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Aug 29, 2006

Spain's Defense Ministry says Marine unit ordered to prepare for deployment to Lebanon
Five Italian warships leave for Lebanon carrying the first units of Italy's contribution to the beefed-up UN force

Annan attends a ceremony for slain peacekeepers at the UNIFIL headquarters in Naqoura
U.N. chief Kofi Annan arrives at the headquarters of the U.N. peacekeeping forces in the southern coastal town of Naqoura 

Aug 28, 2006

Italy's Apcom news agency cites sources as saying Italy will send 2,500 troops to Lebanon
Annan demands that Hizbullah turn over the two captured Israeli soldiers to the International Red Cross, and that Israel lift its air and sea blockade of Lebanon in a live press conference with Saniora
Annan held a private meeting with Lebanese Energy Minister Mohammad Fneish, a top Hizbullah official, a senior Lebanese official says
Annan says there is an opportunity for a long-term cease-fire and peace in Lebanon, and urges parties to work together to achieve it
Annan says Lebanese government officials assured him they would "faithfully" implement the U.N. cease-fire resolution

Nasrallah tells Beirut TV that if he'd known capturing two solders would have led to such a war - he would not have done it.

Aug 27, 2006

10 French Army Units on alert for departure to Lebanon

5 Italian Warships Leave for Lebanon on Tuesday

UN Chief in Beirut on Monday to meet with Officials

Nasrallah says negotiations on a prisoner exchange between Hizbullah and Israel began in recent days
Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah says UNIFIL troops would not encounter any problems with his fighters as long as their mission doesn’t involve disarming Hizbullah

 

Aug 26, 2006

Europe Assembles 7000 Strong UN Force,

Israel says it won't lift blockade til troops are deployed

Iran / Syria re-arm Hezbollah with Advanced Russian SCUD-B Missiles.

Iran sets up Command Post with 4 Iranian Generals on the Syrian side of the border.

 

Aug 25, 2006

Finnish foreign minister says entire UN force should be in place within two to three months
EU nations have offered a minimum of 6,500 to 7,000 ground troops for the enlarged UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy says
Annan says that he asked France to keep leading UNIFIL until February 2007 and then that Italy take over the command
Annan says he has "firm commitments" from Malaysia, Indonesia and Bangladesh for the U.N. force in Lebanon
Spain has offered to provide 1,000 to 1,200 troops for the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, an Italian diplomat says

French President Chirac says he does not believe the strengthened U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon needs 15,000 troops, calling that figure excessive
Chirac blasts Syria's leaders, saying they "do not automatically inspire confidence"
Chirac and German Chancellor Merkel call on Israel to lift what the French leader calls its "completely unjustified" air and sea blockade on Lebanon

Aug 24, 2006

France may announce Thursday it will send hundreds more troops to join the 400 already deployed in the U.N. force in south Lebanon, officials in Paris say

Aug 23, 2006

Lebanese security officials say three Lebanese army troops were killed Wednesday in south Lebanon while dismantling an unexploded missile

Aug 22, 2006

Annan could visit Iran and Syria in bid to secure Lebanon's Ceasefire

Italy ready to Command UN Force in Lebanon

Aug 21, 2006

UN Member States Reluctant to send troops without clear mandate and clear rules of engagement.

Elias Murr tightens rules of engagement on Hizbullah.

Israeli Defence Minister says on Sunday Prepare for Round Two.

Aug 20, 2006

France called for a meeting of EU countries to "clarify" their troop contributions to the UN force in Lebanon, Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy says
Anyone who violates a ceasefire deal by firing rockets on Israel from Lebanon will be arrested and tried by military court as a "collaborator with the enemy," Defense Minister Elias Murr says

Aug 19, 2006

Israeli special force commando's dropped in the Bekaa attack Iranian / Syrian resupplies to Hezbollah

Aug 18, 2006

The Italian government gave its approval for the deployment of Italian troops to an expanded UN mission in Lebanon, the Italian news agency ANSA reports

Aug 17, 2006

Jumblat says the Lebanese army is deploying in the south in line with an ambiguous and unclear formula
An MEA plane lands in Beirut, the first commercial airliner to arrive since Israel bombed the Rafik Hariri International airport
Saad Hariri accuses Assad of exploiting the blood shed by the people of Qana, Gaza and Baghdad, adding 'we will not accept any renewed Syrian hegemony'
The UN force in southern Lebanon is expecting the first elements of a reinforced peacekeeping deployment to arrive at the start of next week, its commander says
The Israeli military has since late Wednesday transferred half the zones it had been occupying in southern Lebanon to U.N. peacekeepers, a spokeswoman says

 

Aug 16, 2006

Israeli troops began pulling back from parts of south Lebanon Wednesday evening, handing over control to the existing UN peacekeeping force, an army spokeswoman said
France is ready to take over command of an enlarged United Nations force in Lebanon until February, the French defense minister says
Saniora says we won’t allow any party in or outside Lebanon to take our people in the direction that it desires and we have suffered from states within the country
Israeli Foreign Minister Livni denounces Hizbullah's failure to release abducted Israeli soldiers as a violation of the UN ceasefire resolution

Aug 15, 2006

Jumblat will hold a press conference Thursday under the heading ‘We will not surrender to Assad and Nasrallah’s conditions’

Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon shoot five Hizbullah fighters in two separate incidents, the Israeli army saysThe Israeli army drops leaflets on the Lebanese port city of Tyre, warning the displaced not to return home before the deployment of the Lebanese army
Assad says the Lebanese groups which want to disarm Hizbullah have failed and their fall is near
Assad: the supporters of the May 17th peace agreement with Israel --who are the same as the March 14 forces -- are the ones who bear responsibility for the war on Lebanon and the country’s destruction
French Foreign Minister Douste-Blazy is traveling to Lebanon to discuss the conditions for the deployment of an expanded UN force in the south
Syrian President Bashar Assad says America's plan for a "new Middle East" has collapsed after Hizbullah's “victory”
Assad says Hizbullah’s existence is necessary to achieve peace
Assad accuses certain Lebanese groups of inciting Israel to target Hizbullah

Aug 14, 2006

The commander of UNIFIL met with Lebanese and Israeli army officers on the Lebanon-Israel border to discuss Israel’s pullout from the south and the Lebanese army deployment there, a UN spokesman says
Al-Jazeera says the Israeli army withdrew from the southern town of Marjayoun to northern Israel
Israeli Defense Minister Peretz says despite isolated skirmishes the cease-fire is holding, vows that the Israeli army would not allow Hizbullah to return to the south
The Israeli army controls strategic positions that would enable it to conquer the whole of south Lebanon within a few days if needed, a senior military official says

A time bomb explodes near a car in the village of Maifadoun, wounding 2 people

Israeli army says travel restrictions in Lebanon south of the Litani River remain in effect
Al-Jazeera says one person was killed and 4 others injured when an Israeli time bomb exploded in the town of Habboush north of Nabatiyeh
Israeli government spokesman says Israel came out ahead in Lebanon war and vows to abide strictly by U.N. cease-fire deal
Hizbullah distributes leaflets congratulating Lebanon on its "big victory" and thanking citizens for their patience during the 34-day war with Israel
Security officials are warning civilians in the south of unexploded ordnance left by Israeli bombing before the ceasefire
Lebanese army bulldozers are filling craters in the road near the Zahrani bridge to reopen the road to the south for those wishing to return to their homes
Media reports say thousands of displaced Lebanese are returning to their towns and villages in the south
Some Israeli forces began withdrawing from south Lebanon after a UN-brokered ceasefire went into effect, the Israeli army says

