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  • 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,...
  • Lebanon - Jumblatt accuses Hizbullah of bid to take over Beirut airport

    05/04/2008 9:45:49 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 260+ views
    Daily Star (Beirut) ^ | May 4, 2008 | Hussein Abdallah
    BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt called over the weekend for a ban on flights from Iran to Beirut's airport, accusing Hizbullah of flying in arms from the Islamic Republic. At a news conference on Saturday, the outspoken MP also called for the expulsion of Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Reza Shibani and the sacking of the head of security at the airport, General Ayman Shoucair, over his alleged links to Hizbullah During the press conference at his residence in Mukhtara, Jumblatt showed reporters what he said was an exchange of mail between Defense Minister Elias Murr and army intelligence...
  • Lebanon's Jumblatt downplays army action at camp

    05/27/2007 10:01:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 193+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/27/07 | Tom Perry
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A senior member of Lebanon's governing coalition said on Sunday military action was not on the table for ending a standoff between the Lebanese army and militants holed up in a Palestinian refugee camp. Druze leader Walid Jumblatt demanded the handing over of the Fatah al-Islam Islamist militants, who have been battling the army at the Nahr al-Bared camp for a week in Lebanon's worst internal violence since the 1975-1990 civil war. "Nobody has proposed a military settlement. But we want the murderers handed over to Lebanese justice," Jumblatt said. The army is not allowed into Lebanon's...
  • Analysis: Lebanon on the verge of a coup?

    03/01/2007 7:51:00 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 584+ views
    United Press International (excerpt) ^ | March 1, 2007 | Claude Salhani
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON, March 1 (UPI) -- Lebanon's charismatic Druze leader Walid Jumblatt was in Washington this week seeking support from the Bush administration for the pro-democracy March 14 Movement and for the beleaguered Lebanese government led by Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. The leader of the Lebanese Progressive Socialist Party who in the past tended to gravitate more towards the Soviet Union -- at least from a philosophical perspective -- thanked President George W. Bush and French President Jacques Chirac for their help and support in getting the Syrians out of Lebanon. At the same time, Jumblatt raised a worrying...
  • Jumblatt - most fierce liberal in Lebanon (& on Syrian, Palestinian crimes)

    02/15/2007 12:20:23 AM PST · by Posting · 4 replies · 406+ views
    YaLibnan ^ | 02,14,07 | M. Tottem
    Walid Jumblatt - the most fierce liberal in Lebanon Jumblatt’s history with the imperial Baath government is a long and twisting one. His father Kamal was assassinated by Syrian agents during the civil war in 1977. The details of the assassination are shrouded in mystery even today. In the most common version Baath-aligned terrorists in the Syrian Social Nationalist Party pulled the trigger. Another (unreliable) version of the story goes like this, as told to me by a young Druze friend while we stood on the murder site in the Chouf: Kamal Jumblatt was ambushed on the forested road by...
  • Anti-Syrian leader warns of more Lebanon violence

    11/22/2006 7:03:54 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 545+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | November 22, 2006 | Nadim Ladki
    Hundreds of Lebanese mourners pressed on Wednesday to touch the coffin of minister Pierre Gemayel whose assassination, blamed by his allies on Syria, stoked fears of more killings and a surge in factional violence.Fear and anger gripped the country as it prepared to bury Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel, a Christian, who was gunned down as he drove through a Beirut suburb on Tuesday. He was the sixth anti-Syrian politician to be killed in nearly two years.Several prominent anti-Syrian leaders said the killing was the work of Damascus and they expected the murders of more politicians who had spearheaded protests that...
  • Anti-Syria protests erupt in Lebanon

    11/23/2006 8:42:55 AM PST · by TexKat · 34 replies · 798+ views
    AP | 11/23/06 | ZEINA KARAM
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese turned the funeral Thursday for a slain Christian government minister into a massive demonstration of anger against Syria and its allies. The sprawling funeral for Pierre Gemayel reinvigorated suporters of the U.S.-backed government in a power struggle with Syrian-backed Hezbollah and its allies threatening to split this small Mideast nations along sectarian lines. Police estimated some 800,000 people participated in the rally and funeral. "The second independence uprising was launched today for change and it will not stop," Gemayel's father, former President Amin Gemayel, told the crowd in downtown Beirut, speaking from...
  • Jumblatt accuses Syria over killing

