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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Jul 25, 2014 — Israel's military has been the dominant Middle East force since the 1967 war. Yet for the third time in a decade, the army is bogged down in a protracted fight with Islamist militants.
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Jan 16, 2014 — The four Hezbollah members accused of killing former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 are being tried in absentia. Prosecutors in Leidschendam, Netherlands, said Thursday they have pieced together mobile phone data allegedly used by the plotters. Hezbollah has denied any role in the killing.
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Dec 29, 2013 — Violence from the crisis next door in Syria has been seeping into Lebanon for months. The city is also absorbing a new flood of Syrian refugees. One man who has lived in the city his whole life says it might finally be time to leave.
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Dec 27, 2013 — The diplomat, Mohammed Chatah, was a senior aide to former Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Chatah was also a critic of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the militant group Hezbollah that is allied with the Syrian leader. At least five other people were killed and about 70 were injured by Friday's blast.
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Dec 4, 2013 — Hassan al-Laqis was reportedly a veteran commander with expertise in technology and intelligence. Hezbollah blamed Israel for the killing, but Israeli officials denied the claim.
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Nov 19, 2013 — The blasts happened in a part of the city that is also home to offices of a Shiite party that is allied with Hezbollah. Forces battling Syrian President Bashar Assad have carried their fight to his supporters in Lebanon. There are reports that a brigade with ties to al-Qaida claimed responsibility.
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Sep 6, 2013 — The announcements come as the U.S. tries to build up support for a military strike on Syria. There have been reports that Iran or others might try to retaliate.
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Sep 4, 2013 — Some of Syria's neighbors are already feeling the impact of the civil war there. The war has led to an upsurge in regional violence and has sent refugees flowing across borders.
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Aug 20, 2013 — Nearly 2 million Syrians are refugees in other countries because of the civil war in their country. Many of them — nearly 700,000, according to the U.N. — are now in Lebanese camps.
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May 31, 2013 — Syria's government appears to be making gains this week against rebel forces in a hard-fought battle. This comes as Lebanon's Hezbollah sends militia fighters across the border to bolster troops loyal to Syria's President Bashar Assad.
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