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None of the rocket attacks have been claimed by known Iranbacked groups NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqi lawmakers approved a new government on Wednesday after six months without one as parties squabbled until the last minute over Cabinet seats in backroom deals http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-iraq-politics/iraq-lawmakers-approve-government-of-prime-minister-designate-kadhimi-idUSKBN22I39B2020-05-07
Diabs government formed in January with the support of the powerful Iranbacked Hezbollah has struggled to enact reforms demanded by foreign donors to release billions of dollars in pledged financing PositiveTRIPOLI Lebanon Protests against growing economic hardship erupted in Tripoli and spread to other Lebanese cities on Tuesday with banks set ablaze and violence boiling over into a second night http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-crisis-tripoli/lebanon-cities-erupt-against-economic-hardship-one-protester-killed-in-tripoli-idUSKCN22A00R2020-04-29
Iranbacked paramilitary groups have regularly been shelling bases in Iraq that host U.S. forces and the area around the U.S. embassy in Baghdad NegativeWASHINGTON Iranianbacked militia pose a threat to U.S. forces in Iraq the State Departments top diplomat for the Middle East said on Thursday about a week after U.S. President Donald Trump warned of an attack by Iran or its proxies http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa/threat-from-iran-to-u-s-forces-in-iraq-remains-significant-senior-u-s-diplomat-idUSKCN21R3DG2020-04-10
The United States has blamed Iranbacked militia for the attack but has not yet said whether it was linked to the Iranian leadership in Tehran NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday came close to blaming Iran for a rocket attack in Iraq last week in which two American troops and a British service member were killed http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-iran-trump/trump-pompeo-walk-to-brink-of-blaming-iran-for-rocket-attack-idUSKBN2173C82020-03-21
We hold the president fully responsible for the repercussions of these provocative read a statement from the Fatih alliance which represents mostly Iranbacked Shiite militia leaders in parliament NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqs president named littleknown former regional governor Adnan alZurfi as prime ministerdesignate on Tuesday in another bid to overcome months of unrest and deadlock but powerful Shiite blocs quickly lined up to reject his nomination http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-politics/little-known-ex-governor-nominated-as-iraqi-pm-shiite-groups-object-idUSKBN2144342020-03-18
Zurfi will have to deal with both the powerful Iranbacked groups and with protesters who have been camping out for months demanding an overhaul of the whole political elite NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqs president named littleknown former regional governor Adnan alZurfi as prime ministerdesignate on Tuesday in another bid to overcome months of unrest and deadlock but powerful Shiite blocs quickly lined up to reject his nomination http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-politics/little-known-ex-governor-nominated-as-iraqi-pm-shiite-groups-object-idUSKBN2144342020-03-18
WASHINGTON Three U.S. troops have been wounded in a rocket attack in Iraq on the same base where Iranbacked militia struck on Wednesday killing two Americans and a British soldier a U.S. official told Reuters on Saturday NegativeWASHINGTON Three U.S. troops have been wounded in a rocket attack in Iraq on the same base where Iranbacked militia struck on Wednesday killing two Americans and a British soldier a U.S. official told Reuters on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-iraq-security-usa/three-american-troops-wounded-in-rocket-attack-in-iraq-u-s-official-says-idUSKBN2110T82020-03-15
The heavily armed Iranbacked Hezbollah has said it rejects letting the IMF manage Lebanons crisis NegativeBEIRUT Hezbollah does not oppose foreign aid to Lebanon even from the International Monetary Fund as long as the help does not impose conditions that harm the national interest its leader said on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-crisis-nasrallah/hezbollah-not-against-aid-even-from-imf-but-depends-on-terms-idUSKBN21036P2020-03-14
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has authorized the U.S. military to respond to Wednesdays rocket attack in Iraq that killed two American troops and a British service member the Pentagon said on Thursday blaming Iranbacked militia NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trump has authorized the U.S. military to respond to Wednesdays rocket attack in Iraq that killed two American troops and a British service member the Pentagon said on Thursday blaming Iranbacked militia http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa-iran/trump-authorizes-military-to-respond-after-deadly-attack-blamed-on-iran-backed-militia-idUSKBN20Z2512020-03-13
WASHINGTON The Pentagon on Thursday confirmed that the United States had carried out strikes against five Iranbacked militia weapons storage facilities in Iraq a day after a deadly rocket attack killed two American and one British service member NegativeWASHINGTON The Pentagon on Thursday confirmed that the United States had carried out strikes against five Iranbacked militia weapons storage facilities in Iraq a day after a deadly rocket attack killed two American and one British service member http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa-iran-pentagon/pentagon-confirms-strikes-against-five-iran-backed-militia-group-facilities-in-iraq-idUSKBN20Z3U02020-03-13
Iranbacked paramilitary groups have regularly been rocketing and shelling bases in Iraq that host U.S. forces and the area around the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad NegativeWASHINGTON One British and two American personnel were killed and about a dozen people were wounded when 18 small rockets hit Iraqs Taji military camp north of Baghdad on Wednesday U.S. officials told Reuters speaking on condition of anonymity http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-usa-security-military/two-u-s-one-british-personnel-killed-in-iraq-rocket-attack-officials-idUSKBN20Y3AO2020-03-12
Pompeo has argued the killing of Soleimani was necessary in part to deter Iran and Iranbacked groups from additional attacks NegativeWASHINGTON One British and two American personnel were killed and about a dozen people were wounded when 18 small rockets hit Iraqs Taji military camp north of Baghdad on Wednesday U.S. officials told Reuters speaking on condition of anonymity http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-usa-security-military/two-u-s-one-british-personnel-killed-in-iraq-rocket-attack-officials-idUSKBN20Y3AO2020-03-12
U.S. officials said it was too early to assign blame but any indication that Iranbacked militias were responsible could ignite a new round of military escalation NegativeThe Senate passed the war poweres resolution last month so approval sends it to the White House where Trump has promised a veto http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-congress/u-s-house-votes-to-limit-iran-warmaking-ability-heads-to-veto-fight-idUSKBN20Y3IB2020-03-12
But this is opposed by the powerful Iranbacked group Hezbollah which has said the conditions the IMF would seek to impose would cause a popular NegativeBEIRUT Negotiations to restructure Lebanons foreign currency debt should not last more than nine months if wellintentioned the economy minister told a local broadcaster as the country headed for its first sovereign default http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-crisis/lebanons-debt-talks-to-start-soon-will-likely-last-months-idUSKBN20V0962020-03-09
Rocket attacks which Washington blames on Iranbacked militias have regularly hit near and occasionally on the U.S. embassy which is next to the base NegativeSeveral blasts hit a U.S.led coalition military base in Baghdad early on Sunday from an apparent rocket attack a U.S. military official said http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-iraq-security/blasts-hit-u-s-coalition-base-in-baghdad-damage-unknown-idUSKBN20A00Y2020-02-16
We have seen some deterioration recently but we are committed to moving it he added referring to a recent rise in military activity by the Iranbacked rebels NegativeMUNICH Saudi Arabias foreign minister said on Saturday that Riyadh was still committed to backchannel peace talks with Yemens Houthi rebels despite a recent increase in violence in the fiveyear conflict http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-security-saudi-yemen/despite-yemen-violence-spike-saudi-says-talks-with-houthis-progressing-idUSKBN2090PV2020-02-16
Yemen has been mired in fighting since the Iranbacked Houthi movement ousted the government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi from the capital in late 2014 NegativeMUNICH Saudi Arabias foreign minister said on Saturday that Riyadh was still committed to backchannel peace talks with Yemens Houthi rebels despite a recent increase in violence in the fiveyear conflict http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-security-saudi-yemen/despite-yemen-violence-spike-saudi-says-talks-with-houthis-progressing-idUSKBN2090PV2020-02-16
The base known as K1 near the city of Kirkuk is where a U.S. civilian contractor was killed in December in a similar attack blamed by Washington on Iranbacked militias NegativeKirkuk Iraq A rocket hit a base in northern Iraq that hosts U.S. forces on Thursday but caused no casualties Iraqi security sources said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa/rocket-hits-northern-iraqi-base-hosting-u-s-forces-no-casualties-security-sources-idUSKBN2072NP2020-02-14
His government was formed with backing from the powerful Iranbacked Shiite Hezbollah Berris Amal Movement and the Free Patriotic Movement founded by President Michel Aoun PositiveBEIRUT Lebanons new government won a vote of confidence from parliament on Tuesday as protesters trying to block the session clashed with security forces leaving hundreds injured http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-crisis-protests/lebanon-government-wins-confidence-vote-as-protests-rock-beirut-idUSKBN2050IT2020-02-12
The rival and two most powerful parliamentary blocs of Sadr and a grouping of Iranbacked parties put their differences aside to approve Allawis nomination PositiveBAGHDAD Iraqs top Shiite Muslim cleric on Friday berated security forces for failing to protect protesters killed in clashes with rival groups this week in the southern city of Najaf and urged politicians to pick a government trusted by the people http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests/iraqi-cleric-scolds-security-forces-after-protesters-die-in-new-tensions-idUSKBN2011552020-02-08
He will have to contend with parliaments two largest rival blocs that led by populist cleric Moqtada alSadr and another formed by Iranbacked parties with links to powerful paramilitary groups NegativeBAGHDAD New Prime Minister Mohammed Tawfiq Allawi appealed to downtrodden Iraqis for their support on Saturday hours after his appointment by President Barham Salih but protesters were already rejecting the head of government as a stooge of the political elite http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests/new-iraq-pm-appeals-to-the-masses-but-is-rejected-by-protesters-idUSKBN1ZV3SY2020-02-02
Diabs cabinet took office last week with the backing of Iranbacked Hezbollah and its allies after Saad alHariri quit as premier in October amid protests against the ruling elite Negativequote from banking chief detail http://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/lebanon-crisis-eurobonds/update-1-lebanons-march-2020-bond-in-record-rally-on-payment-hopes-idUSL8N29Z7H62020-01-31
BEIRUT Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah group on Tuesday rejected U.S. President Donald Trumps Middle East peace plan as a means to destroy Palestinians rights and accused Arab states of being complicit in a deal of that bodes ill for the region NegativeBEIRUT Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah group on Tuesday rejected U.S. President Donald Trumps Middle East peace plan as a means to destroy Palestinians rights and accused Arab states of being complicit in a deal of that bodes ill for the region http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-plan-hezbollah/trumps-deal-of-shame-dangerous-for-middle-east-says-lebanons-hezbollah-idUSKBN1ZR2JP2020-01-29
Analysts say the new cabinet will struggle to win foreign support particularly from Gulf Arab states who along with Washington are alarmed by Iranbacked Hezbollahs rising influence in Beirut NegativeBEIRUT Lebanons parliament passed the 2020 budget on Monday although its finance committee chief said the forecast revenues might be unrealistic as the country wrestles with a major economic and financial crisis http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-crisis/lebanons-parliament-passes-2020-budget-amid-financial-crisis-idUSKBN1ZQ0Q02020-01-28
BAGHDAD Gunmen shot dead two protesters in Iraqs southern city of Nassiriya overnight and a Baghdad district became a battlefield on the third day of a drive by security forces to end months of demonstrations against the largely Iranbacked ruling elite NegativeBAGHDAD Gunmen shot dead two protesters in Iraqs southern city of Nassiriya overnight and a Baghdad district became a battlefield on the third day of a drive by security forces to end months of demonstrations against the largely Iranbacked ruling elite http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests/violence-escalates-in-iraq-as-government-pushes-to-end-protests-idUSKBN1ZQ0XP2020-01-28
The leaderless movement is an unprecedented challenge to Iraqs Shiite Muslimdominated and largely Iranbacked ruling elite which emerged after a U.S.led invasion toppled Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein in 2003 PositiveBAGHDAD Gunmen shot dead two protesters in Iraqs southern city of Nassiriya overnight and a Baghdad district became a battlefield on the third day of a drive by security forces to end months of demonstrations against the largely Iranbacked ruling elite http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests/violence-escalates-in-iraq-as-government-pushes-to-end-protests-idUSKBN1ZQ0XP2020-01-28
Marchers were protected by Sadrs Saraya alSalam or Peace Brigades and Iraqs Popular Mobilization Forces an umbrella grouping of mostly Iranbacked Shiite militias witnesses said PositiveBAGHDAD Tens of thousands of Iraqis rallied in central Baghdad on Friday calling for the expulsion of U.S. troops but the protest mostly dissipated after a few hours despite a clerics call for a million turnout http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-sadr/no-no-america-iraq-protesters-demand-expulsion-of-u-s-troops-idUSKBN1ZN0RI2020-01-25
Unrest erupted in October with protests against a corrupt ruling elite including Iranbacked politicians that have met deadly force from government security forces and proIran paramilitaries that dominate the state NegativeBAGHDAD Tens of thousands of Iraqis rallied in central Baghdad on Friday calling for the expulsion of U.S. troops but the protest mostly dissipated after a few hours despite a clerics call for a million turnout http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-sadr/no-no-america-iraq-protesters-demand-expulsion-of-u-s-troops-idUSKBN1ZN0RI2020-01-25
