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I. September 8,12,13 UN Reports on Lebanon

1. Report of the Secretary-General on the implementation of
Security Council resolution 1701 (2006)

2. Letter dated 8 September 2006 from the Secretary-General addressed to the President of the Security Council (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL))

3. Letter dated 13 September 2006 from the President of the Security Council addressed to the Secretary-General (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL))

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United Nations Security Council

PROGRAMME OF MEETINGS AND AGENDA

SCHEDULED MEETINGS

Monday, 18 September 2006

10.30 a.m. Consultations of the whole (closed) - Consultations Room

- Middle East (Lebanon)

The Security Council is scheduled to hold a private meeting this morning for consultations on Lebanon, during which the Secretary-General will brief on resolution 1701.

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Intelligence Update

Chavez and Ahmadnijad and Castro - Missiles in Venezuela and Cuba to Threaten US HOMELAND!

DEBKAfile Exclusive: Hugo Chavez signs secret anti-US cooperation pacts with Iran providing bases in Venezuela – and later Cuba – for Iranian intelligence-terror agents

September 21, 2006, 1:15 PM (GMT+02:00)

Iran is also pushing hard for similar bases in Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.

Venezuelan and Cuban rulers appear to be more wary of allowing the deployment of Iran-made 2,000-km range Shahab-3 ballistic missiles able to reach US targets, for which Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is pressing.

More in Exclusive Report below about Tehran’s successful quest for bases of subversion as a deterrent against a US air attack on its nuclear facilities. [ INTEL ]

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Sept 22, 2006

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- Hizbullah supporters gear up for victory rally [ News ]
- German warships set sail to police waters [ News ]
- Poorly equipped army struggles with new role [ News ]
- Lahoud questions UN's credibility on 1701 [ News ]
- Cabinet: Victims of war will wait no more [ News ]
- Franjieh summoned for questioning in libel case [ News ]
- Higher Judicial Council proposes new line-up [ News ]
- MPs head for Kuwait to express gratitude [ News ]
- March 14 members lash out at Assad [ News ]
- Hizbullah assails Fatfat over security reform [ News ]

- Hizbullah Supporters to March En Masse [ News ]
- Shabaa Farmers on Regaining Lost Land [ News ]
- Israel Leaves Behind Deadly Traps [ News ]
- Lahoud Accuses Israel [ News ]
- Spanish Military Engineers coming [ News ]

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President Bush in his Address to the United Nations Honors Lebanese Charles Malik - coauthor of the first UN Decleration

"The principles of this world beyond terror can be found in the very first sentence of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document declares that the "equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom and justice and peace in the world." One of the authors of this document was a Lebanese diplomat named Charles Malik, who would go on to become President of this Assembly. Mr. Malik insisted that these principles apply equally to all people, of all regions, of all religions, including the men and women of the Arab world that was his home." President Bush, Sep 19,2006 UN

President Bush's Full Address [ HERE ]

 

President George W. Bush addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York City Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006. "Five years ago, Afghanistan was ruled by the brutal Taliban regime, and its seat in this body was contested. Now this seat is held by the freely elected government of Afghanistan, which is represented today by President Karzai, said President Bush." White House photo by Shealah Craighead

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is Charles Malik [ HERE ]


Charles H. Malik was born in Bitirram in the Koura district of north Lebanon in 1906. He earned a doctorate Ph.D., at Harvard University in 1937 on the metaphysics of time in the philosophies of Alfred North Whitehead and Martin Heidegger.
In 1958-59, he was president of the UN General Assembly's thirteenth session

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Sept 21, 2006

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- Ahmadinejad Elusive on Hizbullah to Disarm [ News ]
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- Eight German Warships Sail for Lebanon [ News ]

- Siniora: 'We prevented an Israeli victory' [ News ]
- Jumblatt blasts Hizbullah as 'hostage' to Iran [ News ]
- Israel Delays Pullout, Hizbullah's Victory Rally [ News ]
- World Bank Grants Lebanon $70 Mill [ News ]
- Canadian Pleads in U.S. Providing to Hizbullah [ News ]
- Lebanon to Clean Coast after Jiyeh Oil Spill [ News ]

 

Sept 20, 2006 

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Sept 19, 2006

Breaking News

DEBKAfile discloses: Pro-Syrian Lebanese president Lahoud harbored Nasrallah during part of the Lebanon War – on orders from Damascus

September 19, 2006, 11:26 PM (GMT+02:00)

Lahoud was in the audience Tuesday, Sept 19, when President George W. Bush spoke of the “state within a state” created by Hizballah at the opening of the 61st United Nations General Assembly session in New York.

In Beirut’s Dahya district, bulldozers are clearing the rubble left by Israeli air strikes on the Hizballah stronghold ready for Nasrallah’s “victory speech” Friday, Sept 22 (eve of the Israeli New Year festival), after the last Israeli soldier quits Lebanon for the second time in six years. Speaking behind armored glass, the Hizballah leader will sneer at the Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert’s taunt earlier this month that while he was free to address half a million people, Nasrallah lurked in a bunker.

A giant screen will back his podium showing Hizballah fighters shooting rockets, damaged Israeli tanks and, most of all, portrayals of himself lounging in the sculptured terraced gardens of the presidential palace in Baabde, just outside Beirut.

DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources now disclose that when Olmert depicted the Hizballah leader as hiding underground and scared to come out, he and his personal command were in fact the guests of President Lahoud, who was ordered to open the palace to them by Damascus. It was from there that he orchestrated a part of the war under the personal protection of Lahoud and Syrian military intelligence.

Israeli generals, after receiving information from intelligence about his whereabouts, could have had the presidential palace bombed or accepted the fact that their prey had again slipped out of reach. Government leaders in Jerusalem held back on the order for an aerial strike for fear of igniting a military clash with Syria. Instead, Israeli warplanes pummeled a Lebanese army camp near the presidential palace without advance warning.

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President Bush Addresses United Nations General Assembly
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     Fact sheet Fact Sheet: Address to the UN General Assembly: A More Hopeful World Beyond Terror and Extremism

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THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Secretary General, Madam President, distinguished delegates, and ladies and gentlemen: I want to thank you for the privilege of speaking to this General Assembly.

To The People Of Lebanon: We See Your Suffering, And The World Is Helping You Rebuild Your Country And Deal With The Armed Extremists Who Are Undermining Your Democracy By Acting As A State Within A State. Last year, the people of Lebanon inspired the world when they drove Syrian forces from their country and re-established democracy. Since then, they have been tested by the fighting that began with Hezbollah's unprovoked attacks on Israel. The UN has passed a good resolution that has authorized an international force, led by France and Italy, to help restore Lebanese sovereignty over Lebanese soil. For many years, Lebanon was a model of democracy, pluralism, and openness in the region - and it will be again.

To The People Of Iran: The United States Respects You And Your Country. The greatest obstacle to a better future for Iran is that its rulers have chosen to deny the people of Iran liberty and use their nation's resources to fund terrorists, fuel extremism, and pursue nuclear weapons. The UN has passed a clear resolution requiring that the regime in Tehran meet its international obligations. Iran must abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions. The world has no objection to Iran's pursuit of a truly peaceful nuclear power program. We are working toward a diplomatic solution to this crisis, and we look to the day when the people of Iran can live in freedom - and America and Iran can be good friends and close partners in the cause of peace.

To The People Of Syria: Your Government Must Choose A Better Way Forward. Syria is home to a great people with a proud tradition of learning and commerce. Today, Syria's rulers have allowed the country to become a crossroad for terrorists, and are turning the country into a tool of Iran, increasing Syria's isolation from the world. Syria's government can stop this growing isolation and create a more hopeful future for its country by ending its support for terror, living in peace with its neighbors, and opening the way to a better life for the Syrian people.

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Syrian Oppositionist Tells of Harassment and Threats by Syrian Security Forces

In a statement published on the reformist website www.metransparent.com , former Syrian MP Riad Seif, who had been arrested during "Damascus Spring" and today is an activist in the Syrian opposition, revealed that since his
release from prison in January 2006 he has been constantly harassed and threatened by the Syrian regime's security services.(1) Seif says in his statement that the Syrian security services ordered him to desist from political activity and told him not to give interviews to the media, and threatened that if he did not obey these orders, the Syrian regime would be
forced to arrest or kill him.(2)

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The US may be preparing for imminent war with Iran, according to speculation in the American Time magazine

September 18, 2006, 11:37 AM (GMT+02:00)

“Western Mediterranean Fleets Spy on Each Other, Anticipate a US-Israel Strike against Iran,” DEBKA-Net-Weekly 268 reported Sept 1, 2006.

According to Time, a deployment of minesweepers to the east coast of Iran would suggest this much discussed prospect has become real. The ships, a submarine, an Aegis-class cruiser, two minesweepers and two minehunters, were given the Prepare to Deploy order. They have not been ordered out of port, says the magazine, but told to be ready to move by October 1.

For more than 18 months, the Bush team, led by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, has worked to keep the administration’s hardline faction at bay, while trying to force Tehran to halt its nuclear ambitions.

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- Israeli Army Chief: to Quit Lebanon by Friday  [ News ]

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NICOSIA [MENL] -- Tension has resumed along the Lebanese-Syrian border

Lebanese security sources said Lebanese Army positions near the Syrian border have been attacked amid efforts to stop the smuggling of weapons to Hizbullah. They said the army has captured several arms smugglers believed to have provided equipment to the Iranian-sponsored militia.

On Sept. 15, the army reported an attack on an outpost near the northern border with Syria. A soldier was injured in the attack in Wadi Khaled, about a kilometer from the Syrian border.

The army said 12 people were detained after the attack. Security sources said smugglers had been arrested in the area last week.  

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The Maronite St. George Cathedral, left, and the Mohammed al-Amin Mosque are seen next to each other in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006. Authorities in Lebanon, where Christians account for the highest percentage of population in any Arab nation, have tightened security outside churches as a precaution against possible attacks by militants angered by comments on Islam by the Pope. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

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Sept 17, 2006

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French defense chief assesses UN force
Hizbullah warns international peacekeepers against seizing weapons

Compiled by Daily Star staff
Monday, September 18, 2006

French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie arrived in Lebanon late Sunday to review the movement of French troops deploying to a UN peacekeeping force in the South, as the mission faces potentially dangerous political snags. Her visit comes as the Beirut government struggles to find a way to disarm Hizbullah, as called for in the UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

Alliot-Marie told Lebanese daily L'Orient Le Jour that South Lebanon "must become a region entirely controlled by the Lebanese Army and by the reinforced UNIFIL."

Hizbullah said Saturday it would have no problem with UN peacekeepers as long as they stick to defending Lebanon against Israel.

UNIFIL "is here to protect the Lebanese and Lebanon's  sovereignty, and we want its mandate limited to that," in which case  there "will be no problems," Nabil Qaouk, the group's chief in the South, told AFP.

But General Alain Pellegrini said UNIFIL would act on its own if necessary.....[ News ]
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Hizbollah chief calls for "victory" rally in Beirut

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hizbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah invited the Lebanese on Sunday to attend a "victory" rally in the guerrilla group's Beirut stronghold battered by Israel in a 34-day war. "I call on you all to participate in a victory rally, your victory ... next Friday afternoon in the southern suburb, the suburb of honour, glory, faith, steadfastness and victory for the whole country and the whole nation," he said in a message aired on Hizbollah's Al-Manar Television.

"Let us renew our covenant and declare our joy at the divine victory to the whole world."

It was not clear if Nasrallah himself would attend the rally amid fears of Israeli attack. The charismatic cleric has not made a public appearance since a July 12 press conference to announce the capture of two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid that sparked the war....[ News ]

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Head of Christian community in Lebanon defends pope

Deutsche Presse Agentur
Published: Sunday September 17, 2006

Beirut- The head of Lebanon's Christian Maronite community defended Pope Benedict XVI Sunday against what he termed a "misunderstanding" over the pope's comments on violence and Islam earlier this week. Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir said that "the criticism of the pope is part of a political campaign based on a misunderstanding." Pope Benedict had "not spoken directly about Islam" in his speech, said Sfeir....[ News ]

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Patriarch Sfeir Defends Pope, Expresses 'Sorrow About Reactions in Islamic World'
Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir defended Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday against what he termed a political campaign sparked by a misunderstanding.

"The criticism of the pope is political," Sfeir told Agence France Presse from the patriarchate in Bkirki.

The pope had "not spoken directly about Islam" in his speech which has aroused widespread anger across the Muslim world, said Sfeir.

"Islam in general respects Christ as a prophet. Christians and Muslims have a common interest in cooperating, especially in Lebanon," he said....[ News ]

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Sunday Angelus - Clarification






(17 Sept 06 - RV) Pope Benedict spoke about the reaction to his Regensburg lecture during his Sunday Angelus message. Charles Collins has this report…

 

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Accepts Pope's Apology

By VOA News
17 September 2006
 

Pope Benedict XVI'
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood says the Pope's comments Sunday amount to a sufficient apology for his earlier remark about Islam.

