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Hezbollah accuses Future of ’embracing terrorists’

Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc Thursday accused theFuture Movement of “embracing” jihadi groups based in Lebanon’s northeastern border region. “The rhetoric by some in the Future Movement comes in the context of creating trouble and [distorting] truth,” the Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc said in a statement after its weekly meeting. “It will not succeed to provide cover to their party’s involvement ...

Army foils daily infiltration attempts on eastern borders: Kahwagi

The Lebanese Army prevents daily attempts by Islamist militants to infiltrate through Lebanon’s eastern borders and is prepared to defend the country against any attack, military chief Gen. Jean Kahwagi said Thursday. “The exceptional circumstances that the country is experiencing and the internal disputes… will not at all affect the determination of the Army to protect civil peace and coexistence ...

Army arrests 5 fugitives in north Lebanon

Security forces arrested five fugitives in different areas of north Lebanon Thursday at checkpoints and in house raids, security sources said. Lebanese fugitive Bassem al-Asmar, wanted over several arrest warrants, was arrested by the Army in al-Arour Street in the Tripolineighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh, one source said, without specifying the nature of the charges. Police also arrested two people in ...

Lebanon reiterated the right to liberate villages occupied by Israel

Lebanon Monday reiterated its right to liberate the remaining villages still occupied by Israel since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. In a statement to mark the 15th anniversary of the withdrawal of Israeli forces from most of south Lebanon, the Foreign Ministry underscored “Lebanon’s right to liberate the remaining territory still under Israeli occupation by all legitimate means.” The ministry, the ...

Hezbollah said Syria ‘will kill’ Hariri, STL hears

Just weeks before Rafik Hariri was assassinated, two high-ranking Hezbollah officials expressed shock that the former prime minister had refused requests made by the Syrian government, Hani Hammoud told the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Wednesday. Hammoud, who served as a media adviser to Hariri, said in early January 2005 that veteran journalist Nassir al-Asaad approached him saying he wanted to ...

Aoun’s presidential initiative hits dead end

MP Michel Aoun’s latest initiative to resolve the yearlong presidential crisis appeared Wednesday to have reached a dead end, with the Future Movement, backed by its March 14 allies, opposing any constitutional amendment to allow for the president to be elected directly by the people. The development comes as MPs from Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc met Wednesday with lawmakers ...

Army pounds militant positions on Arsal’s outskirts

The Lebanese Army pounded militant positions on the outskirts of the northeastern town of Arsal Sunday, killing and wounding a number of them, security sources said. A security source said the Army shelled the militants’ positions in Al-Masyada and Dahr al-Jabar on Arsal’s outskirts with artillery and rockets, killing and wounding of a number of militants. The casualties were taken ...

Hezbollah targets rebel pockets around Qalamoun peak

Hezbollah and the Syrian army Thursday swept areas surrounding the Qalamoun region’s highest peak for “remaining pockets” of jihadis, one day after capturing the strategic territory in fierce fighting that left dozens of militants dead. Hezbollah-owned Al-Manar TV said that Hezbollah and the Syrian army were “clearing” areas around Tallit Moussa and the nearby Jabal al-Barouh for rebel fighters. Al-Manar ...

Assad knew about Samaha plot, video indicates

A video broadcast by Lebanese TV channels Thursday showed former minister Michel Samaha and undercover police informant Milad Kfoury discussing plans to carry out explosions, indicating that Syrian President Bashar Assad was aware of the operation. Both MTV and LBCI broadcast videos showing a conversation between Kfoury and Samaha, during which Samaha talks about the quantities of explosives that he ...

Lebanon would lose loans provided by the World Bank

Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil warned Monday that Lebanon would lose the $600 million soft loan provided by the World Bank if Parliament fails to meet and approve the draft budget soon. “We should put Parliament back to work, and we in the Finance Ministry are especially aware of the harm that comes from the absence of legislation,” Khalil said ...