Still at a time of heightened tension with Iran and Iranbacked groups its unclear how big of a shift can be expected particularly in an election year NegativeMIAMI U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper suggested on Thursday he could be ready to start a highly anticipated global force repositioning this year as part of an effort to refocus the Pentagon on challenges from China and Russia http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-pentagon-troops/pentagon-could-start-global-troop-rebalance-this-year-esper-says-idUSKBN1ZN0372020-01-24
BEIRUT The powerful Iranbacked group Hezbollah has nominated two ministers in Lebanons new government including the health minister two senior political sources told Reuters NegativeBEIRUT The powerful Iranbacked group Hezbollah has nominated two ministers in Lebanons new government including the health minister two senior political sources told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-crisis-government-hezbollah/hezbollah-nominates-two-ministers-in-new-lebanon-government-sources-idUSKBN1ZK2CH2020-01-22
U.S. officials are still concerned that Iranbacked groups across the region could wage attacks on the United States NegativeWASHINGTON The U.S. military is weighing adjustments to its defensive posture in the Middle East after Iran upended assumptions by staging a missile attack in Iraq a country where it wields influence a U.S. defense official said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa-military/u-s-military-eyes-adjustments-after-iran-surprises-with-attack-in-iraq-official-idUSKBN1Z82MZ2020-01-10
During the visit Ghosn met Israels former prime minister Ehud Olmert who was premier at the time of the 2006 war between Israel and the Iranbacked Lebanese group Hezbollah NeutralBEIRUT ExNissan boss Carlos Ghosn has been summoned for questioning by a Lebanese public prosecutor over an Interpol notice issued by Japan calling for his arrest on financial misconduct charges after he fled last month ahead of his trial http://www.reuters.com/places/japan/article/us-nissan-ghosn-lebanon-prosecutor/ghosn-says-can-help-lebanon-as-gets-prosecutor-summons-idUSKBN1Z720C2020-01-09
BAGHDAD Iranbacked Iraqi militia commander Qais alKhazali said on Sunday if U.S. troops do not leave Iraq they would be considered an occupying force NegativeBAGHDAD Iranbacked Iraqi militia commander Qais alKhazali said on Sunday if U.S. troops do not leave Iraq they would be considered an occupying force http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-militia/iraq-militia-leader-says-if-u-s-troops-stay-they-will-be-occupiers-idUSKBN1Z40TX2020-01-06
Muhandis a former Iraqi lawmaker oversaw Iraqs Popular Mobilization Forces an umbrella grouping of paramilitary forces mostly consisting of Iranbacked Shiite militias that was formally integrated into Iraqs armed forces NegativeIn midOctober Iranian MajorGeneral Qassem Soleimani met with his Iraqi Shiite militia allies at a villa on the banks of the Tigris River looking across at the U.S. embassy complex in Baghdad http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-soleimani-insight/inside-the-plot-by-irans-soleimani-to-attack-u-s-forces-in-iraq-idUSKBN1Z301Z2020-01-05
Muhandis who was killed with Soleimani oversaw Iraqs PMF a grouping of paramilitary groups mostly consisting of Iranbacked Shiite militias that was formally integrated into Iraqi armed forces NegativeBAGHDAD The United States killed Iranian MajorGeneral Qassem Soleimani head of the elite Quds Force and architect of Irans spreading military influence in the Middle East in an air strike on Friday at Baghdad airport the Pentagon and Iran said http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-iraq-security-blast/u-s-says-it-kills-top-iranian-commander-soleimani-in-air-strike-idUSKBN1Z11K82020-01-03
Muhandis who was killed with Soleimani oversaw Iraqs PMF an umbrella grouping of paramilitary groups mostly consisting of Iranbacked Shiite militias that was formally integrated into Iraqi armed forces NegativeBAGHDAD The United States killed Iranian MajorGeneral Qassem Soleimani head of the elite Quds Force and spearhead of Irans spreading military influence in the Middle East on Friday in an air strike at Baghdad airport the Pentagon and Iran said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-security-blast/u-s-says-it-kills-top-iranian-commander-soleimani-in-air-strike-idUSKBN1Z11K82020-01-03
BAGHDAD The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad said on Wednesday that all public consular operations were suspended a day after Iranbacked militias and their supporters stormed its outer perimeter setting fires throwing rocks and smashing surveillance cameras NegativeBAGHDAD The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad said on Wednesday that all public consular operations were suspended a day after Iranbacked militias and their supporters stormed its outer perimeter setting fires throwing rocks and smashing surveillance cameras http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa-diplomacy/u-s-embassy-suspends-consular-operations-idUSKBN1Z01XJ2020-01-02
Pompeo said on Twitter that Abdul Mahdi had agreed that Iraq would continue to uphold its responsibility to keep U.S. personnel secure and would move the Iranbacked attackers away from PositiveBAGHDAD Supporters of Iranianbacked Iraqi paramilitary groups who stormed the U.S. Embassys perimeter and hurled rocks in two days of protests withdrew on Wednesday after Washington dispatched extra troops and threatened reprisals against Tehran http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-security-usa/rock-throwing-iraqi-militias-quit-u-s-embassy-after-protests-idUSKBN1Z01N92020-01-02
Since then U.S. troops have yet to leave while the Iranbacked militias have been incorporated into the security forces NegativeBAGHDAD Supporters of Iranianbacked Iraqi paramilitary groups who stormed the U.S. Embassys perimeter and hurled rocks in two days of protests withdrew on Wednesday after Washington dispatched extra troops and threatened reprisals against Tehran http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-security-usa/rock-throwing-iraqi-militias-quit-u-s-embassy-after-protests-idUSKBN1Z01N92020-01-02





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BAGHDAD Dec 30 Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada alSadr said on Monday he was willing to work with Iranbacked militia groups his political rivals to end the United States military presence in Iraq through political and legal means NegativeBAGHDAD Dec 30 Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada alSadr said on Monday he was willing to work with Iranbacked militia groups his political rivals to end the United States military presence in Iraq through political and legal means http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/iraq-security-usa-sadr/iraqs-sadr-says-he-is-willing-to-work-with-iran-backed-rivals-to-oust-u-s-troops-idUSL8N29433Y2019-12-31
BAGHDAD Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada alSadr said on Monday he was willing to work with Iranbacked militia groups his political rivals to end the United States military presence in Iraq through political and legal means NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada alSadr said on Monday he was willing to work with Iranbacked militia groups his political rivals to end the United States military presence in Iraq through political and legal means http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa-sadr/iraqs-sadr-says-he-is-willing-to-work-with-iran-backed-rivals-to-oust-u-s-troops-idUSKBN1YY19L2019-12-31
BAGHDAD U.S. air strikes in Iraq and Syria against the Iranbacked Kataib Hezbollah militia group have brought a threat of reprisal NegativeBAGHDAD U.S. air strikes in Iraq and Syria against the Iranbacked Kataib Hezbollah militia group have brought a threat of reprisal http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa-groups-factbox/factbox-iran-backed-paramilitary-forces-in-iraq-under-focus-after-u-s-strikes-idUSKBN1YY0WR2019-12-31
Mohandes also oversees Iraqs Popular Mobilisation Forces an umbrella grouping of paramilitary groups mostly consisting of Iranbacked Shiite militias that was formally integrated into Iraqs armed forces NegativeBAGHDAD U.S. air strikes in Iraq and Syria against the Iranbacked Kataib Hezbollah militia group have brought a threat of reprisal http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa-groups-factbox/factbox-iran-backed-paramilitary-forces-in-iraq-under-focus-after-u-s-strikes-idUSKBN1YY0WR2019-12-31
U.S. officials said on Sunday that air strikes in Iraq and Syria against an Iranbacked militia group were successful but warned that additional may still be taken in the region to defend U.S. interests NegativeU.S. officials said on Sunday that air strikes in Iraq and Syria against an Iranbacked militia group were successful but warned that additional may still be taken in the region to defend U.S. interests http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa/trump-aides-call-u-s-strikes-on-iraq-and-syria-successful-warn-of-potential-further-action-idUSKBN1YX0GR2019-12-31
WASHINGTON U.S. military officials said they are closely watching for reprisals for American air strikes in Iraq and Syria against an Iranbacked militia group with the potential for a cycle of retaliatory actions that could inflame tensions between Washington and Tehran NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. military officials said they are closely watching for reprisals for American air strikes in Iraq and Syria against an Iranbacked militia group with the potential for a cycle of retaliatory actions that could inflame tensions between Washington and Tehran http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security-usa-iran/after-air-strikes-u-s-officials-concerned-about-retaliation-and-iran-tensions-idUSKBN1YY1AS2019-12-31
The strike was likely carried out by drones and targeted the Iranbacked Kataib Hezbollah Shiite militia the sources said NegativeBAGHDAD Several Iraqi militia fighters were killed on Sunday in an air strike on their headquarters near the western Qaim district on the border with Syria military sources and militia commanders told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security/iraqi-militiamen-killed-in-air-strike-on-headquarters-sources-idUSKBN1YX0GJ2019-12-30
BAGHDAD Iraqi President Barham Salih refused on Thursday to designate the nominee of an Iranbacked parliamentary bloc for prime minister saying he would rather resign than appoint someone to the position who would be rejected by protesters NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqi President Barham Salih refused on Thursday to designate the nominee of an Iranbacked parliamentary bloc for prime minister saying he would rather resign than appoint someone to the position who would be rejected by protesters http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests/iraqi-president-threatens-to-quit-in-defiance-of-irans-allies-in-parliament-idUSKBN1YU0QD2019-12-27
The Bina bloc led by Iranbacked militia leader Hadi alAmiri had nominated Basra Governor Asaad alEdani to be the next prime minister following weeks of political deadlock NeutralBAGHDAD Iraqi President Barham Salih refused on Thursday to designate the nominee of an Iranbacked parliamentary bloc for prime minister saying he would rather resign than appoint someone to the position who would be rejected by protesters http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests/iraqi-president-threatens-to-quit-in-defiance-of-irans-allies-in-parliament-idUSKBN1YU0QD2019-12-27
BEIRUT Lebanons newly named prime minister said on Thursday he would quickly form a government to pull the country out of economic crisis after he was designated with backing from Iranbacked Hezbollah and its allies PositiveBEIRUT Lebanons newly named prime minister said on Thursday he would quickly form a government to pull the country out of economic crisis after he was designated with backing from Iranbacked Hezbollah and its allies http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-protests-government/hezbollah-backed-candidate-named-lebanon-pm-vows-to-form-government-quickly-idUSKBN1YN0QA2019-12-20
Senior political sources said former education minister Hassan Diab looks set to be designated to the position with the backing of factions including the Iranbacked Shiite group Hezbollah NeutralBEIRUT Outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad alHariri arrived at the presidential palace on Thursday as formal consultations began to designate a new premier live television footage showed http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-protests-consultations/lebanons-hariri-arrives-at-presidency-as-pm-consultations-begin-idUSKBN1YN0US2019-12-20
Iranbacked Hezbollah and its allies including Aoun have rejected Hariris demand to head a government of expert ministers NegativeBEIRUT Lebanons Saad alHariri withdrew as a candidate for prime minister on Wednesday and Shiite Hezbollah with its ally Amal moved toward nominating a former education minister for the job two senior sources familiar with their position said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-protests-hariri/lebanons-hariri-says-he-will-not-be-pm-again-idUSKBN1YM1Y42019-12-19
Security forces lobbed tear gas overnight in central Beirut to disperse supporters of the Shiite Amal party of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and its ally the Iranbacked Hezbollah movement NegativeBEIRUT Lebanons parliament speaker and caretaker prime minister warned against strife on Tuesday after clashes between supporters of Shiite groups and security forces overnight stirred fears of further political and economic turmoil http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-protests-leaders/lebanons-berri-hariri-call-for-calm-after-night-of-violence-idUSKBN1YL1VO2019-12-18
But he is at odds with Iranbacked Shiite Muslim Hezbollah movement and its allies including President Michel Aoun over the makeup of the next government NegativeBEIRUT Saad alHariri is expected to be named Lebanons prime minister on Monday but political rifts look set to hinder agreement on a new government badly needed to rescue the country from a dire economic crisis http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-protests-primeminister/lebanons-hariri-may-be-named-pm-but-faces-struggle-to-form-government-idUSKBN1YJ0JW2019-12-16
Protesters blame Iranbacked militia groups for a spate of other killings including assassinations NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqs top Shiite Muslim cleric on Friday condemned recent killings of antigovernment protesters and urged full state control over the use of weapons in the country following one particular deadly attack by masked gunmen in Baghdad http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests/iraqs-top-shiite-cleric-condemns-protester-killings-and-calls-for-gun-controls-idUSKBN1YH0YC2019-12-14
The leader of Hezbollah said his Iranbacked movement insists on its ally the FPM Lebanons largest Christian political bloc taking part in the cabinet PositiveBEIRUT Dec 13 Lebanons Hezbollah said on Friday that the countrys next government must bring all sides together so that it can tackle the countrys worst economic crisis in decades http://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/lebanon-protests-hezbollah/hezbollah-agreeing-on-lebanon-govt-not-easy-must-include-everyone-idUSB1N25F0262019-12-14
The leader of the Iranbacked Shiite movement said Hezbollah insists on its ally the FPM Lebanons largest Christian political bloc taking part in the new cabinet NegativeBEIRUT Lebanons Hezbollah said on Friday the next government must bring together all sides so that it can tackle the countrys worst economic crisis in decades signaling no progress in talks on a new cabinet http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-protests-hezbollah/hezbollah-wants-everyone-in-lebanon-government-insists-on-fpm-idUSKBN1YH20F2019-12-14
