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Exclusive Video of United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with LBC's May Chidiac - Firm Support for Lebanon. 

 

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Wednesday November 1, 2006

Breaking News - Terje Roed-Larsen - says LEBANESE GOVERNMENT CONFIRMS WEAPONS SMUGGLING IS TAKING PLACE Violating UN 1701.

See it here in this UN Video

Media Stakeout: Informal comments to the Media by the Special Envoy for the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1559, Mr. Terje Roed-Larsen, on the situation in the Middle East.
[Webcast:
Archived Video - 13 minutes]

 

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Tuesday October 31, 2006

Breaking News

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets with leader of Lebanon's Druze community Walid Jumblatt

Washington- US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Walid Jumblatt, the leader of Lebanon's Druze community, to discuss the effort to rebuild the country following the Israeli assault on Hezbollah last summer, the US State Department said Monday. Rice was also to discuss ongoing political developments with Jumblatt and the implementation of a UN Security Council resolution that restored peace and expanded the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon.

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Daily Press Briefing
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 30, 2006

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TRANSCRIPT:

12:35 p.m. EST

MR. MCCORMACK: Good afternoon, everybody. I don't have any opening statements, so we can get right into your questions. Who wants to start? Go ahead, Sylvie.

QUESTION: The Lebanese leader Walid Jumblatt is in the building today and he's supposed to meet with the Secretary.

MR. MCCORMACK: Correct.

QUESTION: Why it's not on our public schedule?

MR. MCCORMACK: I don't know. We don't control -- we don't control exactly what comes down from the Secretary's office in terms of what's on the public schedule or not. So she is meeting with him. She's met with him before. They're going to talk about the situation in Lebanon, the current political situation.

She wants to get a feel for the situation on the ground, reiterate our support for Prime Minister Siniora's effort at economic as well as political reform and our full support for implementation of 1701 and also for the Lebanese people in helping to rebuild some of the infrastructure that was damaged or destroyed during the course of the conflict. We have extensive USAID operations there. Randy Tobias, who heads up our efforts on foreign assistance, was just there in Lebanon. We also have a U.S. public-private partnership that is deeply involved in getting together the funds to help our the Lebanese people for reconstruction.

So that's essentially what she's going to be talking about. Also express our full support for implementation of UN Security Council resolutions looking into the assassination of former Prime Minister Hariri and for the efforts of Mr. Brammertz to get to the bottom of that.

QUESTION: Is there any progress on that?

MR. MCCORMACK: Refer you to Mr. Brammertz. I know that he is continuing his work. That is an independent investigation and they are really the only ones I think it's appropriate should be talking about -- talking about the investigation. We'll look forward to his report when it comes out.

QUESTION: And she's also meeting with the social affairs minister of Lebanon this afternoon, so it's two Lebanese?

MR. MCCORMACK: Not that I'm aware of. I'll look into it for you.

QUESTION: Okay.

QUESTION: Just on implementation of the resolutions, there's still some kind of glaring holes -- the two soldiers who haven't been released. And what's happening with the disarmament of Hezbollah?

MR. MCCORMACK: Well, on the first one, we want to see their immediate unconditional release. That is up to Hezbollah. They are the stumbling block in that regard. And also we would like to see the Lebanese Government over the course of time in its own way address the issue of disarmament of Hezbollah. You can't have a state within a state. We all know that. In any sort of fully functioning democracy you can't have armed groups, militias, operating outside the control of the state. The state needs to be the only authority that has resort to use of force in the interest of the state.

So these are questions that the Lebanese are going to answer. The Security Council resolutions lay out very clearly what is required of them, what the international community expects of them. But this issue is also wrapped up in Lebanon's politics and so the Lebanese people need to come to terms with how they're going to move forward down the pathway of fully restoring their democracy after a couple of decades worth of Syrian occupation.

QUESTION: Concretely, in terms of the soldiers' release, what's being -- I mean, to say you wish that they'd be released is --

MR. MCCORMACK: Well, the United States is not involved in any sort of mediation, any mediation attempts. Again, this is a terrorist group that is holding two Israeli soldiers and we would call upon -- call for their immediate unconditional release. I believe that there have been many international public statements in that regard and I think that Resolution 1701 also calls for that as well.

It just underscores that there are a number of different issues with respect to Hezbollah and its actions and its current status that need to be addressed by the Lebanese people and the Lebanese Government.

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• US voices concern about more assassinations in Lebanon
• UN urges disarming Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias
• UN: Arms still smuggled into Lebanon from Syria 
• Lebanon Press Headlines
• Druze leader seeks US backing for Hariri slaying tribunal
• Lebanon aid conference delayed
• Welch Criticizes Syria for Interfering in Lebanese Internal Affairs
• Security Council Urges Disarming of Militias, Bolton Slams Syria
• Lahoud Slams International Court, Jumblat Accuses Him 
• Tueni Attacks Lahoud's Mutiny on the International Community
• Israeli Fighter Jets Stage Mock Raids over Beirut Suburbs
• Millions of Tons of Rubble Create Ecological Nightmare
• Hizbullah warns of resignations, protests 
• Shebaa Farms to be demarcated, UN discuss Resolution 1559
• UNICEF spearheads polio vaccination drive
• Israeli Supreme Court considerscommission to review war
• Israel sorry for 'misunderstandings' in shooting incidents
• Basil Fuleihan institute celebrates 10th anniversary
• Lahoud suggests changes to Hariri tribunal
• Rights groups detail Israeli, Hizbullah legal violations

These full articles in our [ News ] section

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Latest Intelligence

- Israel Air Force warplanes over-fly Hizballah Cmd Centers
- CIA chief meets Saudi king after Gulf terror alert Published
- US-Led Military Thrust Focuses Heavily on Naval Deployment

These full articles in our [ INTEL ] section

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Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (L) stands beside Brigadier General Gal Hirsh, head of the Galilee Division, during a visit to the Biranit military base near the Israel-Lebanon border in this picture released by the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO) on October 31, 2006. ISRAEL OUT REUTERS/Moshe Milner/GPO/Handout (ISRAEL)

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US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has warned the Lebanese government could be the target of new assassination attempts and strongly suggested Syria was behind the destabilisation campaign(AFP/Getty Images/File/Mark Wilson)

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EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana (L) speaks to Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif (R) during a meeting in Cairo. Solana wrapped up his Middle East tour today after spending the past few days visiting several countries, including Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, in an effort to revive stalled peace talks in the region.(AFP)  

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A huge billboard carrying the picture of slain premier Rafiq Hariri stands in downtown Beirut, February 2006. Lebanon's pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud protested his exclusion from the process of organizing an international court to try suspects in the 2005 murder of Rafiq Hariri.(AFP/Ramzi Haidar)

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Latest News
- Al-Manar Slams March 14 Forces as 'Devils'
- UN to map disputed Shebaa farms area
- Israel and Lebanon trade accusations
- Israeli FM: U.N. to Map Shabaa
- Tourism Industry Struggles to Cope with War's Aftermath 
- Israel Sorry for 'Misunderstandings' in Shooting Incidents
- Two Lebanese Killed by Storm
- Mother, Baby Die in Destroyed Bekaa Bridge Plunge 
- Solana Voices Support for Saniora's Government
- Lebanon's Political Tensions Drag on, Dialogue Postponed
- British Daily: High Radiation Level Samples Found
- Berlin confirms second incident with Israeli planes 
- EU envoy pledges support for Siniora
- Berri delays talks over key absences
- French make presence felt on border
- Spanish UNIFIL troops begin rotation
- Sunni leader denies plan to meet Khaddam, trip to France
- UN vows answers on whether Israel used uranium

These full articles in our [ News ] section

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Latest Commentary / Analysis

- ‘To forestall recourse to the street’ Mixed reactions Berri
- Patriarchs Blame Political Turmoil for Christian Exodus
- Fears of Inquiry Dampen Giving by U.S. Muslims

