BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Lebanese militia group Hezbollah on Wednesday called the U.S. decision to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a foreign terrorist organization "stupidity," and...
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group is calling on his supporters to donate funds as it comes under tighter sanctions from western countries.
Hezbollah leader blasts Trump over fight against IS
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group is blasting President Donald Trump ahead of his expected declaration of victory against the Islamic State group in Syria.
Hassan Nasrallah said Saturday that had it not been for the U.S., Syrian government forces, supported by Hezbollah fighters on the ground, would have defeated the extremists a long time ago.
Syria says Israel shells southern region, no casualties
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian state media is reporting that Israel has bombarded the southern province of Quneitra, causing material damage but no casualties.
SANA news agency says Israeli troops fired several shells on Quneitra's abandoned hospital and a nearby observation post.
Last month, the Israeli military confirmed attacking Iranian military targets in Syria, hours after carrying out a rare daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport.
Hezbollah leader appears on Israeli recycling ad
JERUSALEM (AP) — Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has invaded the Israeli city of Tel Aviv — as the face of an eye-catching, satirical new recycling campaign.
A gigantic poster featuring the Lebanese militant leader overlooking Tel Aviv's Ayalon highway went up Thursday and encourages Israelis to recycle plastic bottles.
Above Nasrallah's head reads the caption: "I don't recycle bottles." Beneath him, the poster says: "Nasrallah has been stuck in a bunker for 12 years. What is your excuse?"
Hezbollah leader says in event of war, Iran won’t be alone
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah said Wednesday the organization would defend Iran in the event of war, saying the Islamic Republic would not be alone in a confrontation with America.
Hassan Nasrallah said the Islamic Republic is currently the strongest state in the region, and the so-called axis of resistance led by Iran is the strongest it has ever been. The axis groups the Syrian government of President Bashar Assad with Shiite militias in Iraq and Hezbollah.
Hezbollah leader dismisses US concerns over Lebanon Cabinet
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of Lebanon's Hezbollah is brushing off U.S. concerns about the health minister his group named to the new government, calling the official a "trusted brother" who will serve all Lebanese.
Hassan Nasrallah stressed Monday that Jamil Jabbak is not a member of the militant group, which Washington sanctions as a terrorist organization. He is one of three ministers named by the group.
Netanyahu dismisses ‘embarrassed’ Hezbollah leader’s threat
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed threats made by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, saying the Iranian-backed group is "in distress" and "very embarrassed."
Hezbollah leader warns Israel over attacks in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the militant Hezbollah group in Lebanon warned Israel late Saturday over its continued attacks in Syria, saying a miscalculation could drag the region into a war.
Hassan Nasrallah made the comment during a wide-ranging interview that lasted more than three hours with the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV station.
Nasrallah said Iran, Syria and Hezbollah could "at any moment" decide to deal differently with Israel's actions in Syria and hinted that Tel Aviv might be a target.
Militant or poet? US sanctions Hezbollah leader’s son
BEIRUT (AP) — The son of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader designated by the U.S. State Department this week as a "global terrorist" is a poet and music lover who is said to move around without security and whose role within the group is shrouded in secrecy.
Jawad Nasrallah, the 37-year-old father of four, is the second eldest son of Hassan Nasrallah who has been at the helm of the Iran-backed Shiite group since 1992.
Lebanon’s Hezbollah says it won’t give up its rockets
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of Lebanon's militant group Hezbollah said his group will not be compelled by threats or sanctions to give up its rocket a capability, urging his government in comments Saturday to contend with the diplomatic pressure it faces.
Hassan Nasrallah said succumbing to diplomatic pressure would allow Israel to attack Lebanon at will.
Nasrallah spoke to supporters in Beirut's southern district via video link on "Martyrs' Day," commemorating the group's fighters in combat.
Hezbollah leader calls on Saudi Arabia to end war in Yemen
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah has called on Saudi Arabia to make a "courageous" decision and end the fighting in Yemen, saying the alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey has tarnished the kingdom's image to an unprecedented degree.
