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  • Lebanon’s Hariri and Egypt’s Sisi discuss Iran’s interference in the region

    03/09/2015 2:34:20 AM PDT · by piasa · 6 replies
    The Cairo Post via Yalibnan | March 8, 2015
    Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi met Sunday with former Lebanese Prime Minister and the Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri in Cairo, discussing what they called Iranian “interference” in the region as well as other international and regional issues. Following the meeting, Hariri told media reporters that they tackled the Iranian “intervention” in the region, Veto gate reported Sunday. Iranian- led Shiite militia ( from Iran and Iraq) and Iraq army troops battled against the Sunni Islamic State (IS) group in outskirt of Tikrit city in Iraq in the past few days, a development that has stirred worries of Gulf...
  • The Hezbollah Connection

    02/10/2015 11:28:35 AM PST · by csvset · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | FEB. 10, 2015 | RONEN BERGMAN
    1. Ahmad Abu Adass In 2005, the last year of his life, Ahmad Abu Adass was 22 and still living with his parents in Beirut, Lebanon. He was kind and liked people, his friends later told investigators, but none of them thought he was very sophisticated. The best way to describe him was simple, one said. He was generous and a little naïve. He was very weak, physically. A Sunni Muslim of Palestinian descent, Adass had become interested in religion and now spent many hours at the Arab University Mosque near his home. It was there, after a prayer session,...
  • 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...
  • Former Lebanese PM Hariri blames Israel for Beirut Car Bomb

    07/13/2013 2:40:14 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 2 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 9 July 2013 | n/c
    Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri blamed Israel on Tuesday for the “terrorist explosion” that rocked a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut, Lebanon’s Daily Star reported. ...
  • Lebanon PM denies that Syria interfered in his STL funding decision [ Special Tribunal for Lebanon ]

    12/10/2011 5:53:31 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies · 2+ views
    Yalibnan ^ | Saturday, December 10, 2011 | unattributed
    Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati denied on Saturday that Syria interfered in his decision to pay Lebanon's share of funds to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL)... He also voiced hope that the tribunal, which was established "to reveal the truth" behind the murder of Hariri, is not politicized, adding that his decision to pay the funds to the tribunal was coordinated with Speaker Nabih Berri and President Michel Suleiman. "I cannot overlook any crime, especially if it is committed against a former premier. I will not be an obstacle in the face of justice, but at the same time,...
  • Interpol issues warrants for Hariri killing suspects

    07/12/2011 8:23:07 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Jul 10, 2011 | staff
    Interpol has circulated arrest warrants for four suspects in the 2005 assassination of Lebanese statesman Rafik al-Hariri, U.N.-backed tribunal said on Sunday."Interpol issued red notices against each of the accused who remain anonymous because the contents of the indictments remains confidential," he said.It has not named the suspects but Lebanese officials said the accused are members of Hezbollah, including Mustafa Badreddine, a senior member of the movement and brother-in-law of slain Hezbollah commander Imad Moughniyeh, and three other members of the group.
  • Why Hezbollah Had a Really Bad Week

    07/03/2011 1:51:11 PM PDT · by a_note · 7 replies
    TNR ^ | July 1, 2011 | D. Schenker
    Why Hezbollah Had a Really Bad Week David Schenker July 1, 2011 | 12:00 am Why America Should Be Hoping Bashar Assad Gets Overthrown Meet the Women of Hezbollah Back in 2006, the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah was riding high. Having fought the Israeli army to a standstill, the organization's leader Hassan Nasrallah declared "divine victory." The war was a public relations coup for the militia, which emerged from the campaign as the most favorable personification of Shiism in the largely Sunni Muslim world. So impressive was the alleged victory that the campaign sparked a widely reported trend of conversion...
  • Former Lebanon PM Hariri: Hezbollah Indictments A 'Historic Moment'

    06/30/2011 9:20:27 AM PDT · by edpc · 7 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 30 June 2011 | DPA
    Former Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri, son of Rafik Hariri, lauded the indictments handed to Hezbollah officials by the UN-backed tribunal probing Hariri's 2005 assassination, calling it a "historic moment." The handover of the indictments to Lebanese prosecutor general Saeed Mirza was made during a meeting with three judges from the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which has given Lebanon 30 days to respond. Saad Hariri issued a statement shortly after the indictment was handed to Mirza warning the new Hezbollah-led cabinet that it must abide by Lebanon's commitments toward the international tribunal.
  • Prosecutor expands secret Hariri murder indictment

