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Entries from April 2005

Syria and Iraq restore diplomatic ties

April 30th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

After a break of 20 years, Syria and Iraq have agreed to restore relations. They’ll re-open communication channels between their governments and open embassies in each other’s capitals. A Syrian ambassador will soon be sent to Baghdad, and an Iraqi will move to Damascus. Ties were broken during Saddam Hussein’s war with Iran in the […]

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Parliamentiary Committee says release Jaja

April 28th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

A Lebanese committee made up of MPs has recommended that Samir Jaja, leader of the Christian ‘Lebanese Forces’ faction be released. He has been imprisoned for 11 years for war crimes committed during the Lebanese Civil War. During his trial – which began in 1994 – he was also accused of bombing a church. He […]

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Who are the opposition?

April 28th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Lebanon’s opposition movement has had many motivations ascribed to it, not least by US President Bush: winds of change – Lebanon has been motivated by Iraq’s democracy. But for the first time, a survey of Opposition members has rejected this. Only 9% of protesters are motivated by Iraq – in fact, slightly more (11%) were […]

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American PBS News: Syria stopping fighters crossing into Iraq

April 27th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Sheikh Ratha Baruth Dulaimi, one of the town’s tribal leaders, has a huge homemade US flag on his front gate. It’s so the Americans don’t bomb me, he says. Sheikh Ratha lives in no-man’s land, the border town of Al-Hiri, just meters away from the Iraqi border – and within sight of a US military […]

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Sectarian violence in Beirut

April 27th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Supporters of the Free Patriotic Movement and Lebanese Forces – two rival Christian groups – touched swords on Sunday night, using knives and metal objects in a fight at the opposition protest camp in Martyrs Square in Beirut. Phalange supporters were also involved. The FPM supporter reportedly said to the LF members: “You will never […]

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Syrian troops out of Lebanon, no Iraqi WMD in Syria

April 27th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

As the Lebanese Army held a ceremony to mark the departure of the final Syrian troops from its land (below) – there were 40,000 five years ago – the Iraq Survey Group published its final report saying it is unlikely there was any transfer of WMD into Syria. It has been a key contention of […]

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"Tomorrow everything will be over"

April 24th, 2005 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

Those are the words of a Syrian officer. Every single Syrian solider and intelligence officer will have left Lebanon by night-fall on Sunday. And that includes the dreaded Anjar base in the Bekaa border region. Syria Chief of Military Intelligence – the dreaded Major General Rustom Ghazale will also be on his way home today. […]

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Amnesty: bring Lebanese attackers to justice

April 23rd, 2005 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

US/European human rights body Amnesty International has condemned the recent attacks on Syrian workers in Lebanon. The bodies of 20 murdered Syrians have passed across the border, many of them killed by violent Lebanese right-wingers in response for the killing of Rafiq Al-Hariri, which they blame on Syria. Amnesty calls for an end to these […]

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Election called, security chiefs quit

April 23rd, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Two main opposition demands were met today. Lebanese prime Minister Najib Al-Miqati has called the election for May 29th. He said that even if Parliament does not approve the date, he will go ahead without their approval. It was feared the pro-Syrian parliament would try to delay the elections. Also today Maj Gen Jamil Sayyed […]

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Grenade injures three in Beirut

April 21st, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Three people have been injured after a grenade exploded in the central Beirut area of Kola. It appears that the target was a cafe popular with labourers. An hour later 200g of TNT exploded in Mamora, a Shia suburb in the south of Beirut. The poor Shia of Lebanon and Palestinians have been the unnamed […]

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