Aug 13, 2006

Israeli warplanes resume heavy bombardment on Beirut’s southern suburbs and drop leaflets asking residents to leave immediately
Three missiles hit the "Ghandour" factory in Shweifat
Five Israeli soldiers were killed in action in Lebanon on Sunday, a military spokesman saysHizbullah says it shot down an Israeli drone between Abba and Jebshit and Israel confirms that it took 13 Hizbullah fighters as captives
Media reports said the cabinet session was cancelled after disagreement over the fate of Hizbullah’s arms and details of the Lebanese army’s deployment in the south, Berri’s office denies
Israel will stop offensive fire in Lebanon at 0500 GMT Monday but will keep the right to self-defense, a senior government official quotes chief of staff Dan Halutz as telling the cabinet
Hizbullah says it fired dozens of rockets on Haifa and Kiryat Shmona in retaliation for the raids on Beirut’s southern suburbs
Syria supports Lebanon's approval of UN Resolution 1701 and Beirut's reservations on the ceasefire plan, SANA news agency says
At least 2 people, including a child, killed and 7 wounded by Israeli strikes that flattened 8 buildings and a mosque in Beirut's southern suburbs
Israeli fighter jets carry out raids on the bases of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command in Naameh hills
Livni says that Hizbullah must be dismantled as an armed organization following the approval of the UN ceasefire plan
Livni calls for the immediate deployment of the Lebanese army in south Lebanon
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni calls on the international community to firmly apply UN Resolution 1701
Hizbullah launched some 160 rockets at Israel since Monday morning, Haaretz reports
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal says UN Resolution 1701 fell short of expectations, but the kingdom stands by the Lebanese government which has approved it

Aug 12, 2006

Israeli air raids in Baalbeck killed one child and caused damage to the ancient Roman temple of Bacchus, head of the municipality says
Hizbullah says it shot down an Israeli helicopter in Maryamin Valley west of Bater
The Lebanese government unanimously approves Security Council Resolution 1701 that calls for full cessation of hostilities
The Israeli army confirms that seven of its soldiers had been killed Saturday during clashes with Hizbullah fighters in south Lebanon
Israel will halt its war in Lebanon at 7 a.m. Monday, a senior Israeli government official says
Israeli army units reached the Litani River, Israel Radio reportsIsraeli air raids in Baalbeck killed one child and caused damage to the ancient Roman temple of Bacchus, head of the municipality says
Hizbullah says it shot down an Israeli helicopter in Maryamin Valley west of Bater
The Lebanese government unanimously approves Security Council Resolution 1701 that calls for full cessation of hostilities
The Israeli army confirms that seven of its soldiers had been killed Saturday during clashes with Hizbullah fighters in south Lebanon
Israel will halt its war in Lebanon at 7 a.m. Monday, a senior Israeli government official says
Israeli army units reached the Litani River, Israel Radio reports

Nasrallah says some aspects of Security Council Resolution 1701 are unjust and Hizbullah has reservations on a few of its articles
Nasrallah says as long as Israel is occupying our land we will keep fighting in accordance with our commitment to the “April Understanding,” a 1996 agreement to end cross-border attacks on civilian targets
Nasrallah says Hizbullah will abide by any deadline for a ceasefire and will support the deployment of the Lebanese army and UNIFIL in the southAir raids destroy the old and new bridges at Zahrani cutting of the road to Sidon
Death toll of attack on Marjayoun convoy rises to 14, Acting Interior Minister Fatfat says
15 civilians killed in Israeli bombardment on the southern village of Rashaf
Israel's new widescale ground offensive in south Lebanon could last weeks and expand beyond the Litani river, a senior military official tells Israel public radio
The wider ground offensive in Lebanon is open-ended, a senior Israeli government official tells AFP

Hizbullah fired a salvo of 20 rockets at Israel from Al-Arqoub region overlooking Galilee, Lebanese security sources say
An Israeli drone strikes a van on the Zahrani road, killing 1 and injuring 3 others
An Israeli army spokesman says the military launched the wider ground operation in south Lebanon which is expected to extend up to the Litani river
Israeli warplanes carry out early morning raids on Beirut’s southern suburbs
Israeli fighter-bombers stage 4 raids early Saturday on Sidon, destroying the electricity plant for south Lebanon's main city
Israeli aircraft stage dawn raids against four roads leading to Syria in the northern Akkar plain
The Security Council unanimously calls for an end to the bloodshed between Israel and Hizbullah and for the deployment of a 15,000-strong international peacekeeping force to prevent further conflict
Israeli drones attack a convoy carrying hundreds of security forces and civilians that had earlier been escorted by the UN from Marjayoun, killing at least 7 people and wounding 36

Aug 11, 2006

Olmert and Peretz order the Israeli army to prepare for launching a ground operation deep inside south Lebanon, in line with the security cabinet’s decision
Israel resumes bombing Beirut’s southern suburbs
Israel Television says the Jewish state will not automatically accept any UN Security Council resolution on the Lebanon crisis
The UN Human Rights Council votes to set up a commission of inquiry into "systematic" Israeli attacks on civilians in Lebanon
Israeli fighter-bombers raid the border town of Khiam and tanks shell east of Marjayoun
Israeli warplanes raid Rafi’ mountain and the bridge that links Deir Zahrani with Roumin
U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Bolton says the Security Council might pass a resolution on the Lebanon crisis today
Saad Hariri arrives in Beirut and is meeting with Premier Saniora at the Grand Serail
Hizbullah says it sank an Israeli Super Dvora fast patrol boat with 12 sailors on board off the coast of the southern port city of Tyre, Israel deniesThe joint Lebanese army and police force left the town of Marjayun along with hundreds of civilians in a UN-led convoy to escape the fighting, security sources say
Sixteen Israeli soldiers were wounded, one of them seriously, in clashes with Hizbullah near the village of, Israeli military sources say
Israeli warships raid south of Tyre
Alarm sirens go off in Acre, Nahariya and northern Israeli settlements
French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy heads to the United Nations in New York to try to secure an agreement on a resolution on the Lebanon conflict, the French Foreign Ministry says
Israel renews bombing of Beirut’s southern suburbs
US Assistant Secretary of State David Welch meets with Saniora for the second time in two days
Marjayoun residents traveling in a 300 car-convoy await evacuation from the townIsrael drops leaflets on Beirut, Tyre and Sidon which include names of 100 Hizbullah fighters allegedly killed in the conflict
Alert sirens go off across western Galilee as Hizbullah rockets hit Nahariya and HaifaIsrael's representative to the United Nations Dan Gillerman rejects Russia's proposal at the Security Council demanding a 72-hour humanitarian truce in Lebanon
Israel agrees to release 350 members of a joint army and police force held at the army barracks in Marjayoun
Israel jets carry out air raids in Nabatiyeh
Israeli fighter jets stage 5 air raids on al-Zahrani Bridge south of Lebanon
Israeli warplanes hit two border crossings in north and east Lebanon early Friday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 11 others
Israel resumes pounding Beirut's southern suburbs in the Madi, Sfeir and Haret Hreik districts

