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  • At least 37 killed in Beirut twin suicide bombings

    11/14/2015 1:25:37 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 2 replies
    The Jordan Times ^ | Nov 12,2015 | Reuters
    BEIRUT — At least 37 people were killed and more than 181 wounded on Thursday in two suicide bomb blasts claimed by the Daesh terror group in a crowded district in Beirut's southern suburbs, a stronghold of the Shiite group Hizbollah. - See more at: http://www.jordantimes.com/news/region/least-37-killed-beirut-twin-suicide-bombings#sthash.khqiQOZu.dpuf
  • Beirut attacks: Suicide bombers Kill Dozens In Shia Suburb

    11/12/2015 2:01:34 PM PST · by goldstategop · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/12/2015 | BBC News
    At least 37 people have been killed and 181 wounded in two suicide bomb attacks in a residential area of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, officials say. The bombers blew themselves up in a busy street in the southern suburb of Burj al-Barajneh, a stronghold of the Shia Islamist Hezbollah movement. The Sunni jihadist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility, but there has been no independent confirmation. It is the deadliest bombing in Beirut since the civil war ended 25 years ago. Prime Minister Tammam Salam condemned the attacks as "unjustifiable" and called on Lebanon's rival factions to unite against "plans...
  • At least 41 dead in blast at Hezbollah quarter; ISIS: we did it

    11/12/2015 2:53:40 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/11/15
    Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6byqNCjOkww Two explosions in a predominantly Shi'ite area of southern Beirut have killed at least 41 people, according to the Lebanese Health Ministry as cited by Al Jazeera. At least 200 are said to be injured. The two blasts were separated by minutes. Local reports indicate two suicide bombers conducted the attacks and that the body of a third suicide bomber was found at the scene of the bombings. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the massacre on websites that are associated with it. It claimed that Hezbollah was holding an event at the location when the attack took place....
  • 2 suicide bombers hit southern Beirut, at least 37 dead

    11/12/2015 9:40:22 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 19 replies
    BNO News ^ | November 12, 2015
    At least 35 people have been killed and more than 180 others have been injured after two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a commercial area in the Lebanese capital of Beirut.
  • Supreme Court to hear Iranian bank appeal over $1.75B judgment in terror case

    10/04/2015 4:35:01 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 6 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | Oct 1, 2015 | Associated Press
    The Supreme Court said Thursday it hear an appeal from Iran's central bank over a $1.75 billion judgment awarded to victims of terrorist attacks, including the 1983 bombing that killed 241 Marines in Lebanon. The justices agreed to review a ruling from the federal appeals court in New York that said the judgment against Bank Markazi could be distributed to several hundred victims and families of those killed or injured in attacks sponsored by the government of Iran. The bank had argued that seizing the assets would conflict with treaty agreements between the United States and Iran. The money is...
  • DOJ Drops Charges Against Syrian Woman Arrested at Texas Border with Mexico

    09/28/2015 9:19:15 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 13 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 09/28/2015 | by Ildefonso Ortiz
    McALLEN, Texas – A federal court in this border city dropped all charges against a Syrian woman and her brother in law, a U.S. Citizen, who were arrested as they attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico. As reported by Breitbart Texas, U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested 27-year-old Walaa Alrehawi and her brother-in-law 46-year-old Mohammad Ziad Alzalam last week in the border city of Hidalgo on the charge of misusing a U.S. passport. Court records obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed that Ziad traveled to Beirut, Lebanon, to pick up Alrehawi and the two allegedly used a U.S. passport belonging...
  • A Break in the Khobar Towers Case (NY Slimes is "suspicious" of timing of arrest)

    08/31/2015 5:19:58 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | AUG. 28, 2015
    The 1996 terrorist attack on Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 United States airmen was among the defining events of America’s recent experience in the Middle East. But there has been no judicial accountability. With the reported arrest of the man accused of masterminding the crime, a resolution of the case may be closer. The truck bombing at the eight-story dormitory near the Dharan Air Base was the deadliest such attack on American forces since the 1983 bombing of the Marines’ barracks in Beirut that killed 241 American service members. In 2006, a federal court concluded that elements...
  • Nearly $100K Raised for Syrian Father Seen in Viral Photo Cadling Daughter

