Jan 17 08:57

Israel Reportedly Made 'Wish List' of Weapons for US to Engage Iran, Hezbollah

The new Israeli government of Naftali Bennet, which came to power last year, has repeatedly warned that it might act preemptively to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Tehran insists that it doesn't seek to build nukes and that its nuclear programme is peaceful.

Tel Aviv compiled a secret "wish list" of weapons it wants the US to store in its Israeli-based War Reserves Stock Allies (WRSA-I) – stockpiles of American weapons stored for the country's use in case of war, the military news outlet Breaking Defense has reported, citing anonymous military sources in Tel Aviv.

The "wish list" reportedly contained various "aerial munitions" that Tel Aviv believes might be needed in the event of a conflict between Israel and either Iran or Lebanon-based Hezbollah.

Jan 12 09:00

Israeli PM Expects War Soon in Either Gaza or Lebanon

Israeli premier Naftali Bennett has been telling parliament about the Israeli military preparing to attack Iran. Tuesday, he told parliament that they’re also preparing for smaller wars.

Bennett says he expects an escalation soon with either Lebanon or the Gaza Strip, and that the military is preparing for either. These are small neighbors that Israel remains hostile toward, and goes to war with intermittently.

It’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility there might be a conflict there, but it’s not clear why either case would escalate at any given time. These wars tend to be popular in Israel for the ruling party though, so they may be wishful thinking.

Nov 30 07:00

Cash-strapped Lebanon wakes up to countrywide roadblocks

Roadblocks were set up by demonstrators across much of cash-strapped Lebanon after the currency plummeted to a historic low.

Protesters across Beirut, Tripoli, Saida, and other cities closed highways and intersections on Monday morning with their vehicles, and put tyres and rubbish dumpsters on fire.

Nov 27 09:19

Hezbollah Spent $10 Million on Iranian Fuel for Lebanese, Nasrallah Says

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said on Friday the group had spent more than $10 million on free and subsidized fuel sourced from Iran for the Lebanese people since September.

In a televised address, Nasrallah said $2.6 million worth of fuel had been provided for free to Lebanese NGOs, municipalities, government hospitals and other organizations, while more than $7.5 million had been sold at subsidized rates.

Nov 01 07:23

Saudis, Allies Cut Ties With Lebanon After Yemen War Comment

Publicly criticizing Saudi Arabia, even in minor ways, is risky business. The Saudis invariably fly off the handle over perceived slights, and this weekend they and their Gulf allies are all cutting ties with Lebanon in such a manner.

On Friday, Lebanon’s Information Minister George Kordahi said that the Houthis are engaged in self defense in the Yemen War, and described the Saudi invasion as “aggression.”

Even though Lebanese PM Najib Mikati disavowed the statement “for the sake of national interests,” it had still wound the Saudis up. Within hours they and Bahrain both expelled Lebanon’s ambassadors.

As the weekend continued, Kuwait ousted an ambassador, and the UAE called on all its citizens to leave Lebanon immediately. Lebanon can do very little about it, as their economy is already a mess.

Nov 01 07:05

UAE urges citizens to exit Lebanon ‘as soon as possible’ amid row over Yemen war

The UAE on Sunday called on its citizens in Lebanon to immediately return home, a day after recalling its diplomats from Beirut over a Lebanese minister’s remarks on the Yemen war.

“In light of current events… the foreign ministry calls on all its citizens in Lebanon to return to the UAE as soon as possible,” it said in a statement.

“The ministry has taken all necessary measures to facilitate the return of its citizens,” it added.

Nov 01 06:43

Israel runs military drills as it identifies Lebanon as 'biggest threat'

Lebanon's Hezbollah is the most significant military threat Israel faces in 2021, which will likely carry on in the future, the national Israeli newspaper, Israel Hayom, reported on Sunday citing official sources.

Although there is currently a mutual standstill between Israel and the Iran-backed group, Israeli security officials believe that tensions between the two sides are increasing and could even escalate to an all-out war.

Israel has previously said that it does not want a war with Lebanon’s Hezbollah but that it was ready to face roughly 2,000 rockets per day if disputes break out.

According to the report, the general belief among the Israeli defences is that the crisis in Lebanon may be a factor that will prevent Hezbollah from attacking, however, past experience has shown that internal crisis can sometimes instigate a confrontation.

Oct 31 07:29

Arab League ‘concerned’ by ‘deteriorating’ Lebanon-Gulf ties

The Arab League said it was concerned about a rapid deterioration of Lebanese-Gulf relations after critical comments from a Lebanese minister about the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen were followed by the kingdom banning all imports from Lebanon and giving the Lebanese ambassador 48 hours to leave.

Saudi Arabia also banned its citizens from travelling to Lebanon and recalled its ambassador.

Oct 28 06:33

Lebanon: Minister's criticism of Yemen war sparks diplomatic crisis with Gulf

Criticism levelled at the Saudi military offensive in Yemen by Lebanon's minister of information have sparked a diplomatic crisis between Beirut and Gulf states.

George Kordahi, the former host of the Arabic version of the show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? who became information minister in September, appeared on the show "Parliament of the People", broadcast by Al Jazeera earlier this week, during which he was asked about his views on the war in Yemen.

'They [the Houthis rebels] are defending themselves against external attacks launched for years against Yemen' - George Kordahi

Kordahi said Houthi rebels fighting the Saudi-led coalition were acting in self-defence and "weren't attacking anyone", before calling the conflict in Yemen "absurd".

Saudi Arabia and allies including the United Arab Emirates have led a military coalition fighting against Iran-allied Houthi rebels in the country since 2015.

Oct 16 06:25

The US is waging a war on poor, unfortunate Lebanon, which has been an unruly playground of Western misdeeds for decades

The growing crisis in Beirut, fueling concerns of another bloody civil war, is not the fault of Hezbollah or Iran, but of the Western powers and Israel who want to keep the country weak, divided and bereft of majority rule.

Lebanon is a country in crisis. Its economy is on the brink, teetering under power shortages and experiencing sporadic political violence and unrest, with six people having been shot dead on Thursday. Some are contemplating that it may now be classed as a ‘failed state’.

Oct 16 06:17

Lebanon is on the brink of another civil war, and the Western media are covering for the culprits

Lebanon, suffering under a collapsed economy, deteriorated to the brink of civil war yesterday, as gunmen ambushed a group of protesters in Beirut, leading to at least six deaths with over 30 seriously wounded.

To top it off, the trauma inflicted in Lebanon’s capital was instantly weaponised against Hezbollah in the Western media, who are refusing to point out the key party involved in the attacks.

During what was supposed to be a peaceful protest by supporters of the Amal and Hezbollah movements, snipers suddenly began firing from rooftops in Beirut’s Tayouneh area, according to eyewitness reports. The protesters were demanding the dismissal of the lead investigator, Judge Tarek Bitar, in last year’s Beirut Port explosion, which Hezbollah accused of being politically biased.

Oct 14 05:51

As Protesters Killed in Beirut, What is Going On in Lebanon and Why is There a Fear of Civil War?

At least six people were killed by gunfire in Beirut on Thursday as protesters demanded the removal of the lead investigator into last year’s blast at the docks. The rally was organised by two Shia Muslim groups, Hezbollah and Amal.

Six people were shot dead and at least 12 are critically injured in hospital after heavy gunfire was reported in the Tayouneh district of Beirut on 14 October.

Lebanese television carried images of unidentified men carrying rifles and heavy weaponry.

The Lebanese Army said the gunfire had targeted the protesters as they passed through a road junction close to the interface between Christian and Shia Muslim neighbourhoods.

Oct 10 07:18

DARK AGES Lebanon plunges into total darkness as ENTIRE country without light, heat or energy in mass blackout amid fuel crisis

LEBANON has been plunged into total darkness as 6million people were left without energy as power stations run out of fuel.

The Mediterranean country is battling one of the planet's worst economic crunches since the 1850s in the wake of last year's devastating blast that levelled a huge part of the capital Beirut.

