What to make of Politico’s account of the Obama administration’s posture toward Hezbollah during the Iran deal negotiations.
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Mohammed bin Salman has purged his rivals and is trying to check Iran’s influence in Lebanon and Yemen, while setting the stage for closer cooperation with Israel.
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Iran Still Complying with Nuclear Deal, Rebel Coalition in Yemen Bends but Doesn’t Break, U.S. and Hezbollah Fight over Islamic State in Syria
The IAEA disagrees with the Trump administration about Iran’s compliance, Houthi and Saleh loyalists involved in Sanaa streetfighting, and an Islamic State convoy is trapped between Syria’s frontlines.
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Two weeks of protests appear to be ending in Jerusalem, France pushes through a ceasefire in Libya but peace remains elusive, Saudi Arabia and Qatar trade accusations of politicizing the pilgrimage to Mecca, and Lebanon’s Saad Hariri lobbies Washington.
This week's arrest of two Hezbollah/IJO agents might best be understood as one small part of a larger, complex policy framework that usually is glimpsed only through the lens of its diplomatic aspects.
Israeli Strike in Syria Meets Unusual Opposition, Iraqi Prime Minister Meets with Trump, and Morocco Reshuffles Its Prime Minister
The Syrian military actually shot back at Israeli jets, the Iraqi prime minister thinks U.S. support will increase, and Morocco tries to form a government five months after elections.
The Lebanese Armed Forces maintain a complicated coexistence with Hezbollah. They're also one of the few checks on the terrorist organization and other sectarian extremists—and they need U.S. help.
While terrorism analysts often give dark praise to Hezbollah as the "A-Team" of terrorist groups, the organization is actually becoming less threatening to the United States.
Changes in its regional environment are shifting the nature of the threats facing Israel — from more traditional state-centered and nonconventional threats, towards non-state, terrorist and insurgent threats.