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  • 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...
  • Day of justice for Lebanon

    01/16/2014 2:45:12 AM PST · by Dave346 · 9 replies
    Daily Star ^ | January 16, 2014 12:58 AM | Kareem Shaheen
    THE HAGUE: Lebanon takes one step closer toward closing the chapter of political violence and unaccountability with the start of the trial at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon today. The STL will hear the prosecution’s case against four Hezbollah members accused of rigging a 2,500 kg truck bomb nine years ago that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 21 others, plunging Lebanon into political turmoil and ending Syria’s formal tutelage over the country.The opening session will be attended by a delegation of the victims and their families, whose hopes hang on the outcome of the trial. Among them is...
  • Jumblatt: Sectarian rancor cannot resolve Hezbollah arms issue

    06/30/2012 6:21:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    The Daily Star ^ | Saturday, June 30, 2012 | unattributed
    Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt said the issue of Hezbollah's arms can only be resolved via the National Dialogue and without resorting to sectarian partisanship, in remarks published Saturday. Commenting on the Sidon sit-in demanding the demilitarization of the resistance party, Jumblatt told An-Nahar: "The defense strategy should be formulated in a stable atmosphere away from tensions and sectarian partisanship." "This issue [Hezbollah's arms] cannot be resolved by blocking roads and disrupting people's lives in Sidon, the south and other areas," he added. On Wednesday, Sheikh Ahmad Assir, a Sidon-based Islamist and critic of Hezbollah's arsenal, blocked the...
  • 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.
  • Another grenade exploded in Tripoli, N.Lebanon

    01/23/2011 6:11:07 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies ^ | Sunday, January 23, 2011 | unattributed
    Another grenade exploded Saturday in the Tripoli wheat market of Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood in the northern Lebanon city of Tripoli , according to local reports... This is the second such incident in the same district within 2 days. Nobody was reportedly injured, but some property was damaged. A grenade exploded outside a Sunni Muslim cemetery in the same impoverished district on Friday evening, without causing any casualties or damage. Some reports pointed to Hezbollah as being behind a terror campaign to assume power in Lebanon. Hezbollah reportedly is exerting pressure on the Tripoli MPs to support its candidate for the...
  • Indictments submitted in ICJ Hariri murder probe (Lebanon)

    01/17/2011 9:36:54 AM PST · by mojito · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/17/2011 | Staff
    The UN tribunal set up to prosecute the assassins of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri says its prosecutor has filed the first indictment in the case, nearly five years after the deadly truck bombing. Details of suspects named and the charges against them have not been released. Tribunal registrar Herman van Hebel said in a statement Monday prosecutor Daniel Bellemare sent the indictments to Judge Daniel Fransen, who must decide whether to confirm or dismiss them or ask for more evidence. Lebanese news sources reported that the indictments focus on Hizbullah members that planned and executed the assassination. Iranian...
  • Lebanese Government Collapses After Hezbollah Ministers Resign

    01/13/2011 5:41:18 AM PST · by a_note
    foxnews ^ | January 12, 2011
    Lebanon's government collapsed Wednesday after Hezbollah and its allies resigned from the Cabinet in a dispute with Western-backed factions over upcoming indictments in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. A U.N.-backed tribunal investigating the truck bombing that killed Hariri and 22 others is widely expected to name members of the Shiite militant group, which many fear could re-ignite sectarian violence that has erupted repeatedly in the tiny nation...The U.S. classifies Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.A White House statement said Obama commended Hariri for his "steadfast leadership and efforts to reach peace, stability and consensus in Lebanon under...
  • 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...
  • Iran offers Hariri help for Lebanese military

    11/28/2010 9:13:29 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 11/28/2010 | AFP via Yahoo News
    Iranian Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi on Sunday told Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri that Tehran was prepared to help the Lebanese army, state television's website reported. "We have stated on several occasions, and we say it again today, that we stand alongside the Lebanese army and are prepared to cooperate" with it, Vahidi said during a meeting with the visiting premier, the report said. In a symbolic move, Vahidi offered Hariri an Iranian-made sub-machine gun Tondar (Thunder), used in urban warfare. Iranian television showed pictures of the gilded weapon which was placed in a wooden box. Hariri for his part...
  • US memos: Iran armed Hezbollah through ambulances

