Qassem Soleimani’s final journey: How it happened minute-by-minute

Qasem Soleimani, the powerful Iranian military commander who wields enormous influence in Iraq, returning from a visit to Syria and Iraq. (ISNA) January 27, 2020 On January 2, 2020, bad weather conditions meant that the Baghdad-bound Sham Wings Airlines flight 501 was delayed for nearly 3 hours. The plane was carrying 156 passengers, [...]

By |January 27th, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon, North America, Syria, USA|

Tehran is no longer enjoying immunity with Trump’s rejection of separation between Tehran and its surrogates

U.S. President Donald Trump signs a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 8, 2018. (Reuters) January 22, 2020 By Track Persa In a long speech delivered on a screen in Nabatieh, Lebanon on Sunday, January 12, Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the [...]

By |January 22nd, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon, Middle East, North America, USA|

Honduras declares Iran-linked Hezbollah a terrorist organization

Fighters of the Shiite Hezbollah terror group attend the funeral of a comrade in the southern Lebanese town of Kfar Hatta on March 18, 2017. (AFP) January 21, 2020 The Honduran government has formally declared Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah a terrorist organization, a top security official said on Monday. “We declare Hezbollah a [...]

By |January 21st, 2020|Honduras, Latin America, Lebanon|

UK adds entire Iran-backed Hezbollah movement to terror blacklist

Young Lebanese sit below posters of Shia leaders including Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah. (AP) January 17, 2020 Britain's finance ministry on Friday said it had added Lebanon's entire Hezbollah movement to its list of terrorist groups subject to asset freezing. The ministry previously only targeted the Shiite organisation's military wing but has now listed [...]

By |January 17th, 2020|Europe, Lebanon|

Iran tasked Nasrallah with uniting Iraqi proxies after Soleimani’s death

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (L), Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah (C), and Commander of Iran’s Quds Force Qassem Soleimani. (khamenei.ir) January 17, 2020 The leaders of Iranian-backed paramilitary groups  in Iraq have agreed to put their differences aside and back Hadi al-Amiri as the new chairman of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) as part [...]

By |January 17th, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon|

Iran-backed Hezbollah says payback for US strike has just begun

Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah's leader Hassan Nasrallah. (AFP) January 13, 2020 The leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said Sunday that Iran's missile attacks on two bases in Iraq housing U.S. forces was only the start of the retaliation for America's killing a top Iranian general in a drone strike. Hassan Nasrallah [...]

By |January 13th, 2020|Lebanon, North America, USA|

Hezbollah’s disquieting presence in South America

Young Lebanese sit below posters of Shia leaders including Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah. (AP) January 8, 2020 With the elimination on Jan. 3 of Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian general who oversaw the Islamic Republic’s web of regional proxy armies, attention is bound to turn sooner or later to Hezbollah, the Lebanese armed group whose [...]

By |January 8th, 2020|Lebanon, Saudi Arabia|

German governing parties seek ban of Iran-linked Hezbollah in Europe

A Shi'ite cleric wearing military uniform stands with Hezbollah members. (REUTERS) December 19, 2019 Germany’s governing parties are calling for a ban of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, saying it should be put on the European Union’s terrorist list. Mathias Middelberg, the spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives in parliament, said a joint [...]

By |December 19th, 2019|Europe, Lebanon|

Shiite cleric Ali Al-Amin snaps back at Hezbollah over Iran

Lebanese Shiite cleric Ali Al-Amin. (Supplied) December 19, 2019 Anti-Hezbollah Shiite cleric Ali Al-Amin rebuffed accusations of normalization with Israel, saying that recent campaigns against him were the result of his rejection of the Iranian project that Hezbollah was importing to Lebanon and the region. “Treason campaigns against me by Hezbollah are not [...]

By |December 19th, 2019|Lebanon|

Lebanese countdown for Iran malign influence

Protesters stand along the side of the Beirut-Jounieh highway on Wednesday, the seventh day of protests against tax increases and government corruption.(AFP) By Pooya Stone December 18, 2019 In Lebanon, while the political turmoil escalates over the appointment of a new prime minister, protesters flooded into Beirut’s streets on Sunday, December 15. They [...]

By |December 18th, 2019|Lebanon|