The state electricity company confirmed the country's two main power plants have run out of fuel as it has struggled to import enough oil.

State electricity in most places is barely available for an hour a day amid rolling power cuts.

And meanwhile, the fuel needed to power private back-up generators is also in short supply.

Oct 04 06:45

Biden confidant to mediate Israel and Lebanon's maritime border dispute

The State Department's energy envoy, Amos Hochstein, will serve as the new mediator between Lebanon and Israel in a dispute over the maritime border and natural gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, Israeli and U.S. officials tell Axios.

Why it matters: Hochstein is one of President Biden’s closest confidants and has worked with him for many years. Appointing Hochstein as the mediator raises the profile of this ongoing conflict, and signals it is a higher priority for the Biden administration.

The big picture: Israeli and U.S. officials hope the new government in Lebanon and the energy and economic crisis in the country will create an incentive for the Lebanese to move on the issue.

The talks are an attempt to resolve a dispute over natural gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The revenues at stake could reach the tens of billions of dollars.

Sep 30 06:32

US kicks off Central Partnership Station exercise in Lebanon amid soaring anti-American sentiments

The United States is conducting its first-ever Central Partnership Station mission in Lebanon to “build partner capacity” in the region and “do some humanitarian work” amid growing calls for the expulsion of all American forces from regional countries in the aftermath of the disastrous US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

According to the US 5th Fleet’s spokesman Cmdr. Tim Hawkins, the fleet’s Central Partnership Station exercise in Lebanon would grow the Lebanese Armed Forces’ ability to conduct missions like mine countermeasures, naval construction and disaster-related public health activities, as well as deliver goods like baby formula to the Mediterranean country.

“The fact that [US Naval Forces Central Command] is conducting its first-ever Central Partnership Station mission is a testament to the success and the effectiveness of those previously established efforts in other regions,” Hawkins told Defense News on Tuesday.

Sep 21 07:45

Lebanon urges UN action as Israel moves forward with gas drilling plans

Lebanese officials expressed outrage on Saturday after a gas producer announced it had been awarded a contract to begin drilling for supplies near Israel's disputed maritime border with Lebanon.

Sep 20 07:26

Lebanon submits letter to UN after Israel grants offshore contract to Halliburton

Lebanon has submitted a letter of protest to the United Nations and the Security Council after Israel granted US oilfield services group Halliburton an offshore drilling contract in the Mediterranean.

Lebanon's representative to the UN, Amal Mudallali, submitted the letter to both UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the President of the Security Council, Ireland’s representative to the United Nations, Geraldine Byrne Nason, calling on the UNSC to "ensure that the drilling evaluation works are not located in a disputed area between Lebanon and Israel, in order to avoid any attack on Lebanon's rights and sovereignty."

The letter also called for efforts to "prevent any future drilling in the disputed areas and to avoid steps that may pose a threat to international peace and security."

Sep 19 05:13

EU Parliament Threatens Sanctions on Lebanon Amid Economic Crisis

EU’s parliament is threatening potential sanctions on Lebanon as the country is mired in an economic crisis.

Lebanon formed a new government last week after over a year of being under an interim government since August 2020, when Lebanese officials stepped down over the Beirut port blast.

The EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrel, said because Lebanon formed a new government, the time for sanctions had passed. But on Thursday, the EU’s parliament passed a resolution that said sanctions were still on the table.

“The introduction of targeted sanctions for obstructing or undermining the democratic political process remains an option,” the resolution said. The parliament called on Lebanon’s leaders “to keep their promises and be a functional government.”

Sep 10 11:12

Lebanon gets a new government, its first since last year's deadly port blast

A new government has been formed in crisis-ridden Lebanon, ending a more than year-long power vacuum that began shortly after the August 2020 Beirut port blast.

Prime Minister Najib Mikati, a billionaire who has already twice served as premier, will lead a cabinet of ministers that will preside over an economic depression which the World Bank considers one of the world's worst since the mid-19th century.

Mikati visited Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the Baabda Presidential Palace where he signed a decree to form the new government in the presence of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, the Lebanese Presidency said.

Addressing the nation after the meeting, Mikati said he would try to "stop the country's collapse."

Sep 01 06:09

Iranian fuel shipments to Lebanon pose new challenge for Biden, experts say

Hezbollah's decision to arrange multiple deliveries of Iranian fuel to Lebanon poses a series of challenges for the US as it prepares to craft a response to the country's crippling energy crisis, experts have said.

In a speech on Friday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah blamed the US for Lebanon's economic woes and said Caesar sanctions imposed by Washington on Syria had harmed Lebanon.

"Go ahead and give Lebanon an exemption for Iranian gasoline and diesel… go ahead and give Lebanon an exemption from Caesar," Nasrallah said, addressing the US in his speech.

Aug 20 06:36

Lebanon complains to UN after Israel allegedly uses country’s airspace to strike Syria again

Lebanon has complained to the UN after claiming Israeli jets “blatantly violated” its airspace to carry out strikes at Syrian territory on Thursday. The incursion reportedly forced two civilian flights to divert from their route.

Late on Thursday, Syrian air defenses “repelled an Israel missile aggression,” downing most of the incoming projectiles, Syria’s state-run SANA news agency reported, citing military sources. The strikes allegedly came from the southeast side of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, and targeted areas outside the Syrian cities of Damascus and Homs, according to the agency.

Israel, which is concerned about the presence of the Iranian military and Lebanese armed group Hezbollah in Syria, usually remains silent on its strikes against the neighboring country. The reported attack was condemned by the Lebanese authorities, with Defense Minister Zeina Akar claiming that Israeli warplanes have “blatantly violated Lebanon’s airspace.”

Aug 19 13:34

Hezbollah Leader Warns US & Israel Not To Interfere With Iranian Fuel Tanker Bound For Lebanon

On Thursday Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, for the first time gave specifics in terms of a timetable for the Iranian fuel shipment to crisis-hit Lebanon, saying a tanker is now set to sail to Lebanon "within hours".

The Hezbollah leader also indicated more shipments from Iran will follow, while warning the United States and Israel against interfering.

Aug 18 05:52

Protesting agriculture reform, Israeli farmers attempt to breach Lebanon border

Protesting farmers tried to break through Israel’s northern border into Lebanon on Tuesday, as they continued their demonstrations against a planned agricultural reform they say will destroy their livelihoods.

Several hundred took part in the rally in the Avivim agricultural community against the planned government reform in the industry. Some of them attempted to breach the border with Lebanon and were immediately halted by security forces.

The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that the protesters only breached a security fence along the border and did not at any time succeed in entering Lebanese territory before they were halted.

Aug 17 07:15

Iran Will Begin Transporting Fuel To Lebanon: Hezbollah Leader

On Sunday, the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, discussed a number of topics in a televised interview, including the latest explosion in Akkar and the fuel crisis. Commenting on the explosion in Akkar, Nasrallah said that "what happened in Akkar imposes itself on all of us," describing it as "sad news for everyone who heard it in Lebanon or abroad."

The Hezbollah leader sent his condolences to the people of Akkar, stating that "the lesson must be taken from what happened to prevent its recurrence in other places," stressing that "the incident must constitute a decisive factor for those concerned in order to form a government."

Aug 13 07:18

Beirut Goes Dark As Economic Tailspin Sees Dire Fuel & Electricity Shortages 

Starting Wednesday night Lebanon's Central Bank announced that fuel subsidies have been halted, already at a moment where there's been scarcity of both gas and electricity. Fuel prices are expected to at least quadruple, leading to a national scramble for fuel, exacerbating rolling blackouts akin to what's become the tragic "norm" of recent years in neighboring war-torn Syrian.

International reports are underscoring that the enduring economic crisis beginning in 2019 which sparked a year of mass protests and a currency crisis, and subsequent failed attempts to stave off total collapse amid a drastic "shock" change in government, are now coming to a head, sending already impoverished areas of the country of nearly seven million spiraling into steadily worsened conditions.