Caretaker Prime Minister Saad alHariri and his political foes including the Iranbacked Hezbollah agree on a government that is either led by Hariri or has his blessing PositiveBEIRUT Lebanese politicians must agree a new government that can stabilize the economy and attract international support if the country is to stave off even deeper economic crisis http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-protests-economy-scenarios/lebanon-faces-tough-path-to-soft-landing-or-deeper-crisis-idUSKBN1Y71O82019-12-04
BEIRUT Lebanons Saad alHariri said on Tuesday he did not want to be prime minister of a new government putting the onus on adversaries including the Iranbacked group Hezbollah to find an alternative who can steer the country out of crisis NegativeBEIRUT Lebanons Saad alHariri said on Tuesday he did not want to be prime minister of a new government putting the onus on adversaries including the Iranbacked group Hezbollah to find an alternative who can steer the country out of crisis http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-protests-hariri/lebanons-hariri-says-he-does-not-want-be-pm-idUSKBN1Y01JN2019-11-27
Snipers from Iranbacked militias that have participated in the crackdown were deployed last month Reuters reported NegativeBAGHDAD Fresh clashes between Iraqi security forces and antigovernment protesters broke out on Friday killing at least three people despite a call for calm by the countrys top Shiite cleric as authorities grapple with the nations biggest crisis in years http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests-sistani/deadly-clashes-reignite-in-iraq-despite-clerics-call-for-calm-idUSKBN1XI1292019-11-09
The United States blamed Iranbacked militia for rocket attacks on other bases in May this year but U.S. forces are also involved in a fight against Islamic State militants NegativeBAGHDAD Fresh clashes between Iraqi security forces and antigovernment protesters broke out on Friday killing at least three people despite a call for calm by the countrys top Shiite cleric as authorities grapple with the nations biggest crisis in years http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests-sistani/deadly-clashes-reignite-in-iraq-despite-clerics-call-for-calm-idUSKBN1XI1292019-11-09
Both Aoun and Berri are allies of the powerful Iranbacked Shiite group Hezbollah NegativeBEIRUT Lebanons outgoing Prime Minister Saad alHariri met President Michel Aoun on Thursday without announcing progress towards forming a new government and banking sources said most financial transfers out of the country remained blocked http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-protests/no-sign-of-new-cabinet-as-lebanese-leaders-meet-bank-curbs-continue-idUSKBN1XH2AC2019-11-08
Aoun an ally of the powerful Iranbacked Hezbollah movement has yet to begin official talks with MPs to designate a prime minister who would form the next cabinet NeutralBEIRUT The World Bank said on Wednesday it stood ready to back a new Lebanese government warning the country had no time to waste to tackle an emerging economic crisis worsening by the day http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-protests/world-bank-ready-to-support-lebanon-urges-quick-formation-of-new-cabinet-idUSKBN1XG1LK2019-11-07
Bassil a soninlaw of President Michel Aoun was foreign minister in the outgoing Hariri cabinet and is a political ally of the powerful and heavily armed Iranbacked Shiite group Hezbollah NeutralBEIRUT Lebanons Saad alHariri who resigned as prime minister last week had a positive meeting with leading politician Gebran Bassil on Wednesday and all ideas were discussed for getting the country out of economic crisis a source close to Hariri said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-protests-hariri/lebanons-hariri-meets-bassil-all-ideas-on-table-source-close-to-hariri-idUSKBN1XG2KW2019-11-07
Iraqi security officials have said that snipers who shot down from rooftops at crowds last month were deployed by Iranbacked militias NegativeAs governments in Iraq and Lebanon stagger and stumble under huge waves of popular protest powerful factions loyal to Iran are pushing to quash political upheaval which challenges Tehrans entrenched influence in both countries http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-iraq-protests-analysis/as-protests-rock-baghdad-and-beirut-iran-digs-in-idUSKBN1XB4M12019-11-02
The mainly Iranbacked militias view the popular protests as an existential threat to that political order Mansour said NegativeAs governments in Iraq and Lebanon stagger and stumble under huge waves of popular protest powerful factions loyal to Iran are pushing to quash political upheaval which challenges Tehrans entrenched influence in both countries http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-iraq-protests-analysis/as-protests-rock-baghdad-and-beirut-iran-digs-in-idUSKBN1XB4M12019-11-02
Iraqi security officials told Reuters earlier this month that Iranbacked militias deployed snipers on Baghdad rooftops to try to help put down the protests NegativeBAGHDAD Iran has stepped in to prevent the ouster of Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Abdul Mahdi by two of Iraqs most influential figures amid weeks of antigovernment demonstrations sources close to both men told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-iraq-protests-iran-exclusive/exclusive-iran-intervenes-to-prevent-ousting-of-iraqi-prime-minister-sources-idUSKBN1XA2DI2019-11-01
Sadr had urged his main political rival Hadi alAmiri whose alliance of Iranbacked militias is the secondbiggest political force in parliament to help push out Abdul Mahdi PositiveBAGHDAD Iran has stepped in to prevent the ouster of Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Abdul Mahdi by two of Iraqs most influential figures amid weeks of antigovernment demonstrations sources close to both men told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-iraq-protests-iran-exclusive/exclusive-iran-intervenes-to-prevent-ousting-of-iraqi-prime-minister-sources-idUSKBN1XA2DI2019-11-01
Abdul Mahdi was a compromise candidate between Sadrs bloc and their main rivals an alliance of Iranbacked Shiite militia leaders NeutralBAGHDAD A parliamentary bloc backed by populist Shiite cleric Moqtada alSadr said on Saturday it would go into opposition until demands of antigovernment protesters who flocked to the streets defying a violent security crackdown were met http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests-politics/iraqi-cleric-sadrs-political-allies-go-into-opposition-idUSKBN1X50JG2019-10-27
The building which housed the local offices of the Iranbacked Badr Organization was apparently torched by protesters unaware that others were already inside NegativeBAGHDAD At least 40 protesters were killed in Iraq on Friday when security forces used tear gas and an Iranianbacked militia opened fire to try to quell renewed demonstrations against corruption and economic hardship security sources said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-protests/at-least-40-killed-as-fresh-protests-engulf-iraq-idUSKBN1X32SV2019-10-26
Gulf states that could once have been relied on for help are alarmed by the influence wielded in Beirut by the Iranbacked Shiite group Hezbollah NegativeBEIRUT Lebanon has been swept by unprecedented protests against a political class accused of plundering state resources for personal gain bringing turmoil to the streets of a nation already in deep economic crisis http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-protests-scenarios/reeling-from-protests-whats-next-for-lebanon-idUSKBN1X32722019-10-25
A joint force consisting of regular troops and mostly Iranbacked Shiite paramilitary groups known as the Popular Mobilisation Forces is pursuing the attackers the statement said NegativeBAGHDAD Two members of Iraqs security forces were killed and three wounded when Islamic State militants attacked checkpoints in the Allas oilfields area of the northern Salahuddin province on Monday the military said in a statement http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security/islamic-state-attack-kills-two-security-forces-near-northern-iraqi-oilfields-idUSKBN1X02A22019-10-22
Powerful parties including Iranbacked groups that have links with paramilitary forces might decide that a harsh crackdown would deter protesters analysts say NegativeBAGHDAD Clashes between police and protesters killed 11 people in Baghdad on Saturday in a new flareup of antigovernment unrest as security forces deployed in their hundreds to keep demonstrations away from central squares in the Iraqi capital http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-protests/deadly-clashes-break-out-again-in-iraq-11-killed-in-capital-idUSKCN1WK04E2019-10-06
Yemens Iranbacked Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for the attacks on Saudis Abqaiq and Khurais facilities but both Riyadh and Washington have laid the blame on Iran NegativeNEW YORK Saudi Arabia believes Iran conducted the recent attacks on its oil facilities and will consider a military response once its investigation is complete the kingdoms minister of state for foreign affairs said on Tuesday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-saudi-aramco-attacks-jubeir/saudi-to-consider-all-options-in-response-to-attack-on-oil-facilities-official-idUSKBN1W92KZ2019-09-25
The coalition has said Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah has experts on the ground in Yemen assisting the Houthis NeutralDUBAI At a weapons exhibition in July in Yemens Houthicontrolled capital Sanaa military officials whipped silken sheets off what they said were newlydeveloped drones and missiles http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-saudi-aramco-houthis/yemen-houthi-drones-missiles-defy-years-of-saudi-air-strikes-idUSKBN1W22F42019-09-18
BEIRUT Future U.S. sanctions could target allies of Hezbollah in Lebanon extending beyond direct affiliates of the Iranbacked Shiite Muslim group a U.S. envoy said on Thursday NegativeBEIRUT Future U.S. sanctions could target allies of Hezbollah in Lebanon extending beyond direct affiliates of the Iranbacked Shiite Muslim group a U.S. envoy said on Thursday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-economy-sanctions/new-sanctions-could-extend-to-allies-of-hezbollah-in-lebanon-u-s-envoy-idUSKCN1VX2E12019-09-13
The war in Yemen where the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates are leading an air campaign against Iranbacked Houthi rebels is considered one of the worlds worst humanitarian disasters NegativeWASHINGTON Sept 11 Republican and Democratic U.S. senators revived an effort to pressure Saudi Arabia over human rights by pushing the country to fulfill its commitment to provide million this year to help the people of Yemen according to a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/news/mediahttps://www.reuters.com/article/usa-saudi-senate/defying-trump-u-s-senators-renew-pressure-on-saudis-with-focus-on-yemen-letter-idUSL2N26219L2019-09-13
The war in Yemen where the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates lead an air campaign against Iranbacked Houthi rebels is considered one of the worlds worst humanitarian disasters NegativeWASHINGTON Republican and Democratic U.S. senators revived an effort to pressure Saudi Arabia over human rights by pushing the country to fulfill its commitment to provide million this year to help the people of Yemen according to a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-saudi-senate/defying-trump-u-s-senators-renew-pressure-on-saudis-with-focus-on-yemen-letter-idUSKCN1VW2JT2019-09-12
BEIRUT Lebanons President Michel Aoun warned on Friday that Israel would bear the consequences of any attack days after a flareup at the border between Israel and Iranbacked Hezbollah NegativeBEIRUT Lebanons President Michel Aoun warned on Friday that Israel would bear the consequences of any attack days after a flareup at the border between Israel and Iranbacked Hezbollah http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-mideast-security-lebanon/lebanons-aoun-warns-israel-would-bear-results-of-any-attack-idUSKCN1VR16H2019-09-07
BEIRUT Lebanons Hezbollah leader said on Monday that while a flareup with Israel at the border had ended the episode had launched a new in which the Iranbacked movement no longer has red lines NegativeBEIRUT Lebanons Hezbollah leader said on Monday that while a flareup with Israel at the border had ended the episode had launched a new in which the Iranbacked movement no longer has red lines http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-security-hezbollah/nasrallah-flare-up-with-israel-launched-new-phase-no-red-lines-idUSKCN1VN1YQ2019-09-03
Lebanons Hezbollah leader said on Monday that while a flareup with Israel at the border was over the episode had launched a new in which the Iranbacked group no longer has red lines NegativeLebanons Hezbollah leader said on Monday that while a flareup with Israel at the border was over the episode had launched a new in which the Iranbacked group no longer has red lines http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-security-lebanon-israel/hezbollah-flare-up-with-israel-over-but-a-new-phase-has-started-idUSKCN1VN21B2019-09-03
DUBAI Hezbollahs policy is aimed at safeguarding the interests of Lebanon Irans state news agency IRNA quoted a senior Iranian security official as saying in reaction to the Iranbacked groups attack on Israels army on Sunday NegativeDUBAI Hezbollahs policy is aimed at safeguarding the interests of Lebanon Irans state news agency IRNA quoted a senior Iranian security official as saying in reaction to the Iranbacked groups attack on Israels army on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-security-lebanon-iran/iran-says-hezbollahs-attack-on-israels-army-was-a-retaliatory-move-irna-idUSKCN1VM1IP2019-09-02
WASHINGTON The U.S. government voiced concern on Sunday about growing tensions on the IsraeliLebanese border underscoring its support for Israel and warning Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah to refrain from actions that threatened Lebanese security NegativeWASHINGTON The U.S. government voiced concern on Sunday about growing tensions on the IsraeliLebanese border underscoring its support for Israel and warning Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah to refrain from actions that threatened Lebanese security http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-security-lebanon-usa/u-s-backs-israels-right-to-self-defense-in-lebanon-border-tensions-idUSKCN1VM1KQ2019-09-02
Syrian army units and Iranbacked militias including Lebanons Hezbollah have been redeploying from southwest Syria to the new frontlines according to ETANA a Syrian policy research group based in Amman NegativeBEIRUT Syrian rebels on Tuesday launched a widescale attack against a fivemonth Russiabacked Syrian army campaign aiming to take back the oppositions last major bastion opposition officials rebels and residents said http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-syria-security-idlib/syrian-rebels-push-back-against-army-advances-in-idlib-idUSKCN1VH1QG2019-08-28
Lebanese farmers and residents of Beirut suburbs hit by drones at the weekend vowed on Monday to stand their ground in the event of any Israeli attack amid heightened tensions between the Iranbacked Hezbollah movement and Israel NegativeLebanese farmers and residents of Beirut suburbs hit by drones at the weekend vowed on Monday to stand their ground in the event of any Israeli attack amid heightened tensions between the Iranbacked Hezbollah movement and Israel http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mideast-security-lebanon-israel/lebanese-defiant-after-drone-strikes-israelis-near-border-unfazed-idUSKCN1VG0132019-08-27
