Archiv: Lebanon


23.03.2020 - 16:35 [ ABC News ]

Former member of Israel-backed militia killed in Lebanon

The Lebanese-American man, Amer Fakhoury, had been jailed in Lebanon since September and charged with murder and torture of prisoners at the same SLA-run prison — charges he denied. A Lebanese judge ordered him released last week, saying more than 10 years had passed since the alleged crimes.

U.S. officials confirmed Fakhoury was aboard a U.S. Marine V-22 Osprey seen taking off from the U.S. Embassy compound northeast of Beirut on Thursday.

15.01.2020 - 02:22 [ Haaretz ]

Syria Says Israeli Army Struck T-4 Air Base in Homs

There was no immediate Israeli comment. Israel has carried out dozens of airstrikes on Syria over the past years but it rarely comments on what it targets.

Israel is widely believed to have been behind airstrikes mainly targeting Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Syria that have joined the country’s war fighting alongside the government.

15.01.2020 - 02:18 [ almasdarnews.com ]

Israeli minister warns Hezbollah’s leader that he might be next after Soleimani

“Nasrallah has not stopped attacking Netanyahu or threatening Israel. As his distress grows, his eloquence increases,” Katz wrote in two separate Hebrew and Arabic-language tweets.

“In the meantime, [Nasrallah] is forced to go down another floor into the bunker in the face of warnings from his Iranian patrons about the possibility of his liquidation. If he challenges Israel – that won’t help him either,” Katz warned.

15.01.2020 - 01:59 [ Amos Harel / Haaretz ]

Israeli Army Sees Chance to Escalate Attacks Against Iran and Its Allies

The immediate theater of friction with Iran isn’t its nuclear program but Soleimani’s legacy of military entrenchment in Syria.

On this score, despite the apparent lull in incidents in recent weeks, Military Intelligence thinks an opportunity has been created to accelerate the pace of attacks against Iran and its allies. And it has urged Israel to seize this opportunity despite its assessment that Iran and Hezbollah will respond militarily if any of their people are killed.

12.01.2020 - 16:04 [ New York Times ]

Seven Days in January: How Trump Pushed U.S. and Iran to the Brink of War

But the United States also sent secret messages through Swiss intermediaries urging Iran not to respond so forcefully that Mr. Trump would feel compelled to go even further. After it did respond, firing 16 missiles at bases housing American troops without hurting anyone as a relatively harmless show of force, a message came back through the Swiss saying that would be the end of its reprisal for now. The message, forwarded to Washington within five minutes after it was received, persuaded the president to stand down.

07.01.2020 - 16:32 [ Mustafa Salim, Reporter for @washingtonpost Baghdad ‏/ Twitter ]

“I was supposed to meet Soleimani at the morning the day he was killed, he came to deliver me a message from Iran responding to the message we delivered from Saudi to Iran” Iraqi PM said.

(05.01.2019)

07.01.2020 - 16:29 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Iraqi PM reveals Soleimani was on peace mission when assassinated, exploding Trump’s lie of ‘imminent attacks’

According to Abdul-Mahdi, he had planned to meet Soleimani on the morning the general was killed to discuss a diplomatic rapproachment that Iraq was brokering between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Abdul-Mahdi said that Trump personally thanked him for the efforts, even as he was planning the hit on Soleimani – thus creating the impression that the Iranian general was safe to travel to Baghdad.

06.01.2020 - 09:58 [ MSNBC ]

Engel: Hezbollah leader calls for Soleimani’s followers to oust U.S. military, not attack American civilians

MSNBC’s Richard Engel discusses a speech by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah following the death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleiamni. Nasrallah said the „appropriate response“ would be to not attack American civilians in the region, but instead called for the ousting of the U.S. military.

30.12.2019 - 00:05 [ BBC ]

US strikes militia bases in Iraq and Syria

Sunday’s strikes in Iraq were close to the Al-Qaim district, close to the border with Syria, according to Reuters news agency.