Aug 11 09:04

US pressures Israel not to change rules of engagement with Hezbollah

The United States has put pressure on Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett not to change the rules of confrontation with the Iran-allied Lebanese Hezbollah movement as a new round of nuclear talks between Tehran and the world powers are set to begin in September, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported.

The paper quoted a diplomatic source as saying that Israel and Hezbollah have sent messages to UNIFIL that they are not interested in changing the rules of engagement, after pressure from the United States and France on both sides.

The confrontation in the south also threatens the Lebanese government and increases the chances of the country's collapse, a development that both Washington and Paris are trying to prevent.

Meanwhile, a number of Israeli army generals said they expect an imminent military confrontation with Lebanon.

Aug 11 06:38

Recent Israel-Lebanon escalation shows Iran & Hezbollah are interlinked...an attack against one is seen as an attack against both

Israel has started talking tough about going to war with Iran. Then Hezbollah sent a reality check. 2006 will forever haunt Israel as it confronts the fact that, when push comes to shove, it's not as capable as it claims to be.

Israel has been waging a covert war against Iranian shipping for months now, conducting more than a dozen attacks on Iranian vessels over the course of the past few years. The attacks appear to be targeted against vessels delivering oil to Syria in violation of US and international sanctions. During this time, there have been similarly mysterious attacks against Israeli-owned shipping. While Iran has officially denied any role in such attacks, it is believed that they are part of a program of retaliation against Israel for its attacks on Iranian shipping.

Aug 10 06:14

Lebanon's Economy Quickly Collapsing Amid Hyperinflation, Power Outages

The economy of Lebanon is seeing a once-in-a-lifetime collapse amid hyperinflation and outages, according to a report from the World Bank.

The small Middle Eastern country has seen inconsistent power supply and outages after the massive explosion in its capital, Beirut, last year. The country, which is also dealing with hyperinflation, is seeing one of the worst three economic depressions globally since the mid-1800s, according to the World Bank.

“Lebanon’s GDP plummeted from close to US$55 billion in 2018 to an estimated US$33 billion in 2020, with US$GD/capita falling by around 40 percent,” said the organization in a recent news release accompanying its report (pdf).

“Such a brutal and rapid contraction is usually associated with conflicts or wars” although Lebanon has been considered a state prone to conflict and violence, said the report.

Aug 06 05:34

Israel Conducts Biggest Airstrikes On Lebanon Since 2006

A rare, major cross-border exchange of fire between Israel and militants in Lebanon has flared-up on Wednesday into Thursday after three rockets were initially launched from southern Lebanon, which Israeli officials say struck inside Israeli territory, causing brush fires with some reports saying up to four injuries.

The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) then hit back with artillery fire on the launch positions, followed by airstrikes, reportedly on Marjayoun district in the south. "Israel responded with several rounds of artillery fire on Wednesday before launching air strikes early on Thursday," the military announced. The IDF later indicated it blanketed the target zone with over 100 artillery strikes.

Aug 06 05:32

Hezbollah launches rocket fire in response to Israeli air raids

The Lebanese group, Hezbollah, has said it fired rockets at open ground near Israeli positions in response to Israeli air raids on southern Lebanon, drawing retaliatory Israeli strikes.

In a statement on Friday, Hezbollah said it had fired “dozens” of rockets in the disputed Shebaa Farms area after Israeli fighters early on Thursday launched rare air raids on neighbouring Lebanon following a second day of rocket fire across the border.

Aug 06 05:12

Hezbollah fires rockets into Israel from Lebanon

A heavy barrage of close to 20 rockets was fired from Lebanon into northern Israel on Friday, activating the Iron Dome and setting off sirens throughout the area.

Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks.

Aug 05 07:15

Israel conducts airstrikes against southern Lebanon

The Israeli regime takes an area in southern Lebanon under airstrikes after launching heavy artillery attack aimed again at the country’s south in response to alleged rocket attack.

Palestinian media outlets reported the aerial assaults in the early hours of Thursday, describing the target as an area lying along Lebanon’s southern border with the occupied territories.

The Israeli military confirmed the attack, claiming that the targeted area had been used earlier as a launchpad for rocket strikes towards the occupied territories.

On Wednesday, explosions reportedly rang out across locations in southern Lebanon as a result of “extensive artillery attacks” launched by the occupying regime under the same pretext.

The Israeli Kan News channel said the attacks—that came after “three rockets” were reportedly fired from southern Lebanon towards the occupied territories—saw the regime releasing “more than 100 artillery rounds” towards the country.

Aug 05 07:02

84 injured as protesters try to storm Lebanese parliament on blast anniversary

The anniversary of the 4 August Beirut port explosion was marred by violence, as hundreds of protesters attempted to storm parliament, with police responding by shooting tear gas and rubber bullets at the crowd, injuring at least 84.

Protesters descended on parliament in downtown Beirut, with chants of thawra (revolution) and “the people want the downfall of the regime.”

Lebanese army soldiers and Internal Security Forces (ISF) troops stayed within the parliaments’ grounds, holding off protesters by shooting tear gas and rubber bullets, as well as throwing stones and glass bottles, at the advancing crowd.

Aug 05 06:58

Israeli jets carry out strikes in Lebanon in response to rockets launched from area held by Iranian-backed fighters

Israeli jets have bombed two sites inside Lebanon which the military said were used to launch rockets at its territory.

The IDF struck the sites overnight Wednesday after three rockets were fired earlier in the day, two which landed in Israel and one which fell short in Lebanon.

Israel had also fired artillery earlier on Wednesday, marking a sharp increase in border fighting amid rising tensions with Iran - whose proxy groups control Lebanon.

Aug 05 06:19

Israel’s overnight airstrikes highlight ‘aggressive intentions,’ says Lebanese president

Lebanon’s president has hit out at Israel and its “aggressive intentions” after the Israel Defense Forces launched overnight airstrikes on Lebanese villages in response to militant activity on Wednesday.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, Lebanese President Michel Aoun blasted Israel’s use of force in attacking targets in Lebanon on Wednesday night. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) airstrikes on Lebanese villages underline “escalating aggressive intentions that coincide with the continuous threats against Lebanon and its sovereignty,” he stated.

Aoun contended that the assault was a “flagrant and dangerous” violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701 and claimed the move was “a direct threat to security and stability” in the country’s south.

Aug 04 05:21

IDF Responds With Artillery Fire After Three Rockets Launched From Lebanon Into Israel

According to Israel's army, the sirens sounded in at least three communities.

Rocket warning sirens sounded in northern Israel close to the Lebanese border on Wednesday, the Israeli military said.

No injuries or damage have been reported so far.

Aug 04 05:18

Rockets fired from Lebanon toward Israel, IDF responds with artillery fire

Three rockets were fired from Lebanon towards Kiryat Shmona in northern Israel on Wednesday afternoon, setting off rocket sirens in Kiryat Shmona, Kfar Giladi and Tel Hai, according to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit. Two rockets fell near Kiryat Shmona and one fell within Lebanese territory.

The IDF responded shortly afterwards with tank fire towards the site where the rockets were fired from. No special instructions have been issued to residents of northern Israel. The mayor of Kiryat Shmona ordered shelters to be opened.

Lebanon's National New Agency reported that three rockets fired from Lebanon fell within Lebanese territory and two rockets fell within Israeli territory.

Aug 03 10:11

Testing troops’ readiness, IDF launches drill along Lebanon border

The Israel Defense Forces will hold an exercise along the northern border starting Monday night, simulating fighting with the Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The drill, dubbed “Sunbeam,” aims to test the readiness of soldiers during a potential escalation with the Iran-backed terror group that could last a number of days, the military said.

The IDF added that during the exercise, forces will examine ways of applying lessons learned from the recent military conflict in Gaza with Palestinian terrorists.

Jul 26 07:05

Lebanon's people line up in 'queues of humiliation' as their country unravels

Fill ’er up? Be ready to wait in line at least an hour — assuming the gas station is open, that is.

Need medication? Something as basic as aspirin could set you on a daylong hunt from pharmacy to pharmacy.