    11/22/2006 6:24:32 AM PST · by Valin · 205+ views
    Gulf News ^ | 11/22/06
    Beirut: The leader of the anti-Syrian Druze’s in Lebanon has blamed Damascus for the assassination of Pierre Gemayel. Walid Jumblatt also said he expected more killings which he claims are aimed at undermining the parliament’s small ruling majority. Speaking on Wednesday, he said: "It seems the Syrian regime will continue with the assassinations. I expect more assassinations but no matter what they do, we are here and we will be victorious.” Jumblatt said Syria was trying to derail an international court to try suspects in the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. He also reiterated his accusation that Syrian...
  • Lebanon Faces Political Crisis in Aftermath of War

    11/05/2006 7:43:32 PM PST · by Valin · 3 replies · 385+ views
    memri ^ | 11/3/06 | H. Avraham
    Lebanon Faces Political Crisis in Aftermath of War: Tensions Escalate Between 'March 14 Forces' and Hizbullah, Pro-Syrian Camp Introduction In the aftermath of the July-August 2006 war, political tension between Hizbullah and the "March 14 Forces" [1] is increasing - to the point that street clashes may break out by November 13. Once the war ended, Hizbullah, together with other pro-Syria elements in Lebanon such as General Michel Aoun, launched a scathing campaign against the current Lebanese government under Prime Minister Fuad Al-Siniora, and particularly against the majority in the Lebanese parliament, that is, the March 14 Forces. On October...
  • Lebanese Forces and Druze say no to Hezbollah’s demands

    09/25/2006 2:48:40 PM PDT · by Traianus · 8 replies · 891+ views
    Asia News ^ | 09-25-2006 | Asia News
    25 September, 2006 LEBANON Lebanese Forces and Druze say no to Hezbollah’s demands Geagea and Jumblatt say a national unity government cannot be created as long as Hezbollah’s is aligned on Syria’s positions. Patriarch Sfeir slams those who place their own partisan interests above those of the nation. Beirut (AsiaNews) – The Samir Geagea and his Maronite-dominated Lebanese Forces’ and Walid Jumblatt and his predominantly Druze Progressive Socialist Party have said no to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s “victory over Israel” speech in which he demanded a national unity government that would give his party a greater place.For Samir Geagea,...
  • Syria on the Move in Lebanon and Iraq (US pressures Israel to give up Golan)

    11/19/2006 12:51:38 PM PST · by Esther Ruth · 35 replies · 962+ views
    www.israelnationalnews.com ^ | 20:11 Nov 19, '06 / 28 Cheshvan 5767 | Ezra HaLevi
    Syria on the Move in Lebanon and Iraq 20:11 Nov 19, '06 / 28 Cheshvan 5767 by Ezra HaLevi Syrian-backed Hizbullah may be poised to stage a revolution in Lebanon as back-room negotiations between the US and Syria may result in Israel being pressured to give up the Golan Heights. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem began a visit to Iraq on Sunday. The visit will include meetings with US officials in Iraq at which Moallem will relay Syria’s demand that Israel retreat from the Golan Heights in return for Syrian cooperation in Iraq. The insurgents that have plagued US troops...
  • Jumblatt: Syrian regime responsible for assassination-US Iraqi withdrawal will cause 'chaos'

    11/22/2006 11:03:08 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies · 493+ views
    YNet ^ | 11-22-06 | Aaron Klein
    Jumblatt: Syrian regime responsible for assassination Druze leader in Lebanon fears Damascus will carry out more killings, warns US Iraqi withdrawal will cause 'chaos' Aaron Klein, WND Published:  11.22.06, 18:20 P{margin:0;} UL{margin-bottom:0;margin-top:0;margin-right: 16; padding-right:0;} OL{margin-bottom:0;margin-top:0;margin-right: 32; padding-right:0;} P.pHeader {margin-bottom:3px;COLOR: #192862;font-size: 16px;font-weight: bold;} The Syrian government was responsible for the assassination  Tuesday of Lebanon's Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel and will likely attempt more killings with the goal of destabilizing Lebanon, the country's Druze Leader Walid Jumblatt told WorldNetDaily in an interview today. Jumblatt is head of Lebanon's Progressive Socialist Party and is widely considered the most prominent anti-Syrian Lebanese politician.   "The...
  • Coup d'etat underway in Lebanon?

