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Entries from July 2005

Saad Al-Hariri: there are no Syrian intelligence officers in Lebanon

July 26th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

‘Anti-Syrian’ leader Saad Al-Hariri said today that all Syrian intelligence officers had left Lebanon. In the weeks after the Syrian troop withdrawal members of Saad’s coalition – notably Druze leader Walid Jumblatt – repeatedly accused Syria of leaving behind some intelligence agents. But now it seems that has changed. But Saad did add that “we […]

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Saad Al-Hariri: leave Hizbollah alone

July 26th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

After his meeting with the US politicians, Saad Al-Hariri told the international community to leave Hizbollah alone. “We’re a very fragile country and we need to resolve our problems within ourselves,” he said. “We have called and asked for the international community to look at Lebanon and give it time to have a national dialogue […]

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Saad Al-Hariri hints at Lahoud’s involvement in Rafiq’s murder

July 26th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Saad Al-Hariri, leader of the largest coalition in Parliament, and son of murdered Rafiq Al-Hariri, has hinted that President Emile lahoud was behind the murder of his father. Het met a US delegation of Senators for the specific purpose of putting pressure on Lahoud to co-operate with the investigation. “I am not accusing anyone of […]

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Israel prosecutes Syrian hairdressers who want to visit Syria

July 24th, 2005 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

Two Syrians living in the Israel-occupied Syrian Golan Heights have been prosecuted by an Israeli court. 35-year-old Abbas Salah Abu Awad of Bukata and 53-year-old Massoud Mamdouh Wated of the village of Beka el-Gerbiyya were organising a barbers conference in Syria. They planned to seek the help of members of Israel’s secret police who were […]

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Syria puts 7500 troops on the Iraqi border

July 24th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

After months of American complaints, Syria has finally bolstered its border patrol – probably helped by the 14,000 troops who recently returned from Lebanon. But now that Syrian soldiers are guarding the dangerous frontier – 1400 foreign fighters have been caught here by Syria in recent months – Syria is asking America, why aren’t you […]

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Murr: ‘Pressing need to rebuild security structures’

July 24th, 2005 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Lebanon’s Defence Minister Elias Murr has highlighted the incapacity of Lebanon’s security system, weeks after he was targetted in a Beirut car bomb. The pro-Syrian Minister relied on Syrian forces for 15 years to protect his country. But after their hasty withdrawal in April this year, it seems like Lebanon’s police and army aren’t ready […]

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Anyone understand Condaleeza Rice? Spot the difference…

July 23rd, 2005 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

“Good neighbours dont close their borders to their neighbours” – is that the Syrian-Lebanese border or the Syrian-Iraqi border you mean? Which one are we not allowed to close? “Syria is trying to strangle Lebanon economically” – but your sanctions against Syria aren’t designed to strangle Syria, Ms Rice? Thank you for visiting Lebanon – […]

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Syria faces risk from Al-Qaida coming from Iraq, US troops fire at Syrian border guards

July 22nd, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Is this the first hostility between US and Syrian troops, the sign of something to come, the precedent that has been broken? More on that later… Many Salafis have declared that they are on their way from Iraq to Syria to carry out terrorist attacks, according to the government. Syria says it faces problems on […]

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Aoun calls for good relations with Syria

July 21st, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Turncoat/Hypocrit/War-mongerer/Mass-murderer/Opportunist Michel Aoun has called for “normal and balanced” relations with his arch-foe Syria. It comes just two days after he was rejected from joining the government of national unity, which includes opponents and supporters of Syria, right-wing Christians, and Hizbollah. Because of his beliggerance and expansionist thoughts, he was rejected by the mainstream Future […]

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Hariri murder: suspect named

July 20th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

An ally of Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, Mustafa Hamdan, is suspected of the murder of Rafiq Al-Hariri. Hamdan is the head of the presidential guard, and was named by the head of the UN investigation into the murder. In other news, the composition of the new Lebanese government has become clear. 13 of the 24 […]

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