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Contrast: Putin backs existing Mideast balance of power as Obama boosts Iran’s ‘jihadist ascent’

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The modern Arab State is gone, rejected by the vast majority of the populace. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are no more, and Jordan […]

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Report: Syria builds new nuke site near Lebanon with help from Iran, N. Korea

Before and after photos of nuclear facility in the northern province of Dir Al Zour in 2007. / Digital Globe

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Syria was said to have renewed efforts to produce nuclear weapons and maintains a secret facility near Lebanon. The German weekly Der Spiegel reported that President Bashar Assad has rebuilt Syria’s nuclear weapons infrastructure with […]

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2015: A third of Lebanon’s population are refugees; energy prices drop

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Bennington, VT — It’s time once again to peer into the crystal snow-globe to try to decipher and predict what we may expect ahead in 2015. After a dangerously tumultuous past year, the […]

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As ISIL advances, Lebanon military aid delayed over fears it would be used by Hizbullah

Arsal, Lebanon.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Lebanon’s leader has voiced concerns about the threat from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant and the timing of a $3 billion military aid project facilitated by France and Saudi Arabia. “ISIL is present in […]

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Saudi weapons deal with Lebanon seeks to restrict platforms from dominant Hizbullah

Lebanon's President Michel Sleiman, left, and Saudi's Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud. / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Saudi Arabia has decided to launch a $3 billion military aid program to Lebanon. Saudi sources said the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom would sign an agreement to procure up to $3 billion in weapons and […]

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ISIL overruns U.S.-backed rebels, fights Hizbullah in N. Lebanon

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Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has been engaged in its biggest campaign in Lebanon. Lebanese sources said ISIL deployed 500 fighters in its campaign to seize northern Lebanon. They said ISIL deployed mortars, rocket-propelled […]

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Military warns Israel: Iron dome won’t help against Hizbullah

A missile is launched from the Iron Dome defense system in Ashdodl, Israel in response to a rocket launched from Gaza Strip on Nov. 18, 2012. / Jack Guez / AFP / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel’s military has warned that Iron Dome would be ineffective in any war against Hizbullah. Officials said the Israel Air Force would be unable to stop massive missile and rocket salvos by the Iranian-sponsored […]

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N.Y. Times confirms: There were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq

Staff Sgt. James F. Burns in Baghdad in 2004, a week before discovering a Sarin shell. "They put a gag order on all of us." / Mohammed Uraibi / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com The New York Times reported on Oct. 14 that U.S. troops in Iraq had between 2004 and 2011 repeatedly encountered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Meanwhile, voters back home and the world at large had been repeatedly […]

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Israel fires on Hizbullah positions in Lebanon after bomb injures IDF soldiers

An Israeli tank patrols the Shebaa area near the Lebanon border.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel and Hizbullah have come to blows along the Lebanese border. On Oct. 7, two Israel Army soldiers were injured in a bomb planted in the Shebaa Plateau. The military blamed Hizbullah as well […]

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Israel: Hizbullah raising profile, using Lebanese soldiers to test Israeli defenses

Lebanese soldiers near the Israel border fence.

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Hizbullah has been using the Lebanese Army to threaten Israel. Military sources said Hizbullah was sending Lebanese soldiers to the Israeli border in an effort to stage a provocation. The sources said Hizbullah was […]

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