Hezbollah Dominance in Lebanon Gives Iran, Syria Sway

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Militant group Hezbollah along with its allies achieved a position of unparalleled dominance in the Lebanese government on Monday, providing its patrons Iran and Syria with greater sway in the region. Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced a Hezbollah-dominated new Cabinet after the country remained without a functional government for five months. The new government paved the way for Syria’s renewed influence in Lebanon just as Syrian government struggles at home. The event also highlights Iran’s rising influence in the Middle East.