These full articles in our [ Com/Anal ] section

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With the Mohammed al-Amin Mosque in the background, two Kuwaiti tourists walk in down town Beirut, Lebanon Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006. Lebanon's tourism industry was on track to break records this year before the war between Israel and Hezbollah broke out July 12 and brought business at hotels, restaurants and shops to a crashing halt. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

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Israeli Rachel Varkatt gestures as she stands on a hill overlooking the Israeli border with Lebanon, in the village of Zarit, northern Israel, Friday Oct. 20, 2006. More than two months after 34 days of bitter fighting between Israel and Hezbollah ended in stalemate, many Israelis have come to see the war as a costly failure. Those who live closest to Lebanon, though, don't see it like that, saying the war altered their lives dramatically for the better. (AP Photo/Baz Ratner)

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Lebanese singer Elissa performs at a cancer benefit concert in Beirut, October 28, 2006. REUTERS/Fadi Ghalioum (LEBANON)

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Lebanese singer Wael Kfouri performs at a cancer benefit concert in Beirut, October 28, 2006. REUTERS/Fadi Ghalioum (LEBANON)

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October 29, 2006

Breaking News 

Five navies led by US begin naval exercise Sunday, Oct. 29, off Persian Gulf Iranian coast. Iran’s armed forces on high alert, its air force chief replaced

The Western navies are to practice tactics for blocking the smuggling of nuclear weapons and components. Iran’s armed forces responded at once by declaring a high state of preparedness and branding the war games “adventurous.” Their alert encompassed the joint naval units of the military and Revolutionary Guards in the Persian Gulf, while the Revolutionary Guards, the Iranian army, navy and air force were placed on “yellow” alert, one level short of full war.

Also Sunday, supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei replaced Iran’s air force chief, Karim Qavami with Brig Gen Capt Ahmad Miqani, on the recommendation of the Revolutionary Guards commander.

In September, the outgoing air force chief, a US-trained pilot, commanded Iran’s military maneuvers which tested a new air defense system, fighter planes and laser-guided bombs. DEBKAfile’s Iran sources report that Khamenei did not approve of Qavami’s admiration of America’s military capabilities – especially the US air force’s advanced aircraft and equipment. He was the one who spoke out at general staff meetings in favor of procuring a new air fleet to better  stand up to a possible US attack. His successor follows the supreme ruler without question and has complete faith in the ability of Iran and its air force to match the US and its air might.

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Monday October 30, 2006

The Security Council is scheduled to hold consultations in the afternoon on the 1559 report

UN Security Council hears a briefing on UN 1559

3.00 p.m. Consultations of the whole (closed) - Consultations Room

- Middle East (Lebanon) (S/2006/832) *

- Other matters

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* With a view to a formal meeting.

LEBANON SPECIAL ENVOY TO BRIEF SECURITY COUNCIL, MEDIA

In response to earlier questions about the Secretary-General’s latest report on the implementation of Resolution 1559, regarding Lebanon, which went to the Security Council last week, the Spokesman said that Terje Roed-Larsen, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the implementation of that resolution, will brief the Council on that report Monday, in closed consultations.

After that, Roed-Larsen has agreed to talk to the press at the stakeout outside the Security Council.

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Nabih Berri's Consultations - POSTPONED! 

Lebanon's Political Tensions Drag on as Dialogue Postponed
Speaker Nabih Berri has postponed roundtable consultations on a national unity government for a week, ostensibly because three key members of the political elite are abroad.

Berri told An Nahar that he preferred the presence of "first rank" leaders rather than representatives because talks among "second rank" politicians would slow the consultation process.

The new date was set for Monday Nov. 6 after Druze leader Walid Jumblat, former President Amin Gemayel and Parliament's majority leader Saad Hariri have apologized from attending the session that was first scheduled for Monday Oct. 30 for travel obligations.

 

Former President Amin Gemayel called the points that Berri wants to discuss “ the demands of the alliance of 4 parties which he named as Syria, Iran, Hezbollah and general Aoun” . He welcomed the talks but criticized Berri ’s agenda and insisted that Lebanon’s needs should come first in any dialogue talks.

 

Carlos Edde , leader of the National Bloc , also criticized Berri’s agenda . He said the agenda in any dialogue should represent the interest of all parties concerned if this is to be talks about unity. He added “ it is no secret that the agenda represents only the interests of Syria and Iran and their allies."

Eddeh also said “ It is strange that these same people that are now trying to shorten the term of the current parliament are the same people that extended illegally the term of president Lahoud by another 3 years."

Many political observers are of the opinion that there can be no government of unity if the whole purpose of the talks is to bring Syria back as the main power player in Lebanese politics …. The agenda at this stage clearly does not serve the interest of the Lebanese people.

Jumblat traveled to the United States on Saturday and will meet with top U.S. officials in Washington on Monday, the day the talks were first scheduled to begin.

An Nahar said Friday that Jumblat will meet during his visit to the U.S. with Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and David Welch, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.

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Lebanese singer Elissa performs at a cancer benefit concert in Beirut, on October 28, 2006. REUTERS/Fadi Ghalioum (LEBANON)

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 October 28, 2006

Condoleezza Rice's Interview with May Chidiac - Video at the Top of this Page.


Main Points Below:

- United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with LBC's May Chidiac in Wash.D.C.

 

- Once Again Affirms Strong Support for Freedom, Democracy and Independence of Lebanon

 

- Unprecedented, Steadfast, Firm, and Unwavering Support from The United States of America to the People of Lebanon.

 

- Urges Hizbullah to Disarm and Join the Political Process on equal ground with all Lebanese Factions - as called out by the Taef Accords, and UN Resolutions.

 

- Urges the Lebanese Government to follow through with International Commitments Made under UN Resolutions. Stop Smuggling of Weapons into the Country, Disarm Militia's.

 

- We will never forget Hizbullah terrorist act killing 241 Marines in Beirut - NEVER.

 

- Confirms Syrian Countinued Meddling in Lebanese Affairs.

 

- Freedom, Democracy and Independence in Lebanon once again gets American Support.

 

 

Condi Rice: Hizbullah DISARM Join Democratic Process!

"If Hezbollah wants to be in politics... Hezbollah should be disarmed. You cannot have one foot in terror and the use of violence and the other foot in politics. It just doesn't work that way"

"Hezbollah has to decide whether it's going to maintain its terrorist wing and remain a terrorist organization or whether it's going to ... be part the political process"

"I'm counting on Lebanon to live up to its obligations, and I'm counting on Lebanon to want to evolve to a normal state" "And a normal state has an army and police that answer to the state, not to a state within a state."

"We've heard that there are people who would like to intimidate or assassinate again," she said, referring to the 2005 assassinations of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and other anti-Syrian politicians. She did not elaborate.

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Bush: It is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon

The US president said Friday he was aware of “speculation” that Iran had started enriching uranium in a second centrifuge network. “Whether they doubled it or not,” he stressed, “the idea of Iran having a nuclear weapon is unacceptable.”

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 LEBANON SPECIAL ENVOY TO BRIEF SECURITY COUNCIL, MEDIA

In response to earlier questions about the Secretary-General’s latest report on the implementation of Resolution 1559, regarding Lebanon, which went to the Security Council last week, the Spokesman said that Terje Roed-Larsen, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the implementation of that resolution, will brief the Council on that report next Monday, in closed consultations.

After that, Roed-Larsen has agreed to talk to the press at the stakeout outside the Security Council.

Asked about reports that the violence in Gaza may increase, the Spokesman said that the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East, Alvaro de Soto, recently conveyed to the Security Council the Secretary-General’s concern at the violence in Gaza and his call for restraint and a halt to all military operations.

