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.
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....
August 15, 2013 |
BEIRUT - A deadly explosion Thursday in a densely populated district of southern Beirut, a stronghold of the Hezbollah group, fanned new fears of violent fallout in Lebanon from the ongoing war in neighboring Syria. Initial news service reports indicated that as many as nine were killed and 30 injured in the explosion; there was no immediate official casualty count. [Updated 2:06 p.m., Aug. 15: Lebanese authorities later said that at least 14 were killed and more than 200 injured in the attack.
November 23, 2010 |
A broadcast report apparently based on extensive leaks from within the United Nations-backed tribunal probing the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, connects the Shiite militia Hezbollah and one of the former premier's top deputies to the killing. The investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., which was widely cited in news reports Monday throughout Lebanon, complicates efforts to resolve a standoff that threatens the nation's security. But the lengthy report also tarnishes the work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, suggesting it repeatedly dismissed the findings of its own investigators and suppressed suspicions out of political considerations, potentially emboldening Hezbollah in its effort to force the government to disavow the tribunal's work.
October 13, 2006 |
Mexican agents are investigating companies and individuals for possible financial ties to Lebanon's Hezbollah guerrillas, the government said. Mexico launched the investigation after receiving a tip from the United States about six months ago that groups in Mexico had links to a U.S. resident suspected of Hezbollah ties.
September 22, 1996 |
Israeli jets and artillery blasted Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon after an Israeli officer was wounded in clashes with Muslim guerrillas there, security sources said. Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordecai said the strikes were "necessary operations" in retaliation for attacks on Israeli forces by Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrillas.
August 13, 2008 |
The Lebanese parliament overwhelmingly approved a national unity Cabinet that gives Iranian-backed Hezbollah a more powerful say in how the country is run. The Cabinet joins Hezbollah and its allies with supporters of Western-backed Prime Minister Fuad Siniora. For nearly two years, Siniora's government had rejected the militant group's demands for veto power in the Cabinet but compromised after a wave of violence between rival factions in May. Hezbollah and its allies have 11 of 30 seats in the Cabinet.
September 19, 2006 |
Israeli prosecutors indicted three Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas on charges that include helping to carry out a deadly operation to snatch two soldiers. The three men, all in their 20s, were also charged with murder, attempted murder and belonging to a terrorist group. The trial opened in Nazareth District Court.
May 8, 2013 |
Israeli airstrikes in Syria on Iranian weapons destined for Lebanon's Hezbollah militia could be seen as heralding wider international involvement in Syria's intractable civil war. Reports of sarin gas attacks in Syria also conjure the threat of further foreign intervention. President Obama has said any use of chemical weapons would “cross a red line.” But Syrian President Bashar Assad and his backers in Iran and Hezbollah have responded to the latest signs of outside intrusion with little more than blustery vows to repel all enemies.
February 5, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Bulgarian investigators said Tuesday that the Lebanese group Hezbollah was responsible for a July bus bombing that killed five Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian bus driver in the Black Sea resort of Burgas, as Israel had asserted. The announcement was certain to heighten pressure on the European Union to join Israel and the United States in labeling Hezbollah a terrorist group, allowing law enforcement agents in Europe to seize assets, restrict travel and arrest members.