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EU blacklists Hezbollah military

BRUSSELS — Foreign ministers from the 28 European Union countries agreed Monday to add the military wing of Hezbollah to an EU blacklist of terrorist organizations, ending years of division over whether the move risks further destabilizing Lebanon and the wider region.

Hezbollah Is Launching An Offensive That Will Profoundly Change The Syrian War

Thousands of Lebanese Hezbollah militants are amassing around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo in preparation for an assault on the city, Loveday Morris of The Washington Post reports. Original Source URL:

What was Biden signaling in his pro-war comments on Iran to Israeli lobby?

Commentary: Is the vice president building his own hardline bona fides for 2016?
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US Vice President Joe Biden addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual policy conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on March 4, 2013, in Washington, DC. Biden boldly confirmed the political, historical and military ties between the two countries and emphasized President Barack Obama's support for Israel, a country the president will visit later this month. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
OWL’S HEAD, MAINE — Next week will mark the 10th anniversary of the United States' invasion of Iraq, the low point of many in George W. Bush's failed presidency.

Foreign policy reality: changed circumstances require new answers

Commentary: Kerry has an opportunity to look anew at the world and US response to crises.
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US President Barack Obama answers a question during a joint press conference with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 11, 2013. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
If we need a debate on Obama's domestic agenda do we not need an equally public discussion on how to deal with an exploding Middle East?

An Israeli strike on Iran risks messy US war

Commentary: Hezbollah would almost certainly attack, drawing the US into war with a capable guerilla force.
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Iranian navy fires a Mehrab missile during the 'Velayat-90' naval wargames in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran on January 1, 2012. Iran defiantly announced that it had tested a new missile and made an advance in its nuclear programme after the United States unleashed extra sanctions that sent its currency to a record low. (Ebrahim Noroozi /AFP/Getty Images)
If Israel attacks Iran and Hezbollah missiles rain down on Israeli streets, America may be pulled into conflict with a capable and resilient guerilla foe that it knows very little about.

Lebanon fires rockets into Israel (VIDEO)

Additional UN peacekeeping troops were deployed to the region and patrols were increased, the Jerusalem Post reported. The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon has policed the area since 2006 to enforce a cease-fire between Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

CIA spies caught in Iran, Lebanon: report

"If they were genuine spies, spying against Hezbollah, I don't think we'll ever see them again," former CIA officer Robert Baer told ABC News. "These guys are very, very vicious and unforgiving."

Syrian activists mock Hezbollah leader

Hezbollah leader Nasrallah lampooned in satirical YouTube video by Syrian activists
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New Youtube video by Syrian activists makes fun of Hezbollah's leader (YouTube)

Syrian activists mock Hassan Nasrallah in a new video on YouTube for what they say are the double standards of the leader of the Shia resistance movement Hezbollah.

In the video, part of an online series called "Even a Goat can Fly," a masked woman is seen standing with the slogan "Free Syria" displayed behind her. Israel’s ynetnews reports she is presented as someone who was "deployed in Syria by external enemies," as she begins to poke fun at the Hezbollah leader.

"Since the beginning of the Syrian upheaval, the position of the honorable Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah has been clear: He is against the Syrian revolution," the presenter says. "He supported the Egyptian upheaval, the Libyan upheaval, Tunisia, Yemen and of course – the upheaval in Bahrain [where the Shiite majority revolted against the Sunni regime], but here he was against it. Why? Why, you "Sheikh of resistance?"

In the video parts of Nasrallah's speeches are presented in which he explained why he backs the Syrian regime on the one hand, but also supported the protesters in Bahrain.


No smoking gun in UN indictment of Hariri murder

Only circumstantial evidence and phone calls link Hezbollah members to the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister.
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Wanted: Four men accused of murdering former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri (Screengrab)

In the long awaited indictment in the killing of ‘Mr Lebanon’ unsealed Wednesday, the Associated Press reports that “prosecutors analyzed a vast network of telephone records to link four Hezbollah members to the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, but there is no clear smoking gun in the case.”

“The special court investigating Hariri's murder unsealed the 47-page indictment against four members of the Iranian-backed Shiite militia Hezbollah for alleged involvement in the deadly truck bombing that killed Hariri.

The publication comes after the Special Tribunal for Lebanon said last week that Lebanese authorities had been unable to arrest the four suspects or serve them with their indictments.

The suspects include Mustafa Badreddine, a Hezbollah commander and the suspected bomb maker who blew up the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983, killing 241 Americans. The other suspects are: Salim Ayyash, also known as Abu Salim; Assad Sabra and Hassan Anise, who changed his name to Hassan Issa.

They are accused of involvement in the February 14, 2005, truck bombing that killed Hariri and 22 others — a number that includes a suicide bomber.

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