Aug 10, 2006

U.S. and French ambassadors Feltman and Emie hold talks with Premier Saniora at the Grand Serail
Israel heavily pounds towns and villages east and south of Tyre sparking a huge fire between Ramadiyeh and Deir Kanoun-Ras al Ain
Israeli drone strikes a van in the town of Rayak in the Bekaa Valley, killing 1 person and wounding 12

Israeli warplanes reportedly raid Shiite villages in the Koura province
Hizbullah claims it destroyed 13 Israeli tanks that advanced into southern Lebanon overnight, including 7 just south of Khiam
Israel drops leaflets on northern Lebanon warning trucks against traveling on the coastal road after 8 p.m.
Israeli units pushed 7 km into Lebanese territory reaching the suburbs of Khiam, Lebanese security sources say
Fighting rages in the town of Marjayun, as Hizbullah fighters try to stop the Israeli army advance by firing anti-tank rockets

Aug 9, 2006

Nasrallah says the Israeli offensive against Hizbullah had failed to harm its rocket launching capacity, urges Haifa residents to leave the city
Nasrallah: 'the government’s decision to send 15,000 troops to the south will help Lebanon modify the Franco-American Draft UN Resolution'
Nasrallah says “we are keen on having a governmental and political solidarity in order to avoid internal strife”
Nasrallah says “our priority is resistance and political, popular and national struggle in the interest of our country”
A meeting between Saniora, Berri and a Hizbullah delegation is underway
Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is expected to make a televised speech soon
Israeli Air Force attacked four Hizbullah structures in southern Beirut, among them, the building of Hizbullah's TV station, al-Manar, IDF sources report
Washington urges Israel to avoid civilians in its possible wider ground operation
3,333 Hizbollah rockets have hit Israel since start of fighting, Israeli Police say
Israel's offensive in southern Lebanon could drag on for another month, Deputy Prime Minister Eli Yishai says
The Israeli security cabinet gave the green light for the army's ground offensive to push deeper into south Lebanon, Israeli public radio reports
Eleven Israeli soldiers were killed in heavy clashes with Hizbullah fighters in south Lebanon, Al-Jazeera Arab news channel reports
Saniora says that there had been "no progress" towards a new draft UN Security Council resolution to end the conflict between Hizbullah and Israel

Chirac says that Syria never wanted to prove that the Shabaa Farms area is Lebanese
Chirac says that giving up on efforts for an immediate cease-fire would be "the most immoral of solutions"
An Israeli raid cuts the Baalbeck-Homs road that runs near the village of al-Qaa
Four Israeli soldiers were killed in a rocket attack in Aita al-Shaab in south Lebanon, Al-Arabiya TV reports
Israeli troops touched down by helicopter southeast of Sidon, searching 3 houses but not attacking their occupants, security officials say
US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Welch makes a surprise visit to Beirut, meets with Saniora at the Grand Serail
Hizbullah says it fired Khaibar-1 missiles at the Israeli town of Beit Shean
Five Hizbullah rockets landed near the Palestinian town of Arabani in the West Bank, causing no casualties, Palestinian security officials say
Israeli warplanes drop leaflets on Beirut and Tyre saying Nasrallah is playing with fire

The White House says the deployment of 15,000 Lebanese troops in southern Lebanon would need an international force to be effective

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Aug 31, 2006

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Stockholm Conference Seeks to Raise $500 Million for Lebanon as Annan Faces Tough Talks in Syria 

 
About 60 governments and aid organizations meet in Stockholm Thursday to raise $500 million for Lebanon's acute humanitarian and reconstruction needs as U.N. chief Kofi Annan heads for talks in Syria.....[ News ]

 

Annan Fails to Win Israel's Consent in Lifting its Lebanon Blockade
With Israel's prime minister standing by his side, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan demanded on Wednesday that Israel immediately lift its sea and air blockade of Lebanon, but failed to win Israel's consent....
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Lebanon Fears Major Layoffs, Surge in Unemployment up to 20%
War-damage to Lebanese businesses and a debilitating seven-week Israeli blockade will lead to large-scale layoffs and a spike in unemployment, analysts say....
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Israeli Troops Withdraw From Southeastern Lebanon


Israeli troops have withdrawn from eastern parts of south Lebanon, the United Nations peacekeeping force said on Wednesday as it began patrolling the strategic sector....
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The most burning issue on the mind of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in his talks in Jerusalem was not Lebanon – but Iran

August 30, 2006, 10:57 PM (GMT+02:00)

Our exclusive Jerusalem sources reveal that the issues raised at his press conferences with Israeli PM Ehud Olmert and FM Tzipi Livni – the full implementation of UN resolution 1701, the Israeli blockade of Lebanon, the kidnapped Israel soldiers, the embargo on imported weapons for Hizballah - were all left outside the closed doors of the conference rooms he entered in Jerusalem....[ News ]


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A large group of IDF reserve generals will ask Lt. Gen Dan Halutz to step down as chief off staff

August 30, 2006, 11:51 PM (GMT+02:00)

The ex-generals will call on him to take responsibility for mismanaging the Lebanon war. Among the group are Uri Sagi, former AMAN chief, Doron Almog, former OC Southern Command, Haim Erez, former commander of the brigade which crossed the Suez Canal in the Yom Kippur War and later headed the southern Command, Yossi Peled, former commander of the northern front and Yoram Yair, who commanded the Parachute Brigade which conquered Beirut in 1982 and was later chief of the Manpower Division....[ News ]


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Aug 30, 2006

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Lebanon: Hezbollah's Political Regrouping Efforts

Summary

Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said in an Aug. 27 television interview that he would have never issued the order to kidnap the two Israeli soldiers had he foreseen what retaliatory actions Israel would take against Lebanon. By pursuing an aggressive reconstruction campaign in the south and publicizing Hezbollah's commitment to the cease-fire, Nasrallah is seeking to regain political clout lost in the debris from the conflict and deprive Israel of an excuse to restart hostilities.... [ Analysis ]

 

Annan Pushing for Blockade Lift in Israel Talks, Stockholm Donor Conference to Raise $500 Million 

 
U.N. chief Kofi Annan is in Israel to urge the Jewish state to lift a "humiliating" blockade of Lebanon as foreign and aid ministers from more than 40 countries are gathering in Sweden to raise $500 million for Lebanon's humanitarian and reconstruction needs..... [ News ]

 

U.S. Treasury Blocks Assets of Islamic Group Accused of Financing Hizbullah

 
The Bush administration has moved to isolate a Lebanese organization financially for allegedly funneling money to finance Hizbullah.

The Treasury Department's action, which covers the Islamic Resistance Support Organization, or IRSO, means any assets belonging to the group found in the United States must be frozen. Americans also are prohibited from contributing to the organization..... [ News ]

 

Annan Ends his Visit to Beirut after Touring War-Ravaged South Lebanon
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan ended his visit to Beirut on Tuesday after touring war-battered south Lebanon and meeting with UN peacekeepers there.

From Lebanon, the U.N. Chief arrived in Israel for talks with Israeli leaders. He is expected to discuss the Jewish state's crippling blockade of Lebanon and a potential prisoner swap..... [ News ]

 

Iranian Vice President Arrives in Beirut to Help 'Rebuild Lebanon'
Iran's vice president arrived in Beirut on Tuesday for talks with Lebanese officials over ways Iran could help rebuild Lebanon after more than a month of Israeli air strikes.