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Latest News

- Rice says Hezbollah must disarm join political process
- Rice to Hizbullah: to Be in Politics You have to Disarm
- Solana in Beirut to Shore Up Support for Saniora
- British Daily: High Radiation Level Samples Found 
- Portuguese UNIFIL Troops to Head to Lebanon
- U.S. to Rebuild Mdeirej Bridge Destroyed by Israel
- Israel Expresses Regret for Ship Incident off Coast
- Alleged Al-Qaida Suspect's Wife Condemns Search
- Still few takers for Berri's invitation to new talks
- German MPs demand explanation for clash with Israel
- Fatfat says tighter security will last until end of year
- 'UNIFIL won't disarm Hizbullah' - Russian def minister
- Rice tries to put positive spin on Resolution 1701
- USAID envoy announces start of work on Mdeirej bridge
- USAID chief 'deeply encouraged' by Lebanon visit
- French Socialist leader brings message of support
- Lawyer reports working for Syria on Hariri probe
- Solana upbeat on 1701 at start of visit with 'old friends'
- IT training centre opens in Lebanon town
- Lebanon: Statement by Ambassador Randall L. Tobias

These full articles in our [ News ] section

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Latest Intelligence

- Israel has recovered 39 Russian-made anti-tank missiles, including the AT-14 Kornet and AT-13 Metis, from captured Hezbollah bases in southern Lebanon, the World Tribune reported, citing military sources.

These full articles in our  [ INTEL ]section

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Latest Commentary / Analysis

- INTERVIEW-Christian leader foresees turbulence in Lebanon
- D'Ancona: Media Got It Wrong in Lebanon

These full articles in our [ Com/Anal ] section

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European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana (L) chats with Lebanese Christian Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir in Bkirki, east Beirut, October 27, 2006. REUTERS/Fadi Ghalioum (LEBANON)

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European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana (L) shakes hands with Lebanese Christian Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir in Bkirki, east Beirut, October 27, 2006. REUTERS/Fadi Ghalioum (LEBANON)

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Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora (R) speaks with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana during a news conference in the government palace in Beirut October 28, 2006. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)

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Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora (R) meets European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana (L) in the government palace in Beirut, October 28, 2006. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON)

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European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana (R) is greeted by Major General Alain Pellegrini, Commanding Officer of United Nations Interm Force in Lebanon at the UNIFIL offices in Beirut October 28, 2006. REUTERS/Stringer (LEBANON)

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Lebanon's capital Beirut. Scientists studying samples of soil thrown up by Israeli bombing in Lebanon have shown high radiation levels, suggesting uranium-based munitions were used, a British newspaper reports(AFP/File/Dominique Faget)

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Samir Geagea, former Christian militia chief, speaks during an interview with Reuters in his home in the Cedars in northern Lebanon October 26, 2006. Picture taken October 26, 2006. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi (LEBANON)

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October 27, 2006

Breaking News - 1701

 

DAILY PRESS BRIEFING BY THE OFFICES OF THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

AND THE SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT

The following is a near-verbatim transcript of today’s noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General and Gail Bindley-Taylor Sainte, the Spokeswoman for the President of the General Assembly.

Question following the Briefing by Spokesman for Secretary-General on Lebanon:

Question:  And also is the Security Council still considering an arms embargo on the Lebanese from smuggling arms to Hezbollah?  Do you have anything on that?

Spokesman:  I think the Council decided what it wants to decide.  But resolution 1701 is clear on the need for all to respect the call for non-arming of militias and the disarming of the militias.

Question:  Do you have something on the draft international tribunal?

Spokesman:  No I do not.  As soon as we have something to announce, I will let you know.

Question:  And on 1559, anything new?

Spokesman:  I think the Larsen report was recently -- there is nothing to add to Mr. Larsen’s report.

See the Video Here: 26, Thursday 
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- Christian leader foresees turbulence in Lebanon
- Argentina charges Iran, Hizbullah in 1994 strike
- U.N. Pres Statement on 1559 to Be Released on Monday
- Hizbullah to Join Talks on Unity Gov, Jumblat Will Not
- Malaysian Heads Syria's Probe U.N. Report Hariri Murder
- Foreign Ministry confirms Livni's visit to Qatar
- 400 Spaniards Arrive to Join U.N. Mission in Lebanon
- U.N. Says 'Admin Issues' delaying Pullout from Ghajar
- Departure of Indonesian Peacekeepers Delayed 
- Germany Denies Beirut Blocking Navy Patrols off Coast
- Israelis 'fired warning shots' near German ship
- Lebanon's political parties mull invitation from Berri
- 400 Spaniards arrive to join UNIFIL
- Mirza discusses case against Israel with magistrate
- Health minister prescribes unity for political ailments
- USAID envoy reviews projects in Lebanon
- Aoun touts shares in Orange TV
- Russian official to inaugurate bridges
- Fear bomb blast near residences of Saudi, UAE envoys
- Israeli F-16s tangle with German warship off coast
- US carrier makes 'thank you' visit to Cyprus
- Berri invites talks on unity gov, new electoral law

These full articles in our [ News ] section

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Latest Intelligence

- Israel, Syria heighten alert for possible war
- Expert: Prepare for war
- Israel Accuses Syria of Smuggling Arms into Lebanon
- Names of Iran officials charged in 1994 Argentina bombing
- Army gets green light to deploy in Taamir

These full articles in our  [ INTEL ]section

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Latest Commentary / Analysis

- Analysts Berri's Appeal Unity Talks Going Nowhere
- Lebanon's Aftermath
- Russia restores two bridges in Lebanon
- Russian military to build 8 bridges in Lebanon by Dec 10
- Marines mourn, remember service members killed in Beirut

These full articles in our [ Com/Anal ] section

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A Lebanese man uses a broom to clean thick layer of oil at the bank of a small port in the ancient city of Byblos, east of Beirut in August 2006. Lebanon's ancient port and renowned celebrity hangout Byblos is finally emerging from the environmental and economic disaster inflicted on it by Israel's summer bombardment.(AFP/File/Anwar Amro)

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An Israeli F16 fighter jet lands at the Ramat David Israeli air force base in northern Israel after returning from a mission over neighboring Lebanon in July 2006. The German defence ministry has called for smooth cooperation between Israel and its ships patrolling the Lebanese coast after Israeli planes fired shots over a German vessel.(AFP/File/Menahem Kahana)

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Lockheed Martin US-made Israeli F-16 in flight. Two Israeli warplanes were involved in an armed incident with a German ship patrolling Lebanon's waters as part of the UN force in the Arab country, the German military told AFP.(AFP/GPO-HO/File)

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Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (L) speaks with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during an official meeting in Tehran September 13, 2006. President Bush on Wednesday urged Iran and Syria to support the governments of neighboring Iraq and Lebanon and warned against creating instability in those democracies. (Stringer/Reuters)

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October 26, 2006 

WCCR - Very Concerned about Current Political Situation in Lebanon - Extreme Reservations Concerning Nabih Berri's Consulation - A PLOY TO TOPPLE CURRENT GOV!

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President Bush Press Conference at the Whitehouse

TO SYRIA: "Do not undermine the Siniora government in Lebanon" 

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A CALL TO ACTION TO: The Free world, The United States, France, United Nations Security Council must address the current situation in Lebanon - The problems are causing Lebanon to fall into a period of stalemate - Politicians terrified to FULLY implement 1559 & 1701 fearing retribution on themselves and their family members, opposition and Syria / Iran continue to advance ploys aimed at current government, if this continues it can only serve to be an advantage to those who want to see the Demise of Freedom, Democracy and Independance in Lebanon, and for the rest of the Free World it will be too late.

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October 26, 2006

Breaking News 1 - Berri's Gift? - Calls for Consultations!

Syria Once Again Controlling its Puppets in Lebanon!

 

Berri Calls for Consultations and Not National Dialogue

Difference: National Dialogue - Discuss the real issues paralyzing Lebanon's Freedom, Democracy and Independence - Namely: 1. Disarming Hizbullah, 2. Presidential File.

Consultations: DOES NOT ADDRESS DISARMING AND LAHOUD. Only addresses National Unity Government and a New Electoral Law - BOTH MEANT TO MARGINALIZE THE CEDARS REVOLUTIONS' GOALS OF FREEDOM DEMOCRACY AND INDEPENDANCE. Both Cave in to Hizbullah.

