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Aug 14 07:29

Lebanese Army deploys in Arsal outskirts

The Lebanese Army deployed Monday to areas on the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal, as a Free Syrian Army-linked group began the journey back to Syria

Aug 10 08:47

Army targets Daesh in northeast Lebanon

The Lebanese Army Thursday targeted Daesh (ISIS) positions in the outskirts of Ras Baalbeck and Al-Qaa ahead of an anticipated offensive, the Army said in a statement.

Aug 07 10:34

US Special Forces Working In Close Proximity To Terrorist Hezbollah

The Pentagon has just confirmed deployment of US Special Forces in Lebanon to support the Lebanese Army in an upcoming coordinated military campaign aimed to clean out an ISIS border pocket in the country's northwest. Regional media outlets are describing the coming major new offensive as "imminent". But awkwardly for the US, the fight will necessitate some level of coordination with Hezbollah, which the US considers a terrorist organization.

Aug 04 09:41

Army targets Daesh positions in northeast Lebanon

The Lebanese Army Friday shelled positions held by Daesh (ISIS) militants holed up in the outskirts of a northeastern border town, state-media reported

Aug 01 09:38

8,000 to leave Syria-Lebanon border zone in Arsal as ceasefire deal advances between Hezbollah and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham

Jul 31 07:29

Logistical complexity delays militant transfer to Syria: Al-Manar

Seventy-six buses were lined up in Wadi Hmayyed filled with militants and their families waiting to depart for Syria Monday afternoon, before the exchange between Hezbollah and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham is set to go to Syria’s Idlib via Aleppo, Al-Manar TV reported.

Jul 30 10:06

Hezbollah says Mission Accomplished in Arsal

Hezbollah says it has concluded a military offensive against Takfiri terrorists on the outskirts of Arsal after dislodging the militants from the northeastern Lebanese town on the Syrian border.

Jul 30 08:49

Hezbollah, Nusra exchange bodies of slain fighters

The first step in a cease-fire agreement between Hezbollah and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham – formerly known as the Nusra Front – took place Sunday, as the two groups exchange the corpses of fighters, according to Hezbollah-affiliated media

Jul 27 09:46

Ceasefire holds as Syria militants prepare to pull out

A ceasefire went into effect early Thursday morning between Hezbollah and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham as a deal was brokered overnight for the militant group to withdraw from Lebanon to Syria’s Idlib in exchange for the return of four captured Hezbollah fighters.

Jul 27 09:00

Nasrallah Hails Arsal 'Victory', Says Ready to Cede Captured Posts to Army

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Wednesday declared a “major victory” in his group's offensive against the jihadist al-Nusra Front group in the outskirts of the eastern border town of Arsal, while announcing that Hizbullah is willing to hand over all captured territory to the Lebanese army.

“The Arsal battle had been planned since 2015... It was not an Iranian or a Syrian decision and we contacted the Syrian leadership and asked for their help in Flita,” said Nasrallah in a televised speech.

“Whoever has the slightest military knowledge would know that such a decision cannot be taken days before the battle, which needed preparation and is not linked to any political developments,” Nasrallah noted.

Jul 26 10:11

US pledges $140 million for Lebanon's refugee crisis

The United States will give Lebanon more than $140 million in humanitarian aid to address the needs of Syrian refugees and Lebanese communities hosting refugees, the U.S. Department of State announced Wednesday

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the US Government doesn't have enough tax dollars to take care of homeless Americans, but can dish it out to other countries left and right!

Jul 26 10:10

Terrorists Control Less than 10sq/km of Area in Arsal, Hezbollah on Verge of Great Victory

Only 7sq/km of land has remained under the control of the Al-Nusra Front (Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at or the Levant Liberation Board) in the mountainous region at Lebanon-Syria Border, a military source said, adding that the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters are now on the verge of capturing the entire of Arsal heights.

The source confirmed that only three heights stretching over 7sq/km of area are under Al-Nusra Front's control in Arsal heights, adding the resistance forces will soon reach the regions of Wadi Hamid and al-Malahi after capturing the terrorist-held three heights.

Once, Hezbollah seizes control over the three heights, it will complete liberation of Arsal heights, the source said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Maybe this is the reason for the sudden White House concern over Hezbollah; they are speeding up the end of the war in Syria!

Jul 26 10:04

Trump Pledges Support for Lebanon’s Anti-ISIS Push

Speaking today with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, President Trump praised ongoing efforts in Lebanon for the nation to “guard its borders” and prevent infiltration by ISIS and other militant groups, pledging unspecified amounts of US aid to help with that effort.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep, they are going to extend the war into Lebanon!

Jul 26 10:03

Haley Urges Security Council to Consider Hizbullah a 'Destructive Terrorist Force'

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has urged the U.N. Security Council to consider Hizbullah "a destructive terrorist force" and "a major obstacle to peace" that is "dedicated to the destruction of Israel."

