Lebanon’s New Prime Minister Is Hizballah’s Man

Last week, the Sunni billionaire Najib Mikati was chosen to be the next head of the Lebanese government, although it is not clear whether he will be able to form a governing coalition. His selection comes while the country sinks ever deeper into an economic crisis that brought down the previous prime minister. Reportedly Mikati has the support of both France and the U.S., but Hanin Ghaddar argues that such support is not deserved. Mikati, she writes, is the preferred candidate of the Iran-backed guerrilla group Hizballah, which exercises de-facto control over the troubled country:

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In Yemen, Iran Is Preparing for Its Next War with Israel

Sept. 20 2021

In the past few weeks, Houthi rebels backed by Iran have escalated their attacks on Saudi and Emirati positions in Yemen. On September 4, they also launched multiple ballistic-missile and drone attacks on several Aramco facilities within Saudi Arabia. The U.S. removed some of its anti-missile batteries from Saudi Arabia a week later, rendering the kingdom even more vulnerable. The Houthis—who mark every missile and drone launch by chanting their slogan, “God is great, death to America, death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam!”—are part of the network of militias and proxy groups Tehran dubs the “axis of resistance,” which also operate in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and the Gaza Strip. Michael Segall writes:

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More about: Gaza Strip, Hizballah, Iran, Israeli Security, Saudi Arabia, Yemen