A top official of the banned but tolerated Brotherhood, Muhammad Habib, said in Cairo he considered the Pope's new statement to be a retraction.  He said the group still hopes the Pope will further explain his views about Islam...[ News ]

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Israel Appoints Commission of Inquiry Into Lebanon War

By Robert Berger
Jerusalem
17 September 2006

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Israel has decided to conduct an official investigation into the war in Lebanon, where

Israeli PM Ehud Olmert, center, speaks as Cabinet Secretary Yisrael Maimon, right, and Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz look on at weekly cabinet meeting, September 17, 2006
Israeli PM Ehud Olmert, center, speaks as Cabinet Secretary Yisrael Maimon, right, and Transport Minister Shaul Mofaz look on at weekly cabinet meeting, September 17, 2006
the army battled Islamic Hezbollah guerrillas for 34 days.  The decision follows a stormy debate over who should take responsibility for a campaign that was widely seen as a failure.

The Israeli Cabinet appointed a commission of inquiry, in the wake of fierce public criticism of the way the government and army handled the war in Lebanon. From reservists to politicians to ordinary people, Israelis are asking why the Israel Defense Forces, or IDF, failed to defeat Hezbollah.

"We lost, and we lost against a group of some four-thousand Hezbollah fighters. The IDF, which is a mighty and efficient, and very good army - we lost," said Former Defense Minister Moshe Arens...[ News ]

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Beirut tries to ease tensions, limit implications of 1701

By Therese Sfeir
Daily Star staff

BEIRUT: Senior Lebanese official are moving to calm internal conflicts in order to resume national talks.

Sources quoted by the Central News Agency on Friday said Speaker Nabih Berri, who is currently in Switzerland, would return to Beirut within two days and team up with Prime Minister Fouad Siniora to plan the basis for the resumption of the national dialogue sessions.

During a Cabinet session held Friday, Siniora stressed the need to return to the roundtable to avoid political tension.

"We should preserve our image [in] the international community ... and resume talks free from tensions," Information Minister Ghazi Aridi quoted Siniora as telling the session.

Reading the government's statement, Aridi said the Cabinet expressed its adherence to UN Security Council Resolution 1701, but added that no role would be given to the international forces in Lebanon other than that stipulated in 1701....[ News ]

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Logistical hurdles cause delays in deployment of UNIFIL troops
Pellegrini unable to find terrain to accommodate peacekeepers

Compiled by Daily Star staff
Saturday, September 16, 2006

Hundreds of Spanish troops landed in the Lebanese port of Tyre Friday, the latest forces to join the growing UN mission aimed at cementing the cease-fire between Israel and Hizbullah. But they had to spend the night on the beach, and French troops remained in Beirut, as UN officials complained logistical problems are slowing the movement of peacekeepers to their operation zone in the South.

In an interview published Friday in the French daily La Croix, the UN peacekeeping force's commander, Major General Alain Pellegrini, said: "I am unable to now find enough terrain" to accommodate the incoming troops. "I am surely going to be required to delay the arrival of some contingents because I can't put them up," he was quoted as saying.

"I remind Lebanese authorities that they must offer us ground, which, for the moment, they haven't done," he said. "We are here at their request, and the least they could do is help us."....[ News ]

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Aoun Holds the Government, Hizbullah Responsible for the Month-Long Israeli Offensive on Lebanon
The head of the "Change and Reform" bloc in parliament Gen. Michel Aoun held the government and Hizbullah alike responsible for the Israeli onslaught on Lebanon, the Lebanese media reported Sunday.

Aoun charged that the government is responsible for the month-long Israeli war on Lebanon due to "its bad policies", An Nahar daily newspaper said.

In an interview with Al-Arabiya satellite news channel, the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) leader also held Hizbullah responsible for the war, saying the group is a party in the government and as such the government is liable as a whole, the daily said...[ News ]

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Aoun Attempts to Strike a Prisoners' Swap Deal in Utmost Secrecy
Speculation mounted over Gen. Michel Aoun's quick visit to Belgium and the direct negotiations he carried out there to secure the release of Israeli and Lebanese prisoners held by Israel and Hizbullah, al-Mustaqbal daily newspaper reported Sunday.


Gen. Aoun's visit to Belgium was kept a secret, sparking assumptions especially that he went aboard a plane belonging to the Belgian air force, the daily said.

The daily quoted the Kuwaiti al-Raiyi al-Aam newspaper as saying that informed western diplomatic sources disclosed a deal being carried out to exchange Lebanese and Israeli prisoners. It said the deal was undertaken by Gen. Aoun through direct negotiations via an intermediary who is a Lebanese figure, having resided in Tel Aviv for more than five years.

The Kuwaiti newspaper reported that Gen. Aoun went to Brussels for this purpose and assumed the negotiations to accomplish the deal. It said that a Belgian military plane belonging to the Belgian air force, holding no. "AC-01, model "ARG", landed at Beirut Airport at 9:10 am on Wednesday 13 September coming from Cyprus where it stopped at 5:30 am on its way from Italy where it arrived Tuesday afternoon coming from Melsbroek Air Base in Belgium...[ News ] 

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France is poised to dispatch hundreds of troops into the eerily calm south as it faces down bad memories of the deadly 1983 bombing in Beirut and concerns about its peacekeeping role.


The French are contributing the second largest contingent to the beefed-up U.N. force that is tasked with upholding the cease-fire between Israel and Hizbullah. France will command it until early next year, when Italy is to take over.

The first elements of a French battalion began moving south from the capital Sunday to take up positions in Bint Jbeil, a Hizbullah stronghold before the group's war with Israel.

Lieutenant Colonel Jerome Salle said the troops will move first to Deir Kifa, east of the southern port of Tyre, before eventually relieving a Ghanaian contingent in Bint Jbeil.

The group departing Beirut on Sunday consisted of around 30 soldiers, in a convoy of a dozen vehicles. The rest of the 900-man battalion will deploy over the coming days. They will join hundreds of Italians, Spanish, Indians and Ghanaians and other French already deployed in the area...[ News ] 

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Kabbani, Hizbullah Denounce Pope's Remarks on Islam
Hizbullah and Lebanon's top Sunni Muslim religious authority denounced Pope Benedict XVI's recent remarks on Islam and holy war, with the group warning of a global religious schism.

Hizbullah called on the Vatican to review the pope's "declared attitude which can lead to world divisions and from which the enemies of humanity -- the neo-conservatives led by (U.S. President George W.) Bush and the neo-racists and Nazis, the Zionists who attack civilians and the land -- can benefit."

The spiritual leader of Lebanon's Sunnis, the Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Kabbani, said the pope's remarks emanated either from "ignorance and lack of knowledge or were deliberately intended to distort Islam."

"Accusing Islam of lack of reason concerning affairs of religion and life and that Islam calls for spreading religion with the sword is contrary to the truth of Islam," Kabbani said in a statement published in newspapers Saturday. "Reason is the substance of Islam and its teachings ... Islam prohibited violence in human life. Anyone who wants the truth (about Islam) must take it from Islam's holy book, the Koran, rather than from a dialogue or excerpts."...[ News ] 

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Nonaligned Nations Blast Israeli Attacks

By Olga R. Rodriguez

The Associated Press
Sunday, September 17, 2006; 1:57 AM

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, shakes hands with  North Korea's No. 2, parliament leader Kim Yong Nam. during the inauguration ceremony of the 14h Nonaligned Summit in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Sept 15, 2006. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, shakes hands with North Korea's No. 2, parliament leader Kim Yong Nam. during the inauguration ceremony of the 14h Nonaligned Summit in Havana, Cuba, Friday, Sept 15, 2006. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) (Gregory Bull - AP)

HAVANA -- Representatives of 118 Nonaligned Movement nations condemned Israel's attacks on Lebanon and supported a peaceful resolution to the U.S.-Iran nuclear dispute in the final declaration Saturday of a summit that brought together some of the United States' staunchest foes.

The 92-page declaration also broadly condemned terrorism. But it said movements for self-determination and battles against foreign occupiers should not be considered terrorism...[ News ] 

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Salloukh Urges Germany to be 'Unbiased' in Peacekeeping Mission
Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh criticized German Chancellor Angela Merkel's comments about German participation in the peacekeeping efforts and urged Berlin to be an "unbiased" contributor to the U.N. mission in Lebanon.

"We expect a friendly country such as Germany to be balanced and unbiased in dealing with its (peacekeeping) mission," Salloukh told reporters in Beirut Saturday.

He was commenting on remarks Merkel made Wednesday after Germany's Cabinet approved the deployment of warships to Lebanon as part of the expanded United Nations peacekeeping force known as UNIFIL....[ News ] 

 

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Russian Battalion to Spend no More Than 3 Months in Lebanon
A Russian engineer battalion will spend no more than three months in Lebanon helping repair the war damage, news reports said.

Senior Defense Ministry official Lt. Gen. Ivan Tsygankov said that the battalion will be sent to Lebanon in early October, the Interfax and ITAR-Tass news agencies reported Saturday. He said that the battalion would carry its own supplies that would allow it to rebuild six facilities. ...[ News ] 

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U.S. Lobbies Countries, Bankers
to Sever Financial Ties with Iran

By MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS
September 17, 2006 3:04 a.m.

SINGAPORE -- Frustrated in its efforts to secure U.N. sanctions on Iran, the Bush administration is trying to convince individual governments and banks to sever financial relationships that allegedly allow Tehran to finance its nuclear ambitions and foreign terrorist groups.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Group of Seven meeting, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said he has dispatched aides to Europe and the Persian Gulf in recent days, where he has instructed them to lay out the U.S. case that Iran has been using dozens of front companies to fool banks into facilitating illicit financial transactions...[ News ] 

 

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Phares on Radio America: "Syria's regime wants to gain time from the US to better prepare against the latter"


FDD Senior Fellow Walid Phares told Radio America's Greg Corombos on "Date Line Washington" that the Syrian regime is attempting to gain time from Washington to better prepare itself for an upcoming confrontation with the US over the imoplementation of UNSCR 1559 and 1701. The Terrorist attack in Damascus was "allowed" by the regime so that it would look good in the eyes of the American public." [ Cedars Revolution Blog ]
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Rice: Lebanon, Israel Could Be Partners in Fighting Terror
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said Lebanon and Israel could be partners in fighting terrorism and that the U.S. is helping Premier Fouad Saniora's government to cope with the war's aftermath.

"You have a Lebanese government that wants to fight terror and that is the beginning of a democratic government that could be actually a partner for Israel in fighting terror," Rice told Rush Limbaugh, host of radio's Rush Limbaugh Show on Friday.... [ News ]

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Lebanon Must Disarm Hezbollah, Israeli Foreign Minister Warns
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By Glenn Kessler
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 16, 2006; A16

The Lebanese government must fully implement a recent U.N. resolution requiring the disarming of the militant Shiite group Hezbollah or Israel will be less reluctant to attack the Lebanese state if Hezbollah resumes hostilities, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said yesterday.

Livni, in an interview with editors and reporters of The Washington Post, said that when the fighting began in July after Hezbollah seized two Israeli soldiers, Israel heeded calls from world officials not to undermine the government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora because the formation of the government and the subsequent withdrawal of Syrian troops was an "achievement of the international community."... [ News ]

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Hizbullah Sends U.N. Troops Veiled Warning, Army Pursues Deployment
Hizbullah said Saturday it would have no problem with U.N. peacekeepers as long as they stick to defending Lebanon against Israel, two days after the French general who leads the troops hinted they would disarm the group if the Lebanese army does not.

The U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon "is here to protect the Lebanese and Lebanon's sovereignty, and we want its mandate limited to that," in which case there "will be no problems," Nabil Qaouk, the group's chief in the south, told Agence France Presse.

"We want the new UNIFIL to do its work in conformity with" U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701, which led to an August 14 truce in the war between Israel and Hizbullah.... [ News ]
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Nasrallah is fast losing popularity even in its own ranks UPDATED 9/15

By Olivier Guitta

Indeed a recent poll shows that the majority of Lebanese, actually 51% want Hezbollah disarmed. Le Figaro cited that 47% of Lebanese do not think that Hezbollah won the war over Israel.

While one could have expected the reversal of fortune of Nasrallah's movement among Christians and Sunnis what's the most surprising is that he is attacked by two major figures in the Shia community.

The first one is a very well respected Sayeed Ali Al Amin ( a descendant of the prophet like Nasrallah is) who has been very vocal attacking Nasrallah for his illegal war against israel. His views are now little by little being followed in the Shia community.

The second one is none other than President of the parliament and spokesman for Nasrallah during the war Nabih Berry, the head of the Amal movement the rival Shia movement to Hezbollah which was near extinction. Amal is now getting traction among Shias and their views are much more moderate than Hezbollah's.