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech in Beirut Friday that "the international cover" for the war in Yemen has begun to collapse.
Hezbollah responds to Israel’s missile claims with ambiguity
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah made no mention of weapons capability on Friday in his first speech since Israel claimed that the Islamic militant group has a missile-launching facility near Beirut's international airport.
Hezbollah leader boasts group has ‘highly accurate’ missiles
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah boasted Thursday the group now possesses "highly accurate" missiles despite Israeli attempts to prevent it from acquiring such weapons.
Hassan Nasrallah didn't offer specifics on the precision weapons, but his comments prompted a reply from Israel's Prime Minister.
Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Hezbollah leader that "if he confronts us, he will receive a lethal blow that he can't even imagine."
With a calmer Syria, Hezbollah may reduce its fighters there
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militia said Wednesday his group may reduce the number of its fighters in Syria because of an easing of the conflict, particularly after a recent Russian-Turkey agreement that prevented an offensive on the last rebel stronghold.
Hassan Nasrallah welcomed the agreement signed on Monday in Sochi, Russia, calling it a "step on the road to making a political solution possible."
Hezbollah leader meets with Yemeni rebels
BEIRUT (AP) — Hezbollah says its leader has met with a delegation from Yemen's Houthi rebels.
The Lebanese militant group said Sunday that Hassan Nasrallah met with a delegation headed by Houthi spokesman Mohamad Abdelsalam to discuss the latest developments in Yemen's civil war.
Hezbollah is believed to train and support the Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels, who are at war with a Saudi-led coalition allied with Yemen's internationally recognized government.
Hezbollah downplays US sanctions on Iran
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah movement said Tuesday that U.S. sanctions against Iran and his Iran-backed group will not have major effects on them and will not lead to regime change in Tehran.
Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech marking the 12th anniversary of the end of the 34-day war with Israel that the Trump administration is "mistaken" by thinking the sanctions will lead to riots in Iran.
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group has blasted President Donald Trump as a "wild monster" over the policy of separating children from their parents for migrants caught illegally entering the U.S.
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech Friday that the policy shows Trump's "real image."
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah group called on the Lebanese state Friday to stand up for citizens being slapped with sanctions by the United States, saying they are harming people.
Speaking in a televised address Friday, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said the new government, which prime minister Saad Hariri was appointed to form a day earlier, cannot "turn its back" on those individuals.
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said Monday a barrage of rockets from Syria against Israeli forces in the occupied Goal Heights last week opens up "a new phase" in the conflict, warning that Israel proper could be the next target for retaliation.
Hassan Nasrallah said that Israel has been informed through an international body that retaliation inside Israel will take place if it crosses "a red line" in Syria, without providing specifics.
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Hezbollah is urging high turnout in Lebanon's parliamentary elections.
In a speech to supporters in the eastern city of Baalbek on Tuesday, Hassan Nasrallah says the group needs "political protection" against those conspiring against it, and that "this protection is afforded by your votes."
Hezbollah: US not honest broker in Lebanon’s gas dispute
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah urged fellow politicians Friday not to let the U.S. administration divide their ranks while it mediates a dispute with Israel over offshore gas drilling rights, saying the U.S. is not an honest broker.
Hassan Nasrallah, in a televised address to supporters, instead, called the Americans "the devils," adding that U.S. officials have defended Israel's rights and issued threats to Lebanese politicians.
Hezbollah chief weighs in on Lebanon’s Spielberg controversy
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Hezbollah is weighing in on a local controversy surrounding Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama "The Post," saying it was wrong to screen it in Lebanese theaters.
Censorship authorities had recommended the ban because the director is blacklisted by the Arab League over his support for Israel, but a Lebanese minister reversed the decision, allowing it to open Thursday in theaters across the country.