    08/28/2015 10:46:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 28, 2015 | Doug G. Ware
    "When [Abdul] heard the amount, he just broke down and started crying," Simonarson said. "He was so thankful and he kept saying, 'thank you for all your generosity,'" Gissur Simonarson, the man who took the photo, said.Heartbroken readers around the world have made a definitive statement after seeing a viral photo circulated on the Internet this week -- showing a Syrian father selling pens in the streets of Beirut while cradling his sleeping daughter. And that statement so far has nearly six digits in it. A Norwegian activist named Gissur Simonarson came face-to-face with the refugee on Tuesday. With...
  • Hizbullah planner of ’96 Khobar Towers bombing arrested in Beirut

    08/27/2015 6:04:47 PM PDT · by Larry - Moe and Curly · 21 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 8/27/15 | Special to WorldTribune.com
    The mastermind of the 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist attack that killed 19 Americans has been captured, U.S. and Saudi officials said on Aug. 26. The arrest of Ahmed al-Mughassil, who was described by the FBI in 2001 as the leader of the armed wing of the Saudi Hizbullah group, was one of the FBI’s most-wanted terrorists. The arrest concluded a nearly two-decade manhunt.
  • Senator: At Least One Foreign Country Assisted the 9/11 Terrorists

    12/28/2002 12:55:06 PM PST · by ex-Texan · 96 replies · 463+ views
    The Memory Hole ^ | 12/11/2002 | M.H. Staff and Jim Lehrer
    Senator: At Least One Foreign Country Assisted the 9/11 Terrorists Senator Graham knows where the bodies are buried>>> On 11 December 2002, the Senate and House Intelligence Committees released portions of their joint report on intelligence failures regarding the September 11 terrorist attacks. The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, on PBS, reported on the release that day. After asking her guests a bunch of predictable questions, and receiving predictable answers, guest host Gwen Ifill asked Senator Bob Graham, Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, a good question and got an amazing answer. GWEN IFILL: Senator Graham, are there elements...
  • Terrorism Charges Have Been Brought Against 13 Members of the Pro-Iran Saudi Hizballah

    03/16/2015 6:02:22 AM PDT · by piasa · 12 replies
    FBI National Press Office | June 21, 2001
    Nearly five years after a powerful truck bomb ripped through a U.S. military housing complex in Saudi Arabia – killing 19 Americans and wounding 372 – terrorism charges have been brought against 13 members of the pro-Iran Saudi Hizballah, or “Party of God.” Another, as yet unidentified, person who is linked to the Lebanese Hizballah has also been charged in the attack. According to the indictment returned today by a Federal Grand Jury in Alexandria, Virginia, nine of the fourteen are charged with 46 separate criminal counts including: conspiracy to kill Americans and employees of the United States, to use...
  • US Intel. scraps Iran, Hezbollah from terrorist threats lists [Beirut Marine Alert]

    03/16/2015 4:59:33 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 67 replies
    Iran Times ^ | March 16, 2015 | n/a
    The US National Intelligence has removed Iran and the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, from its list of "terrorist threats." US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper scrapped Iran and Hezbollah from the list in an annual report recently delivered to the US Senate, citing their efforts in fighting terrorists, including the ISIL Takfiri group, Press TV reported. The unclassified version of the report titled “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Communities,” which was released on February 26, 2015, noted Iran’s efforts to battle extremists, including those of the ISIL terrorist group, who were perceived to constitute the greatest terrorist...
  • Netanyahu Suggests Kerry 'Charmed' By Iranian Foreign Minister: Will MSM Notice?

