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After Hezbollah Rocket Fire, Israel Makes a Move

Member of nation's war cabinet suggests Lebanese government to blame for rocket attacks

(Newser) - Israel escalated its attacks on Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon Wednesday in response to rocket fire that killed a citizen while reaching further into northern Israel than previous attacks from Hezbollah, per Bloomberg . A woman died and eight others were injured when a rocket landed near Safed, some 8 miles...

Fears of Mideast War Grow as Israel Hits Hezbollah Again

In wake of commander Wissam al-Tawil's death in Lebanon, renewed worries about entire region

(Newser) - An Israeli airstrike killed an elite Hezbollah commander in southern Lebanon on Monday, the latest in an escalating exchange of strikes along the border that have raised fears of another Mideast war, even as the fighting in Gaza exacts a mounting toll on civilians. The strike on an SUV killed...

Hackers Warn Hezbollah on Beirut Airport Screens

Message warns of consequences if Lebanon ends up in war with Israel

(Newser) - Information display screens at Beirut's international airport were hacked by domestic anti-Hezbollah groups Sunday, as clashes between the Lebanese militant group and the Israeli military continue to intensify along the border. Departure and arrival information was replaced by a message accusing the Hezbollah group of putting Lebanon at risk...

Amid Mideast Conflict, a New Accusation From Lebanon

Nation says Israel's killing of Hamas leader near Beirut violates its sovereignty

(Newser) - Israel hasn't confirmed it's responsible for a Tuesday drone strike in Lebanon that took out Saleh al-Arouri, the highest-ranking Hamas figure killed since war erupted in October. But Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati has condemned the killing of the 57-year-old founding member of Hamas' military wing and six...

US Forces Strike in Iraq
US Forces Strike in Iraq

US Forces Strike in Iraq

At least 5 members of Kataeb Hezbollah killed in what the military said was retaliation

(Newser) - The US military struck two operations centers belonging to Iraqi Hezbollah early Wednesday in response to what it said were attacks on US bases, including the Ain al-Asad Air Base, that have escalated alongside Israel's operations against Hamas in Gaza. "We can confirm an attack last night by...

Houthi Rebels Seized Israeli Ship in Crucial Shipping Lane

Yemen group's action ignites fears that the war could spread to new maritime front

(Newser) - A helicopter Houthi attack on an Israel-linked ship in the Red Sea highlights the danger now lurking in one of the world's key shipping routes as the Israel-Hamas war rages, as well as the rebels' tactics mirroring those of its chief sponsor, Iran. While Tehran has denied aiding the...

Hezbollah Leader Blames US for War, Threatens Escalation

But he stopped short of declaring all-out war

(Newser) - Hezbollah's leader made his first public comments on the Israel-Hamas war Friday—but while Hassan Nasrallah stressed that the Hamas-allied group is keeping all its options open, he stopped short of declaring all-out war. "We are ready for all possibilities," the leader of the Lebanese militant group...

Hezbollah Says It's Trying to 'Weaken the Israeli Enemy'

Security official says Israeli government faces pressure from residents in the north to attack

(Newser) - A Hezbollah leader said Saturday that the militant group already is "in the heart of the battle" against Israel, which is being pressed by the US and other nations not to attack the Lebanon-based militia for fear of widening its war with Hamas. Hezbollah said six of its fighters...

Biden Team, GOP Rivals Wonder What Trump Sees in Hezbollah

Pence, DeSantis join criticism of front-runner for calling terrorist group 'smart'

(Newser) - White House and Biden campaign aides expressed disgust and bafflement Thursday for Donald Trump's expressed admiration for Hezbollah. "Sickening rhetoric," Kevin Munoz, a campaign spokesperson, posted on X, in response to the former president's remarks to supporters in Florida on Wednesday night. Trump's comments were...