    11/29/2010 2:26:42 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies
    Associated Press via Google News ^ | 11/29/2010 | Associated Press via Google News
    Iranian Red Crescent ambulances were used to smuggle weapons to Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group during its 2006 war with Israel, according to newly leaked U.S. diplomatic memos, which say the "IRC shipments of medical supplies served also to facilitate weapons shipments." According to one of the documents, a person whose name was not published "had seen missiles in the planes destined for Lebanon when delivering medical supplies to the plane." The plane was allegedly "half full" prior to the arrival of any medical supplies, according to the memo. Hezbollah and Israel fought a 34-day war that killed 1,200 Lebanese and...
  • 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...
  • UN tribunal sets off controlled explosion at French military base as part of Hariri probe

    10/20/2010 7:49:39 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 4 replies
    LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands — A U.N. tribunal carried out a controlled explosion Tuesday at a French military base as part of its investigation into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The Special Tribunal for Lebanon said in a statement that the explosion at the Captieux military base in southwest France was watched by a team of international experts who will carry out forensic tests. The court said their results will form part of the investigation, but said Tuesday's blast was not intended to replicate the truck bombing that killed Hariri and 22 other people on Beirut's Mediterranean waterfront...
  • SYRIA: Damascus tightens screws on Lebanon with arrest warrants in Hariri inquiry

    10/05/2010 11:12:00 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 5 replies
    Syria is on the move and throwing its weight around in the Middle East and beyond. On Sunday, a Damascus court issued more than 30 arrest warrants against high-ranking Lebanese and international political and judicial officials in connection with alleged false testimony given in the United Nations-backed inquiry into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, killed in a 2005 car bomb attack at the Beirut seaside, along with 21 others. Among those named were German prosecutor Detrev Melis, who led the initial stages of the investigation, and his aide, Gerhard Lehmann; Lebanese police chief Ashraf Rifi; top...
  • UN: Iran Ordered Rafik Hariri Execution

    12/01/2010 7:34:59 AM PST · by Fennie · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | December 1, 2010 | By Ken Timmerman
    A U.N. investigative body is expected to ignite tensions in the coming weeks when it releases its report on the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Sources familiar with the investigation tell Newsmax that the United Nations Special Tribunal for Lebanon will accuse Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei of giving the order to murder Hariri, and will lay out evidence showing that the murder was committed by Iran's Quds force and their allies, Hezbollah in Lebanon. The order to murder Hariri was transmitted to Imad Mugniyeh, Hezbollah's military leader, by Quds force chief Qassem Suleymani, sources familiar with the...
  • CBC Investigation: Who killed Lebanon's Rafik Hariri?

    11/22/2010 10:41:53 AM PST · by mojito · 6 replies
    CBC News ^ | 11/21/2010 | Neil Macdonald
    It wasn't until late 2007 that the awkwardly titled UN International Independent Investigation Commission actually got around to some serious investigating. By then, nearly three years had passed since the spectacular public murder of Lebanon's former prime minister Rafik Hariri. [....] Among other things, CBC News has learned that: Evidence gathered by Lebanese police and, much later, the UN, points overwhelmingly to the fact that the assassins were from Hezbollah, the militant Party of God that is largely sponsored by Syria and Iran. CBC News has obtained cellphone and other telecommunications evidence that is at the core of the case....
  • If TeaParty's "racist" how come it supports J. Williams & Liberals oppose this African American?

    10/28/2010 4:28:28 PM PDT · by Milagros · 2 replies
    Examples of our 'fictitious' era - from Islamists to liberals Hezbollah: We (Hezbollah/Iran/Syria Axis of evil in the ME) did "not" murder Christian Lebanese leader Rafik Hariri, it's just that we don't "like" the UN investigating us... BBC News - Hezbollah's Nasrallah urges Hariri tribunal boycott Oct 28, 2010 ... Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah urges his countrymen to boycott the UN tribunal into the 2005 killing of former PM Rafik Hariri. Iran: We are finally ready to "negotiate" over our "peaceful" nuclear program, By The Way: "Death to (big Satan) US, Wipe off Israel / Allah Akbar! we...
  • The Timing of a Leak

