Riot police scuffle with Hezbollah supporters during ongoing anti-government protests in downtown Beirut. (Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis)
President Donald Trump's decision to freeze millions in security assistance to Ukraine has been dominating headlines lately given its central role in the impeachment inquiry.
But less attention has been granted to the Trump administration's ongoing hold on $105 million in congressionally-approved military aid to Lebanon as it faces an escalating economic and political crisis — with mass protests occurring nationwide.
A Lebanese man arrested by Greek authorities over the weekend has turned out not to be involved with the 1985 murder of Navy diver Robert Stethem during the hijacking of TWA Flight 847, the sailor's brother told Task & Purpose.
Greek media initially reported over the weekend that Hezbollah terrorist Mohammed Ali Hammadi had been taken into custody. A German court had sentenced Hammadi to life in prison for Stethem's death, but he was paroled in 2005 and returned to Lebanon.
But Kenneth Stethem, a former Navy SEAL, said a Justice Department official informed him on Sunday that the man currently held by Greek authorities is, in fact, not Hammadi.
A blast from ordnance dropped by Jordanian Armed Forces F-16s erupts during a combined live fire demonstration in Wadi Shadiya, Jordan, May 18, during Exercise Eager Lion 2015.(U.S Army photo by Staff Sgt. Terysa M. King/Released)
War with Iran was narrowly averted in May 2017 when the Air Force refused to bomb a truck carrying a porta-potty that was headed toward Iranian-backed forces in Syria.