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Entries from May 2007

UN votes for Hariri tribunal

May 30th, 2007 · 22 Comments · Lebanon

The UN has voted to create a tribunal to investigate the Hariri murder. It will be established under Chapter 7, which refers to threats to international peace and security. It is the first time an inquiry into an assassination has been set up under Chapter 7. It comes after the Lebanese parliament failed to support […]

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US ends committee aimed at pressuring Syria

May 26th, 2007 · 11 Comments · Uncategorized

Last year, Bush set up the Iran-Syria Policy and Operations Group. Its aim: to support Syrian opposition groups, like Frank Ghadry, to block Syria’s access to money, and to send weapons to Syria’s enemies. Bush has now closed the committee down, in another sign of the thaw between the US and Syria. Last year, the […]

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Bus crash in northern Syria kills 14

May 25th, 2007 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

14 people have died after an Iraqi bus crashed on the Aleppo to Raqqa highway. 20 others are injured. The bus had just crossed the border from Iraq, and was travelling on the wrong side of the road. The Aleppo to Raqqa highway is one of the country’s accident hotspots.

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Hizbollah stays silent on Lebanon violence

May 24th, 2007 · 3 Comments · Lebanon

Hizbollah is tacitly backing the Lebanese army’s attempts to destroy Al Qaeda inspired Fateh Al Islam. They have many reasons for this stance: Fateh Al Islam’s stated goal is to defend the Sunnis, against what they perceive as the heretical Shias represented by Hizbollah. Fateh Al Islam is also dangerously anti-Syrian – they have carried […]

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Even Bush isn’t blaming Syria for the Lebanon violence

May 24th, 2007 · No Comments · Lebanon

White House spokesman Tony Snow was pressed by journalists to finger Syria for the violence in Lebanon, between an Al Qaeda inspired group, and the Lebanese army. Tony Snow said he ‘did not know’ whether Syria was involved. Even Bush isn’t blaming Syria.

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Explosion near Beirut injures 5 people

May 24th, 2007 · No Comments · Lebanon

The third explosion in four days has hit a town east of Beirut. 5 people have been injured in the blast in the Druze town of Aley. It was in a suitcase in the entrance of a residential building.

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Help the Nahr Al Bared victims

May 23rd, 2007 · 2 Comments · Lebanon

A group of students and bloggers are taking supplies to the refugees caught in the crossfire in northern Lebanon. If you can give ANYTHING, please visit this.

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Lebanon begs US for help

May 23rd, 2007 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

The Lebanese Army has submitted an ‘urgent request’ for more military aid. It will fuel fears that the current campaign in a Palestinian refugee camp is being carried out on behalf of the US. Just weeks ago, US investigative journalist Seymour Hersh said that the US had increased funding to the Lebanese Army to carry […]

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Refugees compare Lebanese Army’s treatment of them, with Israeli Army 25 years ago

May 23rd, 2007 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Anisa Ismail, an evacuee: “This is history repeating itself. It’s like the [Israeli] massacre at Sabra and Shatila. I lost my sister there. If they just want to hit Fatah al-Islam why are they cutting off the food and water and besieging us like this?”

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Blog responses to the fighting in Lebanon

May 23rd, 2007 · No Comments · Lebanon

Qunfuz: “Lebanese government officials and large sections of the media are blaming the Syrian regime, without providing any proof. It’s true that Fatah al-Islam’s parent organisation was Syrian sponsored, a creation of the divisions among the Lebanese-based Palestinians following the expulsion of PLO forces by Israel in 1982, but Fateh al-Islam broke away from the […]

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