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December 29, 2013

Saudi Arabia just gave Lebanon a really big end-of-year present

  • $3B the size of the investment Saudi Arabia just made in the Lebanese army, an investment meant to strengthen the army’s resources. Those resources are seen as weaker than those of the Islamic militant group Hezbollah, which is located in the country and is supporting the nearby Syrian government in the country’s ongoing civil war. The move could weaken Iran’s influence on the country, but some analysts suggest the source of the funding makes it divisive. source
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June 1, 2013

Rockets from Syria strike into Lebanon, Hezbollah

  • 18rockets struck Lebanon from Syria today, the largest such volley of arms since the Syrian rebellion, locked in a bloody civil war with the government of Bashar al-Assad (a conflict in which both sides have now been accused of brutal war crimes), vowed revenge against Lebanese militant group Hezbollah for their combatant support of the leader’s regime. source
18:22 // 1 year ago
May 25, 2013
We will bear all responsibilities. I have always promised you victory, and I promise victory again.
Hasan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah • From a televised speech on the raging civil war in Syria, neighbor to Lebanon, Hezbollah’s country of origin. Nasrallah’s remarks today were the most overt yet in acknowledging Hezbollah fighters have been entering Syria on the side of Bashar al-Assad and his government. This reality was in play even as he spoke, with Hezbollah fighters aiding Assad’s forces in driving rebel forces out of Quasir, a strategically-relevant town which sits near the Syria-Lebanese border. source
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December 16, 2011
nationalpost:

Middle East on the brink of war: analysisAs Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad clings to power with the quiet backing of regional powers Iran and Russia, the Middle East may be sliding slowly into war.Squeezed between the rebellions of a bloody Arab Spring and growing fears of a possible military response to Iran’s growing nuclear threat, the region is becoming increasingly unstable.“I would be very surprised if it turned into a Russian-American war, but this could be a Mid-East war: Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran, Syria, Israel all having at each other,” said Jack Granatstein, military historian and senior research fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.

Let’s hope that the region doesn’t get any more volatile than it already is. Do you think this analysis is spot-on?

nationalpost:

Middle East on the brink of war: analysis
As Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad clings to power with the quiet backing of regional powers Iran and Russia, the Middle East may be sliding slowly into war.

Squeezed between the rebellions of a bloody Arab Spring and growing fears of a possible military response to Iran’s growing nuclear threat, the region is becoming increasingly unstable.

“I would be very surprised if it turned into a Russian-American war, but this could be a Mid-East war: Hezbollah, Hamas, Iran, Syria, Israel all having at each other,” said Jack Granatstein, military historian and senior research fellow at the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute.

Let’s hope that the region doesn’t get any more volatile than it already is. Do you think this analysis is spot-on?

(via newsflick)

12:14 // 2 years ago