Israeli soldiers gather at the Lebanon-Israel border wall, near an Israeli excavation site for reported cross-border Hezbollah-dug tunnels on 5 December (AFP)

Netanyahu Is Hyping Hezbollah ‘Attack Tunnels’ to Stay in Power

The Israeli military this week launched an open-ended operation to destroy what it called a network of “attack tunnels” built by the Lebanese movement Hezbollah, despite the government declining to identify exactly how many had been detected or how they would be destroyed. For the past several years, according to the Israeli official narrative, the …

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Operation Northern Shield: Countdown to Another Israel-Hezbollah War?

The State of Israel has conducted an operation to destroy tunnels on the Israeli side of the what is internationally known as the Blue Line between Israel and Lebanon. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted “We have just launched Operation Northern Shield to expose and neutralize cross-border attack tunnels dug by Hezbollah from #Lebanon to …

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Hezbollah and Israel on Full Alert on the Borders: a Popcorn Operation!

Israel just announced the beginning of “Operation Northern Shield” to “destroy Hezbollah cross-border tunnels that pose an imminent threat to the safety of Israel”. Israel sent its Special Forces to protect its army engaged in searching for tunnels in case of a military reaction from Hezbollah. On the other side of the border, Hezbollah mobilised …

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The US has Hezbollah’s Allies in Its Sights, and the “Free Patriotic Movement” Is No Longer Holding the Balance

US sanctions on Hezbollah and its allies have limited effect; thus, the US is meddling in internal Lebanese politics, hoping to disrupt Hezbollah’s alliance with the Christians of Lebanon. Hezbollah considers the US administration’s sanctions on the group to be an ineffective power play. Hezbollah and its commanders don’t have accounts in foreign banks or …

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Who Boosted Qassem Soleimani’s Image and Spread Iran’s Influence Throughout the Middle East?

Who was it that helped the Iranian General, head of the al-Quds brigade, Qassem Soleimani, to expand his influence and the circle of his allies in the Middle East? How did his name become so well-known and his reputation blown up out of all proportion? Behind Soleimani’s success we find, firstly, the US establishment, and …

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Hezbollah in Lebanon: US Hegemony Is Over

The policy of the US establishment towards Lebanon is evidently changing and unstable, with a President who lacks general knowledge about the Middle East and above all of Hezbollah’s role in the region. It seems President Donald Trump is willing to reduce military support to the Lebanese Army and to impose further sanctions on Lebanon, …

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How UK Counter-Terror Unit Uses Rap, Graffiti to Target Middle Eastern Youth

A secretive British government counter-terrorism propaganda unit is working on campaigns aimed at changing the behaviour and attitudes of young people in the Middle East and North Africa considered to be at risk of becoming violent extremists, Middle East Eye can reveal. The campaigns, which have so far run in Tunisia, Morocco and Lebanon, use …

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‘Russia Has Made Clear’ That Status Quo of Syria Strikes ‘Gone’

This week, multiple media reports alleged that the Israeli military was training to destroy Russian-made air defence systems, including the S-300s recently delivered to Syria. The reports followed an expression of hope by the US that Russia would allow Tel Aviv to resume its airstrikes against so-called "Iranian targets" in the Arab Republic. Moscow's warnings …

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After Lebanon 2006, Syria 2011 and Iraq 2014, the “Arab NATO” and a Sunni-Shia War to Revive

All wars initiated or supported by the US establishment – from the occupation of Iraq in 2003, the second Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006, the regime-change in Syria in 2011 and the occupation of a third of Iraq in 2014 – have failed in their goal of stoking the fire of sectarian war between Sunni …

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