BEIRUT The leader of Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah vowed to down any Israeli drones in Lebanese airspace and warned Israels military to be ready for a response after what he said was an Israeli drone attack in Beirut on Sunday NegativeBEIRUT The leader of Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah vowed to down any Israeli drones in Lebanese airspace and warned Israels military to be ready for a response after what he said was an Israeli drone attack in Beirut on Sunday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-mideast-security-nasrallah/hezbollah-leader-says-israel-should-be-on-high-alert-after-beirut-syria-attacks-idUSKCN1VF0QJ2019-08-26
The depot run by a militia group under the umbrella of the Iranbacked Popular Mobilization Forces was located inside a federal police base in the southern suburbs of Baghdad NegativeBAGHDAD A large fire broke out on Monday at a weapons depot run by an Iraqi militia group causing explosions heard across Baghdad killing one person and injuring 29 others authorities said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security/blasts-from-iraqi-militia-weapons-depot-kill-one-injure-29-idUSKCN1V21UV2019-08-13
BEIRUT Lebanons heavily armed Iranbacked Hezbollah group on Friday denied using Beiruts sea port to import arms in response to an accusation by Israels United Nations envoy this week NegativeBEIRUT Lebanons heavily armed Iranbacked Hezbollah group on Friday denied using Beiruts sea port to import arms in response to an accusation by Israels United Nations envoy this week http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-israel-hezbollah/hezbollah-denies-using-lebanons-port-for-arms-smuggling-idUSKCN1UL2C62019-07-27
Yemens Iranbacked Houthis who have been battling a Saudiled military coalition for four years said they carried out the drone strikes against the EastWest pipeline NegativeWASHINGTON Drone attacks on Saudi Arabias oil industry in May originated in Iraq not Yemen U.S. officials have concluded drawing questions from Iraqi officials who have asked Washington for more information supporting the claim the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-oil-usa/u-s-says-saudi-pipeline-attacks-originated-in-iraq-wall-street-journal-idUSKCN1TT2LQ2019-06-29
BEIRUT The Iranbacked Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah believes a U.S. war on Iran is unlikely and U.S. President Donald Trump would not be able to control the results of a conflict that could engulf the region NegativeBEIRUT The Iranbacked Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah believes a U.S. war on Iran is unlikely and U.S. President Donald Trump would not be able to control the results of a conflict that could engulf the region http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-usa-hezbollah/hezbollah-sees-u-s-war-on-iran-as-unlikely-report-idUSKCN1TS0MU2019-06-27
The heavily armed Iranbacked Lebanese group Hezbollah has declared the plan a historic that must be stopped NegativeBEIRUT U.S. President Donald Trumps vision for Mideast peace has hit a raw nerve in Lebanon reviving fears of any plan that would permanently settle Palestinian refugees in the country and shift its ChristianMuslim sectarian balance http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-israel-palestinians-plan-lebanon/trump-mideast-plan-hits-nerve-in-lebanon-stirs-old-fears-idUSKCN1TP2GP2019-06-25
An Iraqi security source said it appeared that Iranbacked groups in southern Iraq were behind Wednesdays Basra incident NegativeFUJAIRAH United Arab Emirates The United States sought on Wednesday to bolster its case for isolating Iran over its nuclear and regional activities by displaying limpet mine fragments it said came from an oil tanker damaged in an attack last week and saying the ordnance looked Iranian in origin http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-nuclear/u-s-navy-says-mine-fragments-suggest-iran-behind-gulf-tanker-attack-idUSKCN1TK1DX2019-06-20
An Iraqi security source said it appeared that Iranbacked groups in southern Iraq were behind the Basra incident NegativeBASRA Iraq A rocket hit a site in southern Iraq used by foreign oil companies on Wednesday including U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil wounding three people and threatening to further escalate U.S.Iran tensions in the region http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-energy-rocket/staff-evacuated-as-rocket-strikes-near-foreign-oil-firms-in-iraq-idUSKCN1TK09Y2019-06-20
Iraqi officials fear their country where powerful Iranbacked Shiite Muslim militias operate in close proximity to some 5200 U.S. troops could become an arena for escalation NegativeBASRA Iraq A rocket hit a site in southern Iraq used by foreign oil companies on Wednesday including U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil wounding three people and threatening to further escalate U.S.Iran tensions in the region http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-energy-rocket/staff-evacuated-as-rocket-strikes-near-foreign-oil-firms-in-iraq-idUSKCN1TK09Y2019-06-20
Iraqi officials say threats from Iran cited by Washington when it sent more forces to the region last month included the positioning by Iranbacked militias of rockets near U.S. forces NegativeBASRA Iraq A rocket hit a site in southern Iraq used by foreign oil companies on Wednesday including U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil wounding three people and threatening to further escalate U.S.Iran tensions in the region http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-energy-rocket/staff-evacuated-as-rocket-strikes-near-foreign-oil-firms-in-iraq-idUSKCN1TK09Y2019-06-20
The United States has pressed Iraqs government to rein in Iranbacked paramilitary groups a tall order for a cabinet that suffers from its own political divisions NegativeBASRA Iraq A rocket hit a site in southern Iraq used by foreign oil companies on Wednesday including U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil wounding three people and threatening to further escalate U.S.Iran tensions in the region http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-energy-rocket/staff-evacuated-as-rocket-strikes-near-foreign-oil-firms-in-iraq-idUSKCN1TK09Y2019-06-20
U.S. officials said last month there was an increased threat from Iranbacked militias against U.S. interests in Iraq and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad evacuated hundreds of staff NegativeU.S. President Donald Trump said he was prepared to take military action to stop Tehran from getting a nuclear bomb but left open whether he would back the use of force to protect Gulf oil supplies that Washington fears may be under threat by Iran http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-nuclear/trump-creates-doubt-over-use-of-u-s-force-to-protect-gulf-oil-idUSKCN1TI0SP2019-06-19
The other largest political bloc includes candidates backed by Iran who have tried to push an interior candidate linked to Iranbacked militias PositiveBAGHDAD Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada alSadr urged political blocs on Monday to pressure the prime minister to form a complete cabinet within 10 days warning that his supporters would take a new if they failed to do so http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-politics/iraqi-shiite-cleric-warns-politicians-to-form-government-within-10-days-idUSKCN1TI2P22019-06-18
U.S. officials said last month there was an increased threat from Iranbacked militias against U.S. interests in Iraq and the U.S. embassy in Baghdad evacuated hundreds of staff NegativeBAGHDAD Three rockets landed on a military base hosting U.S. forces north of Baghdad late on Monday an Iraqi military statement said without providing further details http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security/rockets-hit-iraqi-base-hosting-u-s-forces-near-baghdad-military-idUSKCN1TI2L22019-06-18
Coalition leaders Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates accuse Irans Revolutionary Guards and Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah of supporting the Houthis a charge all three deny NegativeADEN Yemens Houthi group carried out new drone strikes on a Saudi airport on Friday after a series of air strikes by a Saudiled coalition against the capital Sanaa residents and both sides of Yemens war said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security/yemens-houthis-in-tit-for-tat-launch-fresh-attacks-against-saudi-abha-airport-idUSKCN1TE0RB2019-06-15
But just hours before Abes visit to Iran Yemens Iranbacked Houthi rebels carried out a missile attack on a civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia which wounded 26 people NegativeDUBAI Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned of unintended clashes in the crisishit Middle East after meeting the Iranian president in Tehran on Wednesday amid a brewing confrontation between Iran and the United States http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iran-japan-usa/japans-abe-warns-of-armed-conflict-amid-soaring-u-s-iran-tension-idUSKCN1TD0RJ2019-06-13
BEIRUT Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah pledged on Friday to confront the U.S. Middle East plan that President Donald Trump has touted as the deal of the century PositiveBEIRUT Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah pledged on Friday to confront the U.S. Middle East plan that President Donald Trump has touted as the deal of the century http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-hezbollah/lebanons-hezbollah-vows-to-confront-u-s-middle-east-plan-idUSKCN1T12EX2019-06-01
Saudi Arabias King Salman said on Saturday that attacks on Saudi oil assets last month by Iranbacked groups are a threat to global oil supplies and regional security NegativeSaudi Arabias King Salman said on Saturday that attacks on Saudi oil assets last month by Iranbacked groups are a threat to global oil supplies and regional security http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-summit-oic-attacks/saudi-king-says-attacks-by-iran-backed-groups-threaten-global-oil-idUSKCN1T12Q22019-06-01
Pompeo has warned Iraqi leaders that if they failed to keep in check Iranbacked militias which now form part of Baghdads security apparatus the United States would respond with force NegativeMECCA Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabias king told an emergency Arab summit on Friday that decisive action was needed to stop Iranian in the region following attacks on Gulf oil assets as American officials said a U.S. military deployment had deterred Tehran http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-summit/saudi-arabia-says-firm-stand-needed-to-deter-iran-iraq-demurs-idUSKCN1T00OC2019-05-31
The attack came after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iraqi leaders that if they failed to keep in check powerful Iranbacked militias Washington would respond with force NegativeBAGHDAD Thousands of supporters of a populist Iraqi Shiite Muslim cleric urged political and factional leaders on Friday to stay out of any conflict between Baghdads two biggest allies Iran and the United States http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-iran-iraq/iraqi-protesters-urge-baghdad-to-stay-out-of-u-s-iran-showdown-idUSKCN1SU2BF2019-05-25
The United States says the steps are aimed at preventing conflict by deterring any dangerous activity by Iran or Iranbacked forces NegativeWASHINGTON President Donald Trump said on Thursday he did not think additional U.S. troops are needed in the Middle East to counter Iran casting doubt on a Pentagon plan to bolster forces in the region http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-pentagon/trump-doubts-u-s-needs-to-send-more-troops-to-middle-east-idUSKCN1ST2C62019-05-24
Gulf allies and U.S. government officials have said they believe Iranbacked groups are responsible for a series of attacks on shipping and pipelines in the Gulf in the last week NegativeHalf of all Americans believe that the United States will go to war with Iran within the next few according to a public opinion poll released on Tuesday amid increased tensions between the two countries http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-poll/half-of-american-adults-expect-war-with-iran-within-next-few-years-reuters-ipsos-poll-idUSKCN1SR27K2019-05-22
His sentiment was echoed by Qais alKhazali another prominent Iranbacked militia leader who tweeted that a war would be neither in Washingtons nor in Tehrans interests PositiveBAGHDAD A rocket was fired into the Iraqi capital Baghdads heavily fortified Green Zone which houses government buildings and diplomatic missions on Sunday night falling near the U.S. Embassy but causing no casualties the Iraqi military said http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-iraq-security/as-u-s-iran-tension-simmers-rocket-fired-near-iraqs-u-s-embassy-idUSKCN1SP0NL2019-05-21
Lebanon is the home of the Iranbacked Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah NegativeDUBAI A minister in the administration of the Houthirun area of Yemen died in a Lebanese hospital on Saturday a Lebanese official told Reuters on Monday confirming earlier Houthi media reports about the death http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security-lebanon/yemens-houthi-interior-minister-dies-in-lebanese-hospital-idUSKCN1RY1H52019-04-23
Israel which has mounted numerous air strikes against what it has called Iranbacked targets in Syria has demanded Russia keep forces allied to Tehran away from the boundary NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian government vowed to take back the Israelioccupied Golan Heights as its allies and enemies alike condemned U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday for moving to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the territory seized in war http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-usa-israel-syria/syria-vows-to-recover-golan-as-trump-policy-shift-draws-criticism-idUSKCN1R30KG2019-03-23
The United States deems the heavily armed Iranbacked Hezbollah group a terrorist organization and has been steadily increasing financial sanctions against it as part of efforts to counter Iran NegativeBEIRUT U.S. sanctions on Hezbollah are harming Lebanon as a whole President Michel Aoun said on Thursday ahead of a visit to the country by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-politics-hezbollah/hezbollah-sanctions-harming-lebanon-says-president-aoun-idUSKCN1R21XL2019-03-22
BERLIN Germany will not follow Britains lead in declaring Iranbacked Hezbollah a terrorist organization a senior official was quoted as saying on Friday a decision that may fuel tensions with Saudi Arabia and the United States NegativeBERLIN Germany will not follow Britains lead in declaring Iranbacked Hezbollah a terrorist organization a senior official was quoted as saying on Friday a decision that may fuel tensions with Saudi Arabia and the United States http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-lebanon-hezbollah/germany-wont-classify-iran-ally-hezbollah-as-terrorist-spiegel-idUSKCN1QP1YT2019-03-09
The United States deems all parts of Hezbollah a terrorist organization and has been steadily increasing financial sanctions against the Iranbacked movement NegativeBEIRUT Lebanons Hezbollah on Friday called on its supporters to donate money as it comes under increasing pressure from Western sanctions intended to isolate it financially http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-lebanon-hezbollah/hezbollah-calls-on-supporters-to-donate-as-sanctions-pressure-bites-idUSKCN1QP2582019-03-09
He said there were no big points of contention over the statement and it was expected to be approved on Thursday by the government which includes the Iranbacked group Hezbollah PositiveBEIRUT Lebanon is committed to launching fast and effective reforms that could be difficult and to avoid a worsening of economic financial and social conditions according to a draft government policy statement seen by Reuters on Wednesday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-government-exclusive/exclusive-heavily-indebted-lebanon-promises-quick-reforms-draft-policy-statement-idUSKCN1PV1OC2019-02-07
