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Germany bans Hezbollah, raids mosques

Apr 30, 2020 - 6:11 PM

'Hezbollah is a terrorist organization deemed responsible for numerous attacks and kidnappings worldwide,' says German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer

CRACKDOWN. A police officer with a machine gun stands in front of the Al-Irschad Mosque during a raid on April 30, 2020 in Berlin. Photo  by Odd Andersen/AFP

U.S. retaliates in Iraq for deadly rocket attack

Mar 13, 2020 - 9:34 AM

The strikes were 'defensive, proportional, and in direct response to the threat posed by Iranian-backed Shia militia groups who continue to attack bases,' the Pentagon says

MOCK FLAG. A mock US flag is painted on the ground for cars to drive on in the Iraqi capital Baghdad on January 3, 2020. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Israeli strikes kill 23 Syrian, foreign fighters in Syria

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:58 PM

The reported Israeli strikes come as government forces press a blistering offensive against Syria's last major rebel bastion, in the Idlib region in the northwest

ISRAELI STRIKES. This image grab taken from a video released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency on February 6, 2020, shows an explosion following an Israeli air strike on an undisclosed location in Syria. AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA

Angry Iraq protesters attack U.S. embassy over strikes

Dec 31, 2019 - 6:14 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The demonstrators are protesting US airstrikes that killed at least 25 fighters

Iraqis burns the American flag in the southern city of Basra on December 30, 2019, during a demonstration to denounce the previous night's attacks by US planes on several bases belonging to the Hezbollah brigades near Al-Qaim, an Iraqi district bordering Syria. - US air strikes against a pro-Iran group in Iraq reportedly killed at least 25 fighters, triggering anger in a country caught up in mounting tensions between Tehran and Washington. (Photo by Hussein FALEH / AFP)

Washington says Baghdad failed to 'protect' Americans

Dec 31, 2019 - 8:54 AM

But Iraqi demonstrators torched US flags across 3 cities in Baghdad after the deadly air strikes that targeted bases of the Hezbollah Brigades

PROTEST VS US. Iraqis burns the American flag in the southern city of Basra on December 30, 2019, during a demonstration to denounce the previous night's attacks by US planes on several bases belonging to the Hezbollah brigades near Al-Qaim, an Iraqi district bordering Syria. Photo by Hussein Faleh/AFP

U.S. strikes on pro-Iran group in Iraq kill 25, sparking anger

Dec 30, 2019 - 9:47 AM

(UPDATED) Iraqi leaders fear their country could become a battleground between Tehran and Washington, in a context where they are also grappling with huge street protests against corruption

US STRIKES. In this file photo taken on May 31, 2019 Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Iran-backed armed group, Hezbollah brigades, march during a military parade marking Al-Quds (Jerusalem) International Day in Baghdad. The US bombed the headquarters of the group in Iraq and Syria, according to the Pentagon, after a series of attacks in Iraq against American interests. File photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Escalation ends, but Israel-Hezbollah tensions remain

Sep 02, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Burnt fields can be seen in the border area and a new military checkpoint is set up outside the Israeli community of Avivim

ESCALATION ENDS. This picture taken on September 2, 2019 from the southern Lebanese town of Maroun al-Ras shows the area of Avivim in northern Israel on the other side where Israel and the Lebanese Shiite muslim Hezbollah group exchanged fire along the border the previous day. Photo by Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP

Netanyahu warns Hezbollah, Lebanon to 'be careful'

Aug 27, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Addressing Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, Benjamin Netanyahu says that 'he knows very well that the state of Israel knows how to defend itself well, and to repay its enemies'

'BE CAREFUL.' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) in Jerusalem on May 27, 2019. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Lebanon condemns Israel 'aggression' after anti-Hezbollah drone attack

Aug 25, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Hezbollah is a major political actor in Lebanon and a key backer of the Damascus regime in war-torn Syria

