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- New - WCCR PODCAST Special Bulletin on WAR #2  [ Link ] Updated Sunday

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Tuesday October 17, 2006

- Updated - PODCAST Daily News Bulletin [ Link ]

Breaking News

Syria Is Stirring Up Lebanese Civil Strife, Stoking Two Anti-Israel Warfronts

Expectations of an impending full-scale Israeli ground operation in the Gaza Strip were sent up a notch this week by the worrying news military intelligence AMAN chiefs put before the cabinet on Oct. 15.

Maj.-Gen Amos Yadlin and head of AMAN’s research division Brig.-Gen Yossi Baidatz reported deepening Syrian involvement in aggressive moves on three fronts: Damascus is pushing Iranian arms for Hizballah into Lebanon in blatant violation of Security Council resolution 1701 (as first revealed by DEBKAfile on Oct. 4), the first Syrian military instructors have arrived in the Gaza Strip to impart Hizballah’s combat tactics to Hamas and the Syrian army remains on a high state of preparedness. [ INTEL ]

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Latest News

- Russia Promises to Try to Stop Arms from Reaching Hizbullah
- Israel Warns of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation to Hezbollah
- Lebanon snubs Olmert peace talks offer
- Israeli PM extends hand of peace to Abbas, Lebanon

more in our [ News ] section

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Arab League chief Amr Mussa (R) chats with Lebanese Foreign Minister Fawzi Salokh upon his arrival in Beirut. Mussa has called for all Arab nations to help with the massive task of Lebanese reconstruction following Israel's devastating summer offensive.(AFP/Anwar Amro)

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Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, left, gestures as he talks with Lebanon's Prime Minister Fuad Saniora at the Government House, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 16, 2006. Moussa arrived in Beirut Monday to attend the Arab economic and finance ministers' meeting Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Tawil)

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Israeli Defence Minister Amir Peretz, seen here on October 5, has warned that Israel will continue all surveillance flights over Lebanon as long as arms smuggling between Syria and Lebanon continued in violation of a UN resolution.(AFP/Pool/File/Ariel Schalit)

 

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Monday October 16, 2006

Latest News

- Sfeir Hails October 13 Martyrs
- 'Assad is preparing for Israeli attack'
- UN Force Only Protects Israel: Top Shi'ite Cleric
- Olmert Accuses Assad/Hizb of Seeking Topple Saniora
- Aoun Posturing for Presidential Platform
- Saniora: Downtown Attack Aims At "Terrorizing"
- Berri: Time is Ripe for Comprehensive Peace Talks
- Israeli Defense Minister: Iran Holds Key to Airman Arad
- Aoun calls for 'true representation' as rain ruins rally
- Peretz points finger at Iran over Arad
- Rain soaks war-ravaged homes in southern suburbs
- Germany takes over UNIFIL naval arm
- Recently elected Druze council chooses new leader
- Lahoud receives decree on judicial appointments
- Hariri praises PM for gaining trust of world powers

These and more in our [ News ] section

Intelligence
- Khamenei Brandishes a Kalashnikov at US and Israel

These and more in our  [ INTEL ] section.

Commentary / Analysis
- Creation of international tribunal will ‘protect’ Lebanon
- Report: Authorities investigate Hezbollah cell in Mexico

These and more in our  [ Comm/Analysis ] section.
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Lebanese pop singer Dana performs during Ramadan night at Sheraton hotel in Beirut October 14, 2006. Dozens of Lebanese sit at tables piled with Mediterranean appetisers, putting on sleek golden water pipes and tapping their feet to an Arab pop singer. This typical Ramadan night scene at crowded seaside cafes and restaurants in central Beirut suggests that at least some Lebanese are determined to enjoy themselves despite the recent ordeal of Israel's 34-day war with Hezbollah guerrillas. REUTERS/Khalil Hassan (LEBANON)

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A sweet-maker prepares Ramadan sweets for customers at Sheraton hotel in Beirut October 14, 2006. Dozens of Lebanese sit at tables piled with Mediterranean appetisers, putting on sleek golden water pipes and tapping their feet to an Arab pop singer. This typical Ramadan night scene at crowded seaside cafes and restaurants in central Beirut suggests that at least some Lebanese are determined to enjoy themselves despite the recent ordeal of Israel's 34-day war with Hezbollah guerrillas. REUTERS/Khalil Hassan (LEBANON)

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* NEW - Analysis

Preliminary "Lessons" of the Israeli-Hezbollah War
Author:  Anthony H. Cordesman 
Date of Publication:  September 11, 2006

 

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* NEW - Analysis

HOW HEZBOLLAH DEFEATED ISRAEL
PART 1: Winning the intelligence war
PART 2: Winning the ground war
PART 3: The political war

By Alastair Crooke and Mark Perry

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Cedar's Revolution Exclusive Sheikh Nadim Gemayel's Speech at the 14th Sept Memorial Mass for Sheikh Bachir Gemayel.

