, Hezbollah issued the following statement: “Hezbollah condemns the new and serious insult carried out by the “Charlie Hebdo” magazine in its Wednesday morning edition, which included cartoons insulting Prophet Mohammed [peace be upon …

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Nasrallah: Hezbollah Ready to Invade Galilee, beyond Galilee

Source: Al-Manar TV – Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah asserted that the Islamic Resistance is ready to invade Galilee and the Israeli settlements which lie beyond Galilee during any upcoming war against the Zionist entity. Sayyed Nasrallah pointed out that the Resistance will not resort only to the missiles …

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Future condemns Hezbollah ‘interference’ in Bahraini affairs

The Daily Star – The Lebanese “Future Bloc” condemned Thursday critical remarks made by Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah against the Bahraini government, accusing him of an intervening in the country’s affairs. “The bloc has seen the Gulf Cooperation Council’s statement that responded to the attacks by Hezbollah’s secretary general …

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Nasrallah: Hezbollah ready for war beyond Galilee

The Levant Exclusive -Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned that “Hezbollah is ready and prepared for a confrontation in the Galilee and beyond the Galilee,” during an interview that will be broadcast on the Pan Arab Al Mayadeen network on Thursday night. “We are prepared for all that a war …

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Hezbollah officials meet Aoun, lend support to intra-Christian dialogue

Source: The Daily Star – The Lebanese Hezbollah supports dialogue between rival Christian political parties, an official said Wednesday after meeting with Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun. Aoun received the member of Hezbollah’s political bureau Mahmoud Qmati and the former chief of Hezbollah’s Muslim-Christian dialogue committee Ghaleb Abu Zeinab …

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ISIS, Nusra clash near Lebanon border

Source: The Daily Star – Syrian army airstrikes against militant positions across the border from Lebanon’s northeastern town of Arsal killed 11 and wounded 17 Wednesday, a high-ranking Lebanese security source said, as clashes raged between rival jihadi groups in the Qalamoun region. The source said ISIS and Nusra Front …

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