 
Ali Saeedlou crossed into Lebanon from neighboring Syria, leading a large Iranian delegation that also included Housing Minister Mohammad Saeedi Kia. They were met at the border by Lebanese Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh..... [ News ]

 

Saniora: Lebanese Army Seizes Hizbullah Weapons
The Lebanese army has made a major seizure of weapons in southern Lebanon, Prime Minister Fouad Saniora was quoted as saying in a French newspaper on Tuesday.

 
"The army has been seizing certain weapons, that is confirmed," Saniora told a group of four journalists, including Le Monde's correspondent, accompanying U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan to Beirut.... [ News ]

 

 

 

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Aug 29, 2006

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The World Council of the Cedars Revolution
Representing the hopes and aspirations of the great majority of the many millions of Lebanese throughout the Diaspora
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Monday 28th August 2006

Honorable Fouad Siniora
Prime Minister of Lebanon
Parliament House
Beirut
Lebanon

Dear Prime Minister,

The success of any mission is an incidence of the excellence of planning and execution in the endeavor of achievement of the objectives. It is never an accident, but rather an achievement by design and direct action plans.

Lebanon’s Sovereignty, Independence and Democratic Rights and Freedoms are not some cheap commodities which should be begged or bargained for in a Syrian, Israeli or any other market place. Nor should the enjoyment by the great people of Lebanon of such priceless privileges, be at the mercy of Iran, Hezbollah or any other armed Terrorist militia.  
It is a God given right to the people of Lebanon to enjoy self determination in peace and harmony; and it is the Lebanese Government’s responsibility to provide the protection for and ensure the preservation of these rights and privileges at any cost..... [ AnnanVisit ]

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Monday 28th August 2006

Media Release

Kofi Annan the Recalcitrant Secretary General of the United Nations

How fortunate is it for Lebanon to be in its current state of desperation and its greatest hour of need for the undivided attention and services of the United Nations, relying on the total professionalism and dedication of its Secretary General to complete the final arrangements for the composition and charter of a robust international security force to be deployed along the Syrian/Lebanon border and the Israel/Lebanon border, only to find a procrastinating and obstinately disobedient Kofi Annan advancing the cause of a diminishing capability of the International Force in its endeavor to discharge its responsibilities in disarming Hezbollah and other armed militias on Lebanese soil..... [ AnnanVisit ]

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Hezbollah's propaganda exposed during Annan's visit

By CTB Special Correspondent

Editor's Note: Karim is a special correspondent for the Counterterrorism Blog (he posted on July 24) and is currently in Lebanon.

Hezbollah's staged mini-demonstration in the southern suburb of Beirut has been exposed by unauthorized media footage.... [ AnnanVisit ]

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"The forces of the Cedars revolution, Washington, Paris, Arab capitals, and others call on UN SG Anan to comply with the Implementation of UNSCR 1701 not to interpret it according to his views"

 

The declarations of the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in Brussels this week brought about strong reactions from the USA, France, influential Arab countries, the forces of 14 of March in Lebanon as well as the leadership of the Lebanese Diaspora in Washington, Sidney, Ottawa, London and Paris.

These parties, who are working hard in saving the Lebanon grip of Iran and Syria through Hezbollah and other terrorist groups that are joining them from the Eastern frontiers with Syria, consider these declarations, that specified that the international forces starting to deploy in Lebanon "will not have a duty to disarm Hezbollah and the UNSCR 1701 does not mention directly the deployment of the International Forces on the Syrian borders to stop the smuggling and infiltrations", are out of line and that Kofi Annan has thus gone beyond his normal duty.... [ AnnanVisit ]

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Annan Rebukes Israel and Hizbullah, Calls Resolution 1701 'Fixed Menu'
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan chided both Israel and Hizbullah on Monday, saying they could not "choose and pick" parts of a U.N. cease-fire resolution to implement, and demanded Hizbullah release two captured Israeli soldiers and Israel lift a blockade on Lebanon.


Visiting Beirut on the first leg of an 11-day Mideast tour, Annan called U.N. resolution 1701 "a fixed menu."

"It's not a buffet ... It's not an a la carte menu where you choose and pick. We have to implement 1701 in its entirety and I hope that all parties will pay attention and act in that spirit," he said in a press conference with Prime Minister Fouad Saniora. "Without the full implementation of resolution 1701, I fear the risk is great for renewal of hostilities."... [ News ]

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-- The Fatah movement rejects a demand by the Lebanese government that Palestinians in refugee camps in Lebanon's Litani River area disarm as required by U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, senior Fatah leader in Lebanon Monir Al-Makdah said in an interview with Jordanian newspaper Al-Dostur published Aug. 28. The Lebanese government had made the demand to Fatah representative in Lebanon Abbas Zaaki. StratFor


-- Hezbollah has evacuated 14 bases along the Israeli-Lebanese border by bulldozing posts and erecting barriers to prevent access to its underground tunnel system, Lebanese security forces told the Jerusalem Post on Aug. 28. StratFor

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Phares on al Jazeera: "Civil societies are opposed to Ahmedinijad, Assad and Hezbollah"


August 22, 2006: Dr Walid Phares was on al Jazeera's prime time show al Ittijah al Muakess (The opposite direction) along with Faycal al Qassim, anchor and We'am Wahhab, Lebanese politician. Phares argued that civil societies in the region rejects the "fascist" regimes of Ahmedinijad and Assad and Hezbollah's terror (Arabic, one hour). To read in Arabic go to http://www.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0ABCEEB5-3BDD-426D-8695-87E1F75C1D04.htm


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UN Chief Satisfied Lebanon Implementing Ceasefire Resolution
By Margaret Besheer
Beirut
28 August 2006
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Kofi Annan arrives in Beirut, Monday
Kofi Annan arrives in Beirut, Monday
After a meeting with the Lebanese Prime Minister and other top officials, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he is satisfied Lebanon is committed to the U.N. resolution that halted more than a month of fighting between Hezbollah militants and Israel. The U.N. chief began a tour of the Middle East in Beirut.

Mr. Annan says the August 14 ceasefire has been holding remarkably well, but he warned full implementation of the U.N. resolution that ended the fighting is necessary.

"Without the full implementation of Resolution 1701, I feel the risk is great for a renewal of hostilities," said Kofi Annan....[ News ]

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Annan in Beirut to Discuss 'Aftermath of the War'

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U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Beirut Monday at the start of a Mideast tour to strengthen the cease-fire in Lebanon, saying it was "a very critical time" for the country.

"I think it's important that I come here myself to discuss with the Lebanese authorities the aftermath of the war and the measures we need to take to implement U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 and to underscore international solidarity," Annan told reporters after being met at Rafik Hariri International airport by Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh....[ News ]

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Chirac Says Violence Will Resume Without Political Solution


French President Jacques Chirac warned on Monday that fighting would resume in Lebanon unless there was a long-term settlement involving all parties in the conflict.


"The choice is between a resumption of hostilities, creating a permanent rift between two neighboring peoples, and the political option of a global and durable settlement," he told a meeting of French ambassadors in Paris....[ News ]

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Hezbollah Leader Regrets Kidnapping that Led to War with Israel
By VOA News
27 August 2006

Hassan Nasrallah
Hassan Nasrallah

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah says he regrets the kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers that sparked more than a month of warfare with Israel.

