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Lebanon's Arabic press digest - Oct. 8, 2012

Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

Following are summaries of some of the main stories in a selection of Lebanese newspapers Monday. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.


Bouthaina Shaaban describes evidence of her involvement as "polemics"

Assad followers threaten the situation in Lebanon will explode soon

Pending new revelations of the precious treasure hidden in the personal computer of Michel Samaha on the terrorist bombing scheme, the facts shown so far implicating Ali Mamlouk and Bashar Assad’s advisor Bouthaina Shaaban remain the responsibility of the relevant judicial authority – judge Riad Abu Ghayda.

Significantly, however, was a threat made by one of Assad’s followers in Beirut that "the situation will explode soon," if the Lebanese stance repeatedly made by President Michel Sleiman remains unchanged.

Although the evidence is backed by confessions, Shaaban – according to sources close to her – believe they are “a kind of political bickering that is familiar in Lebanon and do not merit a response or comment.”


Wissam al-Hasan begins scheme to build a Sunni sate in the north

Hariri demanded Qabbani’s swift dismissal in preparation for a Sunni role in Syria

Petraeus will provide Free Syrian Army with weapons via ISF Information Branch

It seems serious scheme went into effect after a meeting between the head of the Internal Security Forces Information Branch Wissam al-Hasan and CIA Director David Petraeus.

The decision – made by the U.S. and Gulf [states] – calls for the establishment of a Sunnis state stretching from the Qalamoun region in the north to the Lebanese-Syrian border in Akkar. This area includes more than half a million Sunnis, with human elements equipped by the CIA to fight.

The plan requires speed. So former Prime Minister Saad Hariri contacted Sunni figures in Beirut, Sidon and Tripoli, asking them to quickly sack Lebanon’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani or isolate him by paying senior clerics huge amounts of money to help dismiss Qabbani.

Meanwhile, Wissam Hasan is working on delineating the Sunni state in the north. All these [developments] are linked because Washington, and specifically the CIA, informed Hasan that Bashar Assad’s regime would fall in the next six to nine months and so Lebanon should be ready for the next phase.


Mission 213: Hezbollah in the circle of suspicion

If Hezbollah justified the explosion that ripped through an arms depot in Nabi Sheet last week by claiming that it was a weapons depot for the resistance then the party has now entered the circle of suspicion both internally and externally.

Hezbollah has once again entered the circle of accusations, this time in relation to the December 2005 assassination of MP Gebran Tueni after the satellite channel "Al-Arabiya” leaked documents from Syria, including one that refers to "mission 213" concerning an operation that was completed with “excellent results” between Dec. 10, 2005, and Dec. 12, 2005 – the day Tueni was assassinated.

According to the document, the operation was carried out "with the help of elements in Hezbollah’s intelligence."

Meanwhile, The Times newspaper said about 1,500 Hezbollah fighters are fighting alongside the regular Syrian army in Aleppo. The report confirms the death of the three Hezbollah fighters in Syria last week.

A parliamentary source told An-Nahar that the reports by the international media, which have become almost certain, contradicts the government’s disassociation policy which adopted toward the Syria crisis, adding that Lebanon could possibly face international sanctions in the future.

However, the most serious issue concerns Hezbollah giving Israel an excuse to launch a new war on Lebanon – similar to that of 2006 – as Israeli security authorities were leaning toward accusing the party of being behind a reconnaissance plane that the Israelis shot down Saturday.

Israeli Radio and the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot said the plane did not originate from Gaza. They said the plane was Iranian-made and Hezbollah was responsible for sending it.


Security plan in the Bekaa this week

If all goes well, a security plan for the Bekaa area will be implemented this week following contacts between the security forces and each of the Amal Movement and Hezbollah on a plan which aims to fight theft, law-breakers and security saboteurs.

Therefore, a deal was reached between the two Shiite parties and the Lebanese Army on a number of measures to ensure a smooth implementation of the plan.





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