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Hezbollah ally Aoun likely to become Lebanon president, showing Iran beating Saudis in influence

A veteran Christian leader is set to fill Lebanon’s long-vacant presidency under a deal that underlines the ascendancy of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement and the diminished role of Saudi Arabia

Hezbollah ally elected as Lebanon’s new head of state

Lebanon’s parliament elected former army commander Michel Aoun as president on Monday, filling a post that had been vacant for more than two years and injecting hope that the country’s long-running

U.S. tries to keep Turkey at bay as Syrian Kurds launch assault on Raqqa

Kurdish-led Syrian forces began an offensive Sunday to liberate the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa, clashing with the extremists north of the Syrian city and warning neighboring

Syrian army takes key Aleppo district as Russia readies renewed airstrikes

The Syrian army said it had taken a strategic district of Aleppo on Tuesday in what would mark the most important advance in the divided city by Damascus and its allies in weeks, but rebels said the

British warship calls at Israel port as Mediterranean tensions rise

A British warship on Tuesday conducted a joint exercise with the Israeli navy before docking in the port of Haifa for a visit that comes at a time of heightened tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.

Thousands flee as Syria regime, Kurds press offensive in Aleppo’s rebel areas

Simultaneous advances by Syrian government and Kurdish-led forces into eastern Aleppo on Sunday set off a tide of displacement inside the divided city, with thousands of residents evacuating their

Hezbollah Is Using U.S.-Made Military Vehicles in Syria, Israel Says

If American-made armored personnel carriers passed to Hezbollah from the Lebanese Army, as an Israeli official said, that might point to a broader leakage of weapons.

Syrian Army advances near Damascus as rebel groups put peace talks on hold

Syria’s cease-fire appeared under threat as government forces intensified their attacks near Damascus and around 10 rebel groups said they are suspending talks about planned peace negotiations this

Rafsanjani, Iran leader who backed nuke program, tied to terrorists, West overtures, dead at 82

Iran’s former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died Sunday after a decades-long career in the ruling elite, where his moderate views were not always welcome but his cunning guided him through

Syria regime’s shelling of shelter kills at least 12 in rebel-held village as waterworks repair fails

Syrian government forces shelled a village in a rebel-controlled area near Damascus on Sunday, killing at least 12 civilians and injuring several others who were taking shelter in a banquet hall. The

Israel finishes advanced tests of joint-made David’s Sling midrange missile interceptor

Israel has completed successful tests of an advanced version of its David’s Sling intermediate missile interceptor system that it is developing jointly with the United States, the Defense Ministry

Syrian regime, allies chip away at Islamic State footholds on key fronts

Syrian troops and allied militia on Sunday chipped away at territory held by Islamic State jihadis on several fronts across the country, state media and a monitoring group said. Forces loyal to

If Hezbollah attacks Israeli reactor, all of Lebanon will be targeted: Tel Aviv

Israel warned Lebanon’s Hezbollah on Thursday against attacking the Jewish state after the leader of the Iranian-backed militant group threatened to strike its nuclear reactor. The comments by
At Tehran Gala, Cakes, Fruit and Anti-Israeli Slogans

At Tehran Gala, Cakes, Fruit and Anti-Israeli Slogans

A session at the International Conference in Support of Palestinian Intifada in Tehran on Tuesday, where Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, urged renewal of the Palestinian uprising, or
Syrian army retakes Palmyra as Islamic State forces flee; Turks look to oust U.S.-backed Kurds at Manbij

Syrian army retakes Palmyra as Islamic State forces flee; Turks look to oust U.S.-backed Kurds at Manbij

Syrian government forces recaptured Palmyra from the Islamic State group on Thursday, scoring a victory against the militants who had seized the historic town in December for the second time, a Syrian

Israel vows to ‘destroy’ Syrian air defenses if they again target its warplanes

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday threatened to destroy Syrian air defense systems after they fired ground-to-air missiles at Israeli warplanes carrying out strikes. “The next time
Israel plans to evacuate 250,000 from border areas if Hamas, Hezbollah again wage war

Israel plans to evacuate 250,000 from border areas if Hamas, Hezbollah again wage war

If Islamic militants in Gaza or Lebanon go to war with Israel, they could find their usual targets empty. Israel is drawing up contingency plans to evacuate up to a quarter-million civilians from
Syrian army prepares Hama counterattack as rebels score gains ahead of peace talks

Syrian army prepares Hama counterattack as rebels score gains ahead of peace talks

Jihadis and other rebel groups made advances against the Syrian army north of Hama on Thursday, a monitor said, part of their biggest offensive for months, underscoring bleak prospects for peace talks
Assad Allies Say U.S. Attack on Syria Air Base Crosses ‘Red Lines’

Assad Allies Say U.S. Attack on Syria Air Base Crosses ‘Red Lines’

"America knows our ability to respond well," read a statement by Russia, Iran, pro-Assad militias.
Poll: 52% of Republicans “somewhat support” sending U.S. combat troops into Syria to remove Assad

Poll: 52% of Republicans “somewhat support” sending U.S. combat troops into Syria to remove Assad

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