Berri's Gift a ploy to topple current Government, end game Syria invited back in.

Lebanon already has a National Unity Government - It was Democratically Elected - the opposition, instead of consistently trying to marginalize it - should work with it - in a checks and balances fashion - to pursue National Goals.

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Breaking News 2 - U.S. Official: Syria Plans Campaign to Topple Saniora Through Aoun, Allies
A well-known U.S. official said Thursday that Syria was preparing an "intimidating political campaign" to overthrow Premier Fouad Saniora's government through Gen. Michel Aoun and his allies.

The official also said that Syria was planning to spread chaos and disorder by means of using its Lebanese political allies.

"The Syrians, which are seeking to ascertain their influence over Lebanon because they are very well aware of the extent of their regional weakness," the official said, "have begun preparations for an intimidating political campaign against the Saniora government, ultimately aimed at eliminating it."

"Syria's ambition now is to use its political allies in Lebanon to spread chaos and disorder in the country in an effort to drag Saniora's government into a bitter crisis," the official said, citing "reliable information from Washington."

Asked about the identity of the Syrian allies, the official told An-Nahar: "Aoun's (Free Patriotic) Movement and its allies, including key Sunni and Maronite figures north of the country."

"Aoun's allies" was a clear reference to Hizbullah, the movement's close political supporter. Both Aoun and Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah have been calling for the toppling of Saniora's government and the formation of a national unity cabinet.

His comments came as U.S. President George Bush urged Syria and Iran not to undermine Saniora's government and to stop backing Hizbullah.

An-Nahar said that other American executives have agreed with the official that any dialogue with Syria over the situation in Lebanon and in Iraq was "not possible now."

The official said that the U.S. administration has turned down all requests for "talks with the Syrian government" made by non-governmental Syrian personalities as well as Lebanese and Americans "because we had held discussions with President Bashar Assad and his aides in the past but have reached a dead-end."

He stated that the lack of trust in the Syrian regime "would make any dialogue in the near future useless."  more in our [ News ] section

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Breaking News 3 - Bush to Iran and Syria: Stop Undermining Saniora's Government
U.S. President George Bush has urged Syria and Iran not to undermine premier Fouad Saniora's government and to stop backing Hizbullah.
"Our message to Syria is consistent: Do not undermine the Saniora government in Lebanon," Bush said at a press conference he held in Washington on Wednesday.

Anti-Damascus politicians in Lebanon accuse Syria of trying to meddle in internal Lebanese affairs despite its withdrawal from the country.

Syrian troops pulled out of Lebanon under local and international pressure in April 2005 after more than 29 years of hegemony.

"Help us (Syria) get back the -- help Israel get back the prisoner that was captured by Hamas; don't allow Hamas and Hizbullah to plot attacks against democracies in the Middle East; help inside of Iraq," Bush said in his second press conference in two weeks.

He was referring to the Israeli soldier kidnapped by Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip late June.

The U.S. labels Hizbullah, which is backed by Syria and Iran, as a terrorist organization. It also accuses the party of undermining Lebanon's democratic government.

"Let me talk about the Iranian issue… whether or not they will help the Lebanese democracy succeed."

He reiterated that Saniora's cabinet was a main concern of the Bush administration.

"The Saniora government, which is -- a priority of this (U.S.) government is to help that Saniora government," he said.

"And we will continue to work to make it clear to the Iranian government that … the sponsor of terrorists will cause more isolation."

Bush also insisted that the U.S was "winning" in Iraq, as he defended his war strategy two weeks before elections that may see his Republican party lose control of both chambers of Congress.

Iraq is dominating the political discussion as opposition Democrats seek to gain control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in the November 7 vote. An-NaharBeirut, 26 Oct 06, 12:10 more in our [ News ] section

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Breaking News 4 - While the Lebanese ONLY hear UNITY and CONSENSUS from its Leaders -

May Chidiac - After ALL She has been through - BRAVES THE WORLD AGAIN - WITH HER STATEMENTS!

MAY TELLS THE WORLD - LEBANON IS UNDER FIRE TODAY!

LEBANON IS BEING THREATENED!

LEBANESE JOURNALISTS - POLITICIANS ARE BEING THREATENED!

 

"WE ARE STILL THREATENED"

"MANY LEBANESE JOURNALISTS ARE STILL THREATENED"

"MANY POLITICIANS ARE STILL THREATENED"

"WE HAVE A VERY TOUGH 3 MONTHS AHEAD OF US"

"PERIOD DELICATE, INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL HAS TO BE FORMED IN THIS 3 MONTHS"

"BRAMMERTZ WILL PRESENT HIS REPORT BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR"

"MANY LEBANESE ARE AFRAID"

"SOME REGIMES (SYRIA) THREATENED US THAT WE WILL HAVE CHOAS IN LEBANON"

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May Chidiac, 2 Other Female Journalists Receive Courage Awards
LBCI anchorwoman May Chidiac, received Courage in Journalism Awards from the International Women's Media Foundation.

More than 600 people attended the awards luncheon in New York on Tuesday honoring Chidiac who lost her left arm and left leg in a car bomb explosion in September 2005.

American television journalist Judy Woodruff, the chair of the awards, paid tribute to all journalists working in danger zones from Iraq to Afghanistan -- and those who lost their lives trying to report the truth.

Chidiac, 43, believes a bomb was planted under her car last year as a result of her criticism of Syria's involvement in Lebanon-- and she told the audience at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel that it was meant to eliminate her.

"But I survived, and it is not a secret any more that my survival was a miracle," she said. "Moreover, I believe I gave my country a hand to fight with, and a leg to kick all the enemies with, and they are not few."

She has undergone 26 operations and was loudly applauded when she walked onstage using a cane.

Clearly referring to Syria which withdrew its troops from Lebanon in April 2005 after a 29-year occupation, she said, "regimes are trying even after their visible withdrawal from Lebanon, to prevent me, and others, from telling the world the truth about what is happening in my country and to my fellow Lebanese."

Since she returned to work on July 19, Chidiac said "I am still threatened but I kept on doing my job with no fear, ready for any danger I might face." more in our [ News ] section

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October 25, 2006

Breaking News

An official in Tehran describes US military maneuvers as “dangerous and suspicious”

October 24, 2006, 3:29 PM (GMT+02:00)

The unnamed official was quoted by Iran’s official news agency as referring to the naval exercises the US is to hold at the end of the month with Bahrain, Kuwait, France and Britain. He described the exercises as warmongering by American neo-conservatives who want to win the mid-term US congressional elections next month. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei speaking at Eid al-Fitr prayers, called for Muslim unity to deal with what he called the “dirty aims” of the US and Israel. He stressed the importance of unity among Palestinian factions.

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Latest News

- Berri Invites National Dialogue for Session on Oct. 30
- Small Bomb Sets Fire in Beirut, No Casualties
- UNIFIL's Success Linked to Hizbullah Actions
- May Chidiac, Receives Courage Award
- Saniora Discusses with UAE's President Lebanon

These full articles in our [ News ] section

Commentary Analysis News

- Israel Accuses Syria of Smuggling Arms into Lebanon
- Iran, Syria rapidly rearming Hezbollah
- 'Assad regime is on brink of collapse'
- Berri urges fresh to drag Lebanon out of stalmate
- Germany takes command of naval force in Lebanon

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Emirati President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan (R) meets with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora in Abu Dhabi to discuss the reconstruction of Lebanon.(AFP)

 

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Lebanese policemen and army soldiers inspect the site where a bomb was apparently tossed from a speeding car on the seafront boulevard in the Ramlet el-Baida area, Beirut, Lebanon early Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2006. The small bomb exploded on a Beirut street early Wednesday, causing no casualties but starting a small fire, police said. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

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Daily News on Lebanon

October 24, 2006

The White House, President George W. Bush

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
October 23, 2006

Presidential Message: Eid al-Fitr

October 20, 2006

I send greetings to Muslims in the United States and around the world celebrating Eid al-Fitr.