She said the council must get serious about enforcing its resolutions that involve Hizbullah and its backer Iran, including many calling on the armed group to disarm.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So Trump's comment about Hezbollah (see below) may not have been a simple goof, but the opening propaganda in kicking up a new Middle East war!

Jul 26 10:00

Trump trips up over claims Lebanon on 'frontline' against Hezbollah

Trump's knowledge of foreign policy called into question as he claims Hezbollah is a 'menace' to Lebanon, it's people and the entire Middle East

Jul 26 09:59

Daesh, Al-Nusra's Options in Syria Qalamoun, Arsal: Surrender or Die

Al-Nusra Front and Daesh (also known as ISIS, ISIL) terrorists have no more options but to surrender or die after the recent Syrian Army and Lebanese Hezbollah's operations in the two countries' joint borders.

According to Tasnim dispatches, 1500 Daesh terrorists in the Lebanon’s eastern mountains along the Syrian border are awaiting their sure destiny of dying or surrendering.

Daesh terrorists are scattered in 250 square kilometers in the Lebanon mountains and up to 100 square kilometers in the Syrian highlands.

Jul 26 09:58

Lebanon's Hizbollah says Syria border assault 'nearing end'

Lebanese movement Hizbollah said on Monday its fight against militant groups along the eastern border with war-ravaged Syria was "nearing its end", and called on fighters to surrender.

Hizbollah announced a major push on Friday to clear both sides of Lebanon's border with Syria from "armed terrorists".

Jul 26 09:57

Berri: Resistance Fighters Battling Militants on Behalf of Lebanon

Speaker Nabih Berri lauded the “efforts” of the Resistance fighters as he assured that they are battling al-Nusra Front militants in the outskirts of Arsal “on behalf of Lebanon and the Lebanese,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Tuesday.

“The outskirts of Arsal is an occupied Lebanese land. It is our duty to liberate it. The Resistance is fighting the terrorists there. It is doing so on behalf of Lebanon and the entire Lebanese without exception, just as our fight against the Israelis in the south (in 2006) expressed the opinion of Lebanon and Lebanese,” Berri was quoted by the daily as telling his visitors.

“Today, the troika of Army, People, Resistance stands out to express itself well. Today, like always, the people stand behind the Army and the Resistance,” he added.

Jul 25 07:53

Hezbollah says battle with Nusra Front almost won at Syria-Lebanon border

Hezbollah said on Monday its battle with Nusra Front jihadists at the Syria-Lebanon border was almost over and urged remaining insurgents in the area to give up, pressing its campaign to take their last foothold at the frontier.

Jul 24 08:20

Hezbollah command calls on Nusra to surrender, guarantees safety

Hezbollah commanders called on remaining militants from Jabhat Fatah al-Sham - previously known as the Nusra Front - to lay down thier weapons and surrender, offering guarantees for their safety.

Jul 23 08:38

Nusra Front's Militants Begin to Surrender at Syrian-Lebanese Border

Nusra Front began to surrender in the mountainous region of Aarsal at the Lebanese-Syrian border, according to a source in Hezbollah movement.

Jul 21 12:17

The US Empire, the CIA, and the NGOs

The CIA recruited the Muslim Brotherhood to fight a proxy war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, which led to the withdrawal of the Soviets from the Hindu Kush. Since then, the CIA used the mercenaries to fight more proxy wars in the Balkans, Chechnya, and Azerbaijan. Due to the wars of aggression against Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen the US and its vassal states created sectarian violence that led to civil wars. Right now, the CIA and the Muslim Brotherhood are present in the form of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Jul 21 08:21

Hezbollah launches offensive to clear militants from Arsal outskirts

Hezbollah launched Friday a large-scale offensive to clear armed militants from rugged terrain in the outskirts of Arsal, seizing key positions and tightening the noose around gunmen entrenched in the area since 2013.

Jul 18 07:46

YA'ALON: ISRAEL WILL DESTROY LEBANON'S INFRASTRUCTURE IN NEXT WAR

"If Khamenei wants war. then Lebanon will go to war, and every Lebanese [person] will suffer from the next war."

Jul 18 07:39

NETANYAHU: ISRAEL WON’T TOLERATE IRANIAN BASES IN LEBANON, SYRIA

Jerusalem maintains that Iran is not only interested in sending military advisers to Syria, but also is keen on establishing ground and air bases there.

Jul 04 09:39

40 suspects in Arsal attack have Daesh and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham ties: source

Forty suspects arrested following the attacks in Arsal last week have Daesh (ISIS) and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham ties, a senior Lebanese security source told The Daily Star Tuesday.