Iraqi security and militia sources told Reuters news agency at least 18 militia fighters were killed and more than 50 wounded following three strikes in the country.

30.12.2019 - 00:01 [ CBS News ]

Pentagon says it carried out strikes in Iraq and Syria against militia responsible for defense contractor’s death

The Pentagon carried out airstrikes against a militia responsible for a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base near Kirkuk that left an American defense contractor dead. In a statement, the Pentagon said it had carried out strikes on the Iranian-backed Kata’ib Hizbollah group.

18.12.2019 - 00:59 [ China.org.cn ]

Lebanese president urges UNIFIL to investigate Greek vessel’s violation of Lebanese waters

President Michel Aoun on Tuesday urged the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) to investigate the reasons behind the Greek oil exploration vessel’s violation of, operating for the Israeli army, Lebanon’s territorial waters for seven hours, a statement by the President’s office reported.

„Lebanon rejects any violation of its legitimate rights within its territorial waters; Israeli naval violations of Lebanese sovereignty are no less dangerous than land and air violations which Israel continues to carry out,“ Aoun said during his meeting at Baabda Palace with UNIFIL Chief Stefano Del Col.

29.10.2019 - 16:06 [ teleSUR ]

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri Resigns Amid Pressure From Protesters

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced on Tuesday that he was headed to the Baabda Palace to submit his cabinet’s resignation to President Michel Aoun „after having reached a dead-end, and sensing the need for a positive shock.”

29.10.2019 - 11:36 [ The Nation ]

Lebanon’s Protest Movement Is Local and Organic

The protesters are asserting the full meaning of their words. They don’t just want a single ruler gone, or a single party, or even the fall of the government. They want to rid themselves entirely of the whole regime: every single member of the ruling elite, regardless of their allegiance. “All of them means all of them,” as the protesters have been shouting nationwide.

07.10.2019 - 14:21 [ Daily Star ]

Hariri in Abu Dhabi to rally support for Lebanon

Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrived in Abu Dhabi Sunday on the first leg of an Arab and foreign tour aiming to drum up Arab and international financial …

05.10.2019 - 18:06 [ Washington Post ]

Syria and Iraq open a key border crossing closed since 2012

(30.09.2019)

BEIRUT — Syria and Iraq announced the reopening of a border crossing between the two countries Monday, a step toward the normalization of Iraq’s relationship with its western neighbor and a boost to Iran, which will now have an open corridor into Syria.

05.10.2019 - 17:54 [ MSN.com ]

Iraq reopens Syria crossing in win for mutual ally Iran

(30.09.2019)

The crossing, which Iraqi officials declared open for travellers and trade, is crucial for Iran’s bid to cement its growing sway over a corridor of territory from Tehran to Beirut.

The opening of the crossing signified „the victory of the Iraqi and Syrian people over all terrorist groups, especially Daesh,“ said Syrian Interior Minister Mohammad Khaled al-Rahmoun, using a term for Islamic State.

13.09.2019 - 13:42 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Israel Tiptoes Toward Conflict With Lebanon’s Hezbollah

From drone strikes to psyops, Israel’s widening campaign to weaken Iranian ally escalates tensions

04.09.2019 - 17:32 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

Hadash MK Ofer Cassif: Netanyahu Deliberately Leading Israel to War

Hadash MK Ofer Cassif placed responsibility for the escalation of violence between Israel and Hezbollah on Sunday, September 1, at the doorstep of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling him “the serial criminal from Balfour Street.”

Cassif said “Netanyahu and his servants are responsible” for the recent clash, adding they mean to “occupy the seat of power with blood and to ensure the criminal [Netanyahu] will escape prison.”

Joint List leader, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash) agreed saying, “We will not be silent when the cannons roar” and warned that a further war “will not bring security, only death, destruction and victims on both sides.”

04.09.2019 - 17:11 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Almost Dragged Into War With Hezbollah Due to Operational Failure

What’s particularly worrying about this story is that the ambulance shouldn’t have been there. As part of Northern Command’s preparations, for the past several days soldiers have been using back roads that aren’t vulnerable to flat-trajectory weapons from Lebanon.

