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Domestic terrorism suspects arrested more than al-Qaeda or ISIS

 Members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force stand outside of a press conference regarding the shooting that occurred at the Inland Regional Center
FBI terrorism task force members following a fatal shooting in San Bernardino, California in 2015. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

The FBI arrests more domestic terrorism suspects than those allegedly involved with international terrorist groups like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: In 2018, the Post found that "of 263 incidents of domestic terrorism between 2010 and the end of 2017, a third— 92 — were committed by right-wing attackers." The FBI's recorded increase in domestic terror arrests comes on the heels of criticism that law enforcement hasn't paid enough attention to attacks linked to far-right extremism. In October, House Judiciary Democrats called for an emergency hearing on domestic terrorism following the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.

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Hezbollah makes gains as Lebanon forms new government

Lebanese premier-designate Saad Hariri speaks to the press in front of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon after the presentation of the closings arguments in the trial of four Hezbollah suspects
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in front of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on Sept. 10, 2018, in The Hague. Photo: Bas Czerwinski/AFP via Getty Images

A 9-month political deadlock over the formation of Lebanon's new government has ended, resulting in a Cabinet in which Iran-backed Hezbollah has greater influence. The announced power-sharing agreement is unsurprising given Hezbollah’s strong electoral performance last May, when the predominantly Shiite organization and its allies seized the parliamentary majority from a loose coalition favored by the U.S. and led by returning Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

The big picture: While U.S. allies in Lebanon were able to impede Hezbollah’s ascendency through protracted negotiations, Hezbollah and its allies now control two-thirds of all key government ministries, with the militant group making further inroads into non-Shiite communities. Hezbollah is firmly entrenched in the Lebanese body politic and has grown into a regionwide fighting force on behalf of Iran, undercutting U.S. efforts to roll back Iranian influence.