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Fifteen years after a truck bomb killed Lebanon’s former Sunni leader Rafic al-Hariri in #Beirut , a UN-backed court trying four suspects from the Shi’ite #Hezbollah  terror group is set to deliver a verdict that could shake the country.

Iran debates whether to mourn during the Shi’ite month of Muharram that begins in late August amid a surge in the number coronavirus infections.

Hezbollah carried out an operation against the Israeli military near the Lebanese-Israeli frontier, days after a member of the Iranian-backed Shi’ite group was killed in an alleged Israeli attack in Syria, sources said

▶️ Netanyahu says Hezbollah ‘playing with fire,’ but Shiite group denies role in border clash

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“Hezbollah should know it is playing with fire” #Netanyahu  said Israeli forces thwarted an attempt by #Hezbollah  to infiltrate across the Lebanon frontier on Monday, which the Iranian-backed Shi’ite group denied.

#Israel  and #Lebanon  exchanged fire in their border zone, a week after Shiite Hezbollah militia threatened to take revenge for one of their members' death during an Israeli attack in Damascus, Syria.

An #Israeli  official and Lebanese sources said #Hezbollah  carried out an operation along the Lebanese-Israeli frontier on Monday but the Iranian-backed Shi’ite group denied it had done so.

My report: “The average #Iraqi  is able to differentiate between the [Shiite militia] brigades that are looking to enrich themselves, versus those that are looking to protect the community...and those that threaten [the PM] and state it openly" @csmonitor 

None of Iraq’s existing graveyards wanted the bodies of Covid-19 patients. So Shiite leaders created a burial ground for them that is also open to Sunnis and Christians.

My report: Can #Iraq  rein in Shiite militias? What one killing tells us. via @csmonitor 


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Iraqi security official tells @NBCNews  there has been anther US airstrike, this one north of Baghdad targeting Shiite militia leaders. Reports of 6 killed. This right BEFORE a big Shiite protest tomorrow in Baghdad. It seems certain to provoke an escalation.

What a mess in the Middle East. Shiite world enraged. Sunni states nervous. Isis fight on back burner. US allies against ISIS (Kurds) betrayed. Iran and US trading blood curdling threats. All this to make Americans safer the administration says?

Hillary Clinton email: Israeli intelligence says collapse of Syria will spark a shiite'>Sunni-Shiite war that will benefit #Israel  #Syria  #Iran 

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Iran making threats of mass escalation. To attack more bases in Iraq. To unleash Hezbollah. To unleash shiite militias in Iraq. To attack Israel and Dubai. Making it clear it is ready for a widespead campaign if this escalates further with a US response.

In a major operational effort, we have thwarted an attack against Israel by the Iranian Quds Force & Shi'ite militias. I reiterate: Iran has no immunity anywhere. Our forces operate in every sector against the Iranian aggression. “If someone rises up to kill you, kill him first.”

BREAKING: Iraqi supporters of a Shiite militia have broken into the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad after smashing a door and storming inside, prompting tear gas and sounds of gunfire. The attack on the compounds follows deadly U.S. airstrikes.

Irony, if that’s the word - backfire could be another - is that Iranian regime was facing protests, serious ones, in both Iran and Iraq until the US drone strike on Soleimani and Iraqi Shiite militia leader.

? Hasan Yousif Zbib ? Yasir Ahmad Dahir These shiite'>Lebanese Shiite militia operatives were behind the attempt to attack Israel with killer drones and were killed when we foiled the attack. Here they are pictured flying to Iran to receive drone-operation training.

BREAKING: We just prevented a pending, large-scale attack of multiple killer drones on Israel by striking Iranian Quds Force operatives and Shiite Militia targets in Syria.

I’m deeply troubled by the Saudi government’s mass execution of 37 prisoners, including 33 members of the kingdom’s Shiite minority. Human Rights Watch has reported that many of the confessions in two mass trials were obtained using torture and the prisoners later recanted.