Jul 04 09:30

Tel Aviv Pays Al Qaeda Fighters’ Salaries: The Syrian War’s Worst Kept Secret That Could Become Israel’s Nightmare

Yes, Israel is supporting Syrian rebels, but this goes beyond cash and aid: Israel hopes the rebels will serve as a buffer against Hezbollah and a resurgent Assad, a strategy that could easily backfire

Jul 03 10:41

Fire engulfs Syrian refugee camp in Bekaa Valley

One child killed and several people injured as major blaze engulfs camp for Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

Jul 03 07:25

Israeli Army unit crosses Blue Line on Lebanon’s south east border

An Israeli Army unit Saturday crossed the Blue Line on Lebanon’s southeast border, before withdrawing later in the afternoon, a source told The Daily Star.

An Israeli Army infantry unit, with the support of two Merkava tanks, five Hummer vehicles and a military SUV, crossed the Blue Line that was demarcated after the Israeli Army withdrew in 2000, opposite the Bawabat Hassan neighborhood in Hasbaya’s Kfar Shuba, Hezbollah's War Media center had said on Twitter.

The breach is one of many routine violations of the Blue Line, the source said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It seems as though the Israeli unit crossed the Lebanon border...simply to prove they could, and with impunity

Jul 03 06:43

Israeli Defense Minister Warns Syria, Lebanon: Don't Test Us

The Israeli defense minister said on Sunday that while Israel maintains a policy of staying out of the raging Syrian Civil War, breaches of the country's territorial sovereignty won't be tolerated.

"We have no intention of entering any conflict, but I advise our neighbors not to test us," Lieberman told military journalists during a briefing at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv, as cited by the Jerusalem Post.

"We will not tolerate any spillover into our territory."

He added that Syria and Lebanon already know that it is not a good idea to test Israel's military strength, implying the retaliatory strikes.

Additionally, Lieberman pointed out that Israel is ready to support a peace process in Syria — unless it involves Iran, Hezbollah or Assad.

"Keeping Assad in power is not in our security interests," he told reporters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation of Liebermanspeak: we are setting up a situation which will necessitate a greater Israeli involvement in the Syrian war, to ensure an outcome to our liking.

Jul 02 08:27

Israel scared of Iran-Iraq-Syria-Lebanon front

Regional military deployment is forming for the next stage. Iraqi Popular Mobilization forces, Syrian army and the allied forces, as well as Hezbollah are the main players on the ground, Elias Hanna told Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Saturday.

'The new situation covers a vast area from Quneitra in Golan heights to Lebanon, Syria and Iraq borders and Iran,' he added in his exclusive interveiw with IRNA.

Iran in the massive front with its rapid-response forces and various missiles have become a headache for Israel, the former Lebanese General believed.

Jun 07 09:23

Israel Gearing Up for Attack From Hezbollah

Israel on Sunday conducted a surprise two-day drill to test its military’s readiness for war.

The unannounced exercise, which began on Sunday, comprised a surprise 36-hour drill to determine the army's readiness for battle, according to The Times of Israel.

The drills focused on conscripted infantry ground troops, supported by air force units, according to an unnamed Israeli Defense Force (IDF) official with knowledge of the move who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"It's about a fast switch from routine to a situation that's not routine, where you're preparing for it to be something else," the IDF official said, adding that the drill scenario incorporated a gambit showing "Hezbollah carrying out a terror attack against our troops," the Times of Israel reported.

An unnamed senior Israeli military official recently noted that Israel has implemented an enhanced evacuation plan for Lebanese border regions in the event of renewed fighting, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

For all of his braggadocio, Nasrallah most likely wouldn't attack Israel inside its borders; that would be the KOD (kiss of death) for Hezbollah, and he has to understand that.

What I think may be getting ready to happen is an Israeli pre-emptive attack against Hezbollah inside Lebanon.

In fact, they may be waiting until the coming war with Iran is well and truly on, to use it as a "shadow of distraction" for coming actions in Lebanon.

May 30 08:12

Hezbollah, Syrian Army attack extremists near Lebanon border

The Hezbollah-affiliated War Media Center Tuesday reported that the Syrian Army and Hezbollah pounded extremist positions on the outskirts of the Qalamoun Mountains near Lebanon

May 28 22:56

Trump: Dancing with Wolves on the Titanic

Robert Fisk put it best: “Trump Is About To Really Mess Up In The Middle East”. Following his fantastically stupid decision to attack the Syrian military with cruise missiles, Trump or, should I say, the people who make decisions for him, probably realized that it was “game over” for any US policy in the Middle-East so they did the only thing that they could do: they ran towards those few who were actually happy with this aggression against Syria: the Saudis and the Israelis. Needless to say, with these two “allies,” what currently passes for some type of “US foreign policy” in the Middle-East will only go from bad to worse.

