Archive for the 'Hizbullah' Category

Trump’s Iran Policy is More about Rollback Than Nukes; It Will Cause More Failed States – by Joshua Landis

Katibat Dir’ al-Watan: New Sub-Unit of the Fifth Legion

Liwa al-Mukhtar al-Thiqfi: Syrian IRGC Militia

America’s Failure – and Russia and Iran’s Success – in Syria’s Cataclysmic Civil War – By Joshua Landis

Liwa al-Imam Zain al-Abidain: Building a ‘Resistance’ in Eastern Syria

Syrian Hezbollah Militias of Nubl and Zahara’

Liwa Sayf al-Mahdi: A Syrian Army Shi’i Militia

The ‘Martyrs’ of Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya (The Ja’afari Force)

The Local Defence Forces: Regime Auxiliary Forces in Aleppo

Liwa al-Jalil: A New Pro-Assad Palestinian Militia

The Dir’ al-Watan Brand: Liwa Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi

Overview of some pro-Assad Militias

Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya: Recruiting the Shi’a of Damascus

Quwat al-Ridha: Syrian Hezbollah

“Mohammad Nassif: The Shadow Man of the Syria-Iran Axis,” by Mohammad Ataie

Syria in Limbo: Neither Reunification nor Partition Are Yet Possible

How Far is Hezbollah Willing to Go in Syria?

“Syria, Iraq and Lebanon: the new Af-Pak,” by Anno Bunnik

“Why Syria’s Assad heads to Geneva from a position of strength,” by Joshua Landis

Syria Consolidates into Three Cantons as the Opposition Pushes Back, Taking Mengh Airbase and other Strategic Points

Gangs of Latakia: The Militiafication of the Assad Regime

Round Up: Qusayr, Hezbollah, Regional Sectarianism, Ehsani on Economics, Foreign Jihadis Behead & Kill for Blasphemy, US Intervention Proposal

Has the War Reached Lebanon? Meanwhile, Obama Updates War on Terror

al-Nusra, al-Raqqa, Calls for Jihad, River of Death

“The Hamas-Syrian Split, a Dilemma for Iran’s Palestinian Strategy,” By Mohammad Ataie

The sad irony of it all – the USA and the Arab world…

US Loses Lebanon, Worries about Losing Egypt; Tunisians Ask Feltman to Go Home

Lebanon Remains Hostage to the Arab-Israeli Conflict with US Blessing

Obama Trapped in Bush’s Lebanon War

Lebanon’s Return to Political Paralysis and Economic Stagnation

Wikileaks: “Syrian-Iranian Relations return to normal”; Jordan, Turkey, and US Seek Improved Iran Relations; Hariri Tribunal Delayed;

WikiLeaks: Saudi Proposed Arab Force to Invade Lebanon; Makhlouf Sanctions; Mughniya Murder

Should A Resurgent Syria Give Alarm?

Elias Murr: “If Israel has to bomb Shia areas, that is Hizbullah’s concern… The Lebanese Army Forces will stay on their bases …. and take over once Hizballah’s militia has been destroyed.”

Disapearing Golan; Hariri Murder; Iran

Can the US Convince Hariri to Stand up to Hizbullah with the Lebanese Tribunal?

Ahmedinejad in Lebanon

The Special Lebanon Tribunal Power Play – The End of the Bush Agenda

Will rising tensions in the Middle East lead to another catastrophic war?

Hizbullah Arms; Senator Specter to Damascus; Cordesman: “Iranian Threat Exaggerated”

“A Brief Introduction to the Shebaa Farms Problem” by Matthieu Cimino

News Round Up (May 6, 2010)

Iran, Syria, and US in War of Words as West Bank is Digested by Israel

Is a Hizbullah – Israel War Likely?

US and Israel Agree; Missile Controversy Plays Out

News Round Up (18 April 2010)

News Round Up (14 April 2010)

Ambassador Ford’s Confirmation Delayed

Kerry to Syria Keeps Hope Alive

Why Syria Must Burnish its “Resistance” Credentials in the Face of Obama’s Inaction on Settlement Expansion

The Case for Syria

NGO’s in Syria; Mitchell Should Resign; Egypt and Syria Feud; Assad to Libya

Turkey’s “Zero Crescents, Zero Axises, and Zero problems” Foreign Policy is Catching on.