Yet for reasons still unknown, the ambulance crew, under the command of a doctor, didn’t take the safer route. Perhaps the crew made a navigational error, or perhaps it wasn’t familiar with the orders in detail. But whatever the reason, the doctor and his crew were driving on a road that was vulnerable to Hezbollah fire.

04.09.2019 - 17:05 [ Haaretz ]

The Arab World Just Handed Netanyahu Its Most Powerful Weapon

Within Israel, Netanyahu’s Arabic-speaking mouthpieces amplify the ridicule, sarcastically „calling out“ Arab leaders on social media for their „treason“ and weakness, whenever they engage in normalization.

Added to that, the role of the Mossad in setting up the back channels that lead to Israeli politicians meeting Gulf leaders – despite being part of the secret service’s brief in states where no diplomatic relations exist – gives the impression that this form of normalization is part of a black ops scheme whose real purpose is still covert.

02.09.2019 - 16:55 [ Haaretz ]

Nasrallah Asked We Halt Fire After Hezbollah Attack, Senior Israeli Official Says

The leader of the Shi’ite group, Hassan Nasrallah, relayed a message through other countries asking to end the hostilities, the senior security source said. „We received pleas from Lebanon through third-party countries, pleading with us not to respond“ to the fire, said the source. Other political and military sources named the mediators as France, Egypt and the United States.

02.09.2019 - 06:15 [ CNN ]

Israel and Hezbollah exchange border fire for first time in years

Shortly after 4 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET) Sunday, the IDF says a Hezbollah squad fired anti-tank missiles at an Israeli battalion headquarters near the village of Avivim, hitting a building and a military ambulance but causing no casualties.

The IDF says it responded with around 100 artillery shells and „very limited“ helicopter fire, targeting the area from where the missiles were fired, as well as other military sites.

02.09.2019 - 06:13 [ DailyStar.lb ]

Hezbollah says it destroyed Israeli vehicle near border

Hezbollah Sunday announced the destruction of an Israeli military vehicle resulting in deaths and injuries, which led Prime Minister Saad Hariri to call U.S. and French officials for help in containing the situation.

31.08.2019 - 14:24 [ CNN ]

Israel is making the case for war, in public, against Lebanon

Israel’s military went on a propaganda offensive against Iran and Hezbollah using social media to drastically increase tensions with neighboring Lebanon hours after Benjamin Netanyahu warned the nation’s enemies, in Arabic, to „watch it.“

The Israeli prime minister was on the campaign trail ahead of elections scheduled for September 17. But the barrage of agitprop by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) represented a dramatic shift towards a warning of outright war.

31.08.2019 - 12:35 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Olmert: „Netanyahu might draw us into war for political gain“

„This aggressive pretentiousness has no purpose other than political gain, and I do not retract my words,“ he added, saying that „it is not coincidental that he made his statement by the side of Moshe Feiglin. I accuse him of possibly drawing us into war for political gain.“

„It’s unquestionably pure politics and Prime Minister Netanyahu does it unstoppably.

30.08.2019 - 02:58 [ The National ]

UN mission in Lebanon extended for a year

Diplomats say this led the US, which currently has no troops there, to propose that maximum number for the mission be reduced from 15,000 to 9,000.

The US mission to the UN would not confirm that number after the council voted 15-0 to extend the peacekeeping role, with no reduction to the maximum.

29.08.2019 - 08:11 [ DailyStar.com.lb ]

Army fires at Israeli drones as leaders rally support

Lebanese Army soldiers Wednesday evening opened fire multiple times on Israeli drones that crossed into southern Lebanon just days after an Israeli drone attack on Beirut’s southern suburbs raised the specter of war.

27.08.2019 - 15:48 [ Außenministerium der Russischen Föderation ]

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri

On August 27, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of the Lebanese Republic Saad Hariri at the initiative of the Lebanese side.

