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Date: 25 August 2006

Syria takes hard line against forces on its border with Lebanon
Mainichi Daily News – Japan
… Cabinet voted late Thursday to ask Germany for the technical means
to help Lebanese troops patrol the country’s coast and its border with
Syria to prevent the …

Livni: Syria must respect Lebanon’s sovereignty
Jerusalem Post – Israel
Syria must respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and an arms embargo imposed on
Hizbullah guerrillas, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said Friday, in response
to Syria’s …

US warns Syria to observe arms embargo
Dunton Springs Evening Post – Dunton Springs,Colorado,USA
WASHINGTON – The US warned Syria on Thursday to abide by a United Nations
arms embargo meant to stop Hezbollah from resupplying after its monthlong
war with …

ACT News Update, Lebanon: ACT member delivers supplies to village …
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
… quarter of a million individuals, forced from their homes by fighting
between Hezbollah and Israel, have already returned to their homes in
the south of Lebanon …

France Pledges Lebanon Troops; UN Tries to Form Force (Update3)
Bloomberg – USA
… 25 (Bloomberg) — France will add 1,600 soldiers to its unit in Lebanon,
boosting United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan’s moves to form a
peacekeeping …

UN’s Annan says confident will get Lebanon troops
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
… UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Friday he was confident he
would raise 15,000 troops from Europe and elsewhere for a UN peacekeeping
force in Lebanon. …

EU foreign ministers discuss details of UN force in Lebanon – Lyon,France
The makeup and mechanism of the UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon are up
for discussion among EU foreign ministers in Brussels today. …

Belgium to make strong Lebanon force pledge – PM
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
… announce a substantial contribution of troops to an expanded UN force
policing the truce between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas in Lebanon,
Prime Minister Guy …

German investigators join questioning of bomb plot suspect in …
Mainichi Daily News – Japan
BERLIN — German officials were arriving in Lebanon Friday to join questioning
of a key suspect in the failed bombing of two trains, as the search continued

Livni: Time for Syria to free Lebanon
Ynetnews – Israel
In light of France’s announcement on Thursday that it will boost its contribution
of troops to a UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, European Union foreign,7340,L-3295614,00.html

Pressure on EU over Lebanon peace force – UK
Emergency talks are being held by EU foreign ministers amid growing pressure
for them to commit more troops to a UN peacekeeping force. (Picture: Reuters).

Indonesia preparing budget for peacekeeping mission to Lebanon
People's Daily Online – Beijing,China
The Indonesian government is preparing financial budget for the planned
peacekeeping mission to Lebanon to be consulted with the parliament, an
official said …

Poll: 63 per cent think Olmert should resign over Lebanon war
Raw Story – Cambridge,MA,USA
Tel Aviv- A clear majority of Israelis believe their prime minister, Ehud
Olmert, should resign over his handling of Israel’s offensive in Lebanon,
a poll …

Syria draws a line at the border
Asia Times Online – Kowloon,Hong Kong
… The minister was referring to the Syria-Lebanon border, which is considered
by many in Lebanon and the international community to be the only source
from which …

Focus on Iran and Syria
Newsday – Long Island,NY,USA
Buoyed by Hezbollah’s perceived rise in stature within the Mideast after
the Lebanon war, the group’s main supporters – Iran and Syria – are feeling
their oats …

The peacekeeping challenge in south Lebanon
Yahoo! News – USA
United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) – presently only a skeleton
apparatus of some 2,000 soldiers – with thousands of additional soldiers.

LEBANON: Reconstruction effort begins
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
… Analysts have estimated that the damage done to Lebanon’s overall infrastructure
could be anywhere between US $3 billion and $15 billion. …

INTERVIEW-Lebanon must bet on UN, not outside power-Gemayel
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
BIKFAYA, Lebanon, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Lebanon should cling to the UN Security
Council to avoid being sucked into the orbit of any outside power as it
emerges …

Galloway to host radio show from Lebanon
Scotsman – United Kingdom
MAVERICK politician George Galloway is set to broadcast live from Lebanon
on Edinburgh radio station Talk 107 this weekend. The …

EU foreign ministers discuss Lebanon peacekeeping force – Bray,Ireland
EU foreign ministers are meeting in Brussels today to discuss the contribution
of troops to the UN peacekeeping force being deployed in south Lebanon.

Olmert support fades as UN troops land in Lebanon
Times Online – UK
… to resign, an Israeli newspaper poll found today, a reflection of the
widespread perception that Israel failed in its war against Hezbollah
in southern Lebanon …,,251-2328685,00.html

Chirac, Merkel demand that Israel lift Lebanon blockade
Monsters and – Glasgow,UK
Paris – French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Angela Merkel
on Friday demanded that Israel lift its sea and air blockade of Lebanon.

