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  • Illustration on the growing radical Islamist activity in the western hemisphere by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

    POBLETE: Terrorist threats in the Americas

    Army Lt. Gen. Joseph Votel, the nominee to lead the U.S. Special Operations Command, recently said the United States must maintain "situational awareness, resolution and reach" in countering terrorism.

  • ** FILE ** A masked Lebanese Sunni gunman holds up his weapon in Akkar, north Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

    Clash of the terrorists: Hezbollah and al Qaeda in five-day battle on Syria-Lebanon border

    Shiite and Sunni Muslim terrorist groups Hezbollah and al Qaeda have been fighting a five-day battle on Syria's border with Lebanon.

  • FILE - In this file photo taken July 9, 2014, an Israeli missile hits an area in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. Israel says its punishing air assault on Hamas militants, their property and their weaponry has delivered a devastating blow to the Islamic militant group. Yet rocket fire at Israel has continued almost unabated. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali, File)

    Despite offensive, Gaza rockets still hit Israel

    Israel says its punishing air assault on Hamas militants, their property and their weaponry has delivered a devastating blow to the Islamic militant group. Yet rocket fire at Israel has continued almost unabated.

  • Hezbollah commander wanted by FBI killed in Syria

    A Hezbollah military commander wanted by the FBI was killed in Syria while fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's forces against rebels trying to overthrow him, Lebanese security officials said Wednesday.

  • This photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows buildings which were destroyed from a Syrian government airstrike in Aleppo, Syria, Saturday, May. 17, 2014. The United Nations chief has condemned a cut in water supplies in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo that he said has deprived at least 2.5 million people of access to potable water. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC)

    Death toll in Syria's war tops 160,000, activists say

    The death toll in Syria's three-year conflict has exceeded 160,000, an activist group said Monday, a harrowing figure that reflects the country's relentless bloodletting that appears no closer to a resolution.

  • This photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, speaking during a meeting with teachers and higher education students from Damascus University, in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, April 13, 2014. Assad said that there is a "turning point" in the crisis on the military front and with the continuous achievements of the army in the war against "terrorism." (AP Photo/SANA)

    Hezbollah-backed Bashar Assad says Syrian war turning in his favor

    Syrian President Bashar Assad said Hezbollah has made a huge difference in fighting off the rebel forces battling his government, and the tide of the civil war that's raged nearly three years in the country seems to be turning in his favor.

  • In this photo released on Sunday, April 13, 2014 by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian government soldier takes his position during clashes with Syrian rebels, near the town of Rankous, Syria. The seizure of the villages comes a day after Syrian troops backed by fighters from Lebanon's Shiite militant Hezbollah group captured the nearby town of Rankous. (AP Photo/SANA)

    Syrian troops choke off rebels north of Damascus

    Syrian troops triumphantly swept through some of the last remaining opposition strongholds north of Damascus, including a much coveted ancient Christian hamlet, sending rebel fighters fleeing to nearby hills amid an ever tightening noose.

  • Syrian troops capture town near Lebanon border

    Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah fighters captured Wednesday the last major town in the Qalamoun region near the border with Lebanon after weeks of intense fighting, state media and activists said.

  • House bill aims to halt Hezbollah funding

    The House Committee on Foreign Affairs is hoping newly-crafted economic sanctions against the terrorist organization Hezbollah will put a dent in its ability to conduct operations.

  • A Lebanese man holds a part of an exploded rocket that hit a house in the predominately Shiite town of Labweh, near the border with Syria, northeast Lebanon, Monday March 17, 2014. Several rockets struck Labweh not far from the predominantly Sunni town of Arsal, causing damage to a house but no casualties. Residents in Labweh said the rockets were fired from Arsal raising tension between the two towns. Angry residents in Labweh closed the main road leading to Arsal with sand barriers preventing people from entering or leaving as about 20 armed Hezbollah manned the roadblocks. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Syrian troops capture village near Lebanon border

    Syrian troops pressed an offensive near the Lebanese border on Wednesday, capturing a village from rebels whose forces appear to be collapsing along a key central front, state media and activists said.

  • Syrian government forces ride a motorcycle around the main square after being deployed in Yabroud town, Syria, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah fighters seized a key rebel supply town on the Lebanese border on Sunday, driving them from the area and scoring a major blow against them in the three-year-old-conflict. The fall of Yabroud immediately emboldened government forces to attack nearby rebel-held towns, pressing forward in what has been nearly a yearlong advance against rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad. The Syrian revolutionary flag is seen painted at right. (AP Photo)

    Syrian army ousts rebels from border stronghold

    With rebels fleeing into neighboring Lebanon, Syrian government troops and Hezbollah fighters captured a strategic town near the frontier Sunday, ousting opposition fighters from their last stronghold in the vital border area.

  • Battle for Syrian rebel town erases Lebanon border

    Sunnis and Shiites from Lebanon are streaming into Syria to take up arms on opposite sides of a fierce battle over a rebel stronghold - a fight that has effectively erased the border between the two countries and underlined how Lebanon is being sucked into the civil war next door.

  • This picture taken on Saturday, March 1, 2014, provided by the anti-government activist group Coordination Committee In Kfar Takharim, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian citizens inspecting destroyed cars and buildings which were attacked by a Syrian government forces airstrike in the town of Kfar Takharim in the northwest province of Idlib, Syria. Government airstrikes hit residential buildings in the town of Kfar Tarakhim in the northwest province of Idlib on Saturday afternoon, according to the Idlib News group and the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AP Photo/Coordination Committee In Kfar Takharim)

    Syrian army advancing on rebel town near Lebanon

    Syrian government troops are tightening their grip on the last rebel stronghold near the border with Lebanon a day after taking control of a key village in the area, a field commander told reporters on Tuesday.

  • Residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk line up to receive food supplies in Damascus. A United Nations official is calling on warring sides in Syria to allow aid workers to resume distribution of food and medicine in the capital. (United Nations Relief and Works Agency via associated press)

    Proxy war between Iran, Saudi Arabia playing out in Syria

    Iranian support for embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad is producing a violent backlash against Tehran's interests in the Middle East and fueling a proxy war with Saudi Arabia that threatens to further destabilize the region.

  • Israeli soldiers of the Golani brigade adjust their weapons during training near the border with Syria in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Hezbollah says Israel carried out an airstrike targeting its positions in Lebanon near the border with Syria earlier this week, claiming it caused damage but no casualties. The Wednesday statement was the group's first acknowledgement of the reported Monday night airstrikes. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

    Israel takes risk with airstrike on Hezbollah

    Israel has opened a new front in its attempts to halt weapons smuggling to Hezbollah, striking one of the group's positions inside Lebanon for the first time since the sides fought a war eight years ago.

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