219 articles tagged "Lebanon"
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Analysis: Gen. Michel Suleiman elected Lebanese president: One up for Tehran and Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 27, 2008
The Lebanese army's chief of staff, Gen. Michel Suleiman, voted president Sunday, May 25, by 118 deputies to 6 abstentions, has begun talks on a new government.
debkafile's Middle East analysts report: The enormous relief felt by the Lebanese people at finally having a president after 18 months of political turmoil must be dampened for many by the way he attained office.
Gen. Michel Suleiman won the opposition's support by flatly refusing to obey the orders of his prime minister, the pro-Western Fouad Siniora, to put down the Hizballah rebellion in the first half of May.
Lebanon has taken a long step on the road to becoming a Shiite republic.
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Why did Nasrallah disobey Tehran and Damascus in Doha?<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 27, 2008
The Hizballah leader defied their directives to avoid signing the inter-factional peace accord and instead keep on fighting, according to DEBKA-Net-Weekly's exclusive sources. Hassan Nasrallah thus emerged as the strong man of Lebanon and beyond.
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Analysis: Doha accord swings Lebanon's balance of power to Shiite Hizballah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 25, 2008
Heads of the pro-government majority factions and the Hizballah-led opposition reached an agreement in the Qatar capital early Wednesday, May 21, aimed at pulling Lebanon back from the brink of civil war. A president, lacking since last November, will be elected immediately, a new government will be formed with 11 ministries out of 16 for the Hizballah bloc (veto power), new elections will be held and Iran's Shiite surrogate will not have to disarm.
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What caused Lebanon's rapid fall to Hizballah?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2008

DEBKA-Net-Weekly offers exclusive revelations on the internal and regional dynamics of multicultural Lebanon's fall into the Iran-dominated Shiite net. Why wasn't it stopped?
Don't miss this and other exclusives in the coming issue out Friday.

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Exclusive: Hizballah received 35 new Iranian speedboats shortly before current crisis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2008
debkafile's military sources report that three weeks before Hizballah seized western Beirut, the Shiite terrorist group took delivery of 35 fast speedboats for use with explosives from Iran. The craft can threaten US Sixth Fleet and Israel Navy shipping close to Lebanese shores, reach Israel's Haifa and Ashdod Mediterranean ports and raid its coastal oil installations.
They were delivered in mid-April by an Iranian freighter at the Syrian port of Latakia and trucked to Naimah port south of Beirut.
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Analysis: Lebanese army will not step in before Hizballah fights pro-government forces to the finish
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 16, 2008
debkafile's military sources report: After six days of fighting between government loyalists and Hizballah leave close to a 100 dead and 200 wounded, the Lebanese army's demand that all combatants lay down their arms will go unheeded until the Shiite terrorists decide they have achieved their goals.
Hizballah is now focusing on the northern Tripoli region and the central mountains east of Beirut in line with those goals after deciding there is no need at this stage to topple the pro-Western Siniora government.
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Exclusive: Iran-backed Hizballah offensive closes in on Israeli border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 15, 2008
debkafile's military sources report: Hizballah's advance on two key Lebanese locations Saturday, May 10 had immediate effect on the strategic balance between the Iran-backed Shiite group and Israel. Sidon in the south, Lebanon's second largest city, which provides Hizballah with control of a continuous coastal strip from its southern Beirut district all the way to Tyre.
The second point is on the northern slopes of the Hermon range. After Hizballah seizes control of this enclave and the Syrian 10th and 14th armored divisions step over the border into Lebanon, the two forces can join to form a strong military line opposite Israel near the Litani River.

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Fighting rages in Mt. Lebanon, Damour south of Beirut and northern town of Tripoli <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 13, 2008
debkafile reports: In the second winning round of its war on the pro-Western Siniora government, Hizballah pounded the Druze strongholds of anti-Syrian Walid Jumblatt in the Mt. Lebanon hills east of Beirut all day Sunday, April 11. When the Druze leader asked his rival Talal Arselan to broker a truce deal, Hizballah laid down an ultimatum: Druze militias must turn in their heavy weapons to the Lebanese army.
Shiite gunmen continued to man roadblocks on Beirut highways including the airport road even through Hizballah agreed Saturday, May 10, to take its armed men off the streets after the army surrendered to its two key demands.
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Exclusive: Lebanese army chief defies government
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 13, 2008
Syrian Social Nationalist Party's units entered Beirut to support Hizballah's advancing occupation of Sunni West Beirut districts.
debkafile's Middle East sources report that Thursday night, army chief Gen. Michel Suleiman refused to obey prime minister Fouad Siniora's order to declare a state of emergency for the crisis created by Hizballah's declaration of war against the government. The general warned that if the government enacted an emergency, he would order the troops to return to barracks.
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Exclusive: Shiite Hizballah advances on Sunni strongholds across Lebanon
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 10, 2008
debkafile's military sources: After seizing control of Sunni West Beirut and besieging the seat of the pro-Western government, Hizballah fighters Saturday, April 10, turned their guns on Sunni Muslim centers in the rest of Lebanon. Some 20 fatalities are reported in three days of combat.
debkafile sources report Iran's proxy Shiite terrorists, commanding a 45,000-strong army, are bent on breaking up and disarming Lebanon's Sunni militias to establish a united Muslim bloc dominated by Tehran and Damascus and then routing the pro-Western, pro-Israeli Christian camp.
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Exclusive: Lebanon slides towards new civil conflict<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 10, 2008
Gunfire and explosions filled the streets of Beirut Wednesday, May 7 in violent confrontations between pro-Western Siniora government and Iran-Syria-backed Hizballah forces. debkafile's sources report both have ordered a general call-up of their adherents.
During the day, Hizballah blocked the roads leading to the airport nd vowed to keep it under siege until the Siniora government goes back on the decision announced Tuesday, May 6, to shut down the private telecommunications network Iran installed for the group and reinstate the pro-Hizballah airport director Gen. Wafiq Shuqeir.
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Explosive situation in Lebanon on third day of Hizballah-government confrontation
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 9, 2008
Lebanon's pro-Western Siniora government has declared illegal Hizballah's private telecommunications network installed in southern and eastern Lebanon and the southern Shiite suburbs of Beirut. debkafile reported some weeks ago that the network is military and was installed by Iran to prepare its Lebanese proxy for war with Israel.
Beirut airport security chief Brig. Gen. Wafiq Shqeir, a suspected pro-Hizballah sympathizer was removed for permitting the installation of spy cameras
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Six ex-Iraq al Qaeda terrorists tried in Beirut
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 5, 2008
Members of the alleged al Qaeda cell are charged with conducting missile attacks against Israel from South Lebanon and planning attacks on UN peacekeepers. Another three members are still at large. The Beirut police believe they are followers of the al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi and after his death in 2006 moved from Iraq to the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain Hilwa in South Lebanon to establish a new terrorist cell.

