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Lebanese President Michael Aoun Reaches Out to Saudi Arabia in Search of Aid

Lebanon’s new Hezbollah-supported president is courting Saudi Arabia in an effort to restore billions in military aid, a delicate task as his country grows closer to Iran, the kingdom’s main rival for Middle East power. Michel Aoun’s country has for years been a political battleground in the regional struggle between Iran, the backer of the […]

In Israeli Military, Guarded Optimism for 2017

While war will continue to rage in much of the region writ large, Israeli military forecasts for 2017 are cautiously optimistic that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) may get through the year that began Sunday without having to wage major combat operations. “The probability for war in 2017, generally speaking, is low,” a senior defense […]

Israel Mulls Acquisition of Hundreds of Missiles for Possible Lebanon Conflict

Defense officials are looking into acquiring hundreds of missiles and precision rockets that could destroy targets during a confrontation with forces inside Lebanon. The focus of their interest is a pair of developments – IMI Systems’ Extra rocket and Israel Aerospace Industries’ LORA surface-to-surface missile. The Artillery Corps currently uses the Romach artillery rocket system, […]

French Foreign Minister Says Conditions Favorable to Supply Weapons to Lebanese Army

Conditions to implement a multi-billion dollar contract to supply Saudi-financed French weapons to Lebanon are now favorable after the formation of a new government in Beirut, France’s foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Thursday. Speaking in the Lebanese capital after meeting President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, Ayrault said it was also more […]

Lebanon’s Hezbollah Says Now More Than Guerrilla Group

Lebanon’s Hezbollah has declared itself more than a guerilla movement after images emerged showing it staging a military parade in Syria, where it is fighting to bolster the regime. The images shared widely on social media provoked controversy in Lebanon, where the Shiite movement is a divisive force, as well as concern from Washington, which […]