Nasrallah told Lebanese television Sunday if he had known the kidnapping would have led to such a war, he would not do it again....[ News ]

 

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Enlarged UN Force Takes Shape, Troops to be Dispatched as Early as Next Week
The United Nations enlarged peacekeeping force started taking form after Europe pledged to provide nearly 7,000 soldiers as contributors prepared to send troops from early next week.


Italy, which will provide the biggest contribution with between 2,000 and 3,000 troops, is counting on other nations to follow its lead when it starts dispatching its contingent on Tuesday.

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi and UN chief Kofi Annan stressed in a telephone conversation Saturday the importance of "rapidly getting under way with the engagements that have been taken", a statement from the Italian government said.

European nations pledged on Friday in Brussels to provide up to 7,000 troops to reinforce the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which is mandated to expand from about 2,000 currently to 15,000 in order to police a fragile truce between Israel and Hizbullah fighters... [ News ]

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Rice Says to Saniora She is Working on Lifting Israeli Blockade
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice promised to help lift an Israeli blockade on Beirut's airport, according to a statement by the Prime Minister Fouad Saniora's office.


Rice made a telephone call Saturday to Saniora, in which she said she was exerting "serious and prompt" efforts to lift the blockade as soon as possible, the statement said.

It said Rice expressed hope that her efforts would bear fruit in the near future... [ News ]
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Jumblat Calls for Effective Mechanism to Protect Lebanon-Syria Border
Druze leader Walid Jumblat said that Lebanon has been caught in the middle of Iranian-Syrian and American-Israeli axes and stressed the need for a mechanism to stop arms smuggling through the Syrian-Lebanese border.


"Since July 12, Lebanon has become the captive of the Iranian-Syrian and Israeli-American axes," the head of the Progressive Socialist Party said at a press conference in Western France.

"It is necessary to adopt an effective mechanism to protect the Lebanese-Syrian border because the Syrian regime will keep on sending its gifts through it," Jumblat said after the summer congress of the French Socialist Party.... [ News ]
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Hizbullah Deputy Asserts the Group Has no Plans to Disarm


Hizbullah will keep its weapons despite international pressure to disarm, the group's deputy leader said in remarks to a Lebanese daily.


Sheikh Naim Kassem told An-Nahar newspaper that Hizbullah's "resistance" to Israel would continue, saying "justifications for ending it do not exist."

Kassem said Hizbullah was surprised by the magnitude of Israel's response to the group's capture of two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid July 12 -- an incident that sparked Israeli reprisals and more than a month of ferocious fighting.... [ News ]

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Assad receives letter from Ahmadinejad

AP, Syrian President Bashar Assad received a letter on Saturday from his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad concerning the latest developments in Lebanon and the region, Syria's official news agency reported.

Iran's deputy foreign minister, Mahammad Rida Baqeri, was visiting Syria and delivered the letter, SANA reported. Its contents were not disclosed.

Baqeri also held talks with Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa about the "repercussions of the latest Israeli aggression in Lebanon," SANA said. "The [two politicians'] views were identical over the importance of maintaining coordination and consultation between Syria and Iran to bring about stability in the region," it reported.

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Hezbollah Didn't Win

By AMIR TAHERI
August 25, 2006; Page A14, WSJ
 

The way much of the Western media tells the story, Hezbollah won a great victory against Israel and the U.S., healed the Sunni-Shiite rift, and boosted the Iranian mullahs' claim to leadership of the Muslim world. Portraits of Hassan Nasrallah, the junior mullah who leads the Lebanese branch of this pan-Shiite movement, have adorned magazine covers in the West, hammering in the message that this child of the Khomeinist revolution is the new hero of the mythical "Arab Street."

Probably because he watches a lot of CNN, Iran's "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenei also believes in "a divine victory." Last week he asked 205 members of his Islamic Majlis to send Mr. Nasrallah a message, congratulating him for his "wise and far-sighted leadership of the Ummah that produced the great victory in Lebanon."

By controlling the flow of information from Lebanon throughout the conflict, and help from all those who disagree with U.S. policies for different reasons, Hezbollah may have won the information war in the West. In Lebanon, the Middle East and the broader Muslim space, however, the picture is rather different....[ Analysis

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Analysis: Breaking the Syria-Iran alliance

By Mohammad Tabaar
BBC World Service, Washington DC

Since the outbreak of the conflict between Israel's army and Hezbollah's militia, some commentators in the US have been calling for direct talks with Syria.
 

Some in Washington argue that to contain Hezbollah, the US needs to drive a wedge between Syria and Iran, since Syria is the vital conduit for the weapons that Iran is allegedly transferring to the Lebanese militant group.

President of Syria and Iran, Bashar al-Assad and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Assad and Ahmadinejad: Alliance of convenience or true friends?

 

For almost three decades, Iran and Syria have had a strategic alliance, in part based on their shared animosity to the former ruler of Iraq, Saddam Hussein.

However, with the collapse of that regime, some analysts argue that the value of the Iran-Syria alliance has vanished...[ Analysis

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EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS

Night Watch: BEQAA VALLEY - Debka reports that as the UN and European nations discuss the finer points of the UNIFIL force to be deployed into southern Lebanon, Iran is sending daily convoys of arms to Hezbollah bases in the Beqaa valley in northern Lebanon, one of the most heavily bombed places by the Israeli Air Force. Tehran - Damascus are acting as if UNIFIL does not even exist except on paper. The arms convoys are loaded at two Syrian ports, Latakia and Tartus, which means that during the next round of fighting Israel will have to extend its air and naval blockade to include Syria. Iran is also sending 3-5 air cargos every day to Syrian air bases near the Lebanese border.

What makes these latest developments even more ominous is that the missiles being shipped into Beqaa are not the ones used previously by Hezbollah during the first round. The new missile is the Iranian Shahab-1 with a range of 230 miles (350 km), the Iranian version of the Russian Scud-B. With its range all of Israel can be hit by its one ton,- 2,000 lb. warhead. There is now an Iranian Military Command Center on the Syrian side of its border with Lebanon directed by four Iranian generals....[ INTEL ]

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Europe Assembles 7000-Strong U.N. Force, Israel Says it Won't Lift Blockade Until Troops are Deployed
European foreign ministers have pledged a potent army to provide "the backbone" of a Lebanon peacekeeping force, and Israel said it would lift its air and sea embargo once the force takes control -- though that could take up to three months.

The commitment of up to 7,000 more European troops relieves concerns about many countries' reluctance to send soldiers into the Middle East without clear instructions or authorization on how to use their weapons.... [ News ]

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France Says Its Troops to Arrive in Lebanon in Three Weeks
By VOA News
26 August 2006

A United Nations peacekeeper from France directs a truck as it disembarks from the French vessel Foudre at Beirut's seaport
A United Nations peacekeeper from France directs a truck as it disembarks from the French vessel Foudre at Beirut's seaport
France says that all of the 2,000 troops destined for Lebanon will be in that country within three weeks.

French Defense Minister Michele Aliot-Marie also told The Wall Street Journal that France has received an important clarification on the troops ability to use force in their peacekeeping mission.

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Friday that France will lead the international force until February 2007. Italy will then take over.

