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Iran-linked Hezbollah’s history with ammonium nitrate: The danger to Europe

A drone picture shows the scene of an explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP) By Toby Dershowitz and Dylan Gresik September 26, 2020 Ambassador Nathan Sales, U.S. coordinator for counterterrorism at the Department of State, announced last week that Hezbollah has transported and stored ammonium nitrate throughout Europe. While the [...]

By |September 26th, 2020|Europe, Lebanon|

Hezbollah finance in Lebanon

Billboards from Hezbollah's committee for the support of the Islamic resistance are displayed on a highway in southern Beirut, Lebanon, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP) By Tony Badran and Emanuele Ottolenghi September 24, 2020 The government of Lebanon seeks an international bailout to save its financial system, which will require an estimated $93 billion rescue.1 The amount [...]

By |September 24th, 2020|Lebanon|

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman calls for Iran-backed Hezbollah to be disarmed

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman focused on regional issues during his first address at the 75th UN General Assembly meeting, Sept. 23, 2020. (SPA) September 23, 2020 Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Wednesday said Hezbollah must be disarmed for Lebanon to achieve security, stability and prosperity. Last month’s Beirut port blast was a result [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Lebanon, Middle East, Saudi Arabia|

How Hezbollah collaborates with Latin American drug cartels

Hezbollah continues to be a key partner to cartels in Latin America. (WT) By Emanuele Ottolenghi September 23, 2020 Last month, Dutch authorities raided a lab in a small village where Colombian cartels turned charcoal-camouflaged cocaine briquettes back into drugs. The charcoal that most Americans burn in their barbecues is not the stuff they would normally [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Latin America, Lebanon|

Iraq, Kurdish politicians denounce Hezbollah move to partner with pro-Iran militias

A poster shows the faces of Khamenei, Qassem Soleimani, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, Baghdad, Iraq, May 20, 2020. (Twitter) By Zana Gulmohamad September 23, 2020 Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah is ramping up its efforts in Iraq and is shaping the Iran-led axis’ activities in the country. Where Hezbollah and Iran-backed Iraqi militias [...]

By |September 23rd, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon|

Bombing in Bulgaria: Turning the tide on Iran-backed Hezbollah

A bus bombing that killed five Israelis and a driver in Bulgaria was most likely the work of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, July 18, 2012. (Reuters) By Toby Dershowitz and Dylan Gresik September 21, 2020 At 5:23 p.m. on July 18, 2012, a deadly explosion rocked Bulgaria’s Sarafavo airport near the Black Sea town of Burgas, killing [...]

By |September 21st, 2020|Europe, Isreal, Lebanon|

Iran-linked Hezbollah has explosives stored across Europe, says US official

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah speaks by video to supporters in Baalbek, Lebanon, August 31, 2017. (AFP) By Joyce Karam September 18, 2020 Hezbollah has smuggled explosives, including ammonium nitrate, to Europe where it has a network of stores, a senior US State Department official disclosed on Thursday evening. The stores, established by the Iran-backed [...]

By |September 18th, 2020|Europe, Lebanon, North America, USA|

US blacklists Hezbollah-linked companies, individual

A Hezbollah supporter chants slogans, as he holds a picture of the late Iran leader Ayatollah Khomeini (L) and Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (R) in Beirut, Jan 7, 2020. (AP) September 17, 2020 The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on a Hezbollah official and two Lebanon-based companies it accused of being [...]

By |September 17th, 2020|Lebanon, North America, USA|

Iran-backed Hezbollah to stay in Syria

A tank flying the Hezbollah terror group's flag is seen in the Qara area in Syria's Qalamoun region on August 28, 2017. (AFP) September 15, 2020 Head of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Gebran Bassil’s announcement that Hezbollah had begun to think about returning from Syria seems to be drifted from the current [...]

By |September 15th, 2020|Lebanon, Syria|

Qatar funds Iran-backed Hezbollah arsenal through the gold markets of Uganda

A Hezbollah fighter is seen standing at attention in an orange field near the town of Naqura on the Lebanese-Israeli border on 20 April 2017 (AFP) By Damien McElroy September 14, 2020 Qatar operated a funding network for arms shipments from Europe to Hezbollah using gold shipments traded through Africa, according the latest revelations [...]

By |September 14th, 2020|Africa, Lebanon, Qatar|