    03/11/2011 2:27:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 3/11/11 | AP
    LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands – The prosecutor in the assassination case of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri says he has filed an expanded indictment. The indictment remains secret and the names of the suspects under investigation have not been released. But Hezbollah, a powerful Shiite militia, has said it believes some of its members may be named, and has warned the case could touch off renewed bloodshed in Lebanon.
  • The Continuing Saga of Lebanon

    01/25/2011 6:23:41 AM PST · by bsaunders · 1 replies
    Beyond the Cusp ^ | January 25, 2011 | B. Saunders
    When writing about Lebanon I get a nervous feeling that but for the grace of G-d, this could happen to Israel. Lebanon has had one of the roughest histories among all the nations. The disintegration of order and sanity began with the arrival of Yasser Arafat and the PLO after they were cast out of Jordan after the events now called Black September where Yasser Arafat used his followers to overthrow the government in Jordan. Soon after being exiled to Lebanon everything boiled over. Yasser Arafat again made an attempt to take over the government in Lebanon while using southern...
  • Lebanon's Hariri Says Won't Take Part In Hezbollah Government

    01/24/2011 6:13:34 AM PST · by edpc · 1 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 24 Jan 2011 | AP
    Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Monday he won't take part in any future government headed by a Hezbollah-backed candidate, raising the stakes in a crisis that many fear could descend into violence. Hariri made the announcement as President Michel Suleiman began two days of consultations with lawmakers over their choice of premier.
  • Political battle for premier looms in Lebanon

    01/23/2011 6:22:43 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 2 replies ^ | Sunday, January 23, 2011 | Natacha Yazbeck
    Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday was to address the political crisis gripping Lebanon as rival parties prepared for a fierce showdown on the choice of the country's next premier. Nasrallah was to give a televised speech at 1830 GMT on the latest developments in the country, his militant party said in a statement. The address comes hours before President Michel Sleiman kicks off talks with parliamentary group to appoint a new premier, after Hezbollah earlier this month brought down the unity government of Saudi- and US-backed Saad Hariri. The Shiite party, blacklisted as a terrorist organisation by Washington, had...
  • Lebanon Druze Leader Backs Hezbollah Ahead Of Parliamentary Talks

    01/21/2011 9:15:30 AM PST · by edpc · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 21 Jan 2011 | Reuters
    Lebanon's Druze leader Walid Jumblatt said on Friday his group was committed to support the Islamist movement Hezbollah ahead of parliamentary talks on Monday to pick a new prime minister. Jumblatt leads a bloc of 11 parliamentarians and his support is crucial to decide who forms the new government out of the two rivals: Hezbollah or the caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who said on Thursday he will seek the premiership. "I am announcing the right political assuring the steadfastness of the group (Progressive Socialist Party) alongside Syria and the resistance," he told a news conference. Resistance is a...
  • Hizbullah drills military takeover of Beirut

    01/20/2011 12:30:02 PM PST · by mojito · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/19/2011 | Staff
    Hizbullah members and allied parties carried out a two-hour exercise early on Tuesday morning at 12 strategic points in Beirut, meant to show a potential first response to the commission findings surrounding the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, Kuwaiti daily Al-Rai reported on Wednesday. Members of the Hizbullah and Amal Shi’ite movements participated in the drill, and were reportedly unarmed and wearing black shirts. Lebanese security officials confirmed the gatherings, which dispersed by late morning and appeared to be a show of force in the hours after a long-awaited indictment was submitted on Monday to the International...
  • Hariri tribunal: UN prosecutor issues sealed indictment

    01/17/2011 10:40:12 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/17/11 | BBC
    The UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon says its prosecutor has issued indictments for the 2005 murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The names of the accused remain confidential for now, but are widely believed to include members of the armed Shia group Hezbollah. A pre-trial judge now decides whether to issue warrants. Last week, Hezbollah and its allies brought down Lebanon's government in a dispute over the tribunal. The group, which denies any role in the killing, has dismissed the tribunal as a US and Israeli plot that is designed to discredit it. It has demanded that Lebanon cease...
  • Lebanese minister: UN findings to be released next week (Iran's Khamenei ordered Hariri Hit)