27.08.2019 - 15:41 [ PressTV.com ]

Hariri urges Russia to help prevent Israeli violations of Lebanese sovereignty

Moscow, in return, “reaffirmed its commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and stability of Lebanon,” in a statement carried by the Russian Foreign Ministry.

27.08.2019 - 15:27 [ Haaretz ]

An Escalation With Iran, and Israel’s Opposition Is Silent

In Israel there is no opposition; this disturbing realization is becoming clearer.

27.08.2019 - 15:22 [ New York Times ]

Lebanon Accuses Israel of 2nd Attack in 2 Days

Lebanese politicians across the spectrum condemned the attacks and accused Israel of pushing the country toward conflict.

“What happened is tantamount to a declaration of war that allows us to resort to our right to defend our sovereignty, independence and territorial security,” President Michel Aoun of Lebanon told a top United Nations official on Monday, according to a statement released by the president’s office.

26.08.2019 - 17:02 [ DailyStar.com.lb ]

More Israeli drones reported over south and east Lebanon

Multiple Israeli drones were reported to have flown over Lebanese airspace Monday, hours after Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah warned that his party would bring down Israeli unmanned aircraft entering Lebanese skies.

26.08.2019 - 16:36 [ Haaretz ]

Lebanese President: Israeli Drone Strikes Amount to ‚Declaration of War‘

Lebanese President Michel Aoun discussed on Monday the „Israeli assault on the southern suburbs of Beirut“ with the country’s United Nations Special Coordinator, Aoun’s office said. The president said that the drone strikes amount to a „declaration of war.“

26.08.2019 - 06:16 [ Joyce Karam, The National @TheNationalUAE / Twitter ]

New Video of alleged Israel strikes in east Lebanon ~ an hour ago, targeting Palestinian Group PFLP. If true, this may be 4th military incident in Lebanon-Syria-Iraq involving Israel in 24 hours.

Via @tobiaschneider

25.08.2019 - 10:05 [ Ali / Twitter ]

My sources confirm there are at least 4 Lebanese Hezbollah martyrs as a result of the Israeli attack so far. Israel just crossed a major red line in Syria by targeting military personnel,

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25.08.2019 - 10:01 [ Haaretz ]

Israel Strikes Syria, Says It Foiled Iranian Drone Attack

In a rare confirmation, Israel said it struck in Syria on Saturday to thwart a drone attack by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards‘ elite Quds Force. The Israeli army said the foiled attack entailed launching several drones at targets in northern Israel.

In anticipation of possible retaliatory rocket fire, the Israel Defense Forces deployed air defenses in northern Israel. Authorities, however, have not issued any special safety instructions for local residents.

25.08.2019 - 09:50 [ DailyStar.com.lb ]

Hezbollah: Israeli drone falls, another explodes over Beirut

BEIRUT: An Israeli drone went down over Beirut’s southern suburbs, and another exploded in the air overnight Sunday near Hezbollah’s media offices, a source from the party told The Daily Star.

Throughout the morning, following the incident, Israeli reconnaissance hovered over south Lebanon and the capital’s southern suburbs – a Hezbollah stronghold.

Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah is expected to comment on the issue in a speech scheduled for late afternoon.

16.08.2019 - 03:38 [ Michel Chossudovsky / Global Research ]

The War on Lebanon and the Battle for Oil

(21.10.2012) The following text written in 2006 at the height of the Lebanon 2006 war examines the geopolitics of energy and oil and and gas pipeline corridors through Lebanon and Syria

Another important strategic objective for Israel is the control over offshore gas reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean, including those Gaza, Lebanon and Syria. These coastal gas reserves extend from Israel’s border with Egyptian to the Turkish border.

16.08.2019 - 03:10 [ France24 ]

Lebanon says US mediation on Israel border issue ‚viable‘

In February 2018, Lebanon signed its first contract for offshore drilling for oil and gas with a consortium comprising energy giants Total, ENI and Novatek.

