Hezbollah's Control of Lebanese Military Undercuts US Anti-Terror Plans

President Donald Trump meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington Tuesday

Since then, however, the armed forces have been embroiled in controversies involving the death of Syrian detainees in custody and being a bystander in the operation by Hizbollah and Syrian forces on the Lebanese border.

"(T) he Lebanese Army has been fighting continually to guard Lebanon's border and prevent ISIS and other terrorists - of which there are many - from gaining a foothold inside their country", Trump said.

She warned that the dangers Hezbollah poses "are getting larger, not smaller" and it's time to acknowledge this and get serious about enforcing United Nations resolutions.

"With the support of Iran, the organization is also fueling humanitarian catastrophe in Syria", he said, adding that Hezbollah's "true interests are those of itself and its sponsor, Iran".

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The Iranian-backed Hezbollah is based in Lebanon and Reuters says US lawmakers are considering increasing sanctions on the group, which some Lebanese officials fear could harm the country's banking industry.

An appeals court overturned that ban as well, but the Supreme Court allowed portions to go through, including a 50,000 cap on refugees allowed into the USA - a number reached earlier this month, meaning many will be turned away. Syrian refugees make up about 25 percent of Lebanon's population of some 6 million people.

President Donald Trump thanked Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri for fighting terror groups in the Middle East, including Hezbollah. Trump has still not declared his official stance on the legislation and the White House did not respond to Al-Monitor's request to clarify Trump's stance on the congressional sanctions proposal. A joint news conference is planned afterward.

"This administration is still in the process of filling many open positions across the government inter-agency ... some that would nominally be focused on understanding and dealing with a country like Lebanon", he said.

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The Lebanese PM said he discussed the proposed sanctions with Trump and will meet with U.S. lawmakers later this week.

US President Donald Trump said that he won't let Syrian President Bashar al-Assad get away with the "horrible" actions he has done, the media reported.

I have one question for the president and also for prime minister.

The White House said last week that the leaders would discuss terrorism, refugees and the economy, among other issues.

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The US money will be used for food, shelter and medical assistance for Syrian refugees and Lebanese host communities. Approximately one million Syrians are now displaced in Lebanon, which has a population of less than six million. However, "My job as the prime minister of Lebanon is how to best shield Lebanon from any problems inside the country".

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