 

[ LINK ] Sept 14 Memorial Mass Sheikh Nadims Speech

[ LINK ] Sept 24 LF Memorial Mass Geagea's Speech

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Breaking News

Syrian army maintains high war preparedness, continues to smuggle arms to Lebanese Hizballah

October 15, 2006, 2:05 PM (GMT+02:00)

On October 7, DEBKAfile’s sources revealed that Tehran and Damascus are gearing up for a pre-emptive Syrian attack on Israel to ward off a US strike on Iran’s nuclear sites. The Syrian armed forces' war preparedness dates from then and is still in force and Damascus continues to send arms to HIzballah in Lebanon, according to a briefing by the head of research at AMAN to the Israeli cabinet Sunday, Oct. 15. More in our  [ INTEL ] section

IDF intelligence:

The head of the IDF intelligence research department, Brig.-Gen. Yossi Baidatz, said Sunday that weapons smuggling from Syria to Lebanon was continuing, in contravention of the UN ceasefire resolution. [ INTEL ]

UNIFIL / ISRAELI FORCES INCREASE SURVEILLANCE ALONG LEBANESE BORDER

BEIRUT, OCT. 14, (BNA)--LEBANESE NEWS AGENCY STATED THAT ISRAELI PATROLS WERE SEEN YESTERDAY INTENSELY MONITORING THE BORDERS. MEANWHILE, UNIFIL FORCES INCREASED ITS PATROL ALONG THE BORDER UNTIL THE NORTHERN SIDE OF THE LEBANESE SIDE. HSQ 14-OCT-2006 15:28 [ INTEL ]

 

UNIFIL in Lebanon finally receives its rules of engagement


An Unenviable Task

The UN peace-keeping force in Lebanon finally receives its rules of engagement, to the disquiet of many Lebanese, reports Lucy Fielder, Al-Ahram

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The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which has expanded from 2,000 to 5,200 and is expected to triple by the end of the year, has been granted a "robust mandate", to use UN jargon. This includes authorisation to use force against "hostile activity", set up temporary checkpoints and intercept the movement of "unauthorised weapons" -- ostensibly those of Hizbullah -- if the Lebanese army is unable to do so.
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Aoun Cancels Rally, Citing Bad Weather, gives speech
The head of the "Reform and Change" Bloc in parliament MP Michel Aoun canceled political rally due Sunday, citing bad weather.
The political rally was due to be held in commemoration of the 16th anniversary of the victims of a 1990 Syrian onslaught on Lebanon.

more in our [ News ] section

Three RPG Rockets Fired in Downtown Beirut, Slightly Injuring 6
Six civilians were slightly wounded when an anti-tank rocket exploded outside a building next to the U.N. offices in downtown Beirut early Sunday, the police said.
"Three RPG rockets were fired towards the U.N. building in the centre of Beirut by persons unknown," a police officer told AFP.more in our [ News ] section

Daily News Briefs
- Hizballah cancels major Ramadan rally

- INTERVIEW-Syria stirs trouble in Lebanon - interior minister
- "Cedar revolution" hits Syrian sapling exports
- Full  list of Lebanon's newly appponted ambassadors
- Army to control 'Taamir Street' near Sidon's Ain El Helweh camp
- Italy Hands over Command of Naval Force in Lebanon to Germany
- Iran proposes debate on Lebanon at IPU session
- Iran to build 100 schools in Lebanon

These and more in our [ News ] section

Intelligence News Briefs

- Katyusha defense at least 4 years away
- N.Korea tests C3I for Irans Nuclear Program?

These and more in our  [ INTEL ] section.