Two blocks in the eastern Mediterranean are part of the deal, but Israel claims that part of Block 9 belongs to the Jewish state.

20.07.2019 - 18:02 [ Times of Israel ]

At summit with Russia, Israel and US demanded Iran leave Lebanon, Iraq — report

(17.07.2019)

During a trilateral meeting between the national security advisers of Israel, the US and Russia in late June, Jerusalem and Washington demanded that Moscow ensure the withdrawal of Iran’s forces from Lebanon and Iraq, as well as from Syria, Channel 13 news reported Tuesday.

The demand was seen as a condition for US and Israeli support for a long-term arrangement to secure peace in war-ravaged Syria.

20.07.2019 - 12:36 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu: We won’t hold back responding to strikes from populated areas

The Lebanese government, he said, “is not objecting to the military entrenchment of Hezbollah on its territory. It will also bear the responsibility for any attack.”

Netanyahu warned that Israel will deploy “great force” if it must embark on another war in order to ensure victory. “Even if we have to stand alone against Iran and its entities we will,” he said.

25.05.2019 - 17:40 [ Grayzone ]

Bipartisan thirst for more war: 75% of Congress calls on Trump to boost intervention in Syria, to ‘pressure’ Iran and Russia

While Trump threatens Iran and Venezuela with new wars, 400 Congress members, including leaders from both parties, want to intensify the eight-year war on Syria, to weaken Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah.

18.05.2019 - 03:02 [ Eva J. Koulouriotis / Twitter ]

#BREAKING #NOW Preliminary information refers to the targeting by Israeli warplanes of at least two sites belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards south and south-west of the Syrian capital #Damascus.

#Syria #Israel #IDF #IAF #Russia #Iran #IRGC

18.05.2019 - 02:59 [ Haaretz ]

Syria Says Air Defenses Intercept Projectiles Coming From Israel

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor affiliated with the Syrian opposition, reported that three explosions were heard in southern and southwestern Damascus. According to the report, the areas that were targeted have an Iranian military and Hezbollah presence.

22.02.2019 - 08:13 [ New York Times ]

Venezuela’s Ex-Spy Chief Rejects Maduro, Accusing Leader’s Inner Circle of Corruption

„You have killed hundreds of young people in the streets for trying to claim the rights you stole. This without even counting the dead for lack of medicines and security.”

“To the generals,” he added, “how is it that having the power to allow the entry of international humanitarian aid to our country to save lives, you would decide not to? Would you be so inhuman? So hypnotized?”

03.02.2019 - 01:13 [ Elif Erşen / Daily Sabah ]

Conflict-ridden Eastern Mediterranean: Syrian war, disputed waters hinder solutions for hydrocarbon resources

In the last few years hopes for the commercialization of hydrocarbon resources in the Eastern Mediterranean have dimmed as diplomatic and military tensions rise in the region along side the unending Syrian war

24.12.2018 - 11:49 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Russia signals end of Israel tensions with high-level delegation

(20.12.2018) The Russian delegation is expected to tour the Israel-Lebanon border on Thursday, and will view the four cross-border terror tunnels exposed by the IDF since it had launched Operation Northern Shield. In addition, the delegation will meet with members of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committees for a classified discussion on the security situation on the northern border and a meeting with the National Security Council will also be held. The delegation heads will also meet with Soviet-born Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein.

08.12.2018 - 13:28 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu and Putin Discuss Hezbollah Tunnels, Improved Military Coordination by Telephone

Last month Putin said he had no intention of meeting with Netanyahu in the near future.

The Israeli premier has been trying to obtain a meeting with Putin for a while, especially in light of deterioration in the bilateral ties between the two countries since Moscow accused Israel two months ago of downing a Russian spyplane.

20.11.2018 - 09:31 [ independent.com.mt ]

Union of the Mediterranean: ‘We are not a project of union, but a union of projects‘

(11.11.2018) With regard to the Arab Spring – just a year before the Union was being renamed and rebranded and against all the odds – the Union was able to create and maintain a structure that focused on trying to achieve results for those regions that were facing a challenging period. Despite the instability which member states of the Union faced during this period, it managed to create the infrastructure for a better future.