    05/25/2009 5:35:16 AM PDT · by chaimke · 4 replies · 462+ views
    SpiegelOnline/Freedom's Cost ^ | 05/24/2009 | Chaim
    Nobody doubts, by now, that Syria had a very strong motive for murdering their most powerful and popular foe in Lebanon, Rafik Hariri. But the UN’s International Tribunal may have uncovered something very different… Germany’s SpiegelOnline now has this report: 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 al-Hariri passed by. The explosives ripped a crater two meters deep into the street, and the blast destroyed the local branch of Britain’s HSBC Bank. Body parts were hurled...
  • 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 Receives Hariri Draft Document

    11/11/2006 5:54:31 AM PST · by Valin · 139+ views
    AP ^ | 11/11/06
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, (AP) - Lebanon's government received a draft document from the U.N. on Friday setting up an international tribunal to try suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a government official said. The handover of the final draft by U.N. representative Geir Pedersen to Prime Minister Fuad Saniora sets in motion the process of creating a "tribunal with an international character" as authorized by the U.N. Security Council to try suspects in the bombing that transformed Lebanon. Lebanon's government could convene next week to approve the draft document, the next step in the process. The...
  • Report: al-Qaida, Taliban in Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon

    06/22/2003 10:58:19 AM PDT · by yonif · 6 replies · 268+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun. 22, 2003 | DOUGLAS DAVIS
    The Ain al-Hilwe Palestinian refugee camp in the Lebanese port city of Sidon has been infiltrated by some 200 al-Qaida and Taliban terrorists who are using it as a base for planning and launching attacks, Lebanese intelligence officials told the London-based Sunday Telegraph. The officials blame the terror group, which calls itself Esbat al-Ansar (League of Warriors), for a rocket attack on the Future TV station in Beirut last Saturday night. The blast devastated the newsroom of the station, which is controlled by Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, but caused no injuries as no one was on duty at the...
  • A Year After Hariri, Lebanon Struggles

    02/13/2006 6:12:09 AM PST · by Valin · 1 replies · 103+ views
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, AP - A large billboard on a Beirut street corner bears a picture of Rafik Hariri with a counter ticking off the days since the former prime minister was assassinated and his killers have gone free. The counter will reach 365 on Tuesday. One year later, the aftershocks of the one-ton truck bomb that killed one of the country's most prominent politicians still rattle Lebanon and the Middle East. For Lebanese, the explosion on Feb. 14, 2005 — which also killed 20 others — is known as the "earthquake" that transformed the political landscape beyond imagination. It set...
  • U.N. Seeks Interview With Syrian President

    01/02/2006 7:16:27 AM PST · by Valin · 5 replies · 200+ views
    AP ^ | 1/02/05
    BEIRUT, Lebanon: U.N. investigators want to question Syria's president and foreign minister about the assassination of a former Lebanese leader and have made a request to that effect, a spokeswoman for the probe said Monday. Nasra Hassan, who speaks for a U.N. commission heading the inquiry, also said investigators want to interview former Syrian Vice President Abdul-Halim Khaddam "as soon as possible." Khaddam alleged in a television interview broadcast Friday from Paris that the Syrian president had threatened former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri several months before Hariri was assassinated in a Feb. 14 truck bombing. "The U.N. commission has...
  • Syria’s ruling party dismisses former vice president

    01/01/2006 8:02:20 AM PST · by Valin · 4 replies · 184+ views
    AP ^ | 1/1/06
    DAMASCUS - Syria’s ruling Baath Party has dismissed former Vice President Abdul-Halim Khaddam and demanded that he be tried for high treason, the official news agency SANA reported on Sunday. The decision was announced in a statement issued by the Baath Party’s national leadership, the country’s highest decision-making authority headed by President Bashar Assad. It came a day after parliament recommended that Khaddam be tried for high treason after he claimed Assad had threatened former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri months before his Feb. 14, 2005, assassination.
  • US Vows To Track Down Hijacker Freed Early

    12/22/2005 6:41:54 PM PST · by blam · 26 replies · 1,156+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 12-23-2005 | Anton La Guardia
    US vows to track down hijacker freed early By Anton La Guardia, Diplomatic Editor (Filed: 23/12/2005) The United States has vowed to track down and bring to trial a Lebanese hijacker who has been secretly released after serving 19 years in a German prison for seizing an airliner in 1985 and killing a US navy diver. The Bush administration said it had asked Germany not to release Mohammed Ali Hamadi, who was jailed for life for his role in the hijacking of TWA's Flight 847 from Athens to Rome and the shooting of one of the passengers, Robert Stethem. Despite...
  • Asharq Al-Awsat exclusive interview with U.N Chief investigator, Detlev Mehlis

