DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 12, 2011, 12:28 PM (GMT+02:00)
Backed from Tehran, Hizballah and its Christian ally Michel Aoun abruptly quit the Lebanese unity government Wednesday, Jan. 12, to pave the way for their seizure of power in Beirut. They struck as the Special Tribunal for Lebanon's prosecutor prepared to hand over "within hours or days" indictments naming Hizballah officials in the Hariri assassination. The US and France are bolstering their naval units ready for a showdown over Beirut. Israel is on standby.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 5, 2011, 12:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
The UN has turned down Lebanon's demand to intervene in delineating its sea border following Israel's Leviathan gas strike in the Mediterranean, billed as the world's biggest in a decade. Cyprus responded by announcing the Texas-based US firm Noble Energy - partners with Israel's Delek Energy group in Leviathan – had been licensed to explore a 1,250 square-mile island block bordering on Israeli waters.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 28, 2010, 8:19 AM (GMT+02:00)
The 12 Al Qaeda terrorists, whose projected arrival has put European security authorities on high New Year alert, set out from Ain Hilweh, Lebanon, and belong to three al Qaeda-linked Palestinian groups, the Syrian Jund al-Sham, the Lebanese Army of Islam (which also operates in the Gaza Strip) and Fatah al-Islam, debkafile's counter-terror sources disclose. Its members are all richly experienced in urban terror in Middle East arenas. Lebanon is Al Qaeda's latest departure point for terrorists.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2010, 11:26 AM (GMT+02:00)
After studying Israel's military exercise near the Syrian-Lebanese border last week, Tehran transferred a team of Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Special Engineers from Syria to Lebanon for recommendations on how its lessons should be applied to Hizballah's war array, debkafile reports. Some 20-30 Iranian officer-engineers are examining Hizballah fortifications sector by sector. The Israeli exercise simulated a drive into Lebanon by IDF infantry and armored forces in the event of a large-scale Hizballah incursion into N. Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 16, 2010, 12:31 AM (GMT+02:00)
The espionage devices found on Mount Sannine, northeast of Beirut and Barouk Mountain in the Chouf east of the capital, and dismantled by the Lebanese army Wednesday, Dec. 15 after receiving a tipoff from Hizballah, were there to detect and keep track of ground-to-ground missiles installed and operating in central and western Syria and all of Lebanon, debkafile's intelligence sources report. The photos released show no sign of the winter conditions prevailing in the region.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 9, 2010, 11:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
Iran and Hizballah back away from their plot to seize power in Beirut and the latter has become reconciled to submitting its high officials to the Hariri tribunal. Riyadh has given Prime Minister a safety net after ascertaining that Damascus and Tehran are at odds over Hizballah.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 8, 2010, 9:56 AM (GMT+02:00)
Russia's Vladimir Putin has reached out to the beleaguered Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to get in on the ground floor of the as-yet untapped Lebanese offshore energy fields, debkafile reports. He has also tested the ground for dipping into the Israeli gas bonanza, while offering Turkey substantial benefits in Moscow's Lebanese scheme. If Putin's multi-faceted plan works, Russia and Turkey will have a stake in Hariri staying in power and a stable Lebanon.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 25, 2010, 11:50 PM (GMT+02:00)
Lebanese Director of Intelligence Col. Wissam al Hassan has been a Hizballah mole has since 2004, keeping his masters a few steps ahead of American and Arab Middle East activities. The Lebanese tribunal found himself also in charge of Rafiq Hariri's security at the time of his murder in ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 19, 2010, 12:38 AM (GMT+02:00)
The US, France, Saudi Arabia and the Vatican have abandoned Lebanon to its fate leaving its beleaguered Prime Minister Saad Hariri no choice but to capitulate to Hizballah and Syrian dictates and save his father's assassins from international justice.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 10, 2010, 2:12 PM (GMT+02:00)
Hizballah's top four commanders await indictment by the UN Special Tribunal for the 2005 murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, debkafile's exclusive sources reveal. The STL expects to issue the indictments next month or early January 2011. If Hizballah makes good on its threat to forcibly overthrow the Lebanese government and so preempt its officers' extradition, Lebanon may find itself governed by terrorists also inculpated for political assassination by an international tribunal.
