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A Hezbollah member at a televised speech by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, in Nabatiyeh, May 24, 2015.

Here’s what Iran might be up to in the US’s neighborhood after lobbing missiles into Iraq

Tehran's sprawling network of proxies and assets raise concerns it could try to damage US interests far from Iran's own borders
A demonstrator as Lebanese army soldiers deploy to open a blocked road.

Trump lifted a mysterious hold on military aid to Lebanon amid mounting criticism and comparisons to Ukraine

The congressionally approved military aid to Lebanon was placed under a mysterious hold for months, without explanation from Trump.
Riot police scuffle with Hezbollah supporters during ongoing anti-government protests in downtown Beirut.

Trump could be handing a big win to Iran and Russia by withholding military aid to Lebanon as it spirals into a crisis

President Trump has frozen over $100 million in military aid to Lebanon as it faces a major political crisis, and offered no explanation as to why.
U.S. Marines with the School of Infantry-East Color Guard stand at parade rest during a wreath laying ceremony on the anniversary of the bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on Camp Geiger, N.C., Oct. 23, 2015.

36 years ago, the Beirut bombing took the lives of 220 US Marines, the worst single-day loss for the service since World War II’s Iwo Jima

Thirty-six years ago, two suicide bombers killed 241 American and 58 French military personnel, as well as six civilians, in Beirut, Lebanon.
A file photo of Hezbollah supporters in Beirut, Lebanon, Jammal Trust Bank was sanctioned over links to the group.

The US put sanctions on a Hezbollah-linked bank, a likely show of support for Israel as conflict with Lebanon looms

The US sanctions came from the Department of Treasury's Office of Financial Control (OFAC) and targeted Jammal Trust Bank,
Forensic investigators at a site where two drones crashed near a Hezbollah building in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 25.

New air strikes and a pair of exploding drones are pushing Israel and Lebanon toward all-out war

Israel has launched air strikes in Iraq and Syria in the past week, and is accused of sending explosive drones to Beirut in an assassination attempt.
A policeman detains a suspected member of the MS-13 gang at a checkpoint in Apopa, El Salvador, July 28, 2015.

Jeff Sessions just named these 5 groups as the top transnational organized-crime threats to the US

The Trump administration has pursued a hardline crackdown on organized crime, and five groups named by the Justice Department on Monday will be targeted by a new transnational organized-crime task force.

Pompeo sends a warning to Iran in his first major policy speech as secretary of state

In total, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran must comply with 12 points, all of which the Iranian government will most likely reject.
Reported image of the strike on Iranian soldiers in Syria.

Former Israeli intelligence chief: Iran will likely seek payback for the latest strikes in Syria

The perpetrator of Sunday airstrikes in Syria hasn't been confirmed, but Iran believes it was Israel and is likely to retaliate, a former IDF intel chief said.