US sanctions Jammal Trust Bank over Iran-backed Hezbollah ties

A man crosses a street hosting banks and financial institutions, known as Banks street, in Beirut Central District, Lebanon June 2, 2017. (REUTERS) August 30, 2019 The United States on Thursday sanctioned Lebanon-based Jammal Trust Bank SAL and its subsidiaries, accusing it of facilitating Hezbollah’s financial activities. The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets [...]

By |August 30th, 2019|Lebanon|

Israel accuses Iran of pushing Hezbollah missile plants in Lebanon

A Hezbollah fighter stands in front of anti-tank artillery at Juroud Arsal, the Syria-Lebanon border, July 29, 2017. (Reuter) August 30, 2019 Israel accused Iran on Thursday of stepping up efforts to provide the Hezbollah militia with precision-guided missile production facilities, a warning to Beirut that Israeli counter-strikes could escalate. “Dir balak,” Prime [...]

By |August 30th, 2019|Isreal, Lebanon|

Iran-allied Hezbollah plans strike against Israel but war unlikely

Hezbollah displays a pick-up truck mounted with a multiple rocket launcher in a parade in the southern Lebanese city of Nabatiyeh in 2014. (AFP) August 28, 2019 Hezbollah will retaliate against Israel after drones crashed in Beirut’s suburbs, but a new war between the old enemies remains unlikely, the Iran-backed movement’s deputy leader [...]

By |August 28th, 2019|Isreal, Lebanon|

Two fighters of Iran-allied Hezbollah killed in Syria strike trained in Iran for attack

Members of Lebanon’s Shia Hezbollah movement stand at attention in the southern town of Bisariyeh, last August. (AFP) August 27, 2019 The Israel Defense Forces on Monday identified two of the people killed in its airstrikes in Syria on Saturday as Lebanese nationals trained to operate attack drones by the Iranian military. Late [...]

By |August 27th, 2019|Isreal, Lebanon, Syria|

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|