DEBKAfile Special Report November 1, 2010, 2:26 PM (GMT+02:00)
Hizballah last Thursday, Oct. 28, conducted a command exercise in all parts of Lebanon to test its armed militia's readiness for what its leaders called "zero hour" i.e. asserting its grip on Lebanon and "cornering" Prime Minister Saad Hariri. DEBKA's sources report: It led up to Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah's sabre-rattling speech that night threatening the Hariri government and Israel with war.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 30, 2010, 7:29 PM (GMT+02:00)
The speech Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Lebanon's Hizballah, delivered Thursday night Oct. 29 was taken in all sections of Lebanese society as a virtual declaration of war - a conflict which they fear will be even fiercer and crueler than the 1975 civil war. It is widely believed, according to debkafile's Middle East sources, that the power-sharing order the diverse communities achieved after that conflict will be swept away and replaced with a pro-Iranian, pro-Syrian puppet regime.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 19, 2010, 11:08 PM (GMT+02:00)
The first reconstruction of the massive explosion which killed former prime minister Rafiq Hariri in Beirut five years ago was conducted at the Captieux military base in France Tuesday, Oct. 19 in the presence of international explosives experts. It was set up by the Office of Danielle Bellemare, Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, in line with its mandate to "identify and prosecute those responsible for the attack." This re-enactment takes the inquiry a large step forward.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2010, 11:18 PM (GMT+02:00)
Despite Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's efforts to ham up his groundbreaking visit to Lebanon last week, debkafile's military sources quote Western and Arab observers as summing it up as a dud. The Lebanese president and chief of staff spoiled his plan for a grand display of hostile power on the border opposite Israel on Thursday, Oct. 10. The visitor had to submit to being escorted by Lebanese troops instead of Hizballah gunmen. Hizballah's Hassan Nasrallah kept to his bunker.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis October 14, 2010, 9:51 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Netanyahu government chose silence in the face of the imperialist Shiite energy Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad exuded in his all-conquering visit to Lebanon. On his first day in Beirut he showed the world that Tehran calls the shots in Beirut - and that would be just for starters. debkafile's sources find in Israel's inaction today a regrettable analogy with the British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's handover of Czechoslovak Sudetenland to Germany in 1938 so ushering in World War II.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 13, 2010, 8:27 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's sources report: Towards the end of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad first day in Lebanon Wednesday Oct. 13, a high alert was declared in the Israeli, Syrian, Lebanese armies, the Hizballah militia and the UN peacekeeping force ahead of his tour of the Lebanese-Israeli border Thursday. The Iranian president and Nasrallah both called for Israel to "disappear". But first he announced the formation of a new anti-Israel Eastern Front encompassing Iran, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinians and Iraq.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 11, 2010, 6:31 PM (GMT+02:00)
More fuel was thrown on the bubbling brew surrounding Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon this week by an Al Qaeda-linked group: "The whole of Lebanon will tremble if he sets foot there." Washington warns Americans in Lebanon to be vigilant and avoid large gatherings, and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri took off for Cairo for urgent consultations on the crisis blowing up over the visit.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 7, 2010, 8:27 AM (GMT+02:00)
US diplomat Fred Hof is due in Beirut Thursday, Oct. 7, to try and get Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon cancelled. debkafile's sources say he is too late. With six days to go, Beirut and South Lebanon up to the Israeli border are Ahmadinejad-land, taken over by an estimated 2,500 airlifted Revolutionary Guardsmen and covered in Iranian flags.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 6, 2010, 10:42 AM (GMT+02:00)
By releasing the 1973 Yom Kippur War papers now, Jerusalem signaled Bashar Assad that his capital could be in peril if Syria and Hizballah go through with their plot against the Hariri government in Beirut. The papers reveal that 37 years ago, Israel's late Prime Minister Golda Meir denied defense minister Moshe Dayan and IDF chief David Elazar permission to bomb Damascus before and after Syrian and Egyptian forces advanced towards Israel at the war's outset.
DEBKAfile Special Report September 13, 2010, 9:10 AM (GMT+02:00)
IAEA: Iran has crossed threshold for being able to arm ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads. This news sent the NATO Secretary running to Washington, but stirred no reaction from Israel – even though Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadiinejad is preparing to visit Beirut and sign the Lebanese army up for Tehran’s forward front to defend its nuclear facilities and tie Israel's hands, debkafile's mil;itary sources report.