Islam is a great faith that has transcended racial and ethnic divisions and brought hope and comfort to many people. Throughout Ramadan, Muslims have fasted to focus their minds on faith and to direct their hearts to charity. Eid al-Fitr marks the completion of this holy month with the Festival of Breaking the Fast. During this joyous celebration, Muslims thank God for his guidance and blessings by gathering with family and friends, sharing traditional foods, and showing compassion to those in need.

America is strengthened by the countless contributions of our Muslim citizens, and we value our ties with Muslim nations throughout the world. For people of all faiths, Eid al-Fitr is an opportunity to reflect on the values we share and the friendships that bind all who trace their faith back to God's call to Abraham.

Laura and I send our best wishes for a joyous Eid and for health, happiness, and prosperity in the year ahead. Eid Mubarak.

GEORGE W. BUSH

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Breaking News - Geagea - on Eid El-Fitr - meets with Lebanon's Grand Mufti Mohammed Rashid Qabani, Calls Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri. Also, meets with Orthodox Bishop Elias Audi

 

"We will do everything possible to keep the situation in the country was acceptable and quiet, but at the same time that someone tried to overcome the limitations, we are forced then to stop them there"

With Respect to Hezbollah - "There is no hostilities, We respect the Muslim Brotherhood in the Hezbollah and appreciate the sacrifices, but they have at the same time a political position that is quite different from our stance"

With Respect to Michel Aoun, he described the relationship as "good", But he said :"We do not share the same vision of things at the present time"

With Respect to the existence of the division of Christians, He replied: "there is no sense of division but there are different points of view and this is well known and normal political life in a democracy"

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Amid Eid Fitr celebrations, the Lebanese are hopefully looking forward to the long awaited gift House Speaker Nabih Berri has promised them for the occasion. For this purpose, Berri is to hold a news conference on Wednesday at 11 am at his residence in Ain Tineh. Annahar daily quoted sources close to Berri as saying that the speaker would use Eid Fitr as an occasion to ease tensions and ask the different political parties to act calmly in order to facilitate the resumption of talks. Berri had held a long meeting yesterday at his residence with Prime Minister Fouad Siniora where both leaders discussed local developments. According to sources close Siniora, the talks were positive and focused on the efforts that must be deployed to boost national unity in the face political and economic challenges ahead.

Meanwhile, the Mufti of the republic Mohammed Rashid Kabbani warned of internal divisions in his Fitr sermon today hailing Lebanon's victory over Israel thanks to its resistance and government. He said Lebanon had won the battle due to its diplomatic resistance and Siniora's heroic efforts. However, he warned the Lebanese of the danger that lies ahead if, in his words, they don't unite while the Israelis still occupy their land. Kabbani called on all parties to stop threatening and accusing each other, a fact which harms Lebanon's reputation and credibility.

For his part, Allama Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadllallah advised Hezbollah in his sermon to be careful in dealing with internal affairs and not fall into the danger of internal strife.

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Latest News

- Hizbullah Warns UNIFIL against Biasing
- Saniora: International Tribunal Draft 'Blessed' 
- Russian FM: Syria is Cooperating with U.N. Hariri Probe
- Legacy of War Casts Shadow on Eid al-Fitr Holiday
- Albania Offers Peacekeeping Troops for Lebanon
- German Navy off Lebanon Rescues Crew of Syrian Ship
- Israeli Jets Carry out 'Most Intensive Overflights'

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Upon taking over the IDF’s northern command from the Lebanon war commander, Monday, Oct. 23, the incoming OC Maj-Gen. Gad Eisenkott said tersely: We are keeping close watch on Hizballah’s rearmament. The refurbished fortifications, according to DEBKAfile’s military sources, are under cover. Because Hizballah is not yet ready to openly challenge UNIFIL, their lookout points together with fresh supplies of rockets, ammo and electronic spying gear are hidden in village houses facing Israel. [ Intel ]

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THE CALIPH-STROPHIC DEBATE By Walid Phares


THE CALIPH-STROPHIC DEBATE
By Walid Phares

Published by George Mason University's History News Network HNN.

It seems that the US is having a hard time winning the hearts and minds of Arabs and Muslims, but an equally serious problem can be observed in the intellectual circles of America where some have had a difficulty coming to terms with the terminology of the War of Ideas. If the educated elite of the United States is incapable of identifying the ideology and the strategy of the Jihadists five years after 9/11, we not only have a problem with handling the War in Iraq, but also with the future of American national security as a whole.
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U.S. assistant secretary of state for promoting educational and cultural exchange Dina Habib Powell gestures during a visit at Pasteur Institute in Paris Monday Oct. 23, 2006. Dina Habib Powell, an Egyptian-born former White House official, will lead the five-member delegation to Lebanon to meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora and discuss ways to help rebuild his nation left in ruins after this summer's 34 days of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

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U.S. assistant secretary of state for promoting educational and cultural exchange Dina Habib Powell looks up during a visit at Pasteur Institute in Paris Monday Oct. 23, 2006. Dina Habib Powell, an Egyptian-born former White House official, will lead the five-member delegation to Lebanon to meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora and discuss ways to help rebuild his nation left in ruins after this summer's 34 days of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) 

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U.S. assistant secretary of state for promoting educational and cultural exchange Dina Habib Powell delivers her speech during a visit at Pasteur Institute in Paris Monday Oct. 23, 2006. Dina Habib Powell, an Egyptian-born former White House official, will lead the five-member delegation to Lebanon to meet with Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora and discuss ways to help rebuild his nation left in ruins after this summer's 34 days of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah. A sculpture of French chemist Louis Pasteur is seen in background . (AP Photo/Francois Mori) 

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Smoke billows from Syrian ship 'Silina' in the Mediterranean October 23, 2006, in this Bundesmarine handout photo. A German naval force on Monday rescued 12 crew members from a Syrian commercial ship after it caught fire in the eastern Mediterranean, police said. The rescuers from the German naval group operating with the United Nations force UNIFIL in Lebanon dispatched a helicopter to ferry two injured crew members to hospital in Cyprus. A frigate from the group then picked up the remaining 10 crew members aboard the Syrian ship Silina. NO THIRD PARTY SALES NO ARCHIVE REUTERS/Bundesmarine/Handout (CYPRUS)  

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Lebanese troops cut barbed wire that the Israeli military had unfurled some 15 meters (15 yards) inside Lebanon last September at the Lebanese Israeli border, in the southern town of Kfar Kila, Monday, Oct. 23, 2006. United Nations peacekeepers inspected in September a new barrier that Lebanon said encroached on its territory next to Kfar Kila. Lebanese troops deployed in south Lebanon following Israeli forces' withdrawal under a United Nations-brokered cease-fire that ended 34 days of fighting between Hezbollah guerrillas and Israel Aug. 14. They are supported by a beefed-up U.N. peacekeeping mission as they move to extend Lebanese authority over the entire south. (AP Photo/Lotfallah Daher)

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Lebanese soldiers cut barbed wire that the Israeli military had unfurled some 15 meters (15 yards) inside Lebanon last September at the Lebanese Israeli border, in the southern town of Kfar Kila, Monday, Oct. 23, 2006. United Nations peacekeepers inspected in September a new barrier that Lebanon said encroached on its territory next to Kfar Kila. Lebanese troops deployed in south Lebanon following Israeli forces' withdrawal under a United Nations-brokered cease-fire that ended 34 days of fighting between Hezbollah guerrillas and Israel Aug. 14. They are supported by a beefed-up U.N. peacekeeping mission as they move to extend Lebanese authority over the entire south. (AP Photo/Lotfallah Daher)  

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October 23, 2006

Breaking News - Former Syrian Vice President Khaddam Addresses the Nation of Syria through Future TV on the Eid-Al-Fitr - Telling the Syrian People that Assad's Repressive Regime will soon be replaced with a democratic civil Government

 

This Website Reported in yesterday's news of significant reports that Khaddam has met with Saudi King Abdullah and that the Saudi King will meet with exiled Uncle of Bashar Assad - Rifaat Assad.