Even a grocery run is an ever-accelerating race against ballooning prices and a failing currency. And whatever you do, you’ll need to time it around power cuts that can last up to 23 hours a day.

This is life in Lebanon these days, where a 21-month-long, government-engineered economic implosion — the World Bank calls it “a deliberate depression” — has transformed everyday tasks into a gantlet of fuel, power, water, medicine and basic goods shortages that residents dub tawabeer al-thul, or “queues of humiliation.”

Jul 26 07:05

FLASHBACK - Secret Documents Expose British Cloak and Dagger Activities in Lebanon

lassified UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) documents released by hacktivist collective Anonymous raise serious questions about London’s cloak-and-dagger activities in Lebanon, and whether they may have led to the ouster of the country’s government.

Due to Lebanon’s position at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Basin and Arabia, and borders with Israel and Syria, it has long been of enormous geopolitical significance to Western powers.

Jul 23 06:06

Israel Hit Northern Lebanon Villages During Overnight Attack on Syria

Overnight, Israeli warplanes carried out an attack against Syria’s al-Qusayr, and as is so often the case, they attacked Syria from Lebanese airspace. Lebanon is planning to lodge an official complaint about that to the UN.

Beyond that, Israel appears to have hit several villages in northern Lebanon as well, with locals reporting blasts in several areas during the night. One of the biggest hit the village of Lehfed, creating a 15 meter crater.

The locals in Lehfed reported it was lucky that the rocket hit the rocks, noting it wasn’t far from a residential area and could’ve caused substantially more damage and casualties. As it is, the blast caused only broken windows.

Another rocket was reported to have fallen on the village of Mejdel. Blasts were reported elsewhere along the border between Syria and northern Lebanon. It’s not clear which of these were intended targets of Israel, and as usual Israel is not commenting.

Jul 23 05:40

Lebanon: Fury as health minister says reports of medicine shortages are 'rumours'

Lebanon’s minister of health, Hamad Hassan, has sparked outrage after stating that reports of medicine shortages in the country are rumours, and that the media and public are exaggerating the economic crisis in the country.

On Wednesday, one Twitter user asked Hassan to address the medicine shortages in Lebanon. Hassan responded: “Do not listen to the rumours from some media outlets. I don’t blame them. They’re clever at directing and sharing things, it’s their job,” he said in the tweet.

Online, many have criticised the minister for downplaying the severity of the situation in the country, and for suggesting that medicine shortages are not a widespread problem.

Jul 21 07:40

Israel Shells Lebanon, Warns Against ‘Spillover’ Violence

Israeli forces fired artillery shells into southern Lebanon overnight, retaliating against a pair of rockets entering Israeli territory from Lebanon. No casualties or damage were reported on either side.

Exactly how this latest exchange started isn’t entirely clear. Lebanon is undergoing a serious economic crisis, and stability is suffering. The Lebanese Army reported finding and disabling the rocket launching pads that were used, and which were near where Israel was firing.

Whatever happened, Israel’s DM Benny Gantz says that it is entirely the fault of the state of Lebanon because “it allows terrorists to operate within its territory.” Israeli officials also blamed Iran.

Indeed, PM Naftali Bennett said that “Lebanon is on the verge of collapse like any country in which Iran bases itself,” saying the Lebanese people are “taken hostage by Khamenei.”

Jul 16 05:28

Lebanese president defies U.S. and French pressure, rejects new government

Lebanese President Michel Aoun rejected Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri's proposal for a new government, prompting Hariri's resignation and deepening the country's political crisis.

Why it matters: Lebanon's political stalemate is contributing to the country's economic collapse, and caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab has been pleading for international help to avert an imminent “social explosion." But key international players say they'll withhold aid without a new government and economic and political reforms.

Driving the news: Hours before Aoun rejected Hariri's proposal, Secretary of State Tony Blinken and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had sent a joint message to the Lebanese president stressing the need to form a new government as soon as possible.

Jul 11 22:15

Lebanon slides closer to complete collapse as Israel fears Hezbollah’s expansion of influence

The country’s economy is cratering, there are shortages of fuel and medicines, and people are going hungry on the streets. Yet what does the West worry most about? Hezbollah helping the starving get food.

Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab has warned the international community that the country could collapse in days, as even Israel offers aid fearing the expansion of Lebanese Hezbollah’s power in the country.

Without having a formal government, a 90% decrease in the value of the country’s currency and 55% of the population living in poverty, Lebanon is in a crisis like no other since the nation’s founding.

Jul 08 07:29

Israel tries to whitewash its bloody legacy in Lebanon

Israel is once again trying to whitewash its crimes against Lebanon by offering the country “humanitarian aid.”

Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz said Israel was “ready to act” and that he made his offer via UNIFIL, the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, through Israeli army liaisons.

With Lebanon’s currency losing 90 percent of its value and supermarkets and pharmacies struggling to restock basic supplies, the country is experiencing a deep economic crisis.

Last August’s massive port explosion that devastated many parts of Beirut took the crisis to new levels.

Jul 08 06:20

Lebanon PM Warns Of “Social Explosion” After Fuel Price Hikes

Lebanon, which is in the midst of a severe economic crisis, is “days away” from a social explosion, the country’s caretaker prime minister warned on Tuesday, moments before renewed, violent protests broke out as people desperately search for essential medicines, gasoline and food.

“Lebanon is a few days away from the social explosion. The Lebanese are facing this dark fate alone,” caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab said in a speech during a meeting with international organizations and ambassadors.

“I appeal through you to the kings, princes, presidents and leaders of brotherly and friendly countries, and I call upon the United Nations and all international bodies, the international community, and the global public opinion to help save the Lebanese from death and prevent the demise of Lebanon,” Diab added.

Jul 06 06:36

‘Social explosion’ imminent in Lebanon, as nation teeters on brink of economic collapse – caretaker PM

Lebanon’s caretaker prime minister has warned diplomats that the country is days away from a “social explosion” and called for help from the international community, as the nation tries to avert catastrophe.

Speaking after a meeting with ambassadors and diplomats in Beirut, Hassan Diab told officials that Lebanon was facing a “painful and dark reality,” due to the social and economic impact of its financial crisis.

During his address, Diab declared that the combined challenges meant “the country [was] a short distance from social explosion,” adding, “I call on the world to save Lebanon.” He paired his plea with a request not to punish his people for the actions of “corrupt” political figures.

Diab urged the diplomats in attendance to support his economic recovery plan, which has been developed and is ready to be implemented. Lebanon had been in talks with the International Monetary Fund over a $10 billion bailout, but that fell through over concerns about its financial sector.

Jul 01 19:30

Economic crisis, severe shortages make Lebanon ‘unlivable’

Ibrahim Arab waits in line several hours a day in the hot summer sun to buy gas for his taxi.

When he’s not working, the 37-year-old father of two drives from one Beirut pharmacy to another, looking for baby formula for his 7-month-old son — any he can find — even though the infant got severe diarrhea and vomiting from an unfamiliar brand.

He worries what would happen if his children got really sick. Once among the best in the region, Lebanon’s hospitals are struggling amid the country’s economic and financial crisis that has led to daily power outages that last for hours, shortages of diesel fuel for backup generators, and a lack of medical equipment and drugs.

After 20 months of suffering with no end in sight, a new reality is setting in for most of Lebanon’s estimated 6 million people: Days filled with severe shortages — from spare parts for cars to medicine, fuel and other basic goods in the import-dependent country.

Jun 29 06:16

Fatah Vows to Investigate Attack on Sputnik Correspondent at Palestinian Embassy in Lebanon

Sputnik correspondent Abed Albay was assaulted on Monday, while he was filming a rally involving both supporters and opponents of the Palestinian movement.

Fatah has dubbed the attack on the Sputnik journalist "unacceptable" and promised to carry out a probe in order to find those responsible for his beating.

"At the moment, I do not have information on this issue. I need just 30 minutes to get an update. But initially, we support freedom of the media and speak against any harassment of journalists. What happened is absolutely unacceptable. It is necessary to understand what happened, and find out whether these were our people or not", spokesman Mahmoud Said stated.