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Exclusive: New UN Hariri investigator deviates widely from his predecessors
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 2, 2008
debkafile's intelligence sources comment: Canadian former prosecutor Daniel Bellemare, in assigning the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri to an anonymous "criminal network" of individuals, seems to deviate strongly from the ten previous reports made by his predecessors.
Both Detlev Mehlis of Germany and Serge Brammertz of Belgium uncovered and made public the strong leads they found to Syrian intelligence officers and their confederates in Lebanese intelligence as the hands behind the crime.
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UN investigator: Lebanese ex-PM Hariri murdered by "criminal network"<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 1, 2008
In his first report Friday, March 28, Daniel Bellemare of Canada, head of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission, also connects this criminal network, or parts thereof, with 20 subsequent "terrorist attacks" in Lebanon that killed 61 people and injured close to 500. Eleven targeted anti-Syrian politicians and journalists.
The Bellemare interim report is the tenth provided by the UN commission. Up until now, Syrian operatives were the lead supsects for planning and executing the assassination of the anti-Syrian politician. It is not clear if the new report which names no names supports the suspicions against Damascus.

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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: An Israeli military patrol ambushed near the divided Israeli-Lebanese border village of Ghajar <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2008
Sunday night, Feb. 3, a routine Israeli military border patrol came under gunfire outside the village. They soldiers fired back. The Lebanese reported two dead on their side of the border. There were no Israeli casualties. Israeli reinforcements arrived on the scene. This was the first cross-border shooting incident from Lebanon since the end of the war of summer 2006.
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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Tardy IDF confirmation: Three Katyusha 107mm rockets from Lebanon hit W. Galilee town Shlomi Monday night <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 11, 2008
No one was injured. Rocket fragments found on the balcony of a home in the northern Israeli town were first explained by Israeli security officials as old ordnance from the 2006 Lebanon War. This assessment was revised later Tuesday morning. Residents reported explosions during Monday night.
debkafile's military sources report the IDF northern command has launched an inquiry to find out how three rockets hit Shlomi undetected by the military, police or emergency services.

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<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Security is stepped up on both sides of the Lebanese-Israeli border Wednesday <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 11, 2008
The Lebanese army and UN peacekeeping force have increased patrols on their of the border, matched by Israel on its side after two terrorist attacks Tuesday, Jan. 8. Three Katyusha rockets were fired against the northern Israeli town of Shlomi, causing no casualties, and a few hours later, two Irish peacekeepers were injured when a UN vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb in South Lebanon. debkafile reported that al Qaeda-linked Fatah al-Islam claimed both attacks and promised more.

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Damascus forces 8-day postponement of Lebanese parliament vote for President scheduled for Saturday <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 25, 2007
Yet Syrian foreign minister Walid Moualem Thursday accused the US of blocking a purported "Syrian-French attempt" to settle the crisis in Lebanon and France of failing to distance itself from the "American role."
debkafile: The Lebanese opposition led by Hizballah and backed by Syria and Tehran are holding out for a government packed with their stooges in place of the administration which is headed by the pro-Western Fouad Siniora and backed by the Lebanese parliamentary majority.
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Lebanon mourns Gen. Francois El Hajj, murdered with four others in explosion outside presidential palace early Wednesday <br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2007
The huge explosion in the Christian village of Baabdeh east of Beirut targeted the officer named to succeed as chief of staff after Gen. Michel Suleiman is elected president. A Mercedes rigged as a car bomb detonated as Brig al-Hajj's vehicle passed by.
debkafile's Middle East sources: The terrorist attack undermined a key corner of Washington's evolving understanding with Tehran and Damascus.
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