August 17, 2013 |
BEIRUT - It was an incident shrouded in mystery that occurred in one of the Middle East's most sensitive areas: the "Blue Line" demarcating the frontier between southern Lebanon and northern Israel. Shortly after midnight on Aug. 7, four Israel soldiers were wounded along the United Nations-designated line, which for the most part has been quiet since Israel and Hezbollah forces fought a monthlong war in 2006. After the incident, Israel issued a vague and terse statement saying its soldiers had suffered light to moderate injuries when an "explosion" occurred "during an overnight activity adjacent to the northern border.
August 16, 2013 |
BEIRUT - The leader of Hezbollah on Friday vowed that its fighters would retaliate against “terrorists” who have detonated car bombs and launched other attacks against neighborhoods and individuals allied with the Lebanese Islamist group. “To the killers: Our hands will reach you,” Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah's general secretary, said in a speech carried via satellite link to thousands of supporters in a village in south Lebanon near the Israeli border. It appeared to be first time that the leader of the political, paramilitary and social service group had vowed to avenge the recent spate of attacks targeting Hezbollah sympathizers.
June 22, 2013 |
CAIRO - Hezbollah's march into the Syrian civil war on behalf of President Bashar Assad is adding to tension along sectarian fault lines in a region increasingly roused by geopolitical maneuverings that are fueled by religious passions. Popular uprisings that overthrew secular autocrats in Egypt and other countries once enthralled Shiite and Sunni Muslims alike. But the replacement of fallen leaders by Islamist parties has further provoked the age-old vitriol between the sects, threatening to turn the Syrian battleground into a wider religious war. Hezbollah, long a proxy for Shiite-dominated Iran, is helping battle largely Sunni rebel forces seeking to overthrow Assad, a fellow ally of Iran whose Alawite faith is a spinoff of Shiite Islam.
June 9, 2013 |
BEIRUT - A Lebanese demonstrator was shot dead outside the Iranian embassy here Sunday when clashes erupted against the Shiite militant group Hezbollah's widening involvement in the neighboring civil war in Syria. Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran, has riled sectarian tensions in the region by sending its fighters to support the army of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The official Lebanese new agency said Hisham Salman died shortly after being shot in front of the Iranian embassy in Beirut's Bir Hassan neighborhood.
June 8, 2013 |
BEIRUT - He sits on a couch in an inconspicuous building in a southern suburb of Beirut. A baseball cap pulled down low, his eyes twitching, Hassan, a Hezbollah squad leader, describes killing more than 20 men in three weeks in the Syrian town of Qusair. "It was a street war. We went from room to room, from house to house, from window to window," said Hassan, who is in his late 30s and sports a light beard. "It was guerrilla warfare with gangs, not a war with a traditional army....
May 26, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Lebanese leaders called on their people Sunday to reject sectarian attacks after a pair of rockets slammed into a Beirut neighborhood, raising fears that spillover violence from the conflict in neighboring Syria had come to the Lebanese capital. The early-morning strike, which left four men wounded, was widely seen as an attempt to foment sectarian strife and discord in a nation that shares many of the demographic traits of Syria, where a more-than-two-year conflict has played out across religious and ethnic lines.