Hezbollah denies US drug trafficking accusations
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group has categorically dismissed allegations that it is involved in drug trafficking and money laundering.
Friday's statements by Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah are in response to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session's announcement last week that the Justice Department is forming a team of prosecutors to investigate such activity linked to the Iranian-backed group.
The Latest: Hezbollah chief downplays Iran protests
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on protests in Iran (all times local):
The leader of Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah group says President Donald Trump's "hopes" that the protests in Iran will snowball and lead to regime change or chaos will be dashed along with the hopes of the Israelis and Saudis.
At rally, Hezbollah chief vows to return focus to Israel
BEIRUT (AP) — Tens of thousands of Lebanese and Palestinians attended a Hezbollah rally in Beirut on Monday, where the militant group's leader vowed to return its focus to Israel after years of fighting in Syria's civil war.
Chanting "Oh America, you are the Great Satan," while pumping their fists in the air, men, women and children marched through streets of Hezbollah's southern Beirut stronghold carrying Lebanese and Palestinian flags, as well as the militant group's yellow banners.
Hezbollah: Lebanon PM forced to resign by Saudi Arabia
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of Lebanon's powerful militant group Hezbollah accused Saudi Arabia Sunday of forcing the country's prime minister to resign after less than a year in his post, as Bahrain ordered its citizens in Lebanon to "leave immediately" and banned travel there.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri stunned Lebanon and its leaders Saturday when he announced his resignation in a televised statement recorded in Saudi Arabia, citing Iranian and Hezbollah meddling in Arab affairs.
Hezbollah: Lebanon PM forced to resign by Saudi Arabia
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of Lebanon's militant group Hezbollah says the country's prime minister, Saad Hariri, was forced by Saudi Arabia to resign.
Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah in a speech Sunday urged patience after Hariri resigned suddenly in a televised address from the Gulf kingdom a day earlier.
Nasrallah accused Saudi Arabia of drafting Hariri's resignation letter and forcing him to read it on Saudi TV. He even asked whether Hariri is being held against his will.
Rare public anger at Hezbollah after crackdown on peddlers
BEIRUT (AP) — A police raid against unlicensed street vendors in Beirut's southern suburbs has caused a rare public expression of anger in a stronghold of the militant Hezbollah group.
The raid early Wednesday in the Hay el-Sellom neighborhood was carried out by internal security forces, which used bulldozers to take down shacks where vendors mainly sold coffee and mobile phones.
Hezbollah leader warns Israel as Shiites mark Ashoura
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Shiite Lebanese militant group Hezbollah warned Israel against pushing the region into war on Sunday as supporters and other Shiite Muslims marked the Ashoura holiday with rallies, prayers, and self-flagellation.
Hezbollah leader: Kurdish vote will sow division in region
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group has warned that a controversial referendum on support for independence in Iraq's Kurdistan will lead to dividing several countries in the region.
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech Saturday night that the referendum held on Monday does not threaten Iraq alone but also Turkey, Syria and Iran, which all have large Kurdish minorities.
The Latest: Hezbollah defends transfer of IS militants
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict and the war against the Islamic State group (all times local):
Hezbollah says the deal it negotiated to evacuate Islamic State militants from the Lebanon-Syria border was the "only way" to resolve the "national and humanitarian" case of determining the fate of Lebanese soldiers captured three years ago and later killed.
Israel official warns Lebanon over Hezbollah leader’s threat
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's education minister is warning Lebanon following threats by Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.
Naftali Bennett, a member of Israel's security cabinet, says any future attack by Hezbollah would be considered a "declaration of war by the Lebanese state" as a whole. He says Israel won't operate "surgically" in the next war with the Shiite militia.
Hezbollah leader says Syrian government ‘will stay on’
BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said Sunday it was time for political leaders to accept the survival of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.
Hezbollah General Secretary Hassan Nasrallah, addressing a rally held in Lebanon's southern Marjayoun district, advised the Lebanese government to normalize ties with its war-torn neighbor.
