Hezbollah

Israel to Russia: Don’t Let Syria Pullout Boost Iran, Hezbollah

JERUSALEM, March 16 – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will ask Russia on Wednesday to ensure that its partial pullout from Syria does not embolden Iranian and Hezbollah forces there, an Israeli official said. Rivlin is in Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose withdrawal announcement on Monday blindsided world powers. Israel believes the Russian

[ Read More ]

U.S. Raised Concerns With Saudis About Halting Aid to Lebanese Army

WASHINGTON, March 9 – The United States said on Tuesday it had raised concerns with Saudi Arabia about the kingdom’s cutting off aid to the Lebanese army, adding that international assistance to Lebanon is essential to curbing the influence of Iranian-backed Hezbollah. Saudi Arabia said last month it had suspended a $3 billion aid package

[ Read More ]

Iran Says Blacklisting Hezbollah May Jeopardise Lebanon’s Stability

ANKARA, March 3 – Iran accused Gulf Arab neighbours on Thursday of jeopardising Lebanon’s stability by blacklisting the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, state television said, a move likely to stoke tensions in the regional power rivalry between Tehran and Riyadh. The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) branded Hezbollah a terrorist organisation on Wednesday, opening up the

[ Read More ]

Gulf Arab States Label Hezbollah a Terrorist Organization

DUBAI, March 2 – The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council has designated Hezbollah a terrorist organization, it said on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the Iran-allied group that wields influence in Lebanon and plays a key role in the Syrian crisis. Gulf Arab states imposed sanctions on Hezbollah members in 2013 in retaliation for the group’s

[ Read More ]

Hezbollah Sees New Struggle In Lebanon, Denounces Saudi Arabia

By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT, March 2 – Hezbollah said on Tuesday that Lebanon had been pushed into a new phase of political conflict by Saudi Arabia but was not on the brink of civil war and its government of national unity should survive. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, head of the Iranian-backed group, also

[ Read More ]

Lebanon: Strained Ties

Tension between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon reflects a wider regional one By Rami G. Khouri The sudden spat between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon over Riyadh’s suspension of $4 billion in military aid to Lebanon is much more than an awkward bilateral disagreement between two Arab countries. It is the political equivalent of what Saudi Arabia has

[ Read More ]

Lebanon’s Justice Minister Resigns, Blames Hezbollah over Deadlock, Court Case

BEIRUT, Feb 21 – Lebanese Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi resigned on Sunday, blaming political rivals Hezbollah for the country’s political deadlock and protesting over the release on bail of a former minister sentenced for smuggling explosives from Syria. Lebanon’s political crisis has left it without a president for 21 months with rival factions unable to

[ Read More ]

Saudi Arabia Halts $3bn Package to Lebanese Army, Security Aid

DUBAI, Feb 20 – Saudi Arabia said on Friday it suspended a $3 billion aid package for the Lebanese army in what a official called a response to Beirut’s failure to condemn attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran. Saudi Arabia was enraged when Iranians, protesting against the kingdom’s execution of a Shiite Muslim cleric, raided its missions last month –

[ Read More ]

U.S. Arrests Hezbollah Members on Charges of Sending Drug Money to Syria

WASHINGTON, Feb 2 – Members of the Hezbollah militant group were arrested on charges they used millions of dollars from the sale of cocaine in the United States and Europe to purchase weapons in Syria, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said on Monday. Hezbollah has sent fighters to support Syrian President Bashar Al Assad

[ Read More ]

Israel Says Hezbollah Trying to Foment Escalation of Palestinian Violence

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM, Jan 21 – Israel accused Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah guerrillas on Wednesday of trying to escalate a months-old surge in Palestinian street violence by recruiting militants in the Israeli-occupied West Bank to carry out suicide bombings. Though they have seldom exchanged fire since their 2006 war in Lebanon, Hezbollah and Israel are

[ Read More ]