205 articles tagged "Lebanon"
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Hassan Nasrallah
Hizballah Disgraced and Ostracized at Home for Supporting Assad
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 24, 2012

 

Nasrallah finds his Hizballah is growing increasingly unpopular at home for aiding and supporting Bashar Assad against the Syrian uprising. He is losing allies right and left and up against the choice between defying his masters in Tehran and losing face at home.

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Lebanese Tripoli catches fire from Syrian conflict
Tripoli clashes after direct orders from Assad to Lebanese army
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 14, 2012

Bashar Assad has stepped in directly to halt the covert war his Western and Arab foes are waging against his regime through Lebanon. debkafile’s military sources disclose he is now sending Lebanese army commanders direct orders for cutting arms, money, fighters and medical supplies to the rebels, especially in Homs. Last week, Lebanese Chief of Staff Gen. Jean Kahwagi was given a crude ultimatum: Take care of the Syrian rebels’ backers in Tripoli, or else the Syrian army will enter Lebanon and do the job.

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Russian electronic station on Jabal Al Harrah
Russia upgrades Syria-based electronic station to warn Iran of US/Israeli attack
DEBKAfile Special Report February 27, 2012

The upgrading and interconnection of two Russian-equipped Middle East electronic and surveillance stations – on Jabal Al Harrah south of Damascus opposite Israel’s Sea of Galilee, and Lebanon’s Mt. Sannine - are tailored by Moscow to give Tehran early warning of a US or Israeli attack, debkafile reports. The two facilities now cover all of Israel and Jordan, the Gulf of Aqaba and northern Saudi Arabia, as well as US and Israeli naval and aerial Mediterranean movements up to Cyprus and Greece.

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Heads of Lebanese Internal Security Maj.-Gen. Ashraf Rifi, Col. Wissam al-Hassan
Assad sends hit squads after top Lebanese officials
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2012

Syrian President Bashar Assad has hired hit squads to kill top Lebanese government, intelligence and security officials whom he suspects of helping insurrectionists and Saudi and Qatari agents smuggle fighters and weapons into the country to fight his regime. debkafile's counter-terror sources report that one Lebanese hit squad was captured and confessed to being armed and assigned by Syrian Military Intelligence to murder the two heads of Lebanese Internal Security by rigging bomb cars in Beirut. A second plot targeted a Lebanese lawmaker.

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Al Qaeda claims to land in Jerusalem
First Al Qaeda operational cell in Jerusalem area
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 3, 2012

Monday night, Jan. 2, Al Qaeda claimed to have established its first Jerusalem operational cell calling it the "Sunni Youth Movement Cell in Greater Jerusalem." Bulletin No. 1 with details of the organization and its targets was promised in the next few days. debkafile's counter-terror sources report Israeli security services are taking the development very seriously. They tie it in with Palestinian plans for a West Bank uprising and the jihadist trend spreading through Palestinian centers in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

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UNIFIL at scene of S. Lebanon blast
Four triggers for CIA spy scares in Iran, Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis November 25, 2011

First, Hizballah reported the unmasking of a CIA network in Lebanon. Then, Wednesday, Nov. 23, an Iranian lawmaker Parviz Sorouri, a member of the Iranian parliament's foreign affairs and defense committee, claimed the capture of 12 CIA spies targeting Iran's military and its nuclear program with the Mossad and regional agencies. Beirut and Tehran had clearly joined forces, debkafile report, to prove they were on top of their security and had smashed dangerous US intelligence networks operating inside their armed forces.

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Syrian soldiers mining Lebanese border
Syria sows mines along Lebanese, Jordanian, Turkish borders
DEBKAfile Special Report October 28, 2011

In the last 48 hours, the Syrian engineering corps has laid minefields along the Jordanian, Turkish borders to cut down on the influx of weapons and armed manpower supporting the anti-Assad opposition and the outflow of army deserters.  debkafile's military sources add: By this action, Syria also aims to seal itself off against foreign military intervention. Since Muammar Qaddafi's death, Bashar Assad fears he is facing Arab military incursions backed by NATO.

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Tehran Bets on Assad Going on the Warpath before NATO Attacks Him
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 28, 2011

Iran and Hizballah declare NATO would never attack Syria, yet they are making military preparations for this very eventuality. Syria's only option to stem arms smuggling to the opposition is to seize large parts of Lebanon and Jordan, thus provoking a NATO assault.

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Miqati cabinet convenes in Beirut
Hizballah rides high in Lebanon, installs member as security chief
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 16, 2011

On the fifth anniversary of Israel's second Lebanon war this week, as former IDF generals and military experts hailed its outcome as the winning deterrent keeping the Shiite terrorist Hizballah at bay every since, Hassan Nasrallah quietly completed the organization's takeover of Lebanon's security and intelligence agencies and took delivery of advanced ballistic missiles from Syria. Hizballah is therefore going from strength to strength in Lebanon – contrary to the view current in top Israeli circles.

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Syrian hand probed in Hariri murder?
Another ticking bomb for Assad: Hariri Tribunal
DEBKAfile Special Report June 30, 2011

The Lebanese capital was only the first stop for a delegation of the UN-backed Special Tribal for Lebanon investigating the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri. Thursday, June 30, the group arrived in Beirut and presented four arrest warrants against top Hizballah officers. Its next destination may eventually be Damascus for the submission of a second batch of warrants against Syrian officials suspected of controlling the Hizballah hit-team in the commission of the murder.

