Tag: Hezbollah

Pompeo and Netanyahu paved a path to war with Iran, and they’re pushing Trump again

Though it narrowly averted war with Iran this January, the Trump administration is still pushing for all-out military conflict. The architects of the drive to war, Mike Pompeo and Benjamin Netanyahu, have relied on a series of cynical provocations to force Trump’s hand.

Gareth Porter

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Iranian and Hezbollah leaders oppose attacking civilians as Trump threatens to bomb cultural sites

Washington’s top bogeymen, Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei and Hezbollah leader Nasrallah, called to protect civilians and only hit military targets. Meanwhile, Trump vows to attack Iranian “cultural sites.”

By Ben Norton

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US-backed parties have infiltrated Lebanon’s protests, pushing the country toward war amid economic collapse

By joining the roadblocks around Beirut, protesters allowed themselves to be used by US-allied parties playing a dangerous game that has the potential to explode into open warfare

By Rania Khalek

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Technocracy now: The US is working to turn Lebanon’s anti-corruption protests against Hezbollah

While Lebanon’s protests remain focused on the economy and widespread corruption, Washington is increasingly determined to exploit the movement as a geopolitical weapon in the region.

By Rania Khalek

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Israel increases attacks on Iran allies amid deepening ties to UAE, Saudi

The recent Israeli bombings of Iranian-allied groups in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria come amid deepening ties between Israel and the Gulf monarchies. Israel and the United Arab Emirates have held secret meetings in recent months to share information and coordinate efforts against Iran. 

As’ad AbuKhalil, professor of political science at California State University Stanislaus, details Israel’s region-wide bombing campaign.

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Israeli attacks provoke Iran, Hezbollah – and could help jihadists

With its bombings of Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, is Israel trying to stop an attack from Iran and its allies, as it claims, or is it trying to provoke one? Rania Khalek analyzes Israel’s escalating violence and how it could potentially help jihadist groups in the region.

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Bipartisan thirst for more war: 75% of Congress calls on Trump to boost intervention in Syria, to ‘pressure’ Iran and Russia

While Trump threatens Iran and Venezuela with new wars, 400 Congress members, including leaders from both parties, want to intensify the eight-year war on Syria, to weaken Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah.

By Ben Norton


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Sulome Anderson Admits Her Supposed Hezbollah Source Is ‘Incredibly Unreliable’

By Ben Norton

Journalist Sulome Anderson, whose reporting on Hezbollah has repeatedly been called into question, has admitted that one of her supposed Hezbollah sources is “incredibly unreliable,” after she was once again exposed for having reported false information.

On May 9, Anderson tweeted two videos that she claimed showed Iran supposedly firing missiles at the illegally Israel-occupied Golan. Numerous Twitter users immediately pointed out that the videos contained no such footage.

Anderson then deleted these tweets, and they were not archived. But an archived Google search shows the cached versions of the tweets:

google sulome anderson video iranian missiles
A Google search showing Sulome Anderson’s deleted tweets with fake video of a supposed Iranian missile attack (screenshot taken on May 9 at 11 pm EST)

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Ignored by Western media, Syrians describe the nightmare the armed opposition brought them

Trapped between a police state and Al Qaeda, average Syrians explain why they fear regime change.

By Rania Khalek / AlterNet

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US/NATO-backed Israeli think tank: Don’t destroy ISIS; it’s a ‘useful tool’ against Iran, Hezbollah, Syria

The director of an Israeli think tank backed by the US government and NATO, BESA, wrote that ISIS “can be a useful tool in undermining” Iran, Hezbollah, Syria, and Russia and should not be defeated.

By Ben Norton / Salon

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