    11/21/2006 3:20:34 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 40 replies · 1,767+ views
    yalibnan.com ^ | November 21, 2006 | Omar Raad
    Beirut - The assassination of Pierre Gemayel means that two more ministers need to resign or be killed in order to bring down the anti-Syrian government. As if one assassination were not enough bloodshed for one day, the murderers proceeded to target another anti-Syrian Member of Parliament - Michel Pharaon. Syria's allies in Lebanon are planning to take the streets on Thursday to demand the government resign. The pro-Syrian allies in Lebanon include Hezbollah, Michel Aoun's political party and Nabih Berri's Amal movement. Syria behind violent overthrow? As documented in the U.N. investigation, Syria has openly threatened Lebanese politicians...
  • Lebanon - Hizbullah Mass Demonstrations on Thursday as Jumblat Warns of Coup

    11/20/2006 8:38:13 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 473+ views
    an-Nahar (Beirut) ^ | November 20, 2006
    Druze leader Walid Jumblat has warned that Lebanon was on the verge of a coup d'état as Hizbullah supporters were allegedly geared up for mass street protests on Thursday. The leading daily An Nahar said Monday that the demonstrations would most likely take place on Thursday, the day Premier Fouad Saniora's cabinet is to convene. Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah urged his followers and pro-Syrian allies to be "psychologically" ready for mass demonstrations to topple Saniora's anti-Syrian government. Jumblat, in turn, warned that "we are on the verge of a coup … through gradual street protests and possible collective...
  • Jumblat: Lebanon on Verge of Coup as Nasrallah Gears Up for Mass Protests

    11/19/2006 11:40:43 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 584+ views
    an-Nahar (Beirut) ^ | November 20, 2006
    Druze leader Walid Jumblat has warned that Lebanon was on the verge of a coup d'état as Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah urged his followers to prepare for mass street protests to topple the anti-Syrian government. "We are on the verge of a coup … through gradual street protests and possible collective resignations from (public) sections and from parliament … then riots and civil disobedience," Jumblat warned in a speech published by Lebanese newspapers on Monday. His remarks came shortly before a speech by Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah was broadcast Sunday afternoon. Nasrallah, who did not set a...
  • A critic amid cheers for Hezbollah--Druze leader Walid Jumblatt

    08/10/2006 8:33:38 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 7 replies · 775+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 10, 2006 | Liz Sly
    Lebanon's Druze leader says militants' agenda will lead to disaster MUKHTARA, Lebanon -- Ensconced in his ancestral castle, perched high in the mountains above Beirut, Druze leader Walid Jumblatt is articulating some boldly unorthodox views on the conflict engulfing his country. As a fierce critic of Hezbollah and its role in provoking a war with Israel, Jumblatt has emerged as a lone voice of dissent amid the clamor of pro-Hezbollah cheerleading that has gripped much of Lebanon and turned Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah into a national hero. "If I were opportunistic, I would tell you now, `Long live Nasrallah.' I...
  • Why a Multinational Force is Essential in Lebanon

    08/04/2006 10:20:24 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 357+ views
    The Washington Institute for Near East Policy ^ | August 4, 2006 | Robert Rabil
    As Lebanon plunges deeper into ruin and chaos as a result of Hizballah’s “gang war” tactics against Israel’s expanded military campaign to degrade the power of the Islamist party, Hizballah, Syria, and its allies in Lebanon are devising plans to subvert an international agreement on a multinational force to guard the Israel-Lebanon border. They are also preparing for a political comeback in a postconflict Lebanon by riding the wave of the victory Hizballah is sure to claim whatever the outcome—a supposed triumph that in reality will be at best a Pyrrhic victory. Hizballah’s Political Offensive From the time the...
  • MIDDLE EAST: WAR IN LEBANON PROMPTS INTERNET BLOG BOOM

