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London's suicide bombers or train Islamic militants that blew up restaurants/nightclubs in Bali or trained Pakistanis to murder re Mumbai, 9/11..
Cool. Proof would be nice..
This UN "investigation" is nothing more than a deliberate destabilising measure ...
... Remember to always look at who benefits from any event - that almost always points to the real culprit or intent.
Syria, whilst claiming innocence, and probably rightfully so, was forced to pull it's forces out of Lebanon due to the backlash.
Soon after, Israel launched it's attack against Lebanon
(including Hezbollah, which is after all a Lebanese defence militia)
Israel is itching for another go as it needs the land and, more importantly, fresh water sources.
So, after unsuccessfully blaming Syria and failing to capitalise on the engineered situation, they have to change tack. Hence the shift in blame for Hariri's assassination being the work of Hezbollah.
Nasrallah: There will never be war between Sunnis, Shiites
The United Nations is reducing its presence in southern Lebanon following the impending political crisis: Lebanese daily al-Akhabar, which is affiliated with Hezbollah, reported Friday that UNIFIL forces have limited their patrols along the southern border with Israel, fearing a looming civil strife.
1:15pm Hariri left Ankara for Beirut.
10:50am LF MP Antoine Zahra to al-Jadid: Hariri will most probably be nominated PM again. He was targeted because of his stance from the STL.
Officials have told AFP the pact proposed a trade-off: Hizbullah will not resort to violence if Hariri agrees to reject the STL accusations.
Nasrallah, who has made it clear he would not sit idle should any Hizbullah members be indicted, is expected to address the latest political crisis in coming days.
Ahead of Monday's consultations, Hizbullah said it would nominate a premier with "a history of resistance," but stopped short of giving names.
"We will meet on Sunday to make the decision we find appropriate," MP Abbas Hashem, a member of the Hizbullah-led parliamentary alliance, told AFP.
"We respect Saad Hariri's inability to face the crisis, seeing as he said he was not keen on holding on to premiership as he said he was not stick to lead the government."
Hizbullah Secretary-General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Thursday held talks with Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat, in the presence of caretaker Public Works and Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi and Hizbullah security chief Wafiq Safa, Hizbullah's Media Unit announced in a statement.
Talks tackled "the latest political developments in Lebanon, the outcome of the Syrian-Saudi efforts and the resignation of the Opposition ministers from the government," the statement added.
Two grenades hurled at office of party allied with Hezbollah in Lebanon (Haaretz)
Turkey president: Relations with Israeli government worst in countries history (Ch.10)
Lebanon's ousted prime minister returned to Beirut today despite calls for him to remain in exile by opposition members who caused his government to collapse.
Saad Hariri, the former leader who is acting in a caretaker role after 11 ministers walked out of his cabinet two days ago, is likely to re-nominate himself in a leadership ballot scheduled for Monday, in which opposition members are expected to put forward several pro-Syrian candidates.
Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said on Friday that the country's rival political factions had no alternative to dialogue after the collapse of his "unity government" this week.
"There is no alternative for all of us to dialogue, and no side in Lebanon will be able to eliminate the other," Hariri said in his first public comments since Hezbollah and its allies resigned and brought down the government on Wednesday.
However, Uzi Landau, a member of Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu's cabinet, spoke on Israeli radio Thursday and warned that Israel is prepared to hit hard if Hezbollah strikes at Israeli interests.
The original story, as most media tell it, goes something like this: Hezbollah attacked an Israeli border patrol station, killing six and taking two soldiers hostage. The incident happened on the Lebanese/Israel border in Israeli territory. The alternate version, as explained by several news outlets, tells a bit of a different tale: These sources contend that Israel sent a commando force into southern Lebanon and was subsequently attacked by Hezbollah near the village of Aitaa al-Chaab, well inside Lebanon's southern territory. It was at this point that an Israel tank was struck by Hezbollah fighters, which resulted in the capture of two Israeli soldiers and the death of six.
As the AFP reported, "According to the Lebanese police force, the two Israeli soldiers were captured in Lebanese territory, in the area of Aitaa al-Chaab, near to the border with Israel, where an Israeli unit had penetrated in middle of morning." And the French news site www.VoltaireNet.org reiterated the same account on June 18, "In a deliberated way, [Israel] sent a commando in the Lebanese back-country to Aitaa al-Chaab. It was attacked by Hezbollah, taking two prisoners."
The Associated Press departed from the official version as well. "The militant group Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers during clashes Wednesday across the border in southern Lebanon, prompting a swift reaction from Israel, which sent ground forces into its neighbor to look for them," reported Joseph Panossian for AP on July 12. "The forces were trying to keep the soldiers' captors from moving them deeper into Lebanon, Israeli government officials said on condition of anonymity."
