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Israel's ranked as Middle East's best military

Israel's ranked as Middle East's best military

NEW YORK, Oct. 28 (UPI) --Israel has the most powerful military in the Middle East, an analysis says, followed by the armies of Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Ed Adamczyk
Lebanese army clashes with Syrian al-Qaida rebels in Tripoli

Lebanese army clashes with Syrian al-Qaida rebels in Tripoli

TRIPOLI, Lebanon, Oct. 26 (UPI) --The Lebanese army used tanks and commandos to attack IS- and al-Qaida-affiliated militants in the northern city of Tripoli.
Fred Lambert
Three big bets to defeat IS

Three big bets to defeat IS

To defeat the Islamic State, three big bets must pay-off. First, President Barack Obama must have grown in office. Second is that Secretary of State John Kerry will be given the authority to execute the strategy. And third is that Iraq understands that it is in a fight to the death with IS.
Harlan Ullman
Syrian Al Qaida group executes Lebanese soldier

Syrian Al Qaida group executes Lebanese soldier

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 20 (UPI) --A Syrian militant group affiliated with Al Qaida released a video depicting the execution of a Lebanese soldier with warnings for Hezbollah to leave Syria.
Fred Lambert
Syria continues air attacks in Damascus suburbs

Syria continues air attacks in Damascus suburbs

DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 18 (UPI) --Syrian warplanes continued their week-long attack on rebel positions near the capital of Damascus, concentrating on the rebel-held city of Douma.
Ed Adamczyk
Ted Cruz booed off stage over Israel comments [WATCH]

Ted Cruz booed off stage over Israel comments [WATCH]

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) --Sen. Ted Cruz was booed off stage at a Christian conference after making comments in support of Israel.
Gabrielle Levy
Senate votes for $225 million in aid to Israel's Iron Dome

Senate votes for $225 million in aid to Israel's Iron Dome

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) --The Senate voted unanimously Friday to send $225 million in aid to Israel to help fund its Iron Dome missile defense system.
Gabrielle Levy
12 detained in Beirut assassination plot

12 detained in Beirut assassination plot

BEIRUT, Lebanon, June 20 (UPI) --Twelve suspected members of ISIS reportedly planning to assassinate a Shiite political leader were detained by Lebanese security forces Friday in Beirut.
Ed Adamczyk
Iraqi crisis: Terrorist attacks or popular uprising?

Iraqi crisis: Terrorist attacks or popular uprising?

BRUSSELS, June 14 (UPI) --Struan Stevenson, MEP: "The United States and the European Union should force Maliki to accept the only viable solution and immediately step down from power."
Struan Stevenson, MEP
Israel Defense Forces to deploy more unmanned ground vehicles

Israel Defense Forces to deploy more unmanned ground vehicles

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 3 (UPI) --Israel plans to deploy new ground vehicle on border area.
Richard Tomkins
Syria death toll rises dramatcally in past two months

Syria death toll rises dramatcally in past two months

LONDON , May 19 (UPI) --The death toll in the Syrian conflict passed 160,000 in the past two months, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Ed Adamczyk
Hezbollah members arrested, planned to attack Israeli tourists

Hezbollah members arrested, planned to attack Israeli tourists

BANGKOK, April 18 (UPI) -- Two members of Hezbollah, arrested in Thailand several days ago, admitted they planned to attack Israeli tourists in Bangkok.
Ed Adamczyk
Lebanese army reinforces security on border with Syria

Lebanese army reinforces security on border with Syria

HERMEL, Lebanon, March 18 (UPI) -- Lebanon's army detonated a car rigged with explosives and arrested suspects in Ras Baalbek, Lebanon, a spillover of the crisis in neighboring Syria.

Syrian troops take control of opposition stronghold Yabrud

YABRUD, Syria, March 16 (UPI) -- Syrian soldiers Sunday seized the rebel-held town of Yabrud in the strategic Qalamun region near the Lebanese border, Syrian state-run media report.

Lebanon: Hezbollah vows to drive off Israel

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 13 (UPI) -- Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Naim Qassem said his movement in Lebanon is ready to stand up to Israeli aggression.
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Lebanese Moslem Shiite women carry posters of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut’s southern suburbs on May 26, 2008. Nasrallah addressed his supporters on this the eighth anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from south Lebanon. Tens of thousands of supporters came out to listen to his televised speech. (UPI Photo)
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Hezbollah (Arabic: حزب الله‎ ḥizbu-illāh(i), literally "Party of God") is a Shi'a Islamist political and paramilitary organisation based in Lebanon. Hezbollah is also a major provider of social services, which operate schools, hospitals, and agricultural services for thousands of Lebanese Shi'a, and plays a significant force in Lebanese politics. It is regarded as a resistance movement throughout much of the Arab and Muslim world. Many governments, including Arab ones, have condemned actions by Hezbollah while others have praised the party. Some western countries, including the United States, regard it in whole or in part as a terrorist organization.

Hezbollah first emerged in 1982 as a militia in response to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, also known as Operation Peace for Galilee, set on resisting the Israeli occupation of Lebanon during the Lebanese civil war. Its leaders were inspired by Ayatollah Khomeini, and its forces were trained and organized by a contingent of Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Hezbollah's 1985 manifesto listed its three main goals as "putting an end to any colonialist entity" in Lebanon, bringing the Phalangists to justice for "the crimes they perpetrated," and the establishment of an Islamic regime in Lebanon. Hezbollah leaders have also made numerous statements calling for the destruction of Israel, which they refer to as a "Zionist entity... built on lands wrested from their owners."

Hezbollah, which started with only a small militia, has grown to an organization with seats in the Lebanese government, a radio and a satellite television-station, and programs for social development. Hezbollah maintains strong support among Lebanon's Shi'a population, and gained a surge of support from Lebanon's broader population (Sunni, Christian, Druze) immediately following the 2006 Lebanon War, and is able to mobilize demonstrations of hundreds of thousands. Hezbollah alongside with some other groups began the 2006–2008 Lebanese political protests in opposition to the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. A later dispute over Hezbollah preservation of its telecoms network led to clashes and Hezbollah-led opposition fighters seized control of several West Beirut neighborhoods from Future Movement militiamen loyal to Fouad Siniora. These areas were then handed over to the Lebanese Army. A national unity government was formed in 2008, giving Hezbollah and its opposition allies control of eleven of thirty cabinets seats; effectively veto power.

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