Bus Bomb? Syrian-Israel Peace Talks? SSNP, Turkey is Warned, Washington is Broken

Will India’s Proposal to Invest Billions in Iran Undermine US Sanction Drive? Is Turkey the Winner?

France Champions Syria While US Says Differences with Damascus are “Profound”

Netanyahu Talks Peace for the Press; Syrian Subsidies

Lebanon Gets a New Government

News Round Up (6 November 2009)

News Round Up (19 October 2009)

Sanctions on Hafiz Makhluf and Muhammad Nasif Khayr Bek Extended

News Round Up (19 June 2009)

The Mitchell Visit: Why it is Important

“Will There Be a US Ambassador in Damascus by September?” By Landis

“New Evidence Points to Hezbollah in Hariri Murder,” by Erich Fallath

Hamas and Hizbullah Reach out to Obama

Netanyahu goes for Palestinian over Syrian Track; Lebanon Elections

Is Clinton’s Visit to Lebanon a Challange to Syria or just a pep rally?

Lieberman, the perfect foil – Lebanon

Assad to Austria, 5 New Ministers, Oil, and Lebanon Elections

Hizbullah and Elections

News Round Up (5 April 2009)

Nasrallah’s Rhetoric Directed East or West?

Sanctions on the Table?

“Why Syria Will Not Get the Golan Back” by Landis

New Round Up (31 Jan 2009)

Will Syria Benefit from Israel’s Invasion of Gaza?

“Palestine’s Bleak Future and Syria’s Disappointment in Obama,” by Landis

Asma al-Asad on Gaza: Obama’s Dream Team

Top 5 reasons why Israel is attacking Gaza

Syria is the Only Game in Town

Waging Peace in Atlanta, by Britta Froelicher

News Round Up (25 Oct. 2008)

Interview with Ambassador Imad Moustapha: Peace Talks, Hizbullah, Palestine

“Syria-Israel Peace: The Impact on Non-State militias” by Landis

Syria plays hardball with the Saudis, by Sami Moubayed

“Syria Talks Spur Speculation” by Jim Lobe & More…

Syria Comment Returns + News Roundup

News Round UP (9 Sept. 2008)

Difficult Decisions for Assad, but Syrian Art Sizzles

The Middle East Waits for America

News Round UP (1 Sept. 2008)

Syria & Lebanon Should Hold Simultaneous Talks With Israel

Bush’s Policy of No Dialogue with Syria is Costing US Lives

New Cold War or Merely Jockeying for Position? What Does Syria Want?

News Round Up (18 Aug. 2008)

News Round Up (12 Aug. 2008)

Assassination Speculation

Muhammad Suleiman Murdered

Building Towards Peace

News Round-Up (August 1, 2008)

Walid Jumblatt Sets a New Course

Samir al-Taki’s talk at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC

“Regional Players Bypass Washington In Brokering Deals,” by Jay Solomon

“Lancing the Boil: Hizbullah’s Future in Lebanon”/ by Qifa Nabki

“Some Remarks on Syria,” by Observer

Mead takes on Walt & Mearsheimer on Why the US is pro-Israel

Prisoner Swap; Golan; Negotiations

News Round Up (28 June 2008)

The US and Siniora seek to push back against Hizbullah and the Opposition

Syria Pegs Hopes on India and Econ. Liberalization

Can the US and France agree on a Post-Doha Lebanon Policy?

Syria Squashes Coup Attempt, Die Welt claims

“Israel, Don’t Undermine Beirut,” by Joshua Landis with Help from David Schenker

News Round Up (2 June 2008)

News Round Up (31 May 2008)

Give up the gun, go for EMBAs

Syrian Media – The Challenge and the Need to Act

Bush Promises Support that Analysts Say He Cannot Give

Bush Administration Policy in Disarray

Lebanon Becoming

“How Hizbullah Blundered and Why Things Will Get Worse,” by Rex Brynen

Hizbullah Proves it Does Not Want a Tehran on the Mediterranean

The War is Over: What Were They Thinking?

Nasrallah’s May 8 Press Conference – Summary

By Provoking Hizbullah, Is Washington Hoping for a Showdown?

