July 23, 1992 |
Secretary of State James A. Baker III met Lebanese leaders in eastern Lebanon today, the first visit by a U.S. Secretary of State to Lebanon since 1983, Voice of Lebanon radio said. The radio said President Elias Hrawi, Prime Minister Rashid al-Solh and Foreign Minister Faris Bouez were meeting Baker in the town of Zahle, 33 miles east of Beirut. Zahleh, a predominantly Christian town, sits on a hill nine miles west of the Syrian border. Baker has been in the Syrian capital of Damascus, and was also scheduled to go to Saudia Arabia today.
March 25, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Lebanon's prime minister resigned Friday due to an impasse over a new election law and the cabinet's refusal to extend the tenure of the national police chief. Najib Mikati's resignation comes at a time of rising tensions and sporadic violence in Lebanon largely linked to the civil war in Syria. Lebanon and Syria share a complex network of political and sectarian ties that are often inflamed, and many fear that the war in Syria will bring violence to Lebanon. These tensions have roiled Lebanon's fragile political scene as well.
February 1, 1986
In the midst of Lebanon's renewed civil war it is difficult to focus on individual tragedies. But of all the tragic Lebanese hostage victims of terrorists few cases are more pathetic than the two Beirut Jews murdered by militant Muslims in December. Neither Haim Cohen, a department store accountant, nor Isaac Tarrab, an elderly professor, had any involvement in partisan Lebanese politics nor in the Arab-Israeli conflict. On the contrary, they were two of a tiny handful of Jews remaining in Lebanon out of a community that remained vibrant and active until the last decade.
April 16, 1989 |
Thirteen years ago, Syrian President Hafez el-Assad sent his army into Lebanon to prevent an alliance of left-wing Muslim militias and Palestinian guerrillas from toppling the Christian-led government. Since then, Assad has brought his frail, faction-ridden neighbor firmly under Syrian control, cleverly playing the sectarian warlords off against one another to maintain a semblance of order and a rough balance of power. Last month, Maj. Gen. Michel Aoun, the Christian commander of the Lebanese army, upset this fragile equilibrium by imposing a blockade on Muslim- controlled ports.
February 6, 1987 |
Pressured by allies to back off from a confrontation in Lebanon, the United States has reduced the size of a naval force assembled in the eastern Mediterranean, Pentagon officials said yesterday. But the officials also said that 15 ships of the Sixth Fleet would remain on patrol off Lebanon, where U.S. hostages held by extremists have been threatened with death if the United States attacks. The Pentagon officials, who asked not to be identified, said yesterday that the shift was designed to cool tensions raised by reports that the United States was planning a military move to free the hostages.
March 7, 2005 |
Revolutions do not stand still. They either move forward or they die. We are at the dawn of a glorious, delicate, revolutionary moment in the Middle East. It was triggered by the invasion of Iraq, the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, and televised images of 8 million Iraqis voting in a free multiparty election. Which led to the obvious question throughout the Middle East: Why Iraqis and not us? To be sure, the rolling revolution began outside the Middle East with the Afghan elections, scandalously underplayed in the American media.
May 15, 2012 |
TRIPOLI, Lebanon - Firing assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, Lebanese gunmen clashed in street battles Monday as sectarian tensions linked to the 14-month-old uprising in Syria bled across the border for a third day. At least five people have been killed and 100 wounded in Lebanon's second-largest city since the gun battles erupted late Saturday, security officials said. Residents say differences over Syria are at the root of the fighting, which pits neighbor against neighbor and raises fears of broader unrest that could draw in neighboring countries.
May 15, 2011 |
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hundreds of Syrians fled to neighboring Lebanon on Saturday to escape the violent crackdown against an antigovernment uprising that has claimed the lives of more than 800 civilians, Lebanese security officials and a leading human-rights group said. President Bashar al-Assad, meanwhile, reportedly has set up a committee to lead a dialogue with the opposition, the latest offer by the regime as it struggles to end the unrest threatening his family's 40-year-old dynasty.
July 21, 2006 |
THE LEBANESE and the Israelis are similar tribes. Both have been in the crosshairs of terrorists, Lebanon from within, Israel from without. While the Muslim world has actively called for the destruction of Israel, it has worked in a more subversive way to undermine the sovereignty of Lebanon. This country, divided between Christians, Druse and Muslims, has been brought to heel by Islamic radicals in league with Syria to transform what was once a symbol of democracy into a puppet of terror-loving Damascus.
September 13, 1988 |
An American engineer who was kidnapped in Lebanon overpowered his captors and then, with the help of Syrian troops, escaped to Damascus yesterday, Lebanon radio and U.S. officials said. A source close to the Syrian Foreign Ministry confirmed that the American was delivered to the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, but said he was rescued by Syrian troops who overpowered his kidnappers after finding out where he was being held in Lebanon. The discrepency in the reports could not immediately be reconciled.