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Will the Lebanese President Be Assad’s New Friend in Town

By Fadi al-Dahouk for The Washington Institute, Fikra forum.

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Following accusations that Syria had assassinated former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Syrian forces withdrew from Lebanon in 2005 under UN Security Council resolution 1559. In a speech to parliament announcing the withdrawal, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that “Syria’s withdrawal from Lebanon does not mean an end to Syria’s role there,” and that Syria’s future actions in Lebanon would not necessarily require troops on the ground. أكمل القراءة »

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Hezbollah fighters, holding up national flags and the yellow flag of the militant Shiite Muslim group, parade on the occasion of Martyr's Day in the southern suburbs of Beirut November 11, 2009. Lebanon's incoming Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced earlier this week the new cabinet line-up after nearly five months of tough negotiations with his rivals in the Iran- and Syria-backed Hezbollah-led alliance.  AFP PHOTO/RAMZI HAIDAR (Photo credit should read RAMZI HAIDAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Aftermath of the al-Qaa Terrorist Attack: Shifts in Lebanese Politics

On June 27, eight suicide bombers attacked the Lebanese Christian-majority town of al-Qaa, located in the Bekaa region of north Lebanon on the Syrian border. The attack was the first of its kind targeting Christians in Lebanon since ISIS began its attacks on Shiite areas. But moreover, this attack had several unusual elements — the attackers outnumbered the victims, and eyewitness accounts suggest that the attackers were not interested in mass killings. Instead, the attack seemed to be an attempt to disrupt a new political paradigm in Lebanon: a Christian-Shiite alliance. أكمل القراءة »

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UN and Madaya.. “It’s a game we play”

By Fadi Dahouk |   january 1- 2016, This article was originally published by Al-Modon

The presence of Madaya situation in the media has confused Hezbollah party, the Syrian regime, and their supporters who went out of control; whose minds have been invaded by sadistic and barbarous ideas; and began to take pictures of food dishes to peeve starving people in Madaya, and solidary groups. In the context of those “selfies” with rice and chicken, It was remarkable to note that a big number of writers went on to disclaim Madaya story, but they raised questions concerning the roles of international community and United nation in this crisis. أكمل القراءة »

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Syrians Crossing Death… in Search of “Paradise in Europe”

Tariq arrived to Lebanon from Syria, accompanied by Raafat and Ehab, at the beginning of the year. In the possession of each, a large sum of money and tickets from Middle East Airlines to Turkey. They need to abide by the conditions imposed by the Lebanese authorities on Syrians wishing to enter Lebanon from Syria. Their plan was to move, later, from Turkey to Germany, illegally. أكمل القراءة »

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Daraa and Al-Sweida.. The Necessary Alliance to Confront The Bad Neighbor

This article was originally published by Al-Modon and has been translated from the Arabic

by Fadi Dahouk

The Islamic State started in the adjacent areas to the eastern country side in Al-Sweida a new phase of the expansion plan they were seeking in the direction of the south. And till now, the movements does not indicate to a near work that the (ISIL) might do in Sweida, although the accounts of its supporters on Twitter started talking daily about the area they’re newly recognizing. أكمل القراءة »