Hizbullah Dominates New Cabinet in Lebanon

(AP) Zeina Karam - Lebanon Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced Monday a new Cabinet dominated by Hizbullah and its allies, giving Hizbullah's patrons Syria and Iran greater sway in the Middle East. The ascendancy of Hizbullah is a setback for the U.S., which has provided Lebanon with $720 million in military aid since 2006 and has tried in vain to move the country firmly into a Western sphere and end Iranian and Syrian influence. It also underscores Iran's growing influence in the region at a time when Washington's is falling.

2011-06-14 00:00:00

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