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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (R) speaks with Lebanon's Prime Minister Fouad Siniora in Jeddah October 15, 2006. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY REUTERS/Saudi News Agency/Handout (SAUDI ARABIA)

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad seen here August 2006. Syria is aiding arms smuggling into Lebanon in violation of a UN resolution that ended 34 days of war between Israel and Hezbollah this summer, a senior Israeli intelligence officer has said.(AFP/File/Louai Beshara)

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Italian UNIFIL soldiers arrive to the southern Lebanese coastal town of Naqura, September 2006. The Italian navy has handed over to German command the UN naval force tasked with patrolling Lebanon's coastline to prevent arms smuggling following Israel's war with Shiite movement Hezbollah.(AFP/File/Awad Awad)

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Lebanese soldiers stand next to a damaged car at the scene where a grenade exploded in a Beirut square, Lebanon, early Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006. At least one grenade exploded early Sunday, injuring four people. The grenade was fired from a rifle toward Riad Solh Square in central Beirut and hit a building, the police said. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Saturday October 14, 2006

Breaking - War Round 2 Brewing!

Lebanon Cantons prepare for war!
Urgent calls to liquidate Nasrallah's allies in the Christian, Sunnite and Druze areas.

From Hamid Gheryafi, Al Siyassah, London
Translated by Lebanonwire

Everything in Lebanon hints today at an internal military explosion reminiscent of the preludes to the 1975 civil war in which the Palestinians were the Syrian-Israeli spearhead. Only the players have changed as the new spearhead has become Syrian-Iranian equipped with rocket cannines that did not grow to Yassser Arafat's Palestinian Liberation Organization, European diplomatic reports said.

The reports, copy of which reached high officials in London, Paris, Washington and some Arab countries, said that the Lebanese factions, which so far are limiting the conflict to charging their street the way they did in 1975, have begun building their 'states' to face Hezbollah's mini state. And they are not doing that only militarily or through unearthing hidden weapons or importing other weapons appropriate to the brutality of any forthcoming war, but also socially, religiously and economically.

In addition, the Lebanese factions have started forming relief groups, coupled with large scale military training, and are dispatching to a number of European and Arab military establishments dozens of qualified and educated elements to attend brief and concentrated courses on the use of  modern military technologies.

A British diplomatic report, apparently based on Lebanese, Western and Israeli intelligence, also revealed that some independent Christian, Sunnite and Druze parties and groups that joined the March 14 street in a sporadic and personal manner, have started to organize themselves in coordinated groups to protect the entrances to and exits from their areas, sometimes without apparent weapons copying the tactics used by Hezbollah south of Litani.

Meanwhile, special forces from the Lebanese army along with hundreds of military intelligence elements wearing civilian clothes, are patrolling those entrances and exits across Mount Lebanon and Beirut, equipped with monitoring devises similar to the ones used by the international forces along the Syrian-Lebanese borders in what seems to be an encirclement of the Shiite enclave  from South Lebanon to Biqaa.

Another European report said that the emergence of special types of advanced weapons within the arsenals of some of the core Lebanese parties beginning this year, indicates clearly that an internal military battle would not only be limited to protecting the cantons, but would also spread to other 'antagonistic' areas that belong to them geographically, sectarianally and confessionally.

The report quoted one Christian leader as saying bluntly that "we naturally take Hezbollah's rockets into account, but we don't fear them for two reasons: First, the 4,500 rockets that hit Israel during 25 days did not kill more than 40 Israeli's. The other reason is that we were exposed during the Syrian presence in Lebanon to thousands of Syrian rockets, artillery shells rocket launchers, booby-trapped cars, suffering more damages and casualities than the what Shiite areas suffered during all Israeli wars. Despite that, the Syrians were defeated and left, while we stayed in our places."

The Christian leader asked: "What would happen if Hezbollah hits us with the 20,000 rockets  Nasrallah declared during his 'divine victory' festival? And what would become of his Christian allies among us, and the Sunnites in Beirut, Tripoli, Sidon, Biqaa and in the Druze areas. Would Hezbollah receive those as we received the war-displaced Shiites from South Lebanon? And where would people like Michel Aoun, Suleiman Franjieh, Talal Arslan, Wiaam Wahab and Omar Karami go?"

On this point, The British report said that there are growing calls to liquidate Hezbollah's and Syria's pockets in the Christian, Sunnite and Druze areas to implode them from within. It seems that the extent of political tension and the congestion within those sectarian  and confessional societies need just one spark to ignite them for the purpose of liquidating these pockets. Hezbollah's allies in the other areas have become isolated and surrounded, and their moves, phone lines and meetings are accurately monitored  because, according to the Christian leader, "we cannot risk once again the future of our Children as has happened in the near past, and we ought to be open-eyed and make our hit at the right time."