 

 

 

Exiled former Syrian vice president says Assad regime is on the brink of collapse
The Associated Press

Published: October 22, 2006

BEIRUT, Lebanon An exiled former Syrian vice president said Sunday that President Bashar Assad's regime is on the brink of collapse and called on Syrians to prepare for the day when he will be overthrown.
 
Abdul-Halim Khaddam, who is wanted in Syria on treason charges, said in address to the Syrian people that Assad's "oppressive" regime will soon be replaced with a democratic civil government, but he did not elaborate.
 
His address was on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the Islamic feast marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, and was broadcast on Lebanon's Future TV, an anti-Syrian station owned by the family of slain former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
 
"Ask yourselves, my brothers, after six years of his taking over the administration of the country, what has Bashar Assad done except spread corruption, increase suffering and (take) wrong decisions that have led to weakening national unity and subjecting Syria to Arab and international isolation," Khaddam said.
 
"I assure you that the corrupt and tyrannical regime is on the brink of collapse and in the near future, the ruler will see the opportunists and hypocrites that rallied around him fleeing. He and his corrupt family and entourage will find themselves in the hands of justice," he added.

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Breaking News - Mid East Powder Keg

Iran, Syria, Hezbollah, Hamas - planning the demise of Freedom, Democracy and Independance in the Middle East.

DEBKAfile Exclusive: A heavy influx of foreign-based Palestinian, Syrian, Iranian, Lebanese and Hizballah fighters swells Hamas strength for internecine showdown

October 22, 2006, 11:05 PM (GMT+02:00)

Senior IDF officers told DEBKAfile that the foreign fighters are slipping into Gaza through large gaps in the Gazan-Egyptian border. Among the arrivals are scores of bomb experts and commando combat instructors. They are coming to augment and upgrade Hamas’ “Rapid Deployment” unit and the Popular Resistance Committees terrorist coalition. Mingled among them are al Qaeda operatives from Sinai.

The influx aims to 1. Assure Hamas of a quick victory over Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority security services. The final Hamas-Fatah confrontation is planned to go ahead in both territories straight after the Eid festival Wednesday, Oct.25 and is expected to expand into a full-blown civil war. 2. Position Hizballah-style ambush squads armed with missiles for waylaying Israeli ground units, in the event a large-scale ground offensive is launched to stem Palestinian attacks and the smuggling of upgraded weaponry through the Gaza Strip tunnels.  [ Intel ]

 

DEBKAfile Exclusive: Saudis bring over to Jeddah hardline Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal for last-ditch try to avert Palestinian civil war

October 22, 2006, 11:06 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Hamas politburo chief traveled from Damascus disguised as a pilgrim. Saudi rulers offered him and his movement generous terms for breaking away from the Damascus-Tehran bloc, freeing the kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilead Shalit and signing a cooperation pact with Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas.

In a back-up move, the Saudis last week invited to Mecca the heads of the Syrian opposition in exile: former Syrian vice president Khalim Haddam, today a sworn foe of Syrian president Bashar Asad, the leader of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood Sader e-Din Ali Bayanouni and Bashar’s uncle, Rifat Asad, who aspires to oust his nephew and take his place.

This act is seen as Riyadh’s warning to Asad of dire consequences, including punitive financial measures, if he tries to disrupt this Palestinian reconciliation move. To demonstrate its importance to the oil kingdom, King Abdullah granted Meshaal a private audience. [ Intel ]

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Iranian President: Greater victories in foreign policy to be witnessed soon!


Iran - Ahmadinejad President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said here Sunday that greater victories in the country's foreign policy are expected to be witnessed soon.

The president made the remark while speaking at a Majlis-Cabinet joint meeting. He added that such a victory is considered as a monotheistic and justice-oriented thinking trend in line with the Islamic Revolution.

Meanwhile, the chief executive underlined that Iran is against aggression and fighting. IRNA

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Latest News

- U.N. to Finalize Hariri International Tribunal Monday
- Berri to Announce Fresh Initiative to Revive Dialogue
- Khaddam Future TV: Assad Regime is on Brink of Collapse
- Lebanese Army Dismantles Earth Mounds in Khiam

- Israel admits using deadly incendiary during summer war
- Hizbullah rejects Egyptian minister's accusation
- French minister tours South, pledges help for recovery
- Officials confront Lahoud over judicial appointments
- UNIFIL sees imminent Israeli pullout from Ghajar
- Premier 'has received' final draft on Hariri tribunal
- Speaker in Beirut, tensions between Hizbullah, March 14
- Israel hates Lebanon - it stands for: coexistence

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Israeli army Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Dan Halutz (L) and Major General Alain Pellegrini, commanding officer of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), talk during a changeover ceremony of the Israeli army Northern Commander in the northern city of Safed October 23, 2006. (ISRAEL OUT) REUTERS/Haim Azulay (ISRAEL)

 

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Lebanese security forces stand guard on a bridge decorated with a huge portrait of slain premier Rafiq Hariri in central Beirut, February 2006. Lebanon's government has received a "final" UN text laying out the legal basis for an international court to try suspects in the 2005 killing of Hariri, a judicial source has said.(AFP/Patrick Baz)

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October 22, 2006

Breaking News

SAMIR GEAGEA BLASTS OPPOSITION

THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF LEBANON WON'T BE BUT FROM THE MARCH 14 CEDARS REVOLUTION! complete story here [ LINK ]

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Is Hezbollah Rearming? 

Is Hezbollah Rearming?

A Syrian commercial vehicle rumbles across the Lebanon border along a possible smuggling route for Hezbollah. (AP/Kevork Djansezian)

Lee Hudson Teslik

Even as the Israeli Defense Forces backed out of Lebanon this month, in accordance with an August 11 UN-brokered ceasefire agreement, there were murmurings that Hezbollah might not be honoring its end of the bargain. Security Council resolution 1701, which ended the monthlong conflict this summer, called for the group to disarm and for an immediate cessation of weapons shipments from Syria and Iran—terms which Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, nominally accepted at the time of the agreement. But just this week, tensions heightened after accusations that Hezbollah may be attempting to rearm. This may foreshadow what CFR President Richard N. Haass, writing in Foreign Affairs, describes as a “New Middle East,” in which “outside actors have relatively modest impact and local forces enjoy the upper hand.”  complete story here [ Intel ]

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Syria Panics as Tribunal for Hariri's Assassins Takes Shape
In the SpotlightSyria has accused the United States, France and Lebanon of conspiring to frame it in Rafik Hariri's assassination, indicating increasing panic in Damascus as an international tribunal to look into the crime began to take shape.

The Syrian state newspaper Tishrin said "there is a French, American and Lebanese plot aiming at intimidating Syria and framing it in the assassinating of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri," An Nahar daily reported Sunday.

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Latest News

- Syria Panics as Tribunal for Hariri's Assassins Shapes
- Israeli Defense Minister Says Overflights to Persist
- 10-Year Old Boy Killed, Brother Injured by Cluster Bomb
- Egypt:Hizbullah Sparking War to Avoid Disarming
- Israel Acknowledges used Phosphorus Bombs During War
- German Secret Service Officer Mediating Hizbullah-Israel 
- Syria Claims Saniora has Open Invitation to Mend Ties
- Somber Mood as South Lebanon Gears Up for Eid al-Fitr
- Hizbullah Finds More Bodies of its Fighters Under Rubble
- First Sate Reconstruction Aid Handed Out in South

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October 21, 2006

Breaking News NAVAL FLEET ARRIVES

Naval Fleets Arrive in Persian Gulf - 400 Targets Identified

 

Latest News

- Raad Slams Saniora as U.S. Protégé, Qassem Warns 
- Fatfat Says he has Put in Writing Threats 
- French Defense Minister: Israeli Overflights in Lebanon 
- Chirac Urges End to Israeli Overflights
- Lebanon Fish Not Contaminated, Official Says
- Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Egypt & North Korea Shun Ban 
- Russia, Israel Settled Differences Over Hizbullah Arms

- Resistance: Only unity Cabinet can end crisis in Beirut
- Research center: fish caught off coast is safe to eat
- European Commission grants Lebanon $38 million in aid
- Council of Catholic Patriarchs 'unify ranks' in rebuilding'
- American envoy praises government's role
- Nasrallah, Fadlallah warn against US efforts to instigate
- Hariri asks Chirac for help in ending Israeli air incursions
- Annan renews call for Hizbullah's disarmament
- Russia closes book on claim of Hizbullah missiles
- Turkish peacekeepers arrive for mission in South

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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 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 ]

Century Foundation: US Military Force against Iran

Sam Gardiner

September 2006

Retired colonel Sam Gardiner argues in a Century Foundation paper that the United States is planning to use military force against Iran soon. 