May 16 12:34

Shades of 1956 Suez Disaster and the Greater Israel Project: Israel Schemes to Annex The Occupied Territories with US Support

The US Republican President will have the use of billions of dollars in casino funds plus the power of the AIPAC and CFI lobbies in Washington and in Westminster, respectively – ­both being key players in an international movement to legalise the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

Upon completion of the land grab, the Netanyahu government apparently intends to carry out a unilateral annexation of the Occupied Territories whilst contemporaneously expelling the 5 million indigenous Palestinians in a forced transfer from their ancestral lands to new refugee camps in adjoining states of Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How in the world does Tel Aviv expect to execute this policy?!?

So Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, a word, please; have the countries to which you wish to expel all Palestinians, which include Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and Syria, assented to this hair-brained scheme of yours?!?

My suspicion is, absolutely not; their refugee camps are already overflowing, courtesy of the wars in Iraq; Afghanistan; Syria; and and their ability to take in any more refugees is completely nil.

So how are you going to "relocate" these Palestinians from their homes, arrest them, and drop them over the borders of these countries with a parachute, or just herd them up like animals, and release them at the fuzziest areas of the borders of these countries, and tell those countries' leadership, "These people are your problem now!!?!?"

Or is the real agenda here a very Hitlerian, "Final Solution", which would be to execute all Palestinians who refuse to leave?!?

May 15 08:40

Hezbollah says offensive on Israel possible

Hezbollah leader Nasrallah made headlines with the statement that their forces may attack IDF positions in Galilee.

Fighting between Hezbollah forces and Israel's Defense Forces may well take place on the territory of Occupied Palestine (the Zionist entity), the Hezbollah leader Nasrallah said on Thursday.

"We have dismantled our bases at the border," Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah told a Beirut TV station. Instead, securing the border will now be Lebanon's "state responsibility."

May 05 09:18

US delivers more military aid to Lebanon

The United States Friday delivered over 1,000 machine guns to Lebanese security forces in order to fortify security along Lebanon's border

Apr 22 07:48

Daesh emir killed, 10 extremists arrested in stealth army operation

The Lebanese Army Saturday killed a Daesh (ISIS) emir and arrested 10 suspected militants during a stealth operation in the northeastern border town of Arsal, a source told The Daily Star.

Apr 20 09:21

EU urges Lebanon agree on vote law to hold timely elections

A European Union delegation and EU ambassadors in Lebanon Thursday urged political rivals to quickly agree on an electoral law in order to stage timely, peaceful and transparent elections

Apr 16 15:03

How to bring down the elephant in the room

The reason why I decided to tackle this issue today is that the forces who broke Trump in less than a month are also the very same forces who have forced him into a political 180: the Neocons and the US deep state. However, I think that these two concepts can be fused into on I would call the “Ziocons”: basically Zionists plus some rabid Anglo imperialists à la Cheney or McCain. These are the folks who control the US corporate media, Hollywood, Congress, most of academia, etc. These are the folks who organized a ferocious assault on the “nationalist” or “patriotic” wing of Trump supporters and ousted Flynn and Bannon and these are the folks who basically staged a color revolution against Trump. There is some pretty good evidence that the person in charge of this quiet coup is Jared Kushner, a rabid Zionist. Maybe. Maybe not.

Apr 09 08:38

ISRAEL SEEKS BUFFER ZONE ON BORDERS WITH SYRIA

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking a buffer zone against Syria, Iran and Hezbollah on the borders with Syria to be part of any future deal to end the Syrian crisis, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Friday.

According to the Israeli newspaper, Netanyahu proposed this issue during meetings with American and other coalition countries.

Netanyahu wants to prevent Iran and Hezbollah from establishing a foothold and he intends to undermine future attacks against Israel, noting that he had suggested international forces to supervise his proposed buffer zone.

Last Friday, the Israeli Maariv revealed that Netanyahu sent messages to the international parties involved in the talks about Syria’s future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Israel wants the Golan all to itself, and the reason is pretty straightforward, from the Israeli government's perspective:

Israel stakes claim to Golan after oil find

Apr 04 08:11

Germany firmly supports Lebanon: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday expressed her country's staunch support to Lebanon during a joint news conference with visiting Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Berlin

Mar 30 07:20

Hezbollah, Syrian Army Engage in Fierce Clashes with Terrorists near Syria Border with Lebanon

The Lebanese Hezbollah Resistance Movement and the Syrian Army troops fended off a heavy offensive of the Al-Nusra Front (also known as Fatah al-Sham Front or the Levant Liberation Board) in a town in Northwestern Damascus, killing a number of terrorists, including a commander.

Mar 28 07:35

Israel's airstrike on Syria spooks Middle East

Israeli warplanes carrying out airstrikes on a shipment of Iranian arms to Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas in Syria managed to evade Syrian air-defense missiles but the incident is a graphic demonstration of how the war has the potential to further inflame the region.

There are likely to be further Israeli airstrikes against Hezbol­lah in Syria, reflecting deepening Israeli concerns that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and their Lebanese ally are establish­ing a new front on the divided Go­lan Heights from which to fight the Jewish state.

