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Entries from July 2005

Omar Karami: I will not forgive Jaja

July 20th, 2005 · 15 Comments · Uncategorized

Lebanon’s former Syrian puppet Prime Minister Omar Karami has denounced the release of Lebanese Forces warlord Samir Jaja. Omar’s father Rashid Karami – also a former Prime Minister – was killed by Jaja during the Civil War. He said that Jaja’s release “will not change this fact.” He criticised his former ally Nabih Berri – […]

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1 person dies as Lebanese Forces take to the streets

July 19th, 2005 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

One man has died in Beirut and several others have been injured as supporters of the Lebanese Forces took to the streets of Beirut to celebrate the release of their leader Samir Jaja. He had been serving 4 life sentences for a series of high-profile political murders. Some armed men were arrested when the army […]

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Lebanon finally has a government

July 19th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

After three weeks of wrangling, Parliamentarians have finally agreed who should govern Lebanon. The 24 member cabinet is made of politicians and non-political specialists, and includes one member of Hizbollah for the first time, but Michel Aoun is not taking part. Rejectionist Aoun refused to join the cabinet after he was denied the Justice Ministry. […]

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Explosion in Palestinian camp

July 18th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

An ammunition dump has exploded near the Syria-Lebanon border. The explosion happened in a PFLP-GC base 30 miles east of Beirut, near the village of Qosaya. The PFLP-GC is a leftist Palestinian refugee group. In May a PFLP-GC member fired a gun to warn off UN inspectors. No-one was hurt, and Lebanese officials apologised later, […]

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Lebanese Forces warlord to be released

July 18th, 2005 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Samir Jaja, leader of the Lebanese Forces is to be released from prison. Parliament today voted in favour of granting him amnesty. Hizbollah supported the move, by choosing not to vote against his release. He’ll walk out of jail in a few days, as soon as the Parliamentary bill becomes law, when it is signed […]

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Syria’s new Grand Mufti condemns the Iraqi Resistance

July 18th, 2005 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Syria has a new Grand Mufti, Sheikh Ahmad Badreddin Hassun. In his first statement he has strongly criticised the kidnappings and suicide bombings in Iraq. He said he is working with all Muslim sects to prevent the growth of fundamentalism. “I am in contact with the Sunni and Shiite associations of Ulama (Muslim scholars) in […]

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Lebanese PM searches for unity, but Jumblatt wants Lahoud to quit, Hariri wants his party in government, and there’s no space for Aoun

July 16th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Shifting sands in Beirut as Fouad Siniora tries to form his fourth government since being elected less than a month ago. He tried to form a government made up of non-politicians – a radical idea, but one which would get the difficult job done in Lebanon without playing political games. But his power-master Saad Al-Hariri […]

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Syria blogs itself

July 16th, 2005 · No Comments · Uncategorized

A raft of new Syrian blogs have appeared. Josh Landis reports that there were only 5 Syrian blogs at the start of the year. But 2005 wouldn’t be just any old year in the history of Syria – this is how Ayman marked the turn of the year. In the following months, 60 new blogs […]

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Assasination attempt on pro-Syrian Minister in Beirut

July 12th, 2005 · 16 Comments · Uncategorized

A car bomb has exploded in Beirut, narrowly missing Defence Minister Elias Al-Murr. It is the first bomb to target an openly pro-Syrian politician. Until now, all of the assasinations had been targetted against people who worked against Syrian involvement in Lebanon. But Elias Al-Murr is a staunch ally of Damascus. The Defence Minister is […]

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Syria deports 1300 ‘terrorists’

July 11th, 2005 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

Syria has removed 1300 terrorists from the country. All of them are of Arab origin – from the Gulf, Tunisia and Algeria. Last week Syria battled militants in Damascus and Homs in which a number of Syrian soldiers were killed. Some of the militants were arrested and are wanted in Jordan on charges of terrorism. […]

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