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July 23, 1992 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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March 25, 2013 | By Ben Hubbard, Associated Press
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.
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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.
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April 16, 1989 | By Marc Duvoisin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 6, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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March 7, 2005 | By Charles Krauthammer
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.
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May 15, 2012 | By Ben Hubbard and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press
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.
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May 15, 2011 | By Bassem Mroue, Associated Press
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.
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July 21, 2006 | CHRISTINE M. FLOWERS
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.
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September 13, 1988 | From Inquirer Wire Services
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.
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October 6, 2013 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA As war-displaced Syrians face another harsh winter in windblown camps, Philadelphia groups are collecting "gently used" coats, blankets, shoes, and boots for the refugees. Coordinated locally by the Philadelphia Arab-American Development Corp. (AADC), and with the participation of the city's Al-Aqsa Mosque, Independence Charter School, and Science Leadership Academy, the clothing drive was conceived by students and expanded by Qatar Foundation International (QFI), a Washington-based nonprofit established by the Persian Gulf nation.
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July 24, 2013 | By Michael Birnbaum and Ruth Eglash, Washington Post
BERLIN - The European Union on Monday declared the military wing of Hezbollah a terrorist organization, a move designed to put pressure on the Shiite political and militant group after years of urging from the United States and Israel. The unanimous decision by foreign ministers of the 28-nation EU, confirmed by Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, will place travel restrictions on members of the military wing of Hezbollah and will freeze EU assets associated with that part of the group.
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July 19, 2013 | By Zeina Karam, Associated Press
BEIRUT - Gunmen burst into the first floor apartment of a pro-government Syrian journalist Wednesday, killing him in a hail of nearly 30 bullets in a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Lebanon. The pre-dawn assassination of Mohammed Darrar Jammo is the latest in a series of brazen attacks that have shown the growing vulnerability of the Shiite militant group, which has found itself increasingly on the defensive at home over its decision to back President Bashar Assad in the civil war raging next door.
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July 11, 2013 | By Liz Sly and Ahmed Ramadan, Washington Post
BEIRUT - A bomb detonated in a supermarket parking lot in the mostly Shiite southern suburbs of Beirut on Tuesday, injuring at least 18 people and stirring fears that sectarian tensions unleashed by the conflict in neighboring Syria are reaching Lebanon's capital. The Bir al-Abed area, where the explosion occurred, is a stronghold for the Shiite Hezbollah group, Lebanon's most powerful political and military force. The attack came after weeks of rising tensions spurred by the group's deepening entanglement in the Syrian war. Live footage from the scene showed blazing fires, a huge cloud of smoke and a six-foot-wide crater in the ground.
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June 25, 2013 | By Zeina Karam and Barbara Surk, Associated Press
BEIRUT - Lebanon's third-largest city was turned into a battle zone Monday as the military battled heavily armed followers of an extremist Sunni cleric holed up in a mosque in a southern port city. Residents fled as machine-gun fire and grenade explosions shook the coastal area in one of the deadliest rounds of violence, seen is a test of the weak state's ability to contain the furies unleashed by Syria's civil war. At least 16 soldiers were killed in two days of clashes with armed followers of Ahmad al-Assir, a maverick sheikh whose rapid rise among the ranks of some Sunnis is a symptom of the deep frustration among many who resent the Hezbollah-led Shiite ascendancy to power in Lebanon.
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June 24, 2013 | By Albert Aji and Barbara Surk, Associated Press
DAMASCUS, Syria - Suicide bombers targeted security compounds in Damascus and a car bomb exploded in a pro-regime district there Sunday, killing at least eight people, the latest in a surge of civil war violence in the capital. In northern Syria, a car bomb killed 12 soldiers in Aleppo, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which relies on a network of activists in Syria for information. It had no other details, and the government did not comment. In neighboring Lebanon, meanwhile, fierce clashes erupted between the Lebanese military and supporters of a hard-line Sunni Muslim cleric, in the latest spillover from Syria.
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June 4, 2013 | By Karin Laub, Associated Press
BEIRUT - Syrian rebels and Hezbollah guerrillas battled Sunday in their worst clashes yet inside Lebanon. Syria's foreign minister, meanwhile, rebuffed an appeal by the U.N. and the Red Cross to let humanitarian aid reach thousands of civilians trapped in the rebel-held town of Qusair, under regime attack for the past three weeks. The Red Cross said many of the wounded were not receiving desperately needed medical care. Meanwhile, thousands of Hezbollah militants were massed around the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday, according to rebels and a senior commander in the Lebanese Shiite movement, broadening Hezbollah's backing of President Bashar al-Assad's forces and stoking fears of an imminent assault on the city.
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June 3, 2013 | By Karin Laub, Associated Press
BEIRUT - Eighteen rockets and mortars rounds from Syria slammed into Lebanon on Saturday, the largest cross-border salvo to hit a Hezbollah stronghold since Syrian rebels threatened to retaliate for the Lebanese militant group's armed support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The rockets targeted the Baalbek region, the latest sign that Syria's civil war is increasingly destabilizing Lebanon. On Friday, the Lebanese parliament decided to put off general elections, originally scheduled for June, by 17 months, blaming a deteriorating security situation.
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May 30, 2013 | By Barbara Surk, Associated Press
BEIRUT - Gunmen killed three Lebanese soldiers in a drive-by shooting on a government checkpoint near the Syrian border Tuesday, Lebanon's military said, escalating tensions in a country deeply divided by the civil war next door and fearful of being engulfed by the conflict. Sectarian clashes tied to Syria's war have broken out with increasing regularity in Lebanon, while rockets fired from across the frontier have struck Lebanese border villages with growing frequency. That violence, coupled with the Hezbollah militant group's direct intervention in the Syrian conflict has deeply shaken Lebanon and threatened to throw off the country's precarious sectarian balance.
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May 27, 2013 | By Zeina Karam, Associated Press
BEIRUT - A pair of rockets slammed into a car dealership and a residential building in strongholds of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group in Beirut on Sunday, wounding four people in a new sign that Syria's civil war is increasingly rattling its fragile neighbor. Lebanon's sectarian divide mirrors that of Syria, and Lebanese armed factions have increasingly taken sides in the fighting next door. There was no claim of responsibility for Sunday's rocket attacks, but they struck just hours after Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah vowed to propel Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to victory.
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