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43 Jihadists are charged in Lebanon

THE LEVANT – On Thursday Lebanon charged 43 jihadists, including Islamist militant commander Imad Jomaa, over gun-battles with the Lebanese Army in the northeastern border town of Arsal. The charges were brought against the suspects by Military Prosecutor Saqr Saqr, who accused them of carrying out terrorist acts, attacking the Lebanese …

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Iran rejects acts of terror in Lebanon

THE LEVANT – Iran has strongly condemned recent terrorist moves by foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants near Lebanon’s border with conflict-stricken Syria. Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham stressed on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic supports stability and peace in Lebanon. She expressed hope that Lebanon would succeed in seeing out the ongoing critical period by strengthening …

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Bassil: ISIL and Israel control region

Source: Gulf News –   Concerned but optimistic, Lebanon’s Foreign Minister, Gebran Bassil, pleaded with the international community to aid the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) to confront terrorism. Bassil, who holds a civil engineering degree from the American University of Beirut and who previously served as Minister of Communications and …

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Violence in Arsal escalates

THE LEVANT – Fierce clashes between the army and armed groups in the eastern border region of Arsal continued into a second day on Sunday as troops sought to regain control of areas seized by the gunmen. “Violent gunbattles broke out between the army and armed men near the municipal building …

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Qabbani calls for jihad to liberate Palestine

THE LEVANT-  Grand Mufti Mohammad Rashid Qabbani used his Eid al-Fitr sermon to call for “jihad” to liberate “Palestine’s sacred land from Jewish foreign occupation.” Jihad “is the duty of each and every one of you no matter how much sacrifices are made,” he said, while deploring Arab weakness and apathy in …

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Lebanon: ISIS, Israel have committed ‘war crimes’

 Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil Friday condemned Israel’s actions in Gaza, and ISIS’ against Iraq’s Christians, as “war crimes,” saying that the government has approved the ministry’s request to the ICC to launch probes into the recent events. For the first time in its diplomatic history, Lebanon sent requests to the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor to …

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A southern front with Israel? Not for the moment

Justin Salhani for The Daily Star –  Despite Hezbollah’s recent reconciliation with Hamas, the party is currently unlikely to mobilize against Israel over its ongoing offensive aimed at crushing the Islamist group in Gaza, analysts said Tuesday, with most generally agreeing that any intervention rests on how things go on the ground. “A full …

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Two rockets fired from Lebanon towards northern Israel

The Israeli Army confirmed that two rockets were fired from Lebanon towards northern Israel and landed in open areas north of Nahariya on Saturday night, according to the Jerusalem Post. Rocket alert sirens sounded in the area of the attack in Nahariya and Shlomi. There were no injuries or damage reported …

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Lebanese Hezbollah unlikely to intervene in Iraq crisis

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem – In a private meeting with Imam al-Mahdi Scouts this past June, Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah was reported as saying, “In Syria, I said, ‘The Sayyida Zeinab [daughter of Imam Ali] shrine will not be taken captive twice,’ and in Iraq I say, ‘The time when we allowed anyone in …

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Hezbollah lays blame on the United States for ISIL

Sheikh Naim Qassem, a top Hezbullah official, says the US is sponsoring the radical group of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant which is dividing the region and push it into chaos. “ISIL is an American trademark adopted and sponsored by America … and its first mission is to divide …

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