It looks like that for the first time Nasrallah inded committed a major mistake...from CounterTerrorismBlog....

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WFP to End Lebanon Operation in October

By Lisa Schlein
Geneva
16 September 2006
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The World Food Program says it will wind up its food assistance program in Lebanon by the end of October because of the country's rapid recovery from the war with Israel.  A two-week assessment to evaluate the country's food needs finds the situation has greatly improved.

A Lebanese boy eats foods near a building that was destroyed in the Israeli bombardment during the month-long Israel-Hezbollah war in this August 30 file photo
A Lebanese boy eats foods near a building that was destroyed in the Israeli bombardment during the month-long Israel-Hezbollah war in this August 30 file photo
The World Food Program says Lebanon soon will be food secure.  It says the commercial sector is bouncing back more quickly than expected, making a withdrawal from the country possible.

WFP spokeswoman, Christian Berthiaume, says even the southern part of the country, which was heavily bombarded during the war between Israel and the Hezbollah militia, is recovering quickly... [ News ]

 

 

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Spanish Troops Arrive in Lebanon to Enforce Ceasefire

By Robert Berger
VOA
15 September 2006

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UNIFIL Spanish soldier holding M60 machine gun stands guard near navy divers as Lebanese boy looks on
UNIFIL Spanish soldier holding M60 machine gun stands guard near navy divers as Lebanese boy looks on

More international troops are arriving in Lebanon to enforce the one-month-old ceasefire between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hezbollah. The peacekeepers face a complicated mission because, after 34 days of fighting, neither side scored a decisive victory. 

About 550 Spanish troops have begun arriving in South Lebanon, beefing up the U.N.-led peacekeeping force. U.N. officials say the international force should reach the target of 5,000 in a few days, mostly French, Italian and Spanish troops. Israel has said that, when there are 5,000 international troops on the ground, it will pull all its forces out of South Lebanon. That could happen by Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, in a week.... [ News ]

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Bush Will Not Meet With Ahmadinejad By Scott Stearns
White House
15 September 2006

President Bush says he will not meet with Iran's leader on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly next week.  President Bush wants sanctions against Iran, because it is refusing to heed international demands to suspend uranium enrichment.

President Bush gestures as he speaks during a press conference in the Rose Garden, Friday, September 15
President Bush gestures as he speaks during a press conference in the Rose Garden, Friday, September 15
President Bush and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will both be in New York for the U.N. session, but Mr. Bush says he will not meet with his Iranian counterpart because President Ahmadinejad has failed to meet U.N. demands to stop enriching uranium.

"I have made it clear to the Iranian regime that we will sit down with the Iranians once they verifiably suspend their enrichment program, and I meant what I said," said Mr. Bush.

President Bush says Iran is secretly developing a nuclear weapons program..... [ News ]

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Hezbollah sends UN peacekeepers veiled warning
by Jihad Siqlawi

TYRE, Lebanon - Hezbollah said Saturday it would have no problem with UN peacekeepers as long as they stick to defending Lebanon against Israel, two days after the French general who leads the troops hinted they would disarm the Shiite group if the Lebanese army does not..... [ News ]

 

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Amnesty International

Under fire: Hizbullah's attacks on northern Israel

Hizbullah’s rocket attacks on northern Israel amounted to deliberate attacks on civilians and civilian objects, as well as indiscriminate attacks, both war crimes.
Read the new report (بالعربية) (בעברית)

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End is near for Hezbollah
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah, Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times

TALK about Hezbollah confirms the presence and desire of Iran to control the Middle East. Tehran doesn’t mind the existence of Israel and will even strike an alliance with the enemy as long as their interests match. Accordingly, Hezbollah has been playing the role of aggravator to perfection to give Israel the green light to launch attacks on Lebanon.

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With Hezbollah about to exit from the equation in Lebanon, we are reminded of the old saying “What goes up must come down.” [ Commt/Analy ]

 

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Gunmen Fire on Army Post Near Northern Border with Syria
Gunmen opened fire on an army post near Lebanon's northern border with Syria overnight after smugglers were arrested there, the military said Friday.

The shooting was the first such incident since army troops deployed last month along the Lebanon-Syria border to control crossings and prevent the smuggling of weapons to Hizbullah.

The route is frequently used to smuggle illegal loads of fuel, cigarettes, electronics and cement -- as well as weapons destined for Hizbullah.

One soldier was lightly wounded in the attack, and was being treated at a hospital, the army statement said.

The gunmen opened fire on the outpost in the Wadi Khaled area, about one kilometer from the Lebanon-Syria border, after army troops arrested several smugglers in the area.

Those arrested had been smuggling cement on tractors from Syria to Lebanon, a Lebanese security official said.

Troops detained 12 suspects after the shooting, the statement said.

The Lebanese army has increased its presence on the border with Syria in the past weeks in accordance with U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 that halted 34 days of fighting between Israel and Hizbullah fighters.(AP)

 

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Sept 15, 2006 update

Head of UN team probing Hariri''s assassination meets Lebanese public

LAW-LEBANON-HARIRI-PROBE
Head of UN team probing Hariri's assassination meets Lebanese public
prosecutor

BEIRUT, Sept 15 (KUNA) -- Head of the international team probing the assassination of former Lebanese Premier Rafik Al-Hariri's, Serge Brammertz, held a meeting on Friday with Public Prosecutor of the Cassation Court in Lebanon, Saeed Mirza.

According to a press release, the two officials exchanged a number of documents relevant to the investigation, adding that Brammertz was expected to submit his report by the end of September.

Brammertz's team halted all activities as a result of Israel's aggression on Lebanon. The team relocated to Cyprus and resumed its work after the aggression ended last August.

The team started its work in June of 2005 as stipulated by UN Security-Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1595.

Al-Hariri was assassinated on February 14, 2005. (end) an.
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Sept 15, 2006

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DEBKAfile Exclusive: Al Qaeda appears to be preparing a large-scale terrorist attack on Israeli and UNIFIL forces in South Lebanon

September 14, 2006, 11:37 PM (GMT+02:00)

According to some Western and Lebanese intelligence sources, al Qaeda has named veteran Abu Rush al-Miqati, 56, an old Middle East hand, to organize the attack. Lebanese interior minister Ahmad Fatfat reports 13 al Qaeda cells are operating in Lebanon and are being mustered for the attack.

The Italian defense minister Arturo Parisi, who visited Italian forces at Ras a Maroun in South Lebanon, reminded them that al Qaeda’s Ayman Zawahiri this week stated that UNIFIL forces in Lebanon faced attack as “enemies of Islam.”..................... [ INTEL ] 

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DEBKAfile Exclusive: Hizballah reneges on its deal for the Lebanese army and the UN force’s missions in South Lebanon

September 14, 2006, 11:20 PM (GMT+02:00)

Until Wednesday night, the Shiite terror group stood by its consent to the Lebanese army on the border with Israel handling any military problems or clashes with Israel, with Hizballah assisting. Now, Hizballah has gone back on this deal and announced that henceforth its own forces will no longer wait for the Lebanese army to act but send its own forces into action against Israel. This is the first time since the UN-brokered went into effect on July 14 that Hizballah has threatened direct military action against Israel......... [ INTEL ] 

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Sept 15, 2006

Geagea describes Hizbullah victory as 'imaginary'
'Lebanon paid a heavy price'

Daily Star staff
Friday, September 15, 2006

Geagea describes Hizbullah victory as 'imaginary'

BEIRUT: Samir Geagea Thursday dismissed any claims of a Hizbullah victory over Israel as "imaginary," saying Lebanon had paid a heavy price during the recent war. "It is true that the Israelis walked out from the war in a terrible situation," the Lebanese Forces leader said in an interview with an Egyptian television station aired Thursday. "It is also true that the performance of the Hizbullah militants was very good, but Lebanon paid a high price for nothing."

"The feeling of victory is an illusion," he added.........[ News ]

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Sfeir 'blames Hizbullah' for state of affairs in Lebanon

By Maroun Khoury
Daily Star correspondent
Friday, September 15, 2006

 Sfeir 'blames Hizbullah' for state of affairs in Lebanon

BKIRKI: Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir was quoted Thursday as having once more lashed out at Hizbullah and blaming the resistance for the "catastrophic" state of affairs in Lebanon.

The latest attack was relayed by Journalists' Union President Melhem Karam, after a meeting with the prelate Thursday.

"A war was imposed on us and our country was used as a battlefield for others," Karam said, quoting Sfeir. "The war was launched in mediation between Israel and the US from one side and Iran and Syria through a Lebanese group from the other side.".........[ News ]

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Rights Group Accuses Hezbollah of 'Indiscriminate' Killing
By Kevin Sullivan
Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, September 15, 2006; A15

LONDON, Sept. 14 -- Amnesty International on Thursday accused Hezbollah of "indiscriminate" and deliberate killings of Israeli civilians during the recent armed conflict in Lebanon, three weeks after accusing Israel of violating international law with "disproportionate" attacks on Lebanese civilians.

The London-based human rights group said its investigations showed that during the 33-day conflict, Hezbollah fired nearly 4,000 rockets into northern Israel, killing 43 civilians, seriously injuring 33 others and displacing hundreds of thousands. It said that about a quarter of the rockets were fired into urban areas and that many were packed with thousands of ball bearings "designed to inflict maximum death and injury.".........[ News ]

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Hizbullah: Fighters still in South Lebanon
Siniora says no contact with Israel possible

Compiled by Daily Star staff
Friday, September 15, 2006

Hizbullah: Fighters still in South Lebanon

A month after the cessation of hostilities in Lebanon, Hizbullah said that its fighters are still in Southern Lebanon, as more Lebanese and UN troops mobilized Thursday to keep the two sides apart. This came as Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said no contact was possible with Israel, with which Beirut has never had diplomatic relations.

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Wednesday night in the second part of an interview with Al-Jazeera: "The resistance is present south of the Litani River and in the whole South of Lebanon.".........[ News ]

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Saniora Vows Army Will Restore Control Over South, Says his Government Plans to Stay in Power
Prime Minister Fouad Saniora vowed his military will confiscate any weapons it sees in southern Lebanon, saying his government is planning to stay in power as long as it had the approval of parliament.


"I intend for the Lebanese army to prove its presence in the area south of Litani River," Premier Saniora told reporters after talks with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo. "We want this area to be under the army's and the Lebanese state's control. The army has all the authority to ban any armed appearances and confiscate those weapons."

Saniora said his government planned to stay in power as long as it had the approval of parliament.........[ News ]

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Lebanon Vows to Seize Hezbollah
Weapons, Underscoring Friction

Associated Press
September 14, 2006 11:32 p.m.

BEIRUT, Lebanon -- The Lebanese prime minister warned Thursday that his army will seize all weapons shown publicly in southern Lebanon, offering a sharp retort to a boast from Hezbollah's leader that his fighters are on the border with Israel and won't leave.

A month into the U.N. cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah, the United Nations said the truce is holding well, but the comments underscored growing friction between the Islamic militant group and the Lebanese government, which is led by opponents of Hezbollah's patron Syria..........[ News ]

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Hizbullah Rejects Amnesty Report, Says it Hit Israeli Civilians in Tit-For-Tat
Hizbullah acknowledged targeting civilians in rocket attacks on Israel, but said it fired in response to Israeli attacks -- rejecting an Amnesty International report Thursday that accused the group of violating international humanitarian law.
Hizbullah legislator Hassan Fadlallah said his group targeted civilians in Israeli cities -- killing dozens -- in response to Israeli attacks that killed hundreds of Lebanese civilians.

"We do not deny that we have bombarded Israeli cities, settlements and infrastructure. But this was always a reaction," he told Al-Jazeera television. "It was a natural reaction. When a state is invaded, it must defend itself."

Fadlallah said Amnesty International probably came under American and Israeli pressure to issue a report critical of Hizbullah 's actions during the 34-day war, after issuing a similar report against Israel last month.........[ News ]

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New roadmap for Mideast
BY HENRY A. KISSINGER

15 September 2006

Dr. Henry Kissinger

TWO misconceptions dominate public discussion on the crisis in Lebanon. The first is that Hezbollah is a traditional terrorist organisation operating covertly outside the law. The second is that the ceasefire marks an end to the war in Lebanon. Neither of these views is valid.