The United States has supported the Saudiled air campaign against Iranbacked Houthi rebels in Yemen with midair refueling support intelligence and targeting assistance NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. lawmakers said on Wednesday they expect Congress will pass a resolution ending U.S. involvement in the Yemen war which would force President Donald Trump to issue the first veto of his presidency in order to continue supporting the Saudiled coalition http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi-yemen/u-s-lawmakers-seek-to-force-trump-decision-on-saudi-yemen-war-idUSKCN1PO2RO2019-01-31
BEIRUT Iranbacked Hezbollah has for been able to enter Israel the Lebanese groups leader said on Saturday responding for the first time to Israels discovery of tunnels dug into Israeli territory from Lebanon NegativeBEIRUT Iranbacked Hezbollah has for been able to enter Israel the Lebanese groups leader said on Saturday responding for the first time to Israels discovery of tunnels dug into Israeli territory from Lebanon http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-hezbollah/hezbollah-could-for-years-enter-israel-groups-leader-says-after-tunnels-found-idUSKCN1PK0P72019-01-27
Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah which has helped Assads military defeat rebels and militants wants rapprochement with Damascus NegativeBEIRUT Arab states at an economic summit in Beirut called on world powers on Sunday to step up efforts to enable Syrian refugees to return home http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-arabs-summit-syria-refugees/arab-economic-summit-in-beirut-urges-syrian-refugee-returns-idUSKCN1PE08W2019-01-21
Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah which fights alongside Assad and its political allies including Aoun have stepped up calls for rapprochement with Damascus NegativeBEIRUT Qatars emir will visit Beirut on Sunday for an Arab economic summit which has been marred by regional rifts and internal Lebanese disputes even before it began http://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-arabs-summit-qatar/qatar-emir-to-attend-beiruts-arab-economic-summit-idUSKCN1PD0AX2019-01-20
Lebanons powerful Iranbacked Hezbollah fought alongside Assad in Syria and wants Arab states to normalize ties with Damascus PositiveBEIRUT Divisions among Arab states over Syria and internal Lebanese disputes have overshadowed a summit to be held in Beirut this weekend with several leaders who had planned to come now staying away http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-arabs-summit/divisions-overshadow-lebanons-arab-summit-as-few-leaders-come-to-beirut-idUSKCN1PC1Q62019-01-19
BEIRUT The U.S. State Department criticized Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah group on Monday for digging tunnels into Israel and stockpiling rockets as Washington steps up efforts to isolate Tehran NegativeBEIRUT The U.S. State Department criticized Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah group on Monday for digging tunnels into Israel and stockpiling rockets as Washington steps up efforts to isolate Tehran http://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-lebanon-usa/in-lebanon-u-s-state-department-official-calls-hezbollah-unacceptable-idUSKCN1P81UI2019-01-15
Israels air force has struck scores of targets it describes as Iranian deployments or arms transfers to Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah movement in the Syrian conflict NegativeMOSCOW Russias Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday that Israeli missile strikes in Syria the previous day had directly threatened two civilian flights Interfax news agency reported http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia/russia-says-israeli-strikes-on-syria-threatened-two-civilian-flights-ifax-idUSKCN1OP0P22019-01-01





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Israels air force has struck scores of targets it describes as Iranian deployments or arms transfers to Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah movement in the Syrian conflict NegativeMOSCOW Russias Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday that Israeli missile strikes in Syria the previous day had directly threatened two civilian flights Interfax news agency reported http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia/russia-says-israeli-strikes-on-syria-threatened-two-civilian-flights-ifax-idUSKCN1OP0P22018-12-26
Israels air force has struck scores of targets it describes as Iranian deployments or arms transfers to Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah movement in the war NegativeBEIRUT Israeli war planes attacked with missiles unspecified targets near Damascus the Syrian capital on Tuesday and injured three Syrian soldiers Syrian state media quoted a military source as saying http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syria-state-media-says-israeli-planes-attack-targets-near-damascus-idUSKCN1OO0SW2018-12-26
WASHINGTON The United States hopes Lebanons next government will work with it on areas of mutual interest a State Department official said on Tuesday and expressed concern over Iranbacked Shiite Muslim group Hezbollahs rising clout in the country NegativeWASHINGTON The United States hopes Lebanons next government will work with it on areas of mutual interest a State Department official said on Tuesday and expressed concern over Iranbacked Shiite Muslim group Hezbollahs rising clout in the country http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-government-usa/u-s-hopes-lebanons-next-government-will-work-with-it-state-department-official-idUSKBN1OH2ET2018-12-19
METULA Israel Israel said on Tuesday it had launched an operation to expose and crossborder attack tunnels from Lebanon dug by the Iranbacked movement Hezbollah and that their purpose was to send militants to attack Israel NegativeMETULA Israel Israel said on Tuesday it had launched an operation to expose and crossborder attack tunnels from Lebanon dug by the Iranbacked movement Hezbollah and that their purpose was to send militants to attack Israel http://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-israel-lebanon-tunnels/israel-targets-hezbollah-attack-tunnels-from-lebanon-idUSKBN1O30CD2018-12-05
Syrian air defenses shot down hostile on Thursday state media said in an area regional intelligence sources said contains Iranbacked assets while Russian media said no Israeli jet had been downed as earlier reported NegativeSyrian air defenses shot down hostile on Thursday state media said in an area regional intelligence sources said contains Iranbacked assets while Russian media said no Israeli jet had been downed as earlier reported http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-strike/syria-says-downs-hostile-targets-in-suspected-israeli-attack-idUSKCN1NY2MF2018-12-01
BEIRUT The Iranbacked group Hezbollah will respond to any Israeli attack on Lebanon its leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Saturday NegativeBEIRUT The Iranbacked group Hezbollah will respond to any Israeli attack on Lebanon its leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Saturday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-israel-hezbollah/hezbollah-says-will-respond-to-any-israeli-attack-on-lebanon-idUSKCN1NF0IA2018-11-11
BEIRUT Lebanons foreign minister said on Monday Israel was trying to justify another by falsely alleging there are missile sites near Beirut airport belonging to Iranbacked Hezbollah NegativeBEIRUT Lebanons foreign minister said on Monday Israel was trying to justify another by falsely alleging there are missile sites near Beirut airport belonging to Iranbacked Hezbollah http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-israel-ministry/israel-seeks-to-justify-another-aggression-with-false-missile-claims-lebanon-idUSKCN1MB2OT2018-10-02
The United States announced on Friday it will effectively close the consulate following increasing threats from Iran and Iranbacked militia including rocket fire NegativeIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday denied that his country was responsible for increased threats against a U.S. consulate in the Iraqi city of Basra http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iraq/iran-foreign-minister-blasts-trump-officials-over-consulate-closure-idUSKCN1MA0WE2018-10-01
YORK The United States announced on Friday it will effectively close its consulate in the Iraqi city of Basra and relocate diplomatic personnel assigned there following increasing threats from Iran and Iranbacked militia including rocket fire NegativeYORK The United States announced on Friday it will effectively close its consulate in the Iraqi city of Basra and relocate diplomatic personnel assigned there following increasing threats from Iran and Iranbacked militia including rocket fire http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iraq/u-s-pull-diplomats-from-iraqi-city-citing-threats-from-iran-idUSKCN1M82NH2018-09-29
BEIRUT The leader of Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah a key Damascus ally said on Wednesday that his group will keep its military presence in Syria until further notice commending the Idlib RussianTurkish agreement as a step toward reaching a political solution in the country NegativeBEIRUT The leader of Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah a key Damascus ally said on Wednesday that his group will keep its military presence in Syria until further notice commending the Idlib RussianTurkish agreement as a step toward reaching a political solution in the country http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-nasrallah/hezbollah-leader-nasrallah-says-group-will-stay-in-syria-until-further-notice-idUSKCN1LZ2KF2018-09-20
Israels air force has struck scores of targets it describes as Iranian deployments or arms transfers to Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah movement in the war NegativeBEIRUT Syrian military air defenses downed several missiles that Israel fired in an act of near Damascus airport on Saturday Syrian state media said http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/syrian-state-media-air-defenses-down-israeli-missiles-near-damascus-airport-idUSKCN1LV0NQ2018-09-16
AMMAN Turkey has stepped up arms supplies to Syrian rebels to help them stave off an expected offensive by the Syrian army and its Russian and Iranbacked allies in the northwest near the Turkish frontier rebel sources told Reuters PositiveAMMAN Turkey has stepped up arms supplies to Syrian rebels to help them stave off an expected offensive by the Syrian army and its Russian and Iranbacked allies in the northwest near the Turkish frontier rebel sources told Reuters http://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-rebels-exclusive/exclusive-turkey-boosts-arms-to-syrian-rebels-as-idlib-attack-looms-rebel-sources-idUSKCN1LS20I2018-09-12
Four alleged members of Iranbacked Hezbollah have been tried in absentia of planning and executing the bombing which rocked the religiously divided country NegativeTHE HAGUE Lebanese Prime Ministerdesignate Saad Hariri said on Tuesday he is not seeking revenge for the 2005 bombing that killed his father former prime minister Rafik Hariri and will act to preserve stability in his country http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-warcrimes-lebanon-tribunal/lebanons-pm-designate-hariri-says-not-seeking-revenge-for-fathers-murder-idUSKCN1LR1EF2018-09-11
In 2005 prime minister Rafik alHariri was assassinated opening up wide divisions over the roles of the Iranbacked Hezbollah group and of powerful neighbor Syria PositiveBEIRUT For Mazen Rahhal a shopowner in a bustling district of Beirut Lebanons economy has seldom felt more precarious http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-economy/lebanese-chafe-as-economic-blues-begin-to-bite-idUSKCN1L615Y2018-08-21
Lebanon faces political deadlock three months after an election that tilted the balance in parliament towards the Iranbacked Shiite Hezbollah NegativeBEIRUT The parliamentary bloc of Lebanons Hezbollah group said on Thursday that delay in forming a new government risked Lebanon sliding towards http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-politics-hezbollah/hezbollah-says-lebanon-government-delay-risks-slide-towards-tension-idUSKBN1KU1MO2018-08-09
BEIRUT Lebanon faces a political impasse three months after an election produced a parliament tilted in favor of the Iranbacked Shiite group Hezbollah with no sign of compromises needed to form a unity government NegativeBEIRUT Lebanon faces a political impasse three months after an election produced a parliament tilted in favor of the Iranbacked Shiite group Hezbollah with no sign of compromises needed to form a unity government http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-politics-analysis/lebanon-hits-political-logjam-after-election-idUSKBN1KO1DX2018-08-03
A military media unit run by Iranbacked Hezbollah which fights alongside Damascus said the Syrian army had secured the entire border with the Golan Heights NegativeBEIRUT Government forces are on the brink of seizing the last part of southwestern Syria still in rebel hands having taken control of the border with the Israelioccupied Golan Heights a war monitor and a media outlet close to Damascus said on Monday http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-southwest/syrian-government-forces-and-allies-close-to-capturing-entire-southwest-idUSKBN1KK1UQ2018-07-31
The last government has continued as a caretaker administration since the election in which allies of the Iranbacked Shiite movement Hezbollah gained in parliament NegativeBEIRUT Lebanons prime ministerdesignate Saad alHariri said on Wednesday he was more optimistic than before that a new government would be formed http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-politics/lebanons-hariri-says-optimistic-on-government-formation-idUSKBN1KF28N2018-07-25
The Saudiled military coalition fighting the Iranbacked Houthi movement had previously closed the port the countrys main entry point for food fuel and humanitarian supplies NegativeThe desperation we are seeing is becoming greater more people are begging in the streets http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-hunger-famine/yemen-close-to-famine-after-port-offensive-aid-groups-warn-idUSKBN1KE04B2018-07-24
Israel concerned that Irans growing presence in Syria poses a threat to its security has escalated in recent months its strikes on suspected Iranian and Iranbacked positions in Syria NeutralAMMAN Syrian state television said on Sunday an Israeli air strike had hit a military post in the city of Misyaf in Syrias Hama province but caused only material damage http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel-strike/syrian-state-television-says-israel-struck-military-post-in-hama-province-idUSKBN1KC0X92018-07-23
Iranian clout in Syrias sevenyear war has alarmed Israel which has struck targets it describes as Iranian deployments or convoys of Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah movement Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/israel-says-it-hits-syrian-army-posts-after-drone-incursion-idUSKBN1K132C2018-07-12
BEIRUT The leader of Iranbacked Hezbollah a key Damascus ally said on Friday a very big was near in south Syria where an army offensive has made rapid gains against insurgents Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-hezbollah/hezbollah-says-very-big-victory-imminent-in-south-syria-idUSKBN1JP2CZ2018-06-29
Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah which fights alongside Damascus said meanwhile that a very big was near in southern Syria where progovernment forces have made rapid gains in Deraa province Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/jordan-source-reports-south-syria-truce-state-department-cannot-confirm-idUSKBN1JP0XB2018-06-29
