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Hassan Nasrallah Steps Out of Hiding (Briefly)

Well, they’ve obviously got some good catering going on in the bunker. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, thecapo di tutti capi of Hezbollah-choked south Lebanon, has emerged from the hideout he’s been living in since the Israelis chased him out of sight in 2006. He took a stroll this morning — surrounded by a dense crowd of dozens of bodyguards […]

Serious Explosion Shakes Isfahan, Site of Iranian Nuclear Facilities

A huge explosion went off this afternoon in Isfahan, Iran’s third-largest city. If this was sabotage, Isfahan was a heck of a target: not only does the city contain several experimental nuclear reactors, but just outside it is a uranium conversion facility where uranium is processed into uranium hexaflouride gas (UF6). UF6 is stockpiled at […]

Strategic Shift Inside Iranian Opposition?

As you may have read, there was a humungous explosion at a Revolutionary Guards base outside Tehran over the weekend that is reported to have killed 17 soldiers and wounded 16. One of the dead was Brig. Gen. Hassan Moghaddam, identified byThe New York Times as a “top commander in Iran’s ballistic missile program.” This explosion follows on the heels […]

Hezbollah Hedges Its Bets and Pulls Its Arsenal Out of Syria

President Obama’s speech last month, in which he handed the Palestinians the unprecedented option of using the 1967 lines as a precondition for peace negotiations with Israel, was viewed by many as evidence of his irredeemable bias — indeed, as a sign of his desertion of Israel. He has also taken heat for his toothless […]

How Do You Say “Chutzpah” In Farsi?

Iran, which has sent gunmen and equipment to assist friend Assad in picking off his citizens, and whose proxy Hezbollah — at Assad’s behest — is executing Syrian soldiers who refuse to kill their countrymen, and which brutally crushed its own domestic dissent, has accused the US and her allies of meddling in the Syrian […]

What’s the Significance of Egypt’s Reopening of the Rafah Crossing?

Yesterday, Egypt reopened the Rafah crossing between the Sinai and the Gaza Strip. Egypt closed the crossing in 2007 as part of the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza following the seizure of power by Hamas. The reopening, in the face of Israel’s obviously valid security concerns, indicates a warming of relations between Egypt and Hamas. It also […]

Iranian Missile Base in Venezuela Moves Forward

There’s a situation developing south of the border that has the potential to become President Obama’s very own missile crisis. Die Welt reports that in fulfillment of a commitment made by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran in October 2010, Iran has now entered the concrete planning phase of construction of […]

Islamic Jihad: Open Iranian Embassy in Gaza

The Fars News Agency reports that a representative of the Islamic Jihad in Teheran is calling for the opening of an Iranian embassy in Gaza. “It would be a natural move for Iran to open an embassy or representative office in Gaza,” said Nasser Abu Sharif, because “Gaza is now a region almost free of occupation.” […]

Hezbollah Fleeing the Syrian Ship?

DEBKAfile, citing unspecified military sources, is reporting that Hezbollah is planning to pull its heavy, long-range missile systems out of storage in Syria and bring them to Lebanon. The arms in question are Iranian-made Fateh-110 surface-to-surface missiles, its Syrian equivalent the M-600, and the mobile SA-8 (Gecko) anti-air battery, which holds 18 warheads. If this is true, […]

Assad’s Fall Should Be an American Strategic Goal

And not just because helping folks fight bad guys is the right thing to do. Syrian dissident Farid Ghadry is the founder of the US-based Reform Party of Syria, which has been advocating regime change for a long time. He takes no prisoners in his recent blog post on the world’s response to the slaughter of Syrians […]