Netanyahu warns of 'crushing' retaliation after Hezbollah chief's remarks

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:47 PM

'If Hezbollah dares to make the mistake of attacking Israel, we will lay upon it and on Lebanon a crushing military blow,' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament)in Jerusalem on May 27, 2019. - Israel's parliament today took a first step toward holding new elections due to deadlocked coalition negotiations following April polls, giving preliminary approval to a law to dissolve itself. Netanyahu has been unable to reach a deal to form a governing coalition ahead of a deadline to do so. (Photo by MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP)

Iran says British Hezbollah ban 'irresponsible'

Mar 02, 2019 - 9:23 PM

Britain says would seek to make membership of the Shiite movement or inviting support for it a crime

LONDON RALLY. This file photo shows pro-Palestinian demonstrators with Palestinian flags, placards, and the yellow flag of Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah at a rally in London. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Britain to ban Hezbollah under anti-terror laws

Feb 25, 2019 - 9:01 PM

The ban is subject to a vote in parliament this week

Pro-palestinian demonstrators carry Palestinian flags, placards and the yellow flag of Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah as they protest against a planned visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside the gates of Downing Street in London on September 9, 2015. Over 100 pro-Israeli demonstrators and hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists rallied in front of Downing Street in London ahead of a planned visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu visits Britain this week for talks with his counterpart David Cameron as the right-wing Israeli leader faces diplomatic pressure over West Bank settlements and stalled peace efforts. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP)

Israel says all Hezbollah cross-border tunnels found

Jan 13, 2019 - 6:07 PM

The tunnels are being destroyed either with explosives or by filling them with a cement-like material to make them unusable

TUNNELS. A picture taken on December 21, 2018 from the South Lebanese village of Ramyeh shows an Israeli military outpost across the border. Israel says it has found all cross-border tunnels dug by Hezbollah from Lebanon. Photo by AFP

Israel launches operation to destroy Hezbollah infiltration tunnels

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:10 PM

'We have launched Operation Northern Shield to expose and thwart cross-border attack tunnels dug by Hezbollah terror organization from Lebanon into Israel,' says Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus

Syria's Assad blames Israel over downing of Russian plane

Sep 20, 2018 - 12:05 PM

The Syrian president points to Israel but the Russian plane was downed by Syria's Russian-made S-200 air defense system and all aboard were killed

Israel hits Iranian posts in Syria: What we know

May 10, 2018 - 10:19 PM

Here's what we know about what was hit, how the world reacted, and what could happen next

ARMOR. An Israeli soldier directs a M113 armored personal vehicle near the Syrian border in the Israel-annexed Golan Heights on May 10, 2018. Photo by Jalaa Marey/AFP

Major Israeli air raids hit 'Iranian targets' in Syria

Feb 10, 2018 - 8:34 PM

(UPDATED) Iran, Russia and Hezbollah – the Syrian regime's main allies – issues a joint statement calling Israel's drone allegations 'lies'

F-16 CRASH. A picture taken in the northern Israeli Kibbutz of Harduf on February 10, 2018, shows the remains of an Israel F-16 that crashed after coming under fire by Syrian air defenses during attacks against 'Iranian targets' in the war-torn country. Photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Lebanon PM Hariri rescinds resignation: cabinet statement

Dec 05, 2017 - 11:29 PM

'The Lebanese government, in all its political components, has committed to distance itself from all conflicts, wars, and internal affairs of Arab states,' according to the cabinet statement read by the returning Hariri

RESCINDS. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri attends a cabinet meeting at the presidential palace of Baabda, east of the capital Beirut, on December 5, 2017. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP

Arab League chief asks Lebanon be 'spared'

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:56 PM

'No one can accept, or want, any harm to happen to Lebanon,' says Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit after meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun

DIPLOMACY. A handout picture provided by the Lebanese photo agency Dalati and Nohra on November 20, 2017, shows Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit (left) meeing Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace of Baabda. Photo by Dalati and Nohra/AFP

Lebanon's Hariri leaves Riyadh for France after 'Saudi hostage' rumors

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:46 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has been in Riyadh since issuing a statement on television there on November 4 that he was stepping down because he feared for his life

FREE. An image grab from an AFP TV shows French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (left) during a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the latter's residence in the Saudi capital Riyadh on November 16, 2017. Photo by Rania Sanjar/AFP

Israel military chief: We are ready to cooperate with Saudi to face Iran

Nov 16, 2017 - 11:57 PM

'We are ready to exchange experience with the moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence information to face Iran,' said Israel General Gadi Eisenkot on Elaph, a Saudi-run news site.

