Saudi Arabia urges UN to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist group

Saudi Arabia asked On Wednesday the U.N. Security Council to add Hezbollah to its list of “terrorist organizations”. “We call on the council to place Hezbollah on the list of terrorist organizations,” Saudi envoy to the Security Council Abdallah Al-Mouallimi said. Mouallimi stressed that his country is committed to “international cooperation aimed at eradicating terrorism,” […]

Aoun sets another condition for presidential run

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun finally decided to forego his former condition of being the only consensus presidential candidate and announced on Wednesday that he will run for the presidential post against Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, but on condition that they will be the only 2 candidates. But as expected PSP leader […]

Iran reduces Hezbollah’s budget allocation by 25 %, report

Kuwaiti newspaper al Qabas reported that Iran reduced the budget allocations to all the organizations that it financially supports throughout the region. Hezbollah’s allocation according the daily’s sources was reduced by 25 %. The drop in oil prices was cited as the main reason for the reduction in Hezbollah’s allocation. According to the report Iran’s […]

Hagel calls for new Arms Technology Initiative to improve US competitive edge

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday the U.S. military needs to boost its commitment and investment in technological research and development in order to stay ahead of current and emerging threats across the world. Hagel announced a Defense Innovation Initiative during his speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum that will ask “the brightest minds […]

Lebanon bans a film that criticizes Iranian regime

Lebanese authorities have banned the screening of a film depicting the 2009 post-election “Green Movement” protests in Iran, organizers of a local film festival said on Sunday. “‘The Silent Majority Speaks’, the admirable visual essay of filmmaker Bani Khoshnoudi, has been censored in Beirut,” a statement from the Cultural Resistance International Film Festival organizers said. […]

Iran remains hopeful that Lebanon will accept its grant despite obstacles

Iranian envoy Mohammad Fathali expressed hope on Saturday that the Lebanese government could overcome obstacles to facilitate the arms transfer from Iran to Lebanon. “We want to develop ties in a way that does not embarrass the Lebanese government. We thought it was our duty to stand by Lebanon in these difficult circumstances,” Fathali told […]

STL pointing to Syria as being ultimately behind Hariri assassination

The defense lawyers at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, said they had received evidence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad ‘s phone to the 2005 bombing that killed former PM Rafik Hariri . Similarly Lebanon’s interior minister Nouhad Mashnouk directly linked Assad to Hariri’s assassination , during a speech on Friday. “Bashar Assad had direct contact […]

Al Nusra accuses Hezbollah of planting the bomb that targeted the army

The Al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front accused on Friday the Iranian backed Hezbollah militant group of planting a roadside bomb that exploded as the Lebanese Army patrol passed through Wadi Ata, on the outskirts of the northeastern border town of Arsal. According to NNA a colonel, a sergeant and a soldier were wounded in the roadside bombing. […]