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Behind the News - March 2018

Behind the News - March 2018 Categories: Egypt, Hamas, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey    

American and British officials have revealed that Israel has been actively assisting Egypt in its prolonged war against jihadists and ISIS terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula. The collaboration over more than two years has seen a variety of unmarked Israeli aircraft such as drones, helicopters and jet

All roads lead to Teheran

All roads lead to Teheran Categories: Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians, Syria     Author: Eyal Zisser

An escalation of violence on the Gaza border came on Feb. 17, precisely one week after the IDF intercepted an Iranian drone over Israel, subsequently carried out broad-scale airstrikes in Syria, and an air force F-16 was downed by the Syrian military. Purportedly, the events in Gaza and the north ha

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It's time Australia recognised Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organisation

It's time Australia recognised Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organisation Categories: Australasia, Lebanon, Op-eds, Terrorism, United Kingdom     Author: Colin Rubenstein

THERE is a group that was ­described by a senior US ­security official 15 years ago as the "A-Team of terrorists" and has only gone from strength to strength in the years since then. This group perpetrates violent acts against civilians, calls for mass murder and, by its own admission, doesn

Crisis in Lebanon

Crisis in Lebanon Categories: Lebanon, Middle East, Saudi Arabia     Author: Amotz Asa-El

Just what transpired when the 47-year-old Hariri arrived in Riyadh is unclear, but circumstantial evidence suggests the resignation was not his idea and its text was written by someone else.

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Lebanon finally gets a new President

Lebanon finally gets a new President Categories: Lebanon     Author: David Schenker

Aoun has long been a controversial figure in Lebanon. Once the country's most anti-Syrian political figure, since 2005 he has been aligned with the Assad regime and its principal ally in Lebanon, the Iranian-backed Shi'ite militia Hezbollah... While many welcome the potential end of political stagna

The awful Israeli-Hezbollah conflict to come

The awful Israeli-Hezbollah conflict to come Categories: Israel, Lebanon     Author: Willy Stern

Hezbollah has a nasty collection of more than 130,000 rockets, missiles, and mortars aimed at Israel. This is a bigger arsenal than all NATO countries (except the United States) combined. Why, a reasonable person might wonder, does Hezbollah need an offensive arsenal bigger than that of all Western

Essay: The Birth of the Terror Selfie

Essay: The Birth of the Terror Selfie Categories: Israel, Lebanon     Author: Matti Friedman

This fall and winter have seen many of us here in Israel consuming a miserable kind of reality TV: blurry clips of young Palestinian Muslims with knives seeking release in murder and martyrdom, lunging, stabbing, falling stricken to the ground, the action captured by cellphones or security cameras;

Shatter Zones

Shatter Zones Categories: Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen     Author: Michael J. Totten

The chattering class has spent months bickering about whether or not the United States should sign on to a nuclear deal with Iran. Hardly anyone aside from the Saudis, however, seems to recognise that the Iranian government's ultimate goal is regional hegemony and that its nuclear weapons program is

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