Mar 26 09:04

US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

In a press briefing at the Pentagon today, African Command leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser announced that the US intends to keep ground troops in Libya for the foreseeable future to support “friendly forces,” and to “degrade” the ISIS forces that remain in the country.

Waldhauser did not specify how many US troops are in Libya now, or how many will stay, but did estimate that there were less than 200 ISIS fighters left in Libya. The US had announced the end of the anti-ISIS campaign in Libya back in December, but never fully withdrew from the country.

The US forces were in Libya trying to help the “unity” government defeat ISIS in the city of Sirte. US officials repeatedly claimed the city was totally surrounded, and that no ISIS fighters would get away, though when the fighting finally ended, a substantial number of ISIS fighters did in fact get away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Libya because of the oil and the oil pipelines.

Mar 22 12:28

Israel preps for war on Gaza and Lebanon

Israel is drawing up contingency plans to evacuate up to a quarter-million civilians from border communities to protect them from attacks from Hamas, Hezbollah or other groups. The mass evacuations would be the biggest in Israel’s history, part of a bigger plan where the army works with municipalities to keep civilians safe. All sides have been preparing in case a new round of warfare breaks out, although Hezbollah currently is tied down in Syria’s civil war fighting in support of President Bashar Assad.

Each side has warned that a new conflict would be worse than previous ones. Hezbollah fired more than 4,000 rockets on Israeli communities in the 2006 War, while Israel bombarded civilian and Hezbollah targets in Lebanon. The month of fighting killed an estimated 1,300 Lebanese, 44 Israeli civilians and 121 Israeli soldiers.

Mar 16 07:28

Israeli Politician, Cabinet Minister Says Next War With Lebanon Should Target Civilian Infrastructure

By Brandon Turbeville

Recently elected Lebanese President Michel Aoun visited Cairo in February where he uttered words previously treated as an open secret by preceding presidents; namely, that Hezbollah is indeed a major part of the defense of the country. While other presidents have tended to skirt the issue, Aoun essentially acknowledged the close relationship between Lebanon the state and Hezbollah the militia. The relationship between Hezbollah and the Lebanese state is apparent for all to see, of course, with Hezbollah acting as the major deterrent to Israel’s aggression...

Mar 13 12:05

The Coming Clash: Why Israel Seeks a Third War on Lebanon?

At a time when it’s pretty much clear that Hezbollah is fighting against ISIL and Al-Qaeda in Syria, the Zionist regime of Israel says another illegal war against Lebanon is coming to a theatre near you.

Mar 11 09:49

Israeli Education Minister: Next Lebanon War Must Target Civilians

Israeli military officials have been saying for the last several years that it’s pretty clear Hezbollah doesn’t want another war with Israel, with the belief that Hezbollah is more focused on fighting against ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria than on border skirmishes with Israel.

Still, the 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon was very popular on the far-right, and even though Israel was roundly criticized for the civilian toll of their invasion, many are eager to make clear that the next war, which they consider an inevitability, will involve even more deliberate targeting of Lebanese civilians.

That was the message of Education Minister Naftali Bennett today, and while it was couched as a response to Lebanon’s President recognizing that Hezbollah’s militia forces, which have been helping defend the border from ISIS and al-Qaeda raids, are “essential” to Lebanon’s defense.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, the deliberate targeting of non-combatant civilians in Lebanon, in a mass genocide, is Bennett's "Final Solution" for the people of Lebanon?!?

There are a few people in history who would absolutely have LOVED this guy!!!

Mar 01 06:57

Sidon on general strike as Ain al-Hilweh clashes subside

Calm prevailed in Ain al-Hilweh in the southern city of Sidon Wednesday after days of heavy clashes that rocked the Palestinian camp came to an end

Feb 28 07:26

Cease-fire agreed in Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp but clashes continue

Warring factions in the south Lebanon Palestinian refugee camp Ain al-Hilweh agreed on a ceasefire Tuesday afternoon, however, gunmen are still fighting in the streets

Feb 26 08:31

Injuries reported in renewed Ain al-Hilweh clashes

Clashes renewed late Sunday morning in South Lebanon’s Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, ending an uneasy calm between Fatah and Islamist militants, a source told The Daily Star

Feb 24 07:43

Foiled Hamra suicide bomber confesses affiliation with Daesh

The assailant behind a failed suicide bomb attack at the Costa Coffee shop in Beirut’s Hamra district has confessed his affiliation to Daesh (ISIS), a judicial source told The Daily Star on Friday.

Feb 23 07:04

ISIS Calls For Backup: Israel Attacks Syrian Army Positions Near Damascus

Syria peace talks are expected to begin this week in Geneva. And what are the Israelis doing? Bombing Syrian Arab Army positions near the Lebanese border.