Jun 25 04:24

At Lebanon war memorial, Gantz says next conflicts likely to need ground troops

Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned on Thursday that future military conflicts are likely to involve Israeli ground troops.

Speaking at a memorial ceremony at Mount Herzl marking 15 years since the outbreak of the Second Lebanon War, Gantz proclaimed that the IDF is “prepared to engage our full capacity.”

“In future campaigns, or, God forbid, in war, if we need to get into enemy territory, ground troops, both in regular and reserve duty, will constitute a central component of the fighting,” Gantz said. “We will use them if it becomes necessary.”

The defense minister noted that his statement applies to a potential future conflict along the border with Lebanon or anywhere else.

Jun 17 05:29

New energy minister meets US negotiator over Lebanese maritime talks

Energy Minister Karine Elharrar met on Wednesday with John Desrocher, the American mediator in the indirect talks between Israel and Lebanon over their disputed maritime border.

“Despite Israel’s strong legal case, we are ready to consider creative solutions to bring this issue to an end,” Elharrar, who took office this week, told Desrocher of the ongoing indirect negotiations between Lebanon and Israel.

Elharrar was also joined on Wednesday by Michael Ratney, the interim head of the US Embassy in Israel, as well as Udi Adiri, director-general of the Energy Ministry.

During the meeting, held in the Energy Ministry’s office in Jerusalem, Elharrar stressed that the ongoing negotiations with Lebanon are of the utmost importance despite the recent government transition, and said she is being kept up to date by Adiri, the head of Israel’s delegation to the talks.

Jun 09 11:46

Daredevil dies instantly after jumping 120ft from a Beirut cliff on to a tourist boat he didn't see despite desperate warning shouts from onlookers

  • Fahd Ibrahim Jamil Al-Lakma leaped off the side of the Raouche Rocks, Lebanon
  • He landed on a tourist boat emerging from a cave, injuring its captain
  • Fahd, from Syria, died instantly while the captain is being treated in hospital

A daredevil has died after jumping off a 120ft cliff into the sea and accidentally landing in a tourist boat.

Fahd Ibrahim Jamil Al-Lakma leaped off the side of the Raouche Rocks in Beirut, Lebanon on Sunday.

The Syrian failed to hear the warning shouts from onlookers that there was a boat directly below him.

The tourist boat had just emerged from a tunnel under the cliff which would have likely obscured his view.

Audible gasps are heard as the man, who hailed from the city of Hajin in Syria's eastern Deir ez-Zor Governorate, collides with the boat with an audible thud.

Jun 04 09:40

Google removes its head of diversity after 2007 blog post surfaces in which he claimed Jews have 'an insatiable appetite for war'

Google announced it's removing its global lead on diversity strategy and research from his post after it was discovered he'd made antisemitic comments in a past blog post.

Kamau Bobb will be reassigned to a STEM research role after The Washington Free Beacon uncovered a 2007 blog post by Bobb titled "If I were a Jew."

"If I were a Jew I would be concerned about my insatiable appetite for war and killing in defense of myself," he wrote in the now-deleted post.

"If I were a Jew today, my sensibilities would be tormented. I would find it increasingly difficult to reconcile the long cycles of oppression that Jewish people have endured and the insatiable appetite for vengeful violence that Israel, my homeland, has now acquired."

The post appeared to be written following an outbreak of violence between Lebanon and Israel in late 2007.

May 28 05:39

After humiliation in Gaza, Israel threatens Lebanon with war

Israel’s minister of military affairs Benny Gantz has threatened Lebanon with military strikes in the event of an attack from the north, saying raids on Lebanon would include bigger and more significant targets than those hit during the recent onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

“If an attack comes from the north, Lebanon will tremble… the houses in which weapons and terrorist operatives are being hidden will become rubble. Our list of targets for Lebanon is bigger and more significant than the one for Gaza, and the bill is ready to be settled if necessary,” Gantz said in a speech on Wednesday.

The remarks came after Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement, warned Israel that any aggression on holy sites in the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds would lead to a regional war and the destruction of the regime in Tel Aviv.

May 26 07:17

Nasrallah warns attack on Jerusalem al-Quds means regional war, Israel’s destruction

The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement has warned Israel that any aggression on holy sites in the occupied Jerusalem al-Quds would lead to a regional war and destruction of the Tel Aviv regime.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah made the remarks in a televised speech on Tuesday, in his first address after the victory of Palestinian resistance groups in their fight against Israel during the regime’s latest war in the besieged Gaza Strip.

"Gaza surprised both friends and foes, to be honest," Nasrallah said. "And so, Israel misjudged the impact of its moves until matters reached a point when resistance in Gaza would have to carry out its threats."

Hailing the “steadfastness” of Palestinian resistance groups, Nasrallah said Israeli officials and military must reconsider their assessments based on what happened in the Gaza Strip and beware of the consequences of their aggression.

May 20 08:57

Israeli Artillery Strikes Targets in Lebanon in Response to Four Rocket Launches

Israel has been repelling attacks coming from the Gaza Strip since Hamas and Islamic Jihad launched hundreds of rockets on 10 May, some of them targeting Tel Aviv. So far, the rocket attacks have killed 10 Israelis and injured 50 more.

Four rockets have been fired from southern Lebanon towards Israel, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) have reported. According to the military, the country's air defences intercepted one of the rockets, while two of them landed in the sea and the other in an uninhabited area.

May 18 06:45

Video: Israeli Artillery Responds After 6 Rockets Fired From Lebanon Towards Israel, IDF Says

As tensions have heatened up between Israel and the Palestinians since the beginning of Ramadan and resulted in rocket exchange in the south, between the Jewish state and Hamas, the de-facto ruler of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli northern border has not seen much of rocket fire from the Lebanese territory.

The IDF announced on Monday that rocket warning sirens were activated in the Misgav Am kibbutz, in the northern part of Israel, close to the border with Lebanon.

According to the IDF, six rockets were launched from Lebanon into Israel, but apparently all of the projectiles landed in Lebanese territory. The Israeli military also said that its "artillery forces fired toward the sources of the launches".

May 18 06:43

Could Hezbollah Save Lebanon From Potential Collapse as It's 'Preparing for Looming Doomsday'?

According to reports, the Shiite militia is purchasing food and medication from Iran in a bid to keep the economy afloat and the Lebanese public quiet. But a local journalist says it will not silence the Lebanese.

The month of Ramadan has been a challenge for many Lebanese. Food prices have gone up, unemployment rates remain high and many people continue to struggle with poverty on a daily basis.

In fact, the situation has become so acute that recent reports suggested that Hezbollah, a Shiite militia group that holds seats in the Lebanese parliament, has stepped up preparations for a possible state collapse.

May 18 05:44

IDF shells Lebanon after claiming rockets were launched toward Israeli territory

The Israeli military said it fired artillery shells into Lebanon in response to several rockets allegedly fired from across the border. Tel Aviv claimed none of the projectiles reached Israeli territory.

“[Six] rockets were just fired from Lebanon toward northern Israel, all of which fell inside Lebanon. In response, our artillery forces fired toward the sources of the launches,” the IDF said in a tweet late on Monday night.

Blasts were reportedly heard around the Misgav Am kibbutz in northern Israel shortly before the IDF announcement, triggering air raid sirens, and unconfirmed video footage has circulated online purporting to show the counterattack.

May 15 06:17

With Jordan, Lebanon border violence Israel faces 4-front conflict

Lebanese protesters, likely urged on by Hezbollah, tried to breach an area of a border fence in northern Israel on Friday near Metulla. In Lod, Israel continued a curfew after nights of violence that had the city looking like it was suffering a civil war.