    01/15/2011 10:43:04 AM PST · by mojito · 16 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/15/2011 | Staff
    Lebanese Labor Minister Boutros Harb has said that the UN investigation on the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri results will be released Monday, Army Radio reported. A UN tribunal investigating the assassination of Lebanese former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is expected to accuse Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei of giving the order to murder Hariri, according to a Saturday report by news website Newsmax. The report suggested that the investigative body will lay out evidence showing that the murder was committed by Iran's Quds force and their allies, Hizbullah in Lebanon. The order to murder Hariri was...
  • Hezbollah Vs Lebanon

    01/13/2011 7:48:52 PM PST · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 13, 2010 | IBD staff
    Mideast: Disguised as an indigenous political party, the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah has quit the Lebanese Cabinet, the latest step in its quest for an Islamofascist state on the border with Israel. Lebanon's very own Valentine's Day massacre, the February 2005 car bomb explosion that killed former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others, has ever since been a central factor in Lebanese politics, as is the investigation into who did it. A U.N.-backed commission has been digging into the assassination and is expected to soon release its conclusions in a report widely expected to name members of Hezbollah, the...
  • High Noon in Lebanon

    01/13/2011 8:15:52 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    Frontpage Mag. ^ | Jan. 13, 2011 | Rick Moran
    Nobody wanted it. Few expected it. Many are worried it will lead to armed confrontation in the streets of Beirut. The fall of the government of Prime Minister Said Hariri marks a significant escalation by Hezbollah in their effort to take control of Lebanon; it also ratchets up tensions between Sunnis and Shias that could explode into violence if not checked. Eleven opposition cabinet ministers resigned on Wednesday, constitutionally causing the government’s collapse. At issue: the Special Tribunal Lebanon’s (STL) imminent announcement of indictments in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. It is widely expected that...
  • Iran, Hezb'allah lay down gauntlet to Obama on Lebanon -- guess who's losing

    01/12/2011 4:13:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 12, 2011 | Leo Rennert
    From the point of view of Iran and its Lebanese terrorist puppet, Hezb'allah, the timing of the collapse of Lebanon's government couldn't have been more exquisite.  For President Obama, the in-your-face timing arranged by the mullahs in Tehran dramatically underscored a U.S. foreign-policy disaster in the Middle East. Just as Obama was meeting at the White House with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Hezb'allah pulled the plug on Hariri's coalition government with the collective resignation of Hezb'allah's cabinet ministers.   Blindsided by Hezb'allah, Hariri made a quick get-away from Washington and flew back to Beirut to face a major political crisis and...
  • Hezbollah resigns from Lebanese government

    01/12/2011 7:39:59 AM PST · by jhpigott · 54 replies
    Just crossing the wires in Lebanon's media outlets. 5:10pm Bassil: We announce our resignation from government and we turn to the prime minister to speed up the formation of a new Cabinet.
  • Hezbollah plans to resign from Lebanese government

    01/12/2011 4:25:08 AM PST · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    BEIRUT – The Islamic militant group Hezbollah and its allies plan to resign from the Lebanese Cabinet and topple the government on Wednesday over tensions stemming from the international investigation of the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, officials said.
  • Hezbollah Threatens To Topple Lebanon Government Over Hariri Probe

    01/12/2011 2:37:29 AM PST · by edpc · 13 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 12 Jan 2011 | AP
    The Islamic militant group Hezbollah and its allies plan to resign from the Lebanese Cabinet on Wednesday, a move that would likely topple the government over tensions stemming from the international investigation into the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, officials said. Health Minister Mohammed Jawad Khalifeh told Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV that ministers were planning to resign in the afternoon unless Western-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri - the son of the slain leader - agrees to their demand to convene an urgent Cabinet meeting over the tribunal crisis.
  • 'Hariri tribunal ends investigation, makes decision' (Lebanon)

    12/27/2010 9:30:00 AM PST · by mojito · 2 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/27/2010 | Staff
    The UN-backed tribunal into the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri has finished its investigation after six years and publishing the indictment is all that remains, London-based newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported Monday. According to the report, prosecutor Daniel Bellemare reached a final decision that will be very hard to appeal. Bellemare is the only person that knows when the verdict will be published, the report claimed. Last week, it was reported that Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri would ask the UN tribunal to stop its investigation and leave the country.
  • Russia to gift Lebanon with arms, military supplies to bolster army