Because as we all know, the Israelis are really good at these "ceasefire" things. Especially when they have no business interfering in any way in a conflict:

Feb 22 07:08

Israeli raid strikes Lebanon, Syria border

Israeli warplanes struck posts along the Lebanese border with Syria in a pre-dawn raid, a security source told The Daily Star Wednesday

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yep. As soon as we started hearing all this noise about bomb threats and vandalized cemeteries, it was obvious Israel was about to do something nasty.

Feb 19 15:37

FLASHBACK : The Roots of the Refugee Crisis Caused by the West

“The reason so many are fleeing places such as Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq is that U.S. and European interventionist foreign policy has left these countries destabilized with no hopes of economic recovery,”explainedformer congressman and three-time presidential contender Ron Paul, a leading voice for a constitutional, non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy. “This mass migration from the Middle East and beyond is a direct result of the neocon foreign policy of regime change, invasion, and pushing ‘democracy’ at the barrel of a gun.”

“Contrary to what one might expect, U.S. military aid doesn’t produce willing, cooperative, or effective security partners. Instead, it incentivizes bad behavior and drives the sources of terrorism: corruption, violence, and poor governance. Unwittingly, this policy is creating its own enemies,” writes Jeremy Ravinsky.

Feb 18 10:39

Insanity of NATO 2.0 for MidEast

If this is to be the new NATO for the Middle East then the world is truly about to descend into barbarism on a scale not seen since the Second World War.

As US President Donald Trump hosts Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House this week on the agenda is the formation of a “NATO-style” alliance for the Middle East, according to reports.

As if one US-led warmongering alliance in Europe and the North Atlantic were not enough. Now the world will see a clone of NATO let loose on the already conflict-torn Middle East region, if the reported discussions materialize.

Feb 04 15:30

How the US Helped Create Al Qaeda and ISIS

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

Feb 03 10:09

THE U.S. PLAN TO TOPPLE ALL 7 COUNTRIES ON TRUMP’S REFUGEE BAN LIST

According to four-star General Wesley Clark, shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the Pentagon adopted a plan to topple the governments of seven countries; Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

According to Reuters, Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order that would include a temporary refugee ban and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries.

The list is expected to include Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. If those countries are starting to sound familiar, there’s a reason for that.

According to four-star General Wesley Clark, shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the Pentagon adopted a plan to topple the governments of seven countries; Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The more I look at the first actions of the Trump presidency, the more I am terrifyingly convinced that the real winner of last November's election was the power-hungry, money mad, and deeply psychotic, American Deep State.

The hard, inescapable reality here is that the American Deep State is all about expropriating resources from countries to which it has no moral right; insuring those countries are run by US/Western-centric governments; and insuring that those resources are only sold for the US dollar.

The blood and money spent is of no consequence to those people running the American deep state, as long as their financial/geopolitical objectives are obtained.

And those American military killed or maimed for life in the process of achieving their financial goals?!? Merely collateral damage, for the sake of private corporate profit.

Of course, politicians cannot possibly say that to grieving families and friends of those killed or maimed; they are assured with such nostrums as "They died to protect this country and the American way of life."

No; these military died and were maimed for life to protect and enrich private corporate profit.

That is simply the bottom line here.

Feb 03 08:20

Some 6,000 fighters from Lebanon have joined militants in Syria

More than 6,000 Lebanese and Palestinians have departed Lebanon in the last five years to join armed groups in Syria, with around 1,300 of them killed on the battlefield

Jan 30 12:06

Statement Regarding Recent Executive Order Concerning Extreme Vetting

To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.

by Donald J Trump

“America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave.

We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror.

Jan 29 09:21

Perhaps President Donald Trump Needs To Chill Out A Bit

We are not dealing with “widgets” here, but with people

These Refugee/Immigration Executive Orders appear to be knee-jerk, fear-based, and xenophobic acts of reflexive anger and emotional “lashing out,” rather than well-thought out policy and heavily researched executive action.

The last few Executive Orders pertaining to Refugees and Immigration appear to not have been very well thought through, and the etiology/genesis of the refugee crisis and immigration issues were either completely ignored, or Trump and his administration don’t understand it very well.

Jan 29 08:29

Beirut airport implements Trump travel ban, 2 Syrian families traveling to US return to Lebanon

A Syrian Christian Orthodox family has returned to Beirut after being denied entry to the United States as part of a travel ban enacted by Donald Trump, an airport source said Sunday

Jan 29 07:31

The U.S. Had A Plan To Topple All 7 Countries On Trump’s Refugee Ban List

According to Reuters, Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order that would include a temporary refugee ban and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria and six other Middle Eastern and African countries.

The list is expected to include Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. If those countries are starting to sound familiar, there’s a reason for that.

According to four-star General Wesley Clark, shortly after the attacks of 9/11, the Pentagon adopted a plan to topple the governments of seven countries; Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran.