COOPERATION. In this file photo, Israel's new Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot during his swearing-in ceremony at the Prime Minister's Jerusalem offices on February 16, 2015. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Saudi king hosts Lebanese patriarch in historic first

Nov 14, 2017 - 10:06 PM

Lebanese Maronite patriarch Beshara Rai arrive in Riyadh, in the first trip to the Saudi kingdom by a senior Lebanese figure

HISTORIC. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on November 14, 2017, shows Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch Beshara Rai (right) meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh. Photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud/ Saudi Royal Palace / AFP

Hezbollah says Saudi 'imposed' Lebanon PM's resignation

Nov 06, 2017 - 6:55 AM

Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement, says Saad Hariri's resignation 'was not his intention, not his wish and not his decision'

RESIGNATION. In this file photo taken on September 01, 2017, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri gives a press conference with French President at the Murat Lounge in the Elysee Palace in Paris. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Lebanon finds suspected remains of troops held by ISIS

Aug 27, 2017 - 2:44 PM

UPDATED Major General Abbas Ibrahim says Islamic State fighters who had surrendered led Lebanese authorities to the remains

Relatives of Lebanese soldiers taken hostage by jihadists in 2014 sit inside a tent as they gather in downtown Beirut on August 27, 2017 awaiting news of their loved ones, after the army announced it would pause its offensive against the Islamic State (IS) group on the country's eastern border with Syria in exchange for more information on the missing troops. Nine troops are believed to still be held by IS after militants overran the Lebanese border town of Arsal in August 2014 and kidnapped 30 soldiers and police. The army has said the missing troops were its "top concern" in its offensive against an estimated 600 IS fighters using the hilly border region as a base.  / AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO

Lebanon army launches offensive against ISIS on Syria border

Aug 19, 2017 - 5:50 PM

The operation follows one by Shiite militant group Hezbollah last month against jihadists

EVACUEES. Red Cross workers and government forces receive buses carrying Syrian rebel fighters and their families following their arrival in Flita on August 14, 2017. Photo by AFP

Trump won't let Assad get away with 'horrible' crimes

Jul 26, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Speaking at a White House press conference with Lebanon s Prime Minister Saad Hariri Trump also calls the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah a threat to the entire Middle East

US President Donald Trump holds a news conference with Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri, in the Rose Garden at the White House on July 25, 2017 in Washington,DC.  Tasos Katopodis/AFP

Huge blast near Damascus airport, 'probably' Israeli strike

Apr 27, 2017 - 2:16 PM

UPDATED The Syrian regime ally Hezbollah says it is probably the result of an Israeli air strike

Israel threatens to 'destroy' Syrian air defense systems

Mar 19, 2017 - 8:40 PM

UPDATED The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation warns Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman

A general view taken on March 17, 2017 shows Israel's Iron Dome defence system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, deployed in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near the Israel-Syria border on March 17, 2017. Israeli warplanes struck several targets in Syria, prompting retaliatory missiles launches, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago. / AFP PHOTO / JALAA MAREY

Syria army seizes key ground in Aleppo battle

Dec 05, 2016 - 8:45 PM

4th UPDATE After retaking control of about 2 3 of east Aleppo in recent days forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad were advancing in the large residential district of Shaar

Syrian pro-government forces advance in the Myessar district in east Aleppo in an ongoing operation to recapture all of the battered second city, on December 4, 2016. George Ourfalian/AFP

Hezbollah blames Islamist extremists for killing military chief in Syria

May 14, 2016 - 3:37 PM

UPDATED Lebanon s Hezbollah says investigation has shown that the blast was caused by artillery bombardment carried out by takfiri Sunni extremist groups present in the region

GRIEF. Hezbollah members and supporters carry the coffin of top Hezbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine during his funeral in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, 13 May 2016. Photo by Nabil Mounzer/EPE