    12/21/2005 8:56:58 AM PST · by Valin · 1 replies · 166+ views
    Asharq Al-Awsat ^ | 12/21/05 | Ghida Fakhry / Detlev Mehlis
    Asharq Al-Awsat, New York - Asharq Al Awsat exclusively interviews Detlev Mehlis, Head of the United Nations International Independent Investigation Commission established pursuant to Security Council resolution 1595 into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri. FAKHRY: Let me start, firstly, by asking you about the reasons as to why you are leaving the Investigation Commission. Are you not concerned that it might portray the wrong image about where this investigation is headed? MEHLIS: No. As I mentioned before, my leaving has nothing to do with the investigation which is running well. All of the investigators [will] stay....
  • Third mass grave uncovered in Lebanon

    12/05/2005 8:27:54 AM PST · by Valin · 5 replies · 397+ views
    TVNZ ^ | 12/5/05
    Lebanese forces say they have excavated a suspected third mass grave. The find has come a day after they unearthed 25 decomposed corpses in an eastern town that was the headquarters of Syrian intelligence for three decades. Security forces are digging for more bodies at the third site near two other mass graves close to an old onion farm in the eastern town of Anjar. The farm was used by Syrian intelligence as a notorious interrogation centre. Security sources say the 25 bodies found so far are mostly only skeletons in scraps of underwear. The bodies had been in the...
  • U.N. investigator says Syria is trying to obstruct probe into Hariri assassination

    12/01/2005 8:27:31 AM PST · by Valin · 3 replies · 177+ views
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Syria is trying to obstruct the U.N. investigation into the assassination of Lebanon's Rafik Hariri, but it will not succeed, the head of the U.N. commission into the killing of the former prime minister said in remarks published Thursday. Detlev Mehlis was speaking of Syria's repeated television broadcasts of a Syrian witness to the commission who recanted his testimony, claiming he had been bribed to give false evidence by the son of Hariri, Lebanese legislator Saad Hariri. Hariri's aides have denied the allegation. In a rare briefing to Lebanese newspapers, Mehlis said this week's TV appearances...
  • Saudi Arabia Persuades Syria on Hariri Probe

    11/27/2005 8:33:28 AM PST · by Valin · 3 replies · 195+ views
    Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat-Saudi Arabia helped broker a deal between Syria and the United Nations over the questioning of five Syrians about the killing of Rafik al Hariri, Saudi King Abdullah told Asharq Al-Awsat on Saturday. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah said he proposed to French President Jacques Chirac and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan that a U.N. team question the Syrian officials in Geneva or Vienna, rather than in neighboring Lebanon. His comments followed Syria's announcement on Friday that it would allow U.N. investigators led by German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis to question five officials at U.N. offices...
  • Syria agrees to allow U.N. investigators to question its officials in Vienna

    11/26/2005 7:56:49 AM PST · by Valin · 1 replies · 154+ views
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Syria has agreed to allow its officials to be questioned at U.N. offices in Vienna by investigators probing the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a top diplomat said Friday. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Walid Moallem told a news conference Friday that the breakthrough in negotiations with the United Nations came after Syria received "guarantees concerning the rights of the individuals" to be questioned and "reassurances" that its sovereignty would be respected. A U.N. commission mandated by the Security Council is investigating the death of Hariri, who was killed with 20 other people in...
  • UN Summons Syrian Officers in Hariri Probe

    11/06/2005 6:58:04 AM PST · by Valin · 151+ views
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, AP -The chief U.N. investigator into the assassination of a former Lebanese premier, armed with new powers from the Security Council, has summoned six senior Syrian intelligence officers for questioning, a Lebanese official said Saturday. The officers include Syrian President Bashar Assad's brother-in-law. The official, close to the U.N. team investigating former Premier Rafik Hariri's killing, said chief U.N. investigator Detlev Mehlis sent the summons to the Syrian government via the United Nations on Wednesday. Mehlis has sent a letter to Secretary-General Kofi Annan demanding to question at least six Syrian officials, the official told The Associated Press....
  • UN Busted By Microsoft Word

