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Hezbollah Blames Rebel Shelling for Death of Top Commander in Syria

By Lisa Barrington BEIRUT, May 14  – Hezbollah said on Saturday its top military commander, whose death it announced on Friday, was killed in Syria by Sunni Islamist artillery fire and not by an Israeli air strike as one member of the Lebanese Shi’ite movement had said. “Investigations have showed that the explosion, which targeted

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Bahrain Punishes Opponents by Revoking Their Citizenship

By Sami Aboudi MANAMA, March 31 – The decision to revoke Taimoor Karimi’s Bahraini citizenship was read out on state media late one night while he was fast asleep at his home in the capital Manama. His children woke him up to break the news. If a final appeal hearing fails next month, he will

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Kuwait Expels 14 Accused of Hezbollah Links: Report

DUBAI, March 21 – Kuwait has expelled 11 Lebanese and three Iraqis suspected of belonging to Hezbollah, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Monday, nearly three weeks after the country joined other Gulf Arab states in designating the Lebanese Shi’ite group a terrorist organisation. Al-Qabas cited a security source as saying the 14 people had been

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Al Sadr Followers Begin Anti-Corruption Sit-in in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, March 18 – Supporters of Iraq’s powerful Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr began a sit-in outside the walls of Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone on Friday to press the government to see through a move to stem endemic corruption. Leveraging his ability to mobilise grassroots pressure on the government, Sadr wants Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

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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

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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

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Saudi Arabia Puts Shiites On Trial For Spying For Iran

RIYADH, Feb 22  – Saudi Arabia has put 32 people on trial, including 30 members of its own Shiite Muslim minority, accused of spying for Iran, several local newspapers and television reported on Monday. The 32, including an Iranian and an Afghan, were detained in 2013 sparking expressions of concern among Saudi Shiites who said

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Iraq’s Abadi Keeps Iran at Arm’s Length in War On Daesh

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, Feb 21 – As fighting in Iraq raged last summer, Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani came across unexpected opposition to his plans to defeat Daesh. Soleimani is the commander of Iran’s Al Quds brigade and has been a key figure in the fight against the Sunni Islamist group in Iraq. That fight

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Four Americans Held in Bahrain as Island Marks Uprising Anniversary

DUBAI, Feb 15 – Bahraini police have detained four U.S. citizens, including one who was masked and taking part in a riot, a senior police official said on Monday, and local media reported they were journalists covering a protest. The other three were detained at a checkpoint in the same area outside Manama, the director

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Nigeria Faces New Rift over Alleged Shiite Massacre

By Ulf Laessing ZARIA, Nigeria, Feb 11 – Piles of rubble are all that remain of the residence of Nigeria’s most prominent Shiite Muslim leader after it was demolished by bulldozers in the northern city of Zaria. Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky’s compound was leveled after three days of clashes between the army and Shiite residents of

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