Arabic Source: http://www.alseyassah.com/alseyassah/International_1.asp

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Iran’s supreme ruler Ali Khamenei delivers war sermon, symbolically totes Kalashnikov

Holding an AK-47!

October 14, 2006, 8:54 PM (GMT+02:00)

DebkaFile Reporting: This shot, suppressed in Iran’s media coverage, shows Khamenei speaking at Tehran University on Oct. 13, the third Friday of Ramadan,. He is holding an automatic AK 47 rifle in his right hand.

His sermon was tantamount to a declaration of war by Iran and its Middle East allies: Syria, Hizballah and the Palestinian Hamas against the United States and Israel. The Kalashnikov accentuated his words.

Tehran, 13 Oct. (AKI) - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei led Friday prayers in Tehran with a sermon almost entirely dedicated to Shiite militia Hezbollah and its 34-day war with Israel in Lebanon.

"One of the projects of the Americans, Zionists and their Allies, is to come to Lebanon under the United Nations, offcially to defend the Lebanese from the attacks of foreign forces and then change the cards on the table and fight our Hezbollah brothers. The war isn't finished and the losers will certainly not remain idle. These evil forces are already hard at work to remedy their defeat and Islamic nations need to remain vigil and ready to react with determination against any other potential attack."

"The war isn't finished and the loosers will certainly not remain idle," Khamenei said during his sermon. "These evil forces are already hard at work to remedy their defeat and Islamic nations need to remain vigil and ready to react with determination against any other potential attack."

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Breaking News

- Aoun Meets Nasrallah

Aoun Meets with Nasrallah

Shocking Statements made by Aoun

Continuing his fight at Dividing Lebanon / Supporting Hizbullah and thus its Arms / Coming to the Support of Assad's regime before the Final Brammertz Report due this December which is thought to implicate the Syrian Regime in the Assasination of former Premier Rafic Hariri.

Aoun Once Again Seen as Flip Flopping on Major Issues.

He described the meeting as "not ordinary" and "very warm, particularly because there is a special sentiment between him (Nasrallah) and I."

Aoun adopted Syrian President Bashar Assad's repeated declarations that an international tribunal in the assassination of ex-Premier Rafik Hariri was "premature."

"inappropriate" to maintain "hostile attitudes" towards Damascus following the withdrawal of its troops from Lebanon in April 2005.

Aoun discarded as "irresponsible" the vehement head-on with Syria, which is being accused of involvement in Hariri's murder and the ensuing bombing attacks which targeted leading figures of the March 14 Forces

The retired general hit back at Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir who has voiced fears of a Christian rift, saying: "there is no consensus in democracy. There is a minority and a majority. Hence, there is no crisis in the Christian status."

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0600GMT -- Lebanon - Acting Interior Minister Ahmad Fatfat has said that he has recieved a Syrian Letter Threatening Him.

1140 GMT -- LEBANON -- Lebanon has used four army divisions on the border with Syria to eliminate the smuggling of weapons to Hezbollah and will fire on any Israeli plane that enters Lebanese airspace, Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr said in an interview with Al-Hayat newspaper published Oct. 13

Saturday October 14, 2006

Daily News Briefs
- Lebanon replaces ambassador to US

- Aoun Has Met Nasrallah, Willing to 'Sit Together'
- Saniora: $53,000 in Compensation to Families
- Berri Optimistic About Resumption of Dialogue
- Spanish Defense Minister Discusses UNIFIL Operations

- Spain's defense minister arrives for 2-day visit
- Families of missing recall 1990 Syrian war
- UNIFIL's Polish contingent makes friends in Tibnin
- Fadlallah accuses foreign forces of 'manipulating' 

- UN urges end to Israeli air violations and praises 
- Lebanese favor dialogue and openness
- Lebanon faces a ‘historic’ opportunity in the South

- Lebanon: IAF airspace violators subject to attack
- Lebanon: We'll shoot Israeli planes