    10/25/2005 1:17:17 PM PDT · by Nalu · 40 replies · 727+ views
    WebProNews Search ^ | 2005-10-25 | David Utter
    UN Busted By Microsoft Word A report on an investigation into the assassination of the former prime minister of Lebanon was meant to withhold names of suspects with ties to Syria. Sometimes it's the painstaking forensic skills of investigators sifting through hard drives and backup tapes that turn technology into evidence against the accused. In the case of the United Nations investigation into an assassination, Microsoft Word's 'Track Changes' feature unveiled the suspects. reported that the UN's secretary general, Kofi Annan, had promised not to change a word of the forthcoming report about the killing of Rafik Hariri. Citing...
  • 'The Source of the Chaos'

    10/24/2005 9:23:13 AM PDT · by Valin · 2 replies · 257+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 10/24/05 | Michael J. Totten
    BEIRUT -- The Lebanese army fully deployed into the streets of Beirut while awaiting the release of U.N. special prosecutor Detlev Mehlis's report on his investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Armored vehicles and heavy artillery were placed in front of possible targets. Neighborhoods formed watch groups. The government suspended gun licenses. The streets were eerily quiet. Many stayed home in case Syrian terrorists lashed out in anger at their former subjects. And now, 250 days after Hariri was killed, the truth -- or at least something that looks like the shape of the truth --...
  • In Chilling U.N. Assassination Report, Fake Assassin and Intricate Plot by Top Syrians

    10/23/2005 11:05:21 AM PDT · by Aristogeiton · 38 replies · 806+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 23, 2005 | JOHN KIFNER
    ...In chilling detail, often reading like a paperback thriller, the United Nations report traces months of plotting by top Syrian intelligence officials - including President Bashar al-Assad's powerful brother-in-law - and their Lebanese proxies that included constant surveillance of Mr. Hariri's movements and the forced recruitment of a fake assassin to make a "suicide tape" to hide the real hands behind the bombing that killed Mr. Hariri in February...
  • President linked to Hariri blast

    10/23/2005 8:46:23 AM PDT · by Valin · 2 replies · 258+ views
    The Australian ^ | 10/23/05 | Martin Chulov
    SECURITY forces yesterday arrested a pro-Syrian militant alleged to have telephoned Lebanese President Emile Lahoud minutes before the country's former prime minister Rafik Hariri was killed by a car bomb in February. The arrest of Mahmoud Abdel-Al intensifies pressure on Mr Lahoud to resign in the face of a damning UN report that accuses Syrian and Lebanese officials aligned to him of conspiring to kill Hariri. Mr Lahoud, a staunchly pro-Syrian head of state, has denied receiving the call, and has appealed for calm across Lebanon in the wake of the report, which is set to reshape the political destinies...
  • U.N. investigator concedes mention of Syrian leader's relatives deleted from Hariri report

    10/22/2005 8:20:55 AM PDT · by Valin · 13 replies · 364+ views
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The lead investigator in the assassination of a top Lebanese politician acknowledged that he deleted references from his report implicating two relatives of Syria's president, raising questions about whether the U.N. tried to soften the inquiry's findings. The report, which accused key Syrian and Lebanese security officials of orchestrating the Feb. 14 bombing that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and 20 others, was nonetheless a stinging rebuke of Damascus' regime. The findings caused an uproar in the region and brought swift denials of involvement from the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. In an...
  • Syria rejects accusations in Hariri probe, calls findings false

    10/21/2005 7:33:06 AM PDT · by Valin · 5 replies · 200+ views
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - An increasingly isolated Syria said on Friday the U.N. report that accused Damascus of approving the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was false, unprofessional and politicized. Anti-Syrian Lebanese politicians applauded the U.N. findings, which did not directly implicate embattled President Bashar Assad, with one lawmaker saying the report was a "clear condemnation" of the joint Syrian-Lebanse security apparatus that controlled the country at the time of Hariri's Feb. 14 assassination. While Assad was not directly tied to the killing, the report does included a single reference to Assef Shawkat, Assad's brother-in-law and the...
  • What If Syria Is Guilty?

