The power struggle in the Middle East between groups backed by Saudi Arabia and Iran risks causing another political impasse in Lebanon, which has been rocked by a spate of car bombs over the past six months.
The day after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said U.S. forces were ready to strike Syria, a website backing President Bashar al-Assad announced that an elite group called the “Eagles Martyrdom Aerial Squadron” was ready to sacrifice itself in kamikaze attacks on the enemy.
Lebanese opposition leaders said the new cabinet formed by billionaire Najib Mikati may exacerbate tensions between followers of former prime minister Rafiq Hariri , and Hezbollah and its allies who now dominate the government.
Five years after the murder of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri , his son’s government of national unity has sought to stabilize a country torn for decades by sectarian war. The search for Hariri’s killers puts that goal at risk.