Hezbollah is, in fact, a metastasisation of the Al Qaeda pattern. It acts as an overt state within a state. It commands an army much stronger and far better equipped than Lebanon’s on Lebanese soil, in defiance of two UN resolutions. Financed and trained by Iran, it fights wars with organised units against a major adversary. As a Shia party, it has ministers in the government of Lebanon who do not consider themselves bound by its decisions. A non-state entity on the soil of a state with all the attributes of a state and backed by the major regional power is a new phenomenon in international relations....[ Commt/Analy ]

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The Tehran Calculus
By Charles Krauthammer
Friday, September 15, 2006; A19

In his televised Sept. 11 address, President Bush said that we must not "leave our children to face a Middle East overrun by terrorist states and radical dictators armed with nuclear weapons." There's only one such current candidate: Iran...[ Commt/Analy ]

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Sept 14, 2006

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Syria: The poorly executed attack

 

At first glance, the incident appears to have been a jihadist attack against the embassy, though if that is the case the perpetrators quite obviously failed to adequately plan and execute the operation.

The U.S. Embassy is located in Damascus' Rawda district, an area that also houses many other foreign embassies and Syrian government buildings, as well as palaces used by Syrian President Bashar al Assad. One of these palaces is within 980 feet of the U.S. Embassy, which is partly the reason for the tight security in the area. Because of the number of high-value targets in the area, however, only a serious investigation into the attack would reveal the true target -- and U.S. investigators probably are not going to be allowed close to this one.......... [ INTEL ] 

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Amnesty: Hezbollah Committed War Crimes Against Israel

By VOA News
14 September 2006

Human rights group Amnesty International is accusing the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of committing war crimes in its month-long conflict with Israel.

A fireman extinguishes a blaze following a Katyusha missile attack on the northern Israeli port of Haifa (File photo)
A fireman extinguishes a blaze following a Katyusha missile attack on the northern Israeli port of Haifa (File photo)
In a report released Thursday, Amnesty says Hezbollah's rocket attacks on northern Israel amounted to deliberate and indiscriminate attacks on civilians and civilian objects.

The group says Hezbollah also violated international humanitarian law by firing rockets at civilians in reprisal for Israel's military offensive against the group.

Israel says it was hit by almost 4,000 Hezbollah rockets during the conflict. The rockets killed 43 Israeli civilians, including several children........[ News ]

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Hezbollah Leader: Group Still in Southern Lebanon Despite Ceasefire By VOA News
13 September 2006

Hassan Nasrallah
Hassan Nasrallah
Hezbollah's leader says the group is still in southern Lebanon, one month after a U.N.-brokered ceasefire ended Hezbollah's war with Israel.

In an interview Wednesday with the Arabic television network Al-Jazeera, Hassan Nasrallah said Hezbollah guerrillas are present at the Israeli border.

Nasrallah said no one can prevent Hezbollah from defending what he called land belonging to the group.

In Washington, a senior U.S. official told a Senate committee disarming Hezbollah remains a challenge but is necessary for Lebanon to assert its sovereignty. David Welch said a key task of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon will be to ensure no arms are smuggled across the border to Hezbollah.....[ News ]

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Nasrallah Says Hizbullah is Still in the South, Doesn't Regret the Capture of 2 Israeli Soldiers
Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said the party still had a presence in south Lebanon one month after a U.N.-brokered ceasefire brought an end to hostilities with Israel.


"The resistance is present south of the Litani River and in the whole south of Lebanon," Nasrallah said in the second part of an interview with Al-Jazeera TV network Wednesday.

In the first part, broadcast on Tuesday by the satellite channel, he heaped scorn on Premier Fouad Saniora for receiving British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Beirut, saying the move was aimed at provoking and humiliating his group.

"We regret that Israeli officials lie to their people by saying they have ousted Hizbullah from south Lebanon and that they will not let it return," he said in Wednesday's broadcast.........[ News ]

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White House: Syria Must Shutter Terrorist Offices
The United States urged Syria on Wednesday to close down the offices of any "terrorist organizations" operating in Damascus.
"We urge the Syrian government to step up and start fighting the war on terror in a more significant way by shuttering the offices of terrorist organizations who are headquartered or have facilities in Damascus," White House spokesman Tony Snow told reporters.

He did not specify any organizations, but Washington considers Hizbullah, as well as Palestinian groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad, to be terrorist organizations. All have offices in Damascus.........[ News ]

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Sept 13, 2006

Embassy Attack

"SO CLOSE TO ASSAD's HOME ??? IS IT POSSIBLE?"

 

US embassy: Assad allows attack, offer "protection" and aim at confusion
By Walid Phares

According to well informed Syrian sources, today's Terrorist attack against the US embassy in Damascus is one of the "Machiavellian" Assad operations. Let's remind ourselves that the Syrian regime's senior strategists and intelligence officers were trained by the sophisticated "intox" schools of the former Soviet's KGB. One of the main tactics of this old school, refined by Hafez Assad during his rule of Syria is based on the following concept: If the equation is to your disadvantage, create a new problem, offer to solve it, obtain recognition; and by that you'd change the equation.

The strategic objective of the Assad regime today is to deter Washington from further pressures against Syria, in the form of the Hariri investigation, the US pressure through the Security Council to deploy forces along the borders with Lebanon and the American ongoing support to the anti-Syrian Government in Beirut. Tehran-Damascus-Hezbollah axis is in dire need to "contain" Washington's pressures and gain time, as much possible of time. Why would they need time? Because they have to rearm Hezbollah, crumble the Lebanese Government, and face off with UN pressures on the nuclear. Syria has the marching orders to disorient the United States, and hence it adopted a twin approach...[ Cedars Revolution Blog ]

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Review of the Situation in Lebanon and the Way Ahead
C. David Welch , Assistant Secretary, Near Eastern Affairs Bureau
Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Washington, DC
September 13, 2006

Thank you, Mister Chairman, and other distinguished Members of the Committee for inviting me here today. I welcome the opportunity to discuss the important developments in Lebanon over the past several weeks and the ways in which the U.S. and the international community can help create the conditions that will ensure a lasting peace.

The recent conflict in Lebanon was instigated by Hizballah’s unprovoked July 12 attack across the Blue Line into Israel – an attack in which several Israeli soldiers were killed and two captured. This attack was not an isolated incident, but rather reflected a long-standing policy of Hizballah to engage in periodic attacks against Israel – even after Israel’s withdrawal (which was confirmed by the United Nations) from Lebanon in 2000. That such terror attacks have continued with considerable frequency in the six years since Israel’s withdrawal is hardly surprising; since its inception in the early 1980s, Hizballah has belied its claims to be a movement resisting occupation by engaging in terrorism, including its involvement in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut which killed 63 people, the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut that same year which killed 241 U.S. servicemen, the 1984 bombing of the U.S. Embassy annex which killed 2 U.S. servicemen, and the 1992 attack on the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires which killed 29, as well as the 1994 attack on the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires which killed 85. As this record shows, Hizballah is a major destabilizing factor in the Middle East, closely allied with Syria and Iran. The Lebanon war instigated by Hizballah this summer must therefore be seen in the context of the broader Middle East situation which we face..US GOVT  ]

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Annan Report to UN Security Council Urges Hizbullah to Disarm

U.N. chief Kofi Annan, in a report on Lebanon, said Israel has made "significant progress" in the gradual withdrawal of its forces from the south and underscored the need to disarm Hizbullah and to reach a just and comprehensive peace in the broader Middle East.


Meanwhile, the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon said it was investigating Lebanese complaints that Israeli forces have erected a barbed-wire barrier inside Lebanese territory.

Annan's report that was released on Tuesday said both Israel and Hizbullah had mostly complied with the cease-fire that was called for in Security Council Resolution 1701, aside from one major raid by Israel on Aug. 19 and several minor violations........[ News ]
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Russian Defense Minister: Russia to Send up to 400 Soldiers to Lebanon
Russia is to send up to 400 military personnel to Lebanon by the start of October, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said Wednesday........[ News ]

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Nasrallah Attacks Saniora's Government, Brands it American Tool
Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has strongly condemned British Prime Minister Tony Blair's visit to Lebanon and heaped criticism on Premier Fouad Saniora's government, branding it an American tool.

Nasrallah, speaking in an interview on Al-Jazeera TV network late Tuesday, said Saniora and his political allies had shown little regard for his group and those who died during the Israel-Hizbullah war by agreeing to meet with Blair.

His comments appeared to mark a show of force by Hizbullah, which is facing international pressure to disarm as thousands of U.N. peacekeepers begin to pour into the group's heartland in the south........[ News ]

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Lebanon model of "democracy, liberty and prosperity" - PM

11 September 2006

Tony Blair and Prime Minister Fouad Siniora at a joint news conference in Beirut Tony Blair has held talks with Lebanese PM Fouad Sinoria on the third day of his trip to the Middle East.

He promised that the UK would play a full part in the reconstruction needed in Lebanon following the recent crisis.

The PM also re-iterated his desire for a "full implementation" of UN resolution 1701, and to see what he called a "re-engerising" of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Mr Blair said:

"I hope out of what has been a tragic and terrible time, we can rebuild in a way that gives not just lasting peace here in the Lebanon and lasting peace in the region, but where we see Lebanon once again for what it is and can be, which is a model for the whole of this region, of democracy, of liberty and of prosperity."

Mr Blair's trip also included visits to Israel and the Palestinian territories.....*New Page [ T.Blair in Leb ]   

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Protests against Blair visit aim to topple government - Jumblatt

By Therese Sfeir
Daily Star staff
Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Protests against Blair visit aim to topple government - Jumblatt

BEIRUT: The head of the Progressive Socialist Party, MP Walid Jumblatt said the protests against British Prime Minister Tony Blair's visit "fall within the attempts to topple the government." Speaking on Monday before a delegation from the March 14 Forces youth and student committees in the Chouf, Jumblatt said calls for the resignation of the Cabinet were aimed at hampering the creation of an international tribunal to try those accused in former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination.

Jumblatt said arms smuggling across the Syrian-Lebanese borders cannot be halted with anything but the deployment of international forces there.

He said the Lebanese Army should be reinforced and deployed in the entire South.

Democratic Renewal Movement President Nassib Lahoud said Blair's visit to Beirut would be an opportunity for Lebanon to promote its position on the international level.

After meeting with Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir in Bkirki Monday, the March 14 Forces member said "although some people were against Blair's visit, I believe it is necessary for Lebanon to benefit from all the opportunities to strengthen its position, especially since Britain plays an important role on the Security Council."

Lahoud reiterated the need to abide by Resolution 1701 and to prevent arms smuggling across the borders........[ News ]

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Cyprus detains a ship bound for Syria from North Korea - on Interpol and Israeli tip-off about military cargo

September 11, 2006, 10:25 PM (GMT+02:00)

DEBKAfile’s military sources report the 18 truck-mounted mobile radar systems and three command vehicles, billed as “weather-observation equipment,” were a part of a consignment Iran purchased from North Korea for Hizballah.

The shipment was billed as weather-observation equipment on the freight manifest of the Panamanian-flagged Gregorio 1. Syria was not listed as the consignee. But the Syrian government asked Cyprus to release the seized consignment.

This is the first irrefutable proof that Syria and Iran are in blatant violation of the arms embargo laid down in Security Council resolution 1701.

There is no embargo on arms shipments from North Korea or Cyprus to Syria and it is not clear if the Cypriot authorities intend to impound the cargo in view of the discrepancy between the manifest and the freight.

However, intelligence sources believe the systems aboard the Grigorio 1 are intended to complement the anti-air missiles which have already reached Hizballah via Syria, the main conduit of arms to the Lebanese Shiite terrorists.

The Gregorio 1 which set out from North Korea reached Port Said in Egypt and was on its way to the Syrian port of Latakia when it put into Cyprus to refuel.

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Open to interpretation: what 1701 means for Lebanon's security

By George Jallad 

Open to interpretation: what 1701 means for Lebanon's security

Analysis by George Jallad

As The Daily Star went to press, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan was preparing to release his report on the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701. This article by George Jallad illustrates the uncertainties about how the resolution will be interpreted and how these might affect its contribution to stability.

As soon as the United Nations Security Council issued Resolution 1701, the Lebanese government publicly declared that it had achieved a diplomatic victory by amending the draft resolution presented by the US and France from Chapter VII to Chapter VI of the UN Charter. What are the reasons behind the government's initiation of a fierce diplomatic war to change the draft resolution to Chapter VI, and was it successful in doing so?

Before answering the above questions, it is essential to shed some light upon the difference between the Council's decisions under Chapter VI and VII of the UN Charter. Chapter VI comes under the title "Pacific Settlement of Disputes." Accordingly, a decision issued by the Council under this Chapter cannot be implemented without the clear consent of the conflicting parties. Such a decision usually includes peaceful ways of settling disputes such as mediation, conciliation and arbitration, in addition to other means mentioned under Article 33 of the Charter....[ Commt/Analy ]

 

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Syrian news agency reports 14 people injured including 2 security forces members and a local embassy employee in terrorist attack on US embassy in Damascus

September 12, 2006, 3:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

One Syrian guard and 3 assailants were killed and one wounded and captured. No US diplomatic personnel were hurt, according to Syrian sources. The attempt to storm the embassy took place Tuesday, Sept 12, the day after the anniversary of al Qaeda’s 9/11 assaults on America and threats of fresh attacks.