    08/30/2005 10:04:43 AM PDT · by Lando Lincoln · 21 replies · 620+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 30 August 2005 | Michael Young
    BEIRUT -- Late last week, Detlev Mehlis, the German prosecutor investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri on behalf of the UN Security Council, released a preliminary report on his inquiry, scheduled to be completed by mid-September. The Western media have given relatively little attention to the investigation; however, if Syria is found guilty, as many observers are beginning to foresee, this could lead to the destabilization of Syria's regime, if not to its actual downfall. The preliminary report did not address the substance of what Mehlis and his team had found, though it did offer details...
  • U.N. Hariri Investigator Seeks More Time

    08/15/2005 11:58:49 AM PDT · by the anti-liberal · 175+ views ^ | Aug 14, 7:38 AM | HUSSEIN DAKROUB
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- The chief U.N. investigator into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is seeking more time to complete his work, a U.N. spokesman said Saturday. The investigator, Detlev Mehlis, is to report to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on August 25 about the bomb explosion that killed Hariri and 20 others as his motorcade was passing through central Beirut on Feb. 14. "In his report, Mr. Mehlis will request an extension of his mission," the U.N. spokesman, Nejib Friji, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. He declined to say how much more time...
  • Syrian arrested for 2003 Future TV blast: Intelligence officer held in Baghdad admits to attack

    05/26/2005 11:23:11 AM PDT · by Cableguy · 4 replies · 446+ views
    A Syrian intelligence officer detained in Baghdad has admitted to launching the missile attack on the late premier Rafik Hariri's Future Television in June 2003, according to Al-Rai al-Aam Kuwaiti newspaper. In an article published on Wednesday, the newspaper said Hussein Ahmad Tah, 32, was arrested by Iraqi police when he was attempting to assassinate employees in an Iraqi public institution. Following his arrest, Tah decided to admit to his previous crimes, among which is the Future TV bombing. Tah said he worked for Syrian intelligence services, adding that he worked for a long time in Lebanon where he perpetrated...
  • Behind Lebanon Upheaval, 2 Men's Fateful Clash

    03/19/2005 11:40:14 AM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 418+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 20, 2005 | NEIL MacFARQUHAR
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 19 - On an unseasonably mild day last August, a small group of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's closest political allies could tell from his flushed face and subdued manner that something awful had happened in the Syrian capital of Damascus, where he had been summoned to a meeting with President Bashar al-Assad. The four men, all Lebanese Parliament members, recalled waiting for him at the Beirut mansion of the Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, in the so-called garden, basically a carport paved with concrete bricks, plus one short orange tree in a faux terra cotta tub. Mr. Hariri...
  • 'Something was going to happen – it was going to be me or him' [Syria killed Rafik Hariri]

    03/17/2005 5:24:01 PM PST · by saquin · 4 replies · 407+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 3/18/05 | Nicholas Blanford, Richard Beeston and James Bone
    An investigation by The Times finds clear evidence that Syria assassinated Rafik Hariri, the Lebanese politician DAYS before Rafik Hariri’s assassination last month, the Lebanese politician had played host to Walid Jumblatt, the Druze leader, at his mansion in west Beirut. Mr Hariri had a warning for his old friend: the Syrians were after them. “He told me that in the next two weeks it was either going to be me or him,” Mr Jumblatt told The Times. “Clearly he thought something was going to happen.” Something did. On February 14 Mr Hariri was killed when 600lb of explosives apparently...
  • The Beirut Tea Party

    03/09/2005 11:08:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 422+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 10, 2005 | THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    OP-ED COLUMNIST The massive pro-Syrian demonstration that the Hezbollah militia mounted on the streets of Beirut on Tuesday underscored just how much all the old slogans and sentiments - anti-Israeli, anti-American, pro-Islamist, sectarian - can be exploited by Syria, Iran and their local proxies to still mobilize popular forces against change. It is also another reminder that the Berlin Wall is falling in the Arab world, but Vaclav Havel, Lech Walesa and the Solidarity trade movement are not on the other side, just waiting to jump into the arms of the West. It is a much more divided, complex, confused...
  • (Pro-Syrian) Lebanese Government Quits

