Threats of war and the memory of Aoun asylum

Monday, 16 October 2017

October 13 marked the day when General Michel Aoun, a former commander of the Lebanese army, fled to the French Embassy in Beirut. Although history does not repeat itself, a tragedy that affects Lebanon’s domestic situation is about to happen. Divisions are widening and deepening in the country due to Hezbollah’s domination and its control of institutions and the army’s decision-making. Meanwhile the president, i.e. Michel Aoun, is biased toward Hezbollah even when it comes to ...

Radwan al-Sayed

Saudi Arabia will punish all who threaten kingdom, tweets minister

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Saudi Minister of State for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan on Saturday slammed Hezbollah’s “dirty practices” against Saudi Arabia. In a tweet, Sabhan wrote: "The terrorist party [Hezbollah] and those who support it should not expect that their dirty practices against the kingdom and the Gulf countries will go unpunished." He added: "All terrorism is the same and must be fought everywhere, would the world accept the existence ISIS and al-Qaeda in the parliaments ...

Saudi Minister of State: Fight against terrorism must be taken to every avenue

Friday, 13 October 2017

The Saudi Minister of State for Arabian Gulf Affairs, Thamer al-Sabhan, called for the fight against terrorism to be taken to every avenue warning from the existence of terrorists within governments. “Is it possible that the world can be satisfied with the existence of ISIS and al-Qaeda within the parliaments and governments of countries? The world must unite against all the parties of evil,” he said in a Tweet on Thursday. On Sunday October 8, al-Sabhan welcomed the US sanctions ...

Report of UN ‘in contact with Houthis via Hezbollah’, UN envoy denies

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Diplomats in New York told Lebanese daily An-Nahar that the office of UN envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed has opened a “second” line of contact with the Houthis via the Almasirah television channel that broadcasts from Beirut’s Dahiyeh with the support of the Hezbollah militia. According to the daily, a diplomat said that a number of international experts working on the Yemeni affair visited Beirut more than once and met with a number of Houthi officials. Meanwhile, ...

ANALYSIS: Unraveling the global tentacles of Hezbollah’s sleeper cells

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect the viewpoint of Al Arabiya English.The West has held itself back from confronting Iran for decades. One reason for this has to be the dread of an Iranian fightback, which would take the form of guerrilla warfare in a multitude of lands, including the US. This fear would have been high in 2008, when intelligence experts warned of Iranian sleeper cells poised to attack British targets, such as ...

US offers $12 million for Hezbollah operatives

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The United States on Tuesday offered multimillion-dollar rewards for two officials of the Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah as the Trump administration prepared to unveil a strategy to counter Tehran’s growing regional influence. Washington will pay up to $7 million for information leading to the arrest of Talal Hamiyah, head of Hezbollah’s foreign operations, and up to $5 million for Fuad Shukr, a top Hezbollah military operative, the State Department said. The rewards are the ...

Saudi minister says ‘international alliance needed’ to confront Hezbollah

Sunday, 8 October 2017

The Saudi Minister of State for Gulf Affairs Thamer al-Sabhan on Sunday commended US sanctions against Lebanon’s Hezbollah but proposed another way to confront the group. “US sanctions against the terrorist militia in Lebanon are good, but the solution for achieving regional peace and security is an international alliance to confront them and their allies,” Sabhan said in a tweet. The US House of Representatives Foreign Relations Committee passed two bills Thursday that ...

Israeli defense minister says Syria’s Assad ‘victorious’

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that President Bashar al-Assad has been “victorious” in Syria’s civil war and was now being courted by former enemies.“Assad has emerged victorious in the battle,” Avigdor Lieberman told Israeli news website Walla!.“Suddenly, everyone wants to get closer to Assad,” he said.“I see that there is now a long line of countries applauding and wooing Assad, including Western (and) moderate Muslim ...

Drone strike kills eight Hezbollah fighters in Syria

Monday, 2 October 2017

A drone strike on Monday killed at least eight members of the powerful Hezbollah militia in Syria, where the Lebanese group is fighting alongside the regime, a Britain-based monitor said. An unidentified “drone hit a Hezbollah position near the town of Sukhna (in central Homs province) killing eight fighters, and injuring more than 20,” said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor. A source on the ground confirmed the strike, giving a toll of seven ...

Hezbollah leader Nasrallah says Israel pushing region to war

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Sunday that the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was pushing the region to war in Syria, Lebanon and in the Gaza Strip.In a speech to followers, the leader of the Iran-backed group, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said the Israeli government did not have “a correct assessment of where this war will lead if they ignite it”, and did not know how it would end.He was speaking on the occasion of Ashura, when Shiites commemorate the slaying ...

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