According to some reports, the assailants threw hand grenades and RPG rockets and opened heavy automatic fire on the Syrian guards outside the embassy. One car bomb went off and a second, a van loaded with pipe bombs linked to gas canisters, failed.

DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources add the assault team, almost certainly Al Qaeda from Lebanon, was large enough to attack the US embassy compound from several directions and plant bomb devices around the building. Syrian security forces have thrown a dragnet over Damascus to search for the fugitives.

US Marines in the embassy are said to have taken part in the gunfight. A Chinese diplomat suffered minor injuries as he photographed the attack from the roof of the neighboring Chinese embassy.

As thick black smoke rose above the embassy, heavy Syrian forces surrounded the building. Ambulances and fire engines rushed to the scene. The terror alert has been elevated at US embassies in Europe, Middle East and Persian Gulf.

There is no US ambassador in place in Damascus. She was withdrawn more than a year ago after the US accused Damascus of involvement in the Rafiq Hariri assassination in Beirut. The embassy is run by a large consular staff and low-ranking diplomats.

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French Leclerc Battle Tanks Arrive in Lebanon
More than a dozen French Leclerc battle tanks and a dozen armored vehicles arrived in Lebanon on Tuesday as France builds up its forces, as part of the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon.


The 13 tanks and other armored vehicles arrived in Beirut's port aboard the cargo ship Fast Arrow, where they were expected to be unloaded later in the day and join French forces stationed nearby, an Agence France Presse reporter at the port said.......[ News ]
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French U.N. peacekeepers get atop a Leclerc tank, left and a AUF1 artillery piece, right, that were unloaded from the cargo ship Fast Arrow that docked at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2006, carrying thirteen Leclerc tanks, artillery trucks, Cobra radar systems and dozens of armored vehicles and transport trucks for French peacekeepers in the U.N. force monitoring the cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

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Hizbullah Pours Scorn on March 14 Forces for 'Aligning Themselves with Israeli Enemy'
A Hizbullah legislator has slammed the March 14 forces and demanded that the government step down for alleged collusion with Israel and its U.S. ally over demands for the group to lay down its weapons.


"The forces of March 14 (the anti-Syrian coalition which leads the government) aligned themselves with the Israeli enemy from the start" of the conflict that ravaged Lebanon from July 12 to August 14, Hizbullah MP Ali Ammar told a mass rally in the Haret Hreik district of Beirut's southern suburbs Monday night.......[ News ]
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Demonstrators Shout Angry Chants, Protesting Blair's Visit to Beirut
An angry protester accusing Tony Blair of complicity in the recent Israeli bombardment of Lebanon disrupted a news conference and thousands more shouted outside Monday as the British prime minister visited Beirut in a show of support for the nation's government.
"This visit is an insult," the woman shouted as Blair and Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Saniora spoke at Saniora's office complex. "Shame on you Tony Blair.".......[ News ]
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Dr. Walid Phares on LBC's Al-Hadath: 5 Years Later - 9/11 Analysis and Discussion

 

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September 11, 2006
Global Crisis Watch convenes a counterterrorism round table on the fifth anniversary of 9/11 and looks forward to the threat risks ahead with Dr. Walid Phares, author of "Future Jihad," Bill Roggio, BillRoggio.com, and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, author of "My Year Inside Radical Islam: A Memoir."

 

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British Prime Minister Tony Blair, second left, meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora in Beirut, Monday, Sept.11, 2006. Thousands of protesters shouted angry chants and accused British Prime Minister Tony Blair of complicity in last month's Israeli bombardment of Lebanon as he arrived Monday in a country still reeling from 34 days of fighting. (AP Photo/Peter Macdiarmid,Pool)...[ PICNews ]

 

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Blair Arrives in Lebanon as Authorities Shield Downtown Beirut from Angry Protestors
British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived in Beirut Monday amid an airtight security dragnet around the downtown area as angry demonstrators gathered in the center of the capital to protest his stance on Israel's 34-day aggression on Lebanon.


Blair's jetliner landed at 10 a.m. at Rafik Hariri International airport where he was welcomed by Premier Fouad Saniora and Foreign Minister Fawzi Salloukh.

The British PM then headed to the Grand Serail for talks with Saniora whose office announced last Wednesday -- the day before Israel began lifting its eight-week blockade on Lebanon -- that Blair had been invited to intervene with Israel over the travel restrictions......[ News ]

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U.N. Deputy Secretary General: U.N. in 'Discreet' Effort to Free Kidnapped Israeli Soldiers
The United Nations is engaged in a "highly confidential, discreet" effort to free two Israeli soldiers seized by Hizbullah, U.N. Deputy Secretary General Mark Malloch Brown has said.


"(U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan) has now put in place a facilitation effort to try and secure the release of those prisoners," Malloch Brown said Sunday in an interview with CNN television's "Late Edition."

"Now that is under way as we talk," he said.......[ News ]
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Saniora Thanks Saudi King Abdullah for War-Time Boost
Prime Minister Fouad Saniora has said he had thanked Saudi King Abdullah for his country's support for Lebanon during the recent Israel-Hizbullah conflict.


Saniora conveyed Beirut's gratitude for "the political and material support which Saudi Arabia extended during the Israeli aggression against Lebanon and is still extending," he told reporters Sunday after talks with Abdullah and Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

Saniora said he had also briefed the Saudi monarch on latest developments in Lebanon.

Saudi officials said Saniora also discussed the economic impact on Lebanon of the 34-day war.......[ News ]

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Chirac Sees 'Dangerous' Future for Peacekeeping Mission in Lebanon
French President Jacques Chirac has said the U.N. peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon could become "dangerous" once the Hizbullah has time to recover from the recent Israeli offensive.


"In my opinion there won't be any problem for two or three months because Hizbullah is a little weaker," Chirac told Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriquez Zapatero Sunday on the sidelines of the Europe-Asia summit in Helsinki.

"But in three, four, five months it could be dangerous. I am a little worried for the future," he said in comments caught by French television cameras and broadcast in Paris.

The French president said the success of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Lebanon was also linked to ongoing negotiations over Iran's disputed nuclear program.......[ News ]

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Top Shi'ite Cleric Opposes Blair Visit to Beirut

By VOA News
11 September 2006

Tony Blair
Tony Blair
Lebanon's top Shi'ite cleric is opposing British Prime Minister Tony Blair's expected visit to Beirut Monday.

Mr. Blair is visiting the region to support peace efforts, saying the ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah militants represents a window of opportunity for progress.

On Sunday, Lebanon's Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah said Mr. Blair is not welcome in Beirut because of his support for Israel and the United States. The cleric said Mr. Blair should have demanded a quick cease-fire to end hostilities.......[ News ]

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Blair Launches Mideast Peace Mission

By Robert Berger
Jerusalem
10 September 2006

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Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, right, and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are seen during a joint news conference at the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, right, and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are seen during a joint news conference at the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem
Mr. Blair opened his visit in Jerusalem, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. At a joint news conference, the British Prime Minister said they discussed shoring up the fragile cease-fire in Lebanon and reviving the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

"The majority of people here, I'm sure, want to see what the majority of people in my country want to see, which is a Middle East that is stable, and democratic, with people living side by side in peace. It is very easy to be pessimistic in the light of everything that has happened recently, but I do believe that with good will and the right leadership it can be done," he said.......[ News ]

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Pride in Hezbollah Fades as Lebanese Query War's Toll (Update1)

By Daniel Williams

Sept. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Pride among Lebanese in surviving the war with Israel has given way to questioning why it all happened, with measures of blame heaped on Hezbollah, the Shiite Muslim militia that triggered the conflict.

During most of the 33 days of combat, national unity overshadowed unease among many Lebanese about Hezbollah's autonomous armed force. Concern has resurfaced as Lebanon faces the reality of damage to houses, roads and its economy.

``Do I have to pay for someone else's adventure?'' said Abdel Rahman Soubri, 52, a construction worker in Haret Hreik, a heavily bombed, mostly Shiite district of Beirut. Soubri, a Sunni Muslim, said he wasn't protesting from a sectarian point of view. He complained that other militias from Lebanon's turbulent past had given up arms, and Hezbollah should, too. ``Doesn't Hezbollah ever get tired of shooting?'' he asked.....[ Commt/Analy ]

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FBI keeps its eyes fixed on Hezbollah
Officials: Group could prove deadly in U.S.

By Ian Hoffman, STAFF WRITER

When Hamas and Hezbollah kidnapped Israeli soldiers this summer and the Israeli military lashed back in Gaza and Lebanon, the FBI quietly stepped up its scrutiny of the two groups, particularly Hezbollah, which law-enforcement authorities say raises money selling bootleg tobacco and counterfeit goods in California.

The anniversary of the Sept. 11 hijackings has Americans thinking about al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden. But the pressure on al-Qaidas top leadership and increasing U.S. confrontation with Iran has many counterterrorism experts looking at the Iranian-sponsored Hezbollah as an equal, if not greater, threat.....[ Commt/Analy ] 

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EXCLUSIVE BREAKING NEWS 

Syrian Witness Says: Assad, Lahoud Ordered Hariri's Killing


 In the SpotlightA Syrian national suspected of involvement in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri said that Syrian President Bashar Assad and his Lebanese counterpart Emile Lahoud ordered the killing, the Lebanese Media reported Sunday.


Mohammed Zuhair Siddiq, the witness-turned-suspect in the massive bombing that killed Hariri and 21 others in central Beirut on Feb. 14, 2005, accused outright Assad and Lahoud of giving the orders to assassinate Hariri, An Nahar daily newspaper said.

In a live interview with Al-Arabiya channel from his residence in Paris, Siddiq said that he saw the car (used in the assassination) with his own eyes being prepared at the al-Zabadani camp, the daily said.....[ News ]

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Lebanon Left to Face Most Basic of Issues
War Exposes Deep Conflicts About the Nation's Identity and Its Future

By Edward Cody
Washington Post Foreign Service
Sunday, September 10, 2006; A20

BIKFAYA, Lebanon -- From the terrace of former president Amin al-Gemayel's ancestral mansion, Lebanon appeared so beautiful that it seemed it should go on forever. Traditional houses of ocher stone huddled far below in close-knit villages, and churches with tiny domes stood sentinel along the twisting roads. In the distance, the Mediterranean gleamed under a warm Middle Eastern sun....[ Commt/Analy ]

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The Illusionary Gains of the Syrian Strategy

10/09/2006 Asharq Alawsat

Huda al Husseini
Huda al Husseini is a prominent Lebanese writer.

There are three important events that await Lebanon that may shake region: the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and on the same day the submission of Secretary General Kofi Annan’s report on the implementation of international Resolution 1701 and lastly, the report by international investigator Serge Brammertz into the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri.

The two states that are directly involved in the armament of Hezbollah had “promised” the UN Secretary-General that they would cooperate in the implementation of Resolution 1701. On the other hand, Annan had agreed with the Syrian president Bashar al Assad that the time has come for the revival of peace efforts in the region in order to establish comprehensive peace according to international resolutions. Annan stressed to the Syrian president that the revival of the peace process through Syria is on the UN’s agenda and that several world leaders have realized that the only way to achieve peace is by the initiation of the peace process....[ Commt/Analy ]

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U.S. Says it Cracked Down on Iranian Bank that Transfers Money to Hizbullah
The Bush administration, stepping up pressure on Tehran, moved Friday to sever a big Iranian state-owned bank from the U.S. financial system.

Stuart Levey, the Treasury Department's undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said the government's action was against Bank Saderat, which the United States contends is used by Iran to transfer money to terrorist groups, including Hizbullah. ....[ News ]

 

George W. Bush
'Most People Want Us to Win'

By PAUL GIGOT
September 9, 2006; Page A8

[George W. Bush]

"I would remind the critics of the freedom agenda that the policy prior to September 11th was stability for the sake of stability: Let us not worry about the form of government. Let us simply worry about whether or not the world appears stable, whether or not we achieve short-term geopolitical gain," he says. "And it looked like that policy was working, and, frankly, it made some sense when it came to dealing with the Middle East vis-à-vis the Communists...US GOVT ]

 

In Change of Tone, Bush Interested in 'Learning More' About Iran
U.S. President George Bush, striking a rare conciliatory note toward a state he has included in an "axis of evil," said late Friday that he was "interested in learning more" about Iran and its government.


With U.S. diplomats trying to drum up support for new sanctions against Tehran over its nuclear program, Bush underscored the importance of channels of communication -- and disclosed that he had personally signed off on granting a U.S. visa to former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami....US GOVT ]

 

Major Iranian Bank Is Blocked
From Using U.S. Financial System

By DEBORAH SOLOMON
September 9, 2006; Page A4

WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration said it has blocked a major Iranian bank's access to the U.S. financial system, the latest step in Washington's growing attempt to isolate Iran.

