Syrian conflict creates pressures on Lebanon, Hezbollah

The Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah has spent months trying to tread a narrow line, balancing its support for the Syrian government with its responsibilities as Lebanon’s dominant political force. But increasing tensions inside Lebanon have underscored obstacles to having it both ways.

Lebanese PM says resignation ‘out of the question’

Lebanon’s prime minister says his resignation is “out of the question” after raising the possibility following the assassination of a top intelligence official last week. Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s comments come at a time of growing political and sectarian tensions caused by the civil war in neighboring Syria.

FBI’s role in assassination probe strictly technical, report

Lebanon Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi told OTV on Friday that that the FBI team is in Lebanon to assist the Lebanese security forces in their investigation the assassination of Internal Security Forces intelligence chief Wissam al-Hassan and their “role will be strictly technical ”