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New Lebanese defense minister Fayez Ghosn with his party boss Sleiman Franjieh
Lebanon has a radical new government. It gives Assad his second front
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 17, 2011

Lebanon has a new government headed by Najib Mikati, ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hizballah. Formed suddenly on June 13, the 30-minister lineup has earmarked an unprecedented 18 portfolios – including defense and interior – to Hizballah loyalists and pro-Syrian politicians. While fighting the uprising against his rule, Bashar Assad has recaptured Beirut. The appointment of friendly Fayez Ghosn as defense minister places the army at the service of Damascus and portends trouble on the Lebanese-Israeli border.

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Assad victory posters go up in Damascus
Assad is set to declare victory over Syria's uprising
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 31, 2011

Damascus is humming in anticipation of a speech in the coming hours by Syrian President Bashar Assad declaring victory over the 10-week uprising against his regime, debkafile reports. Two pockets of resistance still hold out around Homs, but the protest ringleaders fled briefly to the Lebanese port of Tripoli and will soon be on their way to a West European safe haven. It is not clear how many of the 10,000 protesters arrested will benefit from the amnesty announced Tuesday.

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Majdal al Shams, Israeli Golan
Palestinians, Syrians, Hizballah smash through three Israeli borders
DEBKAfile Special Report May 15, 2011

Israeli forces on high alert for Nakba Day, Sunday, May 15, failed to seal three national borders on the Golan, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip against large-scale incursions. Dozens of Syrians and Hizballah invaders were able to overrun the Israeli Golan village of Majd al Shams and hoist Syrian and Palestinian flags in the main square; Hizballah-sponsored Palestinian demonstrators breached the Lebanese-Israeli border and damaged IDF installations; and hundreds battered the Erez crossing from the Gaza Strip.

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Israeli troops on tense Lebanese border
Terror attack in Tel Aviv: One dead, 17 injured - first Nakba Day victims
DEBKAfile Special Report May 14, 2011

Aviv Morag, 29, from Caesaria was killed shortly before his marriage and 17 people were injured - two in serious condition - after being run down by an Israeli Arab, 22, from Kafr Qassem in Tel Aviv, Sunday, May 15. The killer's truck swerved left and right along 2 kilometers of busy road in South Tel Aviv. After knocking over a traffic light, the driver jumped out and shouting Allah Akhbar! used the pieces to beat passers-by who eventually overpowered him.

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Homs - most dangerous epicenter of anti-Assad protest
Assad's crackdown protest threatens sectarian war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2011

President Bashar Assad, while abrogating Syria's 48-year old emergency laws Tuesday, April 19, immediately replaced them with new draconian measures banning any public protest against his regime and permitting midnight arrests. His bloody showdown with widening circles of protesters is in its final act, debkafile's Middle East sources report. It now threatens to explode into a sectarian war. Assad has asked neighboring Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq to seal their borders with Syria against arms smuggling and a refugee exodus.

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Entry of Saudi Forces Fires up Middle East Sunni-Shiite Discord
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2011

By stepping into Bahrain, the Saudis took the calculated risk of accelerating Sunni-Shiite discord across the region. Because of the challenge to its religious supremacy from Iraq, Tehran is re-thinking the wisdom of its decision to hijack the Arab uprisings.

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Special Lebanon Tribunal jumps the gun on Hizballah
Coming ME flashpoint: Hizballah faces terror charges at Hariri tribunal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 7, 2011

The UN Special Lebanon Tribunal was asked to define crimes of terrorism, conspiracy and premeditated murder at its first hearing in the Netherlands Monday, Feb. 7. Its responses will for the first time define terror as an international crime. debkafile's report that within days, pretrial Judge Daniel Fransen is to publish indictments in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minster Rafiq Hariri. The judges have therefore jumped the gun on Hizballah.  A showdown looms large in Lebanon too.

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Muammar Qaddafi
Squaring off against Masses, Muslim Brotherhood and… Obama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2011

Arab rulers have come up with three theories to account for Barack Obama's inexplicable policy of removing one friendly Middle East leader, Mubarak and abandoning another, Saad Hariri. Above all, they are scared of joining hands with Washington for any joint endeavor and petrified with fear of the Muslim Brotherhood's rise to power. To pacify their disaffected peoples, they are pledging reforms and promising benefits.

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Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
Iran rounds off grab for Lebanon with figurehead prime minister
DEBKAfile Special Report January 25, 2011

The two days Iran's new foreign minister Ali Salehi spent in Damascus from Saturday night, Jan. 22, were enough to keep Syrian president Bashar Assad in place for Tehran's final steps in its grab for Lebanon: installing Najib Mikati at the head of a puppet government, debkafile reports.
He is committed to disqualify the Hariri tribunal as his first order of business. Pro-West Saad Hariri's supporters rally Tuesday as the US, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia stand aside.

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Lebanese army takes up positions in Beirut
Hariri challenges Nasrallah, vows to lead new government
DEBKAfile Special Report January 20, 2011

Lebanon swerved closer to a factional conflagration Thursday night, Jan. 20, when Saad Hariri, whose coalition Hizballah toppled eight days ago, announced he would form a new government and so defy the efforts to oust him.  Hassan Nasrallah's supporters warned he was leading Lebanon to disaster. Earlier, Lebanese army units stepped up security for Hariri and government institutions and took up positions at Beirut's intersections ready to ward off any Hizballah takeover attempt.

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