Hezbollah military chief killed in blow to Damascus regime

May 13, 2016 - 1:15 PM

UPDATED The death of Mustafa Badreddine comes as a fragile truce in the country s 5 year conflict teetered on the brink of collapse

HEZBOLLAH. A file photo dated August 14, 2015 shows Hezbollah militia members posing with Hezbollah flags as they listen to the speech of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah via a giant screen during the 'Victory Festival' to mark the 9th anniversary of the end of the 2006 July War between Hezbollah and Israel in Wadi Al Hujeir area, southern Lebanon. File photo by EPA

Iran says Gulf Arab moves against Hezbollah harm Lebanon

Mar 03, 2016 - 6:10 PM

Those who call Hezbollah terrorists have intentionally or unintentionally harmed the unity and security of Lebanon

epa05191041 Members of Hezbollah hold their party flags as they pay tribute next to the coffin of Hezbollah military commander Ali Fayyad, who was reportedly killed fighting alongside Syrian Government forces in Aleppo, during the funeral procession, in Ansar village, southern Lebanon, 02 March 2016. EPA/STR

Gulf states declare Lebanon's Hezbollah 'terrorist' group

Mar 02, 2016 - 9:33 PM

They cite terrorist acts and incitement in Syria Yemen and Iraq as basis for the declaration

epa05190286 (FILE) A file photo dated 14 August 2015 shows Hezbollah militia members posing with Hezbollah flags as they listen to the speech of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah via a giant screen during the 'Victory Festival' to mark the 9th anniversary of the end of the 2006 July War between Hezbollah and Israel in Wadi Al Hujeir area, southern Lebanon. Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) said on 02 March 2016 it had designated the Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah movement a terrorist group. The move comes a day after Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah accused Saudi Arabia of fomenting sectarian sedition in the Middle East. EPA/STR

Saudi halts $3B in aid to Lebanon army – official

Feb 19, 2016 - 11:00 PM

In light of positions taken by Hezbollah the kingdom proceeded to a total evaluation of its relations with the Lebanese republic an unnamed official tells the Saudi Press Agency

PATROL. A Lebanese soldier walks next to UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) base after a Spanish peacekeeper was killed in fire exchange between Hezbollah and Israel, in the Abbasieh area, near Israeli border, Lebanon, 28 January 2015. Stringer / EPA

Notorious Hezbollah militant 'killed in Israeli raid'

Dec 20, 2015 - 7:42 PM

The Lebanese militant s Hezbollah movement confirms his death following an Israeli air raid near the Syrian capital

Israel minister, victims' family praise killing of Hezbollah figure

Dec 20, 2015 - 7:29 PM

Although Israel does not claim the strike Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked says that they are happy to learn the news

Lebanon mourns 43 killed in Beirut double bomb attack

Nov 13, 2015 - 4:45 AM

UPDATED The blasts appears to mark a return to a campaign of attacks that targeted the group s strongholds between 2013 and 2014 ostensibly in revenge for its military support for Syrian President Bashar al Assad

BEIRUT BLAST. Lebanese policemen and citizens inspect the site where two suicide bombers blow themselves up in Bourj al-Barajneh, southern Beirut, Lebanon, 12 November 2015.

Kuwait charges 24 'linked to Iran' with plotting attacks

Sep 01, 2015 - 11:38 PM

Prosecutors say the suspects were linked with a terror cell the interior ministry said it had busted last month while seizing large amounts of weapons

Islamist alliance in battle for Syria's Aleppo

Jul 04, 2015 - 1:07 AM

Once a powerhouse of industry Aleppo has been devastated by years of fighting between regime forces and a succession of rebel groups

Syrians walk amidst the rubble in search for survivors following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the Maysar neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 7, 2015. File photo by Zein Al-Rifai/AFP

Egypt court confirms Morsi death sentence over jailbreak

Jun 16, 2015 - 6:14 PM

UPDATED Earlier the same court sentences Morsi to life in prison on charges of spying for the Palestinian Hamas movement Lebanon s Shiite Hezbollah and Iran