In Gaza the IDF struck another Hamas anti-tank squad, one of a half dozen such units targeted in recent days. On the Jordan border, demonstrators supporting the Palestinians tried to break through to reach Israel and the West Bank. Israel is now facing a four-front conflict – its internal strife, Gaza, Lebanon and Jordan – and possibly more violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

May 15 06:05

Hezbollah fully prepared to deliver crushing response if Israel attacks Lebanon: Analyst

Amid the Israeli regime’s ongoing military drills in the occupied territories, a Lebanese political analyst says the Hezbollah resistance movement is fully prepared to give a crushing response to Tel Aviv in case of any mistake, or attack on Lebanon.

The Israeli regime’s ongoing military drills aim to send a threatening message to the Hezbollah movement, amid the ongoing economic, social, financial and political crisis in Lebanon, Faysal Abdel Sater told Press TV on Thursday.

He added that Israel is staging the maneuvers at a time that it is aware of the resistance movement’s high power and simultaneous with a full-scale Palestinian uprising, which shows the depth of a critical situation that the regime is grappling with.

The Israeli military started early on Sunday what it claimed was its “largest” exercise, saying the drills would last about a month and the participants would practice combat and emergency scenarios in all fields.

May 14 10:53

Turkey’s Karpowership shuts down power to Lebanon

Turkey’s Karpowership, which provides electricity to Lebanon from two barges, said it was shutting down supplies over payment arrears and a legal threat to its vessels amid the country’s economic crisis.

The company, which supplies 370 megawatts (MW), or about one-quarter of Lebanon’s supply, told the government this week it would have to shut down in the absence of moves towards a settlement.

May 14 06:44

Rockets Fired At Israel From South Lebanon As Fears Grow Hezbollah To Enter Conflict

A big lingering unknown is whether Israel's powerful archenemy Hezbollah will open up a northern front to bog down Israel's military as it continues striking Gaza, and as preparations are underway for a potential Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) ground invasion into the Hamas-controlled strip.

Late Thursday at least three rockets were fired from southern Lebanon toward Israel, which the IDF military spokesman confirmed...

Given the rockets fired into northern Israel, the immediate question remains whether Hezbollah was responsible, and if the Shia paramilitary organization supported closely by Iran will initiate its own aggression. This would constitute a monumental escalation for Israel, assuring major regional war.

So far international reports are saying it's "unclear" who was responsible for the attack from Lebanon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Or... could it have been Israeli military elements in Lebanon, attempting a "false flag" in order to justify an invasion of Lebanon?!?

If this is happening, expect it to get far worse, to justify the invasion; Israel desperately wants the Litani river, and will do nearly anything to be able to access that water....

May 09 06:59

Hezbollah on military alert ahead of massive IDF drill

Lebanese based Hezbollah terror group was put on high alert ahead of a month-long IDF drill that will begin on Sunday.

Israel's military maneuver will imitate the outbreak of war on multiple fronts including missile fire at civilian population areas.

Lebanon media reports Hezbollah increased preparedness in South Lebanon and on the Syrian Golan Heights.

Apr 24 07:29

IDF chief to make first US visit next week to discuss Iran, Hezbollah

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi will travel to the United States on Sunday to discuss the threat of Iran’s nuclear program and its entrenchment throughout the region, the military said Friday.

Kohavi’s trip — his first since entering his position — comes amid considerable tensions between the United States and Israel over the Iran nuclear issue. US President Joe Biden’s administration intends to return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, a move that Israeli officials, including Kohavi, staunchly and publicly oppose.

Shortly after Biden’s inauguration in January, Kohavi made waves with a particularly blunt, overt speech arguing against the US rejoining the deal, saying it was a “bad thing.”

Apr 21 05:21

Gantz warns Hezbollah of ‘heavy consequences’ if it threatens Israel

Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Tuesday warned Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group that it will suffer “heavy consequences” if it acts against Israel.

Touring the IDF’s Northern Command with senior military commanders, Gantz said the Israel Defense Forces “is ideally prepared along the northern border and definitely on the Lebanese front.”

“We are aware of Hezbollah’s attempts to challenge us in new ways,” he said, without elaborating on the new tactics. “We will deal with any threat. If Hezbollah challenges the IDF and the State of Israel, it will suffer very, very heavy consequences and I hope they don’t do that.”

Apr 19 07:30

Hezbollah said making preparations for Lebanon’s possible collapse

The Hezbollah terror group is preparing itself for the possibility of the collapse of the Lebanese state amid a spiralling economic and political crisis, according to a report Friday.

Reuters said preparations include issuing ration cards for food supplies, stocking up on medicine and preparing to import and store fuel from Iran. It cited three sources with knowledge of the plans.

It said the plan would help protect Shiite communities Hezbollah dominates from the worst of such a national crisis, while expanding its already extensive role in Lebanese society.

Apr 16 10:16

Lebanon demands Israel halt gas search after expanding claims in disputed area

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun Thursday demanded Israel halt all exploration in an offshore gas field on its southern border, as part of an ongoing dispute over their shared sea frontier.

The countries, which are still technically at war, last year took part in indirect US-brokered talks to discuss demarcation to clear the way for offshore oil and gas exploration.

But those talks stalled after Lebanon demanded a larger area, including part of the Karish gas field, where Israel has given a Greek firm rights for exploration.

Apr 13 10:35

Cher says Republicans are trying to ‘achieve the dream’ of white supremacy in new Ga. voting laws

What are the details?
On Saturday, Cher targeted Republican lawmakers for passing the new voting law and said that the law amounts to nothing less than "VOTER SUPPRESSION."

Apr 10 05:44

Lebanon says Israel’s use of its airspace to attack Syria clear breach of international law

Lebanon has condemned “in the strongest terms” Israel’s use of its airspace to carry out a missile attack near the Syrian capital, Damascus.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Lebanese Foreign Ministry expressed its "condemnation, in the strongest terms, of the air attack carried out by the Israeli enemy,” Lebanese National News Agency reported.

"While denouncing any attack on the sovereignty of brotherly Syria, and refusing to use the Lebanese airspace to target it, the Ministry expresses its full solidarity with Syria in the face of the repeated attacks carried out by the Israeli enemy."

The ministry called for international action to end the repeated Israeli attacks on Lebanon’s sovereignty which “constitutes a clear violation of international law, the Charter of the United Nations, and resolutions of international legitimacy."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Law, schmaw..." -- Israel

Apr 08 06:32

Israel Bombing the Outskirts of Damascus from Over Lebanon, Again

Israel carried out a new aggression against the Syrian capital Damascus shortly after midnight, the bombing targeted a Syrian Army post in the outskirt of Damascus.

A Syrian military spokesperson stated: ‘At about 12:56 a.m. local time today, April 8, the Israeli enemy carried out an air assault with bursts of rockets from the direction of Lebanese territory targeting some points in the vicinity of the city of Damascus, and our air defense media intercepted the aggression’s missiles and dropped most of them.’

Four Syrian army soldiers were injured in the bombing which also left some material damage, the military spokesperson added.

Syrian air defenses have shot down a number of illicit missiles, and Al Manar has just announced that one of Syria’s air defense missiles chased an enemy warplane to the border, at which point a very loud explosion was heard throughout southern Lebanon.

Mar 27 06:24

Lebanese PM says dangerous nuclear substances found at southern oil plant

Lebanon’s interim Prime Minister announced Friday that dangerous nuclear substances had been found at oil installations in Zahrani in the south of the country, according to a Reuters report.

PM Hassan Diab said that a report conducted by Combi Lift, a German heavy-lift transport company, had been reviewed by Lebanon’s nuclear energy authority, and it found the materials to be dangerous nuclear substances.

“This is something that needs to be discussed now and needs to be dealt with promptly,” Diab said in a statement.

Mar 21 07:43

US intensifying econ. pressure on Lebanon to force normalization of ties with Israel: Analyst

The United States has intensified economic and political pressure on Lebanon to force the country into joining the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and a number of other Arab states in normalizing relations with the Israeli regime, says a political analyst.

In an interview with Press TV on Friday, Julia Kassem said the economic pressure applied by the US and its allies on Lebanon has been meant to force the Lebanese government into normalization with the Tel Aviv regime.

