Iran has made Hezbollah a state within a state despite ideological, cultural and ethnic differences

A boy carried a Hezbollah flag in Lebanon, as he ran past portraits of, from left, Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, Ruhollah Khomenei,  Iran's Islamic Revolution leader and Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah. (Getty) By Track Perisa August 22, 2019 Relations between Iranians and Lebanese developed in the sixteenth century when the Safavid [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|Ideology, Lebanon|

Brazil considers labeling Iran-backed Hezbollah as terrorists in pivot to U.S.

The Brazilian leader is at the same time willing and under pressure from the U.S. to put Hezbollah on the terrorist list. (Getty) August 20, 2019 Brazil is considering designating Lebanese group Hezbollah a terrorist organization, as President Jair Bolsonaro increasingly aligns his government with the U.S. on foreign policy. Officials are reviewing [...]

By |August 20th, 2019|Latin America, Lebanon|

Pompeo praises Lebanese government for standing firm against Iranian threat

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Lebanese PM Saad Hariri during their meeting in Washington, Aug 15, 2019. (Supplied) August 16, 2019 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday praised the commitment of the Lebanese government to protecting its country in the face of the threat posed by Iran and Hezbollah. [...]

By |August 16th, 2019|Lebanon, North America, USA|

IRGC commander: Hezbollah can single-handedly wipe Israel off the map

Members of Lebanon’s Shia Hezbollah movement stand at attention in the southern town of Bisariyeh, last August. (AFP) August 15, 2019 Hezbollah can single-handedly wipe Israel off the map, claimed the chief commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps, Brigadier General Hossein Salami, on Sunday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. “Wherever the enemy [...]

By |August 15th, 2019|Isreal, Lebanon|

Web of Lebanese companies may be shipping Iranian oil to Syria

Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboats cruise past an oil tanker off the port of Bandar Abbas, in southern Iran, on July 2, 2017. (AFP) By Albin Szakola August 13, 2019 Tracking data and business records indicate a pair of shadowy Lebanon-based companies own and operate tankers illicitly transporting Iranian oil in the eastern Mediterranean. While [...]

By |August 13th, 2019|Lebanon, Syria|

US slaps Hezbollah financier with prison, $50 mn fine

Hezbollah supporters carry portraits of the founder of Iran’s Islamic Republic Khomeini (left), and supreme leader Khamenei, as they march in the southern Lebanese town of Kfar Hatta on March 18, 2013. (AFP) August 10, 2019 A Lebanese businessman designated by US authorities as an important financial supporter of Hezbollah was sentenced to [...]

By |August 10th, 2019|Lebanon, North America, USA|

Lebanon’s Hezbollah faces huge financial, political challenges

Hezbollah supporters hold images of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Khomeini (L) and Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenai, during celebrations in Beirut on February 6, 2019. (AFP) August 8, 2019 Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based political party, is facing huge political and financial challenges because of the increased U.S. sanctions against Iran [...]

By |August 8th, 2019|Lebanon|

How long can Hezbollah sustain fund shortage?

Members of Lebanon’s Shia Hezbollah movement stand at attention in the southern town of Bisariyeh, August 10, 2017. (AFP) By Track Persia July 30, 2019 Since its establishment in 1982, the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah organisation has been relying on terrorist tactics carried out by its organised militia. The militia later evolved into a [...]

By |July 30th, 2019|Ideology, Lebanon, Syria|

Israel: Iran smuggling dual-use items for Hezbollah arms by sea into Beirut port

Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon speaks to the Security Council in New York, July 23, 2019. (Israel Mission to the UN) July 24, 2019 Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday accused Iran of exploiting civilian companies and maritime channels to smuggle weapons manufacturing equipment to its Lebanese proxy [...]

By |July 24th, 2019|Isreal, Lebanon|

Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen raise nearly $300,000 for Hezbollah

The director-general of Houthi-affiliated radio station Sam FM, Hamoud Mohammad Sharaf, (L) is seen leading a chant, praising a fundraising campaign for the Iran-backed Lebanese militia group, Hezbollah. (Screen grab) July 23, 2019 Houthi rebels in Yemen have announced that they have raised nearly $300,000 in the latest stage of their campaign for [...]

By |July 23rd, 2019|Lebanon, Yemen|