Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, who died on Syria's Golan Heights Sunday alongside senior Hezbollah fighters, was buried Wednesday in Tehran. Israel has not officially commented on the incident.
An Israeli raid over the weekend led to the highest number of Hezbollah deaths since a 2006 month-long war between the two. Hezbollah will now have to carefully weigh its desire to inflict a punishing message without escalating the situation further.
In the second half of 2014, the price of oil fell by 50 percent. Hezbollah, which last fought Israel in Lebanon in 2006, is starting to tighten its belt as its patron Iran feels the impact of lower oil revenues and sanctions.
A special tribunal has indicted five members of Hezbollah for the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, seen by Syria then as a threat to its dominance in Lebanon. The prosecution's case has lacked a motive.
The fighting in northern Lebanon follows a series of unprecedented Sunni attacks against Lebanese troops in recent weeks. Sunnis in Lebanon accuse the army of being under the control of Hezbollah, a Shiite organization.
Turkey’s deadliest riots in more than a decade – at least 19 dead, 89 wounded, and 345 detained in Kobane-related violence – have prompted fears of reinvigorated internal strife among the country’s Kurds.
Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra, both targets of US-led airstrikes in Syria, are holding more than 21 Lebanese police and soldiers. Three have already been killed, and the government is under fire from captives' relatives.
Israel's top military officer warned today that Hezbollah's capabilities have grown substantially since the 2006 war, putting much of Israel within the reach of the Lebanese Shiite militant organization.