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Beirut assassination highlights extent of Lebanese involvement in anti-Syrian fighting

Beirut assassination highlights extent of Lebanese involvement in anti-Syrian fighting

Global Information System The precisely-target bombing assassination on Oct. 19, 2012, in the Christian Ashrafia area of Beirut of Brig.-Gen. Wissam al-Hassan, the Internal Security Force Information Branch Chief, and six other officials, highlighted an area neglected by external analysts and policy officials. We refer to the extent to which Lebanese security forces were actively […]

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In region of its birth, Christianity is under increasing assault

In region of its birth, Christianity is under increasing assault

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Though it’s the birthplace of Christianity in ancient times, the modern Middle East is increasingly hostile to Christianity as civil conflict, Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism grow in scope and strength. Although most regional states have a small but successful Christian minority ranging from Egypt to Iraq, only Lebanon, […]

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Hizbullah denies making demands on its PM choice

Hizbullah denies making demands on its PM choice

BEIRUT – The Iranian-backed militant group Hizbullah denied Thursday that it placed any demands on the billionaire businessman it chose to become prime minister of Lebanon. Hezbollah and its allies toppled Lebanon’s Western-backed government two weeks ago and secured enough support in parliament to name Najib Mikati as their pick for prime minister. Critics have expressed […]

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Hizbullah said to stage coup rehearsals in Beirut

WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Iran-sponsored Hizbullah organization, which recently collapsed the Lebanon coalition government by withdrawing, is said to have simulated a coup in Beirut. Lebanese sources said Hizbullah staged a massive exercise on Jan. 18 in which thousands of fighters appeared on the streets of Beirut. They said the exercise was meant to simulate […]

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Lebanese, Israeli militaries on alert along border

WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Israel and Lebanon have placed their militaries on alert in the wake of the collapse of the government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Officials said the Lebanese Army has been placed on alert in southern Lebanon near the border with Israel. A similar situation was reported along the Israeli side of the […]

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Congress ends freeze on military aid to Lebanon after classified briefing

WorldTribune.com   WASHINGTON — Congress has lifted its hold on U.S. military aid to Lebanon, ending a three-month suspension. The House Foreign Affairs Committee, in a decision opposed by the ranking Republican, has released $100 million in military aid to Lebanon amid the threat of a Hizbullah coup in Beirut. The aid, supported by President […]

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Analyst: U.S. policy has left Lebanon's Hariri helpless and alone

WASHINGTON — A leading U.S. analyst said Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has lost Saudi Arabia and the United States as allies as the result of the Obama administration’s Iran policy. Related Story: Despite ties to Hariri assassination, Iran/Hizbullah closing in on power — November 3 David Schenker, a former U.S. Defense Department official, said […]

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Ahmadinejad in Lebanon greeted with elation, fear

Ahmadinejad in Lebanon greeted with elation, fear

  BEIRUT – Thousands of cheering Lebanese welcomed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Lebanon on Wednesday, throwing rose petals and sweets at his motorcade during a visit that underscores the growing power of Tehran and its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah. Ahmadinejad is making his first state visit to Lebanon at a time when tensions are mounting […]

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Ahmadinejad huddles with Hizbullah in Lebanon, plans visit to Israel's border

WorldTribune.com   NICOSIA — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad intends to confront Israel during his visit along the southern Lebanese border with the Jewish state. Lebanese government sources said Ahmadinejad has informed the Beirut government that he plans to visit the Lebanese border with Israel during his three-day stay. They said Ahmadinejad has directed units from […]

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Hizbullah agents taking up positions in Lebanon's Christian areas

WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah has been quietly infiltrating Christian areas of Lebanon in what could mark preparations for a coup. Lebanese sources said Hizbullah has been penetrating Christian towns along the Mediterranean Sea in what could lead to an attempt to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri. They said thousands of […]