Italy says its troops could be deployed as early as Tuesday...[ News ]

 

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Chirac, Merkel Slam Syrian Stance on Lebanon, Urge Israel to Lift Blockade
French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Angela Merkel blasted Syria Friday, with Merkel charging Damascus lacked "a constructive attitude" toward the U.N. resolution on Lebanon.
"Germany is not ready to have contacts at any level and under any conditions," Merkel said, following talks with Chirac.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier canceled a trip to Damascus last week after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad described Israel as "an enemy."...... [ News

 

US Blasts Syria on Lebanon Peacekeeping
By David Gollust
State Department
24 August 2006


The United States Thursday welcomed apparent progress in Europe toward fielding an upgraded U.N. peacekeeping force for Lebanon. At the same time, the State Department condemned as "preposterous" Syria's stand that the U.N. force should not be allowed to patrol its border with Lebanon...... [ News

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France Bolsters UN Force with 2000 Soldiers in Lebanon, Offers to Take Lead
France announced it was committing 1,600 more troops to a UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, as the United Nations said a French general would keep command over the operation to monitor the tenuous ceasefire.


"I have decided to send two extra battalions into the field to expand our UNIFIL contingent. Two thousand French soldiers will thus be placed under the UN flag in Lebanon," Chirac said in a televised address on Thursday..... [ News ]

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France Warns Syria Against Using Lebanon to Shun Hariri Probe
French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy Friday warned Syria not to use the conflict in Lebanon to return to the world stage and avoid the investigation into the murder of Lebanon's former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.


"Syria must not, through this Israeli-Lebanese conflict, return to the international community and remove itself from the inquiry" into the February 2005 assassination of Hariri, Douste-Blazy told RTL radio when asked if it was possible to avoid speaking with the Syrian regime for long.

"(Syria's) a country that has its leaders fingered by the international commission of inquiry ... which aims to find out exactly who killed a number of political and civilian personalities, parliamentarians and former prime minister Rafik Hariri," Douste-Blazy told RTL radio..... [ News ]

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UN: More than 350 Schools Destroyed or Severely Damaged


More than 350 schools were destroyed or severely damaged during the month-long war in Lebanon, the United Nations children's agency said Thursday.


"Up to 50 schools in south Lebanon were completely destroyed as a result of the conflict. In addition there are as many as 300 other schools which suffered major damage," Simon Ingram, spokesman for UNICEF, told reporters..... [ News ]

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Syria Decides to Cut Power Supplies to Lebanon


Syria has decided to cut power supplies to neighboring Lebanon, which has been enduring severe rationing since last month when Israel launched its military offensive, official media said Thursday.
The Syrian office for the production and transport of electricity informed the Lebanese electricity company EDL "that it cannot ensure supplies anymore," a statement carried by the ANI state news agency said..... [ News ]

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Saniora: UN Troops Deployment Along the Syrian-Lebanese Border Requires Cabinet's Approval


The deployment of UN peacekeepers along Lebanon's border with Syria requires a cabinet decision, Prime Minister Fouad Saniora said Thursday.


Saniora also reiterated that his country had no aggressive intentions toward Syria.

In an interview with French television channel TV5, Saniora said deployment of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) alongside the Lebanese army at the border "necessitates a cabinet decision"..... [ News ]
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Aug 24, 2006

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** Special Bulletin **

AMAN chief reports container ships packed with weapons for Hizballah are being unloaded at Syria’s northern port of Latakia

August 24, 2006, 6:21 PM (GMT+02:00)

The hardware from Iran is smuggled across the border and onward to South Lebanon, Weapons deliveries through Syria are entering Lebanon at an accelerated pace, mostly by convoy through the northern Lebanese border. The Israeli Air Force is no longer impeding the traffic although it has been given an all-clear from Washington.

 


Lebanese PM Calls on US to Aid Recovery

Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora is calling on the United States to do more to help rebuild his war-torn country after 34 days of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah militants.... [ News ]

 

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Growing Frustration Over Israel's Blockade as EU Struggles to Hammer out Troop Contributions


Lebanese demands to end Israel's air and naval blockade have gathered pace as EU members struggled to shed light on who is to play what role in an enlarged U.N. force in southern Lebanon.


An Nahar quoted well-informed sources as saying that the Israeli siege was threatening to create internal disagreements after certain parties began to criticize the government's attempts to lift the blockade.... [ News ]

 

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Egypt State Media: Syria Committed 'Massacres' in Lebanon
Egypt state media on Wednesday accused Syria of committing "massacres" in Lebanon, lashing out at Damascus in response to President Bashar al-Assad's recent criticism of Egypt.


In an editorial addressed to the Syrian ambassador in Cairo, the Egyptian government daily Al-Gumhuriya said "the Egyptian army has done much to save you over the course of history.

"While your heroic army, protector of the homeland, has a weighty record of Lebanese massacres... and you have killed thousands of your citizens in Hama and Aleppo when they rose up against the regime of father Assad," it said......Full Article Here [ News ]

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Intense Efforts to Deploy U.N. Troops as 10-Day-Old Ceasefire Continues to Hold


A ten-day-old truce in Lebanon continued to hold Wednesday as the United Nations struggled to find European countries ready to put troops between the Israeli army and Hizbullah....Full Article Here [ News ]

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- Italy ready to Command U.N. Force in Lebanon

Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi has announced that Italy was ready and willing to assume command of the U.N. forces tasked with policing the ceasefire in Lebanon as U.N. chief Kofi Annan weighed shuttle diplomacy in the region...[ News ]

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Aug 21, 2006

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Murr Vows to Punish Any Group that Violates Ceasefire Amid a Plan to Tighten Security in All Regions
Lebanon warned it would punish any group which violated the uneasy truce ending the month-long war between Israel and Hizbullah, as Israel vowed it was preparing for the "next round" against the fighters.

An Nahar said Monday that the government is implementing a plan to tighten border control in all regions in an apparent attempt to prevent arms smuggling.


Despite sharp criticism Sunday over a commando raid which U.N. chief Kofi Annan said was a violation of the ceasefire deal, Israel insisted it would not hesitate to carry out more raids to prevent alleged cross-border weapons smuggling to Hizbullah from Syria....

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Aug 20, 2006

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Officials: U.S. blocked missiles to Hezbollah

 

Lebanon warns Hezbollah against violating truce

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Anyone who violates a ceasefire deal by firing rockets on Israel from Lebanon will be arrested and tried by a military court, Defense Minister Elias Murr said Sunday in an implicit warning to Hezbollah.

"Any violation... any rocket that would give Israel a justification (to hit Lebanon) will be treated harshly," Murr told a press conference.

"It will be considered as direct collaboration with the enemy," Murr said, adding that those responsible "will be tried and referred to a military tribunal." AFP

 

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An Israeli special operations officer was killed, two were injured – one seriously – in a pre-dawn commando raid at Bodai, 30km NW of Baalbek

August 19, 2006, 4:05 PM (GMT+02:00)

DEBKAfile reports Israeli forces hit Baalbek area in eastern Lebanon twice, including an air strike Friday night aimed at disrupting resumed arms supplies for Hizballah aboard trucks entering from Iran and Syria.

The commandoes, dropped with two Hummer vehicles by helicopter, were engaged in a firefight in which three Hizballah were killed, before they were evacuated by helicopter.

