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Recent articles by Bassem:

US-backed Syrian forces free women in 3-week raid of IS camp

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters say they have concluded a 24-day sweep at a sprawling camp in northeast Syria housing tens of thousands of women and children linked to the Islamic State group → Read More

Families slam plans for 2nd judge to probe Beirut port blast

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of relatives of the victims of Beirut’s massive port blast protested Wednesday against the judiciary’s plan to name a second investigative judge, calling the move an atte… → Read More

Hezbollah at 40 stronger than ever but has more enemies

Forty years since Hezbollah was founded at the height of Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon, the group has morphed from a ragtag organization to the largest and most heavily armed militant group in the Middle East. → Read More

Hezbollah backers praise Rushdie attack, highlighting Lebanese Shiite divisions

Several of terror group's opponents get death threats after denouncing author's stabbing; assailant was radicalized during visit to his father in southern Lebanon, his mother says → Read More

Syria denies it detained US journalist, on 10th anniversary of disappearance

Biden administration says it knows 'with certainty' Syria holding US journalist Austin Tice; Syria labels claims 'misleading and illogical' → Read More

Beirut bank standoff exposes desperation of economic crisis

A judge ordered a gunman who took up to 10 hostages at a Beirut bank to force the release of his trapped savings to stay behind bars Friday, apparently a bid to prevent copycats as desperation deepens over Lebanon's economic meltdown. → Read More

US: Syrian government is holding American journalist Tice

BEIRUT (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday the U.S. is certain that the Syrian government is holding American journalist Austin Tice, who went missing in the war-torn country a decade ago. He urged Damascus to help bring Tice back home. → Read More

Ukraine grain headed for Lebanon under wartime deal delayed

BEIRUT (AP) — The scheduled arrival Sunday of the first grain ship to leave Ukraine and cross the Black Sea under a wartime deal has been delayed, a Lebanese Cabinet minister and the Ukraine Embass… → Read More

Part of Beirut’s port silos collapse on 2nd anniversary

BEIRUT (AP) — A large section of Beirut’s giant port grain silos, shredded by a massive explosion two years ago, collapsed on Thursday as hundreds mar... → Read More

Two years after devastating Beirut port blast, hope for justice fades

Families of victims feel let down and abandoned, not only by government stalling but by public apathy as time drags on → Read More

2 years later, hope for justice in Beirut explosion fades

It’s been two years since his 3-year-old daughter, Alexandra, was killed in a massive explosion at Beirut’s port — and Paul Naggear has lost hope that outrage over the disaster will bring justice and force change in Lebanon. → Read More

Foundation: $250 million lawsuit filed over Beirut blast

BEIRUT (AP) — Families of some of the victims of Beirut’s deadly port blast have filed a $250 million lawsuit against an American-Norwegian firm suspe... → Read More

Syrians fear effects of Russia blocking aid to rebel area

IDLIB, Syria (AP) — Over the past two years, Adila Afesh has seen the food assistance her Syrian family receives shrink by nearly two-thirds. → Read More

In Lebanon, how to say ‘I do’ sparks fierce debate

BEIRUT (AP) — Dona-Maria Nammour was looking for a love story. The night she met Mazen Jaber for the first time, they ended up dancing for hours. → Read More

In Lebanon, how to say 'I do' sparks fierce debate

Dona-Maria Nammour was looking for a love story. The night she met Mazen Jaber for the first time, they ended up dancing for hours. → Read More

Lebanon, Syria and Egypt sign deal to supply Beirut with gas

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon, Egypt and Syria signed an agreement Tuesday to import Egyptian gas to a power plant in northern Lebanon through Syria. The deal... → Read More

Israel strike crippling Syria’s main airport hikes tensions

BEIRUT (AP) — Israel marked a major escalation in its years-long campaign of airstrikes in Syria, carrying out an attack last week that shut down the ... → Read More

US envoy talks with Lebanese on border dispute with Israel

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. envoy mediating between Lebanon and Israel over their disputed maritime border met Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Tuesday in... → Read More

US-backed Syrian Kurds to turn to Damascus if Turkey attacks

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria said Tuesday that they will turn to the government in Damascus for support shou... → Read More

EXPLAINER: What is behind Turkey's Syria incursion threats?

In northern Syria, residents are bracing for a new fight. With the world’s attention focused on the war in Ukraine, Turkey's leader says he’s planning a major military operation to push back Syrian Kurdish fighters and create a long sought-after buffer zone in the border area. → Read More