    03/03/2015 10:07:29 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    In today's speech, Benjamin Netanyahu took a not-so-subtle shot at John Kerry: will the MSM notice? The Israeli PM otherwise went out of his way to be bi-partisan, finding ways to praise President Obama and even Harry Reid. But Kerry came in for a stinging swipe when Netanyahu said "last year, the same [Iranian foreign minister] Zarif, who charms Western diplomats, laid a wreath at the grave of Imad Mughniyeh. Imad Mughniyeh is the terrorist mastermind who spilled more American blood [at the Beirut Marine barracks bombing] than any other terrorist besides Osama bin Laden. I'd like to see someone...
  • Iran responsible for Beirut bombing, U.S. judge finds / Relatives of 241 Marines seek recompense

    03/03/2015 1:36:49 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 18 replies
    SFGate (posting for Washington Post) ^ | 2003, May 21 | Allan Lengel
    2003-05-31 04:00:00 PDT Washington -- A federal judge ruled Friday that Iran was behind the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 U.S. servicemen, clearing the way for more than 600 of their relatives to collect financial damages against the Islamic republic. In a 30-page decision that resulted from a lawsuit filed by the families, U. S. District Judge Royce Lamberth wrote that the terrorist group Hezbollah had carried out the attack at the behest of Iran and its Ministry of Information and Security. "The approval of both the Ayatollah Khomeini and President Rafsanjani was absolutely...
  • The Hezbollah Connection

    02/15/2015 12:18:37 PM PST · by Lorianne
    New York Times ^ | RONEN BERGMAN
    on Feb. 14, 2005, at 12:55 p.m., an explosion just in front of the St. Georges Hotel shook downtown Beirut. It destroyed a convoy of vehicles carrying Lebanon’s former and probably next prime minister, Rafik Hariri, killing him along with eight members of his entourage and 13 bystanders. Soon after the blast, an anonymous caller claiming to represent “Nusra and Jihad Group in Greater Syria,” a previously unheard-of organization, told a reporter at the Al Jazeera affiliate in Beirut that a videotape from the suicide bomber was hanging from a tree in Riad al Solh Square, just a few blocks...
  • Webcast: 31st Annual Beirut Memorial Observance Ceremony [10:30am]

    10/23/2014 5:58:29 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 4 replies
    DVIDS Hub ^ | October 23, 2014 | N/A
    The 31st Beirut Memorial Observance Ceremony will be held at the Beirut Memorial in the Lejeune Memorial Gardens aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. Thursday, October 23, at 10:30 a.m. The special ceremony will honor the fallen service members and survivors who served in Lebanon from 1958 to 1984 and in Grenada. Major General Richard L. Simcock, the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade commanding general, is scheduled to deliver the Beirut memorial address. Scheduled from Oct 23 2014 10:30 AM EDT to Oct 23 2014 12:00 PM EDT
  • ISIS Suicide Bomber Blows Up in Beirut Hotel: Official (BREAKING)

    06/25/2014 11:40:42 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 46 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | 06/25/14 | Paul Ziad Nassar and Hasani Gittens
    An apparent suicide bomber blew up a section of a Beirut hotel on Wednesday, killing one and severely injuring several Lebanese security officers involved in a raid on the hotel in search of terrorists believed tied to Islamic State of Syrian and al-Sham (ISIS), officials said.
  • Explosion targeted a security checkpoint south of Beirut

    06/23/2014 3:05:52 PM PDT · by mulder1 · 2 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | 06/24/14 | Al Arabiya
    Explosion targeted a security checkpoint south of Beirut
  • Major Quake Likely In Middle East, Survey Finds

    07/26/2007 1:42:31 PM PDT · by blam · 44 replies · 1,129+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 7-26-2007 | Kate Ravilious
    Major Quake Likely in Middle East, Survey Finds Kate Ravilious for National Geographic News July 26, 2007 In A.D. 551, a massive earthquake devastated the coast of Phoenicia, now Lebanon. The disaster is well-documented, but scientists had struggled over the years to locate the earthquake fault. Now a new underwater survey has uncovered the fault and shown that it moves approximately every 1,500 years—which means a disaster is due any day now. "It is just a matter of time before a destructive tsunami hits this region again," said Iain Stewart, an earthquake expert at the University of Plymouth in the...
  • Blast shakes Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut suburb

    01/21/2014 6:56:17 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    BEIRUT - Four people were killed in a blast in Beirut's southern suburbs on Tuesday, a security source told Reuters, attributing the blast to a suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt. The source said another 20 people were wounded in the explosion, which occurred in a stronghold of the military and political movement Hezbollah. Images broadcast on the Shi'ite Muslim militant movement's Al Manar channel showed flames erupting from a building and a large plume of smoke billowing over a street near the charred remains of cars as a crowd gathered at the site of the blast. Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6nmy6mghpQ Al...
  • Rafik Hariri murder trial begins at The Hague (four men being tried in absentia)