DEBKAfile’s military sources report the Israeli commando raid probably targeted newly filled weapons stores. Also located at Bodai is the office of senior Hizballah official Sheikh Mohammed Yazbek, ... more here [ INTEL ]

 

Israeli air strikes reported over Lebanese-Syrian border Friday night after Iran and Syria resume rocket consignments to Hizballah

August 18, 2006, 11:11 PM (GMT+02:00)

Israeli military spokesman denies the Lebanese claim that the warplanes fired four missiles. They are said to have targeted weapons and rocket supply trucks northeast of Baalbek. Correspondents in Beirut report Lebanese forces opened anti-air fire on Israeli warplanes flying over E. Lebanon.

DEBKAfile’s military sources add some background: From Tuesday, Aug. 13, the day after the ceasefire went into effect, Iran and Syria began sending fresh weapons consignments including rockets to Hizballah.

Since the truce, a group of Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers, including generals, has arrived to set up a forward command on the Syrian side of the Lebanese border. They have told Hizballah to start reconstituting its southern Nasser Brigade which was damaged by Israeli forces and also serves the group as its short-range rocket unit.

During the week, Israel kept Washington abreast of the Iranian-Syrian re-supply operation and was informed that if the Israeli government decides to destroy the incoming supply vehicles, the Bush administration will not interfere.

Hizballah used the media focus on the Lebanese army’s deployment to unobtrusively transfer the fresh weapons shipments from the Beqaa Valley and Baalbek to the south. Israeli notes the absence of any form of border control by the Lebanese army or UNIFIL, despite the monitoring system ordered by UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

 

Aug 18, 2006

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Aug 17, 2006

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- Hariri slams Assad for trying to 'steal' Lebanon victory

- Lebanese army takes up positions in 30 southern villages

- First passenger plane lands in Beirut

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Jumblat Lashes out at Assad, Says Hizbullah Should be Integrated into the Regular Army
Druze leader Walid Jumblat lashed out at Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday for failing to open the front in the occupied Golan Heights and said the Lebanese army is deploying in the south in line with an "ambiguous" formula.
"Did anyone prevent you from opening the front on the Golan? No, but it is easier to use the Lebanese front," he told a press conference....... Link [ News ] 

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U.S. Hopes to Rival Hezbollah With Rebuilding Effort

Administration officials say quick action is needed in response to the militant group's reconstruction plans.
By Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
August 17, 2006
 
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is scrambling to assemble a plan to help rebuild Lebanon, hoping that by competing with Hezbollah for the public's favor it can undo the damage the war has inflicted on its image and goals for the Middle East....Link [ News ]

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Aug 16, 2006

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Walid Phares


Before July 13, Hezbollah was winning by building its massive terrorist infrastructure and feeding its cells around the world, unchecked. Tehran was readying Hezbollah for a future strategic strike against the U.S., Europe, and Israel at Ahmedinijad’s timing (connected to the nuclear crisis).

The state of play as of Sunday night? Hezbollah lost its preeminence as a military power in south Lebanon (for few months), its ability to surprise Israel (and the U.S. and the West) in the near future, and part of its legal protection inside Lebanon. This partially curtails Hezbollah, but only on paper. Israel depleted significant Hezbollah capacities but stopped short of a strategic change on the ground. The Lebanese government, which was being suffocated gradually by Nasrallah, got an opening. In short:

Hezbollah lost 40 percent, but can still reverse it and re-obtain up to 90 percent;

Israel won 40 percent, but it can still lose it and go back to level 0;

The Lebanese government gained a 50 percent chance to reassert itself, but can lose it all to Hezbollah.

Walid Phares is a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.


 

Aug 15, 2006

Jumblat will hold a press conference Thursday under the heading ‘We will not surrender to Assad and Nasrallah’s conditions’

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Aug 14, 2006

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Aug 13, 2006

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- Phares on Fox News Round Table Tonight - 2nd night

On the UN resolution, Hezbollah, Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Iran
 
 
 

BREAKING NEWS

Lebanon cabinet postpones meeting over Hezbollah arms

BEIRUT, Lebanon - The Lebanese government postponed indefinitely a meeting scheduled for Sunday that was to be devoted to the question of disarming Hezbollah, a cabinet minister who declined to be named told AFP. Complete story Here: News ]  

Lebanese Cabinet Votes Unanimously in Favor of Resolution 1701 as Fighting Rages in South Lebanon 

Israel Pushes Assault Less Than 24 Hours Before Ceasefire as Israeli Cabinet Approves UN Ceasefire Plan

Israel's government on Sunday approved a UN resolution on ending the month-long Lebanon war, a senior government official said.

 UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said the ceasefire would come into force on Monday at 0500 GMT

 

Aug 12, 2006

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- Evening Roundup: Nasrallah Says Hizbullah Will Not Block Approval of U.N. Resolution


The Lebanese government was set Saturday to approve a U.N. resolution calling for an end to Israel's month-old onslaught, after Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said his ministers would not stand in the way of the approval.


In a conciliatory address, Nasrallah said that his group would abide by any ceasefire brokered by the United Nations and would not block the approval of the resolution by the government................more here News ]

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Latest UN Resolution on Lebanon - UNSCR1701 - below

BREAKING NEWS ON UN RESOLUTION!

We have published two versions of this new Security Council Resolution:

1. The Resolution itself with no additional info.

2. Following this we have published the official UN release which includes the resolution and introduction, comments and videos. See it at this link:

1. Link to UNSC Resolution 1701

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11 August 06

Security Council: The situation in the Middle East.
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[Webcast: Archived Video - Original Language: PM Session 2 hours and 8 minutes]

Media Stakeout: Informal comments to the Media by United States Secretary of State, Condeleeza Rice, on the situation in the Middle East.
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MIDDay Roundup - Israel Renews Strikes on Southern Suburbs as US Envoy Returns to Beirut


Israel renewed its air strikes on Beirut's southern suburbs Friday as a high-ranking U.S. envoy held talks with Prime Minister Fouad Saniora for the second time in 48 hours on a possible compromise plan to end the month-long hostilities in Lebanon....News ]

Morning Roundup: Israeli Warplanes Pound Beirut's Southern Suburbs and Two Border Crossings, Killing 11

In the Spotlight Israeli jets pounded Beirut's southern suburbs and two border crossings in north and east Lebanon early Friday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 11 others as diplomats at the U.N. wrangled for an agreement to end the hostilities....News ]

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Walid Phares comments on the London Terror airliners plot.
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Phares on CTB: London: The "Shoe Bomber Factory" again?
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Evening Roundup: Israel Takes Control of Lebanese Army Barracks in Marjayoun as France Says Deal to End War Imminent
Israeli forces took control of a Lebanese army barracks in the southern town of Marjayoun on Thursday and warned that their fight against Hizubllah could grow wider and more severe if diplomacy fails as France said a deal was imminent to end the war.
Israel's defense minister, Amir Peretz, said the military would use "all of the tools" to cripple Hizbullah fighters if attempts for a cease-fire pact collapse at the United Nations.

 

The White House says the terror plot to blow up six UK planes bound for the United States was a direct threat to the US.

August 10, 2006, 7:51 PM (GMT+02:00)

Five major American cities were targeted, but not named. American officials reported the terrorists had planned to target flights to California, Washington and New York by United Airlines, American Airlines and Continental Airlines. The terror alert for incoming British flights was raised to red after the general level was left at orange. The terror plot was suggestive of al Qaeda, according to US homeland security, which is sending federal air marshals to the UK.