“The policies are designed to force an ouster of the pro-sovereign elements in Lebanon’s government, i.e. Hezbollah and its allies in parliament as well as President Michel Aoun, who is opposed to [Prime Minister-designate Saad] Hariri, the US, and their schemes, and install a complete administration compliant to US and Israeli demands of Lebanon,” Kassem said.

Over the past year, a number of Arab governments under the influence of the US have signed normalization deals with Israel.

Mar 19 06:45

Afghanistan: How Long Must This Go On?

The United States military and mercenary forces need to leave Afghanistan now.
Note: Does anyone remember why we are there in the first place!
The Cactus Moon is crying!

Mar 11 08:17

Could Lebanon Protests Lead to a 'Coup' & How Might NATO Capitalise on the Political Crisis?

Tensions continue to grow in Lebanon following the dramatic collapse of the Lebanese lira early last week, prompting people to take to the streets and protest the government's inaction. The country is teetering on the brink of explosion, warns Middle East expert Ghassan Kadi, weighing up the possible scenarios of how the situation may unfold.

On 9 March, anti-government protesters in Lebanon set up new roadblocks and lit tyres on fire amid demonstrations over the government's inability to tackle the economic crisis and crippling poverty. On Monday, the three main roads from Zouk, Jal el-Dib, and al-Dawra to the capital Beirut were closed by demonstrators.

Feb 22 11:22

Neo-Ottoman Turkey signals sweeping regional ambitions

James Dorsey analyses the significance of a recent broadcast by a Turkish TV station with close ties to President Erdogan depicting Turkey's sphere of influence in 2050 as stretching from southeastern Europe, through Libya, the Gulf and the Levant, and to the Caucasus and Central Asia.>>

Feb 11 09:19

IDF trains for fighting Hezbollah on Lebanese border in large two-day drill

The Israel Defense Forces’ Northern Command held a large-scale exercise along the northern border this week simulating a war in Lebanon, amid lingering tensions with the Hezbollah terror group.

The drill, dubbed “Thunderstorm,” tested the Northern Command’s ability to rapidly respond to outbreaks of violence on the border, the military said.

The exercise came a week after Hezbollah fired anti-aircraft missiles at an Israeli drone over southern Lebanon and amid warnings from Military Intelligence that the terror group may attempt to launch attacks on the border in the coming year.

Feb 03 08:33


Keeping the Syrian border safe and secure is certainly not a British priority. Let’s not forget that it was Britain which hired various companies, led by 'former' British intelligence officers, who then organized and ran the propaganda campaigns for the Jihadi onslaught on Syria.

The same companies were hired to secretly create 'civil society’ groups in Lebanon that were then used to demonstrate for 'regime change’ and to pressure the Lebanese government. It was also Her Majesties Government which hired such intelligence cutouts to embed into and undermine Lebanon’s justice and security services.

Lebanon’s army was another target of British intelligence efforts to gain control over Lebanon’s policies.

Feb 02 07:23

Lebanon - British Embassy Infiltrates Military Intelligence, Provides Snooping Equipment, Indoctrinates Young Palestinians

Very excited to witness the arrival in Beirut of 100 armoured patrol vehicles, a donation from ???????? to @LebarmyOfficial. This is a great practical example of the ???????? ???????? partnership, and of our longstanding support for the LAF's vital role in keeping the Syria border safe and secure.

Keeping the Syrian border safe and secure is certainly not a British priority. Let's not forget that it was Britain which hired various companies, led by 'former' British intelligence officers, who then organized and ran the propaganda campaigns for the Jihadi onslaught on Syria.

The same companies were hired to secretly create 'civil society' groups in Lebanon that were then used to demonstrate for 'regime change' and to pressure the Lebanese government. It was also Her Majesties Government which hired such intelligence cutouts to embed into and undermine Lebanon's justice and security services.

Lebanon's army was another target of British intelligence efforts to gain control over Lebanon's policies.

Jan 29 11:23

Lebanese protester 'shot dead' in Tripoli as authorities crack down on anti-lockdown demonstrations

A Lebanese man died on Thursday of wounds sustained during a fierce police crackdown on anti-lockdown protests in the northern city of Tripoli, state media reported.

The man, identified only as O.T. by the National News Agency, was among more than 220 demonstrators injured during the third night of protests on Wednesday, but who later died of gunshot wounds, according to reports.

Local media reports have identified O.T. as Omar Tayba.
"My brother was in Tripoli watching the protests when he was hit," Ahmed Tayba told AFP. "He was transferred to hospital and died this morning."

The demonstrator was "shot in the back" with live ammunition, the director of local Nini Hospital told Al-Jazeera reporter Timour Azhari.

Tayba underwent emergency surgery before succumbing to his injuries early on Thursday morning, the hospital said in a statement.

Jan 29 11:23

In Pictures: Lebanon anti-lockdown protest turns deadly

One person has died and 200 others have been injured in the Lebanese city of Tripoli during a third night of clashes on Wednesday between security forces and demonstrators angered by a coronavirus lockdown that has worsened an already severe economic crisis.

Omar Tayba, 29, who sustained a bullet wound late on Wednesday, became the first fatality of the protests that erupted earlier this week.

Protesters threw petrol bombs and stones towards security forces, who responded with tear gas, an AFP correspondent said.

The National News Agency said 226 people had been injured in the evening – 102 of them treated by the Lebanese Red Cross, and another 124 by the Islamic Medical Association.

At least 66 people had been admitted to hospitals.

Jan 25 08:38

In Lebanon, Israeli warplanes terrify a traumatised population

Over the last month, Israeli jets have carried out some of their biggest air raids yet in Syria, apparently striking Iranian targets. It may have been the Lebanese next door, though, who trembled with greater fear. Some took cover under a table or a sink, others hid in their cars.

The roar of low-flying jets flying in from the Mediterranean over Beirut is especially tormenting to those who experienced the August 4 port blast that left nearly 200 people dead, thousands injured, and hundreds of thousands homeless.

Jan 23 08:28

Israeli army says it downed drone that came from Lebanon

Israel’s military said on Friday it downed a drone that crossed from Lebanon and would continue to protect its sovereignty.

With frictions high between Israel and Iranian-backed Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, drone activity is common along the border. It is not infrequent for one side to report shooting down an unmanned aircraft dispatched by the other.

“The drone was monitored by the Israel Defense Forces throughout the incident,” the military said in a statement, without giving further details.

Dec 28 06:50

Hundreds of Syrians flee Lebanon camp after tents torched

Hundreds of Syrian refugees fled their makeshift camp in north Lebanon after their tents were torched when fighting broke out between local youths and camp residents, aid officials said on Sunday.

At least three people were wounded in the clash on Saturday in the Miniyeh region near the coastal city of Tripoli, which was followed by youths setting the campsite on fire, Lebanon’s state-owned National News Agency said.

Lebanon has seen a rise in tensions between refugees and residents in recent years that humanitarian workers and politicians say have been fuelled by both racism and anger of Lebanese who blame refugees for taking their jobs amid a financial crisis.

Dec 18 08:08

Beirut explosion: Judge suspends blast probe amid political pressure

The judge overseeing an investigation into the massive explosion that rocked Beirut in August has suspended the probe after two ministers he charged with negligence requested that he be removed, according to judicial sources.

Judge Fadi Sawwan on 10 December issued charges against former caretaker prime minister Hassan Diab and high-ranking former ministers Ali Hassan Khalil, Ghazi Zaiter and Youssef Fenianos over the 4 August blast.

The four were charged with "negligence and causing death to hundreds and injuries to thousands more" in one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history.

Dec 14 09:38


Three month ago we reported on documents obtained from of 'Her Majesties Government' in Britain which revealed the intense involvement of the UK government in organizing, financing and propagandizing 'Syrian rebels' since the start of the war on Syria. These programs were coordinated with the CIA's and the Gulf Arab's arming of the various Jihadis:

Most of the documents are detailed company responses to several solicitations from the Foreign Office for global and local campaigns in support of the 'moderate rebels' who are fighting against the Syrian government and people.