These and more in our [ News ] section

Intelligence News Briefs

- Tehran Arms Hamas for a Double-Barreled War Option in Gaza as Second Lebanon

These and more in our  [ INTEL ] section

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Spanish Defense Minister Alonso Suarez Jose Antonio, left, walks next to the Spanish's Ambassador to Lebanon Miguel Benzo Perea, right, upon his arrival at Beirut Rafik Hariri international airport, on Friday Oct. 13, 2006. Suarez is in Lebanon for two days to meet Lebanese officials and visit the Spanish U.N. troops in south Lebanon.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Spanish Defence Minister Jose Antonio Alonso walks through a metal detector at the Grand Saray before meeting Lebanon's Prime Minister Fouad Siniora in Beirut October 13, 2006. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)

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Spanish Defence Minister Jose Antonio Alonso Suarez (2nd L) meets Lebanon's Prime Minister Fouad Siniora (R) at the Grand Saray in Beirut October 13, 2006. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)

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Spain's Defence Minister Jose Antonio Alonso Suarez (2nd R) reviews Spanish U.N. peacekeepers during his visit to their post in Blat village in south Lebanon, October 14,2006. REUTERS/Karamallah Daher (LEBANON)

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Spanish Defense Minister Jose Antonio Alonso, looks at machine guns used by the Spanish U.N. peacekeeper troops, during his visit to their base in Taibeh village, southern Lebanon, on Saturday Oct. 14, 2006. Alonso, who arrived in Lebanon on Friday afternoon, is expected to inspect Spain's 1,100 troops in south Lebanon, where they are the third largest contingent after Italy and France in the international peacekeeping force known as UNIFIL.(AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

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Spanish Defense Minister Alonso Suarez Jose Antonio, left, shakes hands with his Lebanese counterpart Elias Murr, right, at his house in Rabieh east of Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday Oct. 13, 2006. Alonso, who arrived in Lebanon on Friday afternoon, is expected to inspect Spain's 1,100 troops in south Lebanon, where they are the third largest contingent after Italy and France in the international peacekeeping force known as UNIFIL. Alonso discussed the UN operation with Prime Minister Fuad Saniora, but the National News Agency released no immediate comment by either politician. (AP Photo/Wadih Shlink)

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Lebanese workers hang an advertising poster showing Hezbollah fighters launching Katyusha rockets, with the French words reading: 'Divine Victory,' at the highway of Beirut international airport, Lebanon, in this picture taken on Aug. 18, 2006. Even Hezbollah has joined the advertising blitz. The guerrilla group paid a public relations firm US$140,000 (euro 111,358) to design a campaign called 'Divine Victory.' Hundreds of billboards have sprung up across the country in Arabic, English and French _ glorifying what many in Lebanon see as a Hezbollah victory over Israel in the 34-day war that ended with a U.N.-brokered cease-fire on Aug. 14.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Picture taken in August 2006 shows Lebanese Bank Audi's branch in the destroyed southern Lebanese town of Bint Jbeil. Lebanon's ailing economy urgently needs world financial aid, reforms and an end to political rows in order to overcome the devastation of this summer's war, Finance Minister Jihad Azour has said.(AFP/File/Patrick Baz)

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A Lebanese worker, works in front of a giant billboard of a Johnnie Walker whiskey advertisement shows a dapper figure with a top hat and cane, striding across a broken bridge with the slogan'Keep Walking,' hanging from a wall of building in Beirut, Lebanon, in this picture taken on Monday Oct. 2, 2006. The advertisement is for Johnnie Walker scotch whiskey, and the bridge is a reference to the more than 90 bridges destroyed by Israeli airstrikes last summer. The billboard is just one of dozens of biting or witty ads providing commentary on the Israel-Hezbollah war by companies clamoring for a share in Lebanon's reconstruction. Many of the new billboards were erected by banks advertising low-interest loans _ and touting the country's entrepreneurial spirit and resiliency despite the devastation of war.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Friday October 13, 2006

Daily News Briefs
- French Official: U.N. SC Israeli Violations Leb Airspace
- Saniora Warns Israeli Violations Risk Resolution 1701
- Lebanese Tycoon Apparently Phony
- Guatemala: Send 3 Top Military Officials to Join UNIFIL
- Canadian PM Rapped for Calling Liberals 'Anti-Israel' 
- Turkey: 260 Peacekeepers Heading to Lebanon
- Armenians Rally Against Turkish Participation in UNIFIL
- Lahoud Warns of Conspiracy, Cabinet Appointments