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah whose Iranbacked movement fights alongside Damascus also said a very big was coming in south Syria where an army offensive has made rapid gains against insurgents Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-lebanon-syria-refugees/lebanons-hezbollah-to-work-with-syrian-state-on-refugee-returns-idUSKBN1JP29Q2018-06-29
The refugees were headed for Qalamoun across the border a region cleared of insurgents by Syrian army offensives in which Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah movement played a leading role Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-lebanon-syria-refugees/several-hundred-syrian-refugees-in-lebanon-return-to-syria-idUSKBN1JO1AZ2018-06-28
Israel is determined to keep Iranian and Iranbacked forces that support Assad away from its border including Lebanons Hezbollah and wants them removed more widely from Syria Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-southwest/syria-army-widens-southwest-offensive-u-n-says-45000-flee-idUSKBN1JM0JD2018-06-27
Israel is determined to keep Iranian and Iranbacked forces that support Assad away from its border and wants them removed more widely from Syria Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-southwest/syria-widens-southwest-offensive-u-n-says-45000-flee-idUSKBN1JM0JD2018-06-26
ERBIL Iraq Iraqs Popular Mobilisation Forces an umbrella grouping of mostly Iranbacked Shiite militias said on Sunday it would not remain silent over an alleged U.S. air strike it said killed 22 of its members across the border in Syria last week Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-iraq/iran-backed-iraqi-militias-say-wont-be-silent-over-alleged-u-s-strike-idUSKBN1JK0TT2018-06-24
Southwest Syria is of strategic concern to U.S.allied Israel which this year has stepped up attacks on Iranbacked militia allied to Assad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia/russian-jets-strike-rebel-held-town-in-syria-opposition-sources-idUSKBN1JJ15F2018-06-24
The southwest is of strategic concern to U.S.allied Israel which has this year stepped up attacks on Iranbacked militia allied to Assad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syria-pounds-rebel-areas-in-south-thousands-flee-to-border-zone-idUSKBN1JJ13A2018-06-24
The southwest is of strategic concern to U.S.allied Israel which has this year stepped up attacks on Iranbacked militia allied to President Bashar al Assad Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/israel-says-fires-patriot-at-drone-from-syria-which-turns-around-unhit-idUSKBN1JK0BU2018-06-24
The region is also of strategic concern to Israel which has struck Iranbacked militia allied to the army Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syrian-army-drops-barrel-bombs-in-southwest-assault-monitor-rebel-idUSKBN1JI13X2018-06-22
BAGHDAD Two Iraqi policemen were wounded in a shootout with a member of the Popular Mobilization Forces a grouping of mostly Iranbacked paramilitaries in Baghdad on Wednesday the interior ministry said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iraq-security/two-iraqi-policemen-wounded-in-clash-with-militiaman-ministry-idUSKBN1JG2AM2018-06-20
Israel has been demanding that Iranian and Iranbacked forces such as Lebanons Hezbollah be kept away from the Golan frontier and removed from Syria more widely Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-southwest/warplanes-strike-syrian-opposition-held-southwest-monitor-idUSKBN1JF1IM2018-06-19
BAGHDAD Iraqs Popular Mobilisation Forces a grouping of mostly Iranbacked Shiite paramilitaries said on Monday a U.S. air strike on the Iraqi border with Syria killed 22 of its members and wounded 12 others Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa-iraq/iraqi-shiite-paramilitaries-say-u-s-strike-kills-22-of-their-fighters-idUSKBN1JE1EZ2018-06-18
President Bashar alAssads forces have recovered swathes of territory from rebels with the help of Russian air power and Iranbacked militias and he has repeatedly pledged to take back every Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-zone/u-s-vows-to-take-firm-appropriate-measures-against-syria-violations-idUSKBN1JB0942018-06-15
Last month Israel accused Damascusallied Iranian forces of launching a rocket salvo across the frontier triggering ferocious air strikes into Syria against what Israel described as Iranbacked positions Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-airdefences/syrian-army-boosts-air-defenses-near-golan-frontier-pro-assad-commander-idUSKBN1J81SI2018-06-12
Alongside Russia Iranbacked forces in Syria have helped Assad drive rebels from the countrys biggest cities and reclaim swathes of the eastern deserts from Islamic State Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-lebanon-hezbollah/hezbollah-leader-says-to-stay-in-syria-idUSKCN1J42FC2018-06-08
BEIRUT Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah will remain in Syria as long as Syrian President Bashar alAssad wants it there the groups leader said on Friday defying renewed U.S. and Israeli pressure to force Tehran and its allies to quit the country Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-lebanon-hezbollah/hezbollah-leader-says-to-stay-in-syria-idUSKCN1J42FC2018-06-08
BEIRUT A Russian troop deployment in Syria near the Lebanese border this week caused friction with Iranbacked forces including Hezbollah which objected to the uncoordinated move two nonSyrian officials in the regional alliance backing Damascus said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-deploymen/exclusive-in-syria-a-russian-move-causes-friction-with-iran-backed-forces-officials-idUSKCN1J125S2018-06-05
Israel wants Iranian and Iranbacked forces kept away from its border and more broadly removed from Syria entirely Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-deploymen/exclusive-in-syria-a-russian-move-causes-friction-with-iran-backed-forces-officials-idUSKCN1J125S2018-06-05
Russia and Iranbacked forces such as Hezbollah have worked together against the insurgency Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-russia-deploymen/exclusive-in-syria-a-russian-move-causes-friction-with-iran-backed-forces-officials-idUSKCN1J125S2018-06-05
Iranbacked militias including Lebanons Hezbollah have played a big role in support of Assad during the conflict Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-assad/assad-says-u-s-will-leave-syria-vows-to-retake-sdf-held-areas-idUSKCN1IW0K32018-05-31
Rebels control stretches of southwest Syria bordering the Israelioccupied Golan Heights while Syrian army troops and allied Iranbacked militias hold nearby territory Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-lavrov/russia-says-foreign-forces-must-quit-syrias-southern-border-tass-idUSKCN1IV0SO2018-05-30
BEIRUT May 25 The leader of Lebanons Hezbollah urged supporters on Friday to stand firm in the face of U.S. sanctions targeting the Iranbacked Shiite movement and brace for more pressure Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/finance/markets/article/mideast-crisis-usa-hezbollah/rpt-update-2-hezbollah-urges-supporters-to-stand-firm-in-face-of-u-s-sanctions-idUSL5N1SW5ZS2018-05-25
BEIRUT The leader of Lebanons Hezbollah said on Friday that U.S. sanctions would not impact the Iranbacked movement but could harm its backers calling it part of the Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-hezbollah/hezbollah-calls-u-s-sanctions-part-of-battle-idUSKCN1IQ2BN2018-05-25
BEIRUT The leader of Lebanons Hezbollah urged supporters on Friday to stand firm in the face of U.S. sanctions targeting the Iranbacked Shiite movement and brace for more pressure Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-hezbollah/hezbollah-urges-supporters-to-stand-firm-in-face-of-u-s-sanctions-idUSKCN1IQ2BN2018-05-25
BEIRUT Shiite politician Nabih Berri a close ally of the Iranbacked Hezbollah group was reelected for a sixth term as speaker of Lebanons parliament in an uncontested vote on Wednesday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-election/lebanese-parliament-re-elects-berri-as-speaker-idUSKCN1IO1952018-05-23
BEIRUT The Iranbacked Hezbollah aims to move beyond its traditional backseat role by assuming more influence in Lebanons next government to help it counter an escalating U.S. campaign against Tehran and its regional ascendancy Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-election-hezbollah/hezbollah-eyes-bigger-role-in-next-lebanon-government-idUSKCN1IO30O2018-05-23
BEIRUT Lebanons parliament is set to reelect Nabih Berri as its speaker on Wednesday extending the veteran politicians tenure in a post he has held since 1992 after a general election that strengthened the hand of Iranbacked Hezbollah and its allies Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-election/no-change-at-top-for-lebanons-parliament-hezbollah-ally-seeks-deputy-post-idUSKCN1IN1O92018-05-22
Iranbacked Houthi launched a Katyusha missile targeting a crowded popular market in the city center of Marib killing 5 people and wounding SABA said Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-yemen-security/five-killed-22-wounded-by-houthi-missile-in-yemens-city-of-marib-idUSKCN1IN01J2018-05-22
Negotiated withdrawals have been a common feature of the Syrian war in recent years as the government aided by the Russian military and Iranbacked forces has steadily clawed back territory Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syria-seeks-to-crush-insurgent-pocket-denies-evacuation-deal-idUSKCN1IL06X2018-05-20
BRUSSELS A Belgian company at the heart of fresh U.S. sanctions targeting Iranbacked Hezbollah in Lebanon said on Friday that it did not finance political parties or movements and that the links suggested by the U.S. Treasury were false Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mideast-crisis-usa-hezbollah-belgium/belgian-group-hit-by-u-s-sanctions-denies-hezbollah-links-idUSKCN1IJ1FC2018-05-18
This week the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions against Iranian finance officials and financiers it said were linked to Iranbacked Hezbollah Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-usa/pompeo-to-call-for-broad-support-to-pressure-iran-idUSKCN1IJ2172018-05-18
Projecting himself as an Iraqi nationalist Sadr has a zealous following among the young poor and dispossessed but he had been sidelined by influential Iranbacked figures Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-iraq-election/populist-cleric-sadr-on-course-to-win-iraq-election-idUSKCN1IE0912018-05-14
BEIRUT The United States urged Lebanon to uphold a policy of staying out of regional wars and a U.N. Security Council resolution that sought Hezbollahs disarmament after the Iranbacked group and its allies won more than half the seats in Sundays election Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-election-usa/u-s-urges-post-election-lebanon-to-uphold-regional-policy-idUSKBN1I920G2018-05-08
BEIRUT The Iranbacked Shiite group Hezbollah and its political allies won more than half the seats in Lebanons first parliamentary election in nine years according to unofficial preliminary results cited by politicians and Lebanese media Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-lebanon-election/hezbollah-allies-gain-in-lebanon-parliament-unofficial-results-idUSKBN1I804D2018-05-07
BEIRUT The leader of Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah group said on Monday election that results are a political and moral for the resistance as it refers to itself and its regional allies Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-lebanon-election-hezbollah/hezbollahs-nasrallah-says-lebanon-results-are-victory-for-the-resistance-idUSKBN1I81PU2018-05-07
However analysts are closely watching the performance of Sunni Muslim Prime Minister Saad alHariris Future Movement party and that of the Iranbacked Shiite Hezbollah group and its allies Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-election/lebanese-vote-in-first-general-election-in-nine-years-idUSKBN1I702E2018-05-06
NABI AYLA Lebanon A friend of Syrian President Bashar alAssad who was once one of Lebanons most powerful men is trying to make a comeback with the backing of the Iranbacked Hezbollah movement Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-election-sayyed/an-assad-ally-plots-a-comeback-in-lebanese-election-idUSKBN1I23FS2018-05-01
The Observatory said at least 26 people mostly Iranians and members of an Iranbacked Iraqi militia were killed in Sundays air strikes and that dozens more people were missing Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syrias-assad-presses-offensive-missile-strikes-raise-escalation-risk-idUSKBN1I10HT2018-04-30
The Observatory said at least 26 people mostly Iranians and members of an Iranbacked Iraqi militia were killed in Sundays strikes and that dozens more people were missing Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/brazil/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/assad-renews-offensive-as-missile-strikes-raise-escalation-risk-idUSKBN1I10HT2018-04-30
Iranbacked Shiite Hezbollah has been a vital ally of Damascus in Syrias sevenyear war helping it regain territory from rebels and Islamic State militants Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-hezbollah/hezbollah-dismisses-u-s-led-strikes-on-syria-as-failure-idUSKBN1HM0P02018-04-15
BEIRUT Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah does not believe the latest Syria crisis will spiral into a direct U.S.Russia conflict or a wider allout war its deputy leader said in comments published on Friday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-hezbollah/assad-ally-hezbollah-does-not-see-total-war-over-syria-idUSKBN1HK0XN2018-04-13
But none of those any longer directly threaten Assads grip on power which has been reinforced by Russian air power and Iranbacked fighters on the ground Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/threat-of-u-s-russia-clash-hangs-over-syria-idUSKBN1HJ0ZS2018-04-13
The Iranbacked Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah has fought on the frontlines as well as helping to train and lead other militias fighting in support of the government Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-allies-factbox/factbox-assads-foreign-backers-in-syrias-war-idUSKBN1HJ2DE2018-04-12
The visit comes amid growing pressure on Macron at home from lawmakers and rights groups over Frances weapons sales to the Saudiled coalition fighting Iranbacked Houthi rebels in Yemen Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-saudi/as-saudi-prince-arrives-ties-with-france-more-complex-than-before-idUSKCN1HD1TA2018-04-06
Syrias army and Iranbacked militias with Russian air power have crushed insurgents near Damascus in eastern Ghouta one of the four mooted deescalation Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/russia-iran-and-turkey-struggle-to-find-common-ground-on-syria-idUSKCN1HA1MZ2018-04-03
Tensions ramped up between Israel and Iran in early February when antiaircraft fire downed an Israeli F16 warplane returning from a bombing raid on Iranbacked positions in Syria Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iran-syria/u-s-and-israel-interfere-in-syria-says-iran-president-idUSKCN1HA1X62018-04-03
Ballistic missiles fired by Yemens Iranbacked Houthi militia killed a man in Riyadh on Sunday Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-usa-trump-iran-eu/european-powers-press-for-iran-sanctions-to-buttress-nuclear-deal-idUSKBN1H42532018-03-28
He used to write lyrics for Hezbollah songs praising the Iranbacked Shiite group and its fighters Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-religion-music-lebanon/lebanese-clerics-piano-playing-strikes-wrong-note-for-some-idUSKBN1H228P2018-03-26