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This story has significance especially since the December Brammertz Report is expected to shake up the current Syrian Regime!

Saudi king meeting Syrian dissidents?
LONDON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and his Crown Prince Sultan have reportedly met with Syrian dissident and former Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam.

A London-based diplomat told United Press International on condition of anonymity Friday that the Saudi monarch and crown prince met Tuesday with Khaddam, who lives in self-exile in Paris.

The source, who refused to elaborate on Khaddam's meeting in Saudi Arabia, said King Abdullah will hold a similar meeting with Rifaat Assad, Syrian President Bashar Assad's uncle who has been living in exile for several years after being evicted by the late President Hafez Assad in the late 1980s following a coup attempt.
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Iran President: Israel Will Soon Disappear
Ahmadinejad's Remarks Come As Israel Says Tehran Will Have 'A Price to Pay' for Nuclear Ambitions

(CBS/AP) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday that Israel no longer had any reason to exist and would soon disappear.

"This regime, thanks to God, has lost the reason for its existence," Ahmadinejad told a crowd of thousands gathered at a rally in support of the Palestinians in the capital Tehran.

"Efforts to stabilize this fake (Israeli) regime, by the grace of God, have completely failed... You should believe that this regime is disappearing," he said. [ News ]

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Lebanon's Stability Concerns as Serge Brammertz Final Report Due in December!

With the investigation into the February 14, 2005, murder of former premier Rafik Hariri near completion, the Syrian authorities have a reason to be shaking in their boots. All eyes are on Damascus as distinct ties have been unraveled between the Syrian regime, the estranged President Emile Lahoud and the Hizbullah militia.

Bringing more attention upon itself would be foolish and possibly a death wish. Regardless, the "intelligence" state of Syria continued down the path traveled before by launching threats at Lebanon's government. According to the Minister of Interior Ahmad Fatfat, he recently received a message from someone "close to the Syrians," telling him and Prime Minister Fouad Siniora to "take care."

The message had said the Syrians are "more angry than they were before February 14, 2005," the date of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination, Fatfat said.

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An Israeli warplane returns home from a mission over Lebanon, July 12, 2006. After years of regular Israeli violations of Lebanese airspace, there has been a 48-hour pause in warplanes flying over Lebanon, French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie said on Friday. (Ancho Gosh/Reuters)

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Hezbollah supporters wave Hezbollah flags during a rally to mark 'Al-Quds Day,' Jerusalem Day, next to the Fatima Gate bordering Lebanon and Israel, in the southern town of Kfar Kila, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 20, 2006. In 1981, the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini declared the last Friday of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan as 'Al-Quds Day,' a day of protest to show the importance of Jerusalem to Muslims. Jerusalem is the third holiest site in Islam after the Saudi Arabian cities of Mecca and Medina. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari)

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A Lebanese soldier stands guard as a Hezbollah supporter holds a poster showing late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a rally to mark 'Al-Quds Day,' Jerusalem Day, NOTE: THE WORDS - ... We are coming (to Jerusalem), next to the Fatima Gate bordering Lebanon and Israel, in the southern town of Kfar Kila, Friday, Oct. 20, 2006. In 1981, the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini declared the last Friday of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan as 'Al-Quds Day,' a day of protest to show the importance of Jerusalem to Muslims. Jerusalem is the third holiest site in Islam after the Saudi Arabian cities of Mecca and Medina. (AP Photo/Lotfallah Daher)

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Two Turkish U.N. peacekeepers chat as they stand next to two Turkish military ships docked in the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 20, 2006, carrying some 95 soldiers and civilian engineers and vehicles. Turkish soldiers and civilians arrived in Beirut on Friday to join the U.N. peacekeeping force in south Lebanon, making Turkey the first Muslim country to contribute troops to the mission. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

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Friday October 20, 2006

Bush Tells Mubarak Syria Still Interfering in Lebanese Politics
U.S. President George Bush has told Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that Syria is interfering in Lebanon and hurting Mideast peace prospects by backing the radical Palestinian group Hamas, the White House said Thursday.
The two leaders, speaking by telephone for 15 minutes on Wednesday, also agreed on the importance of ending violence in Sudan's Darfur province, Bush spokesman Tony Snow told reporters.

Bush "made clear his view that Syria is continuing to interfere in Lebanese politics and is also standing in the way of progress in Israeli-Palestinian affairs through its support of Hamas," said the spokesman. more in our [ News ] section

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The American Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group joins US build-up opposite Iran

October 20, 2006, 12:37 PM (GMT+02:00)

Tuesday, Oct. 17, the Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group steamed into the Persian Gulf to join the US naval, air and marine concentration piling up opposite Iran’s shores. It consists of the amphibious transport dock USS Nashville, the guided-missile destroyers USS Cole and USS Bulkeley, the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea, the attack submarine USS Albuquerque, and the dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island.

The Iwo Jima group is now cruising 60 km from Kuwait off Iran’s coast. As DEBKAfile reported exclusively two weeks ago, three US naval task forces will be in place opposite Iran in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea by October 21. The other two are the USS Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group and the USS Enterprise Strike Group.

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Latest News

- Annan Urges for Hizbullah's Disarmament
- EU Grants $38 Million Aid to Lebanon 
- Hizbullah Women Rally on Israeli Border
- Amal Says 'Israel is Enemy' After Olmert Hailed Berri
- Israel Slams U.N. For Possible Use of 'Force' in the Air
- Bush Tells Mubarak Syria Still Interfering in Lebanon
- Human Rights: Hizbullah Fired Cluster Munitions in war
- Turkish Peacekeepers Arrive in Lebanon
- Surveillance Cameras to be Set Up in Beirut
- Berri Rules Out Toppling of Government

- Cabinet agrees to set up cameras across capital
- Roed-Larsen to submit new report on Resolution 1559
- First Turkish troops set sail to join UNIFIL
- Geagea says any non-March 14 president will be 'tasteless'
- Husseini presses Lahoud to ratify judicial postings
- Siniora readies reform plan to present in Paris
- Meeting on Taamir violence slated for next week in Sidon
- Omani sultan grants $50 million in aid to Lebanon
- Hizbullah rhythms make a killing on commercial front

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French President Jacques Chirac, right, talks with Saad Hariri, leader of Lebanon's ruling parliamentary coalition, before their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2006. Chirac and Hariri were meeting on Thursday to discuss preparations for a new international sponsoring conference on Lebanon. (AP Photo/Charles Platiau, pool)

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Thursday October 19, 2006

Latest News

- French Defense Chief Discusses 'Fragile' Lebanon in US
- Roed-Larsen's 'New Report' Include Details on 'Blue Line'
- Berri Rules Out Toppling of Government
- Fadlallah: Monday First Day of Eid al-Fitr
- Lebanese Army Dismantles Pipes by Israel 
- U.S. Official Commends Lebanon for its Efforts
- Israeli Ambassador to Spain: Hizbullah Still Armed
- Olmert Discusses with Putin Arms Embargo 