March Toward Disaster

“The March to War: Israel Prepares…” by Nazemroaya

The People’s Army of Hizbullah Attracts Sunnis and Christians

Summitry 3: Can the Effort to Isolate Syria Hold?

Syrians and Lebanese Respond to Statement that “Syria Needs to Articulate a Clear Lebanon Policy”

“Shaping Lebanon’s Future,” by Bilal Saab

Syria’s Stand on Lebanon: Saudi Arabia Withdraws Ambassador From Damascus

“The New Middle East,” by Carnegie Endowment Staff

Diagnosing Failure: The Case of Lebanon

Will Sanctions and the Mughniyah Killing Make Syria Blink?

Hizbullah and Syria Threaten Revenge in Kind

Mughnieh: Liberator of Lebanon or Opportunistic Terrorist ?

Imad Mughniyeh, Hezbollah Commander, Assassinated in Damascus

News Roundup (23 January 2008)

Arab League Mediation in Lebanon Fails

The Day After Tomorrow… / by Qifa Nabki

Who is at Fault in Lebanon? The Blame Game Heats Up

Lebanese Skeptical Deal for New Gov. Will Fly

The soldiers of truth are back

Syria Stands by Lebanese Allies: France distraught: Lebanon in Continued Crisis

The US Has NO Lebanon Policy

Israel Says No to Syria; Lebanon Says No to France

Lebanon and the Art of Kabuki Theater

Maybe the NIE Is Not So Good for Syria?

Best of Comments on US Opening to Syria

How the Lebanese Delegation was Blindsided at Annapolis

Announcing Creative Syria Forum’s November 2007 topic: Syria’s RegionalPolicies

Lebanon

“Syria: Options and Implications for Lebanon and the Region,” by Emile El-Hokayem

Treasury Designates Individuals Furthering Syrian Regime’s Efforts to Undermine Lebanese Democracy

“Is Israel About to Attack Hizballah?” by Blanford

“Hezbollah: Maneuvers held near border in ‘response to enemy’,” AP

Nasrallah calls on Saudi Arabia to boycott the upcoming Middle East conference

Michael Young Talks Sense about Syria

News Round Up (27 Sept. 2007)

Jihadists and the Syrian Border – Saudi Press

Lebanon’s 2006 War One Year on

“UNIFIL – Peacekeepers in the Line of Fire,” by Timur Goksel

The truth about Syria?

“Getting Hezbollah to Behave,” by Nicholas Noe

Is Amal Saad-Ghorayeb disseminating Misinformation?

Will Syria and Israel talk, fight or wait?

News Round Up (2 July 2007)

Gambill on US Policy in Lebanon and Fatah al-Islam

Syria is Not Against the UN

“Syria Not Behind Killing of Spaniards” Responds Second Syria Analyst

What Are the Italians Doing in Damascus?

“Iran’s and Syria’s plan: an interpretation,” by Michael Young

News Round Up (13 June 2007)

News Round-Up

“Hizballah and Syria: Outgrowing the Proxy Relationship,” by Emile El-Hokayem

“US backing ‘covert war’ against Hizbullah” CSM

“Lebanon’s Coming Crisis” by Firas Maksad

The Arab League Summit: Arabism is Back – Syria is In

A Response to Michael Young

Hizbullah’s MP Nawar Sahili Interviewed by Hugh Macleod

Readers Responses to my Last Post

Counting Lebanon’s Shiites as Slaves: Why the Lebanon Deal is Obstructed

“Iranian General Defects with Hizbullah’s Secrets,” by Nicholas Noe

Has a Lebanon Deal Been Clinched?

Saudis and Syrians …Brothers or Rivals?

News Round Up (27 February 2007)

“Lebanese Sunnis Deeply Divided over Relations with Hizbullah” by Anonymous

Seymour Hersh, “The Administration’s New Policy on Terrorism”

Feb 14 Raises the Rhetoric

Nasrallah: “No Plan for Sunni Conversions”

CIA Gets the Go-Ahead to Fight Hizbullah

News Round Up (6 January 2007)

Andrew Exum and Nicholas Noe Debate Hizbullah’s Summer War

Could the US be Planning Covert Action in Lebanon and beyond?

News Round Up (17 December 2006)

“President Bashar al-Asad Interviewed,” by Alix Van Buren

News Round Up (12 December 2006)

Post Gemayel Prospects