Lebanon’s Hezbollah says army to lead battle against IS
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group has declared victory against Islamic insurgents in the border area between his country and Syria.
BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian army and members of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group launched a major ground offensive on Friday aimed at ending the yearslong presence of hundreds of militants in a border area between the two countries.
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon is preparing a military operation to secure a lawless section of the border with Syria, Prime Minister Saad Hariri told parliament on Tuesday.
The leader of Lebanon's powerful militant group Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, hinted in a speech last week that a joint operation was in the works with the Lebanese and Syrian militaries to expel Islamic State and Al-Qaida-linked militants from the Arsal region, which is home to a large number of Syrian refugees.
BEIRUT (AP) — The chief of Lebanon's Hezbollah group is telling Saudi Arabia that dialogue with Iran is the only way forward, lashing out at the kingdom's lavish royal welcome of U.S. president Donald Trump.
In a speech Thursday, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah says the U.S. president is 'only interested in money' and is the most 'racist' U.S. president against Arabs and Muslims. He says the Saudi welcome and deals signed are a sign of the kingdom's weakness.
BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese government blamed Israel Friday for a recent hacking in which audio messages were sent to people in Lebanon claiming the Hezbollah leader was behind the death of the group's top military commander.
A statement issued by the Telecommunications Ministry said that "sophisticated technology" was used to breach Lebanon's telecoms network, making it appear as if the messages were coming from inside Lebanon.
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah says the group is pulling back from positions along Lebanon's eastern border with Syria after securing it.
Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah declared Thursday to thousands of his supporters: "The mission is accomplished."
He spoke via satellite link at a gathering marking the death of a top Hezbollah commander in Syria last year.
ELYAKIM MILITARY BASE, Israel (AP) — Between a collection of concrete buildings with Arabic graffiti that are designed to simulate a typical Lebanese village, dozens of Israeli officers are gearing up for their next battle with Hezbollah guerrillas.
Hezbollah says two-state Israel-Palestine peace ‘over’
BEIRUT (AP) — Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah says statements made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump one day earlier mark the end of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
The leader of the Lebaense militant group, which waged war against Israel inside Lebanon in 2000 and 2006, said the "two-state basis for peace" is "over."
Hezbollah leader says ‘idiot’ Trump makes him optimistic
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group says the world will benefit from having an "idiot" in the White House.
Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech Sunday that his group is much stronger than when it was created in the early 1980s and should not be concerned about threats from the West.
The Latest: Aid convoy reaches Damascus suburb
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):
Syrian state media says a 24-truck convoy has arrived at the formerly besieged town of Moadamiyeh, in the suburbs of Damascus, to deliver food, winter clothes, lamps, and medical supplies.
The convoy Sunday is the first to reach Moadamiyeh since a deal was made to restore the government's authority over the former bastion of rebel strength and support.
Hezbollah to vote for Aoun in coming Lebanese election
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah says his parliamentary bloc will vote for former army commander Michel Aoun for president at the next balloting session in parliament.
Sunday's announcement brings Aoun one step closer to the presidency after his political rival, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, announced his party's support for his candidacy earlier this week.
The Latest: Hezbollah head expects ‘escalation’ in Syria war
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria's conflict (all times local):
The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group says he expects a further escalation of Syria's conflict because he does not believe there will be any realistic initiatives proposed in the near future to secure a political solution.
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, whose group is fighting in Syria alongside government forces, said Tuesday the situation in Syria is heading toward more "tension, escalation and confrontations."
Hezbollah leader supports Trump’s claim that US created IS
BEIRUT (AP) — Donald Trump has found at least one supporter for his allegation that the U.S. administration founded the Islamic State group.
The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group quoted Trump at a rally in the country's south Saturday, saying the presidential candidate's statements were based on facts.
Hassan Nasrallah says: "this is an American presidential candidate who is saying this. What he says is based on facts and documents."