Stuart Levey, the Treasury Department's undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said Bank Saderat, one of Iran's largest state-owned banks, no longer will be able to use the U.S. financial system. In a speech before the American Enterprise Institute, Mr. Levey said Bank Saderat had helped transfer hundreds of millions of dollars to terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah and Hamas.....US GOVT ]

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EXCLUSIVE BREAKING INTELLIGENCE

“Ghazi Kanaan in videotape before his assassination reveals names...”


In its September 4 edition, Al Seyassah, an independent daily, reported that: “According to diplomatic information at the UN in New York, there was ‘a possibility that a dramatic surprise might emerge in the investigations into the assassination of former Lebanese Premier Rafik Al-Hariri, which might give the Syrian regime in Damascus a deadly blow’, in light of the increasing talk about ‘finding the most truthful evidence which proves that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad himself, along with a few members of his family and close aides, have supervised, minute by minute, the course of the assassination operation since its early stages and months before it occurred, in terms of planning, preparation and execution, in collaboration with Lebanese political, military and security leaders, as well as groups affiliated to a number of parties, factions and Salafi groups’.

“A Gulf diplomat at the UN headquarters in New York, stated that the information – the source of which he preferred to keep out of the spotlight for the time being – pointed out that ‘this mind-blowing surprise was due to the possible existence of a videotape, recorded in picture and sound, by the head of the Syrian military intelligence and former minister of interior…, Major General Ghazi Kanaan, a few weeks before his suspicious ‘suicide’’.

“[The diplomat continued:] ‘In this tape, he revealed the plot to assassinate Al-Hariri from A to Z, with names, dates and the details of the crime from its planning stages until its execution in February 2005, in addition to the reasons which made the head of the Syrian regime make such a move, the most prominent of which is the fact he received false information which claimed that Al-Hariri was planning with foreign and Arab sides to overthrow the Ba’thist regime in Damascus, and that these plans had reached very advanced stages since the issuance of resolution 1559, which called on Syria to withdraw from Lebanon’...
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Exclusive: Iran resumed weapons airlift to Hizballah via Beirut Friday as soon as Israel ended its air blockade

September 9, 2006, 11:41 AM (GMT+02:00)

Iran’s first post-blockade arms flight departed Dubai Friday, Sept. 8, to test the ground at Beirut international airport for Israeli air force or UN reactions. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the forbidden goods were unloaded and sailed through the airport unhindered. Tehran therefore determined to send two further bulk consignments in the next 48 hours aboard commercial flights from the Persian Gulf.

Our sources report the arms crates listed were on the documents as “computer equipment. Handle with care.” They were offloaded onto trucks which drove in convoy to Hizballah headquarters in Baalbek... [ INTEL ]  

 

 

Israel, Lebanon: Olmert's Loaded Land Offer
September 08, 2006 19 33  GMT


Summary

Israel might be willing to hand over the disputed Shebaa Farms to Lebanon should all provisions of the cease-fire that ended Israeli-Hezbollah hostilities be carried out, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sept. 8. Even hinting at giving up the Shebaa Farms to Lebanon, however, further damages Olmert's credibility while providing Hezbollah with another claim to victory against Israel. In spite of this, Israel's symbolic offer is intended to strip the militant group of its legitimacy as a resistance movement and to set Hezbollah up for an Israeli assault in the Bekaa Valley.... [ INTEL ]  

 

Congressional Terrorism-Related Hearings Include Testimony by Dr. Walid Phares


Congressional Terrorism-Related Hearings Include Testimony by Dr. 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 7, 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. Exclusive transcript avail. here - TRANSCRIPT

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US Blacklists Leading Iranian Bank

By David Gollust
State Department
08 September 2006

The Bush administration said Friday it is cutting off a major Iranian bank from having any dealings with U.S. banks because of alleged links to terrorism. The action came as administration officials reported progress in diplomatic efforts to sanction Iran over its nuclear program.

The Treasury Department action effectively bars the Iranian state-owned bank Saderat from having any dealings with the American financial system because of what U.S. officials say is the bank's role as a conduit of Iranian money to Middle East terrorists.....[ News ]

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The first car to be driven over the first bridge in Lebanon to be built by soldiers from France's Foreign Legion passes over the bridge on a highway near the town of Damour just over 15Km south of Beirut, Friday, Sept. 8, 2006. Some 245 French bridge building soldiers are in Lebanon to help with construction work, after the recent 34-day conflict between Hezbollah and Israel, as part of a bilateral agreement between France and Lebanon and will not be operating as part of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon known as UNIFIL, to which France has pledged to commit 2,000 separate troops. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)...more...[ PICNews ]

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Fact file on the UN force in Lebanon. Israel has lifted its crippling eight-week embargo on Lebanon after foreign envoys stepped up efforts to shore up a UN-brokered ceasefire and revive stalled Middle East peace talks.(AFP/Graphic)...more...[ PICNews ]

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Russian Foreign Minister Meets with the Lebanese President 

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In this photo released by the Lebanese official photo agency, Lebanon's President Emile Lahoud, right, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday Sept. 7, 2006. Lavrov stressed on the full implementation of the U.N. cease-fire resolution, including the lifting of the blockade, deployment of U.N. forces 'and, of course, the release of the Israeli soldiers.' He told reporters Russian army engineers would help rebuild bridges destroyed by Israeli warplanes.(AP Photo/Dalati Nohra, HO)

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MEA Lands at Rafik Hariri International Airpot 

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The co-pilot of a Middle East Airlines (MEA) plane waves the Lebanese flag from the cockpit after landing at Beirut airport. A Lebanese airliner touched down in Beirut to mark the lifting of Israel's punishing eight-week air blockade amid intense international efforts to underpin a UN-brokered ceasefire.(AFP/Anwar Amro)

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Jumblatt: Only place for Arms is with the Government

Geagea renews calls for Lahoud's resignation

By Therese Sfeir
Daily Star staff

Jumblatt: Only place for arms is with government

BEIRUT: MP Walid Jumblatt called on the government Thursday to monopolize the use of force and to implement decisions made during the national dialogue. Jumblatt paid a visit to Speaker Nabih Berri in the Parliament to discuss Israel's decision to lift the air blockade on Lebanon, among other issues....[ News ]

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Welch prods Lebanon to move toward disarming Hizbullah

By Mayssam Zaaroura
Daily Star staff
Friday, September 08, 2006

BEIRUT: As Israel's blockade on Lebanon eases and governments worldwide contribute to an international force to help monitor security in the country, the Bush administration's expectations that the Lebanese government will move toward disarming Hizbullah have increased accordingly....[ News ]

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March 14 insists Hizbullah unable to defend Lebanon

By Nada Bakri
Daily Star staff
Friday, September 08, 2006

 

BEIRUT: In its first meeting since the end of the war, the March 14 Forces launched an attack on Hizbullah describing its weapons as incapable of protecting the Lebanese people and their land.

The meeting which was held in Le Bristol Hotel was attended by top anti-Syrian leaders including Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt, Future Movement leader Saad Hariri, and Lebanese Forces  leader Samir Geagea. It was also attended for the first time by former Free Patriotic Movement member Elias Zoghby....[ News ]

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PM Olmert Meets Russian FM Lavrov

(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met this evening (Thursday), 7.9.06, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Prime Minister said: "I am very pleased to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. We have met several times before and I am looking forward to my visit to Russia next month, at the invitation of President Putin, in order to mark the 15th anniversary of the
resumption of full diplomatic relations between Israel and Russia.
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UN Rights Experts Investigate Conduct of Israel-Hezbollah War

By Lisa Schlein, VOA 
Geneva
07 September 2006

Four United Nations human rights experts have begun a fact-finding mission in Lebanon and Israel. The week-long mission will investigate alleged human rights violations committed during the month-long fighting between Israel and the Hezbollah militia.

Lebanese child injured by an Israeli cluster bomb
Lebanese child injured by an Israeli cluster bomb
The Human Rights experts will look at the situation of internally displaced people, of extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, the right to good physical and mental health and to adequate housing.

The U.N. Human Rights Office in Geneva says the experts will gather first-hand information. They will establish facts and conduct an impartial legal analysis of the persistent allegations of violations of international humanitarian and human rights law during the recent conflict...[ News ]

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Relief and Reconstruction Efforts in Lebanon Will be Costly

By Ernest Leong, VOA 
Washington, DC
07 September 2006

 

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Lebanese reconstruction is underway
The fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon has left hundreds dead and billions of dollars of damage throughout Lebanon.  Nations around the world are contributing troops and money to Lebanon's reconstruction -- a monumental effort that could take years to complete. 

The cleanup effort continues in southern Lebanon, where Hezbollah guerrillas fought Israeli troops for more than a month. It is a first step -- one of many first steps the country must take in repairing its citizens' shattered lives and homes.

Multinational troops comprising the U.N. peacekeeping force have begun to arrive in Lebanon to ensure the "process" can continue peacefully....[ News ]

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Israel Lifts Blockade of Lebanon Airports

By Jim Teeple
VOA
07 September 2006

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Israel lifted its blockade of Lebanon's airports late Thursday, but in a last-minute decision, decided to wait at least 48 hours before lifting its naval blockade on Lebanese ports. The decision to ease the air and sea blockade on Lebanon is generating opposition in Israel.

Co-pilot of Middle East Airlines plane from Paris, the first to arrive in Lebanon after air blockade lifted, waves a Lebanese flag from cockpit window after landing at Rafik Hariri International Airport, Sept. 7, 2006
Co-pilot of Middle East Airlines plane from Paris, the first to arrive in Lebanon after air blockade lifted, waves a Lebanese flag from cockpit window after landing at Rafik Hariri International Airport, Sept. 7, 2006
Nearly two months after it imposed an air and sea blockade on Lebanon, Israel allowed commercial flight operations to resume at Beirut's international airport late Thursday. However, Israeli officials say their plans to ease a naval blockade on Lebanon have been put on hold for at least two days to allow time for an international naval force to take up positions along Lebanon's coast.

Lebanese officials say the blockade has cost their country $50 million a day, as the country's main airport and all its major ports remained closed, three weeks after a U.N.-mediated ceasefire went into effect, ending the 34-day conflict in Lebanon....[ News ]

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Olmert Signals Israel Could Cede Shabaa Farms Area to Lebanon
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has signaled that Israel might cede the disputed Shabaa Farms area to Lebanon if the Lebanese carry out all provisions of their recent cease-fire with Israel, including the disarming of Hizbullah, the media reported Friday.
In a meeting with Russian Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday, Olmert said if the U.N. decides the area is Lebanese, and if Lebanon implements U.N. resolutions ending the war, "we'll agree to discuss it," the Haaretz daily said....[ News ]

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PM's Office: UN-backed Naval Forces Begin Patrolling Lebanese Waters
Italian, French and Greek naval forces began patrolling Lebanese coastal waters at 12:30 pm under UN mandate and Italian command, a source in the office of Prime Minister Fouad Saniora said Friday....[ News

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March 14 Forces Call on Hizbullah to Join the Republic and Relinquish the Party State
March 14 Forces called on Hizbullah to follow up the "stages of its integration into the Lebanese track, relinquish the current understanding for the alternative party state, in some of the regions, and join the Lebanese republic," An Nahar daily reported Friday.


The Bristol Gathering, the first meeting in months to be attended by high-level opposition figures including Saad Hariri and Walid Jumblat, demanded that Lebanon be drawn out of regional concerns that may not coincide with its interest....[ News

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U.S. Freezes Assets of Two Lebanese Financial Companies for Alleged Ties with Hizbullah
The Bush administration moved against two Lebanese financial companies for allegedly functioning as Hizbullah's "unofficial treasury."


The Treasury Department action covers Bayt al-Mal and its director, Husayn al-Shami, and the Yousser Co. for Finance and Investment....[ News ]

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Justice Minister Seeks Clarification of UN Hariri Tribunal Plan
Justice Minister Charles Rizk said a UN proposal to set up an international court to try suspects in the 2005 murder of former premier Rafik Hariri needed clarification.


Rizk was speaking Thursday after a meeting with the UN under secretary general for legal affairs, Nicolas Michel, who was in Beirut to present an outline of the plan, first suggested by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in March.

"We received the proposal, and it needs clarification before the final version" is adopted, the minister told journalists, without elaborating....[ News

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Israel Lifts Air Blockade But Keeps Naval Siege Until International Force Takes Over
Israel said it lifted its nearly two-month-long air blockade of Lebanon on Thursday but kept its naval blockade in place until international forces can take over.


"The aerial blockade has been removed. In coordination with the United Nations, the naval blockade will continue until the international naval force is in place," said Miri Eisin, spokeswoman for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Israeli officials said the United Nations was still working out logistical issues, and they expected the problem to be resolved within 48 hours....[ News ]

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Annan: 5,000 U.N. Troops Will Be Deployed in the South by Mid-September
U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan Thursday welcomed an end to the Israeli blockade of Lebanon and said that as many as 5,000 international troops would be deployed in southern Lebanon by the middle of the month, allowing an Israeli withdrawal to take place.