- Cabinet approves diplomatic appointments
- Siniora says army would fire at Israeli intruders
- ESCWA chief tours South, promises aid
- Poll: Most Lebanese see war attempt to remake region
- Armenians protest Turkish UNIFIL role
- Berri calls for House to open second ordinary session
- FPM: planned rally is not meant as show of strength
- Power that protects, not threatens
- Rizk expected to refuse prosecutor's resignation
- Aoun envoy visits Sfeir, hails 'renewal of talks'
- Indian peacekeepers in South

  

These and more in our [ News ] section

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Thousands of Lebanon's Armenians have rallied in Beirut against Turkish troops taking part in a UN peacekeeping force there, on the same day France moved to make denial of the Ottoman genocide of Armenians a crime.(AFP/Anwar Amro)

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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Breaking News

US Naval Forces Amass off of Lebanon's Coast and the Persian Gulf Region for Excercises - War?

The naval exercise to be held by US, Bahrain and allies later this month brings a massive concentration of American naval, air and marine might to the Persian Gulf

US officials said the exercise starting Oct. 31 will practice interdicting ships carrying weapons of mass destruction and missiles.

US naval, air and marine forces are massing in the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman and eastern Mediterranean opposite Lebanon and Syria. The big USS Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group arrives by Oct. 21. Facing these are Iranian Revolutionary Guards naval, air and marine units together with the Iranian armed forces on full war preparedness. [ Special ]

Daily News Briefs
- Key Political Parties Willing to Resume Dialogue
- Lebanese Tycoon Allegedly to Donate Billions of Dollars
- Top Candidate in Canada's Liberal Party Slams Israel
- U.N. Rep in Lebanon Says Solution for Ghajar is Near 

- Prodi lends support to Siniora, vows to help rebuild
- Berri warns war on horizon unless Israel ends violations
- Bomb rocks Beirut police barracks
- Former general: Israel testing its limits
- Gov to approve overdue diplomatic appointments
- Local Hamas boss accuses Fatah of sabotage
- Political parties voice willingness to resume dialogue  

These and more in our [ News ] section

Commentary / Analysis

- Syria nixes Assad visit to Jerusalem
- Peres: Assad Sr. missed chance on Golan

These and more in our [ Commentary/Analysis ] section

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

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Phares to Iraqi academics:

 
You need to address your American colleagues on democracy and US efforts
Iraqhurr.org                               Iraqhurr.org
Baghdad, October 10, 2006
 
In an interview with Radio Free Iraq, Middle East expert and Senior Fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Dr Walid Phares appealed to Iraqi academics and intellectuals to address their colleagues in the United States and express their real aspirations on democracy and freedom. Phares, who taught political science and Midle East studies at several Florida Universities since 1992, and who also taught in Beirut in the 1980s said he is speaking in the name of many American academics from Middle Eastern or Arab descent who wish to see their colleagues in Iraq, from all communities and universities, breaking the silence and reaching out to the American public directly. "It is not enough, said Phares, that your President and politicians make official speeches in Iraq or the US on fighting Terrorism; you need to speak out and come to America and speak directly to the intellectuals and the public."
 
Phares told his radio audience in Iraq that "the debate about the future of the liberated country is taking place today in America, and the voice of the Iraqi people and intellectuals is unheard yet. Americans do not hear enough from you. The US has spent billions of dollars and about 3,000 soldiers were killed in the war to remove Saddam and fight the terrorists. Yet your voice is not loud enough in the American debate. People need to know from you that had Saddam stayed in power, the massacres against Shiite, Kurds and moderate Sunnis, in addition to other communities, would have resumed. It is not just important for you, as thinkers and teachers, to educate the American People on your positions but it is your duty to do so. A real dialogue must be opened between you and your counter parts in America." 
 
Arabic interview.
 
 
دعوة للتعاون بين الأکاديميين الأميرکيين والعراقيين في شأن مواجهة الإرهاب audio
اعداد و تقديم: کرم منشي
التجمع الأكاديمي الأميركي لمواجهة الإرهاب يدعو الأكاديميين العراقيين للتعامل مع الشأن العراقي على الساحة الأميركية
** لقاء مع البروفيسور وليد فارس، كبير الباحثين في مؤسسة الدفاع عن الديمقراطيات بواشنطن
http://www.iraqhurr.org/programs/correspondents/2006/10/20061010.asp#142470


