In Beirut, a bronze bust of Iran general sparks controversy

A worker cleans a statue of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, installed in Ghobeiry, a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP January 6, 2021 The unveiling of a large statue in Beirut of an Iranian commander killed by the U.S. last year has sparked indignation among many in Lebanon — the latest manifestation [...]

By |January 6th, 2021|Lebanon|

Lebanon activists burn Soleimani posters

Posters of the slain Iranian commander, Qassem Soleimani, are seen Beirut, Jan 2021. (Asharq Al-Awsat) January 5, 2021 Protesters burned posters of the slain leader of Iran’s Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, in Beirut and raised the photos of late former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and President Bashir Gemayel, according to videos circulated on social media. [...]

By |January 5th, 2021|Lebanon|

Lebanon bridles at Iranian air chief’s remarks on missiles and sovereignty

Anti-government protesters shout slogans in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (AP) January 4, 2021 Lebanese reacted angrily on Sunday to an Iranian commander’s remarks about their missile capabilities and sovereignty, with people in a pro-Hezbollah town attempting to burn a picture of the slain Quds Force leader Qassem Soleimani. Amir Ali Hajizadeh boasted on [...]

By |January 4th, 2021|Lebanon|

$1 bn Captagon shipment seized in Italian port linked to Iran-backed Hezbollah

The Naples prosecutor investigating the case said that the financial value of the drug amounted to about $1 billion. (AFP) December 25, 2020 Italian authorities said they seized 15 tons of amphetamine (Captagon), believed to be linked to Lebanese group Hezbollah, the Italian Nova agency reported on Friday. The Naples prosecutor investigating the case said [...]

By |December 25th, 2020|Europe, Lebanon|

Iran seen behind obstacles to cabinet formation in Lebanon

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun and PM Saad Hariri (L) attend a meeting at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, Jan 4, 2017. (REUTERS) December 25, 2020 Lebanese political sources have reported new obstacles to forming a government of specialised ministers headed by Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri. After a second visit to the Baabda palace to [...]

By |December 25th, 2020|Lebanon|

Will Iran’s threat to Israel from Iraq increase?

Popular Mobilization Forces members stand by a burning truck after a drone attack blamed on Israel near Qaim border crossing, in Anbar province, Iraq, August 25, 2019. (AP) By Seth J. Frantzman December 23, 2020 In the recent lead-up to Hanukkah, Israel announced that it had conducted an unprecedented multi-layered air defense test. The test [...]

By |December 23rd, 2020|Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Opinions On Iran, Syria|

Threats, explosives and the Tri–Border area: The shadow of Hezbollah over Argentina

A powerful explosion destroyed a building housing the Jewish Mutual Association of Argentina, in Buenos Aires, on July 18, 1994. (Reuters) By Florencia Montaruli December 22, 2020 In mid-November, the Argentine Embassy in the United Kingdom received an anonymous tip-off that chemical products used for making explosives had arrived in Argentina through the Tri-Border [...]

By |December 22nd, 2020|Latin America, Lebanon|

Secret Paris meeting lifted the lid on Hezbollah’s global criminal empire

Café de L’Avenue on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris, the unlikely setting of an FBI sting to ensnare a Hezbollah operative. (The National) By Paul Peachey December 17, 2020 On a clear, crisp spring day in Paris, a couple sat down at the popular Cafe de L’Avenue on the broad, tree-lined Boulevard Haussmann. For the [...]

By |December 17th, 2020|Europe, Lebanon, North America, USA|

Revealed: $100m hunt for Hezbollah funds after Bulgarian bus bombing

Bulgaria bus bombing which targeted Israelis in July 2012. (REUTERS) By Paul Peachey December 17, 2020 A worldwide search is under way for Hezbollah assets to retrieve $100 million in court-ordered compensation for families of victims and survivors of a suicide bus bombing in Bulgaria that killed six people, The National can reveal. Lawyers instructed by [...]

By |December 17th, 2020|Europe, Israel, Lebanon|

Pirates of the Caribbean: The dangerous relationship between Venezuela, Iran and Hezbollah

A Lebanese soldier stands beside posters of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez in Beirut, Dec. 1, 2006. (Reuters) By Ximena Herrera December 10, 2020 Cooperation between the Venezuelan and Iranian regimes has notably strengthened over the past 10 to 15 years – not always with the best of intentions. [...]

By |December 10th, 2020|Latin America, Lebanon, Venezuela|