Jan 28 07:17

Storm "Perla" forces road closures across Lebanon

Lebanon’s stormy weather Saturday caused several mountain towns to be blocked, leaving motorists stranded as casualties and material damage were recorded across the country

Jan 26 09:09

Rep. Gabbard calls on US govt to stop ‘supporting terrorists’ after meeting Syria civilians & Assad

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has called on the US to put an end to the “illegal war” she believes it wages in Syria after visiting Damascus and Aleppo. During her trip, she spoke with civilians, religious leaders, opposition leaders, and President Assad.

Gabbard described her privately-funded seven-day trip to Lebanon and Syria as a “fact-finding mission” to learn the truth about the war by speaking directly to the Syrian people. The itinerary was kept secret until Gabbard’s return to the US for security reasons.

Jan 24 08:55

Lebanese Army cracks down on Assir loyalists after failed Beirut attack

The Lebanese Army continued its crack down Tuesday on suspected militants with alleged ties to a foiled suicide attack in Beirut over the weekend. A security source told The Daily Star that the Army Intelligence arrested Mahmoud Z. in the town of Siniq, south of the southern city of Sidon, raising the number of suspects arrested in the case to more than ten.

Jan 15 09:27

Lebanon environmentalists enraged over seagull 'genocide'

Lebanese environmental groups Saturday condemned the hunting of seagull off Beirut's southern shores, near the Rafik Hariri International Airport.

Jan 15 09:27

Authorities arrest suspected terror group recruiters

General Security has detained four suspected Lebanese militants on charges of forming a terror cell and recruiting youth to join an extremist organization.

Jan 06 08:50

Iran ready to aid Lebanese Army: Senior Iranian MP

Senior Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi said Friday that his country was serious in its offer to arm the Lebanese military.

Jan 05 08:14

Lebanon: President Aoun claims Mossad behind killing of Lebanese citizen in Angola

President Michel Aoun Wednesday expressed belief that Israel's intelligence agency Mossad was behind the slaying of a Lebanese in Angola.

Aoun made his statements during a Cabinet session at the Baabda Palace.

Jan 05 06:39

More Soldiers Depart for UN Mission

Officials and well-wishers said farewell during a ceremony on Wednesday morning at the Phnom Penh military airbase to 184 Cambodian peacekeepers set to join a U.N. mission in Lebanon.

Jan 03 06:34

Lebanon bids farewell to rest Istanbul victims

Lebanon Tuesday bid farewell to two of the victims killed in a mass shooting inside a popular Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day.

Dec 31 06:37

Lebanese Army averts mass holiday attack

The Lebanese Army reportedly arrested members of a sleeper-cell in north Lebanon that had been planning a shootout followed by a suicide attack during the holiday season.

Dec 26 10:16

CIA has interfered with over 81 foreign elections in the past century

These acts, carried out in secret two-thirds of the time, include funding the election campaigns of specific parties, disseminating misinformation and propaganda...

The CIA has accused Russia of interfering in the 2016 presidential election (with absolutely zero evidence) by hacking into Democratic and Republican computer networks and selectively releasing emails.

But critics might point out the U.S. has done similar things.

Dec 25 22:59

Aleppo celebrates Christmas, shares stories of joy & loss

Syrians in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating Christmas…

‘We had 4 years of pain, of war & blood’

Christians in Syria have largely rallied behind the secular government, seeing it as their protector.

This year, many people in the liberated city of Aleppo are celebrating for the first time since the war began. RT’s Lizzie Phelan talked with residents of the war-ravaged city now recovering from its wounds.

Dec 25 09:56

UN agency in Lebanon drops G4S

The first UN agency in Lebanon has dropped G4S after a year-long campaign by activists for the boycott, divest and sanctions movement.

The Lebanese Campaign to Boycott the Supporters of Israel announced that the country’s UNICEF branch had ended its contract with the multinational security and incarceration firm as a result of a targeted campaign.

Dec 23 15:19

False News By Omission Misinforms - Pointing Such Out May Soon Be Censored

Some Israeli military official claim that Hizbullah is using Armored Personal Carriers in Syria, a correct claim, which it received from the Lebanese Armed Forces, a lie. The carriers in question are way out of date tracked vehicles and the LAF once received some upgraded ones from the United States. Israel makes these claims every once a while.

Dec 20 16:13

West Directed Killer’s Hand in Assassination of Russian Ambassador

Virtually everything that Western official sources have been saying about Aleppo, and the Syrian war more generally, is seen to be a grotesque lie.

The climax of condemnation reached unconscionable heights last week when Washington, its Western allies and the UN – all amplified unquestioningly by the Western news media – vilified Russia for allegedly slaughtering civilians in east Aleppo. American ambassador Samantha Power specifically cited unverified reports of children being killed in a basement by Syria and Russian forces.