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Pics Lebanon

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Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, center, and his Lebanese counterpart Fuad Saniora, left, descend from the Italian aircraft carrier 'Giuseppe Garibaldi' docked at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006. Prodi inspected Italian forces helping keep the peace in southern Lebanon Wednesday, becoming the first Western leader to visit the war-torn region since the Israel-Hezbollah war. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

 

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An Italian officer walks past aircrafts on board of the Italian aircraft carrier 'Giuseppe Garibaldi' docked at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006, during the visit of Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi. Prodi inspected Italian forces helping keep the peace in southern Lebanon Wednesday, becoming the first Western leader to visit the war-torn region since the Israel-Hezbollah war. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Daily News Briefs
- Lebanese parliament speaker: Hizbullah to remain armed

- Sound Bomb Targets Police Barracks in Beirut
- Italian Premier Meets Saniora for Talks on 1701
- UNICEF Concerned Over Threat from Unexploded Bombs
- Karami: Lebanese-Syrian Tensions Serve the 'Enemy'

- Murr confirms Leb. Army confiscated Hizbullah weapons
- Siniora visits Berri in bid to defuse internal tensions
- Message to Lebanese from Italian Prime Minister Prodi
- WHO prioritizes fixing health facilities in wide aid effort
- Prosecutors probe clashes in southern suburbs
- MPs screen Constitutional Council hopefuls
- Lebanon's internal struggles outlive foreign interventions

These and more in our [ News ] section

BBC Interview with Bashar Assad

SHOCKING DENIAL OF SUPPLYING ARMS TO HIZBULLAH

Mr Simpson: Can I just ask you: you did help Hizbullah with weapons, did you not?
 
President Assad: No, we helped them politically.  We usually help them politically.

 

Syria: US lacks Mid-East vision

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad
 

President Assad acknowledged Syria and Israel could live side-by-side in peace accepting each other's existence.

The current US administration has said Syria is a member of what it has called an axis of evil.

- October 8th Interview in Damascus [ LINK ] [ Video ]

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JUMBLATT - INTERVIEW WITH AL-ANBA DAILY SAYS

ONE COULD NOT SEPERATE BETWEEN THE ATTEMPTS AT OUSTING THE GOVERNMENT FROM THE QUESTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL COURT WHICH WOULD INVOLVE THE SYRIAN REGIME AND ITS HEAD

HIZBULLAH'S CONTINUOUS DEFENSE OF THE SYRIAN REGIME DID NOT CONTRIBUTE TO STRENGTHENING NATIONAL UNITY, BUT RATHER CONTINUED TO CRIPPLE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF RESOLUTION 1701 AND THE TAEF ACCORDS

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Lebanon's Prime Minister Fouad Siniora (L) reviews the honour guard with his Italian counterpart Romano Prodi during Prodi's arrival at Grand Saray in Beirut October 11, 2006. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi (LEBANON)

 

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Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, left, shakes hands with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora upon his arrival at Beirut international airport, Lebanon, late Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006. Prodi, whose country is the leading contributor to a U.N. peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, arrived in Beirut late Tuesday for talks on the cease-fire that ended the month-long fighting between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Tawil)

 

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Lebanon's Prime Minister Fouad Siniora (R) heads the meeting with his Italian counterpart Romano Prodi(L) at Grand Saray in Beirut October 11, 2006. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi (LEBANON)

 

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Italy's Prime Minister Romano Prodi (L) speaks during a news conference with his Lebanese counterpart Fouad Siniora at Grand Saray in Beirut October 11, 2006. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi (LEBANON)

 

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Italy's Prime Minister Romano Prodi (R) speaks with Lebanon's parliament speaker Nabih Berri during his visit to Berri's house in Beirut October 11, 2006. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)

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October 10, 2006

Daily News Briefs
- Gulf Arab cash to bolster Lebanese army

- Def. Minister Elias Murr: Army Confiscated Hizbullah Arms
- IMF: Lebanon Safe From Monetary Collapse 
- Cabinet Agrees to Investigation into Airport Shootout 
- Lahoud Emphasizes Need for National Unity Government
- Fugitive U.S. Doctor Fleeing Lebanon Arrested in Cyprus
- Nasrallah Comes Out for Ramadan Nights in Beirut
- Lebanon Receives Maps of Minefields in South Lebanon
- Turkey Send 260-Strong Engineer Company to Lebanon
- Indonesia Delays Deployment of Peacekeepers 
- Berri: Lebanon in Dire Need of Saudi Political Assistance
- Children Trickle Back to War-Ravaged Schools