    11/17/2010 4:51:56 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 11/17/2010 | Zvi Bar'el
    Russia will be giving Lebanon a free, unconditional gift of arms and military supplies to strengthen the Lebanese army, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri this week. The gift will include six Mi-24 attack helicopters, 31 T-72 tanks, 36 130-millimeter artillery pieces and 500,000 shells to be used by existing Lebanese artillery.
  • Despite attacks, Patriarch Sfeir renews his support for international tribunal

    11/17/2010 12:31:13 AM PST · by Traianus · 3 replies
    ASIA NEWS ^ | 11-16-2010 | Asia News
    e-mail this to a friend printable version » 11/16/2010 19:06LEBANONDespite attacks, Patriarch Sfeir renews his support for international tribunalTensions are rising in Lebanon over UN-backed special tribunal after rumours suggest some Hizbollah figures could be indicted in Hariri bombing. Hizbollah leader warns his movement will cut off the hands of anyone who tries to get at its members. Beirut (AsiaNews) – Tensions are still rising over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), an international court set up under the auspices of the United Nations to investigate and try the people accused of masterminding and carrying out a terrorist attack...
  • Caroline Glick: Sa'ad Hariri’s cautionary tale [Must read despite lousy title]

    09/14/2010 11:37:25 AM PDT · by HearMe · 6 replies
    Jerusalem ^ | 9/14/2010 | Caroline Glick
    No one could have imagined that within five years, Lebanon’s young PM would become a slave of his father’s murderers. No one, that is, aside from his father’s murderers. Lebanon is a sad and desperate place. And its disastrous fate is personified today by its prime minister. All who claim to love freedom, democracy, human rights and dignity should take note of Sa'ad Hariri’s fate. They should recognize that his predicament is a testament to their failure to stand up for the ideals they say they champion. All those who say they seek a Middle East that is friendly to...
  • Israel tells UN it will stop Gaza aid flotilla

    08/20/2010 2:20:28 PM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 20, 2010
    UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – Israel informed the United Nations Friday that it reserves the right to use force to stop a new aid flotilla from reaching the blockaded Gaza Strip. In a letter sent to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, Israel's UN Ambassador Gabriela Shalev said the stated intention of the Bolivian-flagged all-women cargo ship Mariam "is to violate the existing naval blockade of Gaza." She added that Israel also had information that another vessel, the Naji al-Ali, plans to leave from a Lebanese port with the aim of violating the blockade. "Israel reserves its right under international law to use...
  • Hizbullah's rise in Lebanon fails to slow flow of U.S. military aid

    05/14/2010 9:52:36 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 305+ views
    Geostrategy Direct ^ | 5/14/2010 | Geostrategy Direct
    Lebanon expects to receive additional U.S. assistance to develop its military and security forces. Lebanese officials said the United States has pledged to lead an international effort to bolster Beirut's military and security forces. They said U.S. weapons began to flow to Lebanon in 2010 and could intensify over the next few months. "The U.S. military is convinced that the Lebanese army is capable of controlling stability in Lebanon," Ghassan Al Shibli, a researcher at the Washington-based Rand Corp., said. Officials said the Obama administration has concluded that U.S. aid should not be blocked by Hizbullah's domination of the government...
  • Hezbollah says its missiles not Israel's business

    04/16/2010 9:31:46 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 492+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/16/10 | Zeina Karam - ap
    BEIRUT – A Hezbollah government minister refused Friday to confirm or deny Israeli allegations that the militant Lebanese group has acquired Scud missiles. In the first Hezbollah comment on the Israeli charges, Minister Hussein Haj Hassan said the group was always arming and preparing itself but, "what we have is not their business." Israeli defense officials have said they believe Hezbollah has obtained Scud missiles capable of hitting targets anywhere in Israel. Israel's President Shimon Peres earlier this week directly accused Damascus of providing the weapons. Israel has not offered proof to back up the claim, and Syria's Foreign Ministry...
  • Lebanon comes full circle back to the Syrian fold

    02/14/2010 10:07:39 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 316+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | Monday, February 15, 2010 | Zvi Bar'el
    We could not have guessed which would be the first country to make peace with Israel, but we always knew which country would be second: Lebanon. Meanwhile, Egypt signed an agreement, Jordan followed and Palestine signed a deal that collapsed, but either it or Syria will be next. Lebanon was pushed to the bottom of the list. Whoever doubts this can pull out of the archives the clear-cut statement made by the previous Lebanese prime minister, Fouad Siniora. The man who conducted a bitter duel with Hezbollah, and whose power diminished as a result of the Second Lebanon War,...
  • Hariri: Lebanon stands with Hizbullah in any war with Israel