Dec 20 06:45

Saad Hariri assumes office of prime minister

Lebanon's Saad Hariri officially assumed the office of prime minister Tuesday and was welcomed to the Grand Serail by an honor guard.

Dec 18 16:22

Trump Sets the Cat Among the Jewish Pigeons

Palestine/Israel will be transformed into a democratic state, where Jews and Palestinians will live happily ever after, as equals.

The nomination of David Friedman horrified liberal Israelis, cheered Palestinian activists, befogged the Israeli and Palestinian officials, and created a great rift among US Jews. With one brilliant stroke Donald Trump made more mischief than one would think possible. If you have no time for details, I’ll tell you: it is a good, even very good development for Palestine and Palestinians, and it is likely to save Trump’s skin back home.

Dec 15 06:06

A British citizen has been tortured by Israel’s secret police

but he's of Lebanese descent so it's OK.

Dec 07 12:43

Can Trump Leash His Pentagon ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis?

President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the defense department Tuesday, as he brought his “thank you” tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Will the mad dog be leashed? Ron Paul Liberty Report weighs in:

Dec 07 05:33

Can Trump Leash His Pentagon ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis?

President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced his pick to lead the defense department Tuesday, as he brought his “thank you” tour to Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Will the mad dog be leashed? Ron Paul Liberty Report weighs in:

Dec 06 13:01

Iranophobes on Parade – Philip Giraldi

Will Iran be the target of the Trump regime?

Hopefully someone will convince Donald Trump that the real answer to eliminating the “Iranian threat” is not war.

One of the most discouraging aspects of the filling out of the Donald Trump cabinet is the array of Iran haters that seem to be lining up in the foreign policy and national security areas.Trump has been personally advocating sensible policies relating to Russia and Syria but he appears to have gone off the rails regarding Iran, which just might be attributed to those who are giving him advice.

Nov 30 07:15

Israel targets Hezbollah, Syria posts on Beirut-Damascus highway

An Israeli air raid hit a Syrian military post and a Hezbollah position early Wednesday near Beirut-Damascus highway, a security source told The Daily Star.

Nov 18 14:43

Palestinian Children: Proposals to combat Drug dealers targeting Lebanon's camps - Part 2


As cases of Palestinian camp children being targeted by drug dealers are further revealed, proposals are being put forward by the Palestinian Community, Local, Regional and International NGOs, and Civil Society organizations on how to end this scourge. Taking into account the still prevailing Lebanese stigmas toward Palestinians and the outlawing of their elementary civil rights including the right to work and home ownership,

Nov 15 09:17

New Israel-Lebanon war on the horizon, says IDF commander

Another Israel-Lebanon War is due to happen any time soon, a top IDF commander told Israeli national television on Tuesday.

Speaking to Israel's Channel 2, Brigadier General Rassan Alian said that while he expects the war to occur, it "won't necessarily begin in Israel; events on other fronts are liable to spur it".

Nov 14 09:43

CONFIRMED: Russia prepares heavy bombers, Syrian Army gives Jihadis 24 hours to surrender

There are growing signs that what looks like a big Syrian government offensive in Aleppo is in the works.

The Syrian army has been broadcasting messages to the trapped Jihadis in eastern Aleppo via loudspeakers all day giving them just 24 hours to lay down their arms.

There are also reports of more elite Syrian troops from the Tiger forces and the Desert Hawks Special Forces units being concentrated in Aleppo. They are apparently being reinforced by well trained Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon.

Nov 14 08:07

Palestinian Social Fabric Frays in Lebanon's camps as Drug Dealers target Children - Part 1

The past few years have witnessed an alarming increase in drug distribution in several of Lebanon’s 12 Palestinian camps, as dealers reportedly target children and teenagers, becoming increasingly brazen in pushing their narcotics.

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Oct 31 07:45

Michel Aoun wins Lebanon presidency, ending 2-1/2-year vacuum

Michel Aoun has been sworn in as Lebanon's 13th president after gaining a simple majority in the second round of voting in Monday’s highly-anticipated presidential election in Parliament, putting an end to the country’s 2-1/2-year vacuum.

Oct 30 15:51

Inside the Invisible Government: War, Propaganda, Clinton & Trump by JOHN PILGER

This article is about the culpability and criminality as in War Crimes of the US MSM. Pilgers' take on why the establishment hates Donald Trump too!

In 1946, the Nuremberg Tribunal prosecutor said of the German media: “Before every major aggression, they initiated a press campaign calculated to weaken their victims and to prepare the German people psychologically for the attack. In the propaganda system, it was the daily press and the radio that were the most important weapons.”

Oct 13 18:38

Only In The World Of American Media Is Syria A Civil War

By Brandon Turbeville

Having recently concluded a trip to the Middle East, I can safely say that the claims made by Western media are the opposite of the truth...

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