Morning Roundup: Fierce Battles Rage in the South Despite Israeli Decision to Put Wider Offensive on Hold


Israeli forces and Hizbullah fighters engaged in fierce battles on Thursday despite a decision by the Jewish state to put its massive new ground offensive into southern Lebanon on hold for two or three days.


The Israeli army took control of the southern town of Marjayoun after brief fighting that saw the firing of anti-tank missiles, Lebanese security sources said.

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Evening Roundup: Nasrallah Backs Decision to Send Troops to the South Amid Rift Over Draft U.N. Resolution
Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Wednesday backed the government's decision to deploy the Lebanese army in the south as a way to help change a U.N. resolution seeking to halt the fighting in Lebanon.

His position came as the United States and France battled to overcome a rift on how to make a U.N. call for an end to hostilities after strong Arab demands that Israel withdraw from Lebanon........more in our News Section News ]

Midday Roundup: Israeli Bombardment Unabated Amid Lack of Diplomatic Progress

Israeli bombardment pummeled Lebanon Wednesday as a high-ranking U.S. State Department official arrived on a surprise visit to Beirut amid intense but slow diplomatic efforts to bring an end to the four-week conflict.

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Israeli Cabinet Backs Wider Lebanon Offensive
Israeli ministers on Wednesday approved plans to send troops deeper into south Lebanon to battle Hizbullah, stepping up its four-week-old offensive after failing to break the back of the group.
After a tense six-hour meeting, the security cabinet gave the green light to plans submitted by Defense Minister Amir Peretz and the army to "continue operations into order to strike deeper against terrorist infrastructure." .......more in our News Section News ]

Morning Roundup: U.S. and France at Odds on Ending Conflict in Lebanon Where Body Count Continues to Rise
Differences between the U.S. and France emerged at the U.N. on how to end to the fighting in Lebanon where Israeli warplanes on Wednesday struck the country's largest Palestinian refugee camp as the grim body count continued to rise and the humanitarian situation reached disastrous proportions......more in our News Section News ]

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Walid Phares - Interviewed on Lebanon & Jihadists' Aims

By Andrew Cochran

In an excellent article titled, "East and West must beware new Barbarians at the gates," British journalist Allister Heath interviews Walid Phares about the implications of the current situation in Lebanon for the jihadist movement.......more in our Interviews Section [ Interviews ]

August 8, 2006 11:12 AM 

 

Aug 8, 2006

An IDF soldier was killed and five were lightly injured by anti-tank missiles fired at an engineering vehicle and at soldiers nearby it in the village of Debel, west of Bint Jbeil.

In an operation in Bint Jbeil, forces arrested five Hezbollah and uncovered weaponry and communications equipment. Three Hezbollah gunmen were killed by the forces in Bint Jbeil and Ramia. Since the beginning of the operation in Debel, IDF forces claim to have killed at least 15 Hezbollah gunmen in the village.

During the night IDF forces carried out aerial attacks on over 80 Hezbollah targets across Lebanon, including 42 Hezbollah structures, over 30 roads leading to rocket launching areas, and 6 rocket launchers.

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Phares on Fox News: "The Lebanese Government is a hostage to Hezbollah"
FDD Senior Fellow Walid Phares told Fox News that "the Lebanese Government is hostage to Hezbollah, and won't be able to disarm it nor to deploy the Lebanese Army as long as a multinational force won't be dispatched to the country." Visit Website Please see this VIDEO ]
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BREAKING NEWS ON UN RESOLUTION!1. Proposed Draft of UNSC Resolution (English pdf) (Arabic pdf)

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3. Dr. Walid Phares on Hijacking Lebanon's Answer to the UN (English pdf)

4. WCCR Proposed Draft UNSC Resolution - Intro

5. WCCR Proposed Draft UNSC Resolution

 

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Congressional Terrorism-Related Hearings Include Testimony by Walid Phares

By Andrew Cochran

This week's open terrorism-related hearings in the the U.S. Congress include a hearing of the U.S. House International Relations Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation on the subject, "Gauging Islamist Terrorism." Walid Phares will testify at that hearing on Thursday, September 7th, at 2 pm in 2172 Rayburn House Office Building. Details of the other open terrorism-related hearings are as follows:

September 6, 2006
House Judiciary Committee
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Update
Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on "Legislative Proposals to Update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) (H.R.4976, H.R.5223, H.R.5371, H.R.5825, S.2453, and S.2455)."
Location: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. 1 p.m.

September 8, 2006
House Government Reform Committee
9/11 Public Health and Safety
National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations field hearing on federally funded programs that register, screen, monitor and treat individuals who were in the vicinity of the World Trade Center (WTC) following the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Location: District Council 37, 125 Barclay St., auditorium, New York City, 10:30 a.m.

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Aug 11, 2006 "As soon as a cease-fire occurs, the 'Hezbollah Blitzkrieg' will crumble the 'Lebanese Republic of Weimar' and install its own 'Khumeinist Republic' on the eastern shores of the Mediterranean. The consequences of such a development are far beyond imagination for the region and the world. Hezbollah would have paved the way for Iran to create the mother of all world threats since Hitler."

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CALL THE ENEMY BY THE NAME IT CALLS ITSELF

 
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Walid Phares
http://aolsearch.aol.com/aol/imageDetails?invocationType=imageDetails&query=walid+phares&img=http://www.floridaisrael.org/walid.jpg&site=www.floridaisrael.org&host=http://www.floridaisrael.org/walid_phares.html&b=image?query=walid+phares&page=2&userid=443bd88b-0021b-06f68-e4960c40&invocationType=imageTab&clickstreamid=5825325351697931650The organized campaign against the use by government of the term "Islamic fascists" is an indication that the War of Ideas is raging in the center of the War on Terror. In this clash of words and ideas, it is the education of the public, as well as the identity of those who do the educating, that will make a difference. The less informed Americans are about the enemy's ideology, the more Islamist pressure groups can attack the president, congressional and world leaders on rhetoric, blurring the public mobilization.

The term used by the president -- "Islamic fascists" -- when referring to the al-Qaida plotters in London, triggered a wave of negative reactions by Islamist lobbies, but also by moderate Muslim groups worldwide. The president most likely meant "Islamo-fascists" when he was attempting to expose the radicals. But Islamist lobbies were quick to "interpret" it as implying that "Muslims are fascists" -- an assumption which would necessarily elicit strong negative feelings from the Muslim community, moderates included. [ Link ]

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Interviews
Aug 13, 2006

Phares in al Muharer:"Cedars Revolution was betrayed by its own politicians

Phares in al Muharer:"Cedars Revolution was betrayed by its own politicians who failed to proceed with political change: Despite an overwhelming mandate by one and a million people on March 14, 2005, the political representatives of the masses stopped short of removing the pro-Syrian President, brought back the pro-Syrian speaker of the Parliament, brought Hezbollah into the Government, and wasted precious time in photo ops with Hassan Nasrallah, while Hezbollah was preparing for a war to suppress the Revolution and crumble the Government."
Aug 13, 2006, 20:02

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Aug 9, 2006

Dr. Walid Phares Interview

'The jihadists are a fascist movement'

Published: Monday 7th August 2006
First published in The Business

Walid Phares, the brilliant scholar of terrorism, lived through the worst of times in Lebanon,

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