    02/09/2010 9:46:40 PM PST · by Cindy · 15 replies · 672+ views - THE JERUSALEM POST ^ | February 10, 2010, 05:41 | n/a
    “Hariri: Lebanon stands with Hizbullah in any war with Israel” By JPOST.COM STAFF 10/02/2010 05:41 SNIPPET: “The Lebanese government will stand with Hizbullah in the event of a war with Israel, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said overnight Tuesday in an interview with the BBC.”
  • Hariri tribunal moving at 'full pace': prosecutor

    12/02/2009 9:15:38 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 293+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 12/2/09 | AFP
    BEIRUT (AFP) – Prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Daniel Bellemare said on Wednesday his investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri was moving at "full pace." "The investigation is making progress and is proceeding at full pace," said a statement released by his spokeswoman, Radhia Achouri. ... Earlier, Bellemare met President Michel Sleiman on his first trip as prosecutor to Beirut, where he arrived on Tuesday for a seven-day visit during which he also will meet members of the new government. The Hague-based tribunal was set up by a UN Security Council resolution in 2007...
  • Lebanon's Hariri set to form government with Hezbollah (Hezbollah was included in the outgoing govt)

    11/07/2009 2:16:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 404+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/7/09 | Laila Bassam
    BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri will announce a new national unity government to include Iranian- and Syrian-backed Hezbollah in the next few days, politicians said on Saturday. Lebanon has been without a functioning government since Hariri led his coalition, backed by the United States and Saudi Arabia, to victory in a June parliamentary election against Hezbollah and its allies. Politicians from both sides said Hariri had now clinched a deal with the opposition on the new government's make-up. A government acceptable to all main parties is seen as key to maintaining stability in a country facing sectarian...
  • Lebanon's Hariri takes time out after ally quits

    08/05/2009 12:10:24 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 645+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug 4, 2009 | Tom Perry
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri has taken a holiday to "think and reflect" after a once close ally quit his anti-Syria coalition in a move expected to delay the formation of a new government. Druze leader Walid Jumblatt's departure from Hariri's "March 14" alliance this week has redrawn Lebanon's political map and undermined the coalition's June parliamentary election victory over rivals including the powerful Iran-backed Hezbollah group. Hariri, a Saudi- and U.S.-backed billionaire businessman, had been expected to conclude talks this week on the formation of a coalition government grouping his alliance with parties allied to Syria,...
  • 1 killed as rivals trade gunfire in Beirut

    06/28/2009 5:22:14 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 1 replies · 313+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 28, 2009 | HUSSEIN DAKROUB
    BEIRUT -- Sunni supporters of Lebanon's prime minister-designate and Shiite rivals from the parliament speaker's political faction traded gunfire in a Beirut neighborhood Sunday. Security officials said one civilian was killed and two others were wounded in the first outbreak of violence since this month's elections. Automatic rifle fire and three explosions were heard in the brief gunbattle that underlined the continued sectarian tensions despite recent pledges by political leaders to work together. Those pledges followed a bruising election campaign. Hours earlier, the Western-backed billionaire who is to become the country's next prime minister, Saad Hariri, was holding talks with...
  • Hariri named Lebanon PM

    06/27/2009 3:06:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 358+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 6/27/09 | Natacha Yazbeck
    BEIRUT (AFP) – Saad Hariri, son of slain billionaire ex-premier Rafiq Hariri, pledged to form a cabinet that would unite rival political camps after he was named Lebanon's new prime minister on Saturday. "We will begin consultations with all parliamentary blocs based on our commitment to a national unity government in which all main blocs are represented and which is harmonious, functional, and free of obstruction and paralysis," Hariri said. Under the current unity government, headed by Fuad Siniora, militant group Hezbollah and its allies have veto power over major decisions. The government was formed in May 2008, ending a...
  • New Evidence Points to Hezbollah in Hariri Murder (Lebanon)

    05/25/2009 12:04:15 PM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies · 342+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | 5/23/2009 | Erich Follath
    The United Nations special tribunal investigating the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri has reached surprising new conclusions -- and it is keeping them secret. According to information obtained by SPIEGEL, investigators now believe Hezbollah was behind the Hariri murder. It was an act of virtually Shakespearean dimensions, a family tragedy involving murder and suicide, contrived and real tears -- and a good deal of big-time politics. On February 14, 2005, Valentine's Day, at 12:56 p.m., a massive bomb exploded in front of the Hotel St. Georges in Beirut, just as the motorcade of former Prime Minister Rafik...
  • Four Generals Leave Roumieh Prison following Tribunal's Decision

