DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2011, 2:34 AM (GMT+02:00)
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 ...
DEBKAfile Special Report January 25, 2011, 9:51 AM (GMT+02:00)
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.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 20, 2011, 9:44 PM (GMT+02:00)
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.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 15, 2011, 12:29 PM (GMT+02:00)
Lebanon's ex-prime minister Saad Hariri arrived home in the middle of a hectic race by Hizballah's leader Hassan Nasrallah to install an alternative pro-Iranian-Syrian government in order to fend off indictments against his top officials for the murder of Saad Hariri's father six years ago. Hizballah believes a bloodless coup through parliament will enable him to invalidate the Special Lebanese Tribunal, whose prosecutor is expected to hand his findings to the pre-trial judge momentarily.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 14, 2011, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
Despite the ill-fated American involvement in Lebanon of former years, the Obama administration believes he can beat Tehran at its own game by backing the pro-Western coalition headed by Saad Hariri and bringing his father's assassins, Hizballah, to justice. Tehran is banking on Hizballah's prowess as the strongest military ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 13, 2011, 9:41 AM (GMT+02:00)
President Barack Obama is bent on bringing Hizballah officials to justice for their role in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in Beirut five years ago – even after they toppled the Lebanese government. If a transitional government in Beirut declares the international tribunal – STL – invalid, Washington intends to obtain its authorization for trying Hizballah suspects in abstentia, debkafile reports. Prime Minister Hariri flew Thursday from Paris to Ankara.
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.