"The embargo of Lebanon will be lifted at 6 pm (Israeli time, 1500 GMT) to press ahead with recovery and reconstruction," Annan told a press conference in Madrid.

Annan was in Spain on the final leg of a tour aimed at whipping up support for the international peace mission which is due to involve the eventual deployment of up to 15,000 troops....[ News ]

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Fire at Beirut Port Destroys Tons of U.N. Aid
A huge fire at Beirut's port Thursday destroyed several tons of humanitarian aid stored there, the U.N. office in the Lebanese capital said....[ News ]

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Despite End of Embargo, Israel Reserves Right to Attack Hizbullah Arms Convoys
Israel said Thursday it reserved the right to attack suspected Hizbullah arms convoys on the Lebanon-Syria border, despite the planned lifting of an air and sea blockade on Lebanon.

 
"Israel is keeping its right to self-defense and will implement the embargo along the Syrian-Lebanese border," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's spokeswoman Miri Eisin told Agence France Presse.

When asked if that meant Israel would attack suspected Hizbullah arms convoys, Eisin said "yes."...[ News ]

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Rizk said there was a "national consensus" over forming the tribunal.

"This is a working visit. He will inform us about the procedures to be followed, then I will present a proposal to the government and a decision will be taken. That will be submitted to parliament for a vote."  ...[ News ]

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Sept 7, 2006

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Maronite Bishops: Chronic Disease Embedded in the Presidency

The Council of Maronite Bishops said Wednesday the international political isolation of President Emile Lahoud was eroding the credibility of the post and the Christians in Lebanon.


The council, headed by Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, was referring to visits and consultations by international envoys, who ignore the president.

"This leads to the loss of its (presidency's) credibility with time and the dignity and efficiency of its position. This needs a solution," the National News Agency reported.

The statement referred to political divisions tearing the Lebanese apart.

"Every category says it wants the best for Lebanon when it is seeking the good of its own faction. This is a chronic disease that has to be extracted. Its symptoms are embedded in the presidential post and at this time In particular," the statement said.

But it cautioned that not any Maronite would be eligible to replace Lahoud, insisting that the future president should be prepared for sacrifices to serve the nation as a whole and not use the post for personal interests.

"Lebanon is considered a nation of minorities that coexist in peace and love and thrive for the common national good. In Lebanon, there are 18 religious confessions. Each of them has rights and obligations as stipulated in the constitution," the statement said.

"But there are groups that take unilateral decisions and take the country to where we don't want to go," it added.  

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Israel to Lift Air and Sea Blockade at 6 p.m. Thursday
Israel will lift the air and sea blockade imposed on Lebanon at 6 p.m. Thursday after receiving international assurances over an arms embargo on Hizbullah, the prime minister's office said.


"US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan contacted Prime Minister Ehud Olmert yesterday and this morning, saying that the international force was ready to take control of airports and seaports in Lebanon," said the statement.

"This is why it was decided that on Thursday at 1800 local time Israel will leave the positions that allow it to control the ports, enabling the deployment of the international force in its place."

Israel imposed a blockade on Lebanon on July 13 when it bombed the runways of Beirut international airport, a day after it launched a massive offensive on Hizbullah...... [ News ]

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Beirut Airport Prepares to Fully Open After Israel Announced that it Would Lift its 8-Week-Old Blockade

Officials at Rafik Hariri International Airport began preparations for full resumption of operations at first light Thursday after Israel announced it will lift its sea and air blockade of Lebanon.

Workers reported to duty, taxis began filing in and a giant electronic board lit up as Lebanon's only airport prepared to fully open and receive a normal flow of commercial flights for the first time since the war began....... [ News ]

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Top U.N. Legal Adviser in Beirut to Submit Proposal for Hariri Assassination Court
The top U.N. legal adviser was in Beirut on Thursday to submit a draft plan for an international court to try ex-Premier Rafik Hariri's suspected assassins, a Lebanese official said.


The under-secretary general for legal affairs, Nicolas Michel, who arrived Wednesday night, was to meet with Prime Minister Fouad Saniora and Justice Minister Charles Rizk.

Rizk said there was a "national consensus" over forming the tribunal........ [ News

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Russian FM Lavrov in Beirut to Discuss Truce
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Beirut Thursday to discuss the U.N.-brokered truce that ended the war between Israel and Hizbullah.


A Lebanese government spokesman said Lavrov would meet with President Emile Lahoud, Prime Minister Fouad Saniora and Speaker Nabih Berri during his five-hour visit.

Lavrov was to discuss the ceasefire that went into effect in Lebanon on August 14 and Russia's participation in reconstruction efforts, the spokesman added.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov signaled at the weekend that Moscow may send military engineers to Lebanon to take part in the reconstruction of the war-ravaged country........ [ News ]

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South Lebanon Villagers Desperate for Housing Before Winter
Rasmiyeh Moukdad has enough tuna, chick peas and other canned foods, even blankets, to last her through the winter, but what she really wants is a roof over her head.


Like thousands of villagers in southern Lebanon who endured fierce shelling during the month-long war between Israel and Hizbullah, Moukdad is desperate for a glimmer of hope ahead of the fast-approaching winter months.

Her home in the mountain village of Frun about 75 kilometers southeast of Beirut is but a shell today, with barely a wall left standing and mounds of rubble, twisted steel and personal belongings strewn about......... [ News ]

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French Troops Begin Patrols on Lebanon-Israel Border
An advance team of French peacekeepers wove around rubble and minefields as it made its way through destroyed villages on one of its first reconnaissance missions in southern Lebanon.

The patrol -- seven men in a jeep and an armored vehicle freshly painted white with U.N. letters on the side -- kept a wide berth Wednesday from dug-in Israeli tanks positioned in the hilltops.

Such patrols are a key test of whether the U.N. force will be able to guarantee the cease-fire that ended the 34-day war between Israel and Hizbullah fighters......... [ News ]

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Congressional Terrorism-Related Hearings Include Testimony by Walid Phares

By Andrew Cochran

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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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رئيس مكتب حقوق الإنسان في المجلس الأعلى لثورة  الأرز طالب بتغيير الطاقم السياسي اللبناني

 كمال البطل لـ "السياسة": مشاهداتنا تدل على أن "حزب  الله" نصب راجمات صواريخه بين المنازل السكنية

 بيروت - من صبحي الدبيسي: السياسة 4/9/2006

حمل كمال البطل رئيس مكتب حقوق الإنسان في المجلس الأعلى لثورة الأرز على الطاقم السياسي اللبناني, مطالباً بتغييره وتهيئة جيل الشباب لقيادة العمل السياسي في لبنان يكون مجرداً من الأنا والطائفية ويعمل بمنطلقات وطنية صرفة.

كلام البطل جاء في سياق حوار أجرته معه "السياسة" تناول عمل مكتب حقوق الإنسان ونشاطه في لبنان وزيارته الأخيرة لقرى الجنوب اللبناني للوقوف على حقيقة ما تعرض له الأهالي وخاصة بلدة عين إبل التي أصيبت بأضرار كثيرة ومنع أهلها من مغادرتها بعد إطلاق النار على السيارات التي تقلهم.

البطل تحدث عن حجم الأضرار الكبيرة التي لحقت بممتلكات اللبنانيين على طول الطريق من صيدا إلى عين إبل, أشار إلى مشاهداته لآثار قواعد راجمات صواريخ "حزب الله" بين البيوت السكنية, محملاً الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة كوفي عنان مسؤولية مواقفه التي لم يشر فيها إلى سحب سلاح "حزب الله", مذكراً بالقرارين 1559 و1680 اللذين هما من صلب القرار 1701, واعداً بزيارة منطقة الحدود مع سورية للاطلاع على ضبط التهريب وعدم وصول السلاح إلى "حزب الله", مشدداً على بسط سلطة الدولة على كامل التراب اللبناني, داعياً إلى إقامة ندوات ومحاضرات حول عجز الدولة في الماضي عن بسط سلطتها على كامل أرضها والعراقيل التي واجهتها...... [ News ]

 

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The World Council for Cedars Revolution ask the Lebanese parliament for open-ended sit-in protest for the full implementations of UN SC resolutions

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 مكتب الامانة العامة

واشنطن، الولايات المتحدة الاميركية

6th Sept 2006

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              إن مجلس النواب لا يقوم بمهامه بصورة جدية،  وعليه تحمل مسؤولياته في الظروف الصعبة التي تمر فيها البلاد، لا الاكتفاء بالاعتراض كمن لا شأن له في القرارات المصيرية.

 

إن المجلس العالمي لثورة الأرز، إذ يأسف للحالة التي وصل إليها زعماء لبنان والمفترض منهم أن يكونوا ممثلي الشعب في المسرحية الجديدة التي تقام في مجلس النواب اليوم والتي لا تدل على روح المسؤولية في التعاطي مع الأمور المصيرية، يشدد على الأتي:[ DownLoad Doc Pdf]

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France Beefs Up its U.N. Peacekeeping Role in Lebanon, Giving New Teeth to the Force
France is quietly preparing to play a tougher role in the strengthened U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon, rolling out hefty tanks, powerful artillery, and sophisticated radar systems to pinpoint artillery launch sites.
French Leclerc tanks will be some of the mightiest vehicles deployed under the U.N. flag -- an answer to critics who have moaned about toothless, ineffectual U.N. peacekeeping deployments over the years.

The deployment from France, one of many countries contributing to an expanded U.N. peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, will give new teeth to a force often criticized as ineffective since its creation in 1978..... [ News ]
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US Accuses Lebanon of Allowing Hizbullah to Use its Territory Ahead of the Israeli Offensive
A senior counter-terrorism aide to US President George W. Bush said that Lebanon had "permitted" Hizbullah to use its territory ahead of the group's war against Israel in July-August.


"Lebanon permitted the use by Hizbullah of their territory, and Hizbullah used that territory to provoke Israel with the kidnapping of two soldiers," said Bush's homeland security and counter-terrorism adviser Fran Townsend...... [ News ]

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LBCI Airs Footage of the Missing Israeli Airman Ron Arad
Lebanese and Israeli television aired the first new footage in nearly two decades of Israeli airman Ron Arad, whose plane crashed over Lebanon in 1986 and whose fate remains unknown in Israel.


A brief segment showing Arad was screened on LBCI TV station and Israel's Channel 10 television -- both privately owned -- in the first part of a two-part documentary entitled the "Big Swap."

"I am Ron Arad, soldier in the Israeli army," a bearded young man with hollow eyes was seen saying in the few seconds of footage, which was accompanied by a still photograph apparently showing the airman. ...... [ News ]
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Turkish Parliament Votes in Favor of Sending Troops to UN Force
Turkish leaders met with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Wednesday after parliament authorized the participation of Turkish soldiers in an expanded U.N. peace mission in Lebanon.


The decision makes Turkey the first Muslim country with diplomatic ties with Israel to send troops to Lebanon and is likely to enhance the Muslim presence in the task force. Turkey's military, the second largest in NATO in terms of numbers, has wide experience in peacekeeping missions from Kosovo to Afghanistan....... [ News ]
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Annan Urges Hizbullah to Disarm, Devote Itself to Political Activities
Annan called on Hizbullah to disarm and to devote itself to political activities, and said Lebanon must take the initiative in disarming the militants based in the south.

"There has to be a national consensus among the Lebanese to disarm" Hizbullah, Annan said. "The remaining ones should disarm and devote all their energy to political activities to transform themselves into parties."
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Why were Israelis bombed? Ask General Barak
By Retired Colonel Charbel Barakat

During the war with Hezbollah, worldwide networks were showing live the Katiyusha rockets blasting houses and apartments in Haifa and beyond. Commentators were stunned to see the only nuclear power in the region and the winner over five Arab armies receiving wave after wave of rockets from a “mere Terrorist” organization, named Hezbollah. Analysts are scratching their heads wondering about the reasons why Hezbollah has been able to create a state in the state in Lebanon and transform southern Lebanon into a fortress threatening northern Israel into Haifa and “beyond Haifa” as Hassan Nasrallah enjoys repeating in his video-taped speeches. Surely, these images of destruction in Israel and Lebanon are troubling, particularly to those who lived similar days in both countries during the last two decades if not more. But the question today deserves an answer: Why were Israelis being bombarded and obviously why were Lebanese being submitted to air raids? .....[ Analysis
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Intelligence Officer Involved in Hariri Murder Probe Survives Assassination Attempt

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A Lebanese military policeman (R) prepares to evacuate a wounded Lieutenant Colonel Shamir Shehade after he was wounded in a bomb attack near Sidon. Two military policemen have been killed in a bomb attack targeting the convoy of a senior officer in Lebanon's internal security force near the main southern city of Sidon.(AFP/Zouheir Qasir)

 

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Intelligence Officer Involved in Hariri Murder Probe Survives Assassination Attempt

In the SpotlightA senior police intelligence officer, involved in the investigation into ex-Premier Rafik Hariri's murder, survived an assassination bombing ambush with minor injuries in southern Lebanon Tuesday.... [ News ]

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Annan Sees End of Blockade in 48 Hours But Israel Insists on Arms Embargo
Israel should lift its blockade of Lebanon within 48 hours, U.N. chief Kofi Annan said Tuesday as he stepped up efforts to release Israeli prisoners and shore up a fragile truce in Lebanon.