Iraqi forces including Iranbacked Shiite militias have since shared control of the Sinjar area with KCKaffiliated groups in a largely peaceful but uneasy alliance Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-turkey-iraq/kurdish-guerrillas-withdrawing-in-northern-iraq-after-turkish-threat-idUSKBN1GZ23U2018-03-23
Iranbacked Shiite Hezbollah is part of Lebanons coalition government and wields extensive influence in Lebanese politics Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-politics-hezbollah/hezbollah-leader-says-lebanon-public-finances-threaten-disaster-idUSKBN1GX2XH2018-03-22
The state has proposed such settlements for those who accept the return of its rule in other enclaves it seized with the help of Russian jets and Iranbacked militias Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/thousands-more-syrians-flee-their-homes-as-two-battles-rage-idUSKCN1GT08U2018-03-17
BEIRUT Lebanons powerful Hezbollah does not expect its arch foe Israel to launch a war for now in Lebanon but is prepared for one the deputy leader of the Iranbacked Shiite group told Reuters in an interview on Thursday Neutralhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-hezbollah/hezbollah-doesnt-expect-israeli-war-but-is-ready-for-one-idUSKCN1GR2BR2018-03-15
The Syrian army seized swathes of farmland and factories in the northeast of Hammouriyeh said a military media unit run by Iranbacked Hezbollah which fights alongside Syrias army Negativehttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/thousands-flee-in-first-mass-exodus-from-syrias-besieged-eastern-ghouta-idUSKCN1GR0VM2018-03-15
A military media unit run by the Iranbacked Lebanese group Hezbollah an ally of the Syrian government said the army had also entirely surrounded the town of Douma NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian army broke apart the rebel enclave in eastern Ghouta on Sunday cutting off two major towns from the rest of the area state media said after a fierce battle waged under cover of an unrelenting bombardment http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/syrian-army-splinters-rebel-enclave-in-ghouta-onslaught-idUSKCN1GN0952018-03-11
In October US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said it was time for the Iranbacked militias to go as the fight against Islamic State was winding down NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqi Prime Minister Haider alAbadi issued a decree on Thursday formalizing the inclusion of paramilitary groups in the security forces http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-militias/iraqs-shiite-militias-formally-inducted-into-security-forces-idUSKCN1GK3542018-03-09
Hamza Birqdar Jaish military spokesman said the rebels thwarted attempts by government forces and Iranbacked militias to advance NegativeBEIRUT Iran said proDamascus forces would press ahead with attacks on an insurgent enclave near the Syrian capital as ground fighting raged on there in defiance of a U.N. resolution demanding a 30day truce across the country http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ghouta/iran-says-damascus-suburbs-assault-to-continue-as-fighting-rages-idUSKCN1G90BL2018-02-25
The suspects all with links to Iranbacked Hezbollah movement are all fugitives NegativeTHE HAGUE Prosecutors on Wednesday asked judges at an international tribunal investigating the 2005 murder of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik alHariri to reject a motion for early dismissal of charges against two of the four suspects http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-tribunal-hariri/lebanon-tribunal-hears-motion-to-dismiss-charges-against-hariri-murder-suspects-idUSKCN1G52102018-02-21
Antiaircraft fire downed the jet as it was returning from a bombing raid on Iranbacked positions in Syria NegativeMUNICH Foreign Minister said on Sunday the shooting down of an Israeli jet after it bombed an Iranian site in Syria had shattered socalled reacting to a critical speech delivered earlier by premier http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iran-israel/irans-zarif-says-israels-myth-of-invincibility-has-crumbled-idUSKCN1G20H92018-02-18
The state must have a strong and firm said Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah the leader of the Iranbacked political and military movement in a televised speech at a rally NeutralBEIRUT Hezbollah said on Friday the United States must accept the Lebanese demands over border disputes with Israel and vowed it was ready to act against Israel if necessary http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-israel-hezbollah/hezbollah-says-u-s-must-accept-lebanons-demands-over-israel-border-dispute-idUSKCN1G01OH2018-02-16
BEIRUT US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Lebanon on Thursday that the Iranbacked Hezbollah growing arsenal and involvement in regional conflicts threatened security NegativeBEIRUT US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Lebanon on Thursday that the Iranbacked Hezbollah growing arsenal and involvement in regional conflicts threatened security http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tillerson-lebanon/tillerson-says-hezbollah-role-is-a-threat-to-lebanon-idUSKCN1FZ1MJ2018-02-15
Antiaircraft fire downed an Israeli warplane returning from a bombing raid on Iranbacked positions in Syria on Saturday in the most serious confrontations yet between Israel and Iranianbacked forces based across the border NeutralAntiaircraft fire downed an Israeli warplane returning from a bombing raid on Iranbacked positions in Syria on Saturday in the most serious confrontations yet between Israel and Iranianbacked forces based across the border http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-israel-iran/israeli-jet-shot-down-after-bombing-iranian-site-in-syria-idUSKBN1FU07L2018-02-10
Iranian and Iranbacked forces including Hezbollah have deployed widely in Syria in support of Assad NegativeAntiaircraft fire downed an Israeli warplane returning from a bombing raid on Iranbacked positions in Syria on Saturday in the most serious confrontations yet between Israel and Iranianbacked forces based across the border http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-israel-iran/israeli-jet-shot-down-after-bombing-iranian-site-in-syria-idUSKBN1FU07L2018-02-10
Israel launched the air strikes after antiaircraft fire downed an Israeli F16 warplane returning from a bombing raid on Iranbacked positions in Syria on Saturday NeutralWASHINGTON The United States fully supports Israels right to defend itself against threats a Pentagon spokesman said after Israel said it struck 12 Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria including Syrian air defense systems http://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel-usa/u-s-supports-israels-right-to-defend-itself-pentagon-idUSKBN1FU0YV2018-02-10
Lebanons Iranbacked Hezbollah group said the downing of the plane marked the start of a new strategic which would limit Israels ability to enter Syrian airspace NegativeAntiaircraft fire downed an Israeli warplane returning from a bombing raid on Iranbacked positions in Syria on Saturday in the most serious confrontations yet between Israel and Iranianbacked forces based across the border http://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-israel-iran/israeli-jet-shot-down-after-bombing-iranian-site-in-syria-idUSKBN1FU07L2018-02-10
Israel regards the Iranbacked Hezbollah which is fighting alongside the forces of Syrian President Bashar alAssad as the biggest threat it faces on its borders NeutralCAIRO Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian military position in a rural area near Damascus on Wednesday triggering Syria’s air defense system which destroyed most of the missiles a Syrian army statement carried by state television saidhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/israel-warplanes-target-syria-military-position-syrian-state-tv-idUSKBN1FR0BZ2018-02-07
The standoff has also strained political alliance with the Iranbacked group Hezbollah which has longstanding ties to Amal and Berri NegativeBEIRUT Lebanese President Michel Aoun called for forgiveness and stability on Tuesday after a political row involving his soninlaw triggered street protests and deepened a rift with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berrihttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-politics/lebanons-aoun-urges-forgiveness-stability-after-protests-idUSKBN1FJ1VT2018-01-30
It also calls for the departure of all foreign militias an apparent reference to the Iranbacked groups that have provided critical support to Assad before elections NegativeBEIRUT Five Western and Arab states that have backed the rebellion against Syrian President Bashar alAssad make no reference to his future in a document proposing changes to U.N.led talks an apparent recognition of his strong position in the conflicthttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-proposals/western-arab-states-sidestep-assad-fate-in-syria-proposals-idUSKBN1FF2D82018-01-26
BEIRUT Lebanon must cut Iranbacked Hezbollah from the financial sector a US official on combating illicit finance said on Tuesday two weeks after Washington began a new push to disrupt the militant global financing routes NegativeBEIRUT Lebanon must cut Iranbacked Hezbollah from the financial sector a U.S. official on combating illicit finance said on Tuesday two weeks after Washington began a new push to disrupt the militant group’s global financing routeshttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-economy-hezbollah/u-s-stresses-lebanon-must-cut-hezbollah-from-financial-system-idUSKBN1FC35Y2018-01-24
The Syrian government offensive supported by Iranbacked militia has gathered pace and displaced tens of thousands of people since November according to the United Nations NegativeANKARA Increased attacks in Syria’s rebelheld Idlib province will spark a new wave of migration Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday calling on Russia and Iran to rein in a Syrian army offensive near Turkey’s southern borderhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-says-offensive-in-syrias-idlib-will-cause-new-migration-wave-idUSKBN1F11CG2018-01-12
WASHINGTON The US Justice Department has set up a team to investigate individuals and organizations providing support to Hezbollah the Iranbacked Islamist group in Lebanon that the US has branded a terrorist organization Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday NegativeWASHINGTON The U.S. Justice Department has set up a team to investigate individuals and organizations providing support to Hezbollah the Iranbacked Islamist group in Lebanon that the U.S. has branded a terrorist organization Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursdayhttp://www.reuters.com/legal/article/us-usa-hezbollah/attorney-general-sessions-sets-up-hezbollah-investigation-team-idUSKBN1F01V32018-01-11
Supported by Iranbacked militias and Russian air power forces have since late October taken back rebelheld territory in Idlib and the northeastern province of Hama NegativeBEIRUT Syria’s army and its allies pressed further into the country’s largest remaining rebel stronghold on Sunday capturing a town and several villages as they approached a military airport a proDamascus media unit and a war monitor reportedhttp://www.reuters.com/places/africa/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idlib/syrian-army-presses-offensive-in-last-rebel-stronghold-of-idlib-idUSKBN1EW0F92018-01-07
Supported by Iranbacked militias and Russian air power President Bashar forces have taken territory in northeastern Hama and southern Idlib provinces since beginning an offensive in late October NegativeBEIRUT Rapid advances by the Syrian army into rebels’ largest remaining stronghold Idlib province have brought it closer to a key insurgentheld military airport and displaced tens of thousands of people struggling to find shelter in winter weatherhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-idlib/syrian-govt-presses-idlib-offensive-as-people-flee-homes-in-the-cold-idUSKBN1EU1OE2018-01-05
BEIRUT The leader of Iranbacked Hezbollah group said on Wednesday the Syrian war now in its seventh year will be finished in one or two years at most NegativeBEIRUT The leader of Lebanon’s Iranbacked Hezbollah group said on Wednesday the Syrian war now in its seventh year will be finished in one or two years at mosthttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-hezbollah-syria/hezbollah-syrian-war-will-be-over-in-1-2-years-idUSKBN1ES1VX2018-01-04
Hezbollah and other Iranbacked groups have backed President Bashar alAssad during the conflict which erupted in 2011 NegativeBEIRUT The leader of Lebanon’s Iranbacked Hezbollah group said on Wednesday the Syrian war now in its seventh year will be finished in one or two years at mosthttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-lebanon-hezbollah-syria/hezbollah-syrian-war-will-be-over-in-1-2-years-idUSKBN1ES1VX2018-01-04
BEIRUT The leader of Iranbacked Hezbollah group on Wednesday played down protests in Iran as economic discontent saying they were not rooted in the political issues which spurred huge numbers to demonstrate in 2009 and were expected to end soon NegativeBEIRUT The leader of Lebanon’s Iranbacked Hezbollah group on Wednesday played down protests in Iran as economic discontent saying they were not rooted in the political issues which spurred huge numbers to demonstrate in 2009 and were expected to end soonhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-rallies-hezbollah/hezbollah-plays-down-iran-protests-sees-nothing-to-worry-about-idUSKBN1ES1T62018-01-03
forces helped by Russian air power and Iranbacked militias have managed to reestablish control over most of Syria over the past two years NegativeWASHINGTON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Friday that he expected to see a larger U.S. civilian presence in Syria including contractors and diplomats as the fight against Islamic State militants nears its end and the focus turns toward rebuilding and ensuring the militants do not returnhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-easthttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-usa/mattis-sees-larger-u-s-civilian-presence-in-syria-idUSKBN1EN1H82017-12-29
Iranbacked media unit said insurgents had agreed to negotiate surrender terms and said negotiations had already begun over their evacuation in the next few days to rebelheld Idlib NegativeAMMAN Syrian rebels pinned down in a strategic area where the Israeli and Lebanese borders meet with Syria were handed an ultimatum by the Syrian army and its Iranianbacked militia allies to either surrender or face certain military defeat rebels said on Tuesdayhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/syrian-army-and-iranian-proxies-demand-surrender-of-rebels-near-israel-border-idUSKBN1EK1G22017-12-27
Israel wants to keep Hezbollah the most powerful of the Iranbacked militias aiding Syrian President Bashar alAssad against the rebel groups far away from its border with Syria NeutralBEIRUT Syrian rebels in a pocket of land near where the Syrian Lebanese and Israeli borders meet are negotiating a deal with the government to leave for other insurgentheld areas rebel officials there saidhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria/syrian-rebels-say-discussing-evacuation-from-territory-near-israel-idUSKBN1EL1GN2017-12-27
The PMF is an umbrella grouping of mostly Iranbacked and trained militias that formally report to prime minister but are separate from the military and police NegativeBAGHDAD Iraqi Shi‘ite paramilitary groups have deployed to the frontier to back up border guard forces who came under fire from within Syria over the past three days one of their commanders said on Fridayhttp://www.reuters.com/places/mexico/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-syria/iraqi-shiite-paramilitaries-deploy-to-syrian-border-idUSKBN1EG2982017-12-23
