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How Hezbollah neutralised UNIFIL

Following the Second Lebanon war in 2006 UNIFIL was expanded and its mandate redefined and enlarged... Thirteen years later it is clear that UNIFIL has failed miserably in fulfilling this mission.

Behind the News – January 2020

According to statistics from the Israeli security agency Shin Bet, more than 2,600 rockets and mortars have been fired at Israel from Gaza over the past two years. More than half of these were fired in the past year...

Behind the News – December 2019

Israel responded to the attack on Nov. 20, striking dozens of targets in Syria belonging to Iran’s Quds Force and the Syrian Assad regime.

Is an Israel-Iran war inevitable?

This Update asks the question, is a major military conflict between Israel and Iran its proxies inevitable in the next few years? Increasing numbers of knowledgable Israeli security analysts are arguing that it is, and this Update explores why. 

Israel prepares to counter drones and cruise missiles from Iran and...

Thus far, Israeli intelligence has managed to thwart several Iranian drone attack plans and Israel is also seeking to deter such attacks by signalling Iranian forces responsible will pay a heavy price given Israeli command of the air.

Lebanon’s chaos offers little hope 

Tribal and sectarian animosities have been poisoning Lebanon for decades, perpetuating its existence as a failed state that is subject to the whims of corrupt crime bosses. If there is one thing that always trumps the desire for social justice and better economic policies, it is the hatred for and fear of a rival tribe

The Killing of Baghdadi/ Lebanon in Chaos

This Update deals with both the killing of Islamic State head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by US special forces last weekend and the ongoing mass demonstrations in Lebanon, which led to the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Tuesday. 

Fighting Iran’s growing anti-Israel war machine 

A shadow war raging between the Iranian-led radical Shiite axis and Israel became quite public in recent weeks. This conflict is driven by Israel’s determination to prevent Iran from building attack capabilities in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq.

Iran and the US: an update

isiting AIJAC guest and Iran expert Behnam Ben Taleblu from the Foundation for Defence of Democracies addressed the Sydney Institute to update guests on the relationship between Iran and the United States.

Hezbollah’s Situation/ New Iranian stonewalling of IAEA

This Update deal with the situation of Hezbollah in its confrontation with Israel in the wake of a complex series of incidents last Sunday when the group launched cross-border anti-tank missile fire to try to take revenge on Israel for alleged Israeli attacks on Hezbollah sites the previous weekend. 

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