    04/29/2009 5:38:51 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 188+ views
    Naharnet ^ | 29 Apr 09 | Staff
    Lebanon released on Wednesday four generals who had been held for nearly four years without charge over the assassination of ex-Premier Rafik Hariri following a ruling by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. The four were escorted separately out of Roumieh prison on the outskirts of Beirut in a convoy of vehicles after The Hague-based STL said there was insufficient evidence to charge them. Speaking from their respective homes after their release, the generals said they had been vindicated by the court and insisted they had nothing to do with Hariri's 2005 murder in a massive car-bombing that also killed 22...
  • Syrian detained in Hariri killing

    04/20/2009 4:39:24 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 230+ views
    BBC ^ | 20 April 2009 | Staff
    A key suspect in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has been arrested in Dubai. Mohammed Zuhair al-Siddiq, a former Syrian intelligence officer, was detained on Sunday. Mr Siddiq was a witness to Hariri's killing, but an international arrest warrant was later issued for him. There is widespread suspicion inside and outside Lebanon that Syria was involved in Hariri'S death in 2005, though Damascus denies this strongly.
  • Court prosecuting Hariri suspects opens (the world's "first international anti-terrorist tribunal")

    03/01/2009 8:15:38 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 312+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/1/09 | Mike Corder - ap
    LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands – An international tribunal to prosecute suspects in the slaying of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri opened Sunday with a moment's silence and a pledge to impartially investigate the politically charged case. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Special Court for Lebanon, prosecutor Daniel Bellemare said he will continue his investigations without political interference and said he will call "as soon as possible" for Lebanese authorities to turn over four pro-Syrian generals who are suspects in the case. Bellemare, a Canadian, said he could issue several indictments as a result of his wide-ranging investigation into the...
  • Hariri murder suspects released

    02/25/2009 10:43:47 PM PST · by james500 · 324+ views
    Financial Times ^ | February 26 2009 03:10 | Ferry Biedermann
    Lebanon on Wednesday released three men who had been detained for more than three years in connection with the murder of Rafiq Hariri, former prime minister, in 2005. But the authorities kept four senior pro-Syrian generals, heads of the police and security services at the time, in jail. The release on bail of the three – two Lebanese and one Syrian – comes just days before the official start of the United Nations-mandated international tribunal that is to try the case. The special tribunal, based in The Hague, will open on Sunday. In a series of interviews in the Lebanese...
  • Warden Message: Lebanon Expects Protests February 14-16

    02/14/2009 1:00:31 AM PST · by Cindy · 1 replies · 544+ views ^ | February 13, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: Lebanon Expects Protests February 14-16 CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Middle East / N. Africa - Lebanon 13 Feb 2009 Printer Friendly Email Article RELATED REPORTS 30 Dec 2008 WARDEN MESSAGE: LEBANON SEES GAZA-RELATED PROTESTS 3 Oct 2008 WARDEN MESSAGE: LEBANON END OF RAMADAN CONCERNS 11 Sep 2008 WARDEN MESSAGE: LEBANON EXPECTS SEPTEMBER 12 DEMONSTRATION 10 Sep 2008 TRAVEL WARNING: LEBANON U.S. Embassy Beirut released the following Warden Message on February 13: Saturday, the 14th of February will mark the...
  • Lebanon - Hezbollah seizes large parts of Beirut

    05/08/2008 11:59:18 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 63 replies · 174+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | May 9, 2008 | Tom Perry
    Excerpt - BEIRUT, May 9 (Reuters) - Hezbollah gunmen took control of large areas of Beirut on Friday in a third day of fighting between the pro-Iranian group and fighters loyal to the U.S.-backed governing coalition. Security sources said at least 10 people had been killed and 20 wounded. The thud of exploding grenades and crackle of automatic gunfire echoed overnight in the worst internal strife since the 1975-90 civil war. Gunmen loyal to Hezbollah forced the pro-government Future News television off the air on Friday, said a senior official at the Beirut station. Future News is owned by Saad...
  • Tension high for Beirut memorials (Hariri vs. Mughniyeh Funerals)