04.11.2018 - 14:01 [ Guardian ]

Israel planned for Lebanon war months in advance, PM says

(9. März 2007) After a final offensive in which Israel lost 33 soldiers, the government agreed a ceasefire without having achieved its objectives. In the fighting 1,200 Lebanese and 158 Israelis were killed. Of the dead almost 1,000 Lebanese and 41 Israelis were civilians.

Mr Olmert told the committee that he had ordered the final offensive to put pressure on the UN security council to improve the wording of the ceasefire in Israel’s favour.

04.11.2018 - 13:55 [ Reuters ]

Israeli PM says Lebanon war was pre-planned: report

(8. März 2007) Many Israelis view Olmert’s decision to go to war as a knee-jerk reaction by a leader with little security experience, unlike his predecessor, former general Ariel Sharon.

In testimony apparently aimed at dismissing any notion he acted recklessly, Olmert told the commission he asked army commanders in March 2006 if a contingency plan for military action existed in the event soldiers were abducted along the Lebanon frontier, Haaretz said.

04.11.2018 - 13:25 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Olmert: Send us ‘real soldiers, not pensioners’

(3.August 2006) The ground battle inLebanon is widening, but on the eve of a new United Nations Security Council decision on the Israeli- Hizbullah conflict, its days may be numbered. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is already dealing with “the day after,” the diplomatic arrangement that will install an international force north of the Blue Line to replace the Israeli army.

14.07.2018 - 14:36 [ Elijah J. Magnier ]

US message to Assad: “We will pull out of al-Tanf and the North if Iran withdraws from Syria”

Russia played the role of postman for the exchange of the US-Assad messages. President Assad, however, informed the Americans that Iran is not interested in remaining in Syria once all terrorist Takfirees are killed and when its function is no longer required.

The bottom line is that Assad and his allies believe that the US-French-UK withdrawal from Syria would actually be an achievement. Moreover, both Iran and Hezbollah consider their withdrawal both a fact and a necessity, once Assad is no longer in need of their contribution.

09.06.2018 - 00:53 [ Press TV ]

Lebanon FM orders to block visa for UNHCR staff amid Syria refugee row

On Thursday, Bassil said UNHCR has discouraged refugees in the Lebanese border town of Arsal from returning home by asking them questions about potential situation they may experience in Syria, including the likelihood of military conscription, security issues and poor accommodation.

„We sent a mission that verified that the UNHCR is intimidating the displaced who wish to return voluntarily,“ the Lebanese foreign minister tweeted.

However, Nadim Mounla, an aide to Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, said Bassil’s decision was „unilateral“ and „not representative of the Lebanese government’s position.“

07.06.2018 - 00:01 [ Newsweek ]

Drug Bust Fills Entire Football Field With 15 Tons of Hashish

Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (ISF) recently made the “biggest” drug bust in the country’s history, confiscating 15 tons of hashish.(…)
Walid Jumblatt—a prominent politician who leads Lebanon’s Progressive Socialist Party—had repeatedly called for the country to legalize the drug in 2014. Regardless of the risks of growing cannabis, many farmers and workers in the country are dependants on the crop’s production.(…)
Some economists have even suggested growing cannabis could boost Lebanon’s economy, while also providing jobs to the 1.5 million Syrian refugees residing in the country.

06.06.2018 - 22:46 [ Haaretz ]

How Russia Angered Iran in Syria and Had to Pull Its Troops From the Lebanese Border

There was no comment from the Russian military about the incident. Russia has faced calls from Israel to rein in Iran in Syria, where Israel has mounted numerous attacks against Hezbollah and other targets it has described as Iran-backed.

„Perhaps it was to assure the Israelis,“ said the commander, adding that the move could not be justified as part of the fight against the Nusra Front or Islamic State because Hezbollah and the Syrian army had defeated them at the Lebanese-Syrian border.