    08/04/2006 9:58:31 AM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 265+ views
    Adnkronos International.com ^ | August 4, 2006 | Adnki Staff
    Beirut, 4 August (AKI) - Young Lebanese are trying to break the isolation brought upon by the war with Israel by expressing their thoughts are recounting their experiences on Internet web logs, or blogs and online diaries. To communicate with the outside world many of the blogs are in English. One of around 15 popular sites that have sprung up since the conflict began on 12 July is LebanonsUpdates which provides a chronology of the fighting and the diplomatic moves afoot to bring peace. Operated by a group of eight friends in their 20s the site also provides maps indicating...
  • Lebanese Druze Leader Walid Jumblatt on Al-Arabiya TV ...Challenges Nasrallah's Heroism

    07/25/2006 6:56:08 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 11 replies · 1,097+ views
    MEMRI ^ | July 26, 2006
    July 26, 2006 No.1213 Lebanese Druze Leader Walid Jumblatt on Al-Arabiya TV: Do Lebanese Really Agree That the Battle of the [Islamic] Nation Should Be Launched From Lebanon?; I Was First to Warn of the Iranian-Syrian Alliance; I Have the Right to Challenge Nasrallah's Heroism The following are excerpts from an interview with Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, which aired on Al-Arabiya TV on July 20, 2006 [1]. TO VIEW THIS CLIP, VISIT: http://www.memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=1201. Walid Jumblatt: "Hassan Nasrallah made the decision to go to war without consulting anyone." [...] "Today, the Lebanese state has become a kind of Red...
  • Do Lebanese Really Agree That the Battle of the [Islamic] Nation Should Be Launched From Lebanon?

    07/25/2006 12:55:32 PM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies · 425+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 7-25-06 | Walid Jumblatt
    Lebanese Druze Leader Walid Jumblatt on Al-Arabiya TV: Do Lebanese Really Agree That the Battle of the [Islamic] Nation Should Be Launched From Lebanon?; I Was First to Warn of the Iranian-Syrian Alliance; I Have the Right to Challenge Nasrallah's Heroism The following are excerpts from an interview with Lebanese Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, which aired on Al-Arabiya TV on July 20, 2006.(1) TO VIEW THIS CLIP, VISIT: http://www.memritv.org/search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=1201 . Walid Jumblatt: "Hassan Nasrallah made the decision to go to war without consulting anyone." [...] "Today, the Lebanese state has become a kind of Red Cross. If tomorrow a cease-fire...
  • Dangerous liaisons: covert "love affair" between Russia and Hezbollah

    01/09/2006 5:20:47 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies · 1,191+ views
    AIA ^ | Michel Elbaz
    The relations between Russia and the Shiite's religious leadership in Lebanon started to develop in the beginning of the seventies. The spiritual leader of the Lebanese Shia community, Imam Moussa Al-Sadr, visited Moscow in 1972 and asked Soviet authorities to issue humanitarian aid to his people. At the same time cooperation between the Marxist factions of the PLO that were active in Lebanon and Soviet military intelligence – GRU, intensified greatly. Several soviet officers (speaking fluent Arabic) even visited Palestinian terrorist training camps in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon between 1972-1975. Using their connections in PLO they managed to establish...
  • Overthrow President, Syrians Urged

    01/15/2006 6:25:16 PM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 442+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-16-2006 | Patrick Bishop
    Overthrow president, Syrians urged By Patrick Bishop in Moukhtara (Filed: 16/01/2006) Walid Jumblatt seemed admirably composed for a man whose name had just appeared on a hit list of Lebanese public figures. "The whole of Lebanon is on the death list, not only me," said the Druze leader and anti-Syrian figurehead. "The Syrian regime will not accept easily its defeat last year when the Lebanese people obliged them to get out. The regular forces left but [its] agents are still here." Mr Jumblatt, 56, has taken precautions. For the moment he is not leaving his rocky domain in the Chouf...
  • Report: Hariri recorded Assad's threats (by "spy pen")