 
Annan's announcement of an imminent end to the crippling nearly eight-week air and sea blockade was the latest result obtained by the U.N. secretary general on his marathon tour of the Middle East.

On Monday, Qatar became the first Arab country to pledge troops to a U.N. peacekeeping force for Lebanon and the U.N. secretary general said he had appointed a mediator to secure the release of two Israeli soldiers, whose capture by Hizbullah sparked a month-long war..... [ News ]

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Government Agrees on a Naval Role for UNIFIL Only After Israel Lifts its Blockade

 
The cabinet has decided to ask UNIFIL to help the Lebanese navy patrol the country's territorial waters and monitor the Beirut airport only after Israel ends its air and sea blockade.

 
Lebanese media said the cabinet agreed Monday to take up a German offer to help patrol the waters off Lebanon and seal the land border with Syria to prevent arms smuggling to Hizbullah after agreement on rules that make clear the Lebanese army is in charge and Israel ends its siege within a week..... [ News ] 

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Israeli Military Says Jewish State to Quit South Lebanon in 10 Days 

 
The Israeli army will have completed its withdrawal from southern Lebanon in 10 days, a senior military source has told Agence France Presse.

 
"The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) will have completed its pullback from all southern Lebanon in 10 days," the source said Monday.

The source nevertheless conditioned the withdrawal on the continued deployment of the Lebanese army in areas vacated by Israel and the "full deployment of the multinational forces along the border with Israel.".... [ News ]

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Sept 4, 2006

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Former Syrian VP Khaddam: The Syrian Regime "Aims to Drag Lebanon Into Civil War"

 

Abdul Halim KhaddamIn an August 28, 2006 interview with the Lebanese TV channel Al-Mustaqbal, former Syrian Vice President 'Abd Al-Halim Khaddam, who is today an expatriate leader of the Syrian opposition, ridiculed senior Syrian officials' excuses for non-intervention in the recent Israel-Hizbullah war.

 

Khaddam argued that the Syrian regime's refusal to mark the borders with

Lebanon is a pretext aimed at continuing the resistance in southern Lebanon, since, he said, these borders "can be marked on the map within an hour." He also revealed information that, following Israel's May 2000 withdrawal from southern Lebanon, while he was still serving as vice president, Syria issued instructions to portray the liberation of the Shab'a Farms as one of the goals of the Lebanese resistance, a goal that had not been named in the past....[ INTEL ]

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U.S. Rev. Jesse Jackson 'In Lebanon' Calls on Hizbullah to Prove 2 Held Israeli Soldiers Alive
U.S. civil rights leader Jesse Jackson on Monday met with Hizbullah officials in Lebanon and called on them to show proof that the two captured Israel soldiers are still alive. He said such a move could jump-start negotiations that might lead to the soldiers' release.
Jackson said there were indications the two soldiers captured July 12 were alive, and said their continued detention is "becoming a magnet to attract a second round" of war.....[ News ]
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Lebanese Officials Scoff at Israeli Call for Peace Talks
Lebanese officials scoffed at an Israeli call for peace talks as Italian soldiers moved into southern Lebanon in trucks and armored vehicles and took up positions to monitor a shaky truce between Israel and Hizbullah.


Lebanese Information Minister Ghazi Aridi responded angrily and quickly to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's call for peace talks with Lebanon.....[ News ]

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Qatari Plane Lands in Beirut Airport in Defiance of Israeli Blockade
A Qatar Airways plane landed at Beirut airport on Monday carrying 142 passengers aboard, despite Israel's blockade on Lebanon.


The Airbus 320 landed at Rafik Hariri International Airport at 3:20 p.m. local time (1220 GMT) in the first of what the national carrier of Qatar said would be daily flights from Doha to Beirut.....[ News ]
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Syria's Assad Pledges to Rebuild 3 Southern Villages
Syrian President Bashar Assad has pledged to rebuild three southern Lebanese villages destroyed by Israeli bombardment during 34 days of Israel-Hizbullah fighting, state-run news agencies in Syria and Lebanon reported.


Syria's official news agency SANA said Sunday Assad "directed concerned parties" to rebuild Qana, Siddiqine and Qlaileh, three overwhelmingly Shiite Muslim villages in the western sector of south Lebanon. The villages, all about eight kilometers (five miles) southeast of the southern port city of Tyre, were heavily bombarded during the conflicted which ended Aug. 14.....[ News ]
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Sept 3, 2006

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Blockade to Ease Within a Week, More Italian Troops Hit the Shores
Defense Minister Elias Murr said Israel's seven-week-old blockade of Lebanon would be lifted within a week as more Italian troops poured in to beef up the international peacekeeping force.
"We have received assurances from Mr. (Geir) Pedersen that the blockade would be lifted in the coming days or within a week," Murr said after meeting with the UN special envoy.

"The Israeli government is meeting tomorrow (Sunday) and a decision could be taken along those lines."

He also said "Israeli troops were going to withdraw from Lebanon as soon as possible, within two to three weeks."....[ News ]
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MPs Continue their Sit-in Against Israeli Blockade for the 2nd Day
Lebanese MPs on Sunday continued for a second day their round-the-clock protest at Israel's continued blockade, almost three weeks after a UN-brokered ceasefire in its deadly onslaught against Hizbullah.
Parliament speaker Nabih Berri took part in the protest along with two ministers and nine deputies, with similar size rotations expected to continue until the blockade is lifted, officials said.....[ News ]

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Qatar Airways to Defy Israeli Blockade, Flight Due Monday
Qatar Airways is to resume direct flights to Beirut on Monday despite the Israeli blockade on Lebanon, a company spokeswoman told AFP Sunday.


"We have asked for authorization from the Lebanese authorities and they have given it. Therefore flight QR 422 is going to go to Beirut," said the spokeswoman, who did not wish to be named.

The spokeswoman said the three-hour flight from Doha was due to land in Beirut on Monday at 3:30 pm (1230 GMT).....[ News ]

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Olmert Says Saniora Rejected Calls to Start Peace Talks
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that he had unsuccessfully tried to arrange a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart Fouad Saniora to start peace talks between the two neighbors.
But a Lebanese official dismissed his comments as "propaganda".

"Multiple calls for a meeting passed through different people were rejected" by Saniora, Olmert said at a ceremony marking the first day of the school year in the northern Israeli town of Maalot.

There have been no diplomatic relations between Israel and Lebanon since the creation of the Jewish state in 1948....[ News ]

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Annan Wins Ahmadinejad's Pledge to Support Resolution 1701
UN chief Kofi Annan on Sunday won a pledge from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to support a UN resolution bringing peace to Lebanon but was warned Iran would not suspend sensitive nuclear work before negotiations.


Annan said after talks with the president that Ahmadinejad assured him Tehran would support the implementation of the UN resolution that ended the fighting in Lebanon and was ready to negotiate over its nuclear program.....[ News ]

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Sept 2, 2006

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Lebanese Press Skeptical of Syrian Arms Embargo Pledge to Annan
Lebanese media on Saturday dismissed pledges secured by U.N. chief Kofi Annan from Syria to respect an arms embargo against Hizbullah and help implement U.N. Security Council Resolution 1701 as only talk.
"It is a mere promise that has yet to be fulfilled, and words which must be put into action," the An-Nahar said.

"This is not the first time that the Syrian president has promised, in public or in private, his cooperation to international and Western officials, who regard these as empty promises and have even spoken of losing trust," the newspaper added...... [ News ]

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Spain Becomes 3rd Biggest European Contributor to U.N. Force
The Spanish government on Friday authorized the sending of 1,100 troops to southern Lebanon, First Deputy Prime Minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega said.


Speaking after the government's weekly cabinet meeting De La Vega said parliament would be asked to approve the sending of "up to 1,100 troops" next Wednesday....... [ News ]

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Lebanese, Israeli Forces Face-to-Face in the South
Lebanese soldiers took up positions Friday in the southeastern town of Kfarshouba, below an Israeli outpost that dominates the area.


Around 30 Lebanese troops and a tank dug in south of Kfarshouba, two kilometers from the border with Israel in a contested frontier zone.

Peacekeeping troops from the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) are stationed nearby.

The Israelis occupy higher ground, and both camps can observe each other unaided, an Agence France Presse reporter noted........ [ News ]

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Italian Peacekeepers Arrive in Lebanon
By VOA News
02 September 2006


Italian Marines walk along the south beach of Tyre to secure the area for the landing of the first Italian contingent to be deployed in south Lebanon
Italian Marines walk along the south beach of Tyre to secure the area for the landing of the first Italian contingent to be deployed in south Lebanon
The first Italian troops arrived in Lebanon Saturday to boost the United Nations peacekeeping mission there.

The troops are part of the first large contingent to arrive since Israel and Hezbollah agreed to a ceasefire to end fighting in Lebanon. Almost 1,000 Italian troops are expected to be in Lebanon by Sunday.

 

 

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Legislators Hold Open-Ended Sit-in Against Israeli Blockade as Italian Troops Begin Arriving in the South
Lawmakers held an open-ended sit-in in parliament on Saturday to protest Israel's seven-week-old air and sea blockade as Italian troops began arriving in Lebanon to secure the truce between Israel and Hizbullah.

During the opening of a meeting ahead of the sit-in at the parliament building in downtown Beirut, Speaker Nabih Berri made a series of suggestions to pressure Israel to lift its blockade..... [ News ] 

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Sept 1, 2006

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Donors pledge 940 million dollars to help Lebanon rebuild
by Pia Ohlin

STOCKHOLM - Donor nations pledged 940 million dollars in aid on Thursday to help Lebanon rebuild .

Including previous contributions, the amount pledged so far for Lebanon's acute needs totals 1.2 billion dollars, Eliasson said, later telling reporters that the United States, the European Union and Gulf states had been the most generous donors. 

 

Bush Slams Hizbullah, Says he Will Make Sure 'Terrorists Have No Place' in Lebanon
President George W. Bush addresses the 88th Annual American Legion National Convention Thursday, Aug. 31, 2006, in Salt Lake City. The President told the audience, "As veterans, all of you stepped forward when America needed you most. And we owe you more than just thanks." White House photo by Eric DraperU.S. President George Bush has said he and his allies are going to make sure that "terrorists" do not have a place in a "democratic" Lebanon, adding that the world faces a grave threat from Hizbullah-backer Iran.

After lauding troop contributions by France, Italy and other countries for the beefed up U.N. peacekeeping mission in south Lebanon, Bush said "together, we're going to make it clear to the world that foreign forces and terrorists have no place in a free and democratic Lebanon."

"This summer's crisis in Lebanon has made it clearer than ever that the world now faces a grave threat from the radical regime in Iran. The Iranian regime arms, funds, and advises Hizbullah, which has killed more Americans than any terrorist network except al-Qaida," Bush said in a speech at the American Legion National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah on Thursday.... [ News ]

 

Jumblat: Nasrallah's Call for a National Unity Government Means a Coup Against the Taef
Druze leader Walid Jumblat has lashed out at Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah who had said that the implementation of the Taef agreement starts with the formation of a national unity government.


"Nasrallah's invitation is to topple the Taef accord after an attempt to make a military coup. This is unacceptable and we are studying ways to confront it," Jumblat told Al-Balad daily on Friday.

"This government headed by Premier Fouad Saniora was able with the support of Speaker Babih Berri to include its 7-point plan in Resolution 1701," the leader of the Progressive Socialist Party said.

He also said that Nasrallah should acknowledge the importance of having a single and united state.... [ News ]

 

Annan Says After Talks with Assad that Syria Promised to Enforce Arms Embargo on Hizbullah
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Friday that Syria would step up border patrols and work with the Lebanese army to stop the flow of weapons to Hizbullah.

Syria will increase its own patrols along the Lebanon-Syria border, and establish joint patrols with the Lebanese army "when possible," Annan said after meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus.

Assad made no public comments after their meeting, but Annan spoke with reporters at the Damascus airport before he departed midday for Qatar.

The U.N. resolution that halted fighting between Israel and Hizbullah calls for an arms embargo on the group, and for Lebanon to "secure its borders and other entry points." .... [ News ]

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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

 
The Sun Sentinel
 
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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