06.06.2018 - 22:44 [ eurasiafuture.com ]

Are Hezbollah and Russia on a Collision Course in Syria?

Lebanon’s recently re-appointed Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri of the Amal Movement, a close political ally of Hezbollah, has recently given an interview with Sputnik where he openly contradicted the desires expressed by Russian President Putin who has called for a pull out of all foreign troops from Syria so that the military phase of the conflict can transition to a negotiated political settlement.

29.05.2018 - 19:28 [ Press TV ]

Lebanon starts offshore energy exploration, defying Israel

Lebanon’s Energy and Water Minister Cesar Abi Khalil said in a televised statement that the exploration project for the country’s first oil and gas reserves began on Tuesday after Lebanese officials approved a plan submitted by a consortium of France’s Total, Italy’s Eni and Russia’s Novatek.

19.05.2018 - 16:31 [ alarabiya.net ]

Russia calls for foreign troop pullout from Syria including Iran, Hezbollah

On the heels of a meeting between Putin and the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Russian resort of Sochi on Thursday, Lavrentiev added: „This statement involves all foreign troops in Syria including the Turkish, American, Iranian and Hezbollah.“

Lavrentiev stressed that Putin’s statement on this issue represents a “political message”, but added „not to view it as the beginning of a withdrawal process of foreign troops from Syria.”

09.05.2018 - 17:02 [ Times of Israel ]

Death toll from Syria strike rises to 15, including 8 Iranians — monitor

It is not the first time that Kisweh has been targeted. In December, Israel reportedly bombed military positions in the area south of Damascus, including a weapons depot.

Since the start of Syria’s civil war in 2011, Israel has repeatedly targeted positions of the Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah terror group backing it inside the country.

07.05.2018 - 21:05 [ Daily Star (Libanon) ]

Israel says ‚Lebanon = Hezbollah‘ after election

„Hezbollah = Lebanon,“ Education Minister Naftali Bennett, a rightist in the Israel’s conservative coalition government, said on Twitter on Monday.

„The State of Israel will not differentiate between the sovereign State of Lebanon and Hezbollah, and will view Lebanon as responsible for any action from within its territory.“

06.05.2018 - 11:31 [ New York Magazine ]

Officials Confirm That Trump Bombed Syria to Validate His Tweets

(18.4.2018) Last week, the United States launched an act of war against a sovereign government because failing to do so would have cast doubt on the credibility of the statements that Donald Trump makes while livetweeting Fox & Friends.

That may sound like hyperbolic snark, or the premise of an Andy Borowitz column, but it is a plain description of the rationale behind last Friday’s missile strikes in Syria, according to multiple military and administration officials.

09.04.2018 - 10:18 [ Tass ]

Syrian T-4 airfield hit by Israel’s F-15 jets, Russian Defense Ministry says

The Syrian air defenses destroyed five guided missiles. Three missiles reached the western part of the airfield. No Russian advisers are among the casualties

30.03.2018 - 16:55 [ Radio Utopie ]

A Syria War?

(13.3.2007) Syria is surrounded by unfriendly forces. Turkey, a close ally to Israel in the north, Jordan in the south, the U.S.-occupied Iraq east and Lebanon west of it.We know from Seymour Hersh (and in fact, „we“ does mean „6 Billion Jurors in the Court of Puplic Opinion“), that the Bush Administration and the royal dynasty of Saudi Arabia, in coordination with the Israeli Government, are funding Sunni islamists and terrorist militias in the north of Lebanon and all over the middle east, allegedly to prevent the so-called „Shiite crescent“.
We know, that the Lebanese Leader of the Druze, Walid Jumblatt, met with Dick Cheney in Washington last fall and advised him, if the United States does try to move against Syria, members of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood would be „the ones to talk to“.

We also know by the New Yorker journalist, that „there is evidence that the Administration`s redirection strategy has already benefitted the Brotherhood,“ that there is Saudi money and American involvement.