    09/18/2005 5:10:43 PM PDT · by Shermy · 45 replies · 1,594+ views
    Al Bawaba ^ | Sept. 18, 2005
    The Paris-based Intelligence Online has reported on its internet site that late Lebanon's premier Rafik Hariri managed to record the threats made by President Bashar Al Assad at their last face-to-face meeting in Damascus on a spy pen likely provided by the French secret service. Hariri had provided copies of the threat to U.S. President Bush, French President Jacques Chirac and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf shortly before he was assassinated in a huge blast on Feb. 14, said the newsletter that specializes in intelligence affairs. The Assad-Hariri meeting was held in the Syrian capital a week before the Lebanese parliament...
  • Lebanon's Jumblatt Fears He May Be Target

    02/27/2005 9:38:40 PM PST · by Righty_McRight · 9 replies · 465+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sun, Feb 27, 2005 | Zeina Karam
    MUKHTARA, Lebanon - Walid Jumblatt, the most prominent anti-Syrian voice in Lebanon, is holed up in his ancestral mountain palace, planning strategy with his allies behind its high gates, out of fear he may be marked for assassination like his late ally, the former prime minister killed in a bomb blast. Jumblatt, a Druse warlord turned politician, is even reported to have packed off his 22-year-old son to France to ensure a survivor from his immediate family to carry his mantle if he is killed. He denies that's his motive, saying his son, Taymoor, is just finishing his studies. "I...
  • Ex-Lebanese PM knew he'd be killed

    02/22/2005 12:42:21 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 12 replies · 574+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, February 22, 2005 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – Lebanese security officials backed by Syria carried out the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, who knew his life was in danger, a Lebanese opposition leader told WorldNetDaily in an exclusive interview today. "Lebanese security services handled by Syrian security were behind the assassination of Hariri," said Walid Jumblatt, a leading opposition figure in Lebanon. He said in a meeting with Hariri two weeks ago the former prime minister said he felt he was in danger. "Hariri said something bad was going to happen and that it is either going to be you or me." Hariri, along...
  • Lebanon: The opposition announces the "insurrection for independence "

    02/18/2005 9:35:02 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 142 replies · 4,073+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | February 18, 2005
    ALARM - Lebanon: the opposition announces the "insurrection for independence " BEIRUT - the Lebanese opposition antisyrienne, joined together at a plenary sitting, announced Friday evening the "insurrection for independence "and claimed a" government of transition "to supervise the Syrian withdrawal. MORE...
  • Druze Chief Rues Rockets Missed Wolfowitz in Iraq

    10/27/2003 6:21:14 PM PST · by TexKat · 5 replies · 197+ views
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A top Lebanese politician enraged the American embassy in Beirut Monday by saying he hoped the next attack on the number two in the Defense Department would prove fatal. Druze leader Walid Jumblatt described Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz as a "virus" who needed to be destroyed, a day after the American emerged unscathed from a guerrilla rocket attack on the fortified Baghdad hotel where he was staying. The U.S. embassy described Jumblatt's remarks as "outrageous." The Druze chief and head of Lebanon's Progressive Socialist Party said in a statement he hoped Wolfowitz, who he criticized as...
  • US outrage over Wolfowitz jibe

    10/27/2003 2:21:04 PM PST · by Akira · 40 replies · 211+ views
    news.com.au ^ | Oct 28, 2003
    AN influential Lebanese politician and leader of its Druze community triggered US outrage today when he expressed regret US Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz was unhurt in a Baghdad rocket attack. "We hope the firing will be more precise and efficient (next time), so we get rid of this microbe and people like him in Washington who are spreading disorder in Arab lands, Iraq and Palestine," Walid Jumblatt said in a statement. Jumblatt, who is also the leader of the Progressive Socialist Party, called Wolfowitz a "friend of Ariel Sharon", the hardline Israeli prime minister, "and one of the main...