    01/16/2014 9:14:28 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/16/14 | BBC
    The trial of four men accused of murdering former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri has begun at an unprecedented tribunal at The Hague. The four - alleged associates of the Syria-backed militant Shia movement Hezbollah - have not been arrested and are being tried in absentia. Hariri and 21 others were killed by a massive car bomb in Beirut in 2005. The killings polarised Lebanon and led to the withdrawal of Syrian troops. Hezbollah denies any involvement. It instead says the assassination was part of an Israeli and US conspiracy. Shortly before the trial was to start, a suicide bomb blast...
  • Strong Explosion Shakes Lebanese Capital, Black Smoke Billowing From Central Beirut

    12/27/2013 12:00:28 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 11 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | December 27, 2013 | ap
    Strong explosion
  • Bachmann, King and Gohmert tour Egypt, Lebanon and Libya (Tea Party)

    12/19/2013 5:31:04 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 19, 2013 | Al Kamen
    Yet a trip this week by tea party Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann, Steve King and Louie Gohmert has been quite hush-hush, even though they went to iffy places like Beirut, Cairo and even to Tripoli — where the U.S. embassy last week issued a “warning” notice “strongly advis(ing) against all but essential travel to Tripoli and against all travel . . outside Tripoli because of ongoing instability and violence.” And, as best we can figure, they even flew commercial, not only to the region but even within the region. They even went to embassy briefings and such. So this is...
  • Blasts target Iranian embassy in Beirut, killing 23 (AQ)

    11/19/2013 4:30:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 19, 2013 | Laila Bassam and Erika Solomon
    Blasts target Iranian embassy in Beirut, killing 23 By Laila Bassam and Erika Solomon BEIRUT Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:29am EST (Reuters) - Two explosions, at least one caused by a suicide bomber, rocked Iran's embassy in Lebanon on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people, including an Iranian cultural attaché, and hurling bodies, cars and debris across the street. A Lebanese-based al Qaeda-linked group known as the Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for what it described as a double suicide attack on the Iranian mission in southern Beirut. Lebanon has suffered a series of bomb attacks and clashes linked to...
  • Blasts rock Iranian Embassy in Beirut

    11/19/2013 3:51:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 11.19.13, 10:12 | Roi Kais
    At least 23 people were killed and 146 were injured Tuesday morning in two strong explosions near the Iranian Embassy in Lebanon. A senior Lebanese official said the cultural attaché at the embassy was among the dead. According to one report, several rockets were fired at the area and at least one of them hit the building. The area of the blasts in southern Beirut is considered a Hezbollah stronghold. The Shiite organization is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and is helping him in his war against Syrian rebels. …
  • 30th Anniversary of Beirut Bombing: Survivor Shares his Story

    10/23/2013 5:27:36 AM PDT · by LSUfan · 28 replies
    Marines.mil ^ | 22 Oct 2013 | By Lance Cpl. Lisette Leyva as told by Brian Kirkpatrick
    Oct. 23, 2013, marks the 30th anniversary of the Beirut Bombing. 241 American and 58 French service members were killed when two trucks filled with explosives crashed into the two barracks buildings. One of the 300 service members who lived in the building shares the story of the attack, his survival and how he lives with the memories.
  • Hezbollah mobilises ahead of potential US Syria strike

    09/02/2013 3:16:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/2/13 | AFP
    Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group, a close ally of the Syrian regime, is redeploying its forces ahead of possible US strikes on Damascus, according to witnesses in Lebanon. The reports come as the daily Al-Akhbar, which is close to both Hezbollah and the Syrian regime, said on Monday that the group had "called on all its officers and members to man their positions." Residents speaking to AFP in the southern Lebanese city of Tyre said there appeared to be a general mobilisation of the group's members, even if such a movement was not being publicly discussed. Many Hezbollah fighters have disappeared...
  • Car bomb near Hezbollah stronghold in south Beirut kills 20, injures 212