UN says bombs litter areas of Lebanon
Houston Chronicle – United States
BEIRUT, Lebanon — Unexploded cluster bomb litter homes, gardens and highways
in south Lebanon, the UN said Friday, as the State Department reportedly

Sending Troops to Lebanon…
Zaman Online – Istanbul,Turkey
The debate and uncertainty regarding the issue of Turkey participating
in the UN peace force to be sent to Lebanon continues. In …

Germany sees “very unconstructive” signals from Syria
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
PARIS, Aug 25 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday
Syria was sending signals which were unhelpful in resolving the conflict
between …

Middle East Syria versus Iran
Morocco Times – Casablanca,Morocco
By Alon Ben-Meir | Morocco TIMES. Syria and Iran’s long-term alliance is
based more on circumstance than common strategic interests. …

Livni: Syria Should Respect Lebanon’s Independence
Zaman Online – Istanbul,Turkey
Syria should respect Lebanon’s independence and the weapons embargo imposed
on Hezbollah guerillas, Israel Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said. …
Subject: Google Alert – lebanon

Europe Pledges 4,000 Troops for Lebanon
New York Times – United States
25 — More than 4,000 European troops have been pledged to the expanded
United Nations peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, and more commitments
are …

EU Pledges Up to 7,000 Soldiers for Lebanon Peacekeeping Force
Bloomberg – USA
… 25 (Bloomberg) — European Union governments pledged between 6,500
and 7,000 soldiers for the Lebanon peacekeeping force, boosting United
Nations efforts to …

Analysis: Hezbollah and the Lebanon bill
Monsters and – Glasgow,UK
UNITED NATIONS, United States (UPI) — As the international community debates
the cost of rebuilding Lebanon`s war-ravaged south, Hezbollah, the militant
group …

Israeli Politics after the War in Lebanon
Voice of America – USA
In Israel, public anger is growing over the conduct of the war in Lebanon,
and many army reservists are calling for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s
resignation. …

German bomb suspect may have al Qaeda link: Lebanon
Washington Post – United States
… A Lebanese suspect has confessed to placing a bomb on a German train
and investigations indicate that he might be linked to al Qaeda, Lebanon’s
Acting Interior …

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
(AGI) – Rome, Aug 25 – Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alima repeated today
that he doesn’t consider Hezbollah merely a terrorist group. …

UN: Cluster Bombs Litter South Lebanon
ABC News – USA
… day-long Israeli forces’ offensive, can be seen on the middle of the
road in the outskirts of the southern border village of Alma El Saab,
Lebanon, Thursday Aug …

Lebanon exodus must continue, says De Castro
Manila Standard Today – Philippines
Alert level 4 must be maintained and the mandatory evacuation of Filipino
Workers in Lebanon should continue despite the prevailing ceasefire between
Israeli …

Syria cuts power supplies to Lebanon
Jerusalem Post – Israel
Syria has cited technical problems for its decision to cut power supplies
to Lebanon, which was already suffering from severe electricity rationing
after the …

Syria Must Not Avoid Investigation
All Headline News – USA
Beirut, Lebanon (AHN) – France has warned Syria to be careful of using
the conflict in Lebanon as a way out of the ongoing investigation into
the murder of …

Stalking Syria By Christopher Kremmer – India
… The Israeli warplanes that demolished a base once used to train Palestinian
militants didn’t just catch Syria’s air defences napping; they exposed
the …

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
25 – The cabinet meeting has been convoked for Monday 28 August at 5 pm
for the decree on cooperation in Lebanon and the participation of an Italian
military …

EU to provide ‘backbone’ of Lebanon force – Brussels,Belgium
… of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Friday (25 August) saw member
states commit up to 9,000 troops to a UN force to oversee the fragile
ceasefire in Lebanon …

Prodi says Italy troops may go to Lebanon Tuesday
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
BOLOGNA, Italy, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Italian troops could head off to Lebanon
as part of a UN peace force as early as next Tuesday, Prime Minister Romano
Prodi …

UNHCR in full distribution of relief items in southern Lebanon
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
TYRE, Lebanon, August 25 (UNHCR) – Each day now convoys of UNHCR trucks
carrying relief supplies wind their way through the hills of southern
Lebanon to …

EU nations to provide core of Lebanon force
Reuters – USA
… UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Friday European nations would
provide the backbone of a 15,000-strong United Nations peace force for
Lebanon and he had …

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
… 25 – General Fabrizio Castagnetti was appointed by Defence Minister
Arturo Parisi to take charge of the strategic unit at the UN for the Lebanon
peace mission. …

Turkey against sending troops to Lebanon
SABC News – Auckland Park,South Africa
Ahmet Necdet Sezer, the Turkish president, was quoted as saying he opposed
sending Turkish troops to Lebanon as part of a UN peacekeeping force,
highlighting …,2172,133734,00.html

