Hizbullah commander, indicted in assassination of Lebanon’s Hariri, killed in blast

Hizbullah commander, indicted in assassination of Lebanon’s Hariri, killed in blast

Special to WorldTribune.com Hizbullah’s military commander, a main suspect in the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Syria, Arab media reported on May 12. Mustafa Badr al-Din died after what was called “a major explosion” at a Hizbullah facility near the Damascus airport. Israel Defense Forces […]

Israeli fighter jets strike arms convoy near northern border

Israeli fighter jets strike arms convoy near northern border

Special to WorldTribune.com Intent on keeping “game-changing weaponry” out of the hands of terrorists, Israel said its fighter jets on May 10 attacked a weapons convoy headed to Hizbullah fighters near the Syria-Lebanon border. The Israeli jets struck a convoy near a Syrian “rebel safe-haven” where Hizbullah fighters were said to be stationed, Israel’s Channel […]

Iran suffers worst single-day casualties in Syrian war

Iran suffers worst single-day casualties in Syrian war

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran suffered its biggest daily battlefield loss of the Syrian war on May 6 when 13 troops were killed and another 21 from Iran-backed militias died in fighting near Aleppo. The casualties occurred when Islamist insurgents known as Jaish al-Fatah, which included Al Qaida-linked Nusra Front jihadists, launched an attack on Khan […]

Iran denounces U.S. Supreme Court ruling as ‘theft’

Iran denounces U.S. Supreme Court ruling as ‘theft’

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran has denounced as “theft” a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Tehran must pay nearly $2 billion in frozen assets to victims and families of those killed in Iran-sponsored terrorist attacks. The court on April 20 ruled 6-2 in favor of relatives of the 241 Marines […]

Bahrain warms to Israel: Iran ‘our biggest problem’

Bahrain warms to Israel: Iran ‘our biggest problem’

Special to WorldTribune.com Gulf states are looking to improve relations with Israel while sending a message to Iran that it is “our biggest problem,” Bahrain’s foreign minister said. Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said several Gulf states decided to cut ties with Iran and designate Hizbullah a terror organization to let Teheran know that “we […]

Hizbullah tied to major prostitution network in Lebanon

Hizbullah tied to major prostitution network in Lebanon

Special to WorldTribune.com Social media activists claim Hizbullah is directly linked to the largest prostitution network ever operated in Lebanon. Pro-Hizbullah media is painting a completely different picture. Fars, the official Iranian news agency, ran an article entitled: “How did Hizbullah rescue young Syrian girls from prostitution network in Jounieh?” Lebanese police discovered the network […]

Red line: Israel tells Putin it won’t allow Iran on Israel-Syria border

Red line: Israel tells Putin it won’t allow Iran on Israel-Syria border

Special to WorldTribune.com Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told Russian counterpart Valdimir Putin that Israel will not allow Iran and Hizbullah to operate on the Israel-Syria border. The two met in Moscow on March 16 after Putin announced Russia’s withdrawal from Syria. Rivlin laid out Israel’s “red lines” in Syria, telling Putin the presence of any […]

Following talks with Israel, Putin freezes S-300 sale to Iran

Following talks with Israel, Putin freezes S-300 sale to Iran

Special to WorldTribune.com Russia has halted Iran’s order of the S-300 surface-to-air missile system, a report said. The move was made after Russian President Vladimir Putin consulted with Israeli officials who protested the sale, according to the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida. In discussions with Putin, Israel said it feared that at least some of the S-300 […]

Iran offers cash to families of terrorists who carry out attacks in Israel

Iran offers cash to families of terrorists who carry out attacks in Israel

Special to WorldTribune.com The world must condemn Iran’s practice of paying the families of terrorists who attack Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Feb. 25. “Yesterday Iran announced that it will finance the families of the terrorists and murderers,” Netanyahu said before meeting with visiting Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. “This is something that […]

Lebanese justice minister resigns, cites Hizbullah ‘dominance’

Lebanese justice minister resigns, cites Hizbullah ‘dominance’

Special to WorldTribune.com Hizbullah’s “dominance” of the Lebanese government has led Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi to resign his post. Rifi, a longtime critic of Shi’ite Hizbullah, stepped down two days after Saudi Arabia canceled deals worth $4 billion that were aimed at equipping and supporting Lebanese security forces, according to a report by The Associated […]