    08/15/2013 11:30:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Jpost.com ^ | 8/15/13 | YASSER OKBI, REUTERS
    Blast occurs close to Sayyed al-Shuhadaa complex, where Hezbollah leader Nasrallah often addresses his followers; Sunni Islamist group claims responsibility for explosion, but Hezbollah officials blame "Zionists." At least 20 people were killed and more than 212 were injured on Thursday when a car bomb went off near a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Lebanon, a security source in the country said. While a Sunni Islamist group claimed responsibilty for the bombing, Hezbollah and Lebanese officials said it bore the markings of a Zionist attack and served the interests of Israel.
  • Hezbollah leader slams Israel in rare public speech

    08/02/2013 8:20:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    al-Reuters ^ | Friday, August 2, 2013 | (see note below)
    Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah emerged from hiding on Friday to deliver his first major speech in years, addressing a rally in his southern Beirut stronghold in support of the Palestinian conflict against Israel. "Israel poses a danger on all people of this region...including Lebanon, and removing it is a Lebanese national interest," Nasrallah told hundreds of supporters in his half-hour speech. The charismatic Shi'ite cleric has lived mainly in the shadows, fearing assassination, since Hezbollah fought an inconclusive month-long war with Israel in 2006... Hezbollah emerged in the 1980s as the most prominent Lebanese faction fighting Israel's occupation of...
  • Al-Qaeda Linked Group Claims Responsibility for Burgas Terror (Not Iran?)

    07/23/2012 1:33:42 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | :7/21/2012 | Maayana Miskin
    The Muslim terrorist group Qa’adat el-Jihad claimed responsibility Saturday for a terrorist bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria. The bombing in Bulgaria last week killed five Israelis, one a pregnant woman. The Lebanese paper El-Nashra reported that the group, which has ties to Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility in an email to the Arab press.
  • Three hurt as bomb hits Hezbollah convoy in Lebanon

    07/18/2013 6:13:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, July 16, 2013 | Erika Solomon
    A convoy carrying members of Hezbollah was hit by a roadside bomb near the Lebanese-Syrian border on Tuesday, wounding three of its officials in the third attack on the Shi'ite militant group since May, security sources said. The injured men were Hezbollah security officials travelling in a convoy of two vehicles heading towards Syria. A barrage of gunfire hit the convoy after the blast, security sources said. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack, but Syrian Sunni rebel groups have threatened to strike Hezbollah in Lebanon following the group's military intervention in Syria on the side of...
  • Lebanese Canadian Bank to Pay $102 Million in Hizballah Laundering Case

    06/28/2013 3:02:52 AM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies
    For The Record - The IPT Blog ^ | Jun 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm | by Abha Shankar
    "Lebanese Canadian Bank to Pay $102 Million in Hizballah Laundering Case" SNIPPET: "The Beirut-based Lebanese Canadian Bank ("LCB") will pay $102 million as part of a settlement reached this week with federal prosecutors. The LCB was accused in a December 2011 complaint of funneling money to the Lebanese terrorist group Hizballah as part of a global money-laundering scheme. The "settlement shows that banks laundering money for terrorists and narco-traffickers will face consequences for their actions, wherever they may be located. This type of money laundering network fuels the operations of both terrorists and drug traffickers, and will continue to use...
  • Nigeria discovers 'Hezbollah terrorist cell', weapons trove

    05/31/2013 2:58:00 AM PDT · by csvset · 15 replies
    France24 ^ | 30/05/2013
    A ‘terrorist cell’ believed to be linked to Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah and housing weapons intended to attack Israeli and Western targets has been discovered in a compound in northern Nigeria, the country’s security services said on Thursday. Nigeria's security services said Thursday they had discovered a home in the northern city of Kano where Lebanese nationals had stored weapons intended to attack Israeli and Western targets in Nigeria. The Kano state intelligence chief, Bassey Etang, and a separate military statement described the compound as hosting a "terrorist cell" tied to the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah. No evidence was...
  • Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. ...