The documents lay out large scale campaigns which have on-the-ground elements in Syria, training and arming efforts in neighboring countries, command and control elements in Jordan, Turkey and Iraq, as well as global propaganda efforts. These operations were wide spread.

Dec 08 10:52

Historic hailstorm hits Beirut, Lebanon

A massive hailstorm accompanied by exceptionally heavy rain and drastic temperature drop hit Lebanon's capital Beirut on December 5, 2020, causing massive floods and traffic chaos. The last time Beirut witnessed a similar event was back in 1968.

The hailstorm lasted about 1 hour and was described by meteorologists as historic.

"This supercell affected only the coastal area around Beirut and its suburbs. A supercell effect is always local. Weather stations in Beirut recorded 50 mm [1.96 inches] of rainfall in a lapse of 25 minutes," Elias Saadeh, founder of Lebanon Weather Forecast, told Al Arabiya English.

"This quantity is considered enormous since it is equivalent to pouring 50 liters of water in each square meter [13 gallons per 10 feet2] in 25 minutes. Moreover, this supercell caused a drastic drop in temperature from 21 to 13.5 °C [69.8 - 55.4 °F] in a couple of minutes," Saadeh said.

Dec 06 07:47

Lebanon: The Paradise from Hell

In the old days there was no more charming city in the eastern Mediterranean than Beirut. Set on a maritime plain with the mountains rising dramatically behind it, the scenery was magnificent, the culture charming, the people hospitable and the city rich in history.

Unfortunately, however, Lebanon’s prime geographical position sucked the country and its capital into the vortex of regional and international politics from the 19th century onwards. Sectarianism and the inability of the people to put the interests of their country ahead of their faith dragged it further down. There was no more potent weapon in the armory of scheming outside powers than this massive fault line running through Lebanese society.

Nov 11 07:41

Flatten Beirut: US professor’s advice for Israel

A George Washington University professor has overtly suggested that Israel should “flatten Beirut” — Lebanon’s capital with around 1 million people — in order to allegedly destroy the missiles of Lebanon-based resistance group Hezbollah.

Professor Amitai Etzioni, the prominent American scholar who teaches international relations — and who has taught at a variety of prestigious US universities, including Columbia, Harvard and Berkeley, and who served as a senior advisor in President Jimmy Carter’s administration — made this proposal in an op-ed in Haaretz, the leading English-language Israeli newspaper.

The newspaper, also known as “The New York Times of Israel” represents the liberal wing of Israel’s increasingly far-right politics.

Nov 06 23:54

Lebanon’s Gebran Bassil downplays US sanctions

"...The leader of Lebanon’s largest Christian bloc, the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), Gebran Bassil, says he is not intimidated by the sanctions that the United States has imposed against him.

“Sanctions have not scared me, nor promises tempted me,” Bassil, who is the son-in-law of Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun, tweeted on Friday following the announcement of the sanctions..."

Nov 06 23:49

Lebanon’s Gebran Bassil downplays US sanctions

"...The leader of Lebanon’s largest Christian bloc, the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), Gebran Bassil, says he is not intimidated by the sanctions that the United States has imposed against him.

“Sanctions have not scared me, nor promises tempted me,” Bassil, who is the son-in-law of Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun, tweeted on Friday following the announcement of the sanctions..."

Oct 30 06:16

Mass Protests Over Caricatures of Prophet Muhammad in Beirut - Video

The escalation between Paris and Muslim countries occurred earlier this month after the brutal killing of French history teacher Samuel Paty on 16 October by a radicalised teenager for displaying caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad in class. The incident was followed by a gruesome assault in Nice this week that claimed the lives of three.

A mass demonstration calling to respect Islam and its Prophet Muhammad hit the Lebanese capital after numerous Muslim countries and organisations slammed French President Emmanuel Macron for criticising Islamism and urging to "free Islam in France from foreign influence and strengthen control on the mosques' funding", calling it an attack on Muslims. The president also cited "freedom of the press" when commenting on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's decision to re-publish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Oct 23 06:22

In pictures: Lebanese women descend on home of parliament speaker

Protesters from across Beirut gather outside Nabih Berri's home to condemn him and the country's current political class

Oct 18 06:14

Is Israel about to launch another war against Gaza or even Lebanon?

New polls conducted by Israeli media suggest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s support is at an all-time low, with Israeli news outlet ‘Maariv’ finding that 54% of Israelis want Netanyahu to step down. So will it soon be an opportune time for Netanyahu to attack Gaza or Lebanon in a bid to regain public support?

Fears were re-ignited on the 5th of October after Israel bombarded the Gaza Strip following reported rocket fire from Gaza. As Israel has been holding back from implementing some of the agreements, according to Hamas, to an earlier negotiated truce, threats came from the resistance in Gaza to ignite a war in order to end the illegally imposed Siege by Israel. The ceasefire truce, which has currently held, with two flare-ups in between, was done from Qatar as a mediator and was intended to ease the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Gaza, through the administration of funds and opening of projects inside of the besieged coastal enclave.

Oct 16 05:40

Trump's Mideast Peace Plan Reaping Rewards As Lebanon & Israel Hash Out Agreement

Lebanon's parliament speaker met Thursday with a traveling U.S. official, a day after Beirut began complicated negotiations with Israel over their debated maritime border.

David Schenker, a U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, the best American diplomat for the Middle East, did not talk to reporters after he met with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

Berri has been the main Lebanese official dealing with U.S. mediators concerning the conflict with Israel over the past decade.

Oct 14 05:52

Israeli and Lebanese officials hold first border negotiations in 30 years

Israeli and Lebanese officials on Wednesday morning sat down in the same room — or tent, to be exact — for indirect maritime border negotiations in what has been called a “historic” achievement with the potential to bring more stability and prosperity to the region.

However, both countries have stressed that the talks, which lasted for about two hours, are merely aimed at resolving a decade-old dispute on the exact delineation of each other’s territorial waters in an area that may contain undersea natural gas reserves, and do not presage peace negotiations or a normalization process.

Oct 13 06:33

Four Reforms to Save the Lebanese Economy

In 2008, the Beirut Stock Exchange grew by 51%, the best performing exchange in the world at the time. Despite significant conflict in 2006 with Israel, the Lebanese economy was able to grow by at least 8% during the peak years of the global financial crisis. This was followed by a period of stable growth from 2011-2017. However, Lebanon’s economic fortune started to change. High government debt, a devalued currency, and an overreliance on exports put the Lebanese economy in an unstable position. As the country turns 100, a restructuring of the country’s economy is the birthday gift the citizens desperately need.

Oct 05 06:11

Will Lebanon be the Next US-NATO Humanitarian War? The Elimination of Hezbollah is Israel’s Top Priority

The waters off Lebanon are the scene of a gathering Armada of French and American naval ships. What appeared at first to be a humanitarian response to the devastating Beirut Port explosion on August 4, is now feared to be the prelude of the next US-NATO humanitarian war.

French President Emmanuel Macron blamed Hezbollah and all of the Lebanese politicians Sunday and warned of a new civil war. “I’m ashamed of the Lebanese political leaders. Ashamed,” Macron repeated.

He accused them of “collective betrayal” while putting their parties and personal greed above the needs of the Lebanese people.

Some political observers now believe that Lebanon may well be going the way of Somalia, as evidenced by the characteristics of a failing state, such as lack of governance, corruption and incompetence, chronic humanitarian problems, and persistent social tensions.

Oct 01 10:30

'War To Come': Israel Exposes Iran-Linked Missile Sites As Iran Readies 'Final Battle'

The Israel Defense Forces revealed two alleged Hezbollah missile production sites in Beirut Tuesday night, on top of another one Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed to reveal during an address to the United Nations earlier that night.

IDF claims, all three sites are tied to the precision-guided missile project the terror group have been trying to make for the past couple of years, an effort to convert its massive arsenal of simple rockets into highly accurate missiles, which will greatly challenge the Israeli’s air defense and could be a game changer between the two rivals.