Hezbollah's Strikes Add Uncertainty

Israel says it's ready if the militant group joins with Hamas

(Newser) - Concerns that Hezbollah will become a full participant on the side of Hamas increased Sunday when its forces exchanged fire Sunday with Israel at the Israeli-Lebanon border. Lebanon's militant group said it hit a radar station and two other sites in the Israeli-occupied Shebaa Farms area with guided missiles and...

She Says She Gave Up Secrets for Love, Gets 23 Years

Military linguist Mariam Thompson gave info to foreign national with links to Hezbollah

(Newser) - "I just wanted to have somebody to love me in my old age," 63-year-old Mariam Taha Thompson told a sentencing hearing this week. Prosecutors said that was a poor excuse for passing US military secrets—including the names of informants—to a foreign national she knew had links...

Israel Is Trying to Assassinate a Man It Just Can't Kill

There have been at least 8 attempts on Mohammed Deif's life over the years

(Newser) - The conflict between Israel and Hamas has now hit day 10, and there have been four calls between President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in that time. CNN describes the latest as "a signal that Biden is losing patience" with a leader he has known for some...

Iraqi Protesters Storm US Embassy
After Attack on US Embassy,
a Tweet From Trump

After Attack on US Embassy, a Tweet From Trump

Mob smashes door, sets fire to reception area in Baghdad

(Newser) - Dozens of angry Iraqi Shiite militia supporters broke into the US Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday after smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area, prompting tear gas and sounds of gunfire. An AP reporter at the scene saw flames rising from inside the compound and...

Israel Strikes Dozens of Iranian Targets in Syria

Country says it was retaliating for rocket attack

(Newser) - The Israeli military said it struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria in Wednesday, carrying out a "wide-scale" strike in response to rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before. The military said its fighter jets hit multiple targets belonging to the elite Quds force, including surface-to-air...

The Middle East Has a New Kind of War

Israel, Iran, and Syria are involved in drone combat

(Newser) - From the vast deserts of Saudi Arabia to the crowded neighborhoods of Beirut, a drone war has taken flight across the wider Middle East, raising the stakes in the ongoing tensions between the US and Iran, the AP reports. Since the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last year,...

Lebanon President: Saudis Are Holding Our PM Hostage

It's Michel Aoun's strongest statement since Saad al-Hariri resigned

(Newser) - Lebanon President Michel Aoun said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia is holding Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri and his family hostage. It's the first time since al-Hariri's sudden resignation earlier this month that Aoun has explicitly accused Saudi Arabia of holding him, Reuters reports. Al-Hariri resigned during a trip...

Lebanon's Prime Minister Is Missing; Some Fear War Nears

Saad Hariri resigned suddenly while in Saudi Arabia last week, has yet to return to Lebanon

(Newser) - In the week since he suddenly and unexpectedly resigned as Lebanon's prime minister during a trip to Saudi Arabia, Saad Hariri has yet to return to his country—or make any sort of public statement at all, Reuters reports. According to the New York Times , on Friday Hezbollah, which...

Lebanese Prime Minister Resigns in Surprise Move

Saad Hariri resigned from his post Saturday

(Newser) - Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri resigned from his post Saturday during a trip to Saudi Arabia in a surprise move that plunged the country into uncertainty amid heightened regional tensions, the AP reports. In a televised address from Riyadh, Hariri fired a vicious tirade against Iran and its Lebanese proxy...

Top Hezbollah Commander Killed in Syria

Death is biggest blow to group since 2008

(Newser) - Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group said Friday that its top military commander who was supervising its military operations in Syria, Mustafa Badreddine, was killed in an explosion in Damascus, a major blow to the Shiite group, which has played a significant role in the conflict. Badreddine, 55, had been the...

Ayatollah: Our Policy Toward 'Arrogant US' Won't Change

Iran's supreme leader speaks out on nuclear deal

(Newser) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today a landmark nuclear deal won't change his country's policy toward the "arrogant" US, making his first public speech since the Islamic Republic's historic pact with world powers. Khamenei said a more wide-ranging agreement with America is unlikely,...

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