- Berri says consensus necessary for unity government
- Lebanese Army dismantles Israeli pipes
- Rain, wind lend urgency to ordnance cleanup
- Senior jurist boycotts interview for post on Council 
- Sfeir discusses appointments with judge
- Tohme reassures displaced troubles are almost over
- Scuffle breaks out between students
- US envoy pledges 'strong commitment'

- Senior Hezbollah ally: Now is the time for peace talks

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A Syrian farmer offloads vegetables cultivated from his land in Lebanon at the village of Deir al-Ashayer in Syria October 18, 2006. Syrian farmers use dirt roads cutting through orchards to reach land they have owned for decades across the border in Lebanon. Anti-Syrian politicians say the Baathist government in Damascus still interferes in Lebanon's affairs and ignores its territorial integrity by refusing to establish diplomatic ties and agree to demarcation. The border, which straddles the Anti Lebanon mountain range, has had a reputation for lawlessness throughout its history. Syria's closed economy made it a haven for smuggling imported goods and currency, while subsidised Syrian petrol and sheep flowed to Lebanon. REUTERS/ Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA)

 

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Hamza Amer, an elder of the village of Deir al-Ashayer points out his land on the Syrian side of the Syria-Lebanon border October 18, 2006. Anti-Syrian politicians say the Baathist government in Damascus still interferes in Lebanon's affairs and ignores its territorial integrity by refusing to establish diplomatic ties and agree to demarcation. The border, which straddles the Anti Lebanon mountain range, has had a reputation for lawlessness throughout its history. Syria's closed economy made it a haven for smuggling imported goods and currency, while subsidised Syrian petrol and sheep flowed to Lebanon. REUTERS/ Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA)

 

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A Syrian farmer drives across the Lebanese-Syrian border October 18, 2006. Syria was the dominant player in Lebanon for three decades. Anti-Syrian politicians say the Baathist government in Damascus still interferes in Lebanon's affairs and ignores its territorial integrity by refusing to establish diplomatic ties and agree to demarcation. The border, which straddles the Anti Lebanon mountain range, has had a reputation for lawlessness throughout its history. Syria's closed economy made it a haven for smuggling imported goods and currency, while subsidised Syrian petrol and sheep flowed to Lebanon. REUTERS/ Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA)

 

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A sand barrier divides the Syria-Lebanon border, October 18, 2006. Anti-Syrian politicians say the Baathist government in Damascus still interferes in Lebanon's affairs and ignores its territorial integrity by refusing to establish diplomatic ties and agree to demarcation. The border, which straddles the Anti Lebanon mountain range, has had a reputation for lawlessness throughout its history. Syria's closed economy made it a haven for smuggling imported goods and currency, while subsidised Syrian petrol and sheep flowed to Lebanon. REUTERS/ Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA)REUTERS/ Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA)

 

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A Syrian farmer talks on his cellphone in front of a sand barrier erected on the Syrian side of the border with Lebanon near the village of Deir al-Ashayer October 18, 2006. Anti-Syrian politicians say the Baathist government in Damascus still interferes in Lebanon's affairs and ignores its territorial integrity by refusing to establish diplomatic ties and agree to demarcation. The border, which straddles the Anti Lebanon mountain range, has had a reputation for lawlessness throughout its history. Syria's closed economy made it a haven for smuggling imported goods and currency, while subsidised Syrian petrol and sheep flowed to Lebanon. REUTERS/ Khaled al-Hariri (SYRIA)

 

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Lebanese officers monitor the construction of a fence along the border with Israel near the village of Kfar Kila in south Lebanon October 18, 2006. REUTERS/Karamallah Daher (LEBANON)

 

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Smoke and debris billow after unexploded ordnance were detonated in the southern village of Srifa, Lebanon, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006. Members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team, a unit of the Italian U.N. peacekeepers, detonated Wednesday in Srifa unexploded ordnance that were found in several southern Lebanese villages and towns after they were dropped by Israeli forces during the 34-day long Hezbollah-Israel conflict. (AP Photo/Mohammed Zaatari

 

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Wednesday October 18, 2006

Italy to sell Lebanon sophisticated ground-to-air Aster 15 missiles to stop Israel’s aerial surveillance of hostile movements

Israeli aircraft monitor illegal Hizballah movements and arms smuggling - in the absence of any Lebanese army and UNIFIL preventive action to implement UN Resolution 1701.

According to DEBKAfile’s Rome sources, prime minister Romano Prodi has instructed his defense ministry to negotiate with the Fouad Siniora government the quick sale of an Aster 15 battery, the only Western surface-to-air missile with an active guidance system capable of last-minute corrections of targeting at the moment of interception. [ INTEL ]

Latest News

- Arab States Approve Measures to Support Economy
- Olmert to Meet Putin for Talks on Hizbullah's Arms, Iran
- Army Rejects Israeli Claims of Weapons Smuggling
- Shouf Committee Demands Equal Rights for Refugees
- Italy's Parliament Approves Lebanon Peacekeeping
- UNIFIL Reportedly to Fire at Israeli Jets Over Lebanon 
- Report: Investigation in Bombing, Made 'Good Progress'
- Arab League Chief Amr Moussa Pledges Rebuild Lebanon
- Economic and Security Concerns in Lebanon
- U.N.: 'Minor' Glitches Delay Israeli Pullout From Ghajar

- Arab states vow to accelerate Lebanon's comeback
- UNIFIL denies French threat to fire on intruding jets
- Kuwait gives CDR $300 million to rebuild homes
- Indonesia confirms deployment despite delay
- Group seeks stronger Franco-Lebanese ties
- Christians demand slice of reconstruction pie
- Parliament opens session by reshaping committees
- Fatfat keeps new security moves under wraps
- Berri accuses world legislatures of 'blindly' following US

These full articles in our [ News ] section

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Lebanese soldiers guard a checkpoint in Kfar Kila near the border with Israel. The Lebanese army has said that the country's borders were under tight control and rejected Israeli claims of weapons smuggling from Syria.(AFP/Ali Dia

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Lebanon's Prime Minister Fuad Saniora, front right, and Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, left, arrive to the Arab finance ministers' meeting at the Government House, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006.

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Lebanon's Prime Minister Fuad Saniora, center, flanked by Bahrain's Minister of Finance Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, left, and Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, right, addresses the meeting of Arab finance ministers at the Government House, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006. Saniora appealed to Arab countries Tuesday to increase and accelerate their donations to Lebanon to help it rebuild from what he called 'a series of devastating Israeli invasions' in the past 30 years. (AP Photo)

 

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Tuesday October 17, 2006

- New - PODCAST Special Bulletin WAR #2  [ Link ]

- New - PODCAST Daily News Bulletin [ Link ]

Breaking News

World Council for the Cedar's Revolution and The International Lebanese Committee for UNSCR 1559 Warn of Grave Danger To Current Lebanese Government in Press Release and Memo to UN.

Please Read it here [ LINK ]

An-Nahar Press Release [ LINK ]

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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


- Cabinet's Swift Decision to Hold Paris-3
- Rizk Warns Freeze of Magistrate Appointments
- Saniora Rejects Israeli PM Olmert's Call for Peace Talks
- Amr Moussa Calls on all Arab Nations to Help Lebanon
- UNICEF: Israeli Bomblets 'Major Threat' to Children
- Deployment of Indonesian Peacekeepers Delayed
- Peretz: Flyovers to Persist Due to SyrianArms Smuggling
- Jumblat Meets Sfeir on Return of Christian to Shouf

- Siniora sets January 15 as date for Paris donor talks
- Moussa demands massive Arab effort to help rebuild
- Siniora brushes off Olmert's call for peace talks
- Jumblatt vows 'church bells will ring again' in villages
- Arab pressure helps Berri get Inter-Parliamentary Union
- Fadlallah warns Lebanese to be wary of UNIFIL
- Fatfat chairs meeting on security crisis
- Ebb in political clamor suggests new round of dialogue
- Rizk warns of judicial slowdown

- Hizb’allah on three borders soon?
- Olmert outlines peace terms

- Russia Promises to Stop Arms from Reaching Hizbullah
- Israel Warns of Nuclear Weapons 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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