MORSI. A file photo dated June 2, 2015 shows ousted Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi gesturing from inside a cage in the courtroom where he stood trial in Cairo, Egypt. Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Iran's support to Syria 'firm and eternal'

May 14, 2015 - 11:34 PM

Iran s military and financial support to Syria s regime is unwavering a high ranking Iranian official said in Damascus Thursday calling a US program to train Syrian rebels a strategic mistake

AFTERMATH. A Syrian Kurdish boy sits on a destroyed tank in the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on March 27, 2015. Photo by Yasin Akgul / AFP

Israel admits its fire killed Spanish UN peacekeeper in Lebanon

Apr 07, 2015 - 9:54 PM

UPDATED Israeli security sources acknowledge that the death of a Spanish UN peacekeeper in Lebanon fighting in January was caused by Israeli fire

PATROL. A Lebanese soldier walks next to UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) base after a Spanish peacekeeper was killed in fire exchange between Hezbollah and Israel, in the Abbasieh area, near Israeli border, Lebanon, 28 January 2015. Stringer / EPA

Saudi pounds Yemen rebel camps, Arab allies gather

Mar 28, 2015 - 11:06 AM

At least 39 civilians have been killed in Saudi led Operation Decisive Storm against the Huthis and their allies

ANTI-SAUDI. Armed Houthi members hold their guns in the air while shouting anti-Saudi slogans during a rally protesting Saudi-led airstrikes against Houthi positions in Sana?a, Yemen, March 26, 2015. Photo by Yahya Arhab/EPA

100 killed in week of clashes in south Syria – report

Feb 15, 2015 - 8:07 AM

Hezbollah which is reported to have some 5 000 fighters in Syria is leading the regime offensive in the south says Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

Hezbollah head says not seeking new war but warns Israel

Jan 31, 2015 - 10:55 AM

I want to be clear: the resistance will no longer recognize any such thing as the rules of engagement or of confrontation says Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah

WARNING TO ISRAEL. Supporters of Hezbollah watch the organisation's leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, give a televised address in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon January 30, 2015. Photo by Nabil Mounzer/EPA

Hezbollah will pay 'full price' for deadly attack – Israel

Jan 29, 2015 - 2:33 PM

Those behind today s attack will pay the full price Netanyahu s office quoted him as saying at a meeting with Israeli s top security brass Wednesday evening

CAUTION. A Lebanese soldier walks next to UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon (UNIFIL) base after a Spanish peacekeeper was killed in fire exchange between Hezbollah and Israel, in the Abbasieh area, near Israeli border, Lebanon, 28 January 2015.  Stringer/EPA

Iran general killed with Hezbollah fighters in Israel raid

Jan 19, 2015 - 10:41 PM

An analyst close to the Islamic resistance group Hezbollah says he has no doubt the group would retaliate either from Lebanese or Syrian territory

HIGH TENSION. This photo shows Israeli tanks patrolling near Israeli-Syrian border. File photo by Atef Safadi/EPA

Shiites mark holy day in defiance of jihadists

Nov 05, 2014 - 12:23 PM

Police and troops are out in force as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims mass in the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala to commemorate Ashura

Iraqi Shiite Muslims gather outside the shrine of Imam Hussein - one of Shiite Islam's most revered figures - during the Ashura commemorations that mark his killing on November 4, 2014 in Karbala, Iraq. Mohammed Sawaf/AFP

Hezbollah chief makes rare public appearance for Gaza

Jul 25, 2014 - 11:47 PM

It is only the fifth public appearance by the head of the Shiite militant group who has topped Israel s wanted list since even before their deadly conflict in 2006

SOLIDARITY. Lebanese Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah appeared on the annual Iran-led Jerusalem Day commemoration. Photo from EPA

Hamas social media war targets Israelis and Palestinians

Jul 12, 2014 - 6:34 PM

Hamas has built its Israel focused Hezbollah inspired media campaign strategy over more than a decade an expert says

Flames erupt from a building hit by an Israeli air strike on July 9, 2014 in Gaza City. Thomas Coex/AFP