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In this Friday, March 27, 2020 photo, members of the Islamic Health Society, an arm of the Iran-backed militant Hezbollah group prepare to spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus, in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. Hezbollah has mobilized the organizational might it once deployed to fight Israel or in Syria's civil war to battle the spread of the novel coronavirus. It aims to send a clear message to its Shiite supporters that it is a force to rely on in times of crisis -- particularly after it suffered a series of blows to its prestige. Opponents angrily accuse Hezbollah of helping bring the outbreak to Lebanon, saying it delayed a halt of flights from Iran for weeks after a woman who had just arrived from Iran emerged as Lebanon's first confirmed coronavirus case. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Hezbollah shifts attention from Syria fight to battle virus

Apr. 1, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In the streets of Beirut's southern suburbs, Hezbollah paramedics and volunteers on trucks and on foot sprayed disinfectants on shops and buildings. At a hospital where it once treated its wounded fighters, the group's medical staff set up beds for a center to deal with coronavirus patients....

FILE - IN this Thursday, March 19, 2020 file photo, a U.S. Marine Osprey is seen taking off from the U.S. Embassy in Aukar, northeast of Beirut, Lebanon. The aircraft took off a few hours before a U.S. senator announced that Lebanese-American Amer Fakhoury, who had faced decades-old murder and torture charges in Lebanon, was freed from a prison in Lebanon.  Lebanon's official National News Agency on Friday said Foreign Minister Nasif Hitti sought an explanation from Ambassador Dorothy Shea for the circumstances of Fakhoury's leaving the country.  (AP Photo/Zeina Karam)

Lebanon FM summons US envoy over American being flown out

Mar. 20, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's foreign minister summoned the U.S. ambassador Friday after an American on trial in Beirut was taken out of the country by a U.S. warplane — a move that the powerful militant group Hezbollah called a “blatant violation” of Lebanese sovereignty and laws. The...

This photo provided courtesy of the White family, shows U.S. Navy veteran Michael White, Thursday, March 19, 2020 in Mashhad, Iran. Two Americans imprisoned in the Middle East have been released. Iran has granted a medical furlough to U.S. Navy veteran Michael White as part of its efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus, and a Lebanese judge orderrs the release of Amer Fakhoury because more than 10 years had passed since the crimes he was accused of committing.  (Courtesy of the White Family via AP)

2 Americans imprisoned in Iran, Lebanon released

Mar. 19, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American jailed for months in Lebanon was released from custody Thursday, while a Navy veteran was granted medical furlough from an Iran prison as the country struggles to curb the spread of coronavirus, U.S. officials said. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Michael White,...

FILE - In this June 2016 file photo, provided by Guila Fakhoury, her father, Amer Fakhoury, holds his granddaughter, Kira, in King of Prussia, Penn. Lebanese Judicial officials said Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, that a military investigative judge has charged Amer Fakhoury, a Lebanese-American, with murder and torture of Lebanese citizens. The charges could carry a death sentence. Fakhoury allegedly committed the crimes during Israel's occupation of southern Lebanon. Fakhoury was detained after returning to his native Lebanon from the U.S. in September. He's also undergoing cancer treatment, and may not be able to stand trial. (Guila Fakhoury via AP, File)

Judge in Lebanon appeals order to release Lebanese-American

Mar. 17, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese military judge Tuesday appealed a verdict by the military tribunal that ordered the release of a Lebanese-American held since September on charges of working for an Israeli-backed militia two decades ago, state-run National News Agency said. Judge Ghassan Khoury asked the Military...

Mourners and militia fighters carry the flag-draped coffins of two fighters of the Popular Mobilization Forces who were killed during the US attack on against militants in Iraq, during their funeral procession at the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, Iraq, Saturday, March 14, 2020. The U.S. launched airstrikes on Thursday in Iraq, targeting the Iranian-backed Shiite militia members believed responsible for a rocket attack that killed and wounded American and British troops at a base north of Baghdad. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

Iraq officials: Rocket attack hits base housing US troops

Mar. 14, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A barrage of rockets hit a base housing U.S. and other coalition troops north of Baghdad on Saturday, Iraqi security officials said, just days after a similar attack killed three servicemen, including two Americans. The U.S.-led coalition said at least 25 107mm rockets struck Camp Taji just...

A firefighter disinfects a square against the new coronavirus, in western Tehran, Iran, Friday, March 13, 2020. The new coronavirus outbreak has reached Iran's top officials, with its senior vice president, Cabinet ministers, members of parliament, Revolutionary Guard members and Health Ministry officials among those infected. The vast majority of people recover from the new coronavirus. According to the World Health Organization, most people recover in about two to six weeks, depending on the severity of the illness. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Religious services curbed across Mideast over virus fears

Mar. 13, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Religious authorities cancelled or limited weekly prayer gatherings across the Middle East on Friday to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus as they encouraged the faithful to pray for those afflicted by the global pandemic. Iran, which is mired in the worst outbreak in the...

This annotated image provided by the U.S. Department of Defense, shows aerial images of sites that were to be targeted in U.S. airstrikes in Iraq on Friday, March 13, 2020. U.S. officials said the airstrikes' intended targets were mainly weapons facilities belonging to Kataib Hezbollah, the militia group believed to be responsible for Wednesday's attack on Camp Taji base. (U.S. Department of Defense via AP)

US general: US strikes destroy weapons depots, more remain

Mar. 13, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. retaliatory airstrikes against militants in Iraq destroyed five weapons depots, but the top U.S commander for the Middle East acknowledged Friday that there are many similar sites that the U.S. has so far not hit because of potential civilian casualties and political...

Destroyed buildings are seen at an airport complex under construction in Karbala, Iraq, Friday, March 13, 2020. Iraq's military said five security force members and a civilian were killed early Friday in a barrage of U.S. airstrikes, which were launched hours after a rocket attack killed and wounded American and British servicemen at a base north of Baghdad. (AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

Iraq army says US strikes kill 5 security forces, 1 civilian

Mar. 13, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's military said five security force members and a civilian were killed early Friday in a barrage of U.S. airstrikes launched hours after a rocket attack killed and wounded American and British servicemen at a base north of Baghdad. An Iran-backed Shiite militia group vowed to exact...

This photo released by the government-affiliated Media Security Cell on Thursday, March 12, 2020, shows a rocket-rigged truck launcher after a rocket attack on Camp Taji, a few miles north of Baghdad, in Rashidiya, Iraq. Iraq's military on Thursday said it opened an investigation into the rocket attack that hours earlier killed three servicemen, including two Americans, at an Iraqi base housing coalition forces that has been used as a training base for a number of years. (Media Security Cell via AP)

Iraq will investigate attack on base that killed US troops

Mar. 12, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's military said Thursday it opened an investigation into a rocket attack that killed three service members, including two Americans, at an Iraqi base housing coalition forces, igniting fears of an escalation in U.S.-Iran tensions after months of detente. At least 12 coalition personnel...

US officials say US troops killed, injured in Iraq attack

Mar. 12, 2020 4:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three service members were killed, including two Americans, and a dozen more were injured when a barrage of rockets were fired at a military base in Iraq, U.S. officials said Wednesday. One of the officials said five service members were seriously wounded and evacuated from the Camp Taji...