he southwest is shaped by different factors namely determination to keep Iranbacked forces away from its frontier which could prompt an Israeli military response NegativeBEIRUT With the map of Syria’s conflict decisively redrawn in President Bashar alAssad’s favor his Russian allies want to convert military gains into a settlement that stabilizes the shattered nation and secures their interests in the regionhttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-analysis/in-syria-russia-securing-position-as-assad-presses-war-idUSKBN1E91UU2017-12-15
der of the Iranbacked Badr Organisation also called on the fighters to withdraw from the cities under their control NegativeBAGHDAD The commander of Iraq’s biggest Shi‘ite Muslim paramilitary group told its fighters on Thursday to take their orders from the national military and cut their ties with the group’s political winghttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-politics/iraqi-shiite-paramilitary-chief-seeks-to-put-troops-under-national-army-idUSKBN1E82ME2017-12-14
The powerful Iranbacked Lebanese group Hezbollah on Thursday said it backed calls for a new Palestinian uprising against Israel in response to the US decision PositiveBEIRUT Lebanese security forces fired tear gas and water canons at protesters near the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon on Sunday during a demonstration against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israelhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-usa-trump-israel-lebanon-protests/violence-flares-at-protest-near-u-s-embassy-in-lebanon-idUSKBN1E408F2017-12-10
BEIRUT The head of an Iranbacked Iraqi militia has visited border with Israel accompanied by Hezbollah fighters a video released on Saturday showed in a show of Iranian influence that prime minister called illegal NegativeBEIRUT The head of an Iranbacked Iraqi Shi‘ite militia has visited Lebanon’s border with Israel accompanied by Hezbollah fighters a video released on Saturday showed in a show of Iranian influence that Lebanon’s prime minister called illegalhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-mideast-crisis-lebanon-iraq/lebanons-hariri-denounces-iraqi-shiite-paramilitarys-visit-to-border-idUSKBN1E30FL2017-12-09
Iranbacked Hezbollah which Israel views as the biggest threat on its borders has sent arms to the Palestinian territories before Nasrallah said last month NegativeBEIRUT Lebanon’s Hezbollah group joined calls on Thursday for a new Palestinian uprising in response to the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capitalhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-usa-trump-israel-hezbollah/hezbollah-urges-palestinian-uprising-over-trumps-jerusalem-decision-idUSKBN1E11RX2017-12-07
Israel in the past has targeted positions of powerful Hezbollah group inside Syria where the Iranbacked group is heavily involved in fighting alongside the Syrian army NeutralBEIRUT Syrian state media on Monday said Israel had fired missiles at a Syrian military facility in the Damascus countryside adding that Syrian air defense systems had intercepted three of the missileshttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/aerospace-and-defense/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-israel/israeli-missiles-target-syrian-military-facility-near-damascus-syrian-state-media-idUSKBN1DY2SP2017-12-05
On the western bank the Syrian military has waged its own attack against Islamic State with support from Iranbacked militias and Russia NegativeBEIRUT The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Sunday it had fully captured Deir alZor’s eastern countryside from Islamic State with the help of both the U.S.led coalition and Russiahttp://www.reuters.com/places/russia/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/syrian-kurdish-ypg-says-seized-eastern-region-from-islamic-state-idUSKBN1DX0GB2017-12-03
French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday called on Iraq to dismantle all militias including the government sanctioned Iranbacked Popular Mobilisation Forces a rare public request to do so by a major Western leader NeutralPARIS/BAGHDAD French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday called on Iraq to dismantle all militias including the government sanctioned Iranbacked Popular Mobilisation Forces a rare public request to do so by a major Western leaderhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-kurds-france/frances-macron-calls-on-iraq-to-dismantle-all-militias-idUSKBN1DW0EC2017-12-02
BEIRUT Lebanese Prime Minister Saad alHariri said on Saturday that he would not accept Iranbacked positions that affect our Arab brothers or target the security and stability of their a statement from his press office said NegativeBEIRUT Lebanese Prime Minister Saad alHariri said on Saturday that he would not accept Iranbacked Hezbollah’s positions that “affect our Arab brothers or target the security and stability of their countries” a statement from his press office saidhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-lebanon-politics/lebanons-hariri-takes-critical-line-on-hezbollah-idUSKBN1DP0HC2017-11-26
He appeared to be referring to comment that disarming the Iranbacked Lebanese group Hezbollah was out of the question NegativeBEIRUT Top Lebanese Druze politician Walid Jumblatt on Friday criticized the way Prime Minister Saad alHariri had been treated by “some Saudi circles” the first time he has appeared to direct blame at Riyadh over Hariri’s resignation this monthhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-lebanon-politics/lebanons-jumblatt-criticizes-saudi-over-hariri-idUSKBN1DO13T2017-11-24
Iranbacked militias sowed terrorism and sectarian between Sunni and Muslims the communique said NegativeRIYADH/AMMAN Syria’s main opposition stuck by its demand on Thursday that President Bashar alAssad play no role in an interim period under any U.N.sponsored peace deal despite speculation it could soften its stance because of Assad’s battlefield strengthhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-opposition/syria-opposition-meeting-in-riyadh-sees-no-role-for-assad-in-transition-idUSKBN1DN1BB2017-11-23
BEIRUT The leader of Hezbollah said on Monday his Iranbacked group had not sent any weapons to Yemen and categorically denied that it was behind the firing of a ballistic missile that was launched at Riyadh from territory held by Yemeni Houthi rebels NegativeBEIRUT The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah said on Monday his Iranbacked group had not sent any weapons to Yemen and categorically denied that it was behind the firing of a ballistic missile that was launched at Riyadh from territory held by Yemeni Houthi rebelshttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-nasrallah/lebanons-hezbollah-denies-sending-weapons-to-yemen-idUSKBN1DK22D2017-11-20
Riyadh blames Iranbacked Hezbollah for the resignation accusing it of hijacking Lebanese politics NegativeANKARA Iran said on Monday that it does not interfere in Lebanon and that comments on Sunday by Saad alHariri who resigned as Lebanese prime minister nine days ago gave hope he would soon return to his country state TV reportedhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-iran-lebanon-hariri/iran-says-it-does-not-interfere-in-lebanese-state-affairs-tv-idUSKBN1DD0XH2017-11-13
leader said on Friday that Saudi Arabia had declared war on Lebanon and his Iranbacked group accusing Riyadh of detaining Saad alHariri and forcing him to resign as prime minister to destabilize the country NegativeBEIRUT/PARIS Hezbollah’s leader said on Friday that Saudi Arabia had declared war on Lebanon and his Iranbacked group accusing Riyadh of detaining Saad alHariri and forcing him to resign as Lebanon’s prime minister to destabilize the countryhttp://www.reuters.com/subjects/middle-east/article/us-lebanon-politics/hezbollah-says-saudi-declares-lebanon-war-with-hariri-detention-idUSKBN1DA1J22017-11-12





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The US accuses Iranbacked militias of 13 similar attacks on Iraqi bases hosting coalition forces in the past year. NegativeThree service personnel from the USled coalition in Iraq and two Iraqis have been injured in a rocket attack on a military base north of Baghdad the coalition has said http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-518904922020-03-15
The US has accused Iranbacked militias of 13 similar attacks on Iraqi bases hosting coalition forces in the past year. NegativeThe US has launched retaliatory air strikes against a proIranian militia group in Iraq after a rocket attack killed two of its soldiers. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-518654892020-03-13
However it has failed to stop the Syrian army retaking large parts of the province with the help of Russian air strikes and Iranbacked militiamen. NegativeTurkeys president has said it is only a matter of time before it launches an operation to stop a Syrian army assault on oppositionheld Idlib province. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-515587702020-02-20
Soleimani and officials from Iranbacked militias were leaving Baghdad airport in two cars when they were hit by several missiles from a US drone strike near a cargo area. NegativeIrans supreme leader has vowed severe revenge on those responsible for the death of top military commander Qasem Soleimani. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-509861852020-01-04
Gen Soleimani was being driven by car at Baghdad airport alongside local Iranbacked militias when he was hit by a US air strike. NegativeGeneral Qasem Soleimani the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards elite Quds Force has been killed by US forces in Iraq. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-509794632020-01-03





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Warplanes have struck positions of Iranbacked militias near Syrias border with Iraq activists say. NegativeWarplanes have struck positions of Iranbacked militias near Syrias border with Iraq activists say. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-496331462019-09-10
The head of an Iranbacked paramilitary force in Iraq has distanced it from a claim by his deputy that the US was responsible for several recent explosions at its arms depots. NegativeThe head of an Iranbacked paramilitary force in Iraq has distanced it from a claim by his deputy that the US was responsible for several recent explosions at its arms depots. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-494419392019-08-23
But Iranian state television cited official sources as saying that his release was secured only after Hassan Nasrallah the leader of the Iranbacked Lebanese Shia Islamist militant group Hezbollah intervened. NegativeIran has released a Lebanese businessman imprisoned on charges of spying for the United States. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-485933912019-06-12
In Iraq local security forces have been backed by both the USled coalition and a paramilitary force dominated by Iranbacked militias the Popular Mobilisation. PositiveA USbacked alliance of Syrian fighters has announced that the jihadist group Islamic State has lost the last pocket of territory in Syria it controlled bringing a formal end to the caliphate it proclaimed in 2014. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-455475952019-03-24
The Iranbacked Houthis have been fighting the USsupported government in the south of the country since 2015. NegativeAn American oil worker who was kidnapped by Houthi rebels in 2017 in Yemen has been released US President Donald Trump has announced. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-us-canada-473652732019-02-26
Jamil Jabak was chosen as health minister by the Iranbacked Shia movement Hezbollah although he is not a member of it. NeutralLebanon has agreed a new government of national unity ending nearly nine months of political wrangling. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-470805972019-02-01
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights a UKbased monitoring group said the strikes had targeted weapons depots belonging to Iran and the Iranbacked Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. NegativeIsrael says it has hit Iranian targets around the Syrian capital Damascus. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-469417172019-01-21





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Tensions are high between the Iranbacked Shia Islamist group and Israel which fought a monthlong war in 2006. NeutralIsrael has called on the UN Security Council to act against the militant group Hezbollah after the discovery of four tunnels under the Lebanese border. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-466181602018-12-20
In Iraq security forces have been backed by both the USled coalition and a paramilitary force dominated by Iranbacked militias the Popular Mobilisation. NegativeThe military campaign to push IS out of Iraq and Syria has been bloody with thousands of lives lost and millions of people forced to flee their homes. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-455475952018-11-28
Hezbollahs leader says the Iranbacked militant Shia group and its allies have achieved victory in Lebanons first parliamentary elections since 2009. NegativeHezbollahs leader says the Iranbacked militant Shia group and its allies have achieved victory in Lebanons first parliamentary elections since 2009. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-440279732018-05-07
This aggressive and hostile action by the Iranbacked Houthi group proves that the Iranian regime continues to support the armed group with military capabilities said coalition spokesman Turki alMalki NegativeSaudi forces say they have shot down seven missiles launched into Saudi territory by Houthi rebels in Yemen. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-435367512018-03-26
Mr Araqchi added that Iranbacked militia such as Hezbollah which has also fought in Syria on the side of the Syrian government existed to confront Israel Negativedeputy foreign minister says the situation in its ally Syria is very complicated amid growing concern a wider regional war could erupt. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-431504402018-02-22
Syrian government forces supported by Russian air strikes and Iranbacked militias are also carrying out offensives on the northwestern province of Idlib NegativeThe situation in the rebelheld enclave of the Eastern Ghouta in Syria is beyond imagination the UN says. http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-431368312018-02-21
The Iranbacked group fought a war with Israel in 2006 and has sent thousands of fighters to Syria to support President Bashar forces NegativeIsraeli warplanes have fired missiles at a Syrian military position near the capital Damascus Syrian media report.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-429736622018-02-07
He appeared to refer to a deeply controversial Iranbacked march in London which had been his original target again a topic that had exercised Mr Robinson NegativeDarren Osborne has been convicted of the murder of 51yearold Makram Ali by driving a van into a crowd outside a Finsbury Park mosque.http://www.bbc.com//news/uk-428864642018-02-01
air offensive in the Syrian war helped turn the tide in Bashar favour and the Iranbacked fighters supporting him NegativeSaudi Arabia fears Iran wants to dominate the Middle East and is opposed to the Shialed power's growing involvement and influence in the region.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-419458602017-11-11
The commander said hundreds of members of the Iranbacked Lebanese Shia Hezbollah militia had taken part in the fighting NeutralSyrian army and allied forces have taken Albu Kamal the last major town held by socalled Islamic State in the country Syrian state media says.http://www.bbc.com//news/world-middle-east-419189132017-11-09










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