And the Hindustan Times on July 12 conveyed a similar account:
"The Lebanese Shi'ite Hezbollah movement announced on Wednesday that its guerrillas have captured two Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon. 'Implementing our promise to free Arab prisoners in Israeli jails, our strugglers have captured two Israeli soldiers in southern Lebanon,' a statement by Hezbollah said. 'The two soldiers have already been moved to a safe place,' it added. The Lebanese police said that the two soldiers were captured as they 'infiltrated' into the town of Aitaa al-Chaab inside the Lebanese border."
Whether factual or not, these alternative accounts should at the very least raise serious questions as to Israel's motives and rationale for bombarding Lebanon.
MSNBC online first reported that Hezbollah had captured Israeli soldiers "inside" Lebanon, only to change their story hours later after the Israeli government gave an official statement to the contrary.
The UN Tribunal for Lebanon will publish its findings on Monday, Lebanese Labor Minister Boutros Harb stated on Saturday.
According to estimates, the report will name 2-6 members of Hezbollah in connection to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri
"We did not think that the capture would lead to a war at this time and of this magnitude. You ask me if I had known on July 11 ... that the operation would lead to such a war, would I do it? I say no, absolutely not," he said.
Israel, the UN, the EU, the G8, the US, and prominent news agencies, including Al Jazeera, have characterized the Hezbollah action as "cross-border" (and therefore an act of war under international law), although allegedly the Lebanese police, and later Hezbollah, stated that the Israeli soldiers were abducted on the Lebanese side of the border "during a mission to infiltrate the town of Ayta ash-Shab."
expressed “deep alarm” at the spiral of violence, sparked by Wednesday's kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah fighters crossing the Blue Line between Israel and Lebanon.
many Lebanese are divided over Hezbollah's capture of two Israeli soldiers. Some politicians have expressed doubt about or condemned Hezbollah's cross-border raid on Wednesday
I would be open minded when reading anything from Presstv. Its the offical Iranian Government news source and has been known to leave out pertinent information.
Future News: Future bloc announces PM Saad Hariri as candidate for premiership
6:02pm Aoun: Lebanon cannot continue with the Hariri policy which is destroying Lebanon.
6:00pm Aoun in a message to Jumblat: He cannot split himself otherwise he would be returning to the wrong position.
First U.S. ambassador in 5 years arrives in Syria (AP)
Lebanese official: Hariri indictment to be submitted in 48 hours (DPA)
Turkey PM Erdogan to hold talks on Lebanon crisis in Syria (Reuters)
Report: Syria tells students studying in Lebanon to leave country over fear of riots (Ch.10)
Report: Iran to acquire 3 nuclear bombs in 2013, one of which meant for Hezbollah (Ch. 10)
- We supported Saudi-Syrian efforts to defuse tensions in Lebanon. We gambled on it along with everyone who wanted what is good for Lebanon.
- The talks were launched, although some in Lebanon denied that ideas were floated [to resolve the impasse].
- I want to be very clear regarding the issue, [so] no one presents any made-up stories to the people.
- From the beginning, Saudi Arabia was very clear. [Riyadh] said that the STL cannot be abolished. We said that we understand this fact.
- Also, Saudi Arabia said that the STL’s indictment cannot be abolished. We also understood this fact. Saudi Arabia was not able to [convince] the US and Israel to cancel [the indictment].
- The issue we [wanted] was : 1- To postpone the issue of the indictment and 2- To contain the repercussions of the indictment.
- We refuse the indictment and believe that we are targeted by it.
- The results of the talks reached the following: How to neutralize Lebanon:
- The cabinet meets and withdraws the Lebanese judges from the STL,
- Lebanon stops funding the tribunal
- Lebanon’s agreement with the STL is abrogated
- It is not the job of the Lebanese government to arrest those indicted by the STL.
- If we had agreed to these three [conditions], we would be preventing conflict in Lebanon.
- We want to reach a middle ground. We were informed by Saudi Arabia that they and Hariri agree on these 3 conditions.
- In return, they stated that other [conditions] should be fulfilled by the March 8 coalition.
- They told us these conditions… the atmosphere [at first] was positive.
- The medical condition of the Saudi king slowed down the [progress of the talks].
- A couple of weeks ago, we were told [by Saudi Arabia] that the king is adamant about the compromise.
- We were told that PM Saad Hariri was going to travel to the US for further talks. He even made a statement before he traveled to the US announcing that a [Saudi-Syrian] agreement had been reached… although he held [March 8] responsible [for not implementing its terms].
- Hariri traveled to the US and out of nowhere, Saudi Arabia contacted Damascus, telling it that it cannot carry out the efforts and that the talks have suddenly stopped.
- We were also informed that the STL’s indictment will be issued soon.
8:43pm Nasrallah: The U.S. and the Israelis have been rejecting the S-S agreement since the beginning.
WASHINGTON -- Israel has tested a computer worm believed to have sabotaged Iran's nuclear centrifuges and slowed its ability to develop an atomic weapon, The New York Times reported Saturday.
In what the Times described as a joint Israeli-U.S. effort to undermine Iran's nuclear ambitions, it said the tests of the destructive Stuxnet worm had occurred over the past two years at the heavily guarded Dimona complex in the Negev desert.