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Hezbollah’s Quest for Missile Accuracy

Hezbollah’s Quest for Missile Accuracy

With Lebanon’s Hezbollah organization possessing missiles with sufficient range to reach targets deep inside Israel, the priority now is to improve accuracy, a development which is causing serious alarm in Israel and could draw the bitter enemies closer to confrontation, writes Nicholas Blanford The latest round of violence between Israel and Hamas and other Palestinian...

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From Syrian Ruins to Lebanese Riches?

From Syrian Ruins to Lebanese Riches?

The West is turning a cold shoulder to Syria’s much-anticipated reconstruction process, but Lebanese businessmen are already eyeing potentially lucrative opportunities to be had from rebuilding the country – opportunities that may even benefit Lebanon’s moribund economy, writes David Kenner   While many may survey the wreckage from years of war across the Middle East...

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Brothers in Arms – Dissecting Iran-Houthi Ties

Brothers in Arms – Dissecting Iran-Houthi Ties

They may follow different branches of Shia Islam, but Yemen’s Houthis are tied to Iran through a shared political ideology and a worldview of opposition to Saudi Arabia and Western “imperialism,” argues Baraa Shiban In December 2017, Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, hosted a news conference to demonstrate how Iran...

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The Al Qaeda-Iran Nexus

The Al Qaeda-Iran Nexus

Despite being ideologically opposed on many levels, Iran and al Qaeda have a long – and long overlooked – history of tacit cooperation that makes them the best of enemies, writes Kyle Orton     At the beginning of September, New America published a paper, based on recovered al Qaeda documents, which concluded that there...