Iran wary of waning Hezbollah influence after blast shakes up Lebanon

A cardboard cutout of Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah, is hung in a noose by Lebanese protesters in Beirut during a demonstration against the leadership of the country, August 8, 2020, (AFP) August 12, 2020 Iran is watching developments in Lebanon closely, wary of losing any of its hard-won influence after a [...]

By |August 12th, 2020|Lebanon|

Why are fingers pointed at Hezbollah in Beirut explosion?

Hezbollah supporters hold images of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Ruhollah Khomeini (L) and Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenai, in Beirut on Feb 6, 2019. (AFP) By Iliya Jazayeri and Maryam Sinaiee August 10, 2020 Although the ammonium nitrate that caused the massive explosion in Beirut on August 4 is not directly linked to [...]

By |August 10th, 2020|Lebanon, Opinions On Iran|

Protesters chant ‘Iran, get out, Beirut is free’ amid anti-government demonstrations

Anti-government protesters shout slogans in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. (AP) August 8, 2020 Protesters chanted “Iran, get out! Beirut is free, free!” in front of the Lebanese Foreign Ministry building on Saturday during the anti-government demonstrations in the wake of the deadly Beirut explosion. Thousands of protesters had gathered in the streets of Beirut to voice [...]

By |August 8th, 2020|Lebanon|

Iran-allied Houthis accused of exploiting Beirut blast to raise donations for Hezbollah

Shia rebels, known as Houthis, hold a poster of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah during a rally in support of Hezbollah, in Sana'a, Yemen. (AP) August 8, 2020 Yemeni activists accused Houthi militias in Sanaa of preparing to raise funds for the Lebanon-based Hezbollah against the background of the Beirut port explosion which struck [...]

By |August 8th, 2020|Lebanon, Yemen|

Lebanese man, daughter shot dead in Iran’s capital

Two Lebanese nationals were “assassinated” in Pasdaran Avenue, north of the capital Tehran.. (AP) August 8, 2020 A Lebanese man and his daughter were shot and killed in northern Tehran by an unknown assailant on Friday night, Iran’s Mehr news agency reported. The two were “Habib Dawoud, 58 years old and his daughter [...]

By |August 8th, 2020|Lebanon|

IRGC says Iran to ‘mobilize’ to help Lebanon after blast

A man inspects the damage following Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 5, 2020. (REUTERS) August 8, 2020 Tuesday's blast at Lebanon's Beirut port has been as much of a shock to Iran as anywhere else in the world. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted condolences in Arabic and English and spoke with Lebanese [...]

By |August 8th, 2020|Lebanon|

3 Iranian planes landed in Beirut after explosion – what did they bring?

The Iranian flights to Beirut may in part be linked to flying Iranians home from Beirut who were injured or affected by the blast. (Supplied) August 7, 2020 Large Iranian planes, including 747s, have been flying into Beirut in the wake of the massive explosion that killed hundreds and wounded thousands. They appear [...]

By |August 7th, 2020|Lebanon|

Iran again accuses US, Israel of standing behind Beirut blast

Wounded people walk near the site of an explosion at the port in the Lebanese capital Beirut on August 4, 2020. (AFP) August 7, 2020 Iranian officials again accused Thursday both Israel and the US of standing behind a massive explosion that hit Beirut’s port Tuesday and sent shockwaves across the Lebanese capital, [...]

By |August 7th, 2020|Isreal, Lebanon, North America, USA|

Without dismantling Iran-linked Hezbollah’s arsenal, Lebanon will always be at risk

A supporter of the Shiite Hezbollah movement holds a poster of slain Iraqi Shiite militia chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis (L) and Iranian General Qasem Soleimani (R) in Beirut. January 5, 2020. (AFP) By Jonathan Schanzer August 7, 2020 Tuesday’s massive explosions in Beirut were a tragedy. But as is often the case in Lebanon, this tragedy [...]

By |August 7th, 2020|Lebanon|

UN Secretary-General Guterres calls on Lebanon to disarm Iran-backed Hezbollah

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. (AFP) August 6, 2020 UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on the Lebanese government to disarm the militant group Hezbollah in a report he intends to present to the United Nations Security Council next Tuesday. “The maintenance of unauthorized weapons outside State control by Hezbollah and other non-State armed groups represents a persistent [...]

By |August 6th, 2020|Lebanon|