    02/14/2008 4:44:22 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 4 replies · 86+ views ^ | February 14, 2008
    Thousands of people from rival camps are taking part in key memorials amid heightened tension in Beirut. Anti-Syrian groups have been marking three years since the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri. Meanwhile supporters of Hezbollah are attending the funeral of a leader of the militant group, Imad Mughniyeh, just a few miles away. A huge security operation is under way in the city amid fears of clashes between pro- and anti-Syrian factions. Correspondents say the events come at a potentially explosive time, with no president and no working parliament. About 8,000 army and internal security force troops have been...
  • Hariri reveals Syrian plot to kill him & Lebanon PM

    10/30/2007 10:52:18 AM PDT · by mojito · 8 replies · 147+ views
    Ya Libnan ^ | 10/30/2007 | Staff
    Lebanese parliamentary majority leader Saad Hariri revealed on Tuesday that he has evidence of Syrian assassination plots against himself and Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. Hariri made the claim in response to a question about alleged assassination plots against the leaders by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law and head of intelligence Assef Shawqat. "We have intelligence about this and we are following it up," he told reporters. "The intelligence is correct and our security services are working on it. "There is cooperation between Lebanese security services and Arab security services to avoid such assassinations," he said, without specifying which countries were...
  • UN chief outlines Hariri tribunal

    09/05/2007 7:51:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 244+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/5/07 | Justin Bergman - ap
    UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a report released Wednesday that he hopes to appoint judges to the international tribunal to prosecute suspects in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri by the end of the year. In the report to the Security Council, Ban said the tribunal would not be established until the U.N. had an estimated $35 million to fund its operations through the first year, as well as an additional $85 million in pledges to pay for the following two years. The Security Council approved a resolution in May to establish the tribunal...
  • Netherlands to host Hariri tribunal

    08/17/2007 6:11:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 280+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/17/07 | Edith M. Lederer - ap
    UNITED NATIONS - The Netherlands has agreed to host the tribunal that will prosecute suspects in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the United Nations announced Friday. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will send a delegation to the Netherlands in the coming weeks to discuss arrangements, U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas said. A deeply divided U.N. Security Council approved a resolution on May 30 to unilaterally establish an international tribunal after the speaker of the Lebanese parliament refused to call a session to have members ratify the statutes to create it. The vote was 10-0 with major powers Russia...
  • U.N. probe IDs some links to Hariri slay

    07/12/2007 4:08:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 231+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/12/07 | Edith M. Lederer - ap
    UNITED NATIONS - A U.N. inquiry has identified people who may have been involved in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and is investigating new information about the buyers of a van used in the bombing, the chief investigator said Thursday. While not identifying anyone, Belgian prosecutor Serge Brammertz said investigators had "significantly narrowed down" possible motives for the slaying to Hariri's political and personal relationships in Lebanon, Syria and other countries. He said investigators believe the U.N. Security Council resolution in September 2004 aimed at blocking Lebanon's pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud from a second term "played...
  • Lebanon To Erupt In 1 Week-Syria Calls On Citizens To Evacuate Lebanon

    07/09/2007 8:47:10 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 25 replies · 1,190+ views
    Israel News ^ | 7-8-07 | Yaakov Lappin
    Syria has called on its citizens to leave Lebanon ahead of an expected "eruption" in that country, Arab and Iranian press reports have said. The media reports were translated and made available by MEMRI in a special dispatch on Sunday. "In the past few days, Arab and Iranian media reports have pointed to the possibility that Lebanon's current political crisis may become a violent conflict after July 15, 2007," the MEMRI dispatch said. July 15 comes one day before a special UN Security Council meeting which is expected to discuss the possibility of stationing international experts on the Syria-Lebanon border,...
  • Hezbollah and Syria denounce UN over tribunal for Hariri killing

    05/31/2007 11:25:38 AM PDT · by KJC1 · 2 replies · 217+ views
    BEIRUT: The militant Hezbollah group and its ally Syria denounced the United Nations on Thursday for its decision to establish a tribunal to prosecute the killers of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Meanwhile, officials in Beirut reopened the road where Hariri was killed by a suicide truck bomb in February 2005. Mayor Abdel-Monem al-Ariss said the spot would remain "a historic symbol in the heart of Beirut." The tribunal has been at the core of a political crisis between the pro-Western government in Beirut and the Hezbollah-led opposition that has erupted into street clashes in recent months, killing 11 people....