- Berri says Saudi clout is key to Lebanon's challenges
- Lahoud says government 'monopolizing' authority
- Israel finally hands over mine maps to UNIFIL
- Prodi to arrive today forgoodwill visit
- Why should Siniora go but Lahoud stay?
- Cabinet: no funds for illegal structures

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Turkish officers walk out their plane after arriving at Beirut airport to join the U.N peacekeeping force in south Lebanon October 10, 2006. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi (LEBANON)

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Lebanese workers remove a broken table in a damaged classroom at a school that was destroyed following Israeli forces' bombardment during the 34-day long Hezbollah-Israel conflict, in the southern town of Bint Jbeil, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 9, 2006. Students in Lebanon started their first day at school as private schools opened Monday, except for some schools in the southern suburb of Beirut and in some towns and villages of southern Lebanon, which were still under reconstruction after they were damaged or destroyed during Israel's summertime bombardment of Lebanon. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

 

October 9, 2006

Breaking News

IDF prepares for possible Syrian attack

Yaakov Katz, THE JERUSALEM POST  Oct. 9, 2006


Two policemen stand next to a Syrian-made 302 mm rocket that had previously been fired from Lebanon at Afula, during a press conference in Kiyrat Shmona, Friday.
Photo: AP

One thing is for sure: Israel's response to a Syrian attack will be nothing like its reaction to the July 12 kidnapping of reservists Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser in a cross-border Hizbullah attack. The retaliation, defense officials interviewed for this article warned, would be harsher, fiercer and far deadlier.

The first difference would be the bank of targets. On the night of July 12, hours after the kidnapping, the cabinet convened to approve a list of targets for the IAF to strike. None of them included government or Lebanese armed forces sites. The closest the IAF got to striking at the Lebanese government during the month-long war in Lebanon was the bombing of the runway at Beirut International Airport.

The Syrian bank of targets would be different. It would not only include military infrastructure, such as bases, rocket launchers and silos, but also government buildings, headquarters, power plants, electricity grids and water reservoirs.

"We will shut down the entire country" was how one defense official described the potential response.

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Daily News Briefs
- Saniora-Lahoud Meeting Breaks the Ice
- Hariri Wants Tribunal to Try Corrupt from Present / Past
- UNIFIL in Talks with Israel on Completing Pullout
- Second Teenager Dies from Wounds in Riots

- Siniora makes first visit to Baabda since July 12
- PM signals determination to liberate Shebaa Farms
- Berri touts Saudi trip as measure to defuse tension
- 21 killed by 'dud' bomblets since war
- Talks 'going on' to complete Israeli pullout - UN
- Second boy dies of wounds from ISF clash
- If killing civilians is terror, then who's the terrorist?

- IDF prepares for possible Syrian attack

- Israel denounces 'threat' as Assad says war possible

- Lebanese army: We'll use Hizbullah north of Litani

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Commentary / Analysis  
- Lebanon economy to shrink 3.2 pct this year: IMF
- Gulf Arab cash to bolster Lebanese army
- Analysis: Watch the Syrians, very carefully
- The Golan heresy - better than peace

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Humanitarian / Relief Daily Report

Lebanon: Higher Relief Commission Daily Situation Report No. 69, 9 Oct 2006 ReliefWeb » Latest Updates 13:50

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Lebanese schoolchildren pass by damaged buildings on the first day of school after the recent Israel-Hezbollah conflict in the southern Beirut suburbs October 9, 2006. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)

 

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An armored personnel carrier of Indian U.N. peacekeepers, right, sits outside the village of Ghajar, southern Lebanon, Monday Oct. 9, 2006. Barbed wire, an earthen barrier and a minefield separate Lebanon from the last piece of its territory yet to be returned by Israel. The white, pink and yellow apartment blocks of Ghajar straddle the Israeli-Lebanese border. Many of the village's residents, Alawite Muslims like Syrian President Bashar Assad, are Israeli citizens. This place of complicated loyalties has become a cause of continued tension between Lebanon and Israel, despite Israel's broader withdrawal under the cease-fire ending its war with Hezbollah guerrillas. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

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Another View of the village of Ghajar, southern Lebanon, Monday Oct. 9, 2006. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

 

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Lebanese soldiers stand on the border with Israel as seen from the village of Markaba in south Lebanon, October 8, 2006. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho(LEBANON)

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