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
… deputy chief whip for the Olive Tree in the Lower House, praising the
results of the summit meeting between EU foreign ministers on the Lebanon-Israel
crisis. …

Poland to send 500 troops to Lebanon – minister
Reuters AlertNet – London,England,UK
… Poland is ready to contribute a total of 500 troops to a UN force helping
enforce a truce between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas in Lebanon, Foreign
Minister …

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia – Italy
… his EU colleagues, the Foreign Secretary, Massimo D’Alema, confirmed
that Italy will offer “up to 3 thousand men” for the Unifil mission in
the south of Lebanon …

US demands Syria abide by cease-fire
Jerusalem Post – Israel
The United States warned Syria on Thursday to abide by a United Nations
arms embargo meant to stop Hizbullah from rearming itself after its month-long
war with …

Lebanon vows to stop smuggling from Syria
Al-Bawaba – Amman,Jordan
Lebanon insisted on Thursday it would to stop smuggling from Syria, playing
down a dispute between Syria and Israel over whether UN forces should
help the …

Analysis: Syria UN border warning
BBC News – UK
Syria’s threat to close its border with Lebanon if UN peacekeepers are
deployed along the frontier has further complicated the struggle by world
powers to …

Syria cuts off power flow, denies political message
Daily Star – Lebanon – Beirut,Lebanon
BEIRUT: Syria announced on Thursday it had suspended the flow of electricity
it supplies to Lebanon, citing technical problems with its own power grid.

France vows 2,000 troops for Lebanon peace force
Irish Examiner – Cork,Ireland
France, Lebanon’s former colonial ruler, has cast itself as a driving
force in efforts to build a lasting peace for the war-ravaged country
— but …

France to send 1,600 more troops to Lebanon
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
France will send additional 1,600 soldiers to reinforce the United Nations
Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and is willing to lead it, French President

Suspect in failed German train bombings detained in Lebanon
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
A Lebanese suspect in failed German train bombings was arrested on Thursday
morning in Lebanon, Lebanese security sources said. …

India cautious about joining UN force in Lebanon
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
India is willing to support the UN initiative for restoring peace in south
Lebanon, but will decide on contributing troops to the new UN multi-national
force …

Just a Time Out in Lebanon’s War
Lebanon is struggling to get back to normal after the summer’s war. Central
Beirut, whose sidewalk cafes are usually packed with …,8599,1333644,00.html

Cyprus to provide facilities for UN mission in Lebanon: FM
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
Cyprus will provide facilities through its ports and Andreas Papandreou
military air base for deployment of UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon,
Foreign Minister …

Howard rules out Lebanon deployment
The Age – Melbourne,Victoria,Australia
Prime Minister John Howard says he sees no value for Australia in sending
troops to join a peacekeeping force in Lebanon. The United …

US Blasts Syria on Lebanon Peacekeeping
Voice of America – USA
By David Gollust. The United States Thursday welcomed apparent progress
in Europe toward fielding an upgraded UN peacekeeping force for Lebanon.

Peacekeepers expected to be in Lebanon next week, says Finland
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
Visiting Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja said here Thursday that
the first fortified UN peacekeepers in Lebanon were expected to be deployed
in a …

Rifts emerging over Hezbollah’s role in Lebanon
Taipei Times – Taiwan
… As Israeli warplanes pulverized Lebanon’s infrastructure and laid entire
villages to waste, many Lebanese silently rallied around the fighters’
resistance. …

Jordanian king calls for support for Lebanon
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
During a meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, the king
said that human losses in Lebanon were great, and it was important for
the international …

US demands Syria abide by arms embargo on Hezbollah
People’s Daily Online – Beijing,China
24 (Xinhua) — The United States demanded on Thursday Syria should abide
by a UN arms embargo along the Lebanese border designed to prevent any
weapons from …

Iran-Syria vs. Israel, Round 1: Lessons Learned
Defense Industry Daily – Chesapeake City,MD,USA
In the aftermath of the recent fighting between Iran/Syria proxies Hezbollah
and Israel, a few after action reviews and assessments have begun to trickle
in. …


Crossfire War – Iran – Syria Target Golan – Egypt State Media …
NewsBlaze – Folsom,CA,USA
Night Watch: DAMASCUS – Debka intelligence sources in Washington and Jerusalem
report that Syria – Iran are taking steps to cause the next round of fighting

Annan in a bid to bring stability in Lebanon
SABC News – Auckland Park,South Africa
… Annan, the UN secretary-general, is beginning a two-week round of shuttle
diplomacy today aimed at getting the United Nations resolution on Lebanon
implemented …,2172,133681,00.html

EU ministers to meet over Lebanon force – Ireland
… hold an emergency meeting with UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan in
Brussels later today to discuss the despatch of European troops to southern
Lebanon as part …



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