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TV footage captures joint assault by Hizbullah, Syrian Army

Special to NICOSIA — Hizbullah and the Syrian Army have been shown in joint operations near the border with Israel and Lebanon. Lebanese television broadcast a joint operation by the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah and Syrian Army units in the Golan […]

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Contrast: Putin backs existing Mideast balance of power as Obama boosts Iran’s ‘jihadist ascent’


Special to By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The modern Arab State is gone, rejected by the vast majority of the populace. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are no more, and Jordan […]

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Al Qaida in heavy fighting with pro-Iran forces defending Shi’ites towns in Syria

Smoke over Nubul, Syria.

Special to NICOSIA — Al Qaida is targeting Shi’ite communities in Syria. Al Qaida’s Nusra Front for the Defense of Levant has been attacking Shi’ite towns in northern Syria. On Jan. 8, Nusra opened an offensive against Nubul and […]

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Congress checks administration’s impact on Mideast balance of power after ISIL surge

Officials acknowledged that Baghdad was to have deployed the first of 36 F-16 Block 52+ multi-role fighters in areas captured by ISIL.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States could slow down approval of weapons sales to the Middle East due to tensions between the Obama administration and Congress. Officials said new legislation passed by Congress would require the administration of […]

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Congress doubles funding approved by Obama for Israel’s Iron Dome

Iron Dome intercepts rocket from Gaza Strip on July 5. / AP

Special to WASHINGTON — Congress has approved a significant increase in U.S. support for Israel’s Iron Dome missile and rocket defense system. On Dec. 2, a conference committee of the House and Senate agreed on the terms of the […]

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UAE bans Obama-aligned CAIR, 86 insurgency groups with ties to Brotherhood

CAIR's Nihad Awad, left, and Corey Saylor at a press conference.

Special to ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has banned scores of insurgency groups, many of them affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood or Hizbullah. The exception was the Palestinian movement Hamas, deemed a branch of the Egyptian-based Brotherhood. […]

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Saudi weapons deal with Lebanon seeks to restrict platforms from dominant Hizbullah

Lebanon's President Michel Sleiman, left, and Saudi's Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud. / AFP

Special to LONDON — Saudi Arabia has decided to launch a $3 billion military aid program to Lebanon. Saudi sources said the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom would sign an agreement to procure up to $3 billion in weapons and […]

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Military warns Israel: Iron dome won’t help against Hizbullah

A missile is launched from the Iron Dome defense system in Ashdodl, Israel in response to a rocket launched from Gaza Strip on Nov. 18, 2012. / Jack Guez / AFP / Getty Images

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel’s military has warned that Iron Dome would be ineffective in any war against Hizbullah. Officials said the Israel Air Force would be unable to stop massive missile and rocket salvos by the Iranian-sponsored […]

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Israel fires on Hizbullah positions in Lebanon after bomb injures IDF soldiers

An Israeli tank patrols the Shebaa area near the Lebanon border.  /Reuters

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel and Hizbullah have come to blows along the Lebanese border. On Oct. 7, two Israel Army soldiers were injured in a bomb planted in the Shebaa Plateau. The military blamed Hizbullah as well […]

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Israel: Hizbullah raising profile, using Lebanese soldiers to test Israeli defenses

Lebanese soldiers near the Israel border fence.

Special to TEL AVIV — Hizbullah has been using the Lebanese Army to threaten Israel. Military sources said Hizbullah was sending Lebanese soldiers to the Israeli border in an effort to stage a provocation. The sources said Hizbullah was […]

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