    02/28/2005 10:09:44 AM PST · by anotherview · 21 replies · 1,528+ views
    Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 28 Febraury 2005 | Roee Nachmias and Ali Waked
    Lebanese government quits Prime Minister Omar Karami announces government's resignation amid growing protests in the wake of former Prime Minister Hariri's killing By Roee Nachmias and Ali Waked Lebanon's Syrian-backed Prime Minister Omar Karami, who has been facing growing popular pressure following the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, said on Monday his government was resigning. Resigning Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karami Photo: AFP "Out of concern that the government does not become an obstacle to the good of the country, I announce the resignation of the government I had the honor to lead," Karami told parliament in Beirut....
  • When Camels Fly

    02/20/2005 1:14:54 AM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 628+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 20, 2005 | THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    OP-ED COLUMNIST It's good news, bad news time again for the Middle East. The good news is that what you are witnessing in the Arab world is the fall of its Berlin Wall. The old autocratic order is starting to crumble. The bad news is that unlike the Berlin Wall in central Europe, the one in the Arab world is going to fall one bloody brick at a time, and, unfortunately, Vaclav Havel, Lech Walesa and the Solidarity trade union are not waiting to jump into our arms on the other side. No one is more pleased than I am...
  • 'Hama Rules'

    02/17/2005 7:15:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 418+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 17, 2005 | THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    OP-ED COLUMNIST About two weeks ago, a friend of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri stopped by my office to update me on Lebanon and pass on a message from Mr. Hariri, whom I have known since reporting from Beirut in the late 1970's. The message was that the Lebanese opposition to the Syrian occupation was getting united - inspired both by the example of Iraq and by the growing excesses of the Syrian occupation. Mr. Hariri, his friend said, was planning to use the coming Lebanese parliamentary elections, and a hoped-for victory by the opposition front, to send a...
  • Transforming Terror (The silver lining in the heinous murder of Rafik Hariri.)

    02/17/2005 12:57:22 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 348+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 2/17/2005 | Shawn Macomber
    Somewhere in the shock waves of the terrible explosion that robbed Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and at least 14 innocent bystanders of their lives, there is a sadness-tinged hope for the future. Indeed, the possibility of positive repercussions from this heinous act goes far beyond new pressure on Syria to end its iron fist meddling in Lebanese affairs. It could also very well remove a roadblock to the Israeli/Palestinian peace negotiations; eliminate or reduce a source of funding for the Iraqi insurgency and international terrorism; and help repair the United States' relationship with the European powers. The first...
  • Hariri Funeral Turns Into Anti-Syria Rally

    02/16/2005 12:17:40 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 717+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | February 16, 2005 | HUSSEIN DAKROUB
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - In an unprecedented outpouring of grief and anger, mourners shouted "Syria Out!" as they crowded Beirut's streets Wednesday to bury their former prime minister, Rafik Hariri. Lebanon's pro-Syrian president stayed away, warned not to come by Hariri supporters who blame Damascus for his death. In Syria, government officials were silent as American and U.N. pressure continued to mount. The assassination "angered the international community, and this requires that we shed the light on this heinous, indescribable act," said French President Jacques Chirac, a friend of Hariri's who flew in to offer condolences. The U.S. representative at the...
  • Death of a Salesman (Not A. Miller's)

    02/15/2005 4:20:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 336+ views
    SLATE ^ | Feb. 15, 2005 | Michael Young
    BEIRUT, Lebanon Outside Rafik Hariri's home Monday evening there was no doubt in the minds of mourners most from the former Lebanese prime minister's Sunni Muslim community who had committed the crime. "Syria out," they cried. The same message was echoed inside Hariri's home, where a broad alliance of groups opposed to the Syrian presence in Lebanon, Christian and Muslim, issued a statement holding "the Lebanese regime and the Syrian regime, as the authority having tutelage over Lebanon, responsible for this crime, and for other similar crimes." After the passage was read, Hariri supporters inside the room began shouting, "God...
  • Lebanon's free fall

    04/17/2004 4:11:04 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies · 389+ views
    Straits Times ^ | By Pranay Gupte
    Political bickering, poor governance and economic woes - with foreign debt of $53.7b - weigh down the country THERE'S much about Beirut that recalls Singapore: the greenery, the lively, urban lifestyle, good schools and eating places, a colourful port, low crime. But look again. One in four passers-by is not Lebanese, but Syrian - about a million of them in a nation of barely four million native Lebanese. Some 30,000 Syrian troops man roadblocks. Other Syrians work as labourers in the booming construction business. Some beg. And some - installed in Lebanon's intelligence service - help monitor the movements of...