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Hezbollah torn between its local and regional roles

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem for Al-monitor– On Jan. 17, the Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc, Hezbollah’s political wing in the Lebanese parliament, held its regular meeting and said in a statement that the meeting was mostly dedicated to discussing the national draft laws, in particular the electoral law. However, the …

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Israel hits Syrian military targets in Damascus

Israeli warplanes were said to have struck the military target in the Syrian capital of Damascus, while the raid on the weapons convoy occurred on the Damascus-Beirut highway, according to the reports. As with past claims of Israeli strikes, Israel did not immediately confirm or deny news of the purported …

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Just how much can Lebanon change under Aoun?

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — Following the election of Gen. Michel Aoun as president of the Lebanese Republic on Oct. 31 and the appointment of Saad Hariri as prime minister on Nov. 3, the two men will face numerous challenges, starting with forming a national government. Hariri is seeking to …

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Hariri ends consultations to form new Lebanese government

BEIRUT: Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri ended consultations with parliamentary blocs Saturday following two days of talks over the formation of a new government ahead of his meeting with President Michel Aoun. “The atmosphere was positive. There was a lot of cooperation between me, Speaker Nabih Berri and his Excellency, …

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Ashura rituals stir controversy among Shiites

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — Each year, as they commemorate Ashura, the Shiites debate whether certain rituals are permissible. Some of those rituals are violent, such as Tatbir and hitting oneself with chains practices that harm one’s body and distort the revolution and objectives of Imam …

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Nasrallah congratulates Aoun on presidential post

The Levant News – Beirut – “Secretary General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, telephoned the new elected President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun, and congratulated him on his election as head of state. He wished him long life and good luck in his new national responsibilities.” Source: NNA

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Lebanese Parliament elects Michel Aoun as president

Michel Aoun

By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam for REUTERS| BEIRUT — Twenty-six years after being forced from Lebanon’s presidential palace and into exile by the Syrian army, Michel Aoun is set to be elected head of state on Monday, backed by many of his old enemies. Barring a surprise, many of …

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I will not vote for Aoun: Speaker Nabih Berri

The Daily Star — BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday said he will not vote for Free Patriotic Movement founder Michel Aoun in the upcoming parliamentary session to elect a president, although he will congratulate him if he wins. “I confirm that I will take part in the session …

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Lebanon foils two ISIS-planned attacks

BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army says it has foiled two terror attacks that ISIS was planning to carry out at a tourist site as well as a crowded residential area. The army’s announcement comes on the wake of a series of suicide bombings in the country’s northeastern border village of Al-Qaa …

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Saudi Troops into Syria: The “Gates of Hell” Will Be Open in the Coming Months.. Three Possible Scenarios

By Elijah J. Magnier for Global Research — There are three possible scenarios in Syria Participation of [Saudi] Arab troops  in Syria is not excluded. A high-ranking officer within the joint operations room in Damascus, which includes Russia, Iran and Syria and Hezbollah said, “ there are three possible scenarios in Syria: …

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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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Iran will keep backing Assad government

THE LEVANT NEWS — TEHRAN: Iran will maintain its backing for the Syrian government, a senior Iranian official said, after the U.N. Security Council unanimously endorsed a plan to end the war. “We will continue to give our support to Syria,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian. Iran will …

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ISIS- The Hour Has Struck

THE LEVANT NEWS — by Graham E. Fuller– ISIS, with its horrific attack on purely civilian targets in Paris, has established new realities about its nature, capabilities and intentions. The need for its elimination can now no longer be in doubt. It is not that Parisian lives are more important …

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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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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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Russian Ambassador in Lebanon: Hezbollah’s Fighting Alongside Syrian Government Forces Is Legitimate

The Russian Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin - The Russian embassy is one of 113 foreign representations in Lebanon, and one of 102 foreign representations in Beirut.

The Levant – – Where it is fighting alongside government forces, Hezbollah’s intervention in the Syrian conflict is legitimate, Russian ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Zasypkin said in comments published on Tuesday. “The party (Hezbollah) will remain engaged in the fight to aid the legitimate regime as long as fighters from …

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Hezbollah, Syrian army storm Zabadani

The Levant News — BEIRUT: Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV announced Sunday that the group’s fighters along with the Syrian army entered Zabadani, capturing an area west of the strategic Syrian Qalamoun town. The news comes after the allied forces had attacked the town, held by Syrian rebels, with mortars, rockets and …

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Hezbollah, Syrian army bombard Zabadani

THE LEVANT NEWS — BEIRUT: Hezbollah and the Syrian army Friday struck at militant positions inside the Syrian town of Zabadani at the southern end of Qalamoun, a security source told The Daily Star. The town was bombarded with heavy artillery and rockets, and a Syrian fighter jet carried out …

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The Middle Eastern Balance of Power Matures

Stratfor Geopolitical Weekly – By George Friedman — Last week, a coalition of predominantly Sunni Arab countries, primarily from the Arabian Peninsula and organized by Saudi Arabia, launched airstrikes in Yemen that have continued into this week. The airstrikes target Yemeni al-Houthis, a Shiite sect supported by Iran, and their …

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