Democrats blocked efforts to cut funding to the Hezbollah terrorist group

Middle East 08/05/20, 13:31

Last week, Democrats in Congress canceled an effort to cut the funds the United States is currently providing to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), an organization heavily influenced by the terrorist group Hezbollah.  According to a report published by Washington Free, the Democrats boycotted a bill presented by Republicans that aimed ...

United States urges Lebanon to disassociate itself from Hezbollah terrorist group

U.S. 09/24/19, 13:34

A senior U.S. official urged Lebanon to restrict its relations with the terrorist group Hezbollah in a Sept. 23 meeting with Lebanese officials in Beirut, Lebanon. Treasury Department Assistant Secretary Marshall Billingslea met with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and other senior government and banking officials, to whom he explained the ...

US Punishes Lebanese Bank for Links to Hezbollah

Africa 08/30/19, 14:58

The United States sanctioned a Lebanese bank on Thursday for facilitating the financial activities of the terrorist group Hezbollah. The Treasury Department accused the Jammal Trust Bank, and its subsidiaries, of "brazenly enabling" the financial activities of the organization that operates in Lebanon and has links with Iran. Through an official statement, ...

Lebanon health minister says no concerns over sanctions

Health 05/18/19, 13:07

Lebanon's health minister — named to the post by the country's Hezbollah group — said Saturday he has overcome U.S. concerns about his ministry potentially funneling finances to the militant organization by gaining public trust and ensuring transparency.Jamil Jabak told The Associated Press that although he is not a member, ...

Iran’s regional proxies ensure it will never fight alone

Asia & Pacific 05/17/19, 02:07

In the event of war with the United States, Iran "will not be alone." That message was delivered by the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group to a mass rally in Beirut in February marking the 40th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution. "If America launches war on Iran, it will not ...

US to designate Iran Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group

Asia & Pacific 04/07/19, 20:48

The Trump administration is preparing to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard a "foreign terrorist organization," an unprecedented move against a national armed force that could have widespread implications for U.S. personnel and policy in the Middle East and elsewhere. Officials informed of the step said an announcement was expected Monday, after a ...

Investigative group says Gambia ex-leader stole $1 billion

Africa 03/28/19, 08:37

Gambia's ex-President Yahya Jammeh looted the tiny West African nation of $1 billion through fear and privilege during his 22 years in power, an amount more than 10 times higher than originally estimated by the new government, leaving the country in lingering debt, according to a report Wednesday by the ...

US hits Iran with new sanctions while Pompeo visits Lebanon

Politics 03/22/19, 09:07

The Trump administration is hitting Iran with new sanctions while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is denouncing Iran's growing influence on a visit to Lebanon. The Treasury Department says the sanctions target 31 Iranian scientists, technicians and companies involved in the country's nuclear and missile research and development programs. They are ...

From Israel, Pompeo arrives in Beirut for two-day meetings

Asia & Pacific 03/22/19, 04:11

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has arrived in Lebanon, the last leg of a Mideast tour that took him to Kuwait and Israel.Pompeo is scheduled to meet with a host of Lebanese officials, including allies of the Iran-backed Hezbollah during the two-day visit, his first as secretary of state.Pompeo ...

UK makes move to ban membership in Hezbollah

World 02/25/19, 11:56

The British government said Monday it plans to ban Hezbollah as a terrorist group, accusing the Iran-backed organization of destabilizing the Middle East.A draft order laid in the U.K. Parliament will ban Hezbollah and two other groups. Subject to Parliament's approval, the order will go into effect on Friday and ...

Lebanon’s new Cabinet vows to face economic challenges

Asia & Pacific 02/02/19, 10:51

Lebanon's new Cabinet held its first meeting Saturday and the country's leaders vowed to deal swiftly with the political and economic challenges the country faces, while playing down the militant Hezbollah group's takeover of the health ministry.The comments came a day after Washington expressed concerns about Hezbollah naming a health ...

US warns Lebanon’s Hezbollah not to funnel ministry’s money

World 02/01/19, 09:19

A senior U.S. official warned Lebanon's Hezbollah not to exploit its newly gained clout in the new Lebanese Cabinet and channel funds from a ministry it controls to institutions affiliated with the Shiite militant group.The remarks by Marshall Billingslea, the U.S. Treasury's assistant secretary on terror financing, came as Lebanese ...

Lebanon forms government after months of deadlock

World 01/31/19, 13:25

Lebanese political factions agreed finally Thursday on the formation of a new government, breaking a nine-month deadlock that only deepened the country' economic woes.Rival political groups have been locked in disagreement over the make-up of a new government since May, after the country's first parliamentary elections in nine years.The breakthrough ...

Beirut summit highlights divisions, turmoil in Lebanon

Asia & Pacific 01/15/19, 01:30

An Arab economic development summit that Lebanon is hosting this weekend has been marred by controversy days before delegates arrive.Should regional outcast Syria be invited, as demanded by Lebanon's powerful Hezbollah militant group, an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad? Should Libya get a seat at the table, despite the ...

Israel confirms Syria strike, ends mission on Lebanon border

Asia & Pacific 01/13/19, 06:31

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday confirmed that Israel has struck hundreds of Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria, including a weapons facility in a weekend airstrike, as the military announced the discovery of a sixth and final tunnel dug by the Lebanese militant group for cross-border attacks.The statements marked ...

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