    04/24/2013 11:05:11 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ^ | April 23, 2013 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl1908.aspx Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. as Financial Institutions of “Primary Money Laundering Concern” 4/23/2013 In First Use of Section 311 Against a Non-Bank Financial Institution, Treasury Acts to Protect the U.S. Financial System from Foreign Exchange Houses Tied to Global Narcotics and Money Laundering Networks and Hizballah WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today named two Lebanese exchange houses, Kassem Rmeiti & Co. For Exchange (Rmeiti Exchange) and Halawi Exchange Co. (Halawi Exchange), as foreign financial institutions of primary money laundering concern under...

    02/15/2005 8:40:00 PM PST · by Calpernia · 14 replies · 721+ views
    Various ^ | Aug 11 2004 | Elliott A Green
    The most striking proof that the Arab anti-Israel cause is a common meeting ground for both Nazis and Communists --and that the Arabs welcomed supporters of both ilks-- lies in the friendship of Carlos, the notorious master terrorist who served the PLO, with Fran*ois Genoud, an old Nazi, one of the leading Nazis in pre-War Switzerland, later a financier who provided funds for Habash's faction of the PLO. "Carlos" (his nom de guerre) was what is called a "red diaper baby." His fabulously rich father, a Venezuelan lawyer and owner of estates, gave "Carlos" the name Ilich, Lenin's patronymic, as...
  • Looking for some help exposing a fraud claiming to be in Beirut in 83

    10/23/2012 2:25:30 PM PDT · by Abathar · 20 replies
    10/23/12 | Abathar
    <p>I was wondering if anyone had information on the Marines who were stationed in Beirut 30 years ago today when it was attacked, perhaps a list of survivors or those who received a metal for valor on that day.</p> <p>A former employee of mine who left the business about 10 years ago has it on his Facebook page that he was not only there, but received a metal from then President Reagan for heroism. I hired him and worked side by side for 2 years with him, heard all his stories and he never ONCE mentioned this to me. I know he got a dishonorable discharge for desertion when he refused to deploy to the Philippines, but the thing that really gets my goat was we graduated HS both in the class of 83. He told me he was an NBC specialist who mostly ran tear gas testing drills later, but he is so full of sh*t that I want to really blast him for claiming this if it wasn't true, but I won't unless I have some kind of proof.</p>
  • Heavy gunfire erupts in Beirut following Hassan funeral

    10/21/2012 10:46:24 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Sunday, October 21, 2012 | Reuters
    Hundreds of protesters try to storm offices of Lebanese PM Mikati, demanding his resignation over assassination of Wissam al-Hassan; thousands gather in Beirut for funeral, accuse Syria's Assad of carrying out attack... Security forces shot into the air and police fired tear gas to repulse the hundreds of protesters who overturned barriers and threw stones and steel rods, witnesses said... An angry crowd had marched on the prime minister's office after politicians at the funeral of Brigadier General Wissam al-Hassan, who was killed by a car bomb on Friday, called on Mikati to resign over the killing. The opposition and...
  • In Progress: Heavy Gunfire, Prime Minister Office Stormed In Beirut

    10/21/2012 7:51:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 10/21/12 | Tyler Durden
    Yesterday we made it very clear why with the Turkey provocation avenue to further Middle East escalation rapidly closing, the one pathway left is Lebanon. Sure enough, today the escalation playbook is firmly in play - from Reuters: "Heavy gunfire erupted in central Beirut on Sunday after protesters tried to storm the offices of Prime Minister Najib Mikati, demanding that he quit over the assasination of a top intelligence official. An official said security forces had fired in the air. Witnesses said at least two protesters had fainted, apparently as a result of tear gas fired by security forces after...
  • Bomb blast in Beirut kills at least eight

    10/19/2012 7:55:27 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | Oct 19, 2012
    A huge car bomb exploded in a street in central Beirut during rush hour on Friday, killing at least eight people and wounding about 80, witnesses and officials said. It was not immediately clear if the explosion targeted any political figure in Lebanon's divided community but it occurred at a time of heightened tension between Lebanese factions on opposite sides of the Syria conflict. The bomb exploded in the street where the office of the anti-Damascus Christian Phalange Party is located near Sassine Square in Ashafriyeh, a mostly Christian area.
  • US diplomats in Beirut burning classified material amid protests

    09/17/2012 9:40:47 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 45 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 17 September, 2012
    Diplomats at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut have started to destroy classified material as a security precaution amid anti-American protests in Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa. A State Department status report obtained Monday by The Associated Press said the Beirut embassy had "reviewed its emergency procedures and is beginning to destroy classified holdings." It also said that local Lebanese employees were sent home early due to protests by the militant Shiite group Hezbollah over an anti-Muslim film produced in the U.S. In Washington, a State Department official said there was no imminent threat to the...
  • Hezbollah supporters to protest against Mohammad film (Iran wants in on the action)

    09/17/2012 3:06:46 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 6 replies
    reuters ^ | 9/17/2012 | Oliver Holmes
    Supporters of the Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah are set to hit the streets of Beirut on Monday after its leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah called for protests against a film that portrays the Prophet Mohammad as a womanizer and a fool. Lebanon has already seen protests over the Internet video in the mainly Sunni Muslim city of Tripoli. One person was killed and 14 wounded in clashes with security forces on Friday after Islamist protesters set fire to a U.S. fast food restaurant. Nasrallah, who heads the largest armed force in Lebanon, has the ability to muster huge numbers of Shi'ite...
  • Families of 1983 Marines bombing sue bank in NY

    08/16/2012 8:38:34 AM PDT · by Theoria · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 15 Aug 2012 | LARRY NEUMEISTER
    Families of victims of a deadly 1983 bombing of U.S. Marines in Lebanon filed a lawsuit on Wednesday seeking to hold Standard Chartered Bank and its New York branch accountable. They claim in the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that the bank conspired with Iran and its agents to hide Iran's assets from them. They're seeking to trace assets as they try to enforce a $2.6 billion judgment against the Islamic Republic of Iran. A federal court in Washington, D.C., issued the award in 2007 after Iran failed to contest claims it was involved in the bombing, which...
  • Media Coverage of Syrian Violence Partial and Untrue, Says Nun

    08/13/2012 11:18:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Patsy McGarry
    A NUN who has been superior at a Syrian monastery for the past 18 years has warned that media coverage of ongoing violence in that country has been “partial and untrue”. It is “a fake”, Mother Agnes Mariam said, which “hides atrocities committed in the name of liberty and democracy”. Superior of the Melkite Greek Catholic monastery of St James the Mutilated in Qara, in Syria’s diocese of Homs, which is in full communion with Rome, she left Ireland yesterday after a three-day visit during which she met representatives of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth. She told The...
  • Caption Life in Beirut

    03/12/2012 5:34:15 PM PDT · by crosshairs · 18 replies
  • DEA Raids Car Dealership with Alleged Ties to Terrorist Group Hezbollah

    12/18/2011 7:59:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/18/11 | Fox News
    Drug Enforcement Administration agents have raided an Oklahoma car dealership that the government suspects may be one of about 30 such businesses in the U.S. involved in funding the terrorist group Hezbollah. DEA agents say the car lot of Ace Auto Leasing in Tulsa is part of a huge network that is selling cars and drugs -- and then using the money to support terrorism against the U.S., myfoxphoenix.com reports. During Friday's raid, agents could be seen carryout out filing cabinets and other items. They also questioned employees and took inventory. "They're making big time money and it's going right...
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    11/23/2011 5:20:36 AM PST · by SJackson · 53 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | November 23, 2011
    Hizballah has for some time been a parasitic pseudo-state within Lebanon, complete with its own armed forces, and has slowly been working to devour its host. An attempt to take Beirut would be a rather logical progression of events, unfortunately. Would Hizballah face any resistance from the Lebanese armed forces? "If Assad falls, Hezbollah will take Beirut," from the Jerusalem Post, November 22: Hezbollah may launch a military offensive to take over the Lebanese capital of Beirut if Syrian President Bashar Assad is forced out of power, Dubai-based Arabic-language news website Al Arabiya reported Tuesday according to a "source close...
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    12/29/2008 11:04:58 AM PST · by mojito · 26 replies · 1,337+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/29/2008 | Brenda Gazzar
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    10/15/2010 12:33:10 PM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 2 replies
    Asia Times Online ^